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Let’s Fly Away - EasyJet AMS-BCN V.v. On A319  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Posted (3 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7470 times:

Hi, dear readers!

A few days after returning home from FRA (report: Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet (by airbuseric Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports) ) , where I attended the a.net tripreporter meeting, it was time to fly again. Yes, after a long time on the ground, but having some more free time recently and suddenly, I was in the need for some relaxing days. I quickly checked my options here and there, since everything had to arranged on short notice fares where far from good. Finally, easyJet was doing a nicely timed flight to sunny (hopefully) Barcelona in Spain. Always good for a few days since this is one of the best cities in Europe, offering culture, nice food, a beach, good shops and a large variety of hotels.

Let’s Fly Away - easyJet AMS-BCN v.v. on A319


I didn't fly on easyJet for a long time, I think about 2 years ago since I last took a flight on them. Booking was convenient, we paid for 1 bag (expensive!), and checked in online.

My partner came from work, arrived at home around 15:30hrs, just 1 hour later we jumped on a busservice to the airport which is just a convenient 15 minutes away for us.

We arrived at the airport a bit over 2 hours before departure and went up to departure hall 4, check-in desks 31. Several counters open, staffed by Menzies groundhandling. One desk for the speedy boarders, 3 baggage drops and 3 airport check-in. Really good so far. We were served in minutes, friendly staff who advised that they were speeding up today, so we'd better be ontime at the gate.

Our gate, M3. Now, I totally forgot about this but that waiting lounge is very small and not offering much facilities either. No restaurants (we wanted to snack a dinner), and more important, no good taxfree facilities. We had no choice then to eat at Burger King, hate that place on Plaza nowadays (not relaxed, too busy), and also my intended purchase from duty free was finally not on stock in that small shop, which is behind the general security checkpoint.
I discussed my options with the very friendly staff, order and delivery on arrival was even not possible because she couldn't order from the other shops stock (strange!), and on internet (pre-order) they only do the special prices. Hmm, how come I asked and she answered that easyJet isn't paying enough money for it.

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Amsterdam Schiphol - the lowcost Departure Lounge 4


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Amsterdam Schiphol - the lowcost Departure Lounge 4


Anyway, we almost forgot to check our flight, the inbound from LTN was early by 15 minutes or so, "wait in lounge" was of course changed in "go to gate", you can imagine the queue for boarding now... We could only wish for a window seat now.

Ouch! The queue for our gate is already very long...


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The expected A319 seen pulling into parking position, arriving from LTN


A special call for speedy boarding was heard and there we went (after the speedy ones of course). Strict check of the 1 piece handluggage rule, no problems here.

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Boarding the rear stairs of our A319



The aircraft is parked on stand, steps attached, you walk to the aircraft. Boarding also via rear door where the boarding pass is checked once again. We were greeted friendly at the door by one of the Luton based crew. And busy it was..., only 3 remaining rows completely empty, we quickly took seats on rows 17, meanwhile the cabin filled up. At 19:05, 5 minutes before departure, a family showed up with a little baby and a small child, wanted to sit together. The purser came and asked my partner to move away from my row to sit elsewhere, so the family could sit together which they requested. I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late? Now they have to take the consequences and not make us a 'victim' in this. So, other arrangements were found apparently, leaving us with 3 seats for the 2 of us. Life was good!

AMS-BCN
STD19:10 ATD19:10
STA21:15 ATA21:11
A/C: G-EZDE (Airbus A319)
S/N: 17F (Single class/Y)


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Doors closed all just in time, departure info was given,also with the Spanish taped version. Pushback was bang on time, really good performance. Safety demo, still manually played here, was done during the push and start-up. It seems the time easyJet crew take to do the demo is quite lenghty, compared to other airlines. It seems they take this really serious, which of course is their no.1 priority, I felt safe completely LOL!

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Taxiing out from the apron - AMS ATC in the background


Taxiing didn't take long either, not much traffic around, after a Malmø Aviation RJ100 (what was it doing here?) we lined up to runway 24 and departed in South-Westerly direction, into a beautiful sunny summer evening.

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Lining up runway 24 for departure. Interesting: what is Malmø Aviation doing here?


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Airborne from runway 24 - note runway 18R-36L in the background


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Dedicated to Martijn - his studio is in this picture (2 of my previous appartments also)


Nice reflections on the Dutch landscape - the evening sun is setting!


During the flight the sunlight became a bit irritating so I had to close the window blinds a bit, giving me time to start writing on this tripreport. I'm glad to have the iPad with me! Crew was doing their sale of food and drinks from the 'Boutique & Bistro', and we were satisfied with their Starbucks coffee and some chocolate bar. Average prices, can be found cheaper on some other lowcost airlines, but this is Starbucks, so no complaints hehe.

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EUR 4,50 deal - Starbucks coffee and a chocolate bar


My opinion about the legroom is good on easyJet, it feels better then on many other companies in this segment, sufficient for this 2 hour flight. Reclining is not possible (anymore), which is good imho.

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Cabin view from my seat during the flight over France


The cruise itself was really boring, with mostly cloud layers over France, disturbing me for good views on the ground. Info from the flightdeck came on the way, mentioning our cruising altitude of 39,000 feet. Arrival info for BCN was a very fine temperature of 24°C, and a light southwesterly breeze. Some scattered clouds were making this forecast complete.

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A relaxing flight, setting sun on the horizon, over France


Approach was from the North, actually quite straight in towards the airport, and beong seated on the righthand side, some fantastic sights on the city and harbour. A bit dark though while the sun was gone behind the mountain range already.

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Barcelona city visible during approach


Port of Barcelona (during approach for runway 25R


We touched runway 25R some minutes ahead of schedule, followed by powerful brakes applied, apparently to enable a shortcut to our remote parking position on the apron.

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And touch down at BCN runway 25R


2 buses were standing by and without further wait we were driven to the Schengen/EU arrivals hall and baggage reclaim, which took more then 30 minutes to get the luggages on the belt, not the best performance here from the Spanish airport workers... Everything was fine though and we were on our way into town, by use of the convenient Renfe train. Fare is €3.75 oneway to Sants station, very interestingly the way back, same track, we had to pay €3.15 for the ticket. Ah well, this is just a detail...

