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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8953 times:

Friday 25th November 2005
LS905 MAN-LGW
Depart: 1800
Arrive: 1905
B737-300 G-CELG "Jet2 London"

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I arrived at Manchester in plenty of time, and parked my car at APH, an off airport car park. The bus brought me to T1, dropping me off just outside the Jet2/MyTravel shared check in zone. Jet2 operate an 'all flights' check in policy. Thankfully, there was no queue and I was checked in with no problem. I was assigned seat 5D, however on noting this I asked the girl who checked me in for a window. She happily checked me into 5F instead.

I had had no lunch, so went to Burger King as per usual. While there, I turned my phone on. It beeped to signal a voice message. The message was from my friends mum, saying he was very ill indeed, and would be unable to meet me at LGW, much less accompany me to NCE the next day. My first thought (as I ate my fries...) was that I'd have to get my bag back and go home. However, I gave Mike a ring to mull my options over. Over a long conversation, I decided to still make my way to NCE, as our hotels in LGW and NCE were both pre paid, and both my flights were non refundable/transferable. Guilty as I felt, I didn't want to lose £200 worth of flights! Mike rang BA and the hotels to inform them of the change, this was no problem, the only issue was I'd have to check in at a desk for my flights to NCE. This resolved (after a conversation lasting almost an hour!), I finished my food and went to the level 13 observation deck to attempt a night shot with my new tripod. This done, I went back to the warmth of the terminal, as it was freezing on the car park.

I made my way through security (The lines were nothing compared to my last trip through Terminal 1) and bought a book and a magazine from WHSmith, seeing as I would now have much more 'reading time'. I saw my flight was assigned Gate 2, and so wandered there. As I queued at the gate, the agents seemed to be having issues with a passenger who was on an incorrect booking, which delayed procedures somewhat, however we were soon boarding. I was among the first to board, and took my seat in 5F. First impressions of the cabin were poor. The seats looked a little tatty, as did many of the fittings. The overhead panel had the old 'block' style light and call bell buttons. However the seats and tables were clean, and the crew were well presented and friendly.

Load on the flight was high, around 90% I reckon, which looks good for Jet2, after initial reports of low bookings on the route. We were soon closing the doors and pushing back. The runway had just changed for 24L/R to 06L/R, so we proceeded to taxi to 06L for our departure. We didn't have to wait long, and we were soon accelerating down the runway and rotating into the crisp and clear night. As we turned to the south, I got an excellent view of a lit MAN.

The crew were released, and offered the usual selection of snacks and drinks. The takeup of these was high, which suprised me on such a short flight, but again it looks good for Jet2.

We flew over Birmingham and Oxford, and made a standard approach to 26L. The pilot made a firm touchdown, and used heavy braking to slow us down. As we left the runway, a U2 A319 started its roll and rotated into the night. We taxied to stand 3, where we disembarked using an antiquated airbridge, which still had markings and ramps for BAC 1-11 aircraft!

My impressions of the South Terminal were poor. The terminal is really showing its age, and made a poor first impression of LGW.

After we left the aircraft, we passed a security desk where we had a photo taken to enable us to pass through into UK arrivals and dispense with passport control. These cards were surrendered when we arrived in the baggage hall, where I waited 10 minutes for my bag. Once collected, I was soon out of the terminal and waiting for a shuttle to my hotel - the Arora International, in Crawley. Interestingly, the fountains outside and the wall of water in the foyer of the hotel were made by my grandad's company, which my mum and 2 uncles work for. I had a mission to get photos!


