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Daytrip To Dublin On KLM, Ryanair And Cityjet  
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7390 times:

Dear a.netters,

First of all, thank you for boarding this tripreport of mine. It has been a while, and this is just one of several tripreports to follow from my (not so) recent travels.

I think it’s good to bring a brief review of my trip last January to Ireland, to bring a visit to my friend a fellow a.netter OA260, which is also known on this forum as contributor with a fair amount of interesting tripreports, or seareports for those who prefer the cruise-ships  

Well, since it had been a while, and we usually meet at least once a year, it was a good thing to start 2013 with a trip to Dublin. And with not much interesting options to fly to Dublin from my home airport (AMS), I took a slight longer route with some tranfers.

Flights are on Air France-KLM or partner airlines, and fortunately for me, a gap left for a short hop from the UK to Ireland, which was gladly booked on Ryanair. Yes, why not?! They offered the perfect time and especially price to me, and it had been a some time ago since I last flew on them.

Flights are all taken on Tuesday January 29, 2013.

KLM was the first airline to serve me for an early and short hop accross the North Sea. I still got another half of a ticket to Newcastle, and that did fit in my schedule. Seat selection was done long before on the convenient KLM website, and after my alarm went off at that insane hour, I made my way to the airport to get breakfast in KLM’s intercontinental Crown Lounge.

Yoghurt with fresh fruit, little pancakes (Dutch ‘Poffertjes’), juice and coffee. Not bad and certainly not my everyday start-up.


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Breakfast on behalf of KLM in their lounge




Flight: KL957 – 29JAN13
Route: AMS-NCL
STD08:05 ATD08:04
STA08:25 ATA08:23
A/C: Boeing 737-700(WL) # PH-BGI
S/N: 05A (Economy Comfort)


I did not have much time to relax, I tend to be at the airport late these days (in AMS that is), and I made my way to gate D49. I requested a free seat next to me at the gate, which was not the case in my row. The gate agent moved me to row 20 instead where she offered me a whole row of 3. I seat myself and while installing my bag the purser comes to my seat together with the ground agent. She apologized sincerely and said that I should move to row 5ABC in Economy Comfort, and that she made the mistake for not granting it at first.
Well, I took the offer for more legroom, and when the ground agent was gone, the purser came again to apologize and explained that the situation around this new ‘class of service’ on KLM’s European flights is still unknown to many.
With a load of roughly 70% we leave on schedule, and a friendly welcome is heard from the flightdeck. The captain kept it short, since taxiing would also be short (runway 24). The safety briefing is shown on the overhead screens, which are found on the newer 737 aircraft in KLM’s fleet.


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Taxiing out to the runway


Departure is smooth, with reduced thrust, and we gently climb into the skies. I’m still in the need for some more sleep, so I soon find myself in the relaxing mode, headphones on, seat reclined, and from time to time a glimpse out of my window. Sadly it’s mostly cloudy all around for the complete duration, making this flight quite boring to me. Therefore no pics.
Service is a sandwich (sadly for me with beef, no choice), orange pastry and 2 drinks.


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Airborne



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Another breakfast on board with KLM



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Cruising in a brandnew day


Descend was a bit more interesting with parts of snow covering the fields below. A cold and early winter morning for Newcastle it seems. Landing was performed on runway 25, and withing a minute we arrived on stands 8, also known as gate 24.


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Descending for Newcastle



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Entering final approach



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Disembarking on the platform here, goodbye KLM


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In Newcastle I have 2,5 hours till the next flight, and with online check-in done at home, there was plenty of time to stroll around a bit at the shops, and have a coffee at Coffee Nero. Views on the apron at NCL are real good, and this airport had a nice variaty of airlines and aircraft flying in and out.


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No 737 from my neighbours in the South, but a little prop and leased from FlyBE



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BA holding short for incoming traffic


About 45 minutes before departure, an announcement is made for passengers to Dublin. I should proceed to gate 1 for boarding. Groundstaff makes sure that people with Priority boarding will be taken in a dedicated area and the others (including me) will just wait in the normal waiting room. View on the apron is good, and I can have a nice view of the aircraft.

Soon boarding is announced and I proceed downstairs onto the apron.