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A couple of days in the city went by too fast, weather was ok, although one day there was some cloud activity around making the hotel to decide that it would be better to close the rooftop swimming pool on Sunday (exaxtly when we were planning to spend some time there). This was, in our opinion, one of the few shortcomings in the Expo Hotel, which is rated with 4 stars.
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On Monday we were returning home. After breakfast and a last minute shopping walk we checked out around noon and continued our way to the airport. As metioned by train, which delivers you right in front of terminal 2, from where the lowcost carriers and charters are operating from.

easyJet though has even their hands on a dedicated check-in zone, also called zone C, a long walk from the main building, but a modern looking area.(In my opinion it’s the biggest nonsense to have this dedicated area, since Terminal 2 has too much capacity unused on the main building!). One snackbar provided, several desks staffed but a 'typical Spanish' organization. Queues were formed in a weird way, not corresponding the signage, some other passengers were having a passport issue at another desk... But after we dropped the bag off, it continued calmly. No wait at the security checkpoint, leading to gates M0. After security we had to go trough the only taxfree shop provided in that area, offering not a complete assortment of goods either. Some more? Yes, a small snackcorner, or walk along the dozen of closed former taxfree stores. Further down the path, near gates M3, 2 placea with restaurant facilities, selling €6.75 baguettes, really overpriced, plus bad quality. As said before, this former nice and livingly terminal is now a dump. The building is still nice, but has nothing to offer anymore. Really a shame, especially since the newly build T1 accross the runway can be counted among the best terminals in Europe including shoppers paradise. Some pics:

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Unused capacity (check-ins) at T2, recently build but ‘never’ used. What a waste!


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Unused capacity (check-ins) at T2, recently build but ‘never’ used. What a waste!


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Dedicated easyJet check-in area


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Dedicated easyJet check-in area


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Empty corridors behind security. Former taxfree shops all closed, really a dump nowadays!


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Empty corridors behind security. Former taxfree shops all closed, really a dump nowadays!


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A well-known FR aircraft for me (EI-DWE), did LTN-DUB on this one


Anyway, gate was announced to be M0-17, a busgate downstairs. Hmm, it seems we are a bit late once again, a line has formed and that would the second bus for sure.

So, the first bus left, we got indeed on the second one, and after we noticed a very annoying group of British teenagers we firstly worried about them being on the wrong bus (a flight to Bristol was also boarding), but it was not the case of course and they ended up occuping the rows in front and next so us. After party in Lloret de Mar now a joint in Amsterdam?! Lets see how that works out during the flight...

From the bus we quickly went up the rear stairs, in the mood to score a free row and window seat, we succeeded on row 15 after a friendly greet from a Luton based crewmember.

BCN-AMS
STD15:05 ATD15:03
STA17:35 ATA17:28
A/C: G-EZDL (Airbus A319)
S/N: 15F (Single class/Y)


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A welcome from the flightdeck, duration forecasted as 1 hour and 55 minutes, and welcome in English and Spanish from the purser (who was fluent in Spanish). Safety demo was on tape, one of the younger girls on board was performing the demo at row 12, disturbed all the time by those shitty guys from row 14. She said, you're alright?, and made note of their seatnumbers, and in the end they didn't get any service (no drinks, especially no alcohols). Good job from her.

We taxied out a bit early, but taxiing took forever (why complain about AMS runway 18R, this was worse!), all the way around runway 07L/25R, then further towards 25L which was in use for departures.

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Line up runway 25L


A typical BCN departure, banking left towards the sea immediately after takeoff, and then followed by some righthand turns to the North. Due to the mostly clear skies, some good views down including the airport and in the background, Barcelona city.

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Airborne! Note the Egyptair A330 and Avianca A330 parked at T1


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Turning left towards the sea...


Turning right again...


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BCN airport seen from above during climb


We climbed further and the crew announced their onboard menu, the choice in sandwiches etc. The menu is in a small booklet in my seatpocket, we decided for another Starbucks coffee and the muffin, which is available in blueberry or chocolate taste. It's a "menu deal", so we saved 3 Euro's by making this combo. The crew was friendly also here, one is serving, the other in the role of cashier.

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[Starbucks coffee and blueberry muffin. A good deal on easyJet!


As said before, the guys in row 14 didn't get served, the crew passed them quickly, maybe also to avoid discussions, but.... I give the guys a plus for them being mostly quiet during the flight itself, most of the group were sleeping throughout!

Clouds enroute


Views were not really good during this flight, since France was covered by clouds mostly, as were Belgium and the Netherlands. Just west of Paris, our decend started down from 38,000 feet to 37,000 feet initially when the captain came on with arrival informations; completely cloudy, visibility 5000m with drizzling rain, 15°C and expected landing on runway 18R. Good information so far, but this weather was not really welcome of course.

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Approach to AMS (Northsea coastline) - No sun anymore... and quite windy!


Approach was over Rotterdam, the Northsea coast and a right turn over the steel factories at IJmuiden, indeed for runway 18R. But what a bad weather here, a little bit more them just drizzle, cloud base was very low and intense showers around, gusty wind also when on finals. Landing was good though, on the very wet runway. As promised, ahead of a schedule.

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Final approach - what a terrible weather


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Landing on a wet runway 18R


During taxiing I noticed that 1 engine was switched off, this can be a (new?) company procedure by easyJet to do some fuel saving/cost reduction. Nothing special though, the company I worked for had similar procedures on the B747 fleet.
We crossed the inactive runway 18C/36C at W5, meaning a shortcut. Soon we arrived on our stand at the lowcost pier. M01 was our stand (=H01). Via stairs on the apron and a short walk into the building. It stopped raining, good for us!

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After disembarking I got one more photo moment


Baggage was delivered in arrival hall 4, belt 21. Exactly 15 minutes after arrival we got it, a big impression and achievement here from ground handler Menzies, but I know from own work experience that the baggage delivery is having top priority at this handling company. It worked fine also on my flight and that leaves me with good impressions.

