LGWspeedbird
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LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 3:12 am

Hi All

Well I decided to go to MAN to visit my uncle so took advantage of using staff travel as the flights were empty due to the threatend cabin crew strike. 17 pax on outbound 16 pax on inbound flt!

31st Jan 2007
LGW-MAN
G-DOCT 737-436
BA2902
24A
Cruising Altitude 24,00ft
Flight time 40 mins

Checked in and asked nicely for a window seat because the flight was empty it was towards the rear of the aircraft due to weight and balance. Never mind I had the whole row to myself!

Pushed back a few minuites late but it wasnt going to affect our arrial time in MAN




As it was such a light load when the time came for the crew to do the service they came round and brought the breakfast straight from the galley which i though was a nice personal touch!



Had a lovely cooked breakfast, and as soon as I had finished eating it we were making our descent into MAN.

Touched down a few minutes ahead of schedule seemed a very fast landing and taxied into terminal 3 stand 43.



Spent the morning at the aviation viewing park watching the planes but then it was time to return to London.

31st Jan 2007
MAN-LGW
G-DOCZ 737-436
BA2907
24F
Cruising altitude 19,000ft
Flying time 40 mins

Checked in and again was given a window seat and again at the back because of wieght issues.

Spent some time landside watching many BMI EMB's coming and going, then decided to go airside as I noticed that G-DOCZ had just touched down.



Again the flight was empty and I had the whole row to myself





Leg room on the 737.

The flight was quick on this service we were offered a drink and a packet of nuts.

Touched down ahead of schedule nice smooth landing and taxied into gate 57B



All in all I had a fab day out once again the crews were superb on these short flights. I would definatly choose BA for the early morning domestic flights cos of the lovely cooked brekkie!!



Comments welcome.

[Edited 2007-01-31 19:32:27]
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rineanna
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 5:03 am

16 passengers??!!That must have been an interesting flight to be on!

Great report and nice pics!
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 7:14 am

Great report, thanks.

Quoting Rineanna (Reply 1):
16 passengers??!!That must have been an interesting flight to be on!

- I flew Luxair LUX>FRA once, we had fewer than 10 pax on board, amazing.

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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:51 am

I was once on a VG 332 BRU-BOS with less than 20 and 11 of them were in the forward cabin and the service was still subpar.
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:25 am

I was thinking of doing the exact same thing re taking advantage of the empty planes. unfortunately I had no leave left and couldnt do it.

How crazy is it that the planes were so empty. Wish I could have got on one of those 747's with only 5 or 6 pax

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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 10:55 am

If you'd put the bacon on that roll, you could have had that bacon roll you're always bugging me for.
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:53 am

Great report and photos!

When I flew on a flight between New York LGA-RDU several years ago, there were only about 11 other passengers on the F-100.

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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 12:11 pm

Back in the days of the first gulf war, when lots of American pax were nervous about flying, I flew from Hawaii to Auckland on a Continental 747 (200 I think) and there were 50 of us on board. I still remember the crew comments about the airline will not be making anymoney on this run.

Great for me though. I got four seats to myslef and slept well. I miss Continental down here in NZ as a cheap option to the USA and the UK.
 
LGWspeedbird
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 8:27 pm

Here are a few more pics from my journey




Lining up behind a BA connect EMB.



Just touched down at LGW



Taxiing towards gate 57b
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 01, 2007 9:27 pm

Nice report. Interesting that BA serves a hot breakfast on one flight and on the return nothing but peanuts.
I´ve also had a private jet experience: MXP-MUC on a LH CRJ with only 3 Pax on board: My brother, me and a stranger. The two flight attendants were not too busy on this run. They did their security show and all the three of us were hiding behind newspapers. Probably the flight would have been cancelled but the plane was needed in MUC, I suppose.
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Fri Feb 02, 2007 12:49 am

Nice trip report and great pics  Smile

The BA 734 looks nice inside Big grin
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Fri Feb 02, 2007 11:21 pm

I flew LGW-MAN last year and there was 4 pax on board! It was pretty nice but nothing really different than usual.