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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8943 times:

Saturday 26th November 2005
BA8131 LGW-NCE
Depart: 0925
Arrive: 1220
B737-300 G-GFFH

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I left the exceedingly nice hotel at 0645 for a transfer to the North Terminal. Upon arrival, I made my way to Club Europe check in, where I was handed my boarding pass and invited into the Terraces lounge. I decided not to check my 2nd bag in, and proceeded through the fast lane to security. Over and done with, I took my bags to the Terraces lounge and was 'checked in'. I grabbed a coffee first, and went to grab a window seat. Suddenly I reslised I had left my wallet and phone at security. I placed my bags in a locker in the lounge, and ran to security where I was told they had almost put out an announcement - major embarrasment! I returned to the lounge and drank my coffee, before moving upstairs where I was told there was more food and a better view! I got another coffee, and asked about a bacon sandwich (which FBGDavidson had raved about in his Club Europe reports!). I was informed they were for the first lounge only - gutted! I consoled myself with some pastries and an orange juice. I then went for a wander, and checked my email on one of the PC terminals, before getting a paper and retreating downstairs for another coffee and a shortbread biscuit. Over the next hour I had yet another coffee and a few more snacks, before my flight showed as gate 58 on the boards. I was a little disappointed, as I had been hoping for a gate over the huge bridge. That said, Gate 58 is a fairly unique gate as it has a large spiral ramp bang in the centre of departure lounge. After proceeding down the gate ramp, I handed my boarding pass and passport to a gate agent and was allowed into the seating area. We were shortly called for boarding. I was a little disappointed at the lack of priority boarding, but as I was 2nd to board anyway, that was neither here nor there.

I took my seat in 3A after placing my bag in the overhead, and my camera bag under the seat in front. I removed my camera and placed it on the B seat, which isn't allocated in Club Europe, allowing a little more space. My 300D sat perfectly in the vacant space between the armrests!

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We were soon boarded fully, with 8 people in business and approximately 30 in economy. Before long we were pushed back. One of the other quirks of the gate, and other along the pier, is that aircraft are pushed straight back, and make the 90º turn under their own power once the engines are started.

We taxied from stand 58, under the new bridge, to runway 26L. A DL 777 pushed back from the North Terminal, and as we passed the south terminal a CO 777 was also pushing.

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As we taxied, I saw a newly-UK registered Excel 767, with new XL.com tail logo

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Jet2's G-CELG "Jet2 Faro" was being disconnected from its tug for the flight back to MAN as we held short of 26L.

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We were out before the heavies, and just had to wait for a BA 737 to land before we could line up.

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Once on the runway we were soon rolling past the maintenance hangars, where a NW DC10 tail was poking out of one hangar, and a Transaero 742 from another. We rotated early due to the light load, and were soon climbing through the cloud on our departure routing.

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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8923 times:

We were soon climbing through the low level cloud, turning south towards France. We overflew the south coast before clouds engulfed the view. In the distance I could see plenty of Cumulonimbus cloud, responsible for covering much of Europe in snow.


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Service soon started, and first of all hot towels were brought round. These were proper towels, not paper, and unlike the paper version don't cool immediately. Soon after, breakfast was served. Trays were brought out individually rather than on a trolley, with all the dishes uncovered. I recieved a tray with a cooked breakfast (sausage, scrambled egg, fried tomato, mushrooms and bacon), fresh fruit (nice and refreshing), orange juice in a glass, a bread roll and a croissant which was offered in a basket, and was nice and warm. I was particularly pleased to find that the cutlery was metal, and we were given a proper glass and cup, the cup which had a view of London design on it. Much nicer than plastic!

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Breakfast was delicious, and the coffee that came with it was fresh and hot. As I drank my coffee I noticed the ground was no longer obscured by cloud, and retrieved my camera from 3B. I took almost 60 photos en route, including a nice one of Chateauroux and plenty of the Alps.

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Just before we started descent, I was offered another drink and opted to have another orange juice. This came in a proper glass with ice. I also requested to visit the flight deck on arrival at Nice, the purser said he would ask the captain. Shortly he came back and informed me this was no problem.

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Soon we started descent, and before I knew it the Cote d'Azur was in sight. We approached the 04 runways using the non-standard approach (to prevent overflying the towns along the coast) over the Mediterranean Sea, which involves approaching the runways at an offset angle, before a turn to line up with the runway.



