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Heathrow To Belfast City On BMI (Pictures)  
User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1675 posts, RR: 0
Posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 7029 times:
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HELLO

Yes, well in September of this year I was going to visit some of my family who live in Tyrone, Northern Ireland. I live in Auckland, New Zealand, so I had to get to London to connect to Belfast first. This trip report starts after I have just ended the HKG-LHR leg of my trip on CX. That trip report will be filed later.

After arriving from my Hong Kong flight, I went to the flight connections centre. A bus took me from T3 to the T1/2 terminals I think. Correct me if I am wrong. It was 5am in the morning and trust me, I was jet lagged, so it was frustrating that when I went to Customs and Immigrations that only 2 officers were handling connections from my CX flight, 2 QF flights from Australia, an SQ flight from SIN as well as numerous long haul BA flights. Security was MUCH more tighter since my last visit in 2001 before 9/11, and there were heaps of video screens which were playing demonstrations about not being allowed fluids e.t.c.

Bmi had quite a few check in agents waiting for passengers after we cleared customs and they assigned me my boarding pass and preffered seat. After being questioned by Passport officers and getting a stamp, I was allowed to go through into T1, where most of the Domestic and Irish flights depart from.


I had a 5 hour connection but was by no means bored because as you can imagine, such an aviation enthusiast like me from all the way on the other side of the world, was being treated to some wierd and wonderful airlines most of which I had never seen before.


T1 was nice but it was a bit to small and I was dissapointed about how people could smoke in the terminals, I mean the designated 'areas' for smokers was a joke, wasn't even roofed off! Nonetheless, I'm probably ranting on now I mean after all I am from New Zealand!

(Above) - a shot of the seating area opposite the BD last minute check in desks I think.
LHR-BHD
Flight : BD084]
Aircraft : G-MIDW *Star Alliance logo-jet*
Seat : 23A
Gate : 02
Scheduled departure : 10:55am
Actual departure : 11:35am
Scheduled arrival : 12:15pm
Actual arrival : 12:35pm

Apparantley Gate 2 is a designated gate to Belfast flights for BD which was nice. Business Class passengers were called upon first with Star Alliance Gold passengers. Economy class was then done by seat rows. We were welcomed on board by 2 flight attendants - One male and on female, both were very nice. My seat was just past the wing and when I got there I was pleasently surprised at the comfort of it, not to mention the fact it was leather! Seat pitch was also very good at 32" especially for me, as I am 6ft 2".

The plane soon began filling up and it was evident that today's flight, in Y at least, would be 100% full.

The captain soon welcomed us all on and said that there was some late passengers and that their bags had to be taken off meaning a delayed departure. Then, apparantley there was a fault with the front door so we would be delayed again! However, eventually we pushed back 40 minutes late and the over head screens popped down ready to show us the safety video. The video was all cartoon drwaing which surprised me, mind you I haven't really ever flown on a 'low cost' airline before.

We took off (not quite sure which runway) but to me, it was a long take off for an A320. Before we had even reached cruising altitude, the captain came on and said that the winds were co-operating today and that we would have a reduced flight time of only 50 minutes. BAD for me! Shortly after, the cabin crew said that they were coming around with food and gifts for purchase. We still had not reached cruising altitude. I bought 2 model planes for my mates back home and a can of pepsi. Together it was 16 pounds. Of course at the time I didn't think it was that much because I was so used to the dollar!

Our flight path took us over the Irish sea, up to the Isle of Man before making what appeared to be a circular turn into Belfast City Airport.

On board, there was issues with the passengers behind me. They had been on my flight from Hong Kong and were Filipino. Apparantley they had forgotten their bag in the terminal in London and wanted it back. The Flight attendants said that it was probably gone as it would have been assumed a bomb threat. The woman was only one word, pissed. Not to mention the family which got quite agressive towards the Stewardess.

Before we knew it we were landed in the Emerald Isle 20 minutes behind schedule.


The usual 'please remain seated' was done by the F/A's, but no'one seemed to care and whilst we were still taxiing to the gate, people just got up got their bags and were standing in the aisle! Cell phones were turned on immeadeately then and suddenly a rage of business people were screaming into the mouthpieces in a broad British accent 'Yeah, I'm here, I'll see you in five." Fat chance! Because when we landed there was issues with getting the airbridge to the door so we were left waiting for 10 minutes meaning an exit from the plane 1/2 an hour late!

