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Part 12: Sun-Air/BA J31 & D328 DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR  
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 7502 times:

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Part 12: Sun-Air/BA J31 & D328 DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR

*** If you were wondering if you’d seen this before, then the answer is probably yes. Airliners.net managed to somehow delete the original post (and the 30+ replies) a few weeks ago. I’ve finally got around to reloading it. Fingers crossed it doesn’t vanish again. If you already left a reply, feel free to leave another message! ***

Welcome to the twelfth and final part of my spring trip to Asia!

The entire map (courtesy of GC mapper):
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This report’s map (courtesy of GC mapper):
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Previous flights in this series:
easyJet London Luton-Barcelona (LTN-BCN)
Singapore Airlines Barcelona-Singapore (BCN-SIN), Business Class on the 77W
Valuair/Jetstar Asia Singapore-Medan
Garuda Indonesia Medan-Banda Aceh
Sriwijiaya Airlines B734 Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta with a fuel “expulsion”
Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Jakarta-Singapore
Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
SpiceJet B739 Calcutta-Bagdogra
Jet Konnect B738 Bagdogra-Calcutta
Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar
Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
THAI Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
THAI Airways Bangkok-Frankfurt, B77W Royal First Class
Lufthansa Frankfurt-Dusseldorf, Business Class

** A bit of explanation about these flights **

I had always wanted to fly on a Jetstream aircraft. I missed a chance many years ago on the Stansted-Waterford route, and then squandered a chance in New Zealand on the Origin Pacific Nelson-Wellington route (in favour of a NZ Beech 1900D). I again missed a chance in Colombia last year with EasyFly. I was rapidly running out of opportunities.

I knew BA’s subsidiary Sun Air of Scandinavia operated a few on various routes out of Denmark. Research revealed that DUS-BLL was the most guaranteed route (and in fact it seemed to be the only remaining Jetstream route). I also very much wanted another trip on the Dornier 328. Thankfully, Sun Air also operate those. From BLL, I had a choice of BRU, MAN or LCY. LCY made sense seeing as I live near London, however, given that BA’s new redemption system means domestic connections are free, I thought I’d fly BLL-MAN-LHR for the same price (4,500 Avios + £13.50). The DUS-BLL flight cost the same. Sun Air is well regard as offering one of the best economy services in Europe (actually, I’d say it was the best in Europe). As such, the flights are expensive. The lowest Y cash fare for my DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR would have clocked in at over EUR 800 (GBP 645/USD1010). Using my Avios made excellent sense!

(these aren’t my flights, but the price is the same)
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Of course, by the time it actually came to this flight, I’d managed to get on board a Jetstream (albeit the larger -41) in Nepal. It’s nice to have ticked off the family now!

The last report finished at Dusseldorf Airport, with me struggling to buy a ticket. I eventually managed to buy one, and made the short journey to my hotel, where I collapsed into bed.
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Despite having a comfy bed, and having a healthy sleep deficit, I awoke at 6am….damn!

View from my window – the sun is shining!
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After a shower, I packed up my stuff, left my bags at reception, checked out, and headed out to see what Dusseldorf had to offer. Ducks and parks:
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Old buildings:
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River front:
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Departures from DUS
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Bendy churches

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The weather gradually turned from sun, to drizzle. I headed to Im Fuchschen, one of Trip Advisor’s highest rated restaurants in town.
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The food was ok, but the service (as I nearly always find in German restaurants) was very abrupt, bordering rude and unpleasant. The blonde beer was tasty though.

With my wandering around Dusseldorf completed, I headed back to the hotel pick up my stuff, then to the station for the train back to DUS.
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There was this useless FIDS at the monorail station. Why show flights leaving in the next 10-15 mins when you are nowhere even near the gates?
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On the suspended monorail linking the train station with the terminals.
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Check in areas
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There was no queue for the BA check in desks. My bag was tagged, and I was given my boarding pass, as well as a Valet tag for my backpack.


There was no queue for security, so was through in a few minutes. American Express had been nice enough to send me free membership of the “Lounge Club”, with two free entries. As I still had a good 2 hours before my flight, I thought now would be a good time to use one. In DUS, the BA lounge is the designated lounge.