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A good look of my aircraft when boarding



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Costa Brava – Pirineu de Girona // special decals




Flight: FR173 – 29JAN13
Route: NCL-DUB
STD11:00 ATD10:56
STA12:05 ATA12:01
A/C: Boeing 737-800(WL) # EI-DYB
S/N: 31F (Economy)

First of all, a real friendly welcome at the rear entrance. A positive start!
A row of 3 for me also on this flight, despite the high load which I estimate at 90%. I don’t complain, and with the space around me, no need to complain about the legroom on this aircraft. I notice classical music playing during boarding, really nice   
Also the safety demo gets another thumbs up, because I found it very clear to follow, in good English, slowly spoken. Compared to some other airlines, Ryanair did a good job on this flight! From the flightdeck, with crew from Eastern Europe as far as I could figure out, some flightinfo about the flighttime (1h10) and our flightlevel would be 32,000 feet.


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This is not at a London airport obviously…


Departure is a few minutes ahead of schedule here, from runway 25 in westerly direction. The climb is smooth and powerful.


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Lining up the runway at NCL



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Airborne and a final view of the airport



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Climbing out under a cloudy sky


During the flight several items were on sale, including the wide range of food and beverages, which are in my opinion very fair priced and include hot chips (€3.50), chicken nuggets, lasagna (€5.00). The onboard menu is definitely above par compared to the other lowcost companies it seems.


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Interesting and nicely stocked onboard menu


The flight itself is uneventful and after an hour or so we are approaching Dublin. Overcast clouds and humid air, typical. Strong winds as well, hence we’re landing at runway 16 (!), a first time for me on this runway even after I’ve visited the airport many times before.


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Oops, humid air on final approach. Nice vortexes!



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Taxiing to a parking stand after landing in Dublin


Minutes after landing we arrive on stand 124 followed by disembarkation by stairs on the apron. A final view on EI-DYB for me, that flew me in quickly and safe.


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Disembarking on the apron again



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Jobless aircraft parked aside


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At Dublin my friend Philip was waiting for me, it had been a while for sure. We decide to continue to the city by Aircoach, a comfortable and fast bus service going downtown.


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Aircoach busservice between airport and citycentre


We had a nice citywalk in the centre, a good burger and fries for lunch, and lovely talk. Dublin is good place to spend some time, not the big citylife you find elsewhere, but just simple and calm. Let me show some pics:


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St. Stephens Green (shopping centre)



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Swans in St. Stephens Green Park



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Lovely streets to stroll around



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Alongside Aston Quay



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Typical, the Temple Bar


In late afternoon it started to rain, and we decided to go back to the airport where Philip waved me goodbye. My flights to Amsterdam were on Air France by Cityjet, via London City Airport on their Avro RJ-85 jets. Before boarding I entered the packed and small DAA Executive lounge in Dublin for a drink, but it wasn’t really comfortable and I was ‘lucky’ with just 1 available seat to choose in the lounge.



The flight to LCY (AF5126) was on EI-RJO, and encountered quite some turbulence enroute due to our ‘low’ altitude, as the captain explained. It didn’t keep me away from having a G&T on this flight though. This flight was packed, probably because the previous flight was cancelled (Dornier 328 operated, cancelled due strong winds probably).


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Dublin Airport Terminal



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Boarding the Avroliner RJ-85



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Cityjet catering offerings on DUB-LCY



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A different angle of EI-RJO after landing at London City Airport


At LCY it was a quick visit normally, going landside and entering the UK is standard procedure here with no transfer facility available here. Back to security upstairs, done in about 10 minutes. The screening area got updated last year, and that is an improvement for sure!

In the waiting lounge I find myself in a huge load of fellow travelers trying to get home, but several flights –including British Airways Embraer 170 service to AMS- get cancelled. London City Airport got closed for landings due to severe wind conditions, and an general announcement was made that there would be no arrivals for that time being.
I feared bad luck since my RJ-85 did not arrive yet, and might divert to elsewhere at some moment. Instead, several Cityjet Fokker 50’s were on stands, and at the moment that the airport restarted operations, a flight to Rotterdam changed status to ‘boarding’. I tried to get on that flight instead, but the friendly Cityjet groundstaff assured me that the Amsterdam flight would be operating and rebooking was not needed.
She was right, soon a RJ-85 (EI-RJA) arrived and was assigned for flight AF5199 to Amsterdam. After boarding we waited for about 20 minutes more due to ATC restrictions. The cabin crew delivered a cup of water and Leonidas Belgium chocolate to every passenger.
Finally with almost 1 hour delay we left the gate at 8.38pm and departed from runway 27. Definitely not a comfortable climb out over London, but the little jet was performing great.

