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U2 And BD Up To The Granite City. LTN-ABZ-LHR  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8943 times:

U2 and BD up to the Granite City. LTN-ABZ-LHR

Welcome to my latest trip report, covering a short trip up to the Granite City, aka Aberdeen, Scotland’s 3rd largest, and one of the UK richest cities. Last month I wrote about my Lufthansa trip down to Moldova where I went couchsurfing. A lot of you were interested in how the experience went. Well, it went so well that the guy I was staying with told me about his upcoming New Year trip to Scotland, and asked me if I fancied joining him there. Well, how could I say no? For some reason, I’d always fancied a trip up to Aberdeen, but never had a reason to go.

So, how to get there? By road it’s a rather arduous 500-odd miles taking the best part of 10 hours. The train was an interesting option. There are daytime trains taking 6-7 hours, or else a much more interesting sleeper train from Paddington Station. Unfortunately prices for the sleeper were not good (minimum £50), so in the end I looked skywards. Like I did en route to Paris/USA/Mexico in September, I used some Nectar points to get an easyJet flight up from Luton. Returning, I thought i’d try bmi and their Embraers back down to Heathrow. My trip looked like this:



Unfortunately the only daily flight from Luton was at 0705, way too early for my liking. I ended up getting up at 0430, before a walk, train and bus combo bringing me to LTN for 0520.

I found this El Al 737 sitting forlornly outside. I’m surprised she was parked so close to the terminal rather than away from would be terrorists.
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I would have taken a later train but the day before departure U2 sent me an email saying:

“During the holiday period, London Luton Airport will be operating at full capacity and there is a likelihood that there will be congestion at the security point. We therefore strongly recommend you allow extra time for your travel through the airport.

Please check-in online and bring your boarding pass with you. If you have a bag to check-in then please proceed to the check-in area. Check-in will open 3 hours before scheduled departure time and close promptly 1 hour prior to the scheduled departure time.
Security will close promptly 50 minutes before departure. If you present yourself to security after this time you will not be permitted through.”

Living not too far from LTN I would have aimed to have arrived an hour or so before departure, but under the circumstances, I aimed for 90 minutes. The airport was quite busy, and I was glad that I had printed my boarding pass at home, and didn’t have to deal with check in.
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When will U2 introduce mobile boarding passes? Seems like the next logical step for them given that unlike with FR, you don’t need to pay to check in, even in person.

FIDS


The queues at check in weren’t repeated at security – I was only queue for around 5 minutes, before being directed to an empty queue, with just one person in front. One thing I hate about these sorts of airports is the high number of people that have no idea what to do. Of course, the guy in front had to be asked to take of his belt, shoes, take out computer, keys, phone etc etc etc. Ugh, very tedious.

Before too long, though, I was through into the departures lounge. It was still dark, but limited spotting was still possible.
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Around 0630 the gate number popped up on the board. I walked down to the gate, where I was scanned in, and had my ID checked (for domestic UK flights only you can use your driving licence – very handy seeing as the UK don’t have ID cards yet). I was let into the waiting pen, and got one of the few seats down at the end. After around fifteen minutes, the pen was near full, and we were let onto tarmac. I was happy to see that we had a special livery (well, kind of) – a 100th Aircraft delivered to U2.

January 2012
London Luton (LTN) – Aberdeen Dyce (ABZ)
easyJet U2 143
Scheduled: 0705-0835 (1h30m)
Actual: 0719-0826 (1h07m)
Airbus A319 G-EZID (easyJet’s 100th aircraft at the time of delivery back in March 2005)

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I headed for the rear door where I was one of the first up the steps. I was welcomed on board, and found an empty row.
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The plane gradually filled up to a total of around 60 pax – a 40% load. I ended up with a row to myself, along with quite a few other people. Interesting someone in the window in front was joined by a lady who sat in the middle (they weren’t travelling together). No one took the aisle seat and she stayed in the middle the entire flight. Hope the window guy didn’t want any space!

