The link works now, for some reason it had put in extra "'s. Anyway, heres another go!
As previously mentioned on the 12th of July, I flew to PMI
on the 0605 MYT295.
We arrived at the airport at around 3am, I guessed it would be better to arrive a bit earlier for checkin so we could get some decent seats. Check-in at MAN
was great, there were very few people checking in at that particular moment, but the queue did build up behind us.
The check-in assistant was very helpful and efficient, even at 3am! We were offered window, aisle, or for £30 (£15 each) extra legroom seats. I decided that as I am 6'2" that we should splash out and upgraded.
Once checked-in, which took around 2 minutes, and paid the extra £30, we went upstairs to the cafe. It was quite dark outside, but we could see a BMI
turboprop parked awaiting its next flight.
Once through security, which was just matter of showing a guard our boarding pass, and going through the X-Ray, we sat infront of a large window where we could see the apron of T1 and the hangars. There were a number of BMI
Baby 737s, the Monarch 767, and a few others. I tried taking pics but they all came out blurred due to the lighting.
At 0520 we were called to the gate where we were sat for about 15 mins, outside I could see our A/C- 757-200 G-RJGR with the FO having a nap in the cockpit.
We boarded shortly afterwards, and found our seats at 31D/E. The seats were very comfortable, and the cabin crew were pleasant and cheerful. The aircraft was very clean, and nice and cool.
We pushed back at around 0550, and taxiied to the runway. Out of our window, which was slightly behind the seat, which meant I got an aching neck after a while, I could see all of Terminal 2. At that time of the morning there were a number of planes parked. We were the second departure of the day.
Take off was smooth and on time at 0605. The flight was also smooth with very little turbulence.
We didnt bother with the IFE which was a couple of TV
shows that had been shown lots of times.
Shortly afterwards drinks were offered, we passed on these. After a while the food was served, which was a nice Full English breakfast (bacon, egg, and sausages). The food was hot and filling for that time of the morning.
Duty free was passed around shortly after that, on the outward flight we also passed on that.
We flew over France, and saw the Airbus factory. Then over Spain and Barcelona. Most of the way it was clear and could see every detail. We flew from the north of Majorca, where we were staying, over the hotel, and landed on time two hours later. Our cruising altitude was 38,000.
Landing was very smooth and taxi was quick. On arrival at the gate, we could see a Condor 767 (first time I've seen one in Thomas Cook livery), a Monarch 757 which had preceeded us from MAN
, and a number of other Spannish carriers.
Disembarkation took a while as we were all going though one door, and there was a full plane load of 235. Baggage was quick to arrive on the belts. From there we walked passed a glass fronted, what looked to be the same size of a shop, room, filled with lots and lots of Wooster sized models. There was probably one of every different a/c to visit Palma- unfortunately I didnt get a picture of this.
We boarded the coach for the hour transfer to the hotel.
MYT296 B757-200 G-RJGR
On the morning of the 19th we were picked up from our hotel for the hour or so ride to the airport. Our tickets said to check-in 2 and half hours before the flight, I was very doubtful we'd make this as we had a number of pickups to do.
We arrived at the airport two and a bit hours before take off, the rep on the coach said the flight was 35 mins early and to check-in straight away, and then to departure lounge.
We got into the terminal which was littered with cardboard and paper- this was due to the cleaners being on strike. However, we got to the check in desks at the far end of the area from which the coach dropped us.
There were three fairly long queues, but these were moving quite freely, and we were waiting about 15 mins to check-in. The actual check-in was trouble free and took a matter of minutes. We werent offered any choice of seating, maybe this is because the check-in desks were manned by a third party.
Checked-in, we headed off to the departure lounge... a long long way from check-in. We arrived at security, which had a slight queue, but was moving quickly. Our passports were glanced at but nothing thorough.
We had a quick look though the duty free shop, but didnt buy anything so we went to the gate. We were greeted by a massive window, where we could see the runway and some of the gates. The windows were smeared but nothing too bad.
Waiting for boarding a number of aircraft took off and landed, these can be seen on my website. At about 10.20 we began boarding, this took a long time, although we were one of the first few on there. We were sat in 34A/B which are normal seats. Leg room wasnt too bad, although I couldnt have stayed there longer than 2 and a half hours.
Push back was delayed due to lack of take off slot, so we waited at the gate while other flights were going. Finally after about twenty minutes we pushed back, and taxiied to the runway.
The captain seemed to be a friendly guy and kept us up to date with the situation all the time.
The flight back was bumpier over Spain and France, but nothing serious. Drinks were served shortly after take off. I bought a can of Pepsi from the trolley, 80p for a small can. Expensive, but I really needed a drink.
Once at our cruising altitude of 36,000, food was served, which was Sausage and Mash potato, with gravy, along with a Chocolate sponge cake. The food was very nice, hot and filling. My Travels way of serving food was a lot better than the traditional tray. One box was handed to us with a mat folded around, in this box were cutlery, a bread roll, milk, sugar etc, and the chocolate cake. Another box was handed to us, this contained the hot food. Then when finished it's all put into a small bag and handed back.
Duty free was passed around while flying over France, I bought an Airbus A330 model, as the Boeing 757 had sold out. This was quite cheap compared to retailers at £8.50.
IFE was a movie, Oceans 12. Having already seen this we passed on it and just looked out the window. It was clear all the way back to the south coast of England, from there it was cloudy all the way home.
We flew over Wales where we started our decent, then Liverpool, and north of Manchester for a 24 approach. Once under the cloud, we could see my house which is on the approach. Landing was smooth and taxi was quick. In total we were about 45mins late.
Disembarkation was slow at MAN
too as only one door was being used again. We went through security which was just another glance at our passports.
Baggage reclaim took ages as a number of flights had arrived together. We waited for about half an hour for our bags.
Then from there it was up the lifts to my dads car and home.
All-in-all it was a great flight with MYT, it was our first, and I'm sure it wont be our last.
I hope thats better
But if not, then nevermind.
[Edited 2005-07-25 21:15:03]