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'Not Bigger - But Better': Sun Air D328 To London  
User currently offlinecountvis From UK - England, joined Feb 2012, 95 posts, RR: 0
Posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 8758 times:

Sun Air of Scandinavia is the sort of airline which I find interesting. This small Danish carrier is based in Billund, and operates a fleet of Dornier 328s (both jet and turboprop) as well as a couple of Jetstreams. Since 1996, airline has been a British Airways franchisee, remaining fully independent, yet operating all scheduled flights under the British Airways brand. The airline is wholly owned by its founder and CEO, Niels Sundberg, who was until earlier this year also a Captain with his airline, himself piloting every inaugural flight.

The airline focuses on serving business passengers, and prides itself on the full service which it offers. Therefore it is not surprising that the airline charges high fares for its business orientated, full service product. On its London City - Billund route, a fare of £333 return is relatively low! However, as a BA franchisee, redemption fares using avios are available, with a flight to Billund costing the same in avios as a flight to Manchester... So for only 4500 avios and £18.50 I booked myself on a flight from Billund to London City with Sun Air.

The day before I departed for Billund a major storm the UK causing considerable travel disruption. Owing to strong winds, the morning flight from Billund diverted to my local airport Southend. I was delighted to see the Dornier which I was going to soon fly on at my local airport. Here's a snap of D-CIRD taxiing in on arrival at Southend:


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D-CIRD SUS D328 281013 EGMC by CountVis, on Flickr

The first international route from Billund was actually to London Southend, being operated by Maersk with Fokker 50s and Dash 7s from the 1980s. Sun Air actually competed on the route very briefly in 1990. However today flights to Billund are offered by Ryanair from Stansted, and Sun Air from London City.

To get to Billund, I flew with Ryanair from Stansted for the princely sum of £15 all in. I appreciate a Ryanair sector out of Stansted isn’t the most interesting thing, however for means of comparison I have included this sector too. Please feel free to skip if you don’t want to read it!











[Edited 2013-11-01 12:59:03]

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User currently offlinecountvis From UK - England, joined Feb 2012, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8721 times:

FR 5172
Ryanair
STN-BLL
7:15 / 9:50
Boeing 737 EI-ESX

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I had never actually departed from Stansted before, yet I discovered that the experience currently leaves a lot to be desired! The new owner Manchester Airports Group is trying to improve things, investing £100 million in improving the terminal, which includes reducing the size of the landside areas and increasing the size of security and the airside areas.

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'Exciting, amazing and outstanding' are perhaps not words which most travelers who go through Stansted would use to describe the place!

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Ryanair bag drop area.

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No prizes for guessing which airline is dominant here!

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Even though the check in area has already been reduced in size for the improvement works, banks of check in desks remain empty. A sign of the times, and also Stansted's decline over the past few years.

Based on my experience the improvement work is long overdue! Even though during mid week in late October is hardly the busiest time of the year, the security area was clearly far too small. People had to queue to actually get into the security queuing area! However all the lanes were open, there were lots of staff (who weren’t all best suited to a customer facing role), and the queue moved relatively quickly. I got through to departures in just over 20 minutes.

Once airside, it was equally overcrowded and unpleasant, so much so it was difficult to move around. I had to queue in a grotty corridor for several minutes to use the toilet, which doesn’t leave the best of impressions! The new owners have maintained the BAA philosophy of not announcing the gate until not long before departure so to keep passengers in the central area near all the shops! Surely it would make sense to announce at least what pier a flight will be departing from earlier to reduce overcrowding in the central area?

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Welcome to London 'Standstill' Airport!

Boarding commenced well before departure, and unlike with easyJet, there was no wait in a pre-boarding area. The load factor was very close to 100%, and just as I boarded, the friendly cabin crew member unblocked the back two rows of the aircraft.

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Sunrise, the calm after the storm, with a FR 737 pushing back.

The flight was operating by a Billund based aircraft with a Danish crew, who were very friendly, with plenty of smiles. On boarding classical (!) music was played. If I closed my eyes I could almost have been on BA – until an advert for J20 interrupted the music and blared out from the speakers!

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It's not really just Ryanair here! Although i may be alone in thinking this, I do feel that the new Germanwings livery is quite smart.