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Off we go
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We finally broke through the cloud cover – a lovey day up here it seems
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Not much to report flight wise. I took the opportunity of having 3 seats to have a quick lie down. The crew did a service, although I’m not sure they sold much. Pretty much everyone was sleeping or snoozing, with the exception of two very loud and chatty ladies in the last row, who managed to laugh the entire way.

I was happy to see that we approached from the South, enabling some nice views of the city.
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We touched down just over 10 minutes early at a rather deserted Aberdeen airport.
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The rather strange looking control tower
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Some Eastern aircraft enjoying the weekend
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Ex-Southwest Air
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Disembarking
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Outside
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Unfortunately buses only run from the airport to the city once an hour at the weekend, and I had just missed one. I waited in the terminal for the next one, finally arriving around 10am.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8941 times:

I had managed to snag a room at the Travelodge for just GBP12 – excellent value. When I first looked it was GBP19, the rose to GBP29. Thankfully their New Year sale started the same day I finally decided to book. One problem was that they were strict with their 3pm check in. There was no left luggage place, so I had to spend the way with my backpack.

Luckily, I was in town on a lovely sunny day. There’s not a lot happening, but there’s enough to happily fill a day. My first stop was the very good Maritime Museum. If you are interested in the Oil Industry (which is what keeps Aberdeen alive), oil rigs and helicopters, this is the place to go!
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From there it was a short walk to the beach. Nice and sunny, but very cold and windy!
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An Eastern Saab inbound from Norway
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Time to check in for tomorrow’s flight down to LHR


Good to see the ERJ was still scheduled
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From the beach I wandered back into town, and had a look around the Art Gallery before checking into the hotel – very nice for £12.
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I headed out once I was checked in to have a look around the Provost Skene's House.
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After a good night out, then a long boozy lunch, it was time to bid adieu to my friend, and head back to ABZ.
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There was no queue for the BD flight to LHR. As I had a long wait in LHR before my bus, I thought I might as well as check in my bag. The friendly guy printed a tag, and told me to take it to the special baggage area due to the straps. I asked if there were any single seats available near the front (hoping slyly for an upgrade to Y+). That was a no go, but I was given an emergency exit seat.
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FIDS – there is an interesting selection of routes out of ABZ. Earlier in the day there was even an Azerbaijan Airlines A319 to Baku.
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There wasn’t much queue for security, and I was through in about 10 seconds (to the astonishment of the security people).
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ABZ Airport
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I has a browse of the airport shops, looking for a sandwich. Thankfully I came across the Boots where all the sandwiches were reduced. After an hour or so my flight was eventually called. I counted 22 other pax, meaning a load of 47% (so better than U2).
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January 2012
Aberdeen Dyce (ABZ) – London Heathrow (LHR)
bmi BD 677
Scheduled: 1820-2000 (1h40m)
Actual: 1820-1939 (1h19m)
Embraer 145 G-RJXE



Nice cozy cabin
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Good legroom in row 11
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Wet tarmac
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Off we go – bang on time
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Stuff in the pocket – interestingly, the single FA didn’t mention anything about opening the emergency exit at all.
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Rolf Harris in Voyager


A very good article about good beer and bars in the Middle East
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There are no free drinks with BD domestic to LHR, but I bought a tonic water (and maybe added a little something)
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Maps in the back of the magazine
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A quick trip to the facilities
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Why is smoking such a big no-no nowadays? If it was safe for such a long time, surely it’s not a safety issue?
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The cabin
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Looking a bit shabby
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Some nice views over London
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The Dome with LCY in the corner
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A good 20 minutes early we touched down at LHR – no good photos on arrival, sorry.
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Space in the exit row
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The little E145, currently the smaller scheduled aircraft operating into LHR
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The rather nasty corridor leading to the terminal
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bmi land in T1. In very few parts of LHR do arriving and departing pax mix, but T1 domestic is one of them
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My bag arrived on the belt around the same time as me (just 6 minutes after disembarking), and I headed out to the bus station.
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Well, that concluded my weekend trip to Aberdeen. easyJet were fairly hassle free (apart from the early check in arrangments). Shame the leg room is so tight. bmi were good – shame there isn’t any free drinks service on the route, unlike BA. It was nice to get a ride on the Embraer, it makes a nice change from A and B.

