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User currently offlineBmi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 321 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 2013 times:

Airline: bmibaby (WW/"baby")
Aircraft: G-ECAS Boeing 737-36N
Aircraft Name: Golden Jubilee Baby
Date: Tuesday 02nd July 2002
Flight: WW5787
Estimated Time Of Departure: 0700
Actual Time Of Departure: 0715
Estimated Time Of Arrival: 0805
Actual Time Of Arrival: 0801
Seat(s) Designated: Row 7 seat A
Seat(s) Occupied: Row 7 seat A


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I booked this trip back in the early part of June and was flying to Dublin for a days plane spotting with some friends. My closest friend flew on Ryanair from Birmingham whilst the other two flew on Ryanair from Leeds Bradford all flying to EIDW for the day  Nuts The day I booked FR wanted £63.25 for BHX-DUB-BHX and I paid £43.00 for EMA-DUB-EMA with bmibaby.

Fell into EMA at 0527 that morning for the flight which was due to depart at 0700. Nice lil lady at check in asked me where I was flying to, asked if I had any sharp items in my handluggage and checked me in, giving me seat 7A. After checking in my mum came with me to the café which has reasonable views of the runway at East Midlands. On the apron were:

  • Britannia Boeing 767-300 G-OBYE

  • My Travel Airbus A321 G-NIKO?

  • JMC AIR A320-200 G-BVYA

  • bmibaby 737-36N G-OJTW

  • bmibaby 737-36N G-ECAS

  • Britannia 757-200 G-BYAI

  • GO 737-300's

  • bmi F100's

  • bmi ERJ145's


  • Mum wasn't coming with me on this flight, so I was flying alone for the first time at the age of 16  Smile and mum was really scared the same would happen to me as it did to loads of other kids (god bless them) on the TU154 that collided with the DHL752F that morning. I went through departures at 0630, mum was on the floor by this point (god mum I only went for a day lol) and practically walked straight on the plane morealess, hardly any security at EMA, and there was a boarding call as soon as I got into the lounge! I had a txt from mum saying she knows im on ECAS and will watch it go out! Yai I had an audience!

    Anyway enough of mum, I got on G-ECAS through the front door and got my windowseat (7A) placed my bag under the seat infront and my jacket in the seat next to that. I had half a row to myself, the plane itself was about 60% full if that. Doors closed at 0645 and the piolt announced there will be a delay due to operational reasons and our estimated taxi pushback time is 0705. I was thinking what the hell can I do just sitting here and as I said that I heard the calm sound of 763 engines taxing by and yep G-OBYE departed. My window was facing the main taxiway so I had a fab view of all the action. OBYE along with every other aircraft in the airport nearly departed! So that provided the entertainment as we sat going nowhere! Then at 0700 we had pushback (the safety demo was done in the time we wasted just sitting in the plane) and we taxied down to R27. I can't imagine what mum was going through....



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    We waited for a bmi F70 to go down R27 and lined up immediatly after it, a small wait and our captain thrusted our engines up and released the breaks. Zooming down R27 the kids were laughing at the back, and we rotated just before the viewing area/café thing and I waved to me mum  Smile


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    The flight itself was very nice, smooth and the cabin crew were very friendly. I got myself breakfast (a Kit Kat Chunky for £0.50p) and took photos as we went up to 22,000ft. Before you knew it we were decending into DUB and the clouds were dead fluffy hehe which made flying in and out of them cute  Smile minor turbulence encountered and we done loads of turns before joining finals into DUB. Landing in over the sea is always nice and DUB is no exeption, the sun was shining and with that lil harbor and everything under the approach path it looked like I was in spain or something! Well wicked! Flaps went dowm to their full extent and the speed breaks put back down again. Landing gear was lowered and we touched down on R28, quite a soft landing but really hard reverse thrust was used. We taxied onto stand and they were pulling the airbridge up but then decided not to and we had to walk off! charming! Arrivals was easy enough, walked straight though and went to the best plane spotting spot on the other side of the airfield. Shots like the one below are like mine and we spent all day morealess in this location....


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    Heres a list of what I saw:

