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Bmi Regional - GLA-MAN - Embraer 145 - W/Pics  
User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 8391 times:

Hey,

This is the report for my flight back to Manchester with bmi regional.

You can view my outbound report on flybe. here.

This flight was to be my first flight on bmi regional and on the Embraer 145 so I was really looking forward to it!  Smile

Enjoy! Big grin

June 2, 2005
bmi regional BD 392
Glasgow - International (Abbotsinch) (GLA / EGPF) to Manchester - International (Ringway) (MAN / EGCC)
Embraer ERJ-145EP G-RJXE (CN 145245)
Gate Departure Scheduled/Actual 1955/2002 Local Time
Gate Arrival Scheduled/Actual 2050/2057 Local Time
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G-RJXE was delivered to bmi regional in August 2000.

We arrived at Glasgow Airport at 0520; more then two hours before the flight was due to depart. We caught the shuttle bus (which runs every 15 mins) from the City to the airport, the City is really nice by the way (2nd time I have been there) and worth a visit.

We preceded straight to the bmi self check-in desks.



We didn't have any luggage so we decided to use them, they were very easy to use and within a few minutes we received our boarding passes.

Here is mine.



Note that I didn't have a window seat, but my mum had so she happily swapped (ERJ-145 and 135 are both 1-2 configured aircraft). And also note that the seats were selected as 10 D F instead of 10 B C, the system must do it this way as if it was a 3-3 configured aircraft.

First impressions of Glasgow Airport were very good; some bits reminded me of Heathrow (the carpets etc.). GLA is the first airport I have been to which have all the shops/bars before security, after security there are only gates.

While my mum had a look at the shops I found a decent vantage point, where I took a photo of an ex SAS flyglobespan B736 just about to push for STN.



Glasgow was very busy with numerous flights from easyJet and British Airways and the main UK charter airlines. Excel, First Choice, Thomas Cook and MyTravel were to be seen. I only took note of where the MyTravel was going (Kos) and it was an A321.

The time passed very quickly and before we knew it, it was time to go through security. G-RJXE was just touching down as BD 397 when we went through security. It arrived at 19:15, 45 minutes before scheduled departure time.

Here it is on-stand in its "interesting" bmi regional/British Midland hybrid livery (Excel B738 in the background).



It was at this point when the weather started to get worse and the sky grew darker, so awful for taking window shots of the departure!  Sad

The good thing about bmi is that they provide free newspapers at the gate, which in this case was The Daily Mail. Only a handful of passengers were at the gate which I expected really.

Boarding was now upon us and we made a short walk to the aircraft where we were greeted by two friendly cabin crew (one male, one female). First impressions of the "Jungle Jet" were very good, not much head room but still very pleasant. The seating was the normal bmi blue cloth with the blue and yellow headrests (picture of the cabin will be further down).



The Captain came on and welcomed us on-board and gave us some flight and route information. We would be cruising at 20000 feet, which is the standard cruising flight level for this aircraft on this route. Routing today would be over Carlisle and the Lake District and from there we would begin our descent into Manchester. He also said the flying conditions would be smooth once we get out of the clouds. He gave a lot of information!  Smile

The 19 or so passengers had now boarded and pushback was commencing. The number 2 Allison AE 3007 had now begun to wind up, the engine noise was much quieter then the Dash 8 as to be expected.

Soon pushback was completed and the flaps were set for takeoff.

Apologies for the rain drops!  Smile



Thrust was increased slightly and we were on our way. Quite a long taxi to Runway 23 as you will be able to see on this chart.



We taxied behind another ERJ 145 of BA Citiexpress going to SOU or BRS. After waiting for a short while for him to depart the thrust was increased to allow us to taxi onto the runway at a more reasonable speed.

So brakes were released and thrust was applied (no stabilisation as in most cases with the ERJ). The feeling of thrust was great, you really felt pushed back into your seat unlike any aircraft I have flown on (and yes I have been on a B757!). Big grin



After using up half of the runway we rotated into the dark Glasgow skies. Apologies once again for the rain rushing all down my window at the point of rotation!



We maintained a pitch up attitude of 14 degrees as standard on the ERJ 145, which doesn’t give the steepest climb out which would be useful in this weather. Big grin



Continuing the initial climb out.



At this point we were entering the cloud layer, and as expected it was a little bumpy but this only lasted for a few minutes then it calmed down. The Departure (SID) today was a Turnberry 3A, so a little left turn and then that would take us pretty much straight over Carlisle.



Making that left turn now, flaps up at this point.



Fantastic light here.  Smile

Cabin crew were released at this point and they began there cabin service, the seat belt sign was also switched off.



The cabin crew offered a cold beverage (soft drink or wine/beer) and a basket full of nibbles. Note the Embraer on the packet! Big grin



Perfectly reasonable for a 45 min flight.  Smile

At this point we cleared the clouds and I saw blue sky for the first time today!

Levelling off at FL200.