I hope you liked the report on these standard, actually not so special easyJet flights. The crew were good in their job, the aircraft were clean and the flights on time. I noticed the baggage fare is quite high, as well for speedy boarding. On board, the inflight menu offers a good range of food and drinks, the combo's make the price bearable.
easyJet is doing really well in AMS, and also these relatively new BCN flights were both nearly fully booked. Other new destinations were e.g. SXF, SPU, PRG, with VIE coming up this winter also. I hope that they will manage to open a base at my home airport, since that might lead to new opportunaties also.

Thanks for reading, and you know, your comments are always welcome.

Next flights are up North to Scandinavia, over 10 flights are fixed now for August... Stay tuned, they will pop up here soon again.

Happy flying!
Eric

A small random selection of Trip-Reports on my previous flights:
 
Lufthansa – The Upgrade, Some Lounges & A.net Meet (by airbuseric Jul 11 2011 in Trip Reports)
On Duty To Japan: JAL (C) And KLM (Y) On B777-200s (by Airbuseric Dec 6 2007 in Trip Reports)
The Little Surprise From LH On A Domestic Route (by airbuseric Aug 24 2010 in Trip Reports)
Crossing The Atlantic On BA (Y): AMS-LGW-JFK (by Airbuseric May 3 2009 in Trip Reports)
Royal Air Maroc: Nador - Amsterdam On The B737-400 (by airbuseric Jul 23 2010 in Trip Reports)
Amsterdam Airlines – The New Wings From Holland (by airbuseric Jul 8 2010 in Trip Reports)
Riding The ICE To Catch My Cirrus Air Dornier 328 (by airbuseric Mar 7 2010 in Trip Reports)
FlyBaboo & The Q400: From The City To GVA + 2 More (by Airbuseric Jan 31 2010 in Trip Reports)
Brussels To London: The American Way & Back To AMS (by Airbuseric Jan 17 2010 in Trip Reports)
Catching Up With The LAN A340 And More ... (+pics) (by Airbuseric Oct 16 2008 in Trip Reports)
My Visit To Berlin Tempelhof, Daytrip On KL+SN+HV (by Airbuseric Oct 12 2008 in Trip Reports)
"Europe Select" On KLM, AMS-ARN-AMS (+pics) (by Airbuseric Jul 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Flying Flemish, A Dutch Lady Between 2 Harbours… (by Airbuseric May 30 2008 in Trip Reports)
Props Around The UK (12Feb08); Many Pics/videos (by Airbuseric Feb 20 2008 in Trip Reports)
AMS-NRT On JL412 In JAL's C-class + Pics (by Airbuseric Jul 17 2006 in Trip Reports)
A Mad-Dog To Denmark, Bornholm & More On SK/QI/DY (by airbuseric Jun 26 2010 in Trip Reports)
Air Dolomiti & The Embraer 195 Visiting BLQ (by airbuseric May 11 2010 in Trip Reports)
Inaugural Day Of Service: BA Embraer 170 LCY-AMS (by Airbuseric Sep 28 2009 in Trip Reports)
To The Land Of The Rising Sun (JAL In J-class) (by Airbuseric Jul 19 2009 in Trip Reports)
Combination AA + BA Across The Pond: JFK-LHR-AMS (by Airbuseric May 20 2009 in Trip Reports)
Back Home In C-class/Upper Deck On KLM's B747-400 (by Airbuseric Feb 19 2009 in Trip Reports)


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
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User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (3 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7425 times:

Hi Eric,

Thanks for bringing us another lovely TR. Glad to hear that you took some time off to relax and enjoy youself this summer! Again, most excellent photos and commentary.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
this is one of the best cities in Europe, offering culture, nice food, a beach, good shops and a large variety of hotels.

Sounds like the sort of place I'd like to visit!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
So, other arrangements were found apparently, leaving us with 3 seats for the 2 of us. Life was good!

Yeah! The crew shouldn't have to break up passengers who are travelling together and they ought to find rows with single travellers instead. Its good that you were firm on your ground.

I particularly loved some of the wing views you took!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Nice reflections on the Dutch landscape - the evening sun is setting!

Gorgeous!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Barcelona city visible during approach

I found this really beautiful!

And the flight back,

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Turning right again...

Beautiful water!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Approach to AMS (Northsea coastline) - No sun anymore... and quite windy!

Really love the outline of the waves!

Most lovely TR indeed. Do you have photos of your time in Barcelona to share? I'd love to see them!

Cheers,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 7419 times:

Hello Eric!

Thanks for the good story!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Amsterdam Schiphol - the lowcost Departure Lounge 4



Looks good for low-cost terminal I think. You should see the one at ARN:D

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late



Did they accept that directly or did the start argue with you?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
after a Malmø Aviation RJ100



No ideas either. But I know they operate a lot of charter flights in the summer when their domestic network is reduced.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A relaxing flight, setting sun on the horizon, over France



Beautiful picture!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Good job from her.



I think so too. She probably have´t do that if she had work for FR instead 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Next flights are up North to Scandinavia, over 10 flights are fixed now for August... Stay tuned, they will pop up here soon again.



Well that something I´m very curious on and looking forward to 

Greetings
Robert


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1930 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7366 times:
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Nice report, Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Finally, easyJet was doing a nicely timed flight to sunny (hopefully) Barcelona in Spain. Always good for a few days since this is one of the best cities in Europe, offering culture, nice food, a beach, good shops and a large variety of hotels.

I'd love to visit! Read an article about Barcelona in the American Way on my flight to DFW from MSP back in the middle of July ...

Looks like you had two good flights with EasyJet. They don't look too bad!

Matthew


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7306 times:

Hi guys, thanks for your comments so far!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):
Glad to hear that you took some time off to relax and enjoy youself this summer!

... and my holidays still have to come  
Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):
Again, most excellent photos and commentary.

Thanks!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 1):
Do you have photos of your time in Barcelona to share? I'd love to see them!

Yes I have... will put some online on FB!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 2):
Thanks for the good story!