Service received to AMS was a double G&T, choice of sandwiches (chicken or cheese). That’s the service I like! The flight was uneventful until approach which got very bumpy again, followed by landing on runway 27. Once arrived at the gate (D12) I thanked the crew for their kind service and wished them a goodnight.


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Cityjet catering offerings on LCY-AMS



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Landing at a rainy Amsterdam Airport at night



Sorry for not having so many pictures on the Cityjet flights. I fly the airline quite often lately and for me it was quite standard. Since both of the flights were in darkness, I decided not to bother about it too much.

That means another trip was completed in good order. I was happy with KLM to NCL, Ryanair did a good job with ontime, safe flying and friendly crew. I was pleasantly surprised to see a very nice range of products available on their inflight menu, with reasonable pricing.
Cityjet did a great job as always, they are a great group of people running a dedicated airline in a ‘niche’ market mostly. Definitely, Cityjet is my choice also in the future when flying the AF-KLM group, and I sincerely hope that their future will be bright again.

Thanks for reading and looking forward to read your comments  

Eric

[Edited 2013-06-10 16:54:59]


"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
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User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 7349 times:

Hi, great report with awesome pictures. If you don't mind me asking, what camera do you use? The picture quality is really good.

Thanks for taking the time to post, I hope to see more from you!

Cheers,
N172DM



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User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7314 times:

Nice, brief and to-the-point report, Eric  . I really enjoyed it. Loved the crisp photos from inside the aircraft. I usually only use my point-n-shoot camera when inside the aircraft so I can never get a good result.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Views on the apron at NCL are real good, and this airport had a nice variaty of airlines and aircraft flying in and out.

We don't get to hear/see much of NCL on a.net. This airport has always been a mystery to me. I tried quite a few times to book a flight from/to there when I lived in the UK but it was always too expensive. Glad you got to try it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Airborne and a final view of the airport

Is that a Korean Air aircraft in the distance? Or is it a Thomson?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Dublin is good place to spend some time, not the big citylife you find elsewhere, but just simple and calm.

You also forgot "overpriced" .

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Cityjet did a great job as always, they are a great group of people running a dedicated airline in a ‘niche’ market mostly.

It's been awhile since I flew with them (EDI-CDG) but I remember that they were quite nice. Good to know that they're keeping it that way.

I'm glad that you had a good time and that you got to hang out with OA260  . Thanks for sharing this report with us.

Stojan



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 7274 times:
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Great photos as usual, airbuseric! You really capture the flights, and make me want to get back into the air soon - and its only been a few weeks since my last trip!

Thanks for sharing,

Matthew (767747)


User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6900 times:

Hoi Eric

Interesting report, thanks for sharing!
I'm quite impressed to see that Ryanair upped on their BOB!
Definate a nice change from what some carriers offer as BOB.
Nice Dublin pics as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6900 times:

Hoi Eric

Interesting report, thanks for sharing!
I'm quite impressed to see that Ryanair upped on their BOB!
Definate a nice change from what some carriers offer as BOB.
Too bad about the LCY weather, glad you made it to AMS at the end of the day
Nice Dublin pics as well.

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1663 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6830 times:
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Hello E,

Good to see you working on a heavy backlog, especially this one, featuring your visit to OA260. As you might know for sure, I did exactly the same a short while ago, albeit flying EI iso KL and FR. There was quite a ramble with the EI flight, details in the report anytime sooner or later. Good as well to see you on another FR flight which was punctual and pleasant   

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, I took the offer for more legroom, and when the ground agent was gone, the purser came again to apologize and explained that the situation around this new ‘class of service’ on KLM’s European flights is still unknown to many.

I don't quite understand what happened. You did reserve an 'extra legroom seat' and asked for the seat next to you to remain empty. You were moved to row 20 which of course was not an 'extra legroom seat', right? And what's the thing then with the new seating policy on KL may I ask?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
No 737 from my neighbours in the South

Would be difficult since we don't have any of those anymore...  

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The onboard menu is definitely above par compared to the other lowcost companies it seems.

And by the looks of it, the layout has been taken care of as well?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
At LCY it was a quick visit normally, going landside and entering the UK is standard procedure here with no transfer facility available here.

