Flights can generally be pretty routine. You take off from one airport, fly over some land, maybe a bit (or a lot) of sea, and land at another airport. Job done.
But sometimes flights can be pretty spectacular, either because of an interesting departure, fascinating inflight scenery, or an interesting/difficult approach and landing.
So...share your experiences of the latter!
I'll go first:
I can think of a number of flights that I've found particularly enjoyable for the reasons mentioned above. The first is probably a Flugfelag Islands F50 flight from RKV
(Reykjavik City Airport) to AEY
(Akureyri). The takeoff from RKV
was pretty stunning, but flying across Iceland was amazing. And the approach into AEY
had us flying along a snow-covered valley during a snowstorm! The only sign that we were anywhere near the ground was when the wheels actually connected with it! All I was aware of during approach was a wall of white on either side of the aircraft. The mountains looked close enough to touch, but were obviously a lot further away than that! It certainly beat the approach into LHR
in the excitement stakes.
The return flight was pretty cool too. For various reasons, a number of Flugfelag Islands flights to AEY
were cancelled that day, so they sent a 757 up to retrieve stranded passengers and take us back to RKV
. The runway at RKV
is not that long, so a lot of heavy braking was used to stop that thing...and during strong winds too! We actually had to hold on to seat backs as we exited the 757 via the rear exit as the wind was moving the aircraft so much it felt like we were flying through turbulence! Apparently the arrival of something as large as a 757 into RKV
is practically unheard of.
Another flight I can think of was a direct flight from LYR (Longyearbyen, Svalbard) to Oslo on Braathens. We took off towards a pretty high mountain, which meant that what felt like moments after takeoff we had to do a very hard left hand turn to avoid it! The views from the window were fantastic, even if it did feel like we were on a roller-coaster ride! "Exhilarating" is probably a good word to describe that takeoff!
I'll stop there for now...your turn!
Ladies & gentlemen this is Captain Tobias Wilcock welcoming you aboard Coconut Airways flight 372 to Bridgetown Barb