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The Stars Of The Alliance (pics Inc)

Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:02 am

Well, I decided to take another trip as I had some bonus money from school, so I hop onto Bmi.com and booked myself a Day trip to AMS to see the dutchies Big grin.

ok so where do we start  Smile

OK, woken up at 5:30am by the alarm I I drag myself out of bed and start getting ready for my trip. Washed dressed, double check I have everything and then to wake mum up. I jumped onto the next quick to check the weather and aircraft stats. Weather was a bit cloudy and misty and I should be on a A321 on the first leg.
I left home while it was still dark, jumped into the car and started the 25 min trip to LHR.

We pulled up to T1 I say my goodbyes to my mum and then I jump out and enter the terminal. Not that busy at 7am. I decided to use the self check in service for the first time. So I head over to the Bmi part of the check in and find a vacent check in machine. I could not belive how simple it all was. Took me no longer than a minute. I scroll down the seat map to find the flight was looking fairly full, but I still got myself a window seat. I selected 25F, got my ticket printed and was amazed to see my return flight boarding pass also printed out. I had been assigned seat 14A which I knew was a window so no panic  Smile.

Airline: Bmi
Aircraft: A321-231
Flight number: BD103
Class: economy
Departure time: 8:25am
Registration: you will see later  Big grin

I proceed through security with no problem (this has happened 3 times now, I think I may be getting better at getting through hehe). Now I had only ever been to T1 Domestic departures so Flying to AMS would be in a different lounge so this was all new to me. My first impression.. Im to tired to be impressed....... I decided to have a look round to get to know where I was first and then maybe go and look at some parked up aircraft. So I head down one of the piers only to see nothing lol. so I thought I would go back to the lounge and get myself a drink or something. so I make my way towards the lounge again only to be stopped by security. I had to be screened again before going back in but they where friendly ounce they saw I was a bit lost with all this. Back into the departure lounge I go and I get myself all organized. Had a quick look around the shops and then look at the departure board to see I had been assigned a gate.so back down to the pier again. I found my gate and after going through MORE security I took a seat and awaited a boarding call. Soon enough it came and everyone rushed up at once. What amazed me now was that they announced that the flight would be boarding via stairs as it was a coaching stand and we would be coached to our aircraft. hmmm I though we was at Luton for a split second. So everyone rushing to the gate I decide to wait until the traffic dies down. Had my boarding pass ripped and given the go ahead. I asked if Delta Lima would be flying this leg today (sad I know but I wanted the star alliance A321 lol) She said she didn't know so fair enough ill wait and see  Smile.

I headed down some stairs and out onto the LHR T1 apron. All the busses full up with pax I tried to squeeze onto one but jumped off quick seeing that another bus pulled up totally empty, me and a few other pax jumped onto this one and had at least 2 seats each hehe. so we pull away and head through the underground roads of T1, it was quite amazing to see actually, saw too all the baggage slides and places and stuff, pretty cool. It started to get lighter and soon enough we was driving around the north apron pier 4A. I was looking to see what aircraft we was going to pull up to and there came into view a black tail with a silver star logo onto it, there was Delta lima, with an air bridge attached at the first door so I didn't think I was lucky enough to get on her, But then I notice a set of stairs being pushed up to her and the door opening and then the busses pulled out to her side. My first reaction was OMFG!! IM ON DL!! so at this point I have to text Hannah and rub it into her that I was to be on her favorite aircraft 'DL' while she was in bed with a hang over, I don't think it went down well Big grin.

And some pics  Big grin

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Boarding took a while as this was close to a full flight and mostly everyone was boarding via stairs. I was waiting in the queue to get on when the same lady that took my boarding pass came up to me and said, "I though someone would be happy" I agreed with her with a little grin and laugh.  Smile

Soon enough I was on board my fist ever A321 and it felt so good  Smile. We pushed back about 15 mins after the last person was seated and made a fast taxi to runway 09R.