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 8919 times:

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We made a smooth touchdown on 04L, and slowed down using reverse thrust and brakes.

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We taxied to terminal 1; as we taxied a dba 737 landed, and an AF Fokker-100 departed on 04R. We passed a parked 'City Airline' ERJ-135, and a Germanwings A319 which was boarding.

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We parked on stand, and the engines were shut down. With no-one sat beside me I stood up and grabbed my camera bag. I took out my 300D and placed it around my neck, leaving my other bag in the locker to keep as much space as possible in the flight deck.

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I chatted with the pilots for a while, asking how they got into the industry and how they enjoyed the job, before I was asked to leave the aircraft to allow the cleaners and dispatcher on board.

I wandered through the terminal, through passport control which had no queue as a result of my flight deck visit. In had no bag to check, so I was soon in the bus station, waiting for a number 23 bus to take me to the station in Nice (saving 2.70 euros over the direct bus. There's irony in that somewhere...).



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 4, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 8880 times:

The return will follow tomorrow morning - my internet connection cannot take the abuse of all these photos being uploaded, so I'll do it at work  Smile


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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 8569 times:

And the rest:

Sunday November 27th 2005
BA8136 NCE-LGW
Depart: 1415
Arrive: 1510
B737-3Y0 G-LGTH

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I arrived at the airport at about 11am after another trip on the Number 23 bus, and made my way to check in. Desks were only open for the earlier LHR flight, so I asked a staff member if I could check in for LGW yet. He said I could use the self checkin, even when I mentioned I had been told it wasn't possible. I gave this a go, and it turns out that of you don't use the card you booked on you simply have to provide another method of ID (in addition to my debit card I had inserted). The machine listed several - FF card, credit card, ATB ticket and flight number. I chose to put in my flight number, and typed it in on the touch screen pad. To my suprise I was checked in, and offered the option to change me seat. I decided to move forwards to 02A from 04A on the B737-300. This done, my card was printed and I proceeded to security. The first security check was the usual X-Ray. I went through the XRay with no problem, though my bag was chosen to be opened by the security guy; he took a quick look through and thanked me for my time. I then proceeded straight to the B gates, for which I had to pass through passport control as the UK is not a part of the Schengen treaty. There was no queue, and so from there I moved to the Club Riviera lounge.

The lounge is accessed via a spiral staircase or glass lift, so everybody sees you  Smile . I 'checked in' and decided to get a coffee and some food first of all. The coffee in the lounge is freshly ground, and there is a large selection of muffins, pastries, fruit, biscuits and light snacks. These were replaced later with more savoury items, including crisps and slices of pizza you can warm up in the provided microwave. Over my 3 hours in the lounge I read the newspaper, drank 2 cups of coffee, 4 cans of Coca Cola, and a whisky and Coke, as well as plenty of pastries and muffins, which were delicious! I decided to try and liberate a few items seeing as I was flying Jet2 later (one extreme to the other...) later. I managed to let 2 cans of soft drinks, a pack of crisps and 2 cakes accidentally fall into my bag. Still, at least BA got their moneys worth from me, seeing as they pay per passenger for the lounge.

Our inbound aircraft arrived at about 1330, I saw it arrive though the design of the terminal prevents you seeing it at the gate from the lounge. 25 minutes later we commenced boarding; again I was one of the first to board, and took my seat in 2A. We were parked next to EK B773 A6-EMO.

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The load on this flight was much higher than the outbound, though in business it was lower. 4 rows were given over to business, which had a total of 6 people. Row 2 reamined empty, so I placed my camera bag in front of 2C, and my camera sat in 2B.

We were pushing back soon, we pushed to face north. We were released from the tug, and I watched the dispatcher wave us off. We held for about 5 minutes though; I assumed it was for another aircraft to use one of the gates at the terminal. An LH CRJ did arrive, but it parked in a location that didn't affect our taxi. Anyway, we started taxiing, and headed towards runway 22L - damn! Having missed the interesting 22 approach, I at least wanted a 04 departure for the view of Nice and sharp turn on departure.

