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Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Sat Jun 25, 2005 3:27 am

Hello all

Thursday, June 16th marked a historical event for my local airport, Basel-Mulhouse. At 11.30 this morning the first easyJet Switzerland A-319 that will be based in BSL arrived after its ferry flight from Geneva. The same afternoon, easyJet organized a special flight over the Swiss mountains with some local politicians, media representatives and aviation related people. Also, the aircraft (HB-JZK) was named "City of Basel" with a good glass of champagne. That's it, a moment that I have waited for years. Therefore I decided to book myself on the first ever easyJet flight with a Basel based aircraft. As soon as the timetable was released, it became clear that this flight will be from Basel to Nice on Friday, June 17th.

Date: Friday, 17th of June 2005
Flight number: EZS1003
Company: easyJet Switzerland
Aircraft: A-319 HB-JZK "City of Basel"
Route: Basel/Mulhouse EuroAirport-Nice Cote d'Azur
Passengers on board: 136
Load factor: 87.1%
Fare: 99.95 Swiss Francs


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I needed to get up very early, at 4.45 because the flight was scheduled to leave at 7:00. My dad drove me to the airport where I arrived at around 5:30. A TNT Express Cargo A-300 freighter just arrived from Liège when I entered the terminal. The new South terminal just opened a few days ago.

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My flight was listed on the screen and I proceeded to check-in.
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Check-in was made by Swissport. I did not have anything to cjeck in so everything went very fast and I got sequence number 15, which means priority boarding!  Smile


Then I proceeded through customs and security and entered the Y-terminal. Our aircraft was visible in the distance. easyJet has its own boarding area in Basel, located in some former Crossair facilities. TNT A-300, Fedex A-310 and a business jet are also visible.
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After a coffee and a croissant I decided to walk around a little bit. At this early time of day there are mainly aircraft at the airport that came in the night before and doing a nightstop in BSL. Here you can see some SWISS Embraers and an Air Nostrum/Iberia CRJ (special livery COMMUNITAT VALENCIANA) as well as an OS Arrows CRJ.
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Lufthansa 737, receiving some fuel for the flight to Frankfurt.
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HELLO MD-90, ready for an early morning flight to Palermo, Italy. I would like to dedicate this picture to all HELLO employees (although the picture is not in a very good quality). They do a great job and managed to generate profits already in their first year of operations! Two thumbs up for them and GO GO GO! Big grin


Some SWISS aircraft, as well as Cimber Air, Air France Régional and Farnair ATR-42 and Fokker-27.
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HapagFly early morning departure to Palma de Mallorca, in the background you can see Air France Régional Fokker-100 (flight to Paris CDG) and Air France A-320 (flight to Paris ORY).
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British Airways A-319 and two SWISS Embraers. My dad arrived on HB-JAU just a few hours earlier (22:45 the night before) from Zurich. He was supposed to fly WAW-AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC / EDDM) (closed), Germany">MUC-BSL on LH but missed his connection in AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC / EDDM) (closed), Germany">MUC and he got rerouted WAW-AND OLD: Munich - Riem (MUC / EDDM) (closed), Germany">MUC-ZRH-BSL. The flight was 100% full and there was even a waiting list for passengers. But I bet SWISS will cut tjis flight in the near future due to "low load factors"  Sad
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Boarding commenced almost on time. People in Basel are not very used to easyJet yet. It seems to be a big problem for many people TO READ THEIR TICKET AND WAIT UNTIL THEY CAN BOARD!!! Basically the people with boarding numbers 130 were waiting first in line causing a big chaos.


Like mentioned before, the flight was booked very well. Load factor was 87.1% and this is the first flight ever on this route by easyJet!  Smile It will stay a secret forever why SWISS decided to drop this route some time ago. Officially they did it because of "low load factors".  Wink

We pushed back and taxied towards runway 16. The very friendly crew was in a good mood. You can really feel that these people like to work for this company. The captain made a short announcement, welcoming everyone on board and mentioning that this is the first flight on this route. We reached rwy16 after 2 or 3 minutes and were number 3 for departure after an Air France Embraer-135 (flight to Lyon) and an Air France Régional Fokker100 (flight to Paris CDG). After us there were another 2 planes lining up, a SWISS Saab2000 and an OS Arrows CRJ. Take off procedure was like usual, that means an immediate right turn after departure to avoid noise over the city of Basel. But I had a good view of my home city anyway.  Smile Soon after departure we had an excellent view of Lake Biel, Lake Neuchatel and Lake Murten, the city of Yverdon and the Alps.
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We crossed Geneva and soon after that we started our decent into Nice. Approach was very spectacular with some very low turns and a good view of the beautiful town of Antibes. After 1 hour flying time we touched down.

