I've flown some 7 segments with FR
since 1999, and last weekend I first flew with U2
Personally, being used to FR
's low cost service, I was quite impressed by U2
, since they seem to have a look even at the quality of their service!
While I credit Ryanair a lot for pioneering low-cost flying in Europe, and I will for sure be flying with them again, I think they are at the border of boasting themselves for treating you badly to get a low-cost service! I'm not saying that U2
provides you with free champagne during their flights, but at least they try to minimize the disadvantages from keeping the fare low.
I live near Turin, Italy, and I went to London for a weekend. The flight is operated both by FR
, and here's a comparison between the two services:
- The FR
return flight on sunday was very early in the morning, so it was completely unuseful for me, the return should have been on monday morning (so, one more night at the hotel). U2
had a return flight on sunday evening!
- The airport: FR
flies to STN
, that is farther from London than LTN
destination) is. Apart from the time for getting to the city, last time I went to STN
in 2000 the train ticket for London was 22 pounds return, while easyBus service took me to a northern tube station for just 2 pounds return.
wants you to be at the check-in two hours before departure, U2
allows you to be there till 30 minutes before.
- And finally, unlike FR
, nobody bothered me while taking pictures of the U2
Again, I'm NOT saying that U2
is good and FR
is evil. They're in fact both good carriers, and I'll enjoy flying both of them in the future. I'd just like to know if some of you has had the same impressions as me!
Flown on: 319, 320, 321, 340, 727, 737, 747, 757, 767, 777, DC9, D10, M11, M80, 146, EM2, BEH, CRJ, DH8, L4T.