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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 8202 times:

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Not long after I booked my trip to Frankfurt, I was already thinking of somewhere else to go. I had been to Brussels many years ago but didn't really do much sightseeing. I remember it being a nice city though so I made some investigations. Brussels Airways seemed like an interesting option considering I'd already booked to fly with British Airways to Frankfurt. I saw there was an option to return on one of their Avro85's and as it was at a good time and I'd not flown on this type before this appealed the most to me. The price was a very reasonable £96 return. As is always the case though, when I came to book a week or so later, the price of my preferred return had gone up and made the total price of the trip £130. I decided to explore other options. I looked on Expedia and noticed that there was a 1-stop flight for £112. This immediately grabbed my attention - further investigation told me it would be on LH from Gatwick to Frankfurt on a 737-500, a flight I had wanted to try, LH regional E190, a new type for me from Frankfurt to Brussels and the return trip direct from Brussels to LHR with SN on the later A319 flight, a new airline for me. I booked almost straight away, but even in that short time the price rose to £120! Maybe just for once it would be nice if the price could go down?! Still, it worked out cheaper than SN direct and took in 2 new airlines and a new type so I was pleased.

The Lufthansa check in app was much more successful than the BA one I had tried 2 weeks previously. There were a range of options to identify yourself and once you had selected your seats etc. there was an email confirmation. Plus the fact I managed to do it over 26 hours in advance rather than the standard 24 gave it extra brownie points from me, as for the first, and second, time I'd managed to secure seq.1.


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The day starts out in a similar place to where my last trip did. Although earlier. I caught the first train of the day to Guildford where I would change for a train to LGW. As expected it was pretty quiet at this time of the morning.

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At 6:50 the train arrived at Gatwick and I headed off to collect my boarding passes.

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Then I headed straight off through security. I hadn't travelled through Gatwick since they had re vamped their departures area. I was impressed! The last time I had gone through the regular security channel it was a nightmare - it must have taken a good 30 minutes. But not this morning. There was no queue at all. In fact for the first time ever I had actually made it through before my bag did! Soon after, it was over to one of my favorite spots at LGW South. The Bridge Bar. The views from here are excellent and there's a quiet corner you can 'hide' in so you can get some photography without fear of being hassled. Shame there didn't seem to be too much going on this morning:

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The breakfast had a very microwaved taste to it... And it cost how much??!

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While taking photos, I looked on flightradar24 too see if I could track my incoming plane:

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Seems like the flight has been upgraded from the scheduled 735 to a 733, which was good for me as it was a new sub-type.

About an hour after I'd finished breakfast, I was starting to feel like I'd outstayed my welcome at the Bridge Bar, so I went for a wonder.

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Spent a good few hours in here a few years back waiting for a very delayed (9 hours) flight to LAS.

At 9:05 boarding was called at gate 12. Seems like Gatwick had gone through quite a bit more of a refurb than I though. I remember these passageways being very brown looking before. The new owners seem to be trying very hard at this and although it's further away than Heathrow, it's now my airport of choice.

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I was surprised I managed to get a reasonably good shot of my lift this morning, with there being a lack of windows at the holding pen.

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LH897
Reg D-ABEC
Off stand 09:41 Local
On stand 12:08 Local

After taking my seat at row 14, I was immediately very impressed with LH. There was so much room on this 737 classic compared to BA's A319 I flew on the other week.
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Boarding was completed pretty quickly and we made our way down to 08R. That’s now the 5th time in 5 flights I’ve made from LGW where I’ve departed off the lesser used runway. Seemed odd though, as according to flightradar24 earlier, LHR was landing and departing to the West. After pushback all the cabin lights were dimmed, which I thought was unusual for a daytime flight. They didn’t come back on for the duration of the flight either. There was a reasonable load. I'd say about 70%. I did have a seatmate but the middle seat was free so in theory there was plenty of room. Although he decided that the spare seat was his. Not too worried though as there was enough room.

On our way I managed to snap these.

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Here for maintenance?

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LGW's newest operator

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I was on the lookout for 'Super Turismo'. It had returned from its 18 month secondment from Bolivia just last week and was back at VS maintenance before heading off for a refurb in HKG. It will be the first LGW based VS 747 to get the new cabins. Shame the pic didn’t come out that well.

