Since a long time I was looking forward to experience flying SN Brussels in one of their daily flight from Geneva to Brussels and last monday I had a good opportunity to fly business class on both RJ100 and A319 of their fleet. Also a good occasion to test my brand new handycam as well. It was an early departing from GVA therefore at 6am I took my bike and headed to the airport in a very pleasant and beautiful spring morning ride.
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Photo © Wim Callaert - Brussels Aviation Photography
Photo © Alessandro Savarese - SpotIT
Monday 02 may 2005
GVA (scheduled 07:15 - ontime) Gate A05
BRU (scheduled 08:35 - 08:30) Gate A46
Avro RJ100 OO-DWB
There wasn’t a lot of passengers and the RJ100 was barely half filled for this connection between these two international cities. When boarding was completed newspapers were distributed and refreshments served almost immediately. The push-back was approved and the four engines started "The RJ100, the one and only a/c to have 5 APU’s" haha, just kidding
I’d be tempted to say that take-off and departing procedure from GVA rwy23 was as usual for northern cities : We maintained the runway heading a little bit further after passing over Passery VOR and then we turned right heading north. I didn’t taped the take-off because I wanted to fully enjoy the view of Geneva in the morning. As we continued to climb the breakfast was served. Not even the time to finish it and we started our descent towards BRU. The captain made an announcement on the pa and said the weather was nice in Brussels with almost no wind. We aligned for final on rwy 25R and I started to tape over.
Video - Landing at BRU on RWY25R (8.6Mb)
(In this video you can hear the GPWS 100 feets before touchdown)
After parking on gate A46 we were transferred by bus to pier B in order to pass the customs. This gave me the opportunity to spot an old DC-10-30 parked on the cargo area (my fav a/c btw) and two beautifuls SN A330 preparing for their long flights. After this I spent a day of work in Mechelen some 22 kilometers north of Brussels but I won’t spent time on writing uninteresting stuff isn’it ?
I was lucky enough to be able to return to Zaventem airport before planned and this gave me some extra time to spent for spotting. I went to pier B and walked along the terminal until the very end of it and started videotaping some action there.
Video - Spotting from Pier B at BRU (15.4Mb)
(Sorry but it's hard to film without having these large windows reflects. Engine sound are barely heard from the terminal, so I decided to add some music instead)
Photo © Tim Feise - APO Photos
Photo © Fabrice Sanchez - Brussels Aviation Photography
Monday 02 may 2005
BRU (scheduled 18:10 - 18:20) Gate B06
GVA (scheduled 19:30 - 19:25) Gate A09
A319-112 OO-SSG (Previous regs:D-AVWL, EI-CZF)
The boarding started and I soon found myself sitting in the second row. The business class was almost empty but economy was pretty crowded. Same as the morning flight, newspapers, refreshments, push-back and engine start. We used rwy 25R for take-off and I taped it over.
Video - Take-off from BRU RWY25R (7.8Mb)
(CFM56 engine sound lovers gotta love this)
The flight of 1 hour was very smooth and uneventful.
Video – Inflight over EU (2.8Mb)
As we prepared to align on final for RWY23 in GVA we passed very near Lausanne which is 60km (32NM) far from GVA heading St-Prex VOR at 7000 feets.
Video - Approach and Landing at GVA on RWY23 (16.6Mb)
(Lausanne overview, Alps and Lake Geneva surroundings)
I want to emphasize that on both legs I was very delighted with SN business class onboard service with very friendly and professional F/A. I was expecting something good and wasn't disapointed, the seats in both the RJ100 and A319 are very confortable. SN is doing a great job, I hope to experience a long haul flight with them one day, congratulations and keep up the good work SN !
I hope you enjoyed reading this short trip report.