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The airport had been on 04 ops most of the morning, and so we were first to use the 22's. We crossed 22R (so I did at least get a slight view of Nice!) to 22L

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Then turned onto runway and held.

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Out of my window I could see another aircraft on approach for the 22s. I followed it round until it disappeared out of my line of sight.


Spot the B767-300!

The aircraft landed on 22R; it was a BA B767-300 from LHR. I saw it through the right hand windows, and as it slowed down we spooled our engines and started moving along the runway, rotating just before the helipads.

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We were on the OKTET2W departure, and this gave me an overview of NCE with the city in the background.

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I also took an overview of the airport at Cannes as we turned to the north. Sadly, cloud cover increased once inland, so there weren't many photo oppurtuities on this flight.

I also took an overview of the airport at Cannes as we turned to the north. Sadly, cloud cover increased once inland, so there weren't many photo oppurtuities on this flight.

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The crew were released, and started the service after shutting the curtains between business and economy. Hot towels were handed out, and drinks orders were taken. I opted for a whisky and Coke, and was given a Jonnie Walker miniature and a small can of Coke.

Once the business cabin had been served drinks, afternoon tea was served. I was second to be served as there was only one passenger in row one. The tray had a selection of food - 2 crustless sandwiches, one cheese, lettuce and cream cheese and a salmon sandwich. There was also a sausage roll, which seemed like it was wrapped in a pancake rather than the normal pastry. It was very tasty! There was also a scone, with clotted cream and jam, and a large pastry with a chocolate cream filling and chocolate on top - fattening but delicious! I decided to have just the cream on my scone, and placed the jar of jam next to my camera - well it would be a shame to waste it!

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We were offered a tea or coffee with the meal; I chose tea (the meal is afternoon tea after all!), which was actually very nice. Sometimes I find tea on aircraft can be a little nasty, but this was very nice. And again it was served in a proper cup; the cutlery for the meal was also metal again.

The flight progressed uneventfully; I flicked through the in flight magazine which is quite interesting, and looked out of the window at a cloud covered France.


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The crew were released, and started the service after shutting the curtains between business and economy. Hot towels were handed out, and drinks orders were taken. I opted for a whisky and Coke, and was given a Jonnie Walker miniature and a small can of Coke.

Once the business cabin had been served drinks, afternoon tea was served. I was second to be served as there was only one passenger in row one. The tray had a selection of food - 2 crustless sandwiches, one cheese, lettuce and cream cheese and a salmon sandwich. There was also a sausage roll, which seemed like it was wrapped in a pancake rather than the normal pastry. It was very tasty! There was also a scone, with clotted cream and jam, and a large pastry with a chocolate cream filling and chocolate on top - fattening but delicious! I decided to have just the cream on my scone, and placed the jar of jam next to my camera - well it would be a shame to waste it!

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We were offered a tea or coffee with the meal; I chose tea (the meal is afternoon tea after all!), which was actually very nice. Sometimes I find tea on aircraft can be a little nasty, but this was very nice. And again it was served in a proper cup; the cutlery for the meal was also metal again.

The flight progressed uneventfully; I flicked through the in flight magazine which is quite interesting, and looked out of the window at a cloud covered France.


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The crew offered more drinks, I requested another whisky and Coke. I still had a lot of whisky left from my previous drink, so decided to keep the 2nd miniature unopened and placed it in my bag. I also asked the crew if it was possible for a flight deck visit at the end of the flight, again this request was granted. We were soon descending, and the crew performed a final pass through the cabin to collect any rubbish and glasses. We descended through the cloud, which got quite bumpy, before lining up on the ILS for 26L. Beneath the cloud it was very dull and murky, so my pictures were a bit poor!