That's an annoying thing at LCY I find. When connecting Schengen/non-Schengen, you still have an extra border control which can make your connection a tight one.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Cityjet did a great job as always, they are a great group of people running a dedicated airline in a ‘niche’ market mostly. Definitely, Cityjet is my choice also in the future when flying the AF-KLM group, and I sincerely hope that their future will be bright again.

I share your sentiments on CityJet, nothing but good experiences on them!

Sultanils



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User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1653 posts, RR: 53
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 6712 times:

Hi Eric,

Excellent report! The picture quality -especially the low light ones- is brilliant! And a very swift story to come with that too!

So Economy Comfort on KLM is new on European flights? How long has it been around on International? I remember my first 'ID' travel with KLM last year, I was assigned an Economy Comfort seat at check-in, and it also included a priority tag for my baggage! Was a typical KLM kind of touch  

Cityjet and even Ryanair (very good BOB!) seem like very decent short-haul options, so will definitely keep them open for any future plans!

Dublin looks like a great city, and glad you enjoyed your time with Mr. Olympic Air 260  


Many thanks for sharing this with us! Looking forward to more great photos!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineparton87 From Sweden, joined Sep 2008, 533 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 6625 times:

Hoi Eric!

Thanks for the report, enjoyable reading and good pictures as always. You looked to have great day of flying and meeting Philip in Dublin. I wish I could do day trips like this too. A little bit hard when you live like I do 

Dublin looks nice, sad I´m missed in December because of the snowstorm! Maybe another try another time!?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
. She apologized sincerely and said that I should move to row 5ABC in Economy Comfort, and that she made the mistake for not granting it at first.
Well, I took the offer for more legroom, and when the ground agent was gone, the purser came again to apologize and explained that the situation around this new ‘class of service’ on KLM’s European flights is still unknown to many.

Strange. You can understand if it´s new and not everyone know about it but correct me if I´m wrong, but didn´t you experienced something similar at CPH in April?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
(sadly for me with beef, no choice

That´s bad for being a vegetarian!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
No 737 from my neighbours in the South, but a little prop and leased from FlyBE

That´s a good looking one! Love SN´s scheme and it suits good on the Q400!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
uring the flight several items were on sale, including the wide range of food and beverages, which are in my opinion very fair priced and include hot chips (€3.50), chicken nuggets, lasagna (€5.00). The onboard menu is definitely above par compared to the other lowcost companies it seems.

Looks nice! Good that they have more warm and filling meal then most other airlines with BOB! Really good on their longer flights!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Dublin Airport Terminal

Nice, DUB is really a nice airport!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Cityjet catering offerings on DUB-LCY

Good service for sure on that short flight! Really enjoyed their service on my first and so far only flight with them in April. Wonder how long it will stay like that 

Thanks again for the report Eric! Looking forward to read more from your backlog!

Greetings
Robert


User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 72 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6431 times:

Hey Eric !

Very nice report of your trip to Dublin !
Dublin seems to be a rather nice city.
Service on KL looks quite good, I didn't get a sandwich on my last 2 KLM flights few weeks ago, maybe they were too short.
I think service on Cityjet is even better, great service for a flight with such a duration, I am also impressed by the double Bombay Tonic you got, because normally you ''only'' get Gordons Gin or even cheaper ones. In my mind, cityjet is better than the ''boss'' AF also according to my experience on Cityjet on LUX-LCY some time ago.
Well Ryanair is Ryanair, no comments necessary about the service here.

Thanks again for that report Eric !

Elias


User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 684 posts, RR: 21
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6373 times:

Hi Eric,

great little report with good pictures, very nice to do such a daytrip to Dublin, even with a nice variety of airlines and an interesting routing. Glad to read that you had a good experience on Ryanair this time. Always seems to be a hit and miss with their crews. Nice service as well with Cityjet

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A/C: Boeing 737-800(WL) # EI-DYB

Been on that one as well once, on a hop from STN to FKB   ...

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6505 posts, RR: 55
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6362 times:

Hi Eric!

Nice report with nice pictures !

It seems like a very nice day trip spending time with a nice guy.

Flights seem okay. Great with three different aircraft types in one day.

Looking forward to your next report!

Dublin looks like a great city to visit. Some time I'll go there.

