Here's my trip report from the 17th of July - a single day trip from Salzburg to London's Stansted Airport... I've booked the flight a bout a month before travelling for me and my colleauge Wolfgang for only about 45 Euros per person!
Because our home airport is the one and only INN - and our flight is leaving from SZG - he catched me up in front of my house at 0545am and we started our journey at the Inntal highway to SZG airport. We arrived there at about 0740am so we had 20 minutes until the check-in desks open. We walked from our car to the Terminal and buyed something to eat... Afterwards, we dashed to the Ryanair counters where about 15 people were already waiting ... Some of them were dressed with sandals and Hawaii shorts... I guess they don't know the English weather...
Check-in was very fast and the lady was friendly ... took a quick look at our passports and handed out our tickets.
After the fast progress... we procceded to the airports visitors deck and enjoyed our breakfast and watched a Tyrolean CR2 departing. About 1 hour prior departure we got into the terminal again, queued up for safety checks, enterd the departure area and sat down next to Gate 1 where we both started to fill in our logsheets.
In the meantime, a Tyrolean F-70 landed and the call for its flight to Frankfurt was made at Gate numer 3 and 4. The call for our flight even was made before our aircraft had arrived... but all passengers started to queue up at Gates 1 and 2... so, we had to do too.
Finally our plane (EI-CSM) landed on Runway 16 and taxied to the terminal... It was free seat choice, as usual on FR and so I was very lucky to be one from the first 10 people in the queue. The aircraft was handled very quick and after 15 minutes the plane was ready for boarding. But I really had bad luck! Gate number 2 opens and 1 stayed closed... I tried to fight me through our queue and proceed into the second queue - how strange... nobody recognized me...
The guy at the counter just checked our tickets once again and took a look at our passport.
Photo © Steven Fleuty
As I said - it was a quiet day and there was no busses for carrying us to the plane so, a few people ( ME TOO...) ran over to the plane as fast as possible - to get their seat of choice...
I jumped up over the stairs and entered the plane - a smooth touch next the front door (as I'm doing always before entering a plane ) and a quick, but friendly hello to the f/a.... I recognized that nearly all of the people who boarded the plane in front of me sat down in the first rows... I think they tought - hey the front part will recieve service first... Who knows if they are familiar with the service concept of the airline they're flying on...
I sat down at seat A10 ( I think two rows in front of the emergency exits) and waited for my friend Wolfgang, who was actually not that entusiastic to run over the apron...
While we waited fpr the other passengers to board the plane, I stowed my backpack and filled my seat number into the logsheet.
Ok, now more to this famous sheet... I got inspired by Mr. Sam Chui as I read his Supersonic report JFK-LHR... I clicked through to his homepage and saw that sheet... I thought, hey nice idea and so I did one too....
I will post both logsheets at the end of the report...
As I recognized very quickly - Maaan... those seats are really cramped - but hey that's what low-cost is like. Wolfgang finally arrived and sat down in the aisle seat... so we had 1 free seat, what was very relaxing due the small legroom. Scheduled departure time was 0950am and we started taxi at 0953. The plane's turnaround was only about 20 minutes... Congratulations Ryanair
While we taxiied to runway 34 the cabin crew made the safety demonstration and finally sat down on their seats... We did a "rolling takeoff" and did a fast rotate in front of SZGs Terminal. We climbed very steep and made a right turn soon after rotate...
At the moment the seatbelt signs had been switched off I stood up and walked forward to the galley where I asked a female f/a:
"Hello (biiiiig friendly smile at this time)
I'm really very sorry to trouble you, but would you be so kind to hand this sheet to the cockpit crew?!?" (An even bigger and brighter smile at this point)
Guess...... she can't say something other that "Yes, of course - I'll do immediately" and so I gave her my logsheet. Really friendly.
Here some shots:
In Flight service was very interesting... not only because I've never flown low-cost before... (BUT - watch out ZRH-CGN-ZRH next Saturday! )
Service was very cool.... The cabin crew didn't accept Euros... only British Pounds to buy something. A f/a walked through the cabin and handed out "Menu Cards"... With horrible prices of course. We didn't buy anything.