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We made the smoothest landing I have ever experienced on 26L - had I been asleep I'd never have felt it - and taxied to the terminal. I was hoping, again, to use the new bridge. We paused, teasingly, underneath it, but sadly turned left onto a non-bridge stand.

Being in row 2 I was up and collecting my bag as soon as the seatbelt sign was off. I left my big bag in the overhead, and visited the flight deck with just my camera in and camera bag. The purser opened the flight deck door for me, and I entered, shaking hands with both the captain and first officer. They ran through the shut down checklist, before chatting to me about my ambitions (I want to be a pilot too). They said how much they enjoyed the job, despite the difficult training and stressful sim-checks! I snapped a few more photos, and shook hands with the first officer and captain again.

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I was last off the plane again, and walked through to passport control. There was no queue and I was soon in international arrivals, where I texted Mike - he had said he might make it to Gatwick as I had almost 5 hours before my flight back to MAN. Unfortunately whiole he was feeling better, he was still too ill to drive around the M25, so I resigned myself to spending the time in Gatwick.

First things first; I moved to the South terminal via the British Airways shuttle, and went to see what time check in opened. As Jet2 only have 1 flight a day LGW-MAN on a Sunday, there were no desks open. Check-in was supposed to be in zone J, opening at 1745. I still had over 2 hours, so went to Caffe Nero for a coffee, and then went to check my email on one of the terminal next to the Caffe Nero. The first terminal I tried had its coinslot jammed. I applied some pressure while holding the coin return button, and was rewarded when 2 pound coins rolled out - the highlight of my time at Gatwick! As I checked my email, I ate my French crisps from the lounge earlier. I then wanderd to zone J and found a seat which allowed me to keep an eye on the row of desks. Interestingly, our departure time according to the Gatwick monitors was 2000.

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At about 1715 I saw a supervisor change the one of the Monarch Scheduled boards to a Jet2 board - I instantly moved to the 2 desks and queue'd behind the yellow line as the supervisor organised the moveable barriers to form a section to queue in. An agent appeared at one of the desks and checked me in. I asked for a window seat as far forwards as possible, deciding to use my 001 sequence to my advantage; and was thus awarded 2A. I checked in my non-camera bag, and decided to keep my tripod with me as I could see it getting bent/damaged in my soft bag.

I proceeded through security, and proceeded to the 'Viewing Area', which gave me a view over the roof of one of the piers; nice! I could also see aircraft landing and much of the north terminal, so it wasn't too bad, but as it was dark, viewing was limited. I consoled myself with a can of Diet Coke and the 2 cakes from the Club Riviera  Sad

I saw my aircraft land, and waited tos ee where it taxied to. It taxied to the domestic pier, so I made my way to the gate. The gate didn't appear on any monitors yet but I knew where I was headed, and headed to the domestic gates, where I had my photo ID and boarding pass checked before entering the pier, and then again when I entered the seating area for Gate 6 (which had an agent situated outside asking everyone who passed if they were heading to Manchester). A lot of people were asking the gate agents why we had a departure time of 1945 on our bookings, yet the monitors said 2000. They claimed 2000 was our takeoff time (but no other flights had this anomoly!).

Boarding was called, and to my suprise we were taken outside to a waiting bus, which then drove us around the pier to our aircraft, which was on stand 5 - the same one I had arrived on. Why we needed a bus is beyond me! We boarded via the rear stairs, as the front door was occupied by the airbridge.

I took seat 2A; 2B remained empty and 2C was occupied. My seat gave me a great view of operations, so I sat and watched the dispatcher, and the crew as they perfomed their checks. Load was 94+1, I overheard, so a decent load.