I hope you enjoyed reading.

All comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City – London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of San Diego Airport, and American Airlines San Diego - LA – Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where’s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi’an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y+
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
Skiing in Switzerland with Swiss and bmi. LHR-ZRH-DUB-LHR
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi’an
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8819 times:

Hi Gabriel!

A nice little tripreport of yours!
Nice idea to fly bmi, who knows how long they will be around.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When will U2 introduce mobile boarding passes?

Well atleast they have OLCI compared to DY...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting someone in the window in front was joined by a lady who sat in the middle (they weren’t travelling together). No one took the aisle seat and she stayed in the middle the entire flight. Hope the window guy didn’t want any space!

Funny, I had that happen to me on the one and only EZY flight I have taken. Being a Swede I sat there cramped in my window seat without saying a word about it though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice cozy cabin

Looks quite comfortable for being a RJ.

Martin


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 3, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 8699 times:

Hey, Gabriel,

pretty good to follow something from Aberdeen. Never been there myself, but it´s still also an interesting place for me.
Good to see that cute E-Jet in service with BD.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineEuroWings From UK - England, joined Sep 2011, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8647 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Great report from your travels to ABZ. It was certainly a good idea to catch BD Regional into LHR, as the days of BD ERJs out of LHR are perhaps numbered.

I noted the Azerbaijan Airlines service from Aberdeen to Baku, an extremely unusual route, although it's quite obvious that 'oil traffic' is the main reason for this.

Thanks
EuroWings


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 8556 times:

Thanks for your comments so far

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):

A nice little tripreport of yours!

No problem

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Well atleast they have OLCI compared to DY...

True

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Funny, I had that happen to me on the one and only EZY flight I have taken. Being a Swede I sat there cramped in my window seat without saying a word about it though.

Egh, I wouldn't have stood (or sat!) for that. If I was the person in the middle, I'd feel really awkward. I like space, so it's hard wired into me to move away!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 2):
Looks quite comfortable for being a RJ.

Yeah, it was quite comfy

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Never been there myself, but it´s still also an interesting place for me.

Yeah, I think you'd enjoy the Maritime Musuem - it's a bit like the Swedish mine!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 3):
Good to see that cute E-Jet in service with BD.
Quoting EuroWings (Reply 4):
Great report from your travels to ABZ. It was certainly a good idea to catch BD Regional into LHR, as the days of BD ERJs out of LHR are perhaps numbered.

Yeah, probably won't see them around for long

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 4):
I noted the Azerbaijan Airlines service from Aberdeen to Baku, an extremely unusual route, although it's quite obvious that 'oil traffic' is the main reason for this.

Yes, I imagine 99.9% oil traffic. The other 0.01% are a.netters!



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User currently offlineJL418 From Italy, joined Jun 2009, 493 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8530 times:

Nice TR Gabriel!

Your story reminds me of a trip I made last year, flying to Aberdeen from LHR and then leaving (or that what I was supposed to do) from Edinburgh. Unfortunately it all went wrong, yet I made it home... I've written a TR about it, should be somewhere in this section.

However, yours is much more interesting than mine especially 'cause you had the chance to have a glimpse of Aberdeen whereas all I saw was the airport and the train station, asking myself if the locals spoke Norwegian or English (took a while for me to understand what the heck they were saying!). The Maritime museum definitely looks interesting, thanks for sharing the pictures!

It's great that you scored the EMB 145 in full BMI livery, unfortunately in my case it was in a much more bland Euro White. The seats cover was different as well, but the ride was absolutely fun, it felt like being on a particularly young and jumpy puppy!

Keep them coming!

Fabrizio


User currently offlineCaptainDoony From UK - Scotland, joined Oct 2011, 69 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 8432 times:

Nice TR!