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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Sat Feb 03, 2007 12:08 am

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Thread starter):
Cruising Altitude 24,00ft

It had to be exciting!! Big grin Big grin
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:40 am

Wow, my sister went to Hong Kong on that night on staff travel with around 40 on board.
I love the smell of burnt kerosene!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
LGWspeedbird
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Sat Feb 03, 2007 3:53 am

Quoting Mighluss (Reply 12):
Cruising Altitude 24,00ft

Woops!!! that would have been exciting! unfortunatly it was really 24,000ft!

Quoting Raventom (Reply 13):

Apparently the Barbados went out on one of the days with 15 or so pax!!!
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:18 am

I do like a DOC domestic with the cooked breakfast Wink, certainly cancels some of that groggy early morning feeling. I've had 18 people on a LGW-MAN before and there was 12 on the flight I was originally booked back on however I switched to the LHR.

Quoting EGBJ (Reply 10):
The BA 734 looks nice inside

They are comfortable yes, but some look very tired. It's a shame LGWspeedbird didn't sit up the front for either flights as you can get business class legroom and seats and if the purser's nice your coat hung up Smile

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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Tue Feb 06, 2007 11:08 am

Yea, some of them do look pretty tired, especially the -300 and -500 series aircraft. Having said that, the cabins are always clean and the seats are all very comfortable (both the convertable Club Europe ones up front and the older standard seats down at the back). If I had to choose between one of one of our comfortable "lived-in" 737s or one of easyJet's brand spanking new A319s with hard, non-reclining seats, I know which I would pick. And I say that as an easyJet fan.
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Tue Feb 06, 2007 1:07 pm

Quoting BFS (Reply 16):



Quoting LGWspeedbird (Thread starter):
On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

However not in the UK.,.. but from PNS-MSP back in March 2003, I had a flight on a Northwest Jetlink CRJ arrival in MSP at about 8:55 PM on a Sunday and departure from PNS at around 4:00 PM... there was only me, my parents 1 flt. attendant and only 8 or 9 other people.. man was that awesome, but almost 4 hours on a CRJ wasnt fun.. the flight had to divert around weather enroute.. the flight was supposed to be only about 2 hours and 55 minutes.. but we had to well, well out of our way due to bad thunderstorms of most of the central part of the usa. when we took off from PNS we flew straight north towards Michigan/Indiana and then over Wisconsin... when flying a more direct route over the central part of the US would have been much quicker. Anyways... we almost had to make an emergency landing at CWA due to low fuel. I asked the pilot as we were deplaning as to how much fuel we had left and he said.. basically we had only about enough to taxi and then beyond maybe about 20 minutes of more fuel left.. so that was pushed to the absolute max... normally a more direct route from PNS-MSP is somewhere around 850 nm.. but the way we went was about 1460 nm.. and the max range of a CRJ is about 1500 nm tops!!, which mean only enough fuel for about 40 nm more! Phew!

[Edited 2007-02-06 05:08:59]
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Wed Feb 07, 2007 4:00 am

Nice one!

I once flew this routing at the very early time of day and I think I had 12 other pax with me! It was most certainly an interesting experience! Our take off was entertaining to say the least!  Wink

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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 08, 2007 4:25 pm

I bet that flight was pretty damn profitable! I wish it was like that on 747 have all the room for your self in economy, get your self the four seats in the middle and spread out. Nice trip report, although i was expecting a private jet, but it doesn't matter still a nice report.
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Thu Feb 08, 2007 6:40 pm

Quoting InbarD (Reply 19):
although i was expecting a private jet, but it doesn't matter still a nice report.

Sorry to have disappointed you! this was my second trip report so I shall try and get better pics for my next one which will be LHR-SYD on Qantas.
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Fri Feb 09, 2007 7:32 am

Quoting LGWspeedbird (Thread starter):
17 pax on outbound 16 pax on inbound flt!



Quoting Rineanna (Reply 1):
16 passengers??!!That must have been an interesting flight to be on

When my Dad used to live in Baku, the flights with BA used to be empty at Christmas time. I remember some of the times where each passenger had on average 2-3 rows to themselves.....and this is on an A329/A320!

RossBaku  Silly
 
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RE: LGW-MAN-LGW On Private Jet (well Sort Of)

Mon Feb 12, 2007 3:45 pm

Quoting Rossbaku (Reply 21):
A329

Uhm... What is an A329? I think you meant A319, i hope.
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