Thanks Robert!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 2):
Looks good for low-cost terminal I think. You should see the one at ARN:D

Now I've to think about which terminal you mean in ARN. Please tell me more about it.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 2):
Did they accept that directly or did the start argue with you?

No arguments and they found seats further in the back. It's just easyJet's policy also, everybody is free to choose their own seats, so there is not much room to argue about it imho.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 2):
But I know they operate a lot of charter flights in the summer when their domestic network is reduced.

That could be a good reason indeed. Aside from that, on one of my takeoff pics from AMS, a Danish Air Transport MD87 is seen, that was operating a flight for HV.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Nice report, Eric!

Thanks Matthew!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
Looks like you had two good flights with EasyJet. They don't look too bad!

Sure they are. There is no reason to hesitate about booking with them, ontime performance usually, crews are nice usually and when the fare is right, I don't care to spend some more money onboard for a drink and snack.

Regards
Eric



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7252 times:

Hello again Eric!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Now I've to think about which terminal you mean in ARN. Please tell me more about it.

It´s terminal 2 at ARN. Were airlines such as DY, AB and Germanwings operates from. It´s very small and cramped, it´s just like a long hallway. Just a few places to eat and drink and they are all extremely over-priced. Lack of (dirty) restrooms. if I can I avoid it! 


User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8534 posts, RR: 54
Reply 6, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7239 times:
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Hi Eric,

Nice read, thanks for posting.

Barcelona is a real nice city, not been for a few years, perhaps a weekend visit to soak up the culture again is in order.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
5 minutes before departure, a family showed up with a little baby and a small child, wanted to sit together. The purser came and asked my partner to move away from my row to sit elsewhere, so the family could sit together which they requested. I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late? Now they have to take the consequences and not make us a 'victim' in this

- Whilst the FA's were being nice in helping the family, I agree, bugger off mate, you were late, I'm not moving to suit you!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Starbucks coffee

- It is some years since I last flew U2, never knew they had Starbucks, how does it taste compared to a real Starbucks outlet?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Reclining is not possible (anymore), which is good imho.

- I agree, I never recline in Y even when I can, though you can bet your last dollar the person in front of me will. Recline should be banned on all Y seating if it's not in some kind of shell that does not disturb those behind.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Empty corridors behind security. Former taxfree shops all closed, really a dump nowadays!

- Again, some years since I was in BCN, such a shame the terminal has pretty much closed down, used to be full of shops of shops of one form or another, just goes to show that the average LCC passenger is travelling on the cheap and is not looking to buy anything in the airport, you excluded of course, you could not buy anything since there were no shops!

Looking forward to your next trip - my next trip booked is not until October  

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7210 times:

Hi guys,

thanks for reading. Let me see on your comments...

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
It´s terminal 2 at ARN. Were airlines such as DY, AB and Germanwings operates from. It´s very small and cramped, it´s just like a long hallway.

Thanks Robert for clearing up. Never flew on these airlines to ARN (only KL and LH iirc), so it seems I better stick to the legacies then!

Hi Mark!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Whilst the FA's were being nice in helping the family, I agree, bugger off mate, you were late, I'm not moving to suit you!

Exactly my thoughts. Even with a child they could've been onboard among the first ones...

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
since I last flew U2, never knew they had Starbucks, how does it taste compared to a real Starbucks outlet?

Yeah, the Italian one at least does taste good, can fit nicely with the regular brewed fairtrade coffee available on the ground. Now, easyJet only has to introduce the refills for little money.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
I agree, I never recline in Y even when I can, though you can bet your last dollar the person in front of me will.

Oh yes, that also happens to me every time again. But, now I also just returned from a easyJet Swiss flight (AMS-GVA), the older aircrafts around still seem to have recline option available (HB-JZJ I was on).

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Again, some years since I was in BCN, such a shame the terminal has pretty much closed down, used to be full of shops of shops of one form or another, just goes to show that the average LCC passenger is travelling on the cheap and is not looking to buy anything in the airport, you excluded of course, you could not buy anything since there were no shops!

BCN is all or nothing. The new T1 is walhalla for shoppers, designer freaks, etc. Everything is there, in a beautiful layout. T2 is forgotten these days, and especially not neccesary needed anymore (it's too much over-capacity for BCN).

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Looking forward to your next trip - my next trip booked is not until October
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 6):
Barcelona is a real nice city, not been for a few years, perhaps a weekend visit to soak up the culture again is in order.

Maybe BCN is something to surprise Mrs. BA319-131 with... I'm sure she likes a few days of Spanish sun and shopping overthere!

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineknightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1814 posts, RR: 19
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7197 times:

Hi Eric

Thanks for the interesting report. It's been quite a while since I last flew Easyjet, even if we do have a base of theirs here in Basel. I think it's probably just because I really don't like this free seating business.


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It seems the time easyJet crew take to do the demo is quite lenghty, compared to other airlines. It seems they take this really serious, which of course is their no.1 priority,

That is the one thing I've always really liked about Easyjet: they treat safety as the serious issue it is.

In any case, thanks again for the report. I really must complement you on the photos you took. The images are just so crisp and sharp!

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined exactly 7 years ago today! , 1711 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7119 times:

Hello Eric, great report!

An interesting read with some nice pics. Love the vivid colors from the D7000 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I didn't fly on easyJet for a long time, I think about 2 years ago since I last took a flight on them. Booking was convenient, we paid for 1 bag (expensive!), and checked in online.

Couldn't you've gone with just the hand luggage in that case, i.e if it was so expensive?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
One desk for the speedy boarders,

Interesting, is this service sold as an extra option, or is it just for people with OLCI and no checked luggage?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We could only wish for a window seat now.

So EasyJet have free seating now? à la Ryanair...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Taxiing didn't take long either, not much traffic around, after a Malmø Aviation RJ100 (what was it doing here?)

Perhaps it was operating a charter flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I'm glad to have the iPad with me!

Do you have Pages installed?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and we were satisfied with their Starbucks coffee and some chocolate bar.

Is this really Starbucks Coffee, or is it "just a name"? As you always say  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Reclining is not possible (anymore), which is good imho.

