This is my first trip report, so please bear with me
Flight no.: 9H2961
We arrived on CUR
with a KLM 744 (PH-BFL
) from AMS
. I was with my brother, and we were heading to BON
for our well-deserved vacation. After we deplaned, we went to the transit hall and awaited our flight with BonairExel to BON
. Everything in the Antilles goes very slow, so it was hardly a surprise to us that we had a 45-minute delay. But finally we saw out plane land. It was an ATR42.
After a short while the boarding procedure started. We walked onto the tarmac and I quickly popped out my camera to take some photos. We saw a MyTravel DC10, a DCA
DC-9 and our 744 in which we arrived.
In the distance we could see one of the grounded Tristars, which DCA
had been using for flight from AMS
And then we saw our plane. What a nice livery it has.
I was one of the first people to step into the aircraft. I put down my backpack and I walked a bit towards the cockpit. Then the pilot said I could come. He didn’t have to tell me twice!
While I was walking to the cockpit I noticed the cargo hole on the front left side of the plane. I thought that was kind of weird, as I’ve always seen our luggage being stowed underneath the seat. But oh well...
Then I arrived at the cockpit. I took some good looks around and asked if I could take some pictures. They didn’t mind. While I was taking photos the captain and I chatted a bit in Dutch. The Co-Pilot was French and so he didn’t speak Dutch.
Then all of a sudden, the captain asked me if I wanted to fly with them in the cockpit. I thought “oh man...This is an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity” and I quickly said yes. The captain explained how the jumpseat had to be opened and after a short while I was sitting among the pilots.
It was really hot and the cockpit, but all that would change once we were airborne. We started to taxi and there was a DCA
DC-9 taxiing in front of us. We turned onto the runway and there we went!
So once we were in the air, I chatted some more with the pilot. We also saw some planes flying in the other direction and it was all over before I knew it.
I was starting to see BON
doomed up in front of us after about 10-15 minutes of flying. We had a bit of a shaky landing but it went ok. So now my jumpseat flight was finally coming to an end.
We stopped at the airport building and everyone got out of the plane. I said goodbye to the pilots, the captain said:" goodbye and I'll probably see you at City" (which is a popular cafe on BON
). I went through customs and there I was.... On Bonaire again...