win1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2 Posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 10590 times:
Hello and welcome to my fourth trip report.
The trip was from Bristol to Prague with Easyjet for a 3-day break. I hope you enjoy!
Despite having been located in Bristol for university for almost 3 years, it was my first time at Bristol Airport.
Date: 9 March 2012
Route: BRS - PRG
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Easyjet check-in counters are very empty at the time. I have already checked in online but went to the counter to drop my bag. The check-in lady seemed surprise to see my Thailand Passport. After consulting her colleague and a telephone call, my visa was looked at and I got given another boarding pass with a 'ppc' written on it, indicating that my visa was checked.
Security check took around 5 minutes. Before entering duty free shops.
Quite busy departure hall on Friday afternoon
A very long queue for Easyjet flight to Newcastle
On the way to the boarding gate: gate 16
At the gate entrance, there was one member of the ground team who checked the boarding pass and passport. Then we were directed to queue to board the aircraft.
Pictures from the boarding gate.
Boarding the aircraft
Most people boarded using the stair at the front. I was the among the first to use the rear door.
Leg room was rather tight
A very full flight. It is very nice to see friendly cabin crew who helped almost everyone put their bags in the overhead compartments. When the aircraft door was closed, the captain made a welcome announcement. Saying that the flight departs slightly behind schedule due to the long time it took us, the passengers, to board the aircraft. But the flight would land on time. Flight time would be 1:45 minutes.
Taxied to the runway
Then the crew came to sell refreshments. Here is some of items on the menu
Before landing, the crew made an announcement asking each of us to look around and into our seat pockets for any rubbish as they would be passing around with their bin bags. This would help them for a very quick turnaround in Prague airport. The plane landed at PRG on time. once we got to the parking slot, I was surprised to see how efficient the ground team was. Before the aircraft door was opened, the aircraft was already been refueling and the baggage unloading.
Disembarking the plane
The captain came out of the flight deck thanked everyone at the front. He was so kind to allowed me to go inside the flight deck and take pictures. First officer offered to take a picture of me seating in the captain seat. I was very excited and my hand was quite shaky, hence the blurry image. I am sorry for that
Before exiting the plane
At this point, I realised that I held up a bus full of passengers! Once we arrived at the passport control, it was not too busy. It took less than 10 minutes to get passport stamped. My bag was already on the belt when I got to it.
Arrival Prague Airport terminal 1
Then was picked up for the airport - hotel transfer
Arrived at my hotel room
Here are some pictures taken in Prague during my visit
Some Czech cuisine
Arriving Prague Airport Terminal 1 for the return flight, around 5 hours before my flight as I traveled with my brother and his flight departed for LHR at 6:20 pm, and my flight at 9:20pm
Date: 12 March 2012
Route: PRG - BRS
Aircraft: Airbus A319
Easyjet check-in counters: still closed
BA check-in counters
Some pictures around the airport
Korean Air crew for a flight to Seoul
Check-in counters opened 2 hours before the flight. 2 counters are for flight to Bristol, 1 counter for speedy boarding and the other counter for all other passengers
Once again, the check-in agent was surprised to see my Thailand Passport. She called her colleague on the next counter and made a phone call. Then her supervisor came to check my passport and I was given an all clear.
Passport check was very swift. Took only a few minutes. Some airport pictures post passport control
When the gate number was displayed on screen, passengers rushed to queue at the entrance of the boarding gate. The security screening was done at the gate.
Then at 8:45pm, the plane arrived
When boarding commenced, passenger who required special assistance were boarded first then those who have speedy boarding. Then I joined the ordinary line. Once again, very friendly cabin crews welcomed passengers at the aircraft door. However, on this full flight, the crew didn't offer passengers their help with overhead bags as was on the BRS-PRG sector.
In flight magazine, with an old boarding pass. This aircraft went from Bristol to Geneva earlier in the day
Crew came around and I bought a sparkling water for 2 EUR (1.50 GBP)
The plane landed at 10:30pm, in a foggy condition
Taxied to parking
Disembarking the aircraft
Once again, the captain who came out of the cockpit to greeted passengers allowed me to take a photo in the flight deck.
Immigration control at Bristol Airport was very busy due to the faulty bio-metric machine . Luckily I was the only person at the time who holds a Non-EU passport, so I bypassed this queue and went to the All Passport counter.
My bag was already on the belt
Overall, the travel experience with Easyjet was good. There was nothing to complain. Both flights were quite full and both arrived on time. The crew on the outbound sector was particularly nice and helpful. I am surprised to see the captain on both flights greeted passengers off the airplane. This was the first time I have seen such thing.
Thanks for reading! All comments/feedback/suggestions are very welcomed and appreciated.
Tomskii From Belgium, joined May 2011, 467 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 9784 times:
For some reason I like the seats on an Easyjetplane, they are in fabric but still simple and stylish. And most of all: you fly cheap from big airport to big airport (most of the time) instead of FR flying from an unknown place to an unknown place :p
win1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 9675 times:
Quoting nicktt (Reply 4): Nice trip report, thank you for all the pictures!
Thanks, glad you enjoy it.
Quoting nicktt (Reply 4): I too am a student at Bristol, it's a shame I haven't been able to visit the airport as of yet! However, I have a year abroad in my third year, so I'll be sampling U2's services then!
Its very good to know you are from Bristol too! Bars at Bristol Airport has some decently priced beers .
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5): Ive noticed EZY aren't actually that cheap. On more than a few occasions they've only been a few pounds less than BA/BMI.
