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Braybuddy
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Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:12 pm

On several flights with Ryanair I have noticed the front row of seats just inside the door blocked off to passengers. I asked a member of the cabin crew about it once and she said it was to do with trim. The planes are usually otherwise packed so I don't quite understand the reason -- if filling that row of seats upsets trim why have them there in the first place? This seems to happen more on 738s than their 732s. Is there another reason for this?
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:14 pm

If you mean on boarding, when they are refuelling they have to keep the first 3 rows empty.

Its not a CAA requirement but is in FR's SOP.
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:15 pm

well, I asked that many times.

I was told, it is due to load reasons-the trim! FR is mainly using the front freight compartment . so the B737-800 is a bid "nose-heavy"; to balance the weight they will seat the passengers up in the back- thats all!
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:24 pm

You should be boarding via the back steps, not the forward steps!  Big grin I have only ever boarded via the front steps once, and that was not out of choice (the backdoor was shut) on a snowy February day at STN. Even in the pouring rain and cold weather enter and disembark via the back!  Big grin
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:30 pm

I fly regularly with Ryanair and most times they board at the front or both -- certainly at Dublin anyway. Why should they board by only the back steps?

[Edited 2004-08-22 16:59:52]
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Sun Aug 22, 2004 11:55 pm

Exactly Braybuddy.

Thats strange pearson!

I have always boarded FR flights from the front! twice this week actually!
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:21 am

LOL... I am not saying that they - the 'normal' passengers - should merely board from the back, but that us - aviation fans - should! After all, it's much more exciting than just going in through the first available entrance! Well, it is for me anyway. Normally there's a choice of the front or back.

I have flown FR 40-50 times now (would have check the exact number), with at least another 2 in Sept. and hopefully 13 in Jan.  Big grin

Postie - you've said you've just finished two flight with FR. Where did you go?

[Edited 2004-08-22 17:23:15]
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:34 am

I went to Bergerac, as my girlfriends parents live there.

We had the brand new 737-800 outbound, lovely seats, no pockets, safety cards on seatback, and nice colour scheme on the hatracks!

The inbound was bloody awful though mind you!
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:38 am

Did you fly EI-DCI? That's the most recently delivered machine.

What reg. did you fly inbound? Why was it awful?
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:41 am

It was that a/c, yes!

No idea i/b, but just really shitty, and service was very poor. they had no milk jiggers left for coffee, and the crew told me that she had 2 flights left to do on the same a/c, with the same bar! LOL

They had just finshed the service at 10 mins to landing PA, which is really bad.

 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:45 am

Odd. I have personally never experienced anything bad whatever when flying FR. Your bad experience does seem to revolve around the lack of milk was seems, to me, to be somewhat petty - especially on such a short flight. LOL.  Wink/being sarcastic

Did you fly FR8592? If so, did you get the scheduled 733? What colour was it in?
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:54 am

It was the normal livery, not the ex-Buzz.

FR are usually ok! I loved Buzz tho, such a shame they dont operate the service anymore.
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 12:59 am

Ryanair are not the worst . . . though the staff could show more interest in the passengers. I flew Dublin to Charleroi last week and on the way out the passengers boarded from the rear and were were blocked off by a member of the cabin crew near the front. She stood with her back to the passengers and no explanation was given. They were waiting for assistance for a wheelchair passenger who had not got off the incoming flight.
Coming back there was some joke going on with the crew. One of the girls was wearing a tiara and they could just-about do the safety briefing in between bouts of cracking up. Is this an example of the the new passenger friendly Ryanair we've been hearing about? Hope so!
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:00 am

Ahhh, so was it a 738 then? Which was your flight number from EGC: FR8597, FR8593 or FR8595? The former was scheduled to be a 738, with the middle and latter 733s (both ex. Buzz).

The block time on EGC-STN is 1 hour 40 minutes. Do you remember how long your flight actually took?

Cheers!
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:03 am

It took exactly 1hr 20 mins each way.
It was a 738, yes.

The airport is really expanding, when i first went there with my girlf it was 2 mobiles!

LOL
 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:09 am

Yeah, TSF is like a big building site at the moment, what with all the work on the new terminal continuing.

B - what reg. 738 did you get? It was CRL-based, anyway. The block time on DUB-CRL varies between 1.5 and 1 hour 35 minutes. Do you remember your flying time?
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:12 am

TSF is Venice Pearson! We are on about Bergerac! LOL.

The total flying time was 1hr 20 mins, quite nice, not bumpy at all really.

Had a great O/B, but such a shame about th I/B.

Still, cant complain! A-B and all that.

 
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:15 am

I know where EGC and TSF are, thanks. Who said we are still on about EGC? If you can't keep up...  Wink/being sarcastic LOL. You said that EGC is undergoing a lot of work, and I said so is TSF.  Wink/being sarcastic
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RE: Seats Blocked Off On Ryanair

Mon Aug 23, 2004 1:24 am

Sorry Pearson!

You didnt make it very clear you had changed airports, thats all!

LOL!