The777Man



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26863 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

Hey Eric  

Finally I was waiting for this and I even thought about it a few days ago after Nils left.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
At Dublin my friend Philip was waiting for me, it had been a while for sure. We decide to continue to the city by Aircoach, a comfortable and fast bus service going downtown.

It was really nice to see you after such a long time. You are always welcome here. The weather was not too bad considering its Ireland and time of year. We were lucky for most of the day.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
especially this one, featuring your visit to OA260. As you might know for sure, I did exactly the same a short while ago, albeit flying EI iso KL and FR. There was quite a ramble with the EI flight, details in the report anytime sooner or later.

Yes Nils Im looking forward to yours and the Irish sun burn LOL...    

Eric really nice to read how you got here to see me and home. Lovely crisp photos as expected from you.  

Looking forward to your other reports which I know are going to be very interesting indeed !

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineLuftfahrer From Germany, joined Mar 2009, 1012 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 6257 times:

Sure looks like you've had a nice day trip Eric!   Wonderful pictures, too. Thanks for sharing.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
leased from FlyBE

I'm wondering if FlyBE has some overcapacity in their Q400 fleet? Just recently noticed they've also sold frames to SAA Express.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
At LCY it was a quick visit normally

Entering the UK at STN took forever when I was last there, good to hear it's faster at LCY. I figure it kind of has to be.

[Edited 2013-06-11 14:19:05]


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User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5981 times:

Hi guys,

thanks for your replies!

Quoting N172DM (Reply 1):
great report with awesome pictures. If you don't mind me asking, what camera do you use? The picture quality is really good.

Thank you for your kind comment! The camera is a Nikon DSLR (D7000) with different lenses used.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Loved the crisp photos from inside the aircraft. I usually only use my point-n-shoot camera when inside the aircraft so I can never get a good result.

Thanks! I would love to use a point-n-shoot little cam sometimes. Actually, I do on long hauls at night. I want to be comfortable myself and also not too much of disturbance to other passengers.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
We don't get to hear/see much of NCL on a.net. This airport has always been a mystery to me. I tried quite a few times to book a flight from/to there when I lived in the UK but it was always too expensive.

True, not much about NCL. I was there before on BE and BA, when they operated a B747-400 from NCL. I took that flight in JCL, backward facing flight. A rare opportunity for me.

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
s that a Korean Air aircraft in the distance? Or is it a Thomson?

Thomsonfly, good guess!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
You also forgot "overpriced"

Haha, true. Actually that's what I said to Philip when he paid for the Aircoach busticket   (gladly he paid, lol)

Quoting 767747 (Reply 3):
You really capture the flights, and make me want to get back into the air soon - and its only been a few weeks since my last trip!

Haha Matthew, that's called addiction, isn't it?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 5):
Too bad about the LCY weather, glad you made it to AMS at the end of the day

I feared the worst already Marc... Thanks for your comment!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
There was quite a ramble with the EI flight, details in the report anytime sooner or later. Good as well to see you on another FR flight which was punctual and pleasant

Hi Nils, so something to write up about EI then. I'll stay tuned for it.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
You did reserve an 'extra legroom seat' and asked for the seat next to you to remain empty. You were moved to row 20 which of course was not an 'extra legroom seat', right? And what's the thing then with the new seating policy on KL may I ask?

In January (when I took the flights), this concept was quite new with KLM. Y comfort was still free for Elite (Plus), although you couldn't select them during online check-in, when seats in that cabin were available, (ground) crew was able to re-locate you there. It happened quite a few times once onboard, status passengers were taken to these forward rows for more comfort.

So, when I asked for a free seat next to me, the ground staff could've moved me there immediately instead of putting me in the back. That's why she came back once I was onboard.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
Would be difficult since we don't have any of those anymore...

I heard the legroom was rather terrible on the SN 737's?

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
And by the looks of it, the layout has been taken care of as well?

It looks quite nice, I think.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 6):
That's an annoying thing at LCY I find. When connecting Schengen/non-Schengen, you still have an extra border control which can make your connection a tight one.

UK is not part of Schengen, so you'll always have border control in the UK. I had a 20 minute transfer once between 2 Cityjet flights and made my way through it (old facilities) without too much hassle, but otherwise just jump the lines.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Excellent report! The picture quality -especially the low light ones- is brilliant! And a very swift story to come with that too!