What is the reason for that? Reduced maintenance costs maybe, also why is it good?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
After party in Lloret de Mar now a joint in Amsterdam?! Lets see how that works out during the flight...

Hmm, I can see why there were so many "anti marijuana" posters in town.  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
As said before, the guys in row 14 didn't get served, the crew passed them quickly, maybe also to avoid discussions, but....

I think that was a pretty bad move from the crew as they probably lost a bit of revenue by doing that. And LCC's love their revenue!

Anyway, thanks for the report, and I hope to see you soon thursday!  

//Jonas

[Edited 2011-08-07 11:28:48]


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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7113 times:

Hi Eric

Good trip report you have got there. It was an enjoyable read, have been to BCN as well and enjoyed every moment of my stay there.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Germany, joined Sep 2003, 5162 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (3 years 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7017 times:

Hoi, Eric,

very good to see you´re new story, well done.
BCN is for sure a place to spend some days during these wet middle european summertime.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The purser came and asked my partner to move away from my row to sit elsewhere, so the family could sit together which they requested. I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late? Now they have to take the consequences and not make us a 'victim' in this. So, other arrangements were found apparently, leaving us with 3 seats for the 2 of us. Life was good!

No way also for me.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Next flights are up North to Scandinavia, over 10 flights are fixed now for August... Stay tuned, they will pop up here soon again.

Superb, looking for more nice stories.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: The eastern Intersky!.
User currently offlinemakeree From Finland, joined Dec 2009, 56 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (3 years 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 6952 times:

Hey Eric !

Thanks for the great TR, very colourfull and sharp images.
I have been to MAN twice for a spotting trip and both times I was using easyJet, no complains when you
know it is a low cost carrier.
Good thing was that they didn't have any weight limits for hand baggage so I could just take the trolley
with clothes, camera and mini-laptop.
But no more easyJet flights from HEL after this summer.... 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
just 1 hour later we jumped on a busservice to the airport which is just a convenient 15 minutes away for us.

So you can go do some spotting at AMS very often ?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Baggage was delivered in arrival hall 4, belt 21. Exactly 15 minutes after arrival we got it

It takes forever in HEL to get your luggage, you can use the restroom and do some shopping from the Arrival shop at T2 and still you are lucky to get your bag in time.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 5):
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
Now I've to think about which terminal you mean in ARN. Please tell me more about it.

It´s terminal 2 at ARN. Were airlines such as DY, AB and Germanwings operates from. It´s very small and cramped, it´s just like a long hallway. Just a few places to eat and drink and they are all extremely over-priced. Lack of (dirty) restrooms. if I can I avoid it!

Been to Terminal 2 in ARN for a few times when using DY, I think it will do its work as a LCC terminal. I usually buy a pint of the over-priced beer and wait for my flight to leave.
And one thing I like to do in ARN is that if I am staying in an airport hotel, I take the bus to the airport and getting off at Terminal 5. It is a nice walk to Terminal 2 and you might even do some spotting from the terminals, especially from Sky City.


Markku


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 13, posted (3 years 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6855 times:

Hi Eric!

Nice tripreport!

I've never flown easyJet, but they don't look to bad, the seats are more comfortable that Ryanair's right?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Always good for a few days since this is one of the best cities in Europe, offering culture, nice food, a beach, good shops and a large variety of hotels.

Sounds good, I'm visiting mainland Spain for the first time in a couple of weeks with a daytrip to Barcelona!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I hope that they will manage to open a base at my home airport, since that might lead to new opportunaties also.

I'd love it if easyJet would open some more routes to ARN...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Next flights are up North to Scandinavia, over 10 flights are fixed now for August... Stay tuned, they will pop up here soon again.

Looking forward to it!

Martin


User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 14, posted (3 years 3 weeks ago) and read 6783 times:

Hi Eric!

Great to read your report finally! Glad you had a nice trip over to BCN and I was more than happy to help out with the staff travel rates!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The purser came and asked my partner to move away from my row to sit elsewhere, so the family could sit together which they requested. I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late?

This really annoys me... you ALWAYS get the family on last who want to sit together. On a quiet flight, its usually ok but on a busy one, it can be very difficult. I have asked people if they would not mind moving, but like you say, you do not have to move as it's a free seating policy. They should have been at the gate to board in the Special Assistance/Young children category.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A/C: G-EZDE (Airbus A319)

I know this one very well. Notched up quite a few sectors on her.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
It seems they take this really serious, which of course is their no.1 priority, I felt safe completely LOL!

Im glad you noticed this, thats great as its coming accross to our passengers.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Average prices, can be found cheaper on some other lowcost airlines, but this is Starbucks, so no complaints hehe.

I am a fan of the Starbucks product we have onboard, popular with lots of passengers and its reasonably priced with Starbucks stores too.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Reclining is not possible (anymore), which is good imho.

Yes. Although some of the older members of the fleet do still have the recline. Most of the EZEx and EZIx registered a/c.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
As said before, this former nice and livingly terminal is now a dump. The building is still nice, but has nothing to offer anymore.

I hear lots of pax complain about this when flying. It seems such a waste as the gates are always empty too.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Safety demo was on tape, one of the younger girls on board was performing the demo at row 12, disturbed all the time by those shitty guys from row 14. She said, you're alright?, and made note of their seatnumbers, and in the end they didn't get any service (no drinks, especially no alcohols). Good job from her.

This is one thing that is very annoying when performing the demo, firstly its hard to hear it youself and it also is a distraction to other pax. Its not uncommon for the cabin manager to halt the demo to address the issue of disruption. Im not sure what you mean about no service. Were they drunk?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We taxied out a bit early, but taxiing took forever (why complain about AMS runway 18R, this was worse!), all the way around runway 07L/25R, then further towards 25L which was in use for departures.

Its miles worse than AMS, more than double the time!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Starbucks coffee and blueberry muffin. A good deal on easyJet!

Usually the one I go for when travelling as a passenger. I prefer the chocolate myself.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During taxiing I noticed that 1 engine was switched off, this can be a (new?) company procedure by easyJet to do some fuel saving/cost reduction

I think this depends on the flight deck, some do, some don't.