We did not taxi to the end which surprised me, we stopped at the 3rd exit and waited for a BA 757 to take off, once that had passed us a BA A319 lined up but did not move, We started to ease forward onto the runway and then applied power. So we just jumped in front of a Aircraft for take off. yayers. We rotated fast and steeply climbed out of LHR.

we turned on course and climbed to our cruising alt fast. The F/A were fast bringing round food for the pax, I choose a bacon roll which was yummy  Smile. The flight was pretty un eventful, just another north sea crossing. soon enough we started our decent into AMS. The captain came over the PA and gave us basic information on the flight, 1 degree in AMS....great! And that after landing we had a bit of a long taxi.... oh know that could only mean one thing  Sad landing on the runway which is like 60 miles from the airport itself (ok maybe not that far  Big grin) the polderbaan dum dum duuummmmmm....

So descending, Flaps down, the ground getting higher or us getting lower  Smile the runway started coming bellow us and we touched down.

This was the lightest landing I had ever felt, so light I hardly felt it. so we exit the runway and start the loooooooooooooooong taxi to AMS airport hehe. Looking around I had a lot of memories from the AMS meeting. We pull up to the gate and shut down and de-boarding commenced. I was the last off as I wanted a quick trip into the cockpit hehe, so in there quick, they would not let me take any pics  Sad. so I leave step onto the jetway and saw a familiar face already!, Sander (Aviationfreak) was standing there ready to greet me, this was quite a surprise  Smile. so he walks me to the end of the jet way and we head our separate ways, he back to work, me to meet Jurgen and Kas (JRaider and AirKas1). After getting lost again and asking someone where to go I was shown the way to passport control. Out of the arrival doors now to see Jurgen and Kas right away, well how the hell can you miss them! Jurgen ia bloody sky scraper!.

the whole day was great, freezing our asses off and having a general laugh, we was later joined by Sander again and Erwin  Smile



The usually busy pier...

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to this...

Ransom stuff...

Great shooting Erwin! And Sander!

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After a very fast day it was time to head back to the UK. so we went to departures and I said my goodbyes and headed back through security (and getting a nice AMS stamp on the way  Smile) for the Departure lounge. I figure I should give my mum then my dad a call to let them know all was ok and my flight was on time. so onto the public phones (when I was there the last time I could not figure out how to use these phones!), I figured them out (yayers) and called mum. Then I called my dad to let him know my flight was on time and everything as he would be picking me up from LHR  Smile. I wanted to take advantage of duty free while I was here so off to the duty free shops or so I thought. I looked at the departure board to see my flight was boarding!!! With a rush of panic of the boarding being earlier than planned I skipped a loo break and shopping trip and ran to my gate. I was expecting an A319 on this flight so I was pretty excited being I had not been on one yet hehe. I come closer to my gate and looking through the window I spot a star alliance Tail, Ah nice I though another alliance member is here. Little did I know that this star alliance tail was sitting on my gate. But wait? Bin had no A319's in the star alliance livery? That could only mean one thing! And aircraft change! There sat a A320! nooooooooooo lol. All the pax had boarded so there was no wait. I got on greeted by very friendly FA and I asked them if the aircraft was registration wise because I had already been on G-MIDW in the star alliance scheme. The FA came back to me telling me it was G-MIDX, so it was not all bad I had now been on W,X and L in the star alliance scheme not bad  Big grin, the FA directed me to my seat which was still 14A. I put my bag in the over bin and my coat on my seat and then quickly ran to the loo  Smile. I cam out and saw a FA walking toward me, my reaction was, Oh shit what have I done wrong. But she came up to me with a smile and said, "I take it you like flying?" I replied with a yes I love it. so she offered me to go talk to the pilot before flight. I was quite surprised from this being that I have never been asked to go up, its always me asking them  Smile. so in I go, The captain, was a very friendly guy along with the FO. They were chatty and a good laugh, the captain got up let me sit in his seat and showed me everything about flying the airbus, even told me to ply with the joystick (no comments please  Big grin) he allowed me to take pictures all  Big thumbs up.

well I was in heaven, here I was sitting in the captain seat of an airbus plying with the controls and being shown everything  Smile. About 15 mins later I was told that unfortunate I had to sit in the cabin so I bided the crew a nice flight and headed to my seat 14A.