It was only when I got off the plane that I realised that I had just travelled on the Star Alliance get G-MIDW :

Walking to get our bags :

In the arrivals area, officials were there waiting for the Filipinos. Bad news I think, because there was a surge of words being exchanged between themselves and the Belfast Airpot staff! Funny stuff. Anyway, after my bags had come thorugh, an officer asked to inspect my passport. My NZ passport! Of course then I got quesitoned AGAIN but was eventually led out into the public where I met my family who I hadn't seen in five years!
Belfast was great - much better than Dublin I thought :

While I was there I got some spotting at Aldergrove done :

(Above) - Why was she there? I thought Flybe go to City Airport?


I had a blast and really think Ireland is one of the best places in the world! BMI is great also, and despite people bad-mouthing them here on A.net with the service reductions, they really are a great airline and don't hesitate to fly with them.

Thanks for reading and look out for my next reports :

EI on DUB-LHR
CX on LHR-HKG-AKL

Thanks!

[Edited 2006-12-12 04:22:10]

[Edited 2006-12-12 04:23:09]

[Edited 2006-12-12 04:30:27]

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User currently offlineAirbus3801 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1089 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 2 weeks ago) and read 6990 times:

I am surprised you prefered Belfast to Dublin. I have taken your exact flight 4 times and from the same gate with the smokers which is very annoying! Belfast is a beautiful city down by where I was at the Europa and Waterfront Hall, however I think it is sad when you go to the staunchly loyalist sections. No offense to any loyalists out there, but I always found their murals much more violent then the Republican murals which are more historically based then ones with poems about coming to kill your children in the night.... I also find that people are friendlier in the Republic of Ireland cities for some reason, maybe its the weather that does interesting things, but I still like Belfast just the same. BMI has cut just about everything that you can get on the flight that you took and the next time I take it I won't be surprised if I come accross that I have to pay extra for a seat belt.

User currently offlineUK_Dispatcher From United Arab Emirates, joined Dec 2001, 2589 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 6892 times:

Quoting Planemanofnz (Thread starter):
The video was all cartoon drwaing which surprised me, mind you I haven't really ever flown on a 'low cost' airline before.

This is not a 'low-cost' thing. bmi have had that safety video since the A321s and A320s were introduced in the late 1990s - back in the days when British Midland was still the 'classy' British airline.

The A319s came a few years later, and you will notice that they do not have the drop-down screens - safety demonstrations are done manually. I guess this is an example of how the airline has gradually changed.

Out of interest, on what day of the week did you visit BFS? I am wondering whether the BE aircraft was operating a weekend charter.

Many thanks for the report - it was very interesting.


User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 6519 times:
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Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 2):
Out of interest, on what day of the week did you visit BFS? I am wondering whether the BE aircraft was operating a weekend charter.

I could be wrong but I am nearly sure it was a Monday or a Sunday.

Quoting Airbus3801 (Reply 1):
Belfast is a beautiful city down by where I was at the Europa and Waterfront Hall, however I think it is sad when you go to the staunchly loyalist sections. No offense to any loyalists out there, but I always found their murals much more violent then the Republican murals which are more historically based then ones with poems about coming to kill your children in the night....

I was just so interested at all of the paintings haha! I mean coming from little old NZ I really don't experience anything like that everyday if you know what I mean. I was also down at the waterfront, I think I saw 'Thank you for the music' whilst I was there and is there some sort of Japanese resteraunt opposite the waterfront building, because I think we had something to eat in there also.

Quoting UK_Dispatcher (Reply 2):
This is not a 'low-cost' thing. bmi have had that safety video since the A321s and A320s were introduced in the late 1990s - back in the days when British Midland was still the 'classy' British airline.

The A319s came a few years later, and you will notice that they do not have the drop-down screens - safety demonstrations are done manually. I guess this is an example of how the airline has gradually changed.

Well don't get me wrong I was more than happy to have the video screens drop down and everything. Shame about nothing on the 319's  Sad

Quoting Airbus3801 (Reply 1):
BMI has cut just about everything that you can get on the flight that you took and the next time I take it I won't be surprised if I come accross that I have to pay extra for a seat belt.

