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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 5783 times:

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I decided to go to EDI for the day to get some different movements, and I like the airport. I arranged a date when Stu (ScottishLaddie) when he was also available to show me around. I had a choice of getting there. From Gatwick there was British Airways and EasyJet, from Heathrow, British Airways and BMI. I decided, not having much money to splash out on the trip, to mix and match. Fly BMI up LHR-EDI and then my usual EZY flight home to LGW. I got the midday BMI flight and my usual EZY flight home and the total only came to £40 in the end, only £5 more expensive than EZY both ways. I was on an A321 on the way up and the boring, but pleasant EZY319 home.

This would be a big day for me. My first flight out of LHR, my first flight alone and my first flight on BMI. I left home at 7.30am for the 12.50 flight to EDI, BD056.

After 1 hour 40 minutes travelling, the underground train rattled into the Station for Terminals 1, 2 and 3. I followed the arrows to Terminal 1 and after numerous escalators I entered the busy check in area. BMI open check-in 2 and a half hours before departure, however I was there at 9.20am, an hour before that even. I went to the loo and strolled along the entire terminal, popping in and out of a number of shops.

I got bored after 10 mins or so, so decided to use the self check-in. There was a lady from BMI assisting at this machine, she was very helpful, but those BMI hats are ridiculous Wink! She helped me use the machine and I selected seat 11F, just in front of the wing, so I capture the IAE’s wining away and the wing behind.

I headed straight through Security with my gold boarding card (very swish) and to the usual BMI area, gate 8. I had ages to kill, so sat in front of the huge windows looking at the movements and got my camera out. They were landing on 27R which was directly in front of me so I got some great shots (click to enlarge):

Change for good

The KL pilots seem fascinated by me photographing them

On one of these soon with Kaz and Chris Smile

I was amazed, having only been to LHR once, at the amount of traffic! Planes just kept coming in minute after minute, it is amazing all the people that travel through LHR every day. I also saw some things I have never seen before in my life, it was fantastic!

A rather nice world tail


After a while of staring out, watching aircraft after aircraft arrive it was getting near boarding time. The familiar series of bongs rung out across the terminal, as did my name!

I was told to head to gate 8b along with a few other passengers, I was worried that something was wrong. I got to that gate and there were a couple of BMI staff who looked frantically busy. I heard the mutter of an a/c change. When I got to the desk she looked at my name and gave me a new boarding pass, seat 10A and confirmed that the aircraft had changed. Excellent, this is my chance for the 320 hyper !

I looked up at the screens and it said ‘Boarding Gate 7’ so I looked around and followed the signs until I came to a small area. There were no BMI aircraft around, just a line of Union Flag’s dominating the window view.

I was second in line, they took my boarding pass and did the usual with a smile, they sounded cheerful. We were directed down stairs, I knew this meant we were not on a jet bridge, which is great Smile. We emerged into the dull gloom of the outside and there was a bus waiting. Things turned a bit chaotic as more and more passengers were squashed onto the bus. One thing that surprised me was that the Captain and one of the cabin crew joined us for the ride!

Once they had fitted as many of us as possible in, the doors were shut and we were off. I didn’t have a clue where we were going; LHR is an unfamiliar place to me. We passed a line of BMI 321’s and drove under buildings and through gaps, breaking sharply now and then to let other ramp traffic pass.

We then were out on a ramp in the open, numerous BA aircraft surrounding, and a selection of VS tails appearing, meaning Terminal 3 was just across the taxiway. The bus swung round and a hybrid A320 came into view all alone on a remote stand! I looked at the nose door and it said ‘DY’, meaning G-MIDY. I saw this aircraft almost exactly a year ago in GNB, it was the only other aircraft on the ground and was the first ever BMI I had seen close-up.

BMI British Midland
Airbus A320-232
Departure time (Scheduled/ Actual): 1250/ 1313 (Local Time)
Arrival time (Scheduled/Actual): 1410/1408 (Local Time)

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I queued up the steps and when I got to the door I noticed the ‘STAR’ alliance logo, looking like it had been badly painted on, up this close, almost as if it were done by a paint by number kit Wink. I was greeted by two cabin crew who smiled and seemed friendly. I asked for a flight deck visit and I got the Sep 11th usual rubbish, even though I know many, many people who have been in on BMI since, so just nodded politely and walked down the isle. I found row 10 and was pleased to find it was an emergency exit row!