BA is pretty busy in DUS, with the 767 operating on some flights. The lounge is correspondingly big and busy. I was initially unable to find a seat as there was a LHR departing soon. Eventually I found somewhere, and grabbed some sandwiches, and a G&T.

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Check in for tomorrow’s flight. The 328 turbo prop is showing….
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After a while, the LHR flight boarded, and the lounge emptied considerably. IB and AY passengers were still in there, however. I was able to find a seat next to the window.

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Tracking my flight
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A LH 320 at the gate I arrived at last night

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The AF babybus
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Air China from PEK
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The stylised phoenix on the tail also reads “VIP”

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For those of you that can’t see it:


TK
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My Jetstream landing some 30 minutes late
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FIDS
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Due to the late arrival of the flight, I spent a little longer I the lounge, which was pretty comfortable. I loaded myself up on the free gin, which turned out to be quite a good idea in the end…read on!

The gate eventually flashed up as B42. It was located down a series of twisting corridors.
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I was the penultimate person to board the bus for our drive out to the plane. It looked like a full load of 18 this evening.

April 2012
Dusseldorf (DUS) – Billund (BLL)
British Airways, operated by Sun Air BA 8204
Scheduled: 1905-2035 (1h30m)
Actual: 1941-2059 (1h18m)
Jetstream 31 OY-SVF
Euro Traveller (Economy)

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Special livery LOT

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Isn’t she cute?!

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There was a bit of a delay before the pilot came and opened the door for us. I dropped on my backpack onto the valet trolley, and climbed aboard.

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Compared to the relatively spacious Jetstream 41 cabin, the -31 seemed a lot more squished. Being stuck with a neighbour next to the window didn’t help.

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The captain came to the front of the cabin. He said something in Danish. And then “Does anyone need me to speak English?” I sheepishly put my hand up – clearly I was the only non-Dane on board this evening.

Time for some bad news. The flight attendant had called in sick, so there would be no cabin service this evening   No booze! I had heard great things about the service on board, and now I’d be missing out. Still, it’s good that the flight wasn’t cancelled. There was, however, a bottle of water, and a pasta salad in the seat pocket, so we wouldn’t go hungry completely. The news that there would be no bar service was met with a very audible groan from the passengers. Clearly, I wasn’t the only disappointed one!

The captain did the safety demo, and then added “if you need anything, just give me a tap on the shoulder”.

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More bad news was a ground delay….

Now, who’s our crew today?
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Legroom is a bit tight
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Thankfully, before too long, the door was closed, engines started, and we pushed off.

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There was 3 OS planes parked here at the same time. An Airbus, a Fokker and a Dash. Is that normal, or IROPS?
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Off we go!

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Well, might as well start the on board service! It was a little strange having to decide for myself when to eat. Normally you eat in sync with the whims of the crew. The guy sat next to me definitely mis-timed his meal, deciding to start munching about 5 seconds from the BLL tarmac.

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Quite a tasty pasta and chicken salad

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Nice drinks holder
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Watching the world go by
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Safety card


Sun Air Magazine


Lovely colours

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Nearly half an hour behind schedule, we touch down in the quiet Billund Airport. The landing video can be found
here.

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I waited until everyone else was off, so I could get some cabin photos

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Goodbye little plane! Doesn’t it look great in the BA colours? Shame BA don’t fly this out of LHR!

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The corridor to arrivals
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There seemed to be a bit of delay for the ground crew to open the doors to arrivals. By the time I arrived, the door were open, and most of the pax had already gone.
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My bag was already going around by the time I arrived.
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I paid a quick visit to the Tourist Information office
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Then headed outside
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Due to the high price of everything in Denmark, I wanted to Couchsurf for my one night in Billund. Unfortunately, I didn’t get any good offers. So, which hotel? The Legoland hotel sounded interesting, but was super expensive. There was a motel sort of place near the airport, but it was also quite pricey. In the end I booked a B&B about 4 km from the airport. What I had negated to factor into the costing was the taxi ride. In the end the drive took about 5 minutes, covered 6km, and cost a whopping GBP 18 (EUR 23/USD 29)!