As an Aberdonian it's good to get a decent report about my home city  

Was the date of this trip on the new year as the loads looked light... especially for the U2 flight which was mobbed when I did it in November


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8232 times:

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
Nice TR Gabriel!

Thanks!

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
Unfortunately it all went wrong, yet I made it home... I've written a TR about it, should be somewhere in this section.

I'll have a search for it

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
The Maritime museum definitely looks interesting, thanks for sharing the pictures!

Yeah, it's quite cool

Quoting JL418 (Reply 6):
Keep them coming!

Will do. Will post my report to Tallinn next week sometime, and then I've got 5-6 reports for my African trip before the end of Feb

Quoting CaptainDoony (Reply 7):
Nice TR!

Thanks!

Quoting CaptainDoony (Reply 7):

As an Aberdonian it's good to get a decent report about my home city

I'm glad you approved of by Aberdeonian protrayal

Quoting CaptainDoony (Reply 7):
Was the date of this trip on the new year as the loads looked light... especially for the U2 flight which was mobbed when I did it in November

It was last weekend, so after the NY rush



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User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8059 times:

Hi Gab,

A nice little report of your jaunt up to Aberdeen. I've been meaning to visit the city but haven't gotten around to it. Last year I did spend the night at a hotel next to the Aberdeen Airport after coming in from Inverness with the train and flying out the next day, but never had any time for a proper city visit. Although I think I'd rather go during the summer (but then again in Scotland there's not much difference between summer and winter!).

Good idea catching that BMI Regional E145, certainly a bit different experience at LHR than a 747!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Well, it went so well that the guy I was staying with told me about his upcoming New Year trip to Scotland, and asked me if I fancied joining him there. Well, how could I say no? For some reason, I’d always fancied a trip up to Aberdeen, but never had a reason to go.

Wow, that's sounds like a nice way to make friends. Good for you.

Although I'm a bit baffled why would a Moldovan want to spend new years' in Aberdeen of all places.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
, I used some Nectar points to get an easyJet flight up from Luton.

How's the exchange rate? Is it worth it or do you have to do a year's worth of groceries just to get a 30 GBP flight?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I found this El Al 737 sitting forlornly outside. I’m surprised she was parked so close to the terminal rather than away from would be terrorists.

Especially considering that Luton has a certain reputation...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The airport was quite busy, and I was glad that I had printed my boarding pass at home, and didn’t have to deal with check in.

And be glad your name doesn't have any funny Scandinavian characters in it like mine does - it caused me some additional hassle at LTN back in April 2010, actually flying Ezy to Scotland too, although to EDI.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting someone in the window in front was joined by a lady who sat in the middle (they weren’t travelling together). No one took the aisle seat and she stayed in the middle the entire flight. Hope the window guy didn’t want any space!

I've never understood this - especially considering it is free seating. With assigned seats I can just barely understand that some people are uneasy about moving from their assigned seats.

Back in November 2007 I was flying one of the first EI HEL-DUB flights late on a Saturday night. There were maybe 30 pax onboard the A320 so lots and lots of room for everybody. Well, what do you know, two ladies had been assigned the BC seats next to me. I waited and waited for them to move away, but they made no attempt at it. Finally ten minutes after the seat belt sign went off I asked "Shall I move or shall you?" and only after that they somewhat grudgingly (!) agreed to move somewhere else.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had managed to snag a room at the Travelodge for just GBP12 – excellent value.

Oh yes, Travelodges can be excellent value for money indeed. I'm kinda happy that I managed to snag a 9 Pound room in their last ever 9 GBP sale for my Gatwick stay back in May. Staying at one in London in two weeks for 19 GBP, can't really beat that for London!

They are usually quite good standard as well, sure no frills but no ratholes either.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Good to see the ERJ was still scheduled

I think you have a few wrong photos there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I has a browse of the airport shops, looking for a sandwich. Thankfully I came across the Boots where all the sandwiches were reduced. .