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Once airborne the service started pretty quickly. The captain had previously announced a flight time if an hour so this was to be a shorter journey over to FRA than it was the other week. Nothing significant happened during the quick crossing. Although I will comment on how attentive the cabin crew were. I am very impressed with LH so far!

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Chocolate Danish pastry – not bad for a 2nd breakfast!


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After about 30 mins we started our descent. Due to there being less cloud around than before I could see a little bit more scenery but not a huge amount. There was quite a bit of turbulence on approach but nothing too major. One thing I did notice on final approach was a bird fly past very close to the wingtip - could of caused a few problems if it was any closer. It was picked up on the landing video at about 3:14 minutes in.

Landing was made on the new runway and we made a very long and slow taxi to a remote stand opposite T2

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A good 15 to 20 mins later we pulled up on stand.

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I was off on my 3rd bus trip of FRA in less than 2 weeks.

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The connection at FRA was pretty simple. I knew that my next flight would be departing from gate A2 so it was simply a case of following the signs to concourse A. It was quite a walk, but having felt quite under the weather earlier in the week, there's nothing like a long walk and a run up and down 3 flights of stairs to blow the cobwebs out.

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Once at cafe, I mean, gate A2 I was treated to a pretty good view. The weather seems to have improved in the last couple of weeks too! Lufthansa were continuing to impress me with their free coffee at the gate. Although I didn't have one. I just enjoyed the views instead.

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LH1014
Reg D-AECH
Off stand 13:58
On stand 14:42

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At approx. 13:30 boarding started. I scanned my boarding card at the train station style gate and headed downstairs to the waiting bus. I could tell this would be a fairly empty flight as we waited around on the bus for about 10 or 15 minutes but nobody else showed up after the initial rush. If the bus wasn't even full then the plane wouldn’t be either. And I was correct, as I had the whole of row 18 to myself.



Once again the legroom was impressive - much better than on the E170 of BA I was on last time round.

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Once on board, the captain came on and told us that we we're running well ahead of schedule and that we would have a flight time of 45 minutes. Shortly after we taxied away from our stand and made our way down to runway 18 for a short and powerful takeoff.

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Shortly after take off the inflight service started

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Relatively empty cabin on this short hop.



And not too long after that we were making our way back to solid ground again. Gotta love the efficiency of the cabin crew on these short hops! To be honest I didn't really notice descent had started. There was no change in engine tone at all and it was almost like we had just cruised our way down to the runway. Again there was quite a bit of turbulence but not enough to cause any major problems. I was surprised at how green it was around BRU. Does anybody actually live here?! It's all fields!

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Thought I’d walked a long way…

After a long but pleasant walk through Zaventem, I was at a new looking train station. I must admit I was impressed with BRU. Out of the 3 airports I have visited today, it had made the biggest impression on me. It's almost like it was brand new and very airy and spacious.

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The better Schengen area of BRU.

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New looking train station

A quick train ride later and I was at Gare du Nord. My hotel was a short walk away.
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My room for the night.

I read a report on here last week, saying that the area around Gare du Nord wasn't that great. To be honest I found it no problem whatsoever. Even wondering around after dark was no issue - apart from the fact everything was shut.

I used the hotel Wi-Fi to check in for my flight back to LHR. Again, using the Lufthansa app was no problem. I had a pick of every seat on the plane too - what a choice. I was hoping being a quite late departure, it would be relatively empty.

A few pics from a sticky afternoon and sunny morning in Brussels:

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Very busy Saturday evening in Brussels

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The other ‘pis’ statue

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I’d read about this place on Trip Advisor – and I can only agree with all the positive comments.

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After seeing what the city had to offer I ventured out to the Atomium. Wow what a structure! For some reason I'd thought it was just a statue. When I got there I was blown away with the size of it.

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At around 4:30 I decided to make a slow trip back to the airport. My flight wasn't until 21:20 but after what I'd seen of BRU yesterday, I wanted to explore some more. I thought it would be more interesting to take the tram rather than the metro back, as it get to see a bit more!

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Outside Gare du Nord

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Only a 10-minute journey to BRU station.