In an effort to console my wallet with a joke, I said to the driver “Wow, everything’s expensive in Denmark!”. He then had the nerve to say “No, it’s very cheap here”, without a hint of sarcasm. (“Um, no, I think you’ll find it’s bloody well not”). Given the geographical location of BLL, I guess a lot of his taxi fares to nearby towns would end up costing many time the price of the flight. Truly ridiculous. Still, I’d made it to my B&B (Gregersminde).
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http://my.flightmemory.com/shefgab Upcoming flights: LHR-JMK,JTR-LHR-WAW,MSQ-FRA-EZE,IGR-EZE-CUN,MEX-FRA-LCY,LHR-TXL-LHR
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7492 times:

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Of course, we are at the home of Lego
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After an excellent night’s sleep, it was time to explore the delights of Billund. Obviously, the main attraction is the original Legoland. However, this being mid-week in April, it was shut. Luckily, the B&B hired out bikes (for a bargain EUR 2/day), so I headed out to see the sights by bike. The weather wasn’t great (it was grey and quite nippy), but at least it wasn’t raining.
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Being close to BLL there was quite a bit of plane action

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Cycling around

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After a plesant tour of the country side, I’d made it into the big bad city…. Yes, this is the city centre

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Time to pay a pilgrimage to what was definitely my No. 1 toy as a child (and if I still had the bricks now, would probably be my No. 1 toy as an adult!)

LEGO headquarters. Lego is an truncation of “Leg Godt” which means “play well” in Danish.
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And next door is Legoland
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With all the Lego excitement over, I cycled over towards the airport boundary. Unfortunately there wasn’t much action at this time of day
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My trusty steed
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A Lego castle as seen from the airport
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With three hours to go before my flight, I cycled back to the B&B, collected my bag, and got a (slightly) cheaper taxi back to the airport.
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Landside
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All airlines force you to use the check in machines…even pricey Sun Air
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FIDS
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The machine was only able to print off my BLL-MAN boarding pass. I went to the desk to have my bags tagged – they weren’t able to print it either. I then went over to the BA office. The lady there was able to print me off an A4 OLCI boarding pass. I asked about compensation for the lack of catering yesterday (I suggested a free lounge voucher), but was advised to contact customer services instead.
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There was barely any queue for security, and in a few minutes I was in the departure lounge.
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I once again decided to use my Lounge Club card, and got into the BLL lounge. As others have noted, this place is massive.
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Booze is free, but spirits are behind the desk, so you need to get the staff to pour them for you.
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I got some water and cake as well
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View outside from the lounge
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FR to AGP
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Something from the KL magazine
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OY-NCL
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Something a bit interesting about this flight (well, more the London-Billund flight). As I mentioned earlier, flights are pricey…. excluding the “new” BD/BA flights, LCY-BLL is the MOST expensive European flight operated by “BA”. The longer LHR-CPH flight starts at just 18% of the BLL flight price.



And one way prices (more expensive than a return)


At 1630, I left the lounge, and sauntered down to the gate passing my plane from last night.

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FIDS
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I was hoping this turboprop version was ours….turns out it was the LCY one.
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We were given the neighbouring Jet version
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“Newcastle”
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 2, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

April 2012
Billund (BLL) – Manchester (MAN)
British Airways, operated by Sun Air BA 8247
Scheduled: 1700-1745 (1h45m)
Actual: 1316-1908 (10h52m)
Dornier 328 Jet
Euro Traveller (Economy)



**This is the ONLY flight operating into ANY UK airport (other than London) that primarily carries a BA flight number**

Comparing my bp for the previous day, it looks like they can’t decide on the spelling of the airline name.
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I had been lucky enough to be able to get the exit row when I checked in – plenty of space.

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Thankfully this time, we had a flight attendant to keep us fed and watered. With the doors closed, we pushed back early. This leg was also well loaded, although not completely full (95%+). This flight seemed to be mainly Brits.