Hi Roni, that's nice to hear from you. I tried my best to catch some nice shots in Euro wintertime lol

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
So Economy Comfort on KLM is new on European flights? How long has it been around on International?

Since late 2012, around these flights still in introduction phase. Now it's up and running, and for sale for additional charge. KLM will put more Y-class seats in the 737s though, reducing Y-comfort rows and reducing seat pitch in regular YCL.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 7):
Cityjet and even Ryanair (very good BOB!) seem like very decent short-haul options, so will definitely keep them open for any future plans!

I think you would surely love Cityjet! Try before they die  

Regards
Eric


I'll reply to the other comments soon guys!



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User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 966 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5756 times:

Hello Eric,

Excellent report, with some great pictures!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I seat myself and while installing my bag the purser comes to my seat together with the ground agent. She apologized sincerely and said that I should move to row 5ABC in Economy Comfort, and that she made the mistake for not granting it at first. Well, I took the offer for more legroom, and when the ground agent was gone, the purser came again to apologize and explained that the situation around this new ‘class of service’ on KLM’s European flights is still unknown to many.

Good service there!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Airborne and a final view of the airport

Great shot! For some reason I also imagined NCL to be bigger.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The cabin crew delivered a cup of water and Leonidas Belgium chocolate to every passenger.

Always nice when you are looked after in a delayed flight.

Looking forward to your next reports!


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 5514 times:

Hi all,

thanks for the replies, and sorry for my 'late' reply!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 8):
You looked to have great day of flying and meeting Philip in Dublin. I wish I could do day trips like this too. A little bit hard when you live like I do

Go move to the big city Robert  
Quoting parton87 (Reply 8):
Dublin looks nice, sad I´m missed in December because of the snowstorm! Maybe another try another time!?

Best time to travel is at least not in winter for our regions. We have to get used to that!

Quoting parton87 (Reply 8):
You can understand if it´s new and not everyone know about it but correct me if I´m wrong, but didn´t you experienced something similar at CPH in April?

Haha, in April they just put status-less passengers on the Economy Comfort seats and a group of teenagers, with a fully booked flight, and no recognition of Elite (Plus) passengers. They should've paid more attention to this.

Quoting parton87 (Reply 8):
That´s bad for being a vegetarian!

Hey, I'm no vegetarian but a bit picky when it comes to some kinds of meat. That's all  
Quoting parton87 (Reply 8):
That´s a good looking one! Love SN´s scheme and it suits good on the Q400!

KLM's blue livery would even be more striking on the Q400 :P

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 9):
Service on KL looks quite good, I didn't get a sandwich on my last 2 KLM flights few weeks ago, maybe they were too short.

Hi Elias, you flew LUX-AMS afaik, indeed too short for the sandwich service. KLM only gives the sandwich on these shorter flights for departures till 08:59am if I'm not mistaken. Flights over 2.5 hours always get sandwich service.

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 9):
I think service on Cityjet is even better, great service for a flight with such a duration, I am also impressed by the double Bombay Tonic you got, because normally you ''only'' get Gordons Gin or even cheaper ones.

Cityjet serves Bombay Sapphire and serves Gibson's as well (I noticed recently on another LCY-RTM flight)

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 9):
Well Ryanair is Ryanair, no comments necessary about the service here.

They're just fine for these kind of flights. Im my opinion, they do a good job here.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Glad to read that you had a good experience on Ryanair this time. Always seems to be a hit and miss with their crews.

Indeed, crew makes a difference, but that's on every other airline the case as well. Ryanair was very fine to me this time.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 10):
Been on that one as well once, on a hop from STN to FKB

A well travelled aircraft, it seems!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 11):
Flights seem okay. Great with three different aircraft types in one day.

Hi Mr 777, indeed a nice mix of aircraft on such a daytrip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Finally I was waiting for this and I even thought about it a few days ago after Nils left.

You know, on the road or in the office, with time running short as always   Next time we meet in Amsterdam, so better get your flights booked Philip!

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
I'm wondering if FlyBE has some overcapacity in their Q400 fleet? Just recently noticed they've also sold frames to SAA Express.

I think it has to do also with the delivery of the Embraer 170's to FlyBE, which might free up some Q400s? Or maybe they just make better money on these frames by leasing them out...

Quoting Luftfahrer (Reply 13):
Entering the UK at STN took forever when I was last there, good to hear it's faster at LCY. I figure it kind of has to be.