I then started to read my copy of voyager (bmi's in-flight magazine) which is a very good read and has a nice route map and fleet page.  Wink

This is what you have all been waiting for, a cabin shot! Business cabin is at the front, only one passenger was there today.



Very comfortable cabin.

The First Officer spoke to us (he was Irish and I think ex Jetmagic) he updated us on our progress and said we were beginning descent shortly and was expecting to be landing on the south-westerly runway at MAN (24R). He said thanks for flying bmi regional and hoped we enjoyed the flight (which I definitely did!).

Throughout the various announcements they always referred to them as bmi regional which is good, I thought they might just have said bmi.



Descent had now begun after 15 mins of cruising. Engines wound back and we began a gentle descent.



Rubbish was collected in and the seat belt signs were turned back on again. We were now on the ROSUN 1 A arrival (STAR) into Manchester.



Just about to hit the cloud base.



Using some spoiler to increase the rate of descent.



We were now fully established on 24R, full flap was selected for landing (45 degrees on the Embraer 135/145) and the gear was unlocked. What was very noticeable on approach was the feeling of the different thrust settings been applied.

Passing the Wythenshawe area.



The Airport Pub.



And flaring over the runway to eventually make a nice smooth touchdown on 24R.



Spoilers are open and firm braking applied as we were going to turn off at the high speed exit.



Our taxi to stand.



Flaps were brought up, and we taxied fairly quickly to our stand.



We soon parked up on stand, engines where cut off and the seat belt sign was switched off.



I waited for all the other passengers to disembark, and then (again) I asked for a flight deck visit. They said they would have to ask, I was allowed in (very lucky day today)! Big grin

They had turned all the screens off as this was this aircraft's last flight of the day. The crew were really friendly and they were quite young (both early 30s) and the Irish F/O said I could sit in his seat and he would take a photo of me. It would be foolish to put a picture of me on here so I have cropped myself out!  Wink



The wonderful Embraer 145 flightdeck.

After a good 5 mins spent chatting with the guys it was time to go, I said my thanks to them and the cabin crew and walked onto the apron.

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What a great flight, excellent crew and an excellent aircraft to match. The Embraer 145 might not be the most exciting of aircraft to watch but it’s a fantastic aircraft to fly on and you get a real sensation of speed. And I would jump at the chance to fly on one again! Big grin

I would highly recommend bmi regional, they are quite expensive but they do have some good deals from MAN, sometimes.

Hope you have enjoyed both reports on two quite quite unique types that aren't really covered on A.net trip reports. Any comments/questions will be greatly appreciated as always.  Smile

Cheers
Ryanair737

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User currently offlineUairFokker From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8308 times:

Great flight! I am glad you enjoyed flying the aircraft so "down here".

PD There are no jungles near the factory.


User currently offlineJkw777 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8298 times:

Good report mate! Big grin

Glad you enjoyed your jungle get experience, I am yet to try the ERJ-145!

Cheers,
Justin  Smile


User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 44
Reply 3, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 8282 times:

Another excellent report!

The cabin looks very nice, roomier than what i had expected it to look. I've heard from a couple of people beforehand that the acceleration on take-off is quite impressive. I've not flown on the ERJ-145 yet, but only have two weeks left to wait until I am on one of BMIR's Embraer's on LBA-CDG.



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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1685 posts, RR: 31
Reply 4, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8254 times:

Excellent report, Ryanair737 !

Nice to include the SID and STAR charts, as well as many pictures: I was almost flying the trip myself  Wink

Keep up the good work !



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8247 times:

Great report- looking forwards to my own ERJ145 flight with BA in under a fortnight Big grin

Sounds like a really nice aircraft to fly



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User currently offlineMikec From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 247 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8232 times:

Nice report with a good level of detail. I tried an ERJ-145 for the first time earlier this year over in the US and I found exactly the same as you regarding the power application (I think I commented on it in my trip report too) - i.e. pushed back in your seat like no other aircraft on departure, and feeling every thrust change on approach (like you were in a car). I'd love to fly on one again.

Thanks for using one of my photos to illustrate the aircraft you flew on  Smile

Michael.


User currently offlineSNATH From United States of America, joined Mar 2004, 3238 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 8219 times:

Yeah, thanks for posting it! Great report.

Quoting Ryanair737 (Thread starter):
He gave a lot of information!

From personal experience, bmi pilots do give a lot of information en route, which is great!

Quoting Ryanair737 (Thread starter):
Apologies for the rain drops!

No need to apologise! Shots like that really make you feel as if you were there on that day. I personally love them!

Regards,

Tony



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User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2173 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8074 times:

Great stuff matey Big grin

Henz


User currently offlineLHRman From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 398 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8049 times:

Another great report, loving the rain on the early shots, shows the speed these little things gather on takeoff!

Anyway, back to my cave!

Dave  old 



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User currently offlineLHR27C From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 1279 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 8044 times:

Excellent again Daniel, very interesting and some great photos  Smile.