We pushedback at 1945. Once engines had started we seemed to have problems; almost as if the tug was struggling to disconnect as we kept moving forwards then backwards repeatedly a very short distance as if we were trying to be shaken loose from the towbar! Eventually we moved to hold A3, where again we had problems. The captain announced over the PA that we were having problems with the seal on the rear door, and wanted to check it out to ensure safety. The first office, plus an off duty captain in 3F were sent to check it out. 10 minutes later we were good to go, though we were a further 10 minutes as we presumably missed out slot. After a number of BA aircraft, and 2 flyBE BAe146s had departed we finally got the yellow and greens on the taxiway and lined up for a rolling takeoff. We rotated quickly, and were soon in the cloud, which created a weird effect as our landing lights lit the cloud up so that the cloud turned white around us.

The cloud lingered over most of the UK, so not much was seen through the window. The crew came round with the usual snacks and drinks. The lady in 2C bought a drink and some pringles. Later in the flight she offered me half the pringles as she didn't want the rest, and would only throw them away otherwise. Waste not, want not!

We made a typical approach into MAN 24L, with a firm landing and heavy braking. The sky over MAN was quite clear, so it was hard to believe the airport closed due to snow the next day!

We had a follow me car take us to a remote stand; we parked next to G-CDFS, which carried 'Twisted Logic Tour 2005' on its fuselage, and the Coldplay X and Y logo on its tail - the aircraft will be carrying Coldplay for their forthcoming European tour.

Photo of G-CDFS, taken around the time we arrived

We went past a stand, but then swung 270º in order get back onto it, according to the dispatcher who greeted us, ATC had changed their mind as to what stand they wanted us on. Steps were pushed to the front and rear doors. I got my tripod and bag from the overhead bin, and also got the bags of the woman in 2C - she had given me Pringles, after all!

We disembarked and boarded a bus. The bus took us around most of T1 and T3, past most of the Jet2 fleet, an Aer Arran ATR just pushed back and a night stopping F50 of VLM. We stopped under stand 41 and walked into the arrivals hall. My bag reappeared in less than 5 minutes after arriving at the belt, which is impressive as it came from the other side of the airport! I rang the car park, and was reunited with my car 15 minutes later, for the 65 mile drive home.



Overall...
Jet2: A very nice airline. Friendly crew, low prices and a real alternative to BA on the MAN-LGW route. The aircraft were a little aged, however they were clean and devoid of rattles, broken seats and randomly opening overhead lockers. Assigned seating is always a bonus, too!

British Airways: Nothing short of excellent! Attentive service, high quality food, nice lounges and clean aircraft (though the 735 window was badly scratched). I cannot fault BA for anything.



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User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4695 posts, RR: 42
Reply 6, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8534 times:

Hi Martin!
Very nice report with some good photos, thank you for taking the time to compile this for us!  Smile I find it somewhat ironical that you were flying low cost on your domestic flights and Club Europe on the European leg - but then again, Business Class is not really worth the money on the short segment between LGW and MAN anyway.



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User currently offlineAtco2b From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 1114 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8534 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
B737-300 G-GFFH

Its actually a -500 series which you have said in the window comment... I had her too MAN-LGW back in July!

Nice report, loving it! Lovely pictures too, glad you had a nice time, albeit without Mike!

Thanks,

Tom  Smile



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8502 times:

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
I find it somewhat ironical that you were flying low cost on your domestic flights and Club Europe on the European leg

So did I, believe me!

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 6):
Business Class is not really worth the money on the short segment between LGW and MAN anyway.

BA don't offer business domestic, so had I booked the domestic sector as the same booking it would have cost over £300 as they give you a fully flexible open fare!

Quoting Atco2b (Reply 7):

Its actually a -500 series which you have said in the window comment... I had her too MAN-LGW back in July!

Whoops - proofread!



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User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8425 times:

Thanks for sharing an excellent report with us! It's a shame that British Airways are phasing out the B737s in favour of the Airbuses, they will be missed!  Wink

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User currently offlineCapital146 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2003, 2125 posts, RR: 43
Reply 10, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8278 times:

Great report! Really enjoyed reading it!  bigthumbsup 

Was really encouraging to hear that the loads on the LS MAN-LGW-MAN services seem to be picking up. It can sometimes take time for a route to build up, especially when already served by another carrier (in this case BA). Looks like patience may be paying off.