Nice is a very nice city and I have spent two excellent days there, visiting Nice itself but also Antibes and Cannes.

Date: Saturday, June 18th 2005
Flight number: EZS1008
Company: easyJet Switzerland
Aircraft: A-319 HB-JZK "City of Basel"
Route: Nice Cote d'Azur- Basel/Mulhouse EuroAirport
Passengers on board: approx. 120
Load factor: approx. 75%
Fare: 44.95 Swiss Francs

I took bus 99 to the airport early enough and went to eat a burger in terminal two, then went to check-in. I was early enough again to get priority boarding.
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Went through security and waited in the boarding area. Boarding commenced and the A-319 was loaded pretty well again considering this is only the second day of operations. Again the crews welcomed everyone personally with a smile and a "welcome aboard", "bonsoir" or "guten abend".  Smile Captain announced a flying time of only 55 minutes and soon we were ready to push back.
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Take off was towards the city with an immediate tight turn.
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Crossing the city of Nice (notice the airport).
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In the meantime board service began and I decided to drink a mineral water. I paid 1.40 Euro for it. A very fair price in my opinion.

Again we had a good view of the mountains, soon after crossing the Swiss border we started our decent. All of a sudden I saw the city of Bern, with the Aare river. I managed to spot the "Bundeshaus" (Swiss parliament building) as well as the newly build "Stade de Suisse" football stadium. We crossed the Jura hills very low and started to fly towards BSL. Approach was spectacular, with some very low flying turns over the BSL region. This is very rare, usually you land on rwy 16, today we landed on rwy 34, a direct approach over the city!  Smile  Smile  Smile

Who needs Kai Tak if you have Basel?  Wink
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Landing was smooth and we left the runway. After us, an Air France Régional Fokker 100 landed after a charter flight from Dubrovnik/Croatia.

Once again I had a very pleasant trip on easyJet. I will use them again very soon!

I hope you enjoyed reading this report. As usual, feel free to make comments!

Best regards,
RJ100
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RE: Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Sat Jun 25, 2005 4:14 am

Hey Thomas,

Great trip report and pictures. Glad to hear you enjoyed Nice and of course good to see easyJet expanding in Basel.

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Sat Jun 25, 2005 5:43 am

Just curious whether the flight to Nice departs and arrives from the Swiss or the French side of the Terminal?

Nice report - and thanks for the tour of the airport and town when we visited there 2 weeks ago!  Smile
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RE: Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Sat Jun 25, 2005 3:02 pm

Hello Thomas...Nice Trip report, Thanks for all the pictures!
The new south terminal at BSL looks like the outside of a performing arts center then a airport terminal! Funny how the business jet parks at a gate but yet your Easyjet A319 parks at the stand. Sure are a lot of planes at BSL in the morning. The aps looks stunning. Hopefully this route is successful.
 
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Sun Jun 26, 2005 3:26 am

Congratulations for this 'Nice' trip report Thomas and good luck for easyjet operations in BLS ! I'm sure they'll do a great job like here in GVA !  bigthumbsup 

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Sun Jun 26, 2005 6:39 am

Was a good read, Thomas... Well done!

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Mon Jun 27, 2005 4:20 pm


Thank you for a very interesting trip report. Seems like the EasyJet base at BSL is really picking up - a load factor of almost 90% on an inaugural service certainly is impressive.
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RE: Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Mon Jun 27, 2005 6:18 pm

Hi Thomas!
Excellent report! I enjoyed a lot reading it! Nice pictures as well!
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RE: Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:55 am

Thanks for your replies so far. I am glad you have enjoyed my trip report.