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We take off a few minutes early
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Leaving the coastline behind
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Time for some service. Drinks are served by our smiling flight attendant. A water and a G&T. Unlike on BA mainline, Sun Air don’t give you the bottle/can, just a full glass.
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A few minutes later, dinner is served. Bread is offered from a proper bread basket. Not a bad meal for shorthual economy – reminds me of meals 10 years ago.
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We are also given Club Europe china tea cups.
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Shortly digestives in the form of Baileys and whiskey is offered. Not being partial to either, I take a Baileys for my little sister as her present from my trip.
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And finally, a choice of 2 types of ice cream is handed out
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The galley
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The diminutive toilet
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Phew, that was good. Better food and service than some Club Europe flights. I guess with it costing more than most Club Europe flights, one would expect exemplary service.
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Map
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Sun Air is named after chief pilot (and CEO), Mr Sundberg


Time for another G&T I think. I missed the handy cup holders of the J31. Annoyingly, the emergency exit seat lacks a normal tray table – it folds out of the arm rest, which really restricts movement.
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The peephole into the cockpit
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My crew
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Starting out descent into MAN. The video can be seen The landing video can be found
here.

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We land early into a grey and drizzly Manchester Airport
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Valet trolley
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Goodbye!
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Unsurprisingly I am the only transfer passenger. I follow the signs to transfer which leads me to a flight of stairs and a lift. I get in the lift, but find no directly of floors.



I end up going down, then up, before deciding to walk, finally ending up in a dingy little bussing lounge.

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There is no one else there, so I use the courtesy phone. I put through to the switchboard and assured that a bus will be with me shortly.
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Connection FIDS
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My plane heading back to BLL
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Eventually a bus turns up (along with a BRU-MAN-BHD transfer pax), and we start our bus journey to immigration and security.
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We are dropped off at the international connections area. We have to wait for some security screeners to arrive. Once processed, I’m seen briefly by a bored looking immigration officer, before ending up in the departures area.


There is some free wifi here
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Flybe
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I want a flight on that D328 prop!
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There’s not a lot to do in the terminal. Hang around, use the internet, and read the paper. Unfortunately, our plane is delayed (a combination of weather and hold delays in LHR). In the meantime, I’m given a survey form to complete
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Eventually, my plane arrives
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 7488 times:

April 2012
Manchester (MAN) – London Heathrow (LHR)
British Airways BA 1407
Scheduled: 1925-2025 (1h00m)
Actual: 2030-2122 (10h52m)
Airbus 320 G-EUYJ
Domestic (Economy)

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As can be seen by the cabin crew hats, this flight is now operated by the Mixed Fleet. The crew were mostly young, are fairly inexperienced. The guy making the announcements was clearly reading from a script, and taking his time about it. I recall someone once commenting on this route that upon arrival in LHR, along with the normal arrival info, passengers were advised of a one hour time difference between MAN and LHR. Ho ho ho. This crew weren’t quite as bad!

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The nice clean cabin
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Wet tarmac
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Safety card


Magazine


Map
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Jet2
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Biman!
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EY
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Spotters Area
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Off we go!
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As always in the MAN flights, it’s a real race to get everyone served. Despite having 5 crew working, and 3 trolleys out, I end up getting served last. The crew are in a bit of a panic, and I’m not even offered a snack, even though the aisle side woman gets one. Still, I got my 2 G&Ts.
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Sorry about the reflections – lovely views coming into London
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Thanks to the late departure, and a nice long hold over London, we arrive on stand an hour late. Before landing, the purser gave the grave news that most passengers with connections to HKG, BKK, SYD and SIN would probably be missing their flights. Everyone without a connection (we seemed to be in the vast minority) were asked to stay seated to allow connection passengers a chance of making their flights.
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I was one of the last off, and made my way to baggage reclaim.
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My bag came off after a bit of a wait. With the arrival delay, and slow baggage retrieval, I had to rush to get the Heathrow express over to Terminal 1/3, then over to the bus terminal.
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I made the last bus of the night by the skin of my teeth. Phew!

My bags. I’m surprised they actually had these “MAN connection” tags. I find it hard to believe that many people would actually do a BA connection in MAN nowadays.



Well, this just about brings me to the end of my report. What did I think of the flights? Well, with the exception of the missing FA on the DUS-BLL flight, the flights were great. The service on board is brilliant, and the little planes are great to fly on (well, the Jetstream is a little small). The MAN-LHR flight was good enough in the air, but the delay was annoying – lucky I didn’t have a connection to catch though.

