The first thing to say is that I managed to take a few photos of my trip to Paris today.
The second, is that I was impressed by buzz service, and would recommend the airline to all readers.
We started at Stansted airport at 0530 (a friend and I), to check-in for my first flight to Paris CDG.
To my surprise, the airport check-in area was *PACKED*
with pax flying on GO, Ryanair and buzz.
We were checking in next to a flight leaving for Berlin, and the queue was fairly short. Check-in was performed competently and expediently-the whole process lasted all of 30 seconds-all we needed to do was hand over our passports; they didn't even need the internet booking reference-if only all airlines did this!
Well, I was asked if I wanted window or aisle; naturally, I asked for window, and also requested the last row (row 20, on the BAe 146), which I got.
We were called to the gate area at about 5.55am, and there, in the cool dark of the winter's morning, was our yellow bird, attached to the gpu.
Boarding commenced at 6.20am, in a very orderly fashion. We walked halfway down the airbridge, and then emerged down some steps at the side, where we were met by a cool blast of icy wind, and the roar of the 146's apu running.
We boarded through the rear steps, and as I was first in the queue to board, I managed to grab a shot of our plane before going up the steps.
Turned left, and then left again, and there was my purple seat 20A!
We pushed back on time at 6.45am, had the nornal safety drills and Captain's welcome, with promises of great weather in Paris (and it was! ).
We taxied out to the r/w, and performed a very speedy take-off, turning left after gaining a couple of 1000ft altitude, just as the sun was rising (I took more photos).
Our max height was actually quite low (19k ft), and the flight time was a very short 50 minutes.
There was a bar service, but the prices were a rip-off, and I was planning on having breakfast in Paris-which I did!
The descent into Paris was quite interesting, although I was on the wrong side to see the city. The area around CDG is VERY flat, it looks quite eery.
Well, we made a smooth landing, and as we taxied along the r/w, I managed to see a AF 747-200 land (I took another photo, naturally).
Airlines at CDG this morning were: Air Gabon x2 (742 and 737), Thai 744, SQ 744, Saudi Arabian 777, Kuwait A300-600, United 777 x2, lots of BA a/c of various makes & glorious sunshine.
Again, we deplaned via stairs, right next to the nose of a UA777 getting prepared for a flight to Chicago.
The flight was great, and the views stunning.
Sorry if the structure of this report seems hasty and poor, but I am very tired as a result of walking all day in Paris, which is THE BEST CITY IN THE WORLD!!-no doubt about it. These people really know the meaning of "civilised".
Practically falling asleep here, I'll do the return trip on here tomorrow (I just got back).
Photos I hope to upload ASAP.