The legroom on BMI is already a good 32” and on the exit row it seemed I had absolutely loads. I stretched out and looked around the cabin, my first Airbus A320. The cabin was in mint condition! The carpets looked brand new, the cleanliness and upkeep of the aircraft was great, bar my floppy armrest rofl  and the comfort was great! The seats were extremely wide and very comfortable.

The aircraft was very empty even after a second bus load of passengers arrived; I’m estimating 50-60% full. It was nice, the middle seat was left free and a nice business man took the aisle seat. He took great interest in ‘secretly’ looking at my notepad of bullets on the flight Wink.

The doors were shut and we were welcomed aboard by both our Captain, who introduced all of the cabin crew by name (a nice touch) and then the cabin crew themselves. The safety demo was professional and very modern, the flip down screens actually worked Wink. We pushed back at 12.52pm, 2 minutes after we were due to leave, pretty impressive considering such an aircraft change and our long journey out to MIDY. The IAE’s wound into action. I was amazed at how quiet they were! The air con system took over the engine noise! Music played throughout our time on stand and our taxi out to the runway, including Gabrielle- Rise, song I haven’t heard for while.

We rolled forward with a quiet increase in thrust and the cabin crew rushed around doing final cabin checks.

Lonely Concorde

At this stage some guy in his late teens got up looking embarrassed and rushed to the toilet. By this time we were holding for the runway. Was quite funny, the whole cabin laughed.

We queued for about 5 minutes, it was weird not seeing any aircraft land in front of us Wink, before the pilot gently released the brakes and we rolled forward swinging onto runway 27L. We slowly came to a halt, a BA744 looking straight at me, coming from T4. The engines wound up slightly and we started to move. The thrust increased and I was pushed to the back of my site as we sped down the runway.

It was a very brief takeoff and the Airbus A320 was launched into the chilly air at 1313, 23 minutes late. We passed the huge BA Speedbird:

The wheels went up, and for the first time in my life there was no bong after confirming this. We then making an immediate right turn and the wing was soon slicing through a layer of lower cloud before it was engulfed in a sea of white as the cloud thickened. The climb was steep and the engines weren’t wound down.

We emerged into blue skies and sun, but seemed to level out for about five minutes, skimming along the top of the clouds, the wing bobbing up and down gently every now and then. The clouds rushed past and I really got an idea of the speed we were travelling at. We then continued our climb and reached our cruising altitude, of which I didn’t know the altitude.

By this time the cabin crew had been around with the first trolley with a pile of sandwiches. I was offered the choice of egg or Chicken, tomato and bacon. I took the latter and it was very very nice! I stared out of my window, the IAE window whining away as we sped up the country above a thick blanket of cloud.

Drinks soon came around and the cabin crew were absolutely fantastic, some of the best I have experienced! They smiled, joked with me and were extremely polite. I opted for a Pepsi with Ice and Lemon to wash down the sandwich. I got out my ‘Of Mice and Men’ revision book and stuck into it for 20 minutes or so as we continued our cruise.

At 1346 the Captain announced that we were currently cruising at 33000ft and that we were just about to start our descent into EDI, where the weather was pretty much the same as LHR but slightly warmer at 9C.

One of the cabin crew’s voices sounded through the cabin as she announced they were going to show a short video on Thailand on behalf of STAR Alliance partner Thai. It was beautifully presented but seemed utterly pointless on this flight. One thing is clear, BMI is a very strong STAR member!

Before I knew it I looked out of my window and could see the ground below and the engine power was reduced, speed brakes aiding.

Runway 24 was in use today at EDI which meant a beautiful approach, especially as I was seated on the left hand side. We turned this way and that, bringing us over ports, lakes, towns and villages.

Port of Leith, pronounced Leeth as I am told  rotfl 

Beautiful water effects, spot Matalan Wink!

We made a final left turn to line up with the runway as a rumble started from under my feat signifying that the gear was being lowered. The flaps were set gradually as the ground neared, an Anet member’s school is down one of these roads silly :

The taxiways of EDI rushed past and the pilot swung ‘Delta Yankee’ right then left and brought us down nicely. We braked very softly until the Captain obviously realised that he wanted to get off the runway quicker and slammed on full brakes! Still used no thrust reverse to aid.

New control tower being constructed

The BA flight, which was an A320-100 and had exactly the same flight time beat us

We followed it in and turned off to park at BMI’s usual EDI gate; 4.We arrived at 1408, 2 minutes ahead of schedule, pretty impressive for our departure time! We came to a halt and the engines shut down, drowned out by the clinking of everyone unbuckling their seatbelts as if in desperation to get out Wink.

