We get to the airport with about 45mins to spare, the roads around LPL are awful, much prefer MAN’s road system, but hey ho we get there with time to spare.
We walk in the terminal which I believe has been recently ‘done up’. It actually looks alright, a lot better then I imagined it to be, large roomy hall, only a few people offering me watches and the best thing was, there was no queue for our flight, woo!
We get to the desk and give over our e-ticket but are just asked for our surnames instead. Ok I thought, we then show our photo id and are given out boarding cards I get number 88.
We walk up the stairs and go threw to the departure lounge. First thing I see when im in there is an almighty Fokker 50 of VLM, wow this is one big airport!
At this point we now only had about 10mins till boarding since we were a bit late arriving, so we nipped into boots and then went wandering off looking for the gate.
Down the stairs, threw security, smiling nicely for the camera, then out into what appeared to be porta cabin stuck to the end of the building, this was or gate.
Realising it was Easyjet and the seats are first come first served most of the pax start to edge forward to the gate agent, haha mistake. Boarding began and went by the numbers on our cards and I was number 88! Never the less we finally got outside and walked out to the aircraft, which was A B733 G-IGOI.
We boarded and took up seats in row 1DEF! I quickly explained in a panicked voice to the other people in my party that we had to move since I wouldn’t be able to film the take off here with the f/a's right in front. I got up looked around then made a run for row 12, DEF
The doors closed, stairs retracted and we pushed back. The cabin crew, now probably on their seventh sector of the day rushed through the safety demonstration with less than amused faces.
“The safety belt fastens, adjusts, undoes, whistle-blow, light-flash, high heels off, door here, here, here, lifejacket not in plane outside” I was like woaaa ladies slow it down a bit!
Ok so the engines were started up and we taxied out to rwy 27 via rwy 09. We taxied off 09, came about and lined up on Rwy27, then waited for some ickle g/a traffic to get out of the way. The engines were spooled up and then off we went. Not a bad little thing I thought although im sure the rwy had a dozen pot holes in it!
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We routed out over the Isle of Man and reached 25,000ft. The flight was short i’ll give it that, it was a shorter amount of time to get to BFS than the drive to LPL from my house!
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The service we got was minimal, we were handed out a complementary magazine which we were allowed to keep. This kept me amused for about 10 mins, yep 1/3 of the flight. I was tempted to get something, maybe the cuppa soup from the Easy kiosk but I was a bit scared of the f/a’s so I decided to sit tight.
Reading threw the magazine I was reminded of fellow a.net members, Airplanepics and JKW777. This was because I saw a little model a/c which I know they collect and actually asked me to buy on my flight to complete their collection, but like I said, the f/a's were scary I hope a pic of it will make do instead guys!
We began our decent just after we past the IOM.
We approached through some patchy cloud but there was a nice blue sky so all looked good. We touched down and went right to the end of the rwy before really slamming on the brakes and turning to taxi down another rwy. Guess they were a bit unsure of the turn off, numpties.
We pulled up to our gate and disembarked, for I was in Ireland, I mean, Northern Ireland!
After a few hours spent in Belfast city centre shopping, visiting churches, *snorrr* and a few pints of Guinness in the John Hewitt *yay* we had to return to Aldergrove for our return ride across the murky sea.
One thing I noticed over there was that they drive at ridiculously slow speeds, on a motorway too, I tell ya I was soo frustrated!
After 35mins and just 18 miles we finally chugged up to the airport were I insincerely thanked the driver and walked off faster than he drove.
We checked in and went across a bridge over to the gates. With 20 minutes to go and a 10 minute delay on top of that I sat back and watched the oh so grown up TV channel that was on, yes it was CITV featuring Rosey and Jim, being shown to all the business pax in the lounge. Sad thing is they were watching it, big kids.
Finally our salvation arrived in the form of ‘Big at LGW’ B737-700 G-EZJD. Great treat for my birthday We boarded the aircraft just as it started to rain, images of MAN came back to me from January. I shuddered and ran up the stairs and chose a seat with the adage, eeny meeny miney mo'. Haha ok so I didn’t really do that.
A pic i took while boarding:
The cabin and over all look of the a/c was a lot better than the 1989 733 which I came over on that morning. It had nice big grey seats and just felt nicer, cleaner as well. It was actually at this point I realised I was on a 737-700 and not a -300. Yes I know I saw the reg and LGW titles as it pulled up but It didn’t click with me and I couldn’t read the type on the back of the a/c. They also look very similar, and Rosey and Jim was distracting me on TV, oops no it wasn’t
We pushed back and then forward and then we were finally released. The engines were in the process of starting up and soon after we were on our way to the rwy, which one I have no clue, all I know is it was as bad as LPL’s! The cabin crew seemed a lot nicer on this flight, more approachable. Maybe this was because they had just joined the a/c at BFS? Guess the job is stressful but it’s not like they didn’t choose it in the first place, grouchy gits!
Anyway yea we taxied off and took off. Lame takeoff performance if you ask me, although not as bad as the A319 which I was to experience two weeks later. We entered some low cloud and then I saw the sea beneath us and we had started our crossing back home, well to Liverpool.
Pic just after takeoff
The flight reminded me somewhat of a rollercoaster, straight up and down. Literally, the seat belt signs were turned off, I got up to use the facilities, sat back in my seat, the sign was on again and we had begun our decent into LPL. Didn’t even have chance to get anything from the Easy kiosk
We approached from the south and then from the north, right downwind is that?
Aproach pic over the Mersey
Anyways we made a big 180 turn and touched down on rwy 27. We taxied off avoiding holes as we went and came to a stop, with out a marshal to help us, these guys are good, well they always do that right, park on their own?
We waited for the air stairs then disembarked on what I consider a pretty decent flight.
Id fly Easyjet again but they aren’t at the top of my list for sure.