How sad to have come to the end of my trip. It was certainly a great experience – it’s great to be able to visit some of these less touristic countries. I hope I’ve inspired a few trips!

Best plane meal: The Thai First caviar, followed by the SQ Lobster thermidor on SIN-CCU.
Best land meal: Oh, there are so many to choose from! Curry in Darjeeling? Phai Thai in Bangkok? Nasi Goreng in Jakarta? Tapas on the Ramblas? BBQ in Bangladesh? Oh, I can’t choose!
Best drink: No tasty champagne this time…I’d have to say a generic crisp, cold beer on the beach in Banda Aceh or Pulau Tidung would have to win this prize!
Best flight: SQ Business BCN-SIN was better, I thought, than Thai First BKK-FRA. The superb crew on SQ tips the balance for sure.
Worst flight: The terribly cramped Spicejet flight CCU-IXB, with the nasty, grumpy staff
Best airport: Well, I just love SIN, but the departure experience in BKK was excellent
Worst airport: Ugh, all the Indian ones were horrible
Best aviation “catch”: Biman DC10 for sure. Biman A310, SQ A330, Yeti Airlines J41 and the Sun Air J31 also rate highly.
Most terrifying moment: Being informed of the approaching tsunami in Bangladesh, closely followed by the fuel leak on Sriwijiaya Airlines
Best hotel: Le Meridien in Bangkok was nice, but checking into the Bawa Walson in Calcutta was a bigger relief!
Worst hotel: Easy – Hotel Diplomat in Calcutta. Ugh.
Best hotel view: The beach from my bungalow balcony on Pulau Weh in Indonesia
Best Experience: Cycling, although I’m not sure if I enjoyed Kathmandu or Cox’s Bazar more. Spending the night in the Indonesian jungle comes a close second

A few of my favourite photos:

SQ Business luxury
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Orangutans in Sumatra
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Banda Aceh beaches
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Indonesian bridge jumping
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And sunsets
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Delightful Darjeeling
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Man-powered rickshaws in Calcutta


Enjoying Biman’s Threeholer
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Rickshaws in Dhaka
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Cruising through the Sunderbans
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Mile upon mile of empty Bangladeshi beaches
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Street cricket
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Cycling around Nepal
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Everest sightseeing
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Thai Caviar
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I hope you enjoyed the flight!
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As always, all comments and questions welcome!

My next reports coving my first flights with Air One, Alitalia and bmibaby with be out soon!

Some of my other TRs:

Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines “Everest Express” on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox’s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam – Nairobi – Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
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
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 onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1801 posts, RR: 42
Reply 4, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6770 times:
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Hi Gabriel, hadn't seen this report the first time around! Great stuff, the Sun Air flights look very nice. The J31 and 328Jet have been on my to do list for quite a while, as well as the 328 prop. The meal service is very impressive for an economy class ticket!

Rgds,

Martijn



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2985 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 20 hours ago) and read 6547 times:

Hi Gabriel,

Thanks for re-posting! I hadnb't got around to reading it yet when it disappeared! Hopefully this edition will stay put...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I eventually managed to buy one, and made the short journey to my hotel, where I collapsed into bed.

What hotel is that? I once stayed in a cheap hotel in Dusseldorf, "Hotel Haus Hillesheim". Was very cheap, bizarrely it was 1/2 the price booking through Hostelworld.com than directly. And it included free travelcards for the duration of the stay!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I headed to Im Fuchschen, one of Trip Advisor’s highest rated restaurants in town.

That night I only had a cheap bratwurst  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On the suspended monorail linking the train station with the terminals.

Nice, I went to Wuppertal to see theirs. I've only used the "real" DUS once, a transfer STN-DUS-HEL in 2006. Other trip was to Weeze.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The flight attendant had called in sick, so there would be no cabin service this evening No booze!