I only booked the ticket around two before the flight for the Friday afternoon departure, so I wouldn't expect to get a typical Easyjet price. My return flight costed around 165 GBP (inclduing 9GBP admin charge and 20 GBP baggage fee). However, a few months ago, I managed to book a mid-week flight from LGW - MUC - LGW on Easyjet for around 50 GBP (including admin fee).
jrn216 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 11 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9089 times:
I enjoyed your trip report.
My last flight with Easyjet was in December 2010 from Gatwick to Prague. I too found that there was nothing to complain about; the flights were on time, the cabin crew was friendly and professional, and the service was good. If the fares are reasonable and you get to your destination conveniently then you can't really ask for more on such a short flight.
The weather on your trip looks better than when I was in Prague. It did not stop snowing the whole time, which made the city very picturesque but too cold to stay outside for long. I also noticed you stayed at the InterContinental; its a nice hotel in a good location even if it seems to be stuck in the 1980s!
Quoting signol (Reply 9): Nice photos of yours, especially the food! Not often you see the dumplings
Quoting signol (Reply 9): Easyjet are amongst the best of the LCCs, in my opinion. Service was good, especially the crew going the extra mile to help stow bags on your outward flight.
Easyjet seems a very efficient airline. Also, not a massive different (or even better in some aspects) than the mainstream European airlines in terms of staff service.
Quoting roberts87 (Reply 10):
Thanks for posting!
Easyjet seemed to perform their usually OK-job. Indeed, they are among the better LCC's in Europe. Prague sure is a great city, I enjoyed my time there too!
Hi Roberts87! Not at all, thanks for your comment! It was my first time traveling with Easyjet and traveling to Prague and I was impressed with both.
MSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 8725 times:
Great trip report, thanks for sharing it with us today!
EZY is indeed no frills but still looks ok given the price paid!
I followed this report with praticular interest since I will be flying from BER to BRU on Easy in a few months.
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
Ps76 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 8407 times:
Another cool trip report. That's the second one of yours I've read tonight and it makes for good reading. I've never been to Prague but always wanted to go since watching the Mission Impossible movie. Easyjet look like a good airline from the pics. Their speedy boarding is a little expensive though but good you managed to get a window seat both ways without paying for that. I like how they serve Starbucks coffee on board too.
win1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8262 times:
Quoting Ps76 (Reply 15): Another cool trip report. That's the second one of yours I've read tonight and it makes for good reading. I've never been to Prague but always wanted to go since watching the Mission Impossible movie. Easyjet look like a good airline from the pics. Their speedy boarding is a little expensive though but good you managed to get a window seat both ways without paying for that. I like how they serve Starbucks coffee on board too.
Thanks very much! I am very glad you enjoyed reading them. I was happy with travelling on Easyjet. I am not sure how popular is the speedy boarding in general, but on my flight, I noticed that less than 5 people bought it on the outbound and slightly more people (7-8) on the inbound. I was lucky to get be among the first to get to the boarding gate and to board the plane first.
Quoting Checo77 (Reply 16):
Hope you enjoyed your stay in my hometown
Pretty nice TR, thanks for sharing!!! I am very suprised the cabin crew was nice, according to your words. Something not very seen in LCC these days.
Absolutely enjoyed Prague! Thanks for commenting. I was surprised to see the good service too.
Quoting stipica (Reply 17):
how I missed yours previous work hmmm ... excellent trip report with plenty of pictures ... thanks for sharing ...stipica
GT4EZY From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2007, 1816 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (2 years 11 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 8105 times:
A few points.....
Leg room unexplicably gets tighter towards the rear of the aircraft, especially on the last couple of rows on a A320. On either A319 or A320 try to head to rows 1-20. Generally that little more comfortable.
Strictly speaking, crew aren't supposed to be stowing bags.....partly a by-product of unlimited weight allowance on hand baggage. However, most of us will help of in order to keep things going smoothly and of course those who really need help. i.e reduced mobility pax.
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 5): Seems like they just go off the reputation of being cheap now and rely on people not bothering to shop around.
This seems to be the opinion of many a.netters. However, the airline passenger is extremely savvy which is precisely why the industry is so focused on price these days. The competitive nature of the market would not be as such if people just booked on assumption.
As it is, the LCC's offer direct flights which tends to be a huge plus for many British/Europeans. Certainly with Britons there is a reluctance to change aircraft on short flights. Your view also seems to make the assumption that people only fly Easy (and other LCC's I guess) out of sufference when in actual fact Easyjet has quite a loyal following.
win1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7983 times:
Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 19): Leg room unexplicably gets tighter towards the rear of the aircraft, especially on the last couple of rows on a A320. On either A319 or A320 try to head to rows 1-20. Generally that little more comfortable.
Thanks for the information. I didn't know about it before.
Quoting GT4EZY (Reply 19): Strictly speaking, crew aren't supposed to be stowing bags.....partly a by-product of unlimited weight allowance on hand baggage. However, most of us will help of in order to keep things going smoothly and of course those who really need help. i.e reduced mobility pax.
On the full flight I travelled, the crew did a very good job in rearranging the overhead lockers for space and assisting almost everyone which made the boarding rather more smooth and less time consuming. For me, its always nice seeing this.
PlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 7009 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (2 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 7744 times:
another nice report, this time with good pictures from Prague!
Quoting win1290 (Thread starter): The captain came out of the flight deck thanked everyone at the front. He was so kind to allowed me to go inside the flight deck and take pictures. First officer offered to take a picture of me seating in the captain seat.