Thanks for sharing this trip Eric, always nice to get a passenger perspective from your own airline. Hope you'll be taking advantage of more easyJet flights out of AMS!

Matt

[Edited 2011-08-07 15:21:11]

User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 15, posted (3 years 3 weeks ago) and read 6767 times:

Forgot to mention also, excellent photos.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Interesting, is this service sold as an extra option, or is it just for people with OLCI and no checked luggage?

Extra product on top. Dedicated check in desk and priority boarding.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
So EasyJet have free seating now? à la Ryanair...

EZY has always been free seating.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Is this really Starbucks Coffee, or is it "just a name"? As you always say

You can buy the same product in Starbucks and in some supermarkets.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
What is the reason for that? Reduced maintenance costs maybe, also why is it good?


I think reduced weight (and cost of seat) probably.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
I'd love it if easyJet would open some more routes to ARN...

Me too!

Matt

[Edited 2011-08-07 15:29:49]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26933 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6737 times:

Hey Eric ,
Great report as usual.   I miss that approach to BCN ! Starbucks always nice to see on an airline.
Hate Balisto though I once got sick on one and have never been able to eat them again since.

Its certainly a shame to see the old Terminal at BCN so shabby. It used to be so busy . That check in area used to the LH's IIRC . Reminds me of our trip  

Thanks for the report.

Philip  


User currently offlineBurj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 901 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6655 times:

Nice trip report. Sound like a good experience!

I think easyJet gets a bum wrap...they deliver what they promise and do it at a good price....


User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 6518 times:

Hi Eric,

So glad that you have some spare time at your hands right now (although I'm not exactly glad the way you came to that situation, but at least you already have sorted it out!) so that you can do some traveling and reporting for our benefit!  

A nice small report on your break to Barcelona - quite standard looking flights with Ezy, but then again that is sometimes good - you get exactly what you expect. On time flights, the real airports, friendly and professional staff and good fares - Ezy indeed is quite a class act, especially when compared to their Irish competitor...!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Always good for a few days since this is one of the best cities in Europe, offering culture, nice food, a beach, good shops and a large variety of hotels.

Couldn't agree more, BCN is always a blast! Then again I love Spain a lot so any place in the country is good enough for me.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Our gate, M3. Now, I totally forgot about this but that waiting lounge is very small and not offering much facilities either.

Hmm, I've never departed from the low cost pier at Schiphol, only arrived there once. Doesn't look too basic, though - compare it with the barren design shack known as "CPH GO" at Copenhagen for example! BTW if you have some spare time during your upcoming layovers there you should pay it a visit for an interesting comparison. Just follow the signs to the "F" gates and that's it. It's a long walk but otherwise not a problem.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
she answered that easyJet isn't paying enough money for it.

At least she was being honest.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late? Now they have to take the consequences and not make us a 'victim' in this.

I agree with the general opinion here - it's really their own fault and you should not be made feel guilty for not giving up your seat. It's not like in a bus where some people will have to stand, so it is only fair to offer your seat to the elderly, sick etc. people but it's a bit different in a plane.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
after a Malmø Aviation RJ100 (what was it doing here?)

It's actually "Malmö", that "slashed o" is not used in Swedish. Didn't you mention yourself that they have some charters ex-AMS every year, which are very expensive?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A bit dark though while the sun was gone behind the mountain range already.

I like this moody lighting. Very nice. Puts you in a nice mood for your first drink at some nice bar after settling in your hotel.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Fare is €3.75 oneway to Sants station, very interestingly the way back, same track, we had to pay €3.15 for the ticket. Ah well, this is just a detail...

Tourist tax or something. Just like many places usually have some sort of special surcharges when taking a taxi from the airport (which is pure revenue for the airport - it's basically a fee paid by the taxis to the airport for the privilege of picking up a passenger there) but not when dropping somebody off there - HEL most certainly does!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The building is still nice, but has nothing to offer anymore. Really a shame, especially since the newly build T1 accross the runway can be counted among the best terminals in Europe including shoppers paradise.

Yeah, that's quite bad. You have this very nice facility for a low cost terminal, but then that's where it stops - no good services nor amenities. I agree with you completely on the niceness of T1 as well!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We taxied out a bit early, but taxiing took forever (why complain about AMS runway 18R, this was worse!), all the way around runway 07L/25R, then further towards 25L which was in use for departures.

I again agree with you, it really is a long taxi. I think it is partly psychological, since you are taxiing within the airport and apron area with plenty of planes around you it doesn't feel as long as the taxi from Polderbaan where you are taxiing for extended amounts of time in the middle of fields, over highways and canals etc.

It's the same in JFK - the take off queues are quite notorious there - I once spent around 60 minutes getting from the gate airborne, but nobody really complains about it. Well I wouldn't at least - there's plenty of interesting planes to watch while waiting!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Approach to AMS (Northsea coastline) - No sun anymore... and quite windy!

Ahh, welcome to the Netherlands! That's the North Sea for you - you can expect anything, it's not like the Med!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Next flights are up North to Scandinavia, over 10 flights are fixed now for August... Stay tuned, they will pop up here soon again.

Hey, look forward to our little meet in a couple of weeks. Sorry for missing you at CPH on Thursday, but maybe I get a horrible delay or something...  


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6459 times:

Hi guys,
thank you for so many replies, much appreciated  
Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
It's been quite a while since I last flew Easyjet, even if we do have a base of theirs here in Basel.

Hi William. Yes easyJet has quite a good network from BSL, even quite some longer sectors, which can be good to create a 'cheap' holiday somewhere around the Med!

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
I think it's probably just because I really don't like this free seating business.

If you're ontime at the gate (when the gate announces), then it's not a problem to score any seat you want. Actually I was even able to secure emergency row seats even we were a bit late boarders, somehow people just don't notice it.

Quoting knightsofmalta (Reply 8):
I really must complement you on the photos you took. The images are just so crisp and sharp!

Thanks you!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Couldn't you've gone with just the hand luggage in that case, i.e if it was so expensive?

Handluggage only?! No way, when I've a few nights I need to bring extra clothes e.g. for dinner and especially in hot temperatures, I prefer to have something clean every day otherwise I smell like 'hell'  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Do you have Pages installed?