Hah, I did the same when I was flying to BGO back in March, much better value than the other establishments! Of course then it turned out that WF actually served a free sandwich onboard...

Shame you didn't have any lounge access, the ABZ Servisair lounge is quite okay actually. No windows, but rather large and a good selection of booze (like always in the UK Servisair ones).

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but I bought a tonic water (and maybe added a little something)

I know your antics, mate!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There are no free drinks with BD domestic to LHR

What about the regional routes to MAN? Any idea? At least some years ago there was a report by someone flying from ABZ to MAN who first had around ten vodka tonics in the ABZ lounge and then a couple of more during the flight and didn't remember anything else from it  
Quoting EuroWings (Reply 4):
I noted the Azerbaijan Airlines service from Aberdeen to Baku, an extremely unusual route, although it's quite obvious that 'oil traffic' is the main reason for this.
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 5):
Yes, I imagine 99.9% oil traffic. The other 0.01% are a.netters!

Unfortunately you can't just buy a ticket for that service through the regular distribution channels. It is reserved for oil industry and is operated on a semi charter basis. A shame, really!


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7906 times:

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):

A nice little report of your jaunt up to Aberdeen.

Thanks

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Although I'm a bit baffled why would a Moldovan want to spend new years' in Aberdeen of all places.

Actually, the guy is German, and was meeting some friends in Edinurgh for Hogmanay

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
How's the exchange rate? Is it worth it or do you have to do a year's worth of groceries just to get a 30 GBP flight?

Well, you get points from a lot of places, as well as Sainsburys (where I don't shop), which pays roughly £1=1 point. Expedia gives 200 points per hotel or flight booking, or 1,000 for a hotel+flight (or more with their frequent bonuses). You also get points from Amazon and loads of other shops. The majority of my points are from Expedia. So 100 nectar points give you GBP 1 credit generally. I think it works out ok using them on U2, but only beacuse I'd book through Expedia anyway, so might as well get the points.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Back in November 2007 I was flying one of the first EI HEL-DUB flights late on a Saturday night. There were maybe 30 pax onboard the A320 so lots and lots of room for everybody. Well, what do you know, two ladies had been assigned the BC seats next to me. I waited and waited for them to move away, but they made no attempt at it. Finally ten minutes after the seat belt sign went off I asked "Shall I move or shall you?" and only after that they somewhat grudgingly (!) agreed to move somewhere else.

Some people are so annoying.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Oh yes, Travelodges can be excellent value for money indeed. I'm kinda happy that I managed to snag a 9 Pound room in their last ever 9 GBP sale for my Gatwick stay back in May. Staying at one in London in two weeks for 19 GBP, can't really beat that for London!

Excellent value for London. I was shocked my hotel bathroom even had a proper bath - don't see that too often nowadays.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
I think you have a few wrong photos there.

Ah yes, sorry:
http://i129.photobucket.com/albums/p207/shefgab/Aberdeen/CIMG9003.jpg

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
What about the regional routes to MAN? Any idea? At least some years ago there was a report by someone flying from ABZ to MAN who first had around ten vodka tonics in the ABZ lounge and then a couple of more during the flight and didn't remember anything else from it

Non-LHR routes get free drinks. Its only LHR-MAN/EDI/ABZ/DUB/Hannover that's BoB.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 9):
Unfortunately you can't just buy a ticket for that service through the regular distribution channels. It is reserved for oil industry and is operated on a semi charter basis. A shame, really!

Actually, you can buy them. The J2 website has a one way ABZ-GYD for around £350. Opodo also sells them. Expedia doesn't recognise GYD or Baku for some reason, even though they can sell J2 flights - it;s been like that for years.