You should always be careful when visiting NCE, you never know when JGPH1A may appear! Big grin



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User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 8166 times:

Hey Martin, great report, and I loved all the pics Big grin


Lee



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User currently offlineZKSUJ From New Zealand, joined May 2004, 7107 posts, RR: 11
Reply 12, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 8111 times:

Nice report with great pics. Thanks!!!

User currently offlineFbgdavidson From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2004, 3706 posts, RR: 28
Reply 13, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 7981 times:

Great report! Been a while since I flew through NCE so was nice to reminisce

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 8):
BA don't offer business domestic, so had I booked the domestic sector as the same booking it would have cost over £300 as they give you a fully flexible open fare!

Well techincally flexible tickets in domestic are classed as 'Business UK' and allow access to the Exec Club lounges, although the onboard service is identical. As a BA Silver/Gold or other OW Emerald/Sapphire shiny plastic will get you in.

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
I got another coffee, and asked about a bacon sandwich (which FBGDavidson had raved about in his Club Europe reports!). I was informed they were for the first lounge only - gutted!

Oops, sorry hope I didn't hype it up too much for you! The bacon rolls are in the F lounge only, but you can always ask the people who come around for champagne. Although it isn't out in the World Wine Bars you can request it, presuming it is after 7am!  Wink I've fallen foul of the latter a couple of times over the summer  Sad

What did you think of the LGW Terraces? They are my favourite BA J lounge on the network. Great views over the apron, nice decor and good facilities. The lounge wardens are also very friendly (although I'm sure LGWspeedbird knows the slightly miserable bald guy in the F lounge who is a bit of a sour puss! Big grin)



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (8 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 7929 times:

Having no experience of any lounges, the Terraces lounge struck me as very nice. Spacious, well decorated, plenty of facilities, and the nicest toilets I've used in any airport  Silly

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
Well techincally flexible tickets in domestic are classed as 'Business UK' and allow access to the Exec Club lounges, although the onboard service is identical. As a BA Silver/Gold or other OW Emerald/Sapphire shiny plastic will get you in.

Not really worth £300 though. I did consider trying to blag my way in saying I had arrived on business at one stage, but then booked on Jet2. Decent as they were, the south terminal is just depressing!



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8544 posts, RR: 54
Reply 15, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7850 times:
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Nice report, thanks.

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 5):
Over my 3 hours in the lounge I read the newspaper, drank 2 cups of coffee, 4 cans of Coca Cola, and a whisky and Coke,

-Thirsty were you? Smile

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 1):
B737-300 G-GFFH

-This is a 737-500

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 5):
The tray had a selection of food - 2 crustless sandwiches, one cheese, lettuce and cream cheese and a salmon sandwich. There was also a sausage roll, which seemed like it was wrapped in a pancake rather than the normal pastry. It was very tasty! There was also a scone, with clotted cream and jam, and a large pastry with a chocolate cream filling and chocolate on top

-I would have been a bit upset if given this in Club, very poor IMHO.

Quoting Fbgdavidson (Reply 13):
What did you think of the LGW Terraces? They are my favourite BA J lounge on the network. Great views over the apron, nice decor and good facilities

-Yes, they are superb, especially the views Smile

What did you do in Nice, any thing interesting?

Rgds

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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 16, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 7836 times:

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 15):
-Thirsty were you?

Yes! And bored  Silly

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 15):
-This is a 737-500

Typo - whoops!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 15):
-I would have been a bit upset if given this in Club, very poor IMHO.

I disagree - it was filling, and tasty, and as the times didn't really fit in a normal mealtime was very impressed. Much better than the all day deli, anyway! That said, I had never travelled in J until then, so wouldn't know what to expect at any other mealtime.