The sky was very cloudy the whole flight.... I just recognized that we've been overflying FRA - and I also saw British Airways 747, Monarch A300 and some other aircraft in the air.
The weather really was not the best... I can't even see the British Channel while descending... As we brake through the clouds we flew over lots of fields, and too bad - it was raining! Touch down was kinda smooth and thank God - nobody clapped after landing
We taxied to a concourse - exclusively used by Ryanair. I saw an All-white B747 freighter and a few other cargo planes - also to mention: Ex-Continental B737 with Ryanair titles and the Fire Trainer (green aircraft opposite site of the terminals... kinda DC-10)
After the flight I was told that I can visit the flight deck and I talked a couple of minutes to the cockpit crew. They've quite a thick schedule... The pilot told me that their flights today was STN-SZG-STN and now they're going to do STN-PSA-STN. Quite much for 1 day.
Before deboarding I also saw an interesting thing. All flight attendants dashing through the seat rows and collecting the waste... Quite much to do within 20 mins... That's the turnaround time!
Well... we left the very busy terminal and went to the rather big bus station.
We too "Village Links" to the "Three Horseshoes Pub" and walked about 10 minutes to the approach path of runway 23. We spent about 3 hours with spotting, in rainy conditions and very heavy winds... Thank God that I've got a jacket and my cap with me.
Here are 2 shots (in really poor quality, I know... in real life they're looking better )
Oh.... and that's me
Well, after a couple of hours spent with nice spotting we had to return to the bus station and to the airport... The only bad thing: Aircraft like Asiana Cargo B744F, FedEx MD-11F or United Nations C-130 arrived while we were waiting at the bus station!
But that's life.
After a short drive from about 10mins we enterd the Terminal again, bought few things to eat and then walked to one of the few screens, where the chek-in counter for all flight will be announced... We wanted to check-in quickly because all boarding pass-number up to 100 i think will be allowed to enter the plane first... I finally had number 36, so - not a problem. Me and Wolfgang walked from the main terminal to the Ryanair Concourse and still got amused by the nice route maps at the whole walls... Very good idea.
We sat down in front of our gate and started to fill in our logsheets again. It's also cool to watch people standing in the line for Rome and thinking that is the plane to Dublin or something similar.
Also an interesting experience... The aircraft is really not waiting for late passengers... I think it was a flight to Dublin, the Gate doors just have been closed when 2 passengers ran up... They told the gate agents that they are really sorry and they really have to board this plane... but one of the agents just said: We're finished - you're to late and your bags are unloaded again!
Woah, I thought... every other airline would be amused about every passenger - but FR just said no to them
Well, our plane arrived. It was EI-CSD. The aircraft is wearing different titles - promoting the airline's website http://www.ryanair.com
Photo © TZ Aviation
We went down the stairs and boarded the plane. this time I decided to take a seat over the wing and chose 18F, but when I recognized how dirty the window was, I went back to 19F. We taxied to the runway very punctual again but holding short was kinda long... I saw a BBJ1, 5 Ryanair B737s, 2 Easyjet B737s and 1 GO B737 arriving... Takeoff was very powerful again and we clingbed up into a shiny sky... Traffic over London was very thick.... I saw a SAS MD-°° crossing us underneath and a few others...
The rest of the flight was uneventful again..... lots of clouds, only a few parts of the ground visible... We arrived at SZG on time during sunset and I recognized that we landed without ANY flaps down!!! Maybe the cockpit crew forgot?
After all, it really was a nice day - altough weather really was bad for spotting. But for 45 Euros round trip you can't expect good weather, eh
We proceed to our car and left for the two driving hours to INN again..... bye SZG
BY THE WAY: I have NOT cut of the "E" in the last photo... I've no idea why A.Net does not show the whole pic
Hope you liked my report!
[Edited 2003-08-14 18:36:36]
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