ThomasCook From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 801 posts, RR: 8 Posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 8425 times:
Veulo Vueling! A320 BCN-AGP With Pics
Airline - Vueling Airlines SA Depart - Barcelona El Prat (BCN) – Wednesday 14 February 2007 15:15 ATD 15:44 Arrive - Malaga Pablo Ruiz Picasso (AGP) - Wednesday 14 February 2007 16:45 ATA 17:14 Flight - VY 1636 Callsign - VUELING ONE SIX THREE SIX Aircraft - EC-JDK Airbus A320-214 | Serial No: 1769 | Delivered: 2002 (Air Malta) 2004 (Vueling) | “Vueling the Sky” Seats/Cabin - Economy Row 10 Seats A,B On The Web - Vueling.com
I chose Vueling as a continuation to my day trip to BCN with easyJet to make for a much more interesting day! It was a choice between Vueling and Clickair on the BCN-AGP route and Vueling won due to good feedback online and great incentives to book with them such as free pre-bookable seats, online check-in, guaranteed no overbooking of flights and suchlike. The fare was fantastic at just €19.70pp and with nice leather seats, a modern fleet and a good reputation for service, Vueling was the obvious choice.
Vueling emailed a flight reminder to me two days before my flight advising me online check-in was now open etc which I thought was a good touch. I printed my boarding pass off and as I had no hold baggage which made for a very easy journey through the airport. I did the same with my easyJet flights. After arrival from Liverpool with easyJet, we caught the train into Barcelona Sants on the Renfe train at €2.50 return! After a couple of hours looking around the city, we caught the train back to BCN and sailed through security with relative ease. I bought the aftershave I stupidly decided not to buy when I was FUE in December (212 Sexy Man in case you where wondering - not out in the UK!!) and then headed for some lunch!
The flight screens showed a late departure at 15:30 which was fine as it just meant we had less waiting to do in AGP!
Upon boarding, a drunken passenger was escorted away from the gate by security guards (there’s always one!) which delayed boarding ever-so-slightly before we where allowed to go down the air bridge. The crew where extremely sexy and not to mention, very well dressed and smart in their uniforms.
The Stunning Girl on the Very Far Left was Our Numero Uno Onboard! She Certainly Is!!
The cabin was bright, airy and spacious and was equipped with comfortable leather seats and a decent seat pitch. Boarding took quite a while but once complete, the safety was done manually in Español and English and we quickly began push back. The crew introduced themselves and where they originate from, which again, I thought was a nice touch. The Captain was from the Canaries and First Officer from Canada with most of the Cabin Crew coming from Barcelona.
Pushback from Stand B24 at Barcelona Around 30 Minutes Late
Awaiting an Air Europa B737 To Depart Before Lining Up of 25L
Lined Up and About To Begin One of the Most Powerful Takeoff Runs I Have Experienced in a Long Time!
Starting Our Steep Climb-out of BCN
Continuing Our Initial Left Turn After Departure with an Iberia B757 Lined Up on the Runway
Vueing°com - CFM56 Hard at Work!
The Cabin Mid Flight On This Quiet Afternoon Service - Load Factor About 75%
The Cabin Crew commenced a prompt and reasonably price bar service after departure from which I purchased a packet of Oreo’s and a bottle of agua mineral
Descent Into Malága During Which, the Crew Passed Through with a Basket of Sweets For Landing - Just Leaving the Coast of the Costa Del Sol
Approach into Malága Runway 32 - The Window Steamed Up Hence the Poor Picture Quality!
¿Possibly the N340?
Touch Down in Malága with a Thud! Reverse Idle Used with a Long Roll Out
We where welcomed to Malága where the weather was sunny with temperatures at a nice 23°C. We taxied towards Terminal 1 and where soon able to disembark via the Air Bridge.
After disembarking, we made the long walk to arrivals and went up stairs to departures and sped past the long check-in queues for the EZY7184 to Liverpool and straight to Security with out check-in already completed 2 days earlier.
I was very pleased with Vueling and would happily recommend them to you all! I get the impression that they are a high spirited, passionate airline and have a genuine interest in their customers and providing them with good, reliable service. They seem to appreciate their customers which is reflected with their Frequent Flyer programme - ‘Punto’, the various prize draws and competitions they run on their website and the gifts they award to milestone customers. Their fares are superb value and they include all taxes in their advertisements and online which keeps frustration to a minimum! The online extras they offer free of charge are great and their aircraft, sexy crew and service are well above the average for an LCC. Highly Recommended!
So I say sorry to you all for my cheesy and poor attempts at Spanish in this report and for old times sake, Muchas Gracias to Vueling!
Here are a couple of random shots from easyJet to round of the report:
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4377 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 4 months 3 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 7802 times:
Yeah, Vueling is great! I've been flying with them once, but was impressed! Although my flight got cancelled due bad weather at my destination, they booked a 4* hotel with dinner, free Spanish wines, and transportation for me, and easily rebooked me on the next morning service. When I got home, I already found an email with a 40% discount offer for any next flight on them. With apologies for the inconvenience caused by Vueling!
It's the way to go! Very professional, very attractive. This is how you treat your customers, even if you're a LCC!
Thanks for your report
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Levent From France, joined Sep 2004, 1718 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 7687 times:
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 5): Although my flight got cancelled due bad weather at my destination, they booked a 4* hotel with dinner, free Spanish wines, and transportation for me, and easily rebooked me on the next morning service. When I got home, I already found an email with a 40% discount offer for any next flight on them. With apologies for the inconvenience caused by Vueling!
One time I had a Virgin Express flight from Barcelona to Brussels and the flight was cancelled. VEX rebooked pax on the Sabena flight to Brussels, and I was one of the lucky ones to be rebooked onto Luxair to Luxembourg and then by bus to BRU. I didn't mind as I wasn't in a hurry and, above all, I got a voucher for a free flight to any VEX destination - which I used to go to Rome!
BTW, can anyone tell me what the exact setup is of the new Brussels Airlines? I understand that it is a combination of a full-service airline - SN Brussels - and a low cost carrier - Virgin Express. How does this work?
strange to see... Maybe the flight-time is to short...
On my last flight from MAD to PMI we had fantastic chill-out music (like puro-beach @PMI) during boarding and descending. but best part was inflight-video on a domestic flight and many channels to tune in...
I just luv the marketing: "Vuelling- your airline that is not overbooking a single flight!"
They are the BEST low-cost I have ever seen so far...
ThomasCook From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2004, 801 posts, RR: 8
Reply 9, posted (8 years 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7158 times:
Thanks for your comments!
Quoting Sketty222 (Reply 4): Nice report. Never flown Vueling before but wouldnt mind giving them a go
You should definitely give them a go! Their great!
Quoting Debonair (Reply 8): On my last flight from MAD to PMI we had fantastic chill-out music (like puro-beach @PMI) during boarding and descending. but best part was inflight-video on a domestic flight and many channels to tune in...
Upon boarding, they where playing some great music including Sting/Rise & Fall and amongst others, an absolutely mad Spanish song, not sure what it was called though!
It did say in the card in the seat pocket that on a flight such as the duration of BCN-AGP, they would show The Simpsons and Friends but perhaps the IFE was U/S. I meant however, by ‘quiet’, that most people where having a siesta onboard, not much movement around the cabin, a very nice and peaceful flight; just how I like it
I am already planning my next Spanish day trip! This time, MAN-PMI with MyTravel Airways, PMI-BCN with Vueling and finally, BCN-MAN with Jet2. Cost is about £90 for the 21st August.