    EI-CST FR
    EI-CRK EI
    G-JEDC BE
    EC-IEG IB
    N34615 USAF 727
    EI-CKS FR
    PH-AAU White 734
    EI-CNV FR
    D-AKNF EW
    EI-CJI FR
    G-MAJJ BA
    G-EMBV BA
    SE-LEK West Air Sweden
    EI-CDD EI
    EI-CWB Cityjet
    EI-CJG FR
    EI-CTO EI
    G-BZAW BA
    G-EMBI BA
    EI-CDB EI
    OH-LMH AY
    G-ECAS WW <<< Mine!!!!
    EC-HUJ IB
    G-MIDA BMI
    PH-EAN Farnair/DHL
    EI-CNX FR
    LX-LGV Luxair
    G-VMED ex Virgin Sun
    EI-LAX EI
    EI-CDF EI
    EI-CNW FR
    D-AIPT LH
    SE-DZD Skyways
    G-CFAH BA
    TF-MDE White MD-83
    EI-CPT EI
    EI-CWD Cityjet
    EI-CVD EI
    G-MAJH BA
    EI-CBK RE
    EI-CLG EI
    G-OOOA AMM
    EI-REA RE
    EI-CDC EI
    G-LGND BA
    EI-CSJ FR
    G-BVOV Emerald
    EI-CPH EI
    EI-CDA EI
    EI-CLH EI
    F-GVGS AF
    EI-CJF FR
    EI-CVA EI
    EC-HVY FUA
    EI-CNZ FR
    G-BVZG BMI
    G-BRYX BA
    G-CEXI Channel Express
    EI-COX FR
    EC-IFV Hola
    EI-JFK EI
    G-MIDK BMI
    EI-CVR RE
    EI-CTN EI
    EI-CDE EI
    N66051 CO
    EI-CTO EI
    EI-CLI EI
    EI-CJG FR
    EI-EWR EI
    EI-CPD EI
    D-AIQM LH
    EI-CJH FR
    EI-CJD FR
    ZS-JVL Air Contractors Hercules
    EI-CDH EI
    SE-DZB Skyways
    N865DA DL
    EI-CPG EI
    HB-IYY LX
    G-CFAE BA
    SE-DII SK
    G-BUXT Air Wales?
    EI-CTM EI
    EI-CVC EI
    EI-BXK EI
    TF-ATU Aviajet

    **********************RETURN FLIGHT*************************

    Airline: bmibaby (WW/"baby")
    Aircraft: G-ECAS Boeing 737-36N
    Aircraft Name: Golden Jubilee Baby
    Date: Tuesday 02nd July 2002
    Flight: WW5790
    Estimated Time Of Departure: 1830
    Actual Time Of Departure: 1850
    Estimated Time Of Arrival: 1925
    Actual Time Of Arrival: 1931
    Seat(s) Designated: Row 5 seat F
    Seat(s) Occupied: Row 5 seat F


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    Ok Days up, time to go back to the East Midlands! My LBA friends checked in for their FR flight 30 mins before me, and once I checked in went through departures. My other friend couldnt check in for his flight to BHX until 1820 so he was going to wait and watch me depart woohoo Im doing well for audiences today lol... Anyway went through departures at 1730, checked out the shops and boarded my flight at 1800. 1820 and we were ready to go - well we thought we were.....

    The head cabin attendant alerted the captain of an unattended bag which was left by the forward door and this caused a lil secuirty alert and my flight wasnt going anywhere, that was until some irish woman came down the asile claiming that the bag was hers and she left it by "accident". She was removed from the flight, her bags checked and reloaded. We would have departed without her but the pilot at 1830 announced we had problems with the aircrafts trim and the luuage had to be reloacated. 1850 and hurrah finally we pushedback and headed out to R28.


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    Departed R28 and turned right round to head to the UK got some fantastic ariel shots of DUB before hitting the thick clouds just off the irish coast which we spent about half an hour in. There was turbulence in these clouds which was quite heavy. We went up an extra 1,000ft this time to 23,000ft and battled the winds. Over liverpool we started turning towards the Midlands and we were still going quite fast and high! then the power began to be cut from the engines, the nose lowered quite steeply and we decended rapidly towards EMA. Came through the clouds and I could see EMA in the distance then below us a Britannia 757 headed towards the airfield. We came quite close to the 757 and I looked through my lens to read the reg it was G-BYAI so it was returning from the flight this morning obviously. We followed her inbounds and we had quite a spectacular landing into EMA, a bit like a minor kai tak style approach! Turning all the way down, I loved it! We touched down at the lower part of R27 as the tail of the BY757 just cleared the end according to mum who yes you guessed it was waiting for my return (no she hadn't been there all day lol)
    We taxied onto stand, got onto an airport bus and was swept through arrivals which wasvery easy.

    All in all the flights were fab, got a safetycard, a inflight menu, a headrest  Nuts! Oh something I forgot to mention as we were over the irish sea *sOmEoNe* naming no names receieved a text message! Someone forgot to turn their mobile phone off in Dublin! Now If you are a regular member of this forum you'll know I have already posted one EMA-DUB-EMA bmibaby trip report from March 2002 - this is the fourth time ive flown on G-ECAS this year! Love the aircraft though! and will post another after I fly them again in September!

    Ladies and gentlemen thank you for choosing this trip report and we hope to see you again on this forum very soon!

    Your Happy bmibaby passenger
    Markus x

    Pictures from these flights will be on http://www.bhxonline.co.uk in a few days time.







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    User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3240 posts, RR: 4
    Reply 1, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 1917 times:

    Lovely trip report indeed. Nice little day-trip you went on - to spot in Dublin. That is good.

    Next time, though, please turn off your mobile phone before take-off - that could alarm passengers to hear it going off (not to mention the plane's computers).

    Glad you had a fun day in the Republic of Ireland.

    Trintocan.



    Hop to it, fly for life!
    User currently offlineBmi From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2002, 321 posts, RR: 0
    Reply 2, posted (12 years 3 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1891 times:

    HiYaz,
    I thought all my phones were turned off  Sad and Ireland is fab - My mother is from Co Kerry so being half Irish we go alot! Might do another daytrip soon though, just dont know where to yet...

    me


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