We pushed back a minute late, and had a short taxi to the end of Runway 22 before departing on a Clacton departure on what was a beautiful clear morning. There were sine very nice views across my home county of Essex.

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Looking towards the River Crouch, the Thames Estuary and the beautiful South Essex countryside.

Although there were announcements pushing scratch cards etc, there seemed to be fewer sales pitches than I have experienced previously on Ryanair. With nice views out the window, it was an enjoyable, smooth flight. There was detailed information from the Danish Captain.

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Not very pretty inside, but at least there were some nice views outside!

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Approaching Clacton.

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Descending into Billund, here the weather wasn't quite so nice.

Touchdown in Billund was a few minutes ahead of schedule and accompanied by the infamous on time fanfare.

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An interesting visitor on the ramp - my first sighting of a Yak 42. The corporate transport for the Russian oil company Lukoil no less!

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Pulling onto stand. Billund is well served by the legacies, with multiple flights by Lufthansa, SAS, Turkish Airlines, Air France, KLM, and of course BA under the Sun Air franchise. Atlantic Airways, Norwegian, DAT and bmi regional also operate regular scheduled flights. Charter flights are also operated by the likes of Jettime and Primera

Naturally just as I disembarked the aircraft, a short, yet very heavy shower started. I got drenched, but still got a photo of the aircraft which carried me to Billund!

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Why couldn't we use the air bridge Mr. O'Leary??

The arrivals process was swift, with a couple of immigration desks staffed. Very quickly was I out of the terminal, and on my way to have a day exploring Billund and the surrounding area. Billund itself is a very small town, with a population of only 6,000. However many companies are based in the area, the most famous being Lego who have their headquarters and a Legoland here.


User currently offlinecountvis From UK - England, joined Feb 2012, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 8694 times:

BA8211
Sun Air for British Airways operated by MHS Avaiation
16:40 / 18:25
Dornier 328 turboprop D-CIRD


After an enjoyable day, I returned to Billund Airport well in advance for the main event, my flight with Sun Air back to London City.

Near the Zleep Hotel, there is quite a good view over the ramp. My aircraft for this evening was perfectly parked for a photo, having not flown since operating the morning London City flight.

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Looking very smart after having recently been repainted into the full British Airways livery. Unlike BA's other franchisee, South African carrier Comair, a perfect version of the BA livery has been applied.

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The modern terminal building.

The terminal at Billund is very nice indeed, well designed, spacious and perfectly clean. Much like BA at Heathrow, all check in must be done on self service machines. I checked in, and an identical paper boarding pass was prrinted. Nice to see consistency here!

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Check-in.

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Bag drop.

I proceeded airside, and was through quickly - there was no queue for security. Airside, the terminal is also very nice, with a mezzanine level with catering outlets and lots of natural light. Reminded me somewhat of T5 at Heathrow, albeit with lots of wood.

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A Lego shop of course! The airport was first constructed by Lego.

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The smallest airliner in BA colours, a Jetstream 31 sighted. It appears to usually operate the Billund - Dusseldorf route, one perhaps for another day.

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Table football and Lego for children! A nice touch by the airport operator.

As dusk fell, boarding commenced, and I made my way along to the gate. Boarding was nice an relaxed, and I proceeded to the aircraft, stopping briefly to take a couple of photos of the nifty little Dornier.

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For the eagle eyed amongst you, you may notice the aircraft is on the German register. As this is one of 3 Dornier 328s to have been leased by Sun Air from MHS Aviation. D-CIRD is the only Dornier 328 prop which has been painted in the British Airways scheme, and is used exclusively on the flag ship route to London City. Both MHS Aviation and Sun Air crew operate these leased aircraft. Sun Air's Dornier 328 Jets are unable to fly into London City as they lack the necessary steep approach software modifications.

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The sole British Airways liveried Dornier 328 turboprop looking very smart indeed under the ramp lights.

I was welcomed on board by the sole German cabin crew member wearing the standard British Airways cabin crew uniform. Here it became apparent that this flight was being operated by crew employed by MHS Aviation, rather than Sun Air today.

There was a light load of only 13 passengers, and I was the only one who was not dressed in a suit! I was seated in seat 5A, a single seat, the aircraft being in a 1-2 configuration. First impressions were very good, new comfortable blue leather seats had been installed, with the entire aircraft being spotless both outside and in. The aircraft seemed brand new, despite D-CIRD being only the 10th Dornier 328 built, being 19 years old. Well done to Sun Air for maintaining the aircraft at such a very high standard.