Airline: Bin
Aircraft: A320
Flight number: BD112
Class: economy
Departure time: 7:50pm
Registration: G-MIDX (star alliance colors) haha Hannah!!!

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we taxied out to the cargbarhn runway which was not far from the airport thank god and got airborne quick, the flight was nearly empty. We climbed fast and turned toward LHR in the night sky. Soon food was brought around the cabin. The flight was fast and UN eventful again.

we soon started decent into LHR and made a quick but bumpy landing on 27R. we pulled up to the stand and I let the other pax get off before I left my seat as I wanted to visit my future office again, I went in and the captain and I had a little chat and he gave me some weather manuals. I left the aircraft with a smile and left the arrivals area with a nice new UK immigration stamp  Big thumbs up.
Out the doors I go and see my dad and step mum waiting for me. All happy I am until I realize the worst I have not got my camera  Sad.

We headed to the Bmi check in area of T1 and went to the Bmi special services. I told them my situation and they was very friendly and made a joke of me being a dappy cow which was all funny  Smile. I was told the aircraft had been all shut down for the night which was not encouraging. About 5 mins later we was told they they had gone back into the aircraft and found my camera in the cockpit and that they were bringing it up to us  Smile. The biggest sing of relief hit me. Thank god lol. so I was telling my dad and step mum about my day when another glitch happened.

"This is a fire alarm please leave the building"

Oh Yayers!! so we stood outside for 20 mins or so while the LHR fire dept inspected the terminal. Nothing at all. so we all headed back in and the buzz of T1 was alive once again. We headed back to Bmi services and 5 mins of waiting a Bmi uniformed person came up to us with a grin on his face holding out a camera. We thanked him and thanked the staff in the Bmi services and headed home.

So that was my day trip  Smile I had a great time all in all and would like to thank the following..

and Sander. Could not have had a great day with out you guys! Thanks a lot!  Big thumbs up

also thank you to Bmi for 10/10 service. By far the best airline I have traveled with  Smile

thanks for reading! Look out for LTN-DTM and the FRA meeting TR's coming soon  Big grin

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Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:07 am

great trip report! I'm flying through AMS in March on my way from Atlanta to Dublin. i loved the photos!
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:18 am

Super report! Loved the pics.  Smile
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:37 am

Excellent report Kazzie! Sure looks like you had a great time.  Smile
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:57 am

Fab report, and some great pics there, thanks for sharing.
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 11:46 am

Great pics, report, and good random pics. Keep it up.  Big thumbs up

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Fri Feb 11, 2005 12:58 pm

Hey kas... nice trip report... great pics too! now since this your umpteenth time to Amsterdam... have you picked up any of the Dutch language? LOL?
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 3:01 pm

Great report and well writen. Keep them coming.

Played with the joystick then ? humm ? JUSTKIDDING !!  Big grin

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Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:30 pm

Why would you board through stairs when the plane is attached to a jetway??

Great Report, and I love the pics!!
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 7:41 pm

Great report Kaz! Should have told me you were flying bmi, might have been able to sort something out  Big grin. Glad you enjoyed the flights and you were most definately privaliged with the flight deck crew asking you up for a visit! Only wished that happened more often eh! Reminds me I gotta start writing up trip reports again esp for the FRA meet coming up!
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Fri Feb 11, 2005 9:31 pm

Great stuff Kazzie,

Thoroughly enjoyed this TR.

10 out of 10  Big grin

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Fri Feb 11, 2005 10:10 pm

Nice report.

We must have been at Terminal 1 about the same time on Saturday, I had a flight to BCN at 8am but arrived around 6.45am and then got back into LHR around 8.10pm. Since you went to the bmi lounge and I went to the BA First lounge I presume we didn't pass eachother! Out of interest did you go to the Diamond Club lounge or the Business Lounge? I've only ever been to the DC lounge and wondered if you could compare.

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Sat Feb 12, 2005 1:05 am

Nice report Kaz. Always good to hear of bmi experiences. Shame you didn't get Mr Brightside though!

