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Titan Airways Fills In For BA, LHR-MAN (w/pics)  
User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 43
Posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13880 times:


Flight Details:
Flight Number: BA1392
Route: LHR - MAN
Date: Sun 24 October 2004
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Scheduled Departure Time: 11:45
Actual Departure Time: 11:45
Gate: 76 (Terminal 1)
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Scheduled Arrival Time: 12:40
Actual Arrival Time: 12:31
Gate: 43 (Terminal 3)
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Aircraft Details:
Make: Boeing
Model: 737-33A
Registration: G-ZAPM




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I had booked a shuttle from MAN-LHR-MAN with BA a few months ago, and to cut a long story short I wasn’t going to be able to make use the outbound flight  Sad, but could manage the inbound flight  Smile. So I got myself onto a Virgin Train down to London on Friday the 22nd (incidentally, the name of the train was ‘Virgin Atlantic’  Big thumbs up).

I checked in online on Saturday evening and allocated myself seat 08A – believing I would be on an A319, how wrong I was to be  Laugh out loud
Anyway, the next day my cousin dropped me off at the drop off area outside T1 at Heathrow and I made my way inside to a self-service check in machine to be issued a boarding card.

Here’s the coupon:


I dropped my bag off at the bag drop, which is conveniently placed right next to the machines, and check in was complete.
T1 is a fairly boring terminal really so I decided to just go through security and to the gate to see if I could get any decent views outside. The walk from the security checkpoint to gate 76 was fairly short and only took a couple of minutes. I saw a BA A319 parked up at the gate and realised this must be my plane; however I got closer and realised this was parked at gate 74.
This was when I had to look twice outside at what was parked at gate 76  Wow! It was non-other than G-ZAPM, a Titan Airways 737-300 which today would be operating BA1392!  Smile/happy/getting dizzy
Well this was quite a pleasant surprise indeed! I was at the gate for around 5-10 minutes or so, and a call was made that the flight was ready for boarding. Everyone boarded in good time and it looked as though we were ready for an on-time departure. Our Captain confirmed this, and we were also told that our flight time today would be 28 minutes and we would be cruising at 18,000ft.

The cabin seemed quite spacious and airy, although legroom wasn’t something to shout about:


The seats were grey leather, and quite comfortable, probably because they were so worn down  Laugh out loud. There was a ‘business’ class section for the first 2 rows, although these seats were identical to the rest of the cabin, and in the same formation of 3-3.

We pushed back at 11:45


Runway 27L was in use for departures so we set off on a taxi that would take us towards the east side of the airport. Here we are seen to be racing against a BA 767 Big grin (we won  Big thumbs up)


Taxiing past G-BOAB and the BA maintenance area:


Looking a bit lonely sat there on its own:


Here's the fire brigade’s specially built plane they use for training:


I thought this looked a bit funny hehe, also note the paintwork on the rudder doesn’t match up with the rest of the tail:


We got to the threshold of 27L and had to hold for around 5 minutes, as we were 5th in the queue to depart. At 12:02 we turned onto the runway and waited for clearance, at 12:03 we started rolling:


Nice…


Overview of terminal 4, full of BA heavies and a Qantas 747:


Soon after rotation, and the BA 744 ‘Dreamflight’ can be seen parked on a remote stand (at the end our wing)


Nice weather = nice view  Big thumbs up

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After climbing to 5,000 feet or so the in-flight service started. It consisted of an All Day Deli box and a hot or cold drink. The service was executed quickly to start with, but when it came to the drinks, one of the 2 cabin crew on the trolley was always having to run back to the galley to get a new bottle of water, or to fill up the teapot, or to get more milk. This slowed down the service quite a lot, and by the time they were finished we were already descending and they hadn’t even collected the rubbish yet.  Insane

Well we had started descending, and the weather started looking pretty bad compared to what we had left behind in London:


Making a left turn to establish us onto runway 24R at MAN:


Well it was starting to look worse as we came out from under the clouds:


But it soon brightened up, and it seemed as though the unlucky folk north of the Pennines had all those clouds above them and we in Manchester had nice blue skies Big grin
Here we are above the A34 bypass, and Sainsburys/John Lewis looking very busy as to be expected on a Sunday lunchtime:


We touched down at MAN early, at 12:31, so a total flight time of 28 minutes, good approximation on the Captain’s part  Big thumbs up


Braking didn’t seem too harsh, but we still managed to take the fast exit off 24R:


Taxiing past the Viewing Park, and G-BOAC on the 1st anniversary of Concorde’s retirement:

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Was a nice surprise to see an Emirates 777 at MAN again  Smile


TF-ARG of Air Atlanta making another smoky start-up:


The End.