Once I arrived a BRU I went to a self-serve check in machine to get my boarding pass. Although a message came up saying there had been an error and that I needed to go to a manned check in counter. I'd been having problems since I booked this trip - the SN website was saying all along that it didn't recognize my booking locator number. However, I went along to a check in counter and got my boarding pass issued with no problems.

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After that I went for a wonder outside, as it was such a nice evening. I saw some spotters on the top of one of the car parks and made some investigations on how to get up there. Once I made my way up, I was able to get some good pics.

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On loan from Fly.Be

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After about 20 minutes, my stomach was telling me it was time to eat, so I headed off indoors again.

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BRU landside overview.

I went to investigate the Wingtips restauraunt but I wasn’t impressed with the selection landside. I headed through security. And this is where my impression of BRU dropped. I remembered afterwards that I had come in to the Schengen area yesterday, and as I was heading direct back to LHR I was now in the non-Schengen area. This area didn't seem as impressive as the one I had been to yesterday. The food wasn't up to much either. Still, at least there was a decent view.

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After dinner I went for a wonder and noticed the Star Alliance logo jet pull in. Could this be my ride this evening?
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Pretty quiet this evening.

I headed through security. It was a painless affair and I was through without any issue - must be getting good at this now!
It turned out I was on the Star Alliance A319. I was quite pleased about that. Only once before had I been on a plane wearing a special livery - Virgin Atlantic's G-VFAB in the 21st birthday livery.

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SN2103
Reg OO-SSC
Off stand 2122
On stand 2138

Boarding started at 21:00...



...Or so we thought.

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After about 5 minutes of waiting, a ground worker walked up, rolled his eyes and removed the tape. Once on board, my first impressions were that SN is pretty similar to LH although it didn't seem the legroom was as generous.

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Shortly after the boarding complete announcement was given, and once again I had a row of 3 to myself. Of the 5 flights in Europe I've made this year, only once did I have somebody next to me. I guess this proves that air travel in Europe isn't as popular as it once was.

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We pushed back at just after 21:20 local and made quite a slow taxi out to runway 02. Just before we lined up, the very jolly sounding captain came on for the first time saying we we're number 2 for departure and that our flight would take 45 minutes. A couple of minutes later, at 21:35 local we were off.

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The flight went by without any issues. The cabin crew went to work shortly after departure. 10 minutes after takeoff we had reached our cruising altitude and 10 minutes after that we had started our descent.

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We were making a few left turns on approach and I suspected we were probably in a hold. After seeing the O2 arena and the new Olympic stadium 3 times my suspicions were confirmed. It was now 21:15 and we were nowhere near landing. Not long after the captain came on again and said we were in a hold above Heathrow and that we would no be landing at 21:35. By my calculations that was a 15-minute delay.

We approached LHR from towards the East and at 21:35 made a smooth touchdown on 09L. LHR was very busy tonight. As we left the runway the following aircraft was almost touching down and there was a long line on approach behind. That would explain the long hold. As we were arriving at T1 the taxi in was very short. We pulled up alongside a Swiss A320.

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Then it was down into the endless corridors of LHR T1:



Then I was in a long queue at immigration. Only in the UK have I spent more than 5 minutes waiting at immigration! Some 20 minutes later I was officially back in the country and in a bit of a rush to catch the coach back home. I made my way through the underground tunnels to the central bus station to get the National Express coach I'd had a few issues with on my last trip.

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I got to the bus stop to find a coach with no driver - so I needn't had bothered rushing after all.



A few minutes later a driver appeared and we were off. We stopped at T5 but not T4 - seems like the drivers just seem to pick and choose where they go on this service. Last time round they didn't want to go to T5 and now the people wanting to get on at T4 had to go without. Oh dear! After we got off the M25 we made a trip around the local hospital - how random! We pulled into the station at 23:00 and I was off for the short walk home. And that brings this trip to an end.

Overall I thought Lufthansa were very good for a short flights. I'll definitely be using them again. Brussels Airways were good, although I'm not a fan of the whole buy on board system. I guess that's just the way things are though. I enjoyed Brussels very much and glad I made another trip there to see more.

Next stop, Dublin!

