Vasu From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 4163 posts, RR: 0 Posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 5914 times:
Sometime in August... Can't remember the exact dates!
Boeing 767-200 G-BNYS
Woke up to find the weather playing games... It wasn't going to be the best weather for flying! Then off to Gatwick, where I was particularly impressed with the spacious and modern look of the South Terminal!
Once past security, it was straight off to the Metro Bar (think that's the name) for a breakfast baguette and a look over the apron...
Isn't it a bit confusing having "Azerbaijan", "AHY" and "AZAL" titles on the same aircraft?
Anyway it was then off to the gate, with a 30 min delay. In front of us stood b767-200 G-BNYS... It was an interesting thought that we were to travel on a plane I'd seen a few years ago in storage at Manston (Kent Intl).
We were called for boarding... somehow, no matter where on the aircraft I'm sitting, I'm in the last section of row numbers for boarding! Never mind... it was a window seat and nobody was taking that away from me!
We did pass many interesting aircraft, but as you can see (below) the rain didn't make for great photography conditions!
Even on the scale of airline meals it was TINY! Note the size of the tray compared to the tray table... and that's on a really narrow seat (more about that later...). The quality itself was actually very good, especially the dessert, which was a raspberry and white chocolate cakey thing
Time for a quick note about the interior of the plane... It DID clearly show its age! (maybe that is in part to the 767s angular "StarTours" interior), but it was also clear that the seats were old, and random wires were hanging out of the armrests (presumably something to do with the IFE controls).
The seats themselves were quite comfortable, and the legroom was okay, but the width was rediculous! 2-4-2 in a 767 is really not a pleasant experience!
Before too long the seatbelt lights came on, and we made our approach over Larnaca's beaches...
Larnaca airport has no airbridges, so all passengers are bussed to the relatively small terminal building. Whilst leaving the plane (in the wonderful Cypriot heat) I managed to get a few interesting shots of BNYS...
A340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4108 posts, RR: 50
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 5599 times:
Cheers for sharing the report of your flight. I have just flown longhaul with XLA and found them to be good enough, though I understand what you are saying about narrow seats! Odd that you got exactly the same meal as I did out, cheap or what !
You should head for the spectators area within the SOUTH departure lounge, my first place to go whenever I pass through,
Despite the name I am a Boeing man through and through!