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The Europe Trek W/ PICS:VS:MCO-LGW,easyJet LGW-MXP  
User currently offlineUtwriter From United States of America, joined May 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 5520 times:

Well, this is my very first trip report on airliners, so any constructive feedback is welcome. Let me begin by stating that aviation is a hobby of mine, but also a very significant fear. But, the more I learn (and fly) the more I am fascinated by the whole package. To date I have flown to West Africa, England, France, Italy, and all across the US. I was especially excited about this trip as I have never flown Virgin Atlantic or easyJet. Let's start with Virgin Atlantic. I was thrilled to have my first chance at flying on the 744, and we weren't lucky enough to have V:Port, but we did have a lovely bird by the name of English Rose for the first leg of the trip: MCO-LGW.

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Virgin's English Rose 747-400
As you can see from the pic, she's only 5 years old. The interior was acceptable, though I was surprised to see a fair amount of wear and tear on such a young aircraft. The IFE was great, with over 10 movies to choose from and some TV channels as well. After my sweaty palm takeoff, I settled in for a drink and some dinner. We were given three choices and I took them up on the Chicken pasta which was surprisingly delicious (yes, I may have been a bit tipsy, but it really was great!)
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After dinner, I tried to relax and watch a few movies, but found myself getting restless. I took advantage of the size of this plane and walked around the cabin for a bit. It must be nice to be an upperclass passenger-they seem to have more things to occupy their time! After some shaky moments and after squeezing the blood out of my husbands left arm, the crew readied the cabin for breakfast and landing. I have to admit that the crew was a bit distant on this flight. The service was fine, but after meals the crew disappeared. It always helps a fearful flyer to see the crew going about business as usual in the cabin, but on this flight I didn't really see any of the crew unless they were passing me a meal. So, breakfast was pretty simple-fruit and a dry muffin.
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We landed smoothly at Gatwick and had a great time in London.

easyJet: LGW-MXP

From London, we headed to Tuscany via easyJet. I have to admit, I was really excited to be flying one of Europe's budget airlines and I was not disappointed. I had read up on a lot of easyJet's history-how it as formed after Southwest's model by a Greek entrepreneur. They fly 737's and A319's, however they are phasing out most of the 734's with A319's. When we arrived at the airport, check-in was relatively busy, but we still received A boarding (easyJet has no pre-allocated seating, rather they assign you a letter A,B,C, or D and you board in groups, choosing your own seat when you get on the plane). I of course chose a window seat by the wing, and I was in awe over this gorgeous brand new A319, it really was stunning.
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Of course, this is a no frills airline, but they have tons of options for people who are hungry or thirsty. My husband had a scotch and coke and I bought a couple of easyJet souvenirs(yes, I'm a loser and own a deck of easyJet cards).
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Flight was wonderfully smooth, and I had a view of easyJet's super-fly winglets.
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We also had some great views of the Italian Alps.
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We landed in Milan to begin the Italian leg of our journey. Here are some parting shots of this sexy beast:
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Well, I hope this was a successful initial trip report....thanks for reading!

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User currently offlineWN230 From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 341 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (8 years 4 months 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 5426 times:

Great first tr. I like it that it was short and sweet, yet it had the detail of much longer trip reports. Would like to see a tr of your return flights.  bigthumbsup   wave 


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User currently offlineAtrude777 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 5702 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 5248 times:

That was really good, the pictures are fantastic.

Alex



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User currently offlineA340600 From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2003, 4106 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5180 times:

Hey, nice report Smile

Quoting Utwriter (Thread starter):
They fly 737's and A319's, however they are phasing out most of the 734's with A319's

Just a small correction, easyJet is phasing out it's old -300 series, they never had -400's. They are keeping their fleet of fairly new 73G's though in service for certain bases. LGW is of course a 319 base which is why you got a fresh airbus Smile

How did you find the service onboard, i've always found that EZY offer some of the best in the skies on countless numbers of flights i've taken with them. They also really show they're serious about their position in business travel,

Cheers,

Sam biggrin 



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User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1965 posts, RR: 24
Reply 4, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 5178 times:
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What a great report! Great pictures!

I've flown Virgin Atlantic a few times, and found the food to always be good. Glad to hear you had some good flights!

-767747


User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12150 posts, RR: 49
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5140 times:

Quoting Atrude777 (Reply 2):
That was really good, the pictures are fantastic.

Alex

I'll have to second this!



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User currently offlineUtwriter From United States of America, joined May 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5049 times:

How did you find the service onboard, i've always found that EZY offer some of the best in the skies on countless numbers of flights i've taken with them. They also really show they're serious about their position in business travel,

Cheers,

Sam biggrin


Sam,
easyJet's service was fantastic-the crew were extremly efficient and accomplished a lot of great service for such a short flight!


User currently offlineUtwriter From United States of America, joined May 2006, 16 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 5048 times:

I would love to post the return flight report, but I have no pics as it was the day of the London terror crackdown and we had our little clear plastic bags with just about nothing allowed onboard. I will say that although we were delayed about 15 hours in the airport, Virgin's crew worked extremely hard to get our flight ready and once onboard gave the most gracious and fantastic service that I've ever encountered on a long haul flight. Thanks to Virgin for making an extremely nerve-racking situation not only bearable, but pleasant.

User currently offlineNkops From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 6
Reply 8, posted (8 years 4 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4961 times:

very nice TR and pics... thanx for sharing!!


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User currently offlineBa757gla From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 760 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4813 times:

great report i have yet to fly EZY seem more pro than ryanair!

User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8589 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (8 years 4 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 4693 times:
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Nice report and photo's, like it!  Smile

Quoting Utwriter (Thread starter):
I have to admit that the crew was a bit distant on
this flight. The service was fine, but after meals the crew disappeared

-I've only flown VS to Tokyo, they were really good, though it was the Japanease FA's providing the great service, not the 'other' FA's.

Quoting Utwriter (Thread starter):
734's with A319's

-I think you mean 733's

Quoting Utwriter (Thread starter):
yes, I'm a loser and own a deck of easyJet cards

-You poor thing! Smile

Quoting Ba757gla (Reply 9):
great report i have yet to fly EZY seem more pro than ryanair!

-Not flown FR(refuse to) but EZY are ok though I think Germanwings are better.

Regards

Mark



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