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Sat Feb 12, 2005 4:16 am

I haven't read your report because I've heard all about it before hand.
Glad you had a good time though, thanks for waking me up at 0834 with your txt and as Declan says, shame you didn't get Mr Brightside!

P.S. Your photos need re-sizing  Big thumbs up

(I'll read your report later ok!  Big grin
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Sat Feb 12, 2005 5:16 am

I just can't look, it's killing me....
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Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:58 am

AlitaliaMD11: I presume the a/c is parked on the domestic pier which has no passport control, thus passengers need to be bussed from European departures. It happened to me when I flew BA MAN-LHR-LCA, we arrived at domestic arrivals, went to European departures via the flight connections centre, and were then bussed to the aircraft - which was the same one I'd just flown from MAN in! (G-BPEC).
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Sat Feb 12, 2005 9:04 am

Well it was a nice time, tho some points I'd like to talk about:

-My username is JRadier, not JRaider,  Big grin
-I'm not a skyscraper
-Yes I look tired in those pics, I look tired all the time, and usually I am
-Yes bmi has good food on board
-Yes I liked this tripreport
-Yes I would like to plug a shot, this is the plane Kaz is on:

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Sat Feb 12, 2005 7:56 pm

Hay kaz you look like you where in heaven when you where in the cockpit .
Great report as always keep up the good work.
At least someone knows how to enjoy themselves.  Smile
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Sun Feb 13, 2005 9:17 am

Nice report, but I got little red 'x's on most of the pics  Sad

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Mon Feb 14, 2005 1:42 am

Great report and cool pics Kaz!

Me and Jamo got to fly DL when we flew MAN-LHR a couple of yrs ago to see Concorde a few months before she was retired...

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Mon Feb 14, 2005 2:01 am

Interesting, never thought I would see a brick taxiway, surprised it doesnt have problems with them coming up or not.

Oh btw SkyTeam is soooo much better  Big grin  Laugh out loud
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Mon Feb 14, 2005 3:18 am

great report i enjoyed reading it
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Tue Feb 15, 2005 10:11 pm

Nice report Kaz!

I finally found the time reading it and it was most enjoyable, especially because I was part of it.  Big grin

I saw your a/c taxiing straight into my direction at the ramp, where I was loading an SQ 777, before it turned away to taxi alongside it. I waved hoping you were sitting on that site. As soon as I finished loading I went straight to D22 where your flight was expected to arrive. I checked that earlier that day. I was a little late so when I entered the jetway from the stairs outside (airside) I saw the last passenger walking away. I went in the terminal for a second expecting you too hang around to watch the a/c. No Kaz so I then walked to the a/c down the jetway and asked if there was still someone on board. Kind of expected that too. The lady said: "Yes she is in the cockpit". I watched through the cockpit windows and there was Kaz talking to the pilots.  Big thumbs up

Keep up the good work and hopefully we see eachother at FRA.

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Wed Mar 02, 2005 4:17 am

Hey Kazzie!

Great report - fun to read it! I love your happy funny writing style! Make sure you have many more to come  Smile

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Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:18 am

Nice trip report.

BMI - My favourite airline. I have just come back from the US and went out of my way to try "the business" MAN-ORD-MAN on BMI.

It was a bit of a long journey LHR-MAN-ORD-BDL, it was worth it. The cabin crew were better than excellent. Very well picked, great people skills. Paul, the chief steward on the way out, came round and chatted to everyone in "The Business". Using well tried techniques such as squatting down so he was looking up to you. Making the point of getting your name etc. It's so nice to travel with a crew that seem to be 100% customer focused.

The only down side is that the seats were not the most up-to-date in long-haul business and there is no Dell laptop power connection. Top marks the rest. I'd do a trip report, but this route's already been done several times.

What's the reaction now reservations have gone over to India? They didn't understand what I was going on about when I was enquiring about my star-alliance upgrade vouchers. Thank goodness for the Diamond club line (which at least is answered quickly now that the manning is sorted out since the outsource).

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Wed Mar 02, 2005 8:38 am

Lovely report, look forward to trying BMI next week for the first time!

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Sun Mar 20, 2005 9:27 pm

Fantastic Report Kaz.  Big grin

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