Photo © Danny Hill
This was a late departure to Tenerife, leaving BHX at 21:30, gotta love these charter flights!!! Plus point to this was that BHX was relatively quite, a MYT to Dalaman and another air2000 to somewhere all departing around the same time. Couldn't see the aircraft reg until we disembarked at TFS, although I had a feeling it was one of the air2000's newer acquisitions as soon as I boarded. G-CPEV is one of the 3 757s air2000 took from British Airways earlier this year. It is a 1999 build, although I think (not definitely sure) that air2000 had completely refitted the aircraft interior before it entered service.
I was very impressed with the interior, the nice new green "leather" seats were really comfortable. The overhead bins were not like the usual 757 ones, more like an airbus one, and the whole lot looked really new. Aircraft did not have flip down TV monitors, it had the TVs on the roof all down the aisle, although they were large TFT screens, not the regular TV screens, again leading me to believe this entire interior was new.
The flight left on time, and we flew SW from BHX to Cardiff, then South over the Bay of Biscay and the channel, following the West coast of France and Portugal down to the Canaries. IFE was pretty good, with a pre-cinema release called "Down with Love". Food was ok, pasta. The service was really good, the only problem was it was really hot on the aircraft. A number of people asked the cabin crew to turn down the temp. and they all said "Oh yes of-course" yet the cabin remained really warm, and it became very uncomfortable. This was made worse by the fact there was no Fresh air vent on the overhead panel (why do the airlines not have this on their new aircraft??? Monarch's vintage 757s last year had it.....) Apart from that little problem, a good flight, landed 15 mins early at TFS at 01:30. I like night landings as they say "to comply with regulations we must now dim the cabin lights........" then they turn all the cabin lights off and you land in darkness!!! Straight passed all the other aircraft to an air-bridge! Overall good flight!!
Saturday 19th July
Photo © Garry Lewis
Another late departure, leaving TFS at 02:45. Check-in went well, as did the waiting around at that un-earthly hour of the morning! Although TFS was rammed, loads of flights, all the British charters were there! We were bussed out to the aircraft, no airbridge today. This was good though as the buss went all the way round the aircraft first, so I could easily see it was G-OOOY. This was new to air2000 in 1998, and had recently had the new colours, could tell this was recent as it had the red titles. Inside the aircraft had been fitted with air2000's new comfortable leather seats, although had the old overhead bins etc. We took off about 5 minutes late at around 02:50 in darkness!! The routing home was similar to the flight down, and we didn't encounter turbulence. The cabin crew were brilliant, up for a laugh and really friendly, even at that time in the morning!! Nothing was too much trouble, and they kept playing pranks on each other. When announcements were being made by the crew at the front, the crew at the back would hi-jack the PA with misterious noises of cows and sheep!!!(think it was some soft toys or similar!). There were some mutterings of "How unprofessional", but most of the aircraft found it very amusing, it helped alleviate the boredom, and showed the crew were up for a laugh!! It was an uneventful flight into BHX, with a good landing (by BHX standards!) 20 minutes early at 06:20.
Overall I was very impressed by my first ever flight with air2000. The aircraft were very nice and well kept, and most of air2000's fleet is very modern, they are even replacing their older 757's. (hence the acquisition of the 3 BA aircraft plus the new builds from Boeing). The service was very good, and the cabin crew brilliant. Well done air2000!! Would not hesitate top book with them again!