Haha, yeah I've never been a fan of STN, and for sure LCY must be better in caring it's clientele, which is of high value of course!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 15):
Great shot! For some reason I also imagined NCL to be bigger.

I'm with you here, and I have always been surprised with companies like EK (77W) operating to this 'little' airport.

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineinfodesk From Switzerland, joined May 2006, 1447 posts, RR: 33
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

Hi Eric,

Great to read another one of your reports, with those excellent photos & a good idea to spend a dull January day with a fellow a.netter catching up on the latest news. You had an interesting combination of flights & a few welcome segments for the FB account!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Service is a sandwich (sadly for me with beef, no choice), orange pastry and 2 drinks.

Quite bad that there’s only a meat sandwich. If there isn’t a choice then it should be a vegetarian sandwich imo. That’s how LX do it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
No 737 from my neighbours in the South, but a little prop and leased from FlyBE

Looks super in the SN colours

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The cabin crew delivered a cup of water and Leonidas Belgium chocolate to every passenger.

Excellent service here. Only done 1 Cityjet flight but I remember the generous catering. Let’s hope they keep up these high standards.

Happy flying
Infodesk   



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From Spain, joined Sep 2003, 5140 posts, RR: 55
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 5122 times:

Hoi, E.,

good to follow one more meeting trip to DUB, after reading N.´s also good story earlier.
A well done mix of airlines here and an also well done pictured story.
Looking for more, you know.
Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: Shopping and sun med style!.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1118 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 4974 times:
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Hoi Eric,

Great to see a report from you again, your pictures are always excellent! You sure chose a nice routing and great to see you catching up with Phillip  
KLM, Ryanair and Cityjet all look good here. The Ryanair BOB menu surprised me too!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
She apologized sincerely and said that I should move to row 5ABC in Economy Comfort, and that she made the mistake for not granting it at first.

This is something they should do more often. As Economy Comfort is quite empty, they should bump their status passengers up instead of random passengers  

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4253 posts, RR: 51
Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4767 times:

Hi Hannah,

thanks for your comment!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):
You had an interesting combination of flights & a few welcome segments for the FB account

One nice benefit on this trip for sure but I need some more it seems.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):
Quite bad that there’s only a meat sandwich. If there isn’t a choice then it should be a vegetarian sandwich imo. That’s how LX do it.

... and some other companies. I like the idea that some kind of vegetarian sandwich suits best for most actually.

Quoting infodesk (Reply 17):
Excellent service here. Only done 1 Cityjet flight but I remember the generous catering. Let’s hope they keep up these high standards.

I hope they will. All of my Cityjet flights (a lot that are) have been of very high standard.

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Markus, thanks for your reading!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 18):
A well done mix of airlines here and an also well done pictured story.

Always try not to get bored by flying just a simple route  

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Hi Brendan, glad to hear that you enjoyed the read!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):
your pictures are always excellent!

 
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):
KLM, Ryanair and Cityjet all look good here. The Ryanair BOB menu surprised me too!

So, can we find Brendan soon on a train bound to EIN or MST to catch FR? You just be careful for your legs. Exit row will suit you best  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 19):
This is something they should do more often. As Economy Comfort is quite empty, they should bump their status passengers up instead of random passengers

Fully agree. KLM groundstaff should be more careful about which people are seated in the so called 'Economy Extra' seats

Regards
Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6716 posts, RR: 77
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4674 times:

Hi Eric,

another high-quality report with many nice pictures, well done! Good to hear you made it back to AMS on that evening.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):

First of all, a real friendly welcome at the rear entrance. A positive start!

Unbelievable!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
During the flight several items were on sale, including the wide range of food and beverages, which are in my opinion very fair priced and include hot chips (€3.50), chicken nuggets, lasagna (€5.00). The onboard menu is definitely above par compared to the other lowcost companies it seems.

I have to agree, quite decent.


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1261 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 4576 times:

Hi there Eric, great little read there. Was the meal offering on KLM standard, or something extra they provide due to sitting nearer to the front?

The menu on Ryanair looks pretty good actually - much better than Iberia, and much cheaper too.

CityJet also look very good as usual. Really should give them a go soon!



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User currently offlinevisualapproach From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2012, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 4425 times:

Hi Eric,

Was good to meet you today! An excellent report, thanks for sharing.

Christian.


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