Is that allowed for a safety point of view? Or maybe the plane is small enought to not require one?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
In the end I booked a B&B about 4 km from the airport

Too far to walk with your luggage? As you say, DK is very expensive. But still chaper than Sweden, or Norway.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My trusty steed

Nice.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And next door is Legoland

Once, my girlfriend (at the time, now wife) wanted to take me there for my birthday, as I've never been as a child. However, not having an EU passport at the time and requiring a Schenhen visa, she couldn't get an apointment at the DK embassy in time. We went to Legoland Windsor instead  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
American Express had been nice enough to send me free membership of the “Lounge Club”, with two free entries

Interesting, is this from the BMI card? I applied for one the other day   20k Avios heading my way!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I want a flight on that D328 prop!

I think it's the one operating MAN-NWI - let me know if you're coming to take it  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A few of my favourite photos:

Excellent shots. Great series! Thanks for the reading entertainment of it all!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4207 posts, RR: 51
Reply 6, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

Hi Gab,

really enjoyable to see this report, and you know, I should defo try this trip from DUS to LHR soon also using Avios, to catch both of these rare plane types. I'll have a look into this rather quickly, since I doubt the J31 will be aroud much longer.
Great service btw, quite impressed to be honest... it seems apart from me also your sister is into Baileys  

cya soon,
Eric



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User currently offlinedkdaviator From Denmark, joined Jun 2009, 91 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 13 hours ago) and read 6324 times:

hi,

I was a bit confused when I saw this, thinking I know I've seen this before, and even remembered commenting on the report.    Then I looked a little closer and noticed your explanation at the start.

Good that you managed to get it posted again. And SunAir still looks ilke something that needs to be tried!  

D.



dkdaviator
User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6102 times:

Thanks for the replies guys!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 4):
hadn't seen this report the first time around!
Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Thanks for re-posting! I hadnb't got around to reading it yet when it disappeared! Hopefully this edition will stay put...

Yes, annoying for it to go, but good that you can now read it!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 4):
Great stuff

Thanks

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 4):
the Sun Air flights look very nice.

Yes, very nice flights

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 4):
The meal service is very impressive for an economy class ticket!

Indeed, great for economy, but also very expensive economy

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
What hotel is that? I once stayed in a cheap hotel in Dusseldorf, "Hotel Haus Hillesheim". Was very cheap, bizarrely it was 1/2 the price booking through Hostelworld.com than directly. And it included free travelcards for the duration of the stay!

Hotel Mondial I think. Cheap and cheerful

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Is that allowed for a safety point of view? Or maybe the plane is small enought to not require one?

I think things work differently when there are less than 19 pax on a commerical plane

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Once, my girlfriend (at the time, now wife) wanted to take me there for my birthday, as I've never been as a child. However, not having an EU passport at the time and requiring a Schenhen visa, she couldn't get an apointment at the DK embassy in time. We went to Legoland Windsor instead

TBH, even "big kids" would find Legoland a bit boring...you're too big for any rides!

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
Interesting, is this from the BMI card? I applied for one the other day 20k Avios heading my way!

No, the Gold Amex

Quoting signol (Reply 5):
I think it's the one operating MAN-NWI - let me know if you're coming to take it

I'll let you know! I think EXT-NWI is a little cheaper though

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):

really enjoyable to see this report

THanks

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
I should defo try this trip from DUS to LHR soon also using Avios

Yes, you shoud...I guess it won't be J31 for too much longer

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 6):
Great service btw, quite impressed to be honest... it seems apart from me also your sister is into Baileys

Ha, well she hasn't drunk it yet!

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 7):

I was a bit confused when I saw this, thinking I know I've seen this before, and even remembered commenting on the report. Then I looked a little closer and noticed your explanation at the start.

Yes, it's a repost

Quoting dkdaviator (Reply 7):
Good that you managed to get it posted again. And SunAir still looks ilke something that needs to be tried!

Indeed, everyone should try Sunair!



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 6046 times:

Hi Gabriel


Thanks for reposting, will get mine up one of these days as well.
As said earlier I was quite impressed by the latest BA flights. However the J31 was quite cramped IMO.

Thanks for sharing the BLL pics as well

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 10 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5980 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
Thanks for reposting

No problem Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
will get mine up one of these days as well.