@Teahan and B747-437B: easyJet leaves from the Swiss side.  Wink Thanks again for your visit a few weeks ago. It was a pleasure to show you a few things. Let me know if you're close to my location again!

@Pensacolaguy: Thanks. Usually the business jets don't park there. But this week there was "Art Basel", the world's largest art exibition which attracted more than 200 business jet flights. They needed to use one runway (26) to park all the aircraft as well as the normal gates.

@Alphafloor, IwantaBBJ, IberiaN: Thanks for your kind replies.

@TriStar500: Thanks. Do you have any news considering the possible and rumoured DTM-BSL service? No doubt it would make sense in my opinion.  Smile

My next trip will be on the 18th of July. Im using some of my SWISS miles (need to use them as long as they still fly here Big grin). Routing will be Basel-Zurich (Embraer-145), Zurich- Paris CDG (A-320), Paris CDG-Zurich (A-319) and Zurich-Basel (Embraer-145). Big grin
If I can make some nice pictures then I will write a trip report again.

Best regards,
Thomas
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RE: Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:17 am

Hi RJ 100! Hey I like that ticket for your return flight! "We will not wait for you! Proceed to security NOW!" Kinda agressive.

The 3 or 4 times I flew Easyjet, I found the staff not very nice, but at the price you pay, you can't expect too much! Cool you got nice crew! Cheers
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Tue Jun 28, 2005 5:47 am

Well written report Thomas, nice you enjoyed EasyJet (switzerland...)!
Flew them last year, although GVA-NCE  Wink Very nice route.

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RE: Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Tue Jun 28, 2005 4:21 pm

@PipoA380: Thanks for your reply. The ticket is indeed a bit agressive. But still, people simply dont get it.  Wink At least here in Basel there are a lot of people who fly on easyJet for the first time. And they dont know how everything works.

As for the crews, one thing that I noticed during the last year is that the England based crews are much more less caring than let's say the German or Swiss based crews. I wouldn't say the English are more unfriendly but simply "cooler". I think on my flights to/from NCE we had some former GVA based staff who are helping the new BSL hired staff in the beginning. Again, very friendly crew!

INNflight: Thanks for your comment. GVA-NCE must be a nice short route!

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Thomas
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Wed Jun 29, 2005 2:36 am

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 11):
must be a nice short route!

You bet it was!

GVA departure and inflight

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Sorry for hijacking your thread, though!  Wink

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Wed Jun 29, 2005 9:25 pm

No need to excuse yourself.

Nice pictures!  Smile

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Thu Jun 30, 2005 4:25 am

Hey,

Thanks for sharing such a great report,

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Thu Jun 30, 2005 6:27 pm

Thanks for the excellent trip report, RJ100!

It must be really good for people in the GVA/BSL area to have EZY. They have an OK product for a good price in my opinion, and you get a good alternative for LX (with much higher fares). It looks like EZY can do what LX never managed to do in GVA and BSL.

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Fri Jul 01, 2005 1:59 am

Sam, you're welcome. Glad you have enjoyed my report.  Smile

@Sabena690: Thanks for your kind reply.

Quoting Sabena 690 (Reply 15):
It looks like EZY can do what LX never managed to do in GVA and BSL.

Yes that's true. Sad thing is that LX is not even interested in BSL and GVA. So if you're not interested how do you want to be succesful? Good for EZY and BSL/GVA though. Two prosperous regions and easyJet match very well.

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Mon Jul 04, 2005 4:23 pm

Just booked 3 tickets from BSL to NCE and back in September for me and my parents.  Smile

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Tue Jul 05, 2005 11:32 pm

A good and entertaining read, Thomas! Easy is good for our airport, and I hope they will stay for a long time. I for my part haven't flown them yet, but will do so in August...

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RE: Basel-Nice-Basel EasyJet Inaugural Flight (w/pics)

Wed Jul 06, 2005 9:28 pm

Thanks for your comment Mike. Where are you flying to in August? If you fly from BSL, let us know in the BSL forum early enough so that we can arrange a "foto meeting".

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Thu Jul 07, 2005 4:37 am

Quoting RJ100 (Reply 19):
If you fly from BSL, let us know in the BSL forum early enough so that we can arrange a "foto meeting".

Hehehe, will sure do so!

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