A welcome announcement in English only was made by the German Captain, who welcomed us aboard this Sun Air for British Airways operated by MHS Aviation flight with a flying time of 1 hour 50 minutes being announced, a shade under the scheduled block time of 1 hour and 55 minutes. A cruising altitude of 28,000 feet was announced, very high for a turboprop. An ATR42 typically cruises around 19,000 feet.

Start up on stand occurred 10 minutes before the scheduled time of departure, and the single crew member did the safety demonstration. Surprisingly the audio for the safety demonstration was not pre-recorded, so the cabin crew member had to stop and pause every few seconds from making the announcement to demonstrate the life-jacket etc. Without any delay, we entered Runway 27 at the intersection and departed 5 minutes ahead of the scheduled departure time. The noise increased considerably during the very powerful and quick takeoff, and during the climb there was a loud whistling noise which was a little annoying. Fortunately it stopped after a few minutes.

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The small yet immaculate cabin, with very comfortable leather seats.

The legendary Sun Air service commenced shortly after departure.

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Orange juice and pretzels, a nice snack for a short flight. Yet this wasn't it as this isn't British Airways mainline! Shortly afterwards a meal was served!

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Very good it was too,the meal was very high in quality. The lack of ovens onboard the D328 means no hot food can be served, yet this didn't detract from the service . A a very nice, fresh, crusty bread roll was served from a bread basket and drinks were topped up. Crackers and Camembert were also included. The service seemed more like Club Europe rather than Euro Traveler! A very impressive meal service, which is surely unparalleled in economy in Europe on a sub 2 hour flight.

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Yet there was more to come still! After dinner liqueurs were offered, followed by tea and coffee, and ice cream. The generous tub of Danish ice cream was high quality and delicious - vanilla ice cream with chocolate and marzipan. Note the tea served in the Club Europe cup, further reinforcing the feeling of business class service.

A further refill of tea or coffee was offered, which rounded off very nicely what was an exceptional meal service! Well done to Sun Air here for not cutting back in this department.

I made a quick trip to the toilet which was also spotlessly clean and in perfect condition. Although small, it seemed bigger than the toilet in an ATR42.

The flight progressed smoothly and swiftly, and I attempted some photos out the window, which was not easy as it was pitch black and there were lots of reflections.

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The Pratt and Whitney PW119 engine going strong. Noise was reduced considerably once in the cruise. I thought the general noise and vibration levels were less than in an ATR42, despite the aircraft cruising much faster and higher.

The Captain made an announcement stating that we were well into our descent and in contact with London Control. The noise reduced to almost negligible levels during the descent. We entered the hold at SPEAR, the beacon above London Southend Airport and did a couple of laps around the hold, which was nice for me.

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A blurry photo of the brightly lit Southend seafront and pier - the longest pleasure pier in the world!

Unfortunately the approach was made to Runway 27, which meant no nice view of London before touchdown.

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The Queen Elizabeth II Bridge instead.

After the steep approach, a relatively smooth touchdown was made on Runway 27, wirth a couple of Cityjet F.50s holding for departure. There was a very short taxi to the Stand, adjacent to Gate 3.

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Being marshaled onto Stand - the very tight nose out parking arrangement means that two marshalers are used.

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Our final parking position next to the comparatively large BA E170!

The front door was opened quickly, and very soon I disembarked. We seemed to have arrived at the closest gate to the immigration hall, so had a very short wall to the empty immigration area. No queue at all, with the staff returning to their desks as they saw us coming! I was out of the airport a minute after passing through.

So to conclude, Stansted Airport has a lot to improve on, especially if it wants to attract long haul carriers and premium passengers. I'm glad that Manchester Airports Group is making investment now to try and improve things this is crucial as currently the experience travelling through is very poor.

Billund Airprot is an excellent regional airport, which serves Jutland very well, maintaining an impressive array of airlines. The airport was clean, and well designed, a pleasure to pass through.

I thought Ryanair provided a good service for the £15 which I paid. Considering Air Passenger Duty is £13, I suspect Ryanair incurred a loss carrying me.