Looking forward to it

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 9):
However the J31 was quite cramped IMO

Yes, it was a bit of a squash



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User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 11, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 5847 times:

Hi Gabriel.

Well... you know I thoroughly enjoyed the initial report, you know I thought you got duped on the taxi run, you know I was massively impressed by Sunair and as such the general quirkiness of the TR, and you know I think it's absolutely rediculous that A.Net can manage to loose a whole report and the corresponding replies. I also lost quite a few replies on my last post to. . .

Anyway, I see you have some other reports out, so I will pass an eye over these.

Hope you are well bud,

Luke!



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User currently offlineLXM83 From Switzerland, joined May 2005, 607 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 5746 times:

Hello gabrielchew

That's a cool report! I see the BA J31 often when I'm in DUS on business and I always fancied flying on it.

Your report makes me want to do it even more.

Best regards,
LXM83


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 5676 times:

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 11):
Well... you know I thoroughly enjoyed the initial report, you know I thought you got duped on the taxi run, you know I was massively impressed by Sunair and as such the general quirkiness of the TR, and you know I think it's absolutely rediculous that A.Net can manage to loose a whole report and the corresponding replies. I also lost quite a few replies on my last post to. . .

Well, thanks for commenting again Luke! I hadn't realised you also lost out of the big A.net deletion lottery.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 11):
Anyway, I see you have some other reports out, so I will pass an eye over these.

Please do!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 11):
Hope you are well bud,

I'm good thanks...hope you haven't gone mad for lack of drink yet

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 12):
That's a cool report! I see the BA J31 often when I'm in DUS on business and I always fancied flying on it.
Your report makes me want to do it even more.

You should try it soon before it's upgraded to something bigger



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1882 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 5646 times:
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Great report, gabrielchew!

Service looks really nice for a short flight from BLL-MAN. Definitely reminiscent of flights 10 years or so back!

I've been through BLL, and enjoyed visiting Lego Land. What a great part of Denmark to see.

Thanks for sharing!

Matthew


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (1 year 10 months 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 5634 times:

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Great report,

Thanks!

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
Service looks really nice for a short flight from BLL-MAN. Definitely reminiscent of flights 10 years or so back!

Yes, great service does still exist in economy in Europe

Quoting 767747 (Reply 14):
I've been through BLL, and enjoyed visiting Lego Land. What a great part of Denmark to see.

It is a nice place, albeit rather pricey!



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (1 year 10 months 3 days ago) and read 5372 times:

Hi Gabriel!

I was finally able to read this one after it being gone and whatnot. Anyway I was really looking forward to this report and it was nice to finally read it!
Sun-Air sure seem to offer a nice economy product. But as you mentioned, their prices are indeed quite hefty.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Bendy churches

Haha, cool design!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
On the suspended monorail linking the train station with the terminals.

Wow, that's really cool. Would love to try it out one day.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time for some bad news. The flight attendant had called in sick, so there would be no cabin service this evening No booze! I had heard great things about the service on board, and now I%u2019d be missing out. Still, it%u2019s good that the flight wasn%u2019t cancelled. There was, however, a bottle of water, and a pasta salad in the seat pocket, so we wouldn%u2019t go hungry completely. The news that there would be no bar service was met with a very audible groan from the passengers. Clearly, I wasn%u2019t the only disappointed one!

Weird situation.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):

Quite a tasty pasta and chicken salad

It does indeed look rather tasty, and nice to get such a dish on a flight without any cabin crew!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
**This is the ONLY flight operating into ANY UK airport (other than London) that primarily carries a BA flight number**

Wow, I didn't know that. Times change.

Martin


User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 17, posted (1 year 10 months 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5210 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Anyway I was really looking forward to this report and it was nice to finally read it!

Good that you finally got to read it!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Sun-Air sure seem to offer a nice economy product. But as you mentioned, their prices are indeed quite hefty.

Yeah, they have a great product, shame about the price!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
Wow, that's really cool. Would love to try it out one day.

Just, hop of a flight to DUS!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 16):
It does indeed look rather tasty, and nice to get such a dish on a flight without any cabin crew!

Yeah, was nice to get a reasonable snack on the flight



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