Yeah, I mean I was dissapointed with no meals and everything but the seats were really comfy and the crew were absolutely fantastic. I would never hesitate to fly with BMI again and I mean that.


User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 738 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 6482 times:

Hey

I'm really glad you enjoyed your time in my city. Loved the photos too - in your photo of the murals, you can see my former school where the spire is just beside the big black hospital building in the background.

I'm also glad you enjoyed your flight on bmi - it is a real pity that their service has been cut back oh so considerably, but at least their cabin crew are mostly very helpful.


User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1911 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 6270 times:
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Great report and pictures!

767747


User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5981 times:
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Quoting BFS (Reply 4):
I'm really glad you enjoyed your time in my city. Loved the photos too - in your photo of the murals, you can see my former school where the spire is just beside the big black hospital building in the background.

Yea, Belfast is awesome and I think that tourism is really on the rise there. I heard so many foreign accents on the tour bus of the city. What was your school called?

Quoting BFS (Reply 4):
I'm also glad you enjoyed your flight on bmi - it is a real pity that their service has been cut back oh so considerably, but at least their cabin crew are mostly very helpful.

Yes. I remember the good old days when you used to be able to watch the overhead screen all through the flight and you got that nice meal. But it didnt really bother me, I mean the flight is only 50 minutes.

Quoting 767747 (Reply 5):
Great report and pictures!

Thanks!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8483 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 5805 times:
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Nice report & photo's thanks.

I've not flown BMI for about 10 years, I fly BA and have never had a probem. That said I have a BMI flight to Aberdeen in Jan, though only to add the E145 to my flight log  Smile

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Mark



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User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5754 times:
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Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
I've not flown BMI for about 10 years, I fly BA and have never had a probem. That said I have a BMI flight to Aberdeen in Jan, though only to add the E145 to my flight log

It's a real pain in the ass that BA pulled out of Belfast because now I can't get to BHD or BFS on oneworld unless I go through MAN which requires an additional flight from LHR.

Does anyone think EI or BA might enter Belfast-London?


User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 738 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 1 week 3 hours ago) and read 5579 times:

Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 6):
What was your school called?

My school was St Malachy's College, but it's a few years since I left.

Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 8):
It's a real pain in the ass that BA pulled out of Belfast because now I can't get to BHD or BFS on oneworld unless I go through MAN which requires an additional flight from LHR.

Does anyone think EI or BA might enter Belfast-London?

I know what you mean - my staff travel benefits with BA are completely useless to get me home, so it's easyJet that gets my business whenever I'm popping back. I really can't see BA returning to the Belfast route, with so much competition between there and London and bmi's dominance on the LHR route. Aer Lingus on the other hand may well jump in and give bmi and run for their money - I certainly hope so!


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3225 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (7 years 6 months 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 5163 times:

An interesting trip report Planemanofnz. I have been to Belfast before (in 2004) on a tour from Dublin, where I was staying, with Iarnrod Eirann, the Republic's railway company. The tour took in the coast of Antrim and Bushmill's Distillery as well as views of some of the murals which characterise the sectarian divide in the Province. Northern Ireland is very beautiful but what I noticed was that Belfast did not have the relaxed atmosphere of Dublin and seemed to have an underlying bed of tension. Alas, such is the history of the Province that this is the unfortunate reality of life there.

As for BA and the Province, the advent of easyJet is such that a BA presence on the Belfast - London market appears unlikely for the time being. Aer Lingus also seems unlikely, given the fact that it closed its Belfast office a few years ago and it has a busy market in the Republic to service. As far as I know the only cross border flight in Ireland is between BHD and ORK.

TrinToCan.



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User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1675 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4819 times:
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Quoting Trintocan (Reply 10):
As far as I know the only cross border flight in Ireland is between BHD and ORK.

No. Flybe now fly between Belfast City and Galway. Does anyone know how these flights are going?


User currently offlineCXtra From Hong Kong, joined Jan 2006, 263 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (7 years 6 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4780 times:

Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 8):

Does anyone think EI or BA might enter Belfast-London?

i heard that EI were leaving oneworld..

anyway, i enjoyed looking at your pictures of belfast.. it looks very green and picturesque.. at least in the background, unless aircraft on an apron are picturesque.. well on this site. you never know  Wink



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