As I said in the other report, I'll be on an ERJ145 with BA up to GLA from BHX, I haven't flown on one since AZ MXP-BLQ in 2001 and they are a nice ride.

With all your expert knowledge of the ERJ, do you have the FeelThere PIC add on by any chance?

Oliver



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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 7933 times:

Thanks for all the comments guys!  Smile

Quoting Capital146 (Reply 3):
The cabin looks very nice, roomier than what i had expected it to look. I've heard from a couple of people beforehand that the acceleration on take-off is quite impressive.

The cabin was much roomier then I expected it to look too. The acceleration is very impressive on takeoff, but the climb out is quite shallow in most cases.

Quoting Mikec (Reply 6):
Thanks for using one of my photos to illustrate the aircraft you flew on  Smile

No problem its a nice photo, and quite a rare sight a LHR!

Quoting LHR27C (Reply 10):
With all your expert knowledge of the ERJ, do you have the FeelThere PIC add on by any chance?

Nope I don't have this add-on Oliver, my computer wouldn't be able to handle it.  Wink

Ryanair737


User currently offlineGLAGAZ From UK - Scotland, joined Feb 2004, 1982 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 7895 times:

GREAT REPORT !! You have no idea how strange it is to see that GSM parked at the domestic pier. GLA-STN started on 2nd June. Glad you enjoyed your time in the city.

Gaz



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User currently offlineTrekster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 7794 times:

Great report there.

Looks like they are a fun aircraft and airline to fly

Loved those pics as well, some good shots in the air


User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 14, posted (9 years 1 month 4 weeks ago) and read 7787 times:
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Great report-- ERJs are my favorite regional aircraft to fly on. I'm surprised to see cloth seats on an ERJ... I just kind of assumed it was standard on the ERJ for it to come with leather.

Either/or... great report.

JBLU


User currently onlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4693 posts, RR: 43
Reply 15, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 7694 times:

Hi Daniel!
Very nice and extensive trip report covering this short flight in every imagineable detail! Reading about your travels makes me almost feel like I am also there. I especially like the way you include airport charts, SID's and STAR's in order to illustrate the aircraft's course. Keep up this great work, your reports are certainly among the best here on a.net!  Smile



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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7645 times:

Thanks for all of your nice comments guys, it really makes posting trip reports worthwhile!  Smile

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 14):
Great report-- ERJs are my favorite regional aircraft to fly on. I'm surprised to see cloth seats on an ERJ... I just kind of assumed it was standard on the ERJ for it to come with leather

I think the reason for this is because bmi don't have leather seating in any of there other aircraft types. I can say though that the cloth seating was just as comfortable as leather!

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 15):
Keep up this great work, your reports are certainly among the best here on a.net!

Thanks a lot for that Jens, I will also say the same about yours! Big grin

Cheers
Ryanair737


User currently offlineDemoose From Canada, joined Mar 2001, 1952 posts, RR: 23
Reply 17, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7640 times:

Great report and photos!

I flew this route in October, but with BACX. One thing Bmi do better than BA is the use of jets on their domestic flights, certainly looks more comfortable on the ERJ than the dash 8!

Mark



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User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 738 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 7565 times:

Great report!

I love flying the E145. There is a sensation of speed that you just don´t get with any other aircraft. I used to go out of my way to take the BA E145s BHD-MAN, then they replaced them with the BAe146s and then Dash 8s - talk about a downgrade. As much as I like the BA cabin, the bmi one seems much nicer.


User currently offlineGarri767 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 7533 times:

Sounds like you had a great time, also from reading your flybe report, you LOVED your flights, and thats good, i am flying the erj145 for the first time in july Big grin.

User currently offlineEuropean5 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 7522 times:

Hey!

Great report and great photo's!!! I'm just gonna go read the flybe one!

Glad you enjoyed ur flight!

cya

Jimmi


User currently offlineLuke From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 181 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 7494 times:

Great trip report with very nice photos. Glad you enjoyed your flights with bmi and flybe!!
Thanks Daniel!


User currently offlineGofly From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2004, 1727 posts, RR: 38
Reply 22, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 7467 times:
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Many thanks again for a great report!  Smile

I've wanted somebody to do a report on bmiR for a while. Sounds like you had good time!

Two cockpit visits in one day! Lucky sod! Big grin

Still not sure about that hybrid on the ERJ, I can't make my mind up.

Loved the pics, and like others said, the rain just made feel like we were there even more. Mind you, living in the UK, you get used to rain  Wink

Thanks,

-Gofly



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User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21529 posts, RR: 55
Reply 23, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7446 times:

Great report, and excellent pictures. The charts were a really nice touch.

Still haven't flown on an ERJ yet. I guess I don't fly CO enough.  Sad

-Mir



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User currently offlineGVBIG From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2004, 341 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (9 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 7473 times:

Another good report with some lovely pictures


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