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8544 posts, RR: 54
Reply 17, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 7834 times:
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Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 16):
That said, I had never travelled in J until then, so wouldn't know what to expect at any other mealtime.

-I've had plenty of Club meals at various times over the years, though most in and out of LHR rather than LGW so it is possible the catering could be different. The LHR flights I've been on seem to have a better meal even if it is a decent salad with some chicken or something rather than the offering on your flight.

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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4105 posts, RR: 51
Reply 18, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 7793 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Reply 5):
Boarding was called, and to my suprise we were taken outside to a waiting bus, which then drove us around the pier to our aircraft, which was on stand 5 - the same one I had arrived on. Why we needed a bus is beyond me! We boarded via the rear stairs, as the front door was occupied by the airbridge.

It's to do with taxiway works, can be fun taxiing in and out of that pier at the moment dodging them all biggrin 

Quoting Ryanair737 (Reply 9):
It's a shame that British Airways are phasing out the B737s in favour of the Airbuses, they will be missed!

They are not phasing them out, yet. G-DOCB has also rejoined the fleet after a lease with Air One.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 17):
The LHR flights I've been on seem to have a better meal even if it is a decent salad with some chicken or something rather than the offering on your flight.

Meals like this are also offered from LGW, such as the Mango chicken, but this flight didn't fit in with a standard meal time so afternoon tea was offered, looked tasty Smile.

Fantastic report, I hope you liked North better than the dated South at LGW. Shame you didn't get on the bridge, it's fantastic though BAA's new wooden seats look unwelcoming,

Happy Flying,

Sam Smile



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User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 19, posted (8 years 9 months 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 7736 times:

Quoting A340600 (Reply 18):
It's to do with taxiway works, can be fun taxiing in and out of that pier at the moment dodging them all

Yeah, I could see all the U2 A319's dodging round from the 'viewing area'.

Quoting A340600 (Reply 18):
I hope you liked North better than the dated South at LGW. Shame you didn't get on the bridge, it's fantastic though BAA's new wooden seats look unwelcoming,

The north terminal is much nicer - better laid out, better facilities and it lacks the air of grottiness and dilapidation of the south terminal.



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User currently offlineDoor5Right From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2005, 707 posts, RR: 16
Reply 20, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7203 times:

Quoting Mhodgson (Thread starter):
orange juice



Quoting Mhodgson (Thread starter):
coffee

Is there no champagne to Nice in Club!



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User currently offlineRdwootty From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2005, 904 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7169 times:

I have looked at your flight programme and you must spend all your pocket money on trips!! It was a great report and interesting to see the loads. I am a foody and so enjoyed your pics of the meals . Have you looked at airlinemeals.net or am I teaching grandmother to suck eggs?

User currently offlineMhodgson From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2002, 5047 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7162 times:

Quoting Door5Right (Reply 20):
Is there no champagne to Nice in Club!

I suspect had I asked I could have had some. I know from reading reports on Expert Flyer that they iwll serve you it on request. However it was a morning flight, and I had to negotiate Nice on my own on arrival

Quoting Rdwootty (Reply 21):
I have looked at your flight programme and you must spend all your pocket money on trips!! It was a great report and interesting to see the loads. I am a foody and so enjoyed your pics of the meals . Have you looked at airlinemeals.net or am I teaching grandmother to suck eggs?

I do spend a lot on my trips, though I tend to book cheaply as possible. Flying club was just an ambition, and when my friend told me of the fares I couldn't resist! I'm employed at the moment, so money isn't as tight as it was when I was at school, thankfully!

I did upload the photos to airlinemeals, can't find them, though!

[Edited 2006-01-06 22:57:05]


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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8544 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (8 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 7120 times:
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Quoting Door5Right (Reply 20):
Is there no champagne to Nice in Club!

- BA do serve Champagne, though you have to ask rather than it be offered, I drank 2 bottles coming back from Helsinki this week and have had it with breakfast on morning flights Smile



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