Previous trip reports

BA906/8735 LHR-FRA-LCY March 2012
VS015/16 LGW-MCO-LGW June 2010
VS006 MIA-LHR June 2008


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User currently offlinewin1290 From Thailand, joined Jan 2012, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8079 times:

Hi jwhite9185,

Very nice trip report!

Lufthansa looks very nice as usual. Nice to see the A319 on the BRU-LHR sector. The slim seats look very similar to LH indeed and they look better that ones on Avro RJ85 SN operated on LHR-BRU-LHR I travelled last year.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Brussels Airways were good, although I'm not a fan of the whole buy on board system. I guess that's just the way things are though.

I am not a fan either, but I suppose complimentary snacks were given to those travelling in b.flex economy which I believe to be a lot more expensive.

Thanks for sharing and looking forward to your next one.

Win


User currently offlineLH4116 From Sweden, joined Aug 2007, 1710 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (2 years 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7924 times:

Hi there, nice report.

Great to see that LH still deliver some proper high quality service on their flights. Nice that you managed to explore the city of Brussels, by judging the pictures the city looked really nice. I on the other hand didn't have such a good experience, and I also picked a hotel near Gare Du Nord. Area scared the shit out of me, and I will never set my foot there again, too many crooks and thugs raving the streets. But I suppose you were there during the daytime, and just for brief times, hence why it may have been safer?

You can follow my experiences on the city here:
SAS, Lounges, MD-87 & The Brussels Disaster (pics) (by LH4116 Mar 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas



SAS Plus is Business Class made faux!
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 3, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 7570 times:

Quoting win1290 (Reply 1):
Very nice trip report!

Thanks!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 2):
too many crooks and thugs raving the streets.

I read your report before I went - that's the one I referred to. As I said I found it no problem at all. I even took a walk through there after darkness but had no issues. It's the same as any other city really. Where abouts was the hotel you were supposed to stay in? I'd read that if you pass over the other side of the train tracks, it's where the red light district is and that can be a bit dodgy. I looked at the area on google street view and checked trip advisor before I booked any hotels and the one I chose seemed to be in a better area. And it was.



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1661 posts, RR: 30
Reply 4, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7279 times:
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Hello James,

Nice report and excellent choice of airline   As a BRU resident, I’m always curious what other people’s experiences are of the airport, so here goes:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Brussels Airways

It’s Brussels Airlines for you (without being picky  )

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
The breakfast had a very microwaved taste to it

Urgh, did you actually eat that?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Does anybody actually live here?! It's all fields!

I don’t live there but if you came in on the 25’s, that’s just mainly farmland you flew over. If you came in on 20 however, you probably overflew the ‘Zoniënwoud’, a large forest in the Brussels area.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I read a report on here last week, saying that the area around Gare du Nord wasn't that great. To be honest I found it no problem whatsoever. Even wondering around after dark was no issue - apart from the fact everything was shut.

Don’t always believe what Jonas writes  It’s not the most attractive area in Brussels but if you just stay low profile you’ll have no issues whatsoever. I’m glad you experienced that  

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
After seeing what the city had to offer I ventured out to the Atomium. Wow what a structure! For some reason I'd thought it was just a statue. When I got there I was blown away with the size of it.

Finally someone not only visiting ‘Manneken Pis’. The ‘Atomium’ is a great piece of engineering and represent the atom iron (Fe, if you’re into chemistry). It dates from the World Exhibit in ‘58 and has been renovated totally some years ago. I’m glad you liked it!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
On loan from Fly.Be

For the summer season indeed and an easy to spot intruder in the SN fleet, consisting of Avro’s and Airbuses.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Brussels Airways were good, although I'm not a fan of the whole buy on board system.

Unfortunately, you’ll have to live with the concept since lots of airlines use it...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7166 times:

Hi

Great trip report, always nice to see my home county presented. Done LH quite a few times between BRU and FRA/MUC. Always seems to be efficient. Saturday it's time to test SN.


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (2 years 4 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6970 times:

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
It’s Brussels Airlines for you

My mistake!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Urgh, did you actually eat that?

Unfortunately yes - it was edible (just) and the fact it cost me £11 i felt it would of been an even bigger waste if id left it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
if you came in on the 25’s, that’s just mainly farmland you flew over.