I waited until everyone had deplaned, and asked if I could take a shot of the cabin, to which the flight attendant said no problem  Big thumbs up

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I also asked the Captain if I could visit the flight deck, and he also said no problem  Big thumbs up

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Overall Titan Airways’ service was very good, but still it somehow didn’t feel as good as BA’s, mainly because of the in-flight service, although they did a fine job otherwise.

Hope you enjoyed my report, feel free to leave any comments or ask any questions!  Smile


Daz.


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User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 13779 times:

Nice one Daz!

A few of us just missed you! rhaa

well I'm jealous that you got on Zappem  Big thumbs up


User currently offlineKaddyuk From Wallis and Futuna, joined Nov 2001, 4126 posts, RR: 26
Reply 2, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13760 times:

Nice report mate, you lucky fcuker hehe

Likeing that cabin shot an awful lot Big grin



Whoever said "laughter is the best medicine" never had Gonorrhea
User currently offlineJsnww81 From United States of America, joined Jan 2002, 1992 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 13714 times:

Great report - I miss flying into MAN (my parents used to live in the UK). I never got to sit on the left side of the cabin while landing at MAN, however - I was always on the right. I loved seeing the Morrisons store in Cheadle Heath on short final, with MORRISONS painted in giant letters on the roof. Didn't know there was a Sainsburys on the other side!

User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4104 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 13538 times:

Cool report, and great pics! Big thumbs up

At last someone got a picture of an aircraft being painted from the old union flag into the current one. The original lower one was when BA planned to paint 50% of their fleet in it. Originally designed fror concorde it was so low. The new design is much better!



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Higher:
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Cheers

Sam Big thumbs up



Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 43
Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 13178 times:

well I'm jealous that you got on Zappem

you lucky fcuker hehe

ner ner  Laugh out loud Big grin


Jsnww81, that Sainsburys is relatively new i think around 10 years old, including the A34 bypass which is the main dual carriageway going past it.


Sam - didn't realise there were 2 different union tail designs! although i have to agree with u about the new one looking better  Big thumbs up


thanks for all your comments folks!


Daz.


User currently offlinePe@rson From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 19097 posts, RR: 53
Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 12988 times:

Nice report, Daz, and great pics! I hope you'll be writing some more after our wee trip next Tuesday.


"Everyone writing for the Telegraph knows that the way to grab eyeballs is with Ryanair and/or sex."
User currently offlineFLYtoEGCC From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 947 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 12433 times:

Love the pictures! And I'm also glad to see you had some traditional Mancunian weather to greet your arrival.

The Titan cabin looks very nice. Was it all economy, or did they have Business class as well like the BA mainline fleet?

Anyway, great report.

P.S. Anorak observation... the captain has the same mobile phone as me! (Nokia 3510i)



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User currently offlineDazultra From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2003, 689 posts, RR: 43
Reply 8, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 12371 times:

I hope you'll be writing some more after our wee trip next Tuesday.

il leave that to the cripple - your typing ability obviously hasnt been affected  Laugh out loud


The Titan cabin looks very nice. Was it all economy, or did they have Business class as well like the BA mainline fleet?

rows 1 and 2 were sectioned off from the rest of the cabin by a divider/curtain, although the curtain wasnt drawn during the flight. the seats however are identical to the rest of the cabin and in the same arrangement of 3-3.


Daz.


User currently offlineSn26567 From Belgium, joined Aug 2004, 130 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (9 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 12024 times:

Very nice report. I regularly see some Titan planes at MAN and wondered where they were used. Now I know. Glad that you made a nice trip with excellent service.

Andre



ex-Sabena #26567
User currently offlineDColeMAN From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 274 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (9 years 4 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 11600 times:

Great pics and report Daz  Smile I was @ MAN that day, so I'll have a look back through my photos to see if I got you arriving.

Rgds, Dale



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