EU Jet F100 EI-DBR
STD 0855 ATD 0942
Photo © Philippe Noret
It was a crisp sunny morning as we arrived at the airport for my first time on one of the direct charter flights operated from the island. Check-in was quite confusing as Servisair decided to check in both the Thompson Fly and the Eu-jet on the same desk, in that order, without telling the passengers.
That said we were soon sitting in the BA executive lounge (perk of my job rather part of the package) enjoying a coffee (last non alcholic drink for a while!), awaiting the arrival of the aircraft from BHX. Unfortunately due to a fuel miscalculation the aircraft was forced to fly overhead the island for some 40 minutes until sufficient fuel had been burned to land.
Once the inbound passengersw were deplaned boarding commenced very quickly as there were only 56 passengers and we were promptly pushed back for taxi out behind a Flybe Q400. We were seated in row one thanks to some friends at servisair, and it was interesting to note that the seat pockets had Sky Europe inflight mags in them. Talking to the crew they are apparently flying out of Budapest for them during the week before returning to BHX at weekends. Unfortunately the Safety cards had no such dual branding, however i have a couple spare if anyone wants one.
As soon as the Dash 8 had departed we lined up on 09 and accelerated quickly before steeply climbing out over the east of the island followed by a steep right bank overe St Helier and south towards the French coast. I must say that sitting in row one i was amazed at how quiet the F100 really is. I have flown on numberous different ones but never that far forward.
After reaching the cruise at FL310 we were served a snack by the charming crew which consisted of a cheese and pickle sandwich, small biscuit and coffee. Not a great deal i know but better than nothing and it was free!.
I must confess after eating the rest of the flight south was consumed in an attempt to sleep off the previous nights Beer and i awoke as we passed the southern coast of France shortly before starting our descent.
In no time at all we were overhead Alcudia and well into the descent, we landed 15 minutes late which wasn't too bad considering the delay leaving Jersey and taxied to the terminal where we were attached to an airbridge, far better than the remote stand parking used by some of the smaller carriers.
Overall to sum up, EU-jet were very efficient, the aircraft was very clean and quiet and the service more than acceptable. I wish them well with there future expansion plans.