aircraft88
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Ryanair STN-PIK-STN

Thu Jun 03, 2004 12:33 am

Hey all!

Im flying STN-PIK-STN in July with Ryanair and I was wondering what aircraft type they operate on this route?

Has anybody flown this route before?

I would appreciate any information regarding this issue.

Kind regards,

Jamie.
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tombezza
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RE: Ryanair STN-PIK-STN

Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:00 am

I have flown this route many times, and always flown a 737-200. However, having looked at OAG, Ryanair now use a mix of 732 and 738 aircraft. Let me know the date and flight number and I'll have a look (it's always subject to change, obviously).

As for what to expect, you'll take off from a 21st century airport and land at a 60s one! No, PIK isn't too bad, just a little dated... Brilliantly located railway station, too.

If you're lucky you'll land on RWY 13 at PIK, approach over Ayr and then turn over the sea - you may get to see another plane land as you bank, I remember seeing a Cargolux 744 touch-down last time I flew up there - quite a spectacle!

STN-PIK is a nice little route that Ryanair have created - popular not least because of the rather poor ground-transportation at GLA (read: no station). I've flown the route before for less than £14 return all-in, and never been delayed. A great way to get to Scotland!

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RE: Ryanair STN-PIK-STN

Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:03 am

When I was at STN back in Feb,, there was a flight preparing to depart to PIK and the aircraft being used was one of the Buzz yellow ones.
 
StevenUhl777
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RE: Ryanair STN-PIK-STN

Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:06 am

I'm flying the same route in July (14th up to PIK, and 20th back to STN) so who knows...perhaps I'll see you there!

Ryanair pissed me off..I originally chose a flight out of Berlin that got me to STN at like 10:40am, and then about 2-3 hours later, the flight up to PIK. Well, they must have cancelled that flight, becuase they pushed me back and I now have *6 hours* layover at STN! Ahhhh!!! Is it realistic to go into London for that time, or should I just stay at the airport?

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gordonsmall
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RE: Ryanair STN-PIK-STN

Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:13 am

FR use a mix of 732, 738, and 733's on the route - it's pretty much pot luck which one you'll get.

The approach into PIK is very nice, although you'll see all of the opencast mines and you'll also fly over my home town at about 2000ft which is a bit of a blot on the landscape.

Hope you enjoy yourself.

Regards,
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aircraft88
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RE: Ryanair STN-PIK-STN

Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:14 am

Cheers guys,

I'll probally be flying on:

Monday 5th July

FR407

Monday 5th July

FR416

I really want to get on another Buzz or ex CO 733. I flew on G-BZZF AND G-BZZJ to HAU in April. I dont know why I want to go on one again!

Tombezza,

How did u get a return fare of £14? They are charging me £68.34????

Thanks for all the help,

Kind regards,

Jamie.
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tombezza
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RE: Ryanair STN-PIK-STN

Thu Jun 03, 2004 1:25 am

Steven, I think a much better option would be to check out Cambridge! Less than half an hour away on a Central Trains service, and much cheaper than the rip-off Stansted Express (about £7 as opposed to £14 for day-return, which is probably about the same mile-for-mile, but hey!). Cambridge is small enough to take in the centre in a couple of hours, easily - and very nice with it!

Jamie, OAG shows FR407 and FR416 as being 738s. I think I got the under-£14 flights when Ryanair were doing the 1p deal or some such, I can't honestly remember. Was impressed that the return flight cost less than the journey from my home in Ipswich to Stansted (less than 50 miles!).

tombezza