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User currently offlineGCPET From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2012, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7805 times:

Nice Trip Report! Always like reading the TR's on British Airlines and nice to see one on BMI. Hopefully a few more will come up before they're intergrated into the BA fleet  

GCPET



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3025 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7633 times:

Hi Gabriel,

another great report, thanks!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unfortunately prices for the sleeper were not good (minimum £50)

That doesn't seem a bad price, pity the £19 sleeper tickets had all gone  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I used some Nectar points to get an easyJet flight up from Luton

I usually use my debit card - doens't paying with Nectar points cost an extra "admin" fee higher than the debit card fee?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I took the opportunity of having 3 seats to have a quick lie down

Lie-flat seats on U2?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Unfortunately buses only run from the airport to the city once an hour at the weekend, and I had just missed one. I waited in the terminal for the next one, finally arriving around 10am.

I've not been to ABZ before, but how far is the station at Dyce from the terminal? Too far to walk?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I had managed to snag a room at the Travelodge for just GBP12

Excellent deal. I always keep an eye on their sales.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Maritime Museum

Looks like a very good museum.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):

From there it was a short walk to the beach

Scotland is not the first place you think of when visiting the beach!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
FIDS – there is an interesting selection of routes out of ABZ

Nice to see Norwich, not once but twice! ABZ is the most common destination, with 5 every weekday.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Good legroom in row 11

That's what comes of being nice to the checkin agent  
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
It was nice to get a ride on the Embraer, it makes a nice change from A and B

So now we've A = Airbus, B = Boeing, C = Canadair, D = Dornier, E = Embraer, F = Fokker, and S = Saab...

Thanks again for the report!

signol



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User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 7487 times:

Hi Gabriel

Thanks for the trip report! Love reading UK domestic TRs. ABZ and INV are the only 2 major Scottish airports I've not landed at.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
We finally broke through the cloud cover – a lovey day up here it seems

Wow! Amazing how dark it is on the ground compared to above the cloud!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Embraer 145 G-RJXE

I flew on that very aircraft EDI-BRU a few years ago on my ERJ Away Day back in 2005  


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 14, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7410 times:

Quoting GCPET (Reply 11):
Nice Trip Report!

Thanks!

Quoting GCPET (Reply 11):
Always like reading the TR's on British Airlines and nice to see one on BMI. Hopefully a few more will come up before they're intergrated into the BA fleet

Well, I've got a LHR-CMN coming up next week

Quoting signol (Reply 12):

another great report, thanks!

No problem!

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
That doesn't seem a bad price, pity the £19 sleeper tickets had all gone

Yeah I really want to try the Caledonian Sleeper

Quoting signol (Reply 12):

I usually use my debit card - doens't paying with Nectar points cost an extra "admin" fee higher than the debit card fee?

Well, until recently there was a £8 admin fee (payable with points) on top of the fare, but no debit card fee for the balance not paid with points. This makes it no different to paying in debit card normally. However, from today, a blanket £9 fee applies for ALL debit cards. Not sure about Nectar now though.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
I've not been to ABZ before, but how far is the station at Dyce from the terminal? Too far to walk?

The station is the wrong side of the runway. Buses run very infrequently. Trains from there also only run hourly max.

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Scotland is not the first place you think of when visiting the beach!

There are meant to be some lovely beaches on the islands

Quoting signol (Reply 12):
Nice to see Norwich, not once but twice! ABZ is the most common destination, with 5 every weekday.

I guess there's a lot of oil traffic on the route heading to Hull??!?

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 13):

Thanks for the trip report!

No problem

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 13):
Wow! Amazing how dark it is on the ground compared to above the cloud!

Yeah, it's grim down below!

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 13):
I flew on that very aircraft EDI-BRU a few years ago on my ERJ Away Day back in 2005

Nice report



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1135 posts, RR: 32
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 7183 times:

Hi Gabriel. Venerable one that is!

Now. Interesting route - certainly the longest distance you can do within the Uk I should think.

Great approach photos of ABZ city centre. Many a wild time there - spotted at least 3 spots I got upto mischief in my student days. Flights looked standard enough. Perhaps next time a LCY - ABZ with Cityjet.

