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MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:04 am

Weds 6th June 2007
Route : MAN-BFS
Flight : WW3501
Aircraft : 737-300
Registratiom : G-TOYA
Seat Assigned : 15F


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Today was a very special day, I was travelling to Belfast to see a very special friend of mine get married. I decided to try something different and decided to fly BmiBaby from Manchester to Belfast International, I got up at 0300 for the hour long drive across the Pennines from Barnsley to the Airparks Car Park in Handsworth Dean, I arrived at the car park at 0445 where the transfer bus to MAN was waiting to depart, I checked my car in and jumped on the bus, transfer time was about 15 minutes, we were dropped off at the train station at MAN

My flight today was departing from terminal 3 so I began the long walk, via terminal 1 and looked for bmibaby check in. I joined the long queue, thinking it would take forever, but I was wrong after 5 mins I was called forward, I asked if I could be seated in the overwing exit so I could have a bit of legroom, the check in clerk said I could have a seat there for an extra £15, I politely declined and said the row behind will do.

Security was a breeze, the line for UK Domestic and Rep. of Ireland was empty so I waltzed on through to the busy departure area, I grabbed myself a full english breakfast from 'the grill' , on my boarding card it said I would be boarding from gate 52, so I decided I would go check out my ride for todays flight, sitting infront of me was G-TOYA, a 737-300, I had been hoping to get a 737-500, my flight was called for boarding at 0630 I proceeded to the gate and showed my boarding pass and photo ID and boarded the aircraft via the front steps, no airbridge today, I found my seat behind the overwing exit and squeezed myself in, todays flight didnt seem that busy, as it turned out there was just 31 of us onboard, no one in the overwing exit, a member of the cabin crew approached me and asked if I would mind moving forward 1 row as there was no one assigned in the overwing exit to operate the door in case of emergency, I jumped at the chance and moved forward and got my exit seat that I asked for at check in and saved £15

Push back was ahead of schedule, we began the long taxi to runway 06L passing a recently arrived Singapore Airlines 777-200 waiting for a stand to park on, several "Flybe" Embraers still in BA Connect colors, past the Concorde at the Aviation Viewing Park then onto 06L the take off was very very powerful, maybe the most powerful ive ever experienced, we were airborne after around 12 seconds, we made a left turn towards the north, then doubled back on ourselves towards Liverpool, fly over LPL in the process, we headed out into the Irish sea, towards the Isle of Man, we had only been flying for about 20 minutes when the captain announced that we had began our descent into Belfast and that the weather was pretty much the same as Manchester, clear skies and warm with a light northerly breeze, it seemed like the perfect weather for a wedding! As we neared Belfast the clouds got thicker and then the ground disappeared completly under a thick blanket of cloud, the flaps were set at 5 degrees and the wheels were dropped, I thought this was a bit unusual but then thought we were a lot lower than I thought, we carried on descending and broke through the clouds and noticed we were still at around 4000ft maybe a bit higher, we were on a very long final approach to runway 25, the city of Belfast and George Best City Airport was on the left hand side, we continued the approach and landed smoothly 10 mins ahead of schedule, taxied to stand 10 and disembarked right on schedule, I dragged my hand luggage from the overhead locker and into the terminal to collect my rental car.

To sum up BmiBaby they are a good airline, aircraft was bit worn but service was faultless, I would consider flying them again in the future!

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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sat Jun 09, 2007 3:18 am

Groovy report Glenn  Smile

Seems like baby are doing ok  Smile



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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sat Jun 09, 2007 5:47 am

Good report. baby are good, the only downside is that they are quite pricey (especially to Spain).

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
I had been hoping to get a 737-500

WW3501 is always a 733, the a/c operates AGP and ALC after Belfast so it needs the extra capacity.

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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sat Jun 09, 2007 9:59 am

Nice report, thanks.

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
I asked if I could be seated in the overwing exit so I could have a bit of legroom, the check in clerk said I could have a seat there for an extra £15, I politely declined and said the row behind will do.

