My First easyJet Experience.
Just a quick trip report about my first easyJet experience. I often fly down south to see my other half who lives down there. Normally I fly with BA to LHR, however LTN was going to be the most convenient pickup airport for my lift. The annoying thing for me was that my easyJet flight ended up costing more than I normally pay for a BA flight (I use Airmiles usually).
December 08th 2005
Scheduled / Actual Departure: 19:10 / 19:20 (approx)
Boeing 737-33V , G-EZYP
Seat 20F (Not Allocated)
So my journey began at 17:00pm when I finished work. I left Glasgow city centre on the airport bus 905 a very convenient service that I have used a few times. £3.20 single, £5.00 return. It was about 17:45 when I got to the airport. I headed to the shed terminal to check in. I was given boarding group C! I began to worry that I would not get a window seat, and I would be stuck between two strangers.
After check in I headed into the main terminal, waving to the BA check in area as I passed it and proceed to the BAA helpdesk. I wanted to find out if I could get food or drink at the gate. I didn’t get a very positive response, so I headed to Starbucks for a quick coffee.
After my very boring plain black coffee (honestly, with all those choices) I headed to the security checkpoint, then onto Gate 4 – what a funny place that is, down some stairs then into easyLand. Then I saw them, the boarding group lines. Knowing that I was in boarding group C I strategically positioned myself so I could get in line quick. I sat down for a while and began to read my book. I was actually reading the Go book by Barbara Cassani, it’s very good, and I highly recommend it. As the arriving aircraft came in, I put my book away and got in position to dash in line – I wasn’t the only one. A minute or two later, it was time. I managed to get 3 from the front in the C boarding group.
We soon boarded the aircraft; I used to rear steps, and soon managed to find a seat to my relief. A lady was sat in the aisle with two free seats next to her. I put my wheelie case and jacket into the overhead bin and sat myself down. Got my book out and could finally relax, the seat was actually quite comfortable, and the aircraft appeared to be very clean and tidy – a lot cleaner than some of BA’s short haul fleet.
The flight was uneventful really, although we left slightly late, we were actually due to land on time, however, the conditions down at Luton were a little foggy, so we were delayed by that. On board I had a read through the easyJet magazine, and had a Diet Coke. After landing I exited the aircraft again via the back door and proceeded through the LTN building site terminal. I think it was about 21:00 by the time I was sat in the car on my way to Hatfield for the long weekend.
December 11th 2005
Scheduled / Actual Departure: 20:55 / 20:55 (I Believe)
Boeing 737-3L9, G-IGOT
Seat 23F (Not Allocated)
I arrived at Luton airport around 7:15 I think and headed straight to check in. The airport seemed very quiet. I was checked in by what I think was a robot dressed like a human being in an easyJet uniform. Boarding Group B this time, a little better. I had a quick wonder around the terminal before heading to the departure area. Up the escalator and through a mammoth security area. I’ve never been through Luton before, so I was most impressed with the new facility. I especially like the Star Wars type gate for staff. The security area was very quiet, but by the size of it, it would be capable of handling loads of people.
I entered the shopping Galleria (I think it’s called) and it was heaving. It was a very busy place. I was most impressed with it. All very new and shiny with plenty of choice, sadly, you can’t see the runway from it. I had a wonder around the shops, and bought a pack of wine gums (Big Spender me!). I positioned myself by the big information board that tells you your gate. This airport has been designed for carriers like easyJet. I sat down, and began to read my Go book again, keeping one eye on the departure board.
As my boarding time of 20:30 approached, I stood up ready for the dash, along with a few others it would seem. My gate appeared (I forgot the number) and I made a quick walk to it – and what a walk it was. I felt I was walking to Scotland itself. Showed my pass, then into the holding lines again. This part of the airport had very little life or atmosphere to it. The plane was clearly going to be quite full, so I was glad to be group B.
We soon boarded the plane, again I opted for the rear door and plonked myself down in 23F, with my luggage and jacket stowed in the overhead bin. The plane quickly began to fill up. Nobody sat directly next to me, but sat at the aisle.
This aircraft (an ex Go plane) didn’t seem quite as comfortable as the outbound. Nevertheless I sat back and enjoyed the flight reading about the airline that later became part of easyJet whose plane I was sat on.
As soon as we took off, the Captain told us to look out of our window where we could see the Buncefield oil depot burning, I was on the wrong side of the aircraft – oh well, what a pity! I had a cup of coffee (not bad for instant) from the little cart, and I’m pretty sure the male crew member called me sweety or something like that, I was quite flattered. I think we landed a little early, I gathered my belongings and disembarked.
I’ve never really been one to knock low cost airlines; they have made the world smaller, and made it cheaper and quicker to travel. The one thing that annoys me is this business of not having a seat allocated – why is this???
All in all, a very pleasant first easyJet experience, and Luton airport is most impressive!