Now. I think you gave ABZ a fair review there. After studying 4 years there I have to say my analysis is much more critical of it. However - as an outpost of the oil industry and a weather-beaten city. . . it is quite fascinating. It looks like a frontier town from your arrival photos.

Rgds

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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 16, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 7122 times:
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Hi GC,

Another good read, nice stuff.

Aberdeen looks ok, been there a few times but just for work, so not seen the city or night life, will change later in the year I think.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When will U2 introduce mobile boarding passes?

- Indeed, not quite sure whey they don't have it already.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
had my ID checked (for domestic UK flights only you can use your driving licence

- I still don't see the point of ID on domestic flights, BD & BD don't require any ID.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting someone in the window in front was joined by a lady who sat in the middle (they weren’t travelling together). No one took the aisle seat and she stayed in the middle the entire flight. Hope the window guy didn’t want any space!

- Why do people do this? - most annoying!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27337 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7028 times:

Hey nice read  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
So, how to get there? By road it’s a rather arduous 500-odd miles taking the best part of 10 hours

Too long better to take the flight  

Id love to take a few days to ABZ last time I was just passing through but seems some interesting things to see and do .

Thanks for the report.

Philip  


User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 6948 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Aberdeen, the Granite city? What a catchy title. I just had to read it!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
U2 sent me an email saying:

Very considerate of U2.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Of course, the guy in front had to be asked to take of his belt, shoes, take out computer, keys, phone etc etc etc. Ugh, very tedious.

I frequently ended up in similar situation somehow.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting someone in the window in front was joined by a lady who sat in the middle (they weren’t travelling together). No one took the aisle seat and she stayed in the middle the entire flight.

Probably the lady felt safer with strong arms next to her. 


Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
with the exception of two very loud and chatty ladies in the last row, who managed to laugh the entire way.

They should do live performance of “Just for Laughs” on board.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
for just GBP12

What a steal!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Maritime Museum
Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Provost Skene's House.

Are they the important sights of Aberdeen?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I was given an emergency exit seat.

Not bad, wasn’t it?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Why is smoking such a big no-no nowadays?

Just from curiosity, do you smoke?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
but I bought a tonic water (and maybe added a little something)

Gin?   


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
just 6 minutes after disembarking),

That’s what I call a quick baggage delivery.


Thank you for sharing this nice weekend trip report.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6806 times:

Hey Gabriel! I enjoyed your TR very much, thanks for sharing.  


3 words... I Love Aviation!!!
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6781 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 15):
Hi Gabriel. Venerable one that is!

Thanks Luke!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 15):
Now. Interesting route - certainly the longest distance you can do within the Uk I should think.

Yeah, it probably is the longest non-stop. There was also an ABZ-LBA-EXT flight at the same time, which is longer overall.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 15):
Now. I think you gave ABZ a fair review there. After studying 4 years there I have to say my analysis is much more critical of it. However - as an outpost of the oil industry and a weather-beaten city. . . it is quite fascinating. It looks like a frontier town from your arrival photos.

Yeah, it seems plesant enough, although I'm glad I wasn't there another day!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
Another good read, nice stuff.

Thanks Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
- I still don't see the point of ID on domestic flights, BD & BD don't require any ID.

No, I don't know why they bother. It was nice not having to show ID with BD on the way back down.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 16):
- Why do people do this? - most annoying!

Same thing happened to me today on FR. A guy on his own sat in the middle - I can't believe people actually choose middle seats! The flight was full in the end, so I didn't loose any space.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Hey nice read

Thanks Phil

Quoting OA260 (Reply 17):
Thanks for the report.

No problem

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Aberdeen, the Granite city? What a catchy title. I just had to read it!

Well, it's not my name for it, it's the offical nickname!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Probably the lady felt safer with strong arms next to her.

Haha, maybe!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Are they the important sights of Aberdeen?

Yeah, I guess so. Don't go to ABZ expecing to be wowed with the sights!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Just from curiosity, do you smoke?

No, but I like having the right to do things, even if I choose not to use it. The fine is a bit steep if the only thing they don't like about smoking is the smell.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):

Gin?