I stayed behind to try and get a flight deck visit but once again I was unlucky, so just took a pic of the C class:

I exited onto the jet bridge.EDI / EGPH), United Kingdom">EDI / EGPH), United Kingdom">EDI / EGPH), United Kingdom">EDI, as always, was a breeze, out in a matter of minutes.

I exited onto the jet bridge.EDI, as always, was a breeze, out in a matter of minutes.

Met up with Stu (ScottishLaddie) and we drove to a spot and got some great shots for a couple of hours, cheers for showing me around mate, much appreciated Smile! Here are some shots from the afternoon, shame the weather was so dull:

After a few hours we drove back to the terminal where I met up with another Anetter to fly home on EZY714. Overall, a great day, BMI were fantastic, fresh and professional and EDI was great, good to see some new movements Smile!

Comments welcome,


Sam Smile

[Edited 2005-03-12 01:24:04]

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14 replies: All unread, jump to last
User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2608 posts, RR: 28
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5733 times:

Nice report on the airline for which I work, and nice to see the pics.

Quoting A340600 (Thread starter):
It was a very brief takeoff and the Airbus A320 was launched into the chilly air at 1313, 23 minutes late. We passed the huge BA Speedbird:

The scheduled departure time of a flight is the pushback time, not the airborne time. STD was 1250 for this flight, so it probably departed more or less on time, as opposed to 23 mins late...

User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5699 times:

Excellent report, Sam.

Quoting A340600 (Thread starter):
cheers for showing me around mate, much appreciated !

No problem at all, any time.  Smile Apologies for the weather, atleast the rain held off.  Wink

Oh yeah, I'd also like the thank the crew of the LH CRJ for stopping on the taxiway momentarily for our viewing pleasure.  veryhappy 

[Edited 2005-03-12 01:41:10]

User currently offlinePDXtriple7 From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 695 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 5653 times:

I really enjoyed the report, especially since I'll be heading to EDI this summer on BA. Nice pictures, they're always interesting to view.

User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 32
Reply 4, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5374 times:
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Wow! Excellent report Sam, Pleasure to read.

Living the high life on my ex-Airliners.net Moderator pension...
User currently offlineJRadier From Netherlands, joined Sep 2004, 4814 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5335 times:

Quoting A340600 (Thread starter):
but those BMI hats are ridiculous Wink!

How come everyone dislikes the hats? Am I the only one who actually likes them?

For once you have tasted flight you will walk the earth with your eyes turned skywards, for there you have been and ther
User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4143 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5333 times:

Flew on the same aircraft from the same stand (well it followed the description that you gave, near T3, we passed a couple of Saudi T7's on the way) at LHR in June 2003 to Madrid. And i was only two rows behind you as well in 12F.

Scary init, but good report!


User currently offlinePilot kaz From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 5297 times:

Great Report Sam  Silly

Bmi always seem to amaze me with there service but you was denied cockpit  wideeyed  I was invited up there on my last Bmi Trip! (lol)

Anyway cant wait for our BA 757 flight in a little under 2 Weeks  Silly

kazzie x

User currently offlineGkirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 25347 posts, RR: 54
Reply 8, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

You drove to Ingilston from the airport?
Lazy gits  Silly

Shame you went to Scotlands secondary airport  Wink instead of our premier airport at Inverness  Wink
Nice report

When you hear the noise of the Tartan Army Boys, we'll be coming down the road!
User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 5015 times:

Nice report Sam, always detailed with excellent pics. Ill have to write one soon...!

Hey, you want to go out for pizza and some sex? What, you don't like pizza?
User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 10, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4853 times:


cheers for all the comments, much appreciated Smile

Just did the 757 for first time in over a decade, so another t/r will be written within the coming week,


Sam Smile thumbsup 

Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
User currently offlineScottishLaddie From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2004, 2386 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4832 times:

Quoting Gkirk (Reply 8):
You drove to Ingilston from the airport?
Lazy gits Silly

LOL! I hardly live within walking distance of EDI.  Wink It was fecking freezing too.

User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 56
Reply 12, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 4745 times:

Great Report.  Smile

Edinburgh sure sounds like a fun spotting spot.


Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (11 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 4733 times:

Great report Sam. Shame it was no Mr Brightside though!

User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 49
Reply 14, posted (11 years 2 months 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 4600 times:

Cheers for the kind comments,

No Mr Brightside this time Dec, have to try again silly 

Sam biggrin 

Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!
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