Well, this is my very first trip report on airliners, so any constructive feedback is welcome. Let me begin by stating that aviation is a hobby of mine, but also a very significant fear. But, the more I learn (and fly) the more I am fascinated by the whole package. To date I have flown to West Africa, England, France, Italy, and all across the US. I was especially excited about this trip as I have never flown Virgin Atlantic or easyJet. Let's start with Virgin Atlantic. I was thrilled to have my first chance at flying on the 744, and we weren't lucky enough to have V:Port, but we did have a lovely bird by the name of English Rose for the first leg of the trip: MCO
|Virgin's English Rose 747-400|
As you can see from the pic, she's only 5 years old. The interior was acceptable, though I was surprised to see a fair amount of wear and tear on such a young aircraft. The IFE was great, with over 10 movies to choose from and some TV
channels as well. After my sweaty palm takeoff, I settled in for a drink and some dinner. We were given three choices and I took them up on the Chicken pasta which was surprisingly delicious (yes, I may have been a bit tipsy, but it really was great!)
After dinner, I tried to relax and watch a few movies, but found myself getting restless. I took advantage of the size of this plane and walked around the cabin for a bit. It must be nice to be an upperclass passenger-they seem to have more things to occupy their time! After some shaky moments and after squeezing the blood out of my husbands left arm, the crew readied the cabin for breakfast and landing. I have to admit that the crew was a bit distant on this flight. The service was fine, but after meals the crew disappeared. It always helps a fearful flyer to see the crew going about business as usual in the cabin, but on this flight I didn't really see any of the crew unless they were passing me a meal. So, breakfast was pretty simple-fruit and a dry muffin.
We landed smoothly at Gatwick and had a great time in London.
From London, we headed to Tuscany via easyJet. I have to admit, I was really excited to be flying one of Europe's budget airlines and I was not disappointed. I had read up on a lot of easyJet's history-how it as formed after Southwest's model by a Greek entrepreneur. They fly 737's and A319's, however they are phasing out most of the 734's with A319's. When we arrived at the airport, check-in was relatively busy, but we still received A boarding (easyJet has no pre-allocated seating, rather they assign you a letter A,B,C, or D and you board in groups, choosing your own seat when you get on the plane). I of course chose a window seat by the wing, and I was in awe over this gorgeous brand new A319, it really was stunning.
Of course, this is a no frills airline, but they have tons of options for people who are hungry or thirsty. My husband had a scotch and coke and I bought a couple of easyJet souvenirs(yes, I'm a loser and own a deck of easyJet cards).
Flight was wonderfully smooth, and I had a view of easyJet's super-fly winglets.
We also had some great views of the Italian Alps.
We landed in Milan to begin the Italian leg of our journey. Here are some parting shots of this sexy beast:
Well, I hope this was a successful initial trip report....thanks for reading!