Yeah, lots of fields and farmland. I remember seeing a couple of guys stood in the field watching us fly over.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
The ‘Atomium’ is a great piece of engineering and represent the atom iron (Fe, if you’re into chemistry). It dates from the World Exhibit in ‘58

Yeah, i knew a bit about it. Just didn't realise how big it was - id only seen it in flightsim before and that certainly doesn't do it justice. Seemed reasonably busy when i was there. It was certainly more impressive than the mannequin pis. I guess its a little bit out of the way means it gets overlooked by most tourists. Not exactly a chore to get to though.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 4):
Unfortunately, you’ll have to live with the concept since lots of airlines use it...

True, although its been a good few years since i was asked to buy food onboard. On a flight of only 45 minutes though, its not an issue.

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Saturday it's time to test SN.

I found them very similar to LH, apart from the BOB service. As i mentioned, maybe the seat pitch is a bit less but it was still adequate. I wouldn't be against using them again.



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3203 posts, RR: 12
Reply 7, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6701 times:

Nice report James!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I booked almost straight away, but even in that short time the price rose to £120! Maybe just for once it would be nice if the price could go down?! Still, it worked out cheaper than SN direct and took in 2 new airlines and a new type so I was pleased.

So annoying when prices keep fluctuating

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Here for maintenance?

I think there are 2/3 A319s based at LGW for the longer routes

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Chocolate Danish pastry – not bad for a 2nd breakfast!

When I flew the inagural LGW-FRA last year we were given cereal and a drinking yoghurt - funny how they keep playing around with the catering



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 4 months 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 6625 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
I think there are 2/3 A319s based at LGW for the longer routes

It was an A318. Come to think of it, I did see on flightradar24 that a BA A318 was taking an odd route into LCY:

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x35/jwhite9185/Brussels/1363d5d6.jpg

Wish i could of seen the reg.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 7):
When I flew the inagural LGW-FRA last year we were given cereal and a drinking yoghurt - funny how they keep playing around with the catering

I saw that and i was expecting the same. Still, i had already eaten so didn't want anything much.



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User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 4 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 6460 times:

Did a bit of research - Turns out G-EUNB was diverted into LGW due to fog at LCY. Departed back to LCY the following day.


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User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 10, posted (2 years 4 months 10 hours ago) and read 6177 times:

Nice report, James!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
There was so much room on this 737 classic compared to BA's A319 I flew on the other week.

LH's new seats really make a difference.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
It will be the first LGW based VS 747 to get the new cabins. Shame the pic didn’t come out that well.

Good to know - I recently noticed that it had been returned.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
It turned out I was on the Star Alliance A319.

Nice. Always good to get a non-standard plane.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 6149 times:
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Hi therem
Nice report, enjoyed it, also like your vids that you added!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
LH regional E190, a new type for me from Frankfurt to Brussels

Was hoping to catch the E190 beginning of March when I went to Brussels but too bad you we're luckier hehe

cheers,
adamspotter // Brendan


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1756 posts, RR: 18
Reply 12, posted (2 years 4 months 9 hours ago) and read 6132 times:

Hi James

Thanks for the interesting report. Lufthansa's new service to LGW is definitely on my to do list. I always liked Gatwick and judging by your pictures they seem to have done a pretty good revamp of the South Terminal.

I particularly like your description of the full English with its distinct taste of microwave. I think I can pretty much imagine what you mean...

Cheers,
William


User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1257 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 6002 times:

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 10):
Good to know - I recently noticed that it had been returned.

Yeah, funny how it was returned shortly before AeroSur went out of business. Coincidence?

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 11):
Was hoping to catch the E190 beginning of March when I went to Brussels but too bad you we're luckier hehe

I think that's the only flight of the day with the E190. Could be wrong though. I can see why - the flight was very empty so definitely doesn't warrant anything bigger.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 12):
they seem to have done a pretty good revamp of the South Terminal.

It was very different to the last time I was there. It's a bit like MAN now, as in there are only a couple of shops landside. Where the upstairs shopping area was, that's all security now. The downstairs security was under refurbishment too so seems like they will have 2 areas. Probably cost a bit with all the extra staff but it'll keep the queues down. Be interesting to see how it's progressing when I go back in a couple of weeks. Seems like the new owners are trying very hard to make it a success.



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