Yes of course, it's on all my devices.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Is this really Starbucks Coffee, or is it "just a name"?

This is their real branded coffee. The 'just a name' thing is more about other kind of goods/services...

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
What is the reason for that? Reduced maintenance costs maybe, also why is it good?

You don't care if your person in front reclines the seat all the time (especially with lower legroom airlines)? I do, and therefore I find it a great solution that seats on EZY and FR (and probably many more airlines) can't recline anymore. For myself, I do not need the recline option for a few hours flight.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Hmm, I can see why there were so many "anti marijuana" posters in town.

It's not relevant to the story, but more a local issue. The posters in town were a strong hold though..., so far nothing of the plans got materialized.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
I think that was a pretty bad move from the crew as they probably lost a bit of revenue by doing that. And LCC's love their revenue!

Of course not. So you think that LCC's prefer revenue always above safety or 'quiet' cabin? The crewmember(s) judged that they would not serve these guys, they have a reason for that, so that is always the best decision.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Anyway, thanks for the report, and I hope to see you soon thursday!

Make sure to be on time then. I do not wait  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 10):
It was an enjoyable read, have been to BCN as well and enjoyed every moment of my stay there.

Thanks Marc. Indeed I hear many people saying that BCN is a great city.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
very good to see you´re new story, well done.

Thank you Markus.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 11):
BCN is for sure a place to spend some days during these wet middle european summertime.

Even more in this years 'summer' isn't it?!  
Quoting makeree (Reply 12):
Thanks for the great TR, very colourfull and sharp images

Thanks!

Quoting makeree (Reply 12):
But no more easyJet flights from HEL after this summer....

Such a shame indeed, but maybe in the future they come back?

Quoting makeree (Reply 12):
So you can go do some spotting at AMS very often ?

I do, 10 minutes by car to runway 18R (Polderbaan) and about 15-20 to all other places  
Quoting makeree (Reply 12):
And one thing I like to do in ARN is that if I am staying in an airport hotel, I take the bus to the airport and getting off at Terminal 5.

Or take the Radisson SAS, which is even within the SkyCity building. Stayed there once, opened the curtains in the morning to see the TG 744 parked at the gate. What I didn't notice, was the crowd of people eating cheeseburgers at the McDonalds facility right underneath me...

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
I've never flown easyJet, but they don't look to bad, the seats are more comfortable that Ryanair's right?

Sure, the seats are more soft and cloth cover. No problem even for longer flights.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 13):
I'm visiting mainland Spain for the first time in a couple of weeks with a daytrip to Barcelona!

Make sure to see many highlights, BCN has much to offer!

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 14):
Great to read your report finally!

Thanks Matt, you know, really appreciated!

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 14):
you ALWAYS get the family on last who want to sit together
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 14):
They should have been at the gate to board in the Special Assistance/Young children category.

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 14):
I know this one very well. Notched up quite a few sectors on her.

iirc, I missed a curtain in the back galley on my outbound flight  
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 14):
It seems such a waste as the gates are always empty too.

And how paid for all of this? The EU maybe?

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 14):
Im not sure what you mean about no service. Were they drunk?

Sure they had consumed alcohol, they were so loud and childish upon boarding. I think the crew made a right judgement at that moment and just walked on to the next row during service.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 14):
Usually the one I go for when travelling as a passenger. I prefer the chocolate myself.

I'll book another flight and give the chocolate a try then  
Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 15):
Forgot to mention also, excellent photos.

Thank you!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
I miss that approach to BCN !

Ah come on,... you can go again and grab some sunbeams on Sitges beach, or board a cruise in Barca.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
Hate Balisto though I once got sick on one and have never been able to eat them again since.

Some allergy?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 16):
It used to be so busy . That check in area used to the LH's IIRC . Reminds me of our trip

Now I rememer also AF/KL had a dedicated counter in that 'black zone' where the escalators go up to the railway station (and previously, a security checkpoint).

Quoting Burj (Reply 17):
I think easyJet gets a bum wrap...they deliver what they promise and do it at a good price....

Yes, they deliver you on time, main airports, reliable aircraft. Really recommendable.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4268 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6454 times:

Hi P.,
thank you for replying also!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
So glad that you have some spare time at your hands right now (although I'm not exactly glad the way you came to that situation, but at least you already have sorted it out!) so that you can do some traveling and reporting for our benefit!

You're welcome. And you know, actually booking a bit more as we speak now... 
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
On time flights, the real airports, friendly and professional staff and good fares - Ezy indeed is quite a class act, especially when compared to their Irish competitor...!

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
I've never departed from the low cost pier at Schiphol, only arrived there once. Doesn't look too basic, though - compare it with the barren design shack known as "CPH GO" at Copenhagen for example!

I'm too much used to the normal terminal/shopping area. For the lowcost (H) pier, you can enter all regular facilities, but just not for the same lowcost (M) pier, which is for Schengen flights. An easyJet flight to the UK will use H-gates, where the same airline to e.g. BCN, GVA etc will have M-gates assigned.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
BTW if you have some spare time during your upcoming layovers there you should pay it a visit for an interesting comparison. Just follow the signs to the "F" gates and that's it. It's a long walk but otherwise not a problem.

I'll try to check it out, I think to have some time somewhere next week to do that!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
It's actually "Malmö", that "slashed o" is not used in Swedish.

Sorry!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Didn't you mention yourself that they have some charters ex-AMS every year, which are very expensive?

Yes in 2010 they did operate flights to OSD, but not this year. Also, I checked this specific flight now and the Malmö Avtn was SE-DSX and operation OV773 to TLL (probably OV had some issues that day?)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
It's the same in JFK - the take off queues are quite notorious there - I once spent around 60 minutes getting from the gate airborne, but nobody really complains about it. Well I wouldn't at least - there's plenty of interesting planes to watch while waiting!

Same here, also close to 1 hour taxitime at JFK, even around midnight!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 18):
Hey, look forward to our little meet in a couple of weeks. Sorry for missing you at CPH on Thursday, but maybe I get a horrible delay or something...