No comment  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Thank you for sharing this nice weekend trip report.

No problem Suryo!

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 19):
Hey Gabriel! I enjoyed your TR very much, thanks for sharing.

Thanks, glad you liked it



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User currently offlineabrelosojos From Venezuela, joined May 2005, 5130 posts, RR: 55
Reply 21, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6669 times:

Cool report. Thanks for sharing - it has inspired me to look at going to Scotland in April.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I found this El Al 737 sitting forlornly outside. I’m surprised she was parked so close to the terminal rather than away from would be terrorists.

= Haha.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
No one took the aisle seat and she stayed in the middle the entire flight. Hope the window guy didn’t want any space!

= Strange.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Maps in the back of the magazine

= Amazing isn't it ... what BD has quietly done with their network. I do think a VS merger would give them great feed at LHR.

Thanks for writing it up.

Saludos,
A.



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1789 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6579 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Nice little report on some in-between journey (for you that is  ). Scotland must be quite a contrast to the London area: green, lots of space, quiet…
Don’t you just love that ad at ABZ stating ‘the worl’s most improved airport* (* in 2008)’? It made me laugh instantly!
Nice to see you scored a ride on the small ERJ, they are getting rarer by the day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Security will close promptly 50 minutes before departure. If you present yourself to security after this time you will not be permitted through.

So do they actually keep track of that by scanning your boarding pass at security?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
When will U2 introduce mobile boarding passes?

I ask myself that as well. But they can’t print commercial messages on the mobile ones, can they?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The rather strange looking control tower

Reminds me of some carton board staple boxes my son has.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Stuff in the pocket – interestingly, the single FA didn’t mention anything about opening the emergency exit at all.

Au contraire: on my KL flight last weekend I was in the exit row as well and the FA personally attended to me and explained what to do in ICE.

Sultanils



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 23, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6480 times:

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Cool report. Thanks for sharing

Thanks, glad you liked it!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
it has inspired me to look at going to Scotland in April.

Really? Great! Where are you off to? I really want to go to some of the outlying islands, but they're not cheap.

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Amazing isn't it ... what BD has quietly done with their network. I do think a VS merger would give them great feed at LHR

It's a good network - whether they're making any money is a different matter entirely!

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 21):
Thanks for writing it up.

No problem

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
Nice little report

Thanks!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
Scotland must be quite a contrast to the London area: green, lots of space, quiet…

Well, parts of the south are green and quiet! And I saw a lot of Aberdeen city, rather the rolling Highlands!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
Don’t you just love that ad at ABZ stating ‘the worl’s most improved airport* (* in 2008)’? It made me laugh instantly!

Yeah, it must have been a mess before!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
So do they actually keep track of that by scanning your boarding pass at security?

Well, I think they scan it at security to make sure it's real (and that you're a passenger) - whether they tell the airline about it is another matter entirely!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 22):
I ask myself that as well. But they can’t print commercial messages on the mobile ones, can they?

They could have some annoying pop-up ads? I'm sure they can find a way



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 24, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 6376 times:

Hi Gabriel

Nice trip report, good to read!
seems like U2 and BD did a good work on the job taking care of you!
ABZ seems quit interesting as well, want to go there one day.
Seems interesting getting an ERJ to LHR landing there between all the 747's,346s,...
Seems like the BD config is more comfortable then other ERJ's i've flewn with.

Greetings
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3372 posts, RR: 12
Reply 25, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6248 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):

Nice trip report, good to read!

Thanks! Glad you liked it

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):
seems like U2 and BD did a good work on the job taking care of you!

Well, there wasn't a lot of "taking care". Cabin crew contact was fairly minimal!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):
Seems interesting getting an ERJ to LHR landing there between all the 747's,346s,...

Yeah, was nice to fly in on something small

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 24):
Seems like the BD config is more comfortable then other ERJ's i've flewn with.

I'm flying the Portugalia ERK CMN-LIS on Saturday, so keen to see what that's like inside.



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