- That' seems bitsteepfor such a short journey.

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
I proceeded to the gate and showed my boarding pass and photo ID

- Did you get asked for photo ID? I flew out of LHR with BMI last monday, never once showed ID

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
a member of the cabin crew approached me and asked if I would mind moving forward 1 row as there was no one assigned in the overwing exit to operate the door in case of emergency

- A few flights back on EZY, the crew asked me to move to an exit row as they needed 2 people in each row to cover the emergency exit, what is the exact legal req?

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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sat Jun 09, 2007 2:51 pm

A nice, brief report about bmibaby, thanks for sharing. Remindes me of my flight with them several years ago (MUC-CWL).

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
no one in the overwing exit, a member of the cabin crew approached me and asked if I would mind moving forward 1 row as there was no one assigned in the overwing exit to operate the door in case of emergency, I jumped at the chance and moved forward and got my exit seat that I asked for at check in and saved £15

This is to show us again that selling the over-wing exit on shorthaul is stupid. Nobody will pay 15£ on such a short flight, but then again they run into trouble when the exits remain vacant. Gone are the days when the check-in staff searched for passengers who are most-qualified to help in case of emergency to assign them exit seats...
 
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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sun Jun 10, 2007 4:30 am

Quoting Ndebele (Reply 4):
Gone are the days when the check-in staff searched for passengers who are most-qualified to help in case of emergency to assign them exit seats...

To be fair, not just ANYone can buy those seats. They do have to be qualified to sit there. These seats only tend to be purchased on full flights. The BFS routes tend to go with a load factor in the high 70% range (except on ManU match days) so there is not really much demand to sell the seats, even though legally there must be at least 1 person in each side of the aisle on the exit rows to man the doors, so that is why the cabin crew assign them on board.
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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Mon Jun 11, 2007 1:24 am

QUOTE Handsworth Dean

i think you mean Handforth Dean
 
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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Mon Jun 11, 2007 3:29 am

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 5):
To be fair, not just ANYone can buy those seats. They do have to be qualified to sit there.

This is true. We have a saying to remember the pax who are not allowed to sit in these seats, PIN CODES. It stands for; "Pregnant", "Infant", "Nervous", "Child", "Obese", "Disabled", "Elderly and Frail", and "Speakers of Languages other than English". If such a pax tried to sit in these seats having booked them online, they would be advised at check-in they are not eligible to sit there and would be moved. Having agreed to the terms and conditions on the website when booking those seats, despite not being eligible, they would therefore not receive a refund from bmibaby.

Quoting Cainanuk (Reply 5):
so that is why the cabin crew assign them on board.

Occasionally they're assigned at check-in for pax who are members of diamond club, staff travel pax or those who would particularly appreciate the extra legroom if people haven't paid for these seats and we need volunteers.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
Did you get asked for photo ID?

I can't speak for bmi, but at bmibaby the pax must show their photo ID at check-in and at the gate on boarding. Having photo ID ready for inspection is included in the standard boarding announcements. They do not need to be checked by the cabin crew though, just the boarding pass stub.

Quoting EZYAirbus (Thread starter):
To sum up BmiBaby they are a good airline, aircraft was bit worn but service was faultless,

Thank you. Fleet replacement could be on the cards shortly, but in the meantime the level of service is something to distinguish bmibaby from other low-cost carriers.
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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Fri Jun 15, 2007 10:19 pm

Cheers for the wee Trip Report.
Nice to see one for BFS.
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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sat Jun 16, 2007 12:57 am

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 3):
I flew out of LHR with BMI last monday, never once showed ID

I've fly often with bmi mainly from EDI to LHR and back and only on the odd occasion did I have to show ID. Normally I check in online and have no bags to check in and so I don't get asked for my ID. I once asked and the agent said that for domestic flights it isn't law for ID to be checked.
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RE: MAN - BFS On Bmibaby

Sat Jun 16, 2007 6:15 am

Good TR! Great that you've got the emergency excit seat without paying 15 pounds.

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