Same here, you can leave a note at CPH and if you've troubles, you have my number so let me know. See you!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1451 posts, RR: 33
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 6440 times:

Hi Eric,

It's always great to read about ezy, one of my favourite carriers.

Their onboard service is nearly always good - apart from a stale croissant I've always been happy & the hot drinks are worth the price.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Our gate, M3. Now, I totally forgot about this but that waiting lounge is very small and not offering much facilities either. No restaurants (we wanted to snack a dinner), and more important, no good taxfree facilities.

I remember this well, as our flight in January left from here. The duty free shop was poor. I would hate to be there if there was a big delay.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Hmm, how come I asked and she answered that easyJet isn't paying enough money for it.

Well, I suppose it's the same at many airports. Here they pay Swissport only for certain aspects of handling. So if a flight is cancelled, pax are given the hotline number or told to rebook themselves on the next one. Of course the passengers complain about it, but it's not the handling agent's fault.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Strict check of the 1 piece handluggage rule, no problems here.

Reassuring to hear. On my recent flights from BSL/LGW the staff made no attempt to check this. I saw several people with 3 pieces & one guy with 4 (!!) and it made me really cross. Other passengers also commented on it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late? Now they have to take the consequences and not make us a 'victim' in this.

Good for you. Yes, travelling with kids is stressful, but ezy have a special boarding group for them, so be at the gate on time.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My opinion about the legroom is good on easyJet, it feels better then on many other companies in this segment, sufficient for this 2 hour flight. Reclining is not possible (anymore), which is good imho

Can't really compare to other companies in the segment, but I always feel a bit hemmed in on ezy.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I noticed the baggage fare is quite high, as well for speedy boarding. On

Yes, it seems to be steadily creeping up......

AMS-VIE for the winter? How interesting. Hope it'll be a success.

Happy flying, your Scandinavian trip sounds most exciting
Infodesk   



"Do nothing in haste, look well to each step and from the beginning think what may be the end" - Edward Whymper
User currently offlineDunaA320 From UK - England, joined Feb 2009, 613 posts, RR: 8
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 6414 times:

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):
iirc, I missed a curtain in the back galley on my outbound flight

Haha, yes. That 'fell off' on my LGW-BFS sector.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 19):
Sure they had consumed alcohol, they were so loud and childish upon boarding. I think the crew made a right judgement at that moment and just walked on to the next row during service.

I understand. Personally I wouldn't have missed them out, but just made them aware they would not be served any alcohol.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 21):

Reassuring to hear. On my recent flights from BSL/LGW the staff made no attempt to check this. I saw several people with 3 pieces & one guy with 4 (!!) and it made me really cross

This is a frustrating issue with us guys in the cabin. Full flights we just have to offload if there is no space, causing unecessary delays. Ground staff are getting better, but espically Spanish and Italian flights are terrible!

Matt


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3243 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 6379 times:

Nice trip to BCN there! Thanks!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
At 19:05, 5 minutes before departure, a family showed up with a little baby and a small child, wanted to sit together. The purser came and asked my partner to move away from my row to sit elsewhere, so the family could sit together which they requested. I declined on her/their request though, why were they so late? Now they have to take the consequences and not make us a 'victim' in this. So, other arrangements were found apparently, leaving us with 3 seats for the 2 of us. Life was good!

I can't stand it when late boarding people ask for preferntial treatment. If you need seats together, turn up early!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Reclining is not possible (anymore), which is good imho.

I agree - on a short hual flight, you don't need to recline.



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1696 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 6205 times:
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Hi Eric,

Nice to read about your recent escape from (dreary) Dutchland  . If the weather some few 100 km's up north from my place is as bad as it is here, I can understand you took this (wise) decision. Barcelona is a wonderful city with plenty to see & do and in this time of year a guaranteed sunny destination. And as for the flight: I find your choice in flying EZY a wise one, saving you some money to spend in Barcelona   And btw: great pics overall!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
friendly staff who advised that they were speeding up today

So you all got 'speedy boarding'?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Amsterdam Schiphol - the lowcost Departure Lounge 4

That looks actually quite nice and not low cost at all?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
selling €6.75 baguettes

Ouch, that''s pretty steep for a baguette... and it wasn't very good.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Good job from her.

A good attitude from the F/A, showing these nitwits whose the boss on board and whose instructions to follow. I guess they got the message.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
After disembarking I got one more photo moment

Looking very smart me thinks.

   Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
25 PlaneHunter : Hi Eric, nice report with high-quality pictures, as usual! I really need to visit the city one day, I have only been to the airport and an airport hot
26 akhmad : Hi Eric, Very nice report. You have got me excited for our holiday next month, even though BCN will not be our destination. I really like your coverin
27 Post contains images makeree : Hi, Yes, the Radisson Sky City is just perfect but also pricey. And they also have day rooms if you want to have a rest /shower etc. On the other hand
28 Post contains images 717Flyer : Hi Eric! It might have been two very standard flights but you really managed to turn it into an interesting report thanks to excellent picture quality
29 The777Man : Hi Eric! Nice report with nice pictures ! easyJet looks very good here except for the terminals they use which seems too basic in my opinion. If I had
30 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi all, thanks for your continuing replies! Get yourself these muffins next time.. and you'll be fine! Sure it it. Luckily the way out is easy to find
31 SPLTA : Hi Eric, a very nice report with high quality pictures. Thanks a lot for sharing. Barcelona is a truly great city. Having been there couple of times I
32 Post contains images airbuseric : Hi, SPLTA! thank you! Sure. I also consider this always as a great city to relax a bit and stroll around. Good atmosphere usually, nice climate in gen
33 DALCE : Hey Eric, Finally some time for me to react! Good report on U2's operations from AMS. They really seem to gain momentum and I can't wait for a base to
34 Post contains images abrelosojos : = And Barcelona has "all my lovers" ... High quality report as usual. easyJet provides the perfect service for the no -nonsense weekend cityescape an
35 airbuseric : Hi guys, thanks for the feedback! I noticed that some other lowcost operators (e.g. DY) already moved to the D-gates since especially in the evening H
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