It is therefore testament to the exceptionally strong Sun Air product that it is able to withstand competition from Ryanair on the London - Billund route. London City is the ideal arrival airport for the airline, being very convenient for the business passengers which the airline focuses on.

The D328 is an excellent aircraft, which must offer the best comfort of any aircraft in its class. It was also good to see to see the aircraft being maintained in such an immaculate condition. Despite being operated by contracted crew from MHS Aviation, the remarkable service offered was not compromised. It is excellent to see full service being truly embraced here by Sun Air. From check in to arrival, the whole experience flying with Sun Air was second to none, faultless in fact! My flight with them is the best flight I have ever had within Europe, this airline deserves every success. I understand that since its formation in 1987, the airline has recorded a profit every single year - a remarkable achievement considering the very high failure rate of regional airlines. Sun Air has a motto 'not bigger - but better', I don't doubt that adhering to this philosophy is a major factor in its charm and success.

Thanks for reading, comments are appreciated.

[Edited 2013-11-01 12:54:51]

User currently onlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3047 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8498 times:

Very nice report! I did a SunAir DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR routing last year:
Part 12: Sun-Air/BA J31 & D328 DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR (by gabrielchew Jun 15 2012 in Trip Reports)

Sunair are indeed a nice little carrier - makes a nice change from all the A+B planes.

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
If I closed my eyes I could almost have been on BA – until an advert for J20 interrupted the music and blared out from the speakers!

Haha, I hate that J20 advert!

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
A further refill of tea or coffee was offered, which rounded off very nicely what was an exceptional meal service! Well done to Sun Air here for not cutting back in this department.

Well, at the prices they charge, the can't scrimp. Otherwise why fly BA for, what, 20 times the price of Ryanair?

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
I thought Ryanair provided a good service for the £15 which I paid. Considering Air Passenger Duty is £13, I suspect Ryanair incurred a loss carrying me.

I don't know how they manage to offer those prices so often. I just came back from Ireland and paid £13 one way BHX-DUB. Bargain.



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8430 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 7777 times:
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Hi,

Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing.

I've been meaning to fly these guys for a while, though on the MAN route to get on the Dornier Jet, a type missing from my log, your report is a good reminder to start looking into it!

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
I do feel that the new Germanwings livery is quite smart.

- Not so keen myself.

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
Not very pretty inside

- Indeed not!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlinecountvis From UK - England, joined Feb 2012, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 7467 times:

Thanks for your comments gabrielchew and Mark.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Very nice report! I did a SunAir DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR routing last year:

I'm not quite sure how I missed that report! It's excellent, and now I want to try the D328 Jet and Jetstream!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Sunair are indeed a nice little carrier - makes a nice change from all the A+B planes.

I agree completely! Nice to see some more diverse aircraft types being operated successfully.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 3):
Well, at the prices they charge, the can't scrimp. Otherwise why fly BA for, what, 20 times the price of Ryanair?

They certainly can't, and I'm glad the airline seems to have recognised this. Sun Air will never be able to come close to competing with Ryanair on price, so it is excellent to see them competing successfully using other methods.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing

Thanks, I'm glad you like it.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 4):
I've been meaning to fly these guys for a while, though on the MAN route to get on the Dornier Jet, a type missing from my log, your report is a good reminder to start looking into it!

Do it! I couldn't recommend flying with Sun Air any more! I'm very interested in doing a similar routing myself now!


User currently offlinebabybus From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 months 3 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6770 times:

I don't normally read a whole TR but I read every word of this. Very interesting. Well done.

I love all your pics too. What camera have you got?

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
The legendary Sun Air service commenced shortly after departure.

The food sure does look good but 'legend'? I've never heard of this legend. You being sarcastic?  


User currently offlinecountvis From UK - England, joined Feb 2012, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (5 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 5909 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 6):
I don't normally read a whole TR but I read every word of this. Very interesting.

Thanks babybus - glad it was of interest.

Quoting babybus (Reply 6):
What camera have you got?

Canon 550D, which serves me pretty well.

Quoting babybus (Reply 6):
The food sure does look good but 'legend'? I've never heard of this legend. You being sarcastic?

No I'm not meaning to be sarcastic! I believe the service may have been referred to as legendary in the Sun Air inflight magazine, which could explain I got that phrase from! Clearly I've been convinced by their marketing!


User currently offlineThomasCook From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 791 posts, RR: 8
Reply 8, posted (5 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

Great report! And just in time for my LCY-BLL-MAN day trip next week! I booked it as part of a MAN-LHR-LCY-BLL-MAN Avios redemption too for £35 and 9000 Avios and will get the tick off the 328 and FRJ! I have 5 hours or so in BLL and don't have a clue what there is to do. I am struggling to find anything. May I ask, what did you find to do? Should I just stay at the airport?

Thanks!



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User currently offlinecountvis From UK - England, joined Feb 2012, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (5 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 5362 times:

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 8):
Great report! And just in time for my LCY-BLL-MAN day trip next week!

Thanks Thomas Cook, and I hope you have a good a trip with Sun Air as I did! Looks like a very nice itinerary.

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 8):
booked it as part of a MAN-LHR-LCY-BLL-MAN Avios redemption too for £35 and 9000 Avios and will get the tick off the 328 and FRJ!

Excellent value - must be close to the best value redemption itinerary available on BA! Enjoy!

Quoting ThomasCook (Reply 8):
I am struggling to find anything. May I ask, what did you find to do? Should I just stay at the airport?

I know the feeling! There really isn't a lot to do in Billund - the principle attraction being Legoland which is now closed for the season. There is a small centre with a couple supermarkets, a couple of restaurants and cafes. If your looking to waste some time, you could try walking towards the town centre. The walk can take you past Legoland and Lego HQ which may be of some interest, it is just over a couple of miles from the airport to the centre. Billund Airport isn't the busiest, although airside it is quite pleasant, and not a bad place to wait a couple of hours.

Good luck and have a good trip!


User currently offlinebritjap From Japan, joined Aug 2006, 280 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 3991 times:

Hi countvis,

Really nice little report and some really great pictures!

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
Sun Air of Scandinavia is the sort of airline which I find interesting.

I couldn't agree more!! I would love to fly this route though I would be stuck with the fares you quoted which are a little pricey. No recourse to Avios here sadly.

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
Looking very smart after having recently been repainted into the full British Airways livery.

I have never been on a Donier 328 (either version) though it is right near the top of my list. For me this must surely be one of the best looking aircraft out there!!  And it really looks great in BA colours.

Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
The airport was first constructed by Lego.

Well at least it looks like they didn't build the airport out of lego!! 
Quoting countvis (Thread starter):
The aircraft seemed brand new

Nice to see them taking such care of the aircraft as well.

Enjoyed reading this. Thanks.

Regards.


User currently offlinenewhaven From United States of America, joined Nov 2013, 155 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3563 times:

Quoting babybus (Reply 6):
The food sure does look good

That's an amazing offering for any carrier nowadays in Y. But i'm curious where on board they have storage for all those meals and that degree of catering.

Years back, I worked for USAir Express and our station had the PSA D-328s come through. That galley has very little space .. we even had to use the overheads over the last couple of rows for the snack boxes and other galley items!

I can't imagine where Sun Air could store all the food they serve! Great job to them ... and great Trip Report too!


User currently offlinecountvis From UK - England, joined Feb 2012, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

Thanks britjap and newhaven for your comments. I'm glad you like the report!

Quoting britjap (Reply 10):
I have never been on a Donier 328 (either version) though it is right near the top of my list. For me this must surely be one of the best looking aircraft out there!!  And it really looks great in BA colours.

I agree completely. The Dorniers are lovely little aircraft, it is a shame not more were built.

Quoting britjap (Reply 10):
Nice to see them taking such care of the aircraft as well.

Indeed! Sun Air is unusual in that it makes prospective pilots work on the ground for several months before they are considered for pilot training. Hence why they have the staff to keep there aircraft in tip top condition! That aircraft was so well kept both outside and in, it really could have been brand new!

Quoting newhaven (Reply 11):
Years back, I worked for USAir Express and our station had the PSA D-328s come through. That galley has very little space .. we even had to use the overheads over the last couple of rows for the snack boxes and other galley items!

Thanks for your insight. The galley area at the rear certainly looked very constrained. Wouldn't be surprised if the overhead bins were used. It was very nice to see excellent service in short haul economy still alive!


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