and welcome to my first trip report. After reading many great and exciting reports, it's about time to post one myself! Some of you guys really know how to spend a day off, but so do I!
After a busy summertime it was finally time to hit the skys! Being inspired by many day trips and since I had a day off on the 2. September, I consulted my computer (and sat in front of it for the next 3 hours). Well, many cups of coffee later, I knew what I wanted to do. I finally wanted to catch an E-Jet! Seeing those beautiful pictures of the brandnew jets of Baboo (GVA
based airline), the decision was made. But how do you get to Geneva if you live in eastern Switzerland? That was the point where it all started. Combining a huge variety of connections, I suddenly had quite a routing set.
6 flights / 6 airports / 4 airlines / 4 a/c types / 1 day
Would it work?
02. September 2008
My alarm clock got me out of bed at 3 am. Really not a time I enjoy getting up. Oh well, the purpose was worth it
So I left home at 0330 am with a almost 2 hour drive ahead. I wasn't in a hurry, but somehow still asleep. Just as I reached downtown Zurich, I got awake immediately. Don't laugh, it was the flashlight of some **** speeding camera... great start. I reached BSL
on time and passed security in about 10 minutes. I always check in online if possible, so no problems at all. Reached the gate only 5 minutes before boarding.
LEG NO. 1
operated by: Easy Jet A319 HB
Time: 0640- 0750 (on time)
Load factor: around 70%
Easy Jet offers check in at the time you book the flight. Don't know any other airline doing that. Being in boarding group A, I didn't purchase "speedy boarding" just to get my beloved window seat
. Boardingcall was on time with the usual "low cost run" to the aircraft. The first thing i noticed while boarding was how clean the A319 was. Clearly not an old aircraft. In fact it was still quite sparkling! Legroom was ok too. Thankfully the middle seat remained empty! 2 friendly male and 2 very nice female FA
's on this morning service. After some detailed route information (flightlevel 330, routing passing Geneva and Monte Carlo) we were off in no time.
first rays of light touching the winglet as we reach cruising level
crossing the alps prior to landing in NCE
I didn't buy anything from the Buy on Board service this morning. Landing in NCE
was smooth and even a few minutes early. Here some views while taxiing to the gate.
never seen this one before...
Nice new terminal in Nice. Deboarding occurred through a finger dock. I had about one and a half hours to my next flight I really was looking forward to. Baboo doesn't offer online check in (yet). So i searched the check in desk. But where on earth was it? No Baboo flights on the screen. Just at the moment i started getting nervous, i realized that there was a second terminal! There is a free shuttle bus connecting terminal 1 and 2. The ride takes only about 5 minutes. I was surprised to be the only one at check in in this old terminal. I requested a window seat. The friendly girl just laughed and told me, that due to a light load everybody will get a window seat on this service...
LEG NO. 2
operated by: Baboo E190 HB
Time: 0930 - 1030 (15 min. early)
Load factor: only 20 pax
I killed some time drinking coffee. Taking pictures through the window wasn't possible. They were dirtier then a AF
The beauty arriving
We were bused to the aircraft even though it would have been a very short walk.
What a lovely E Jet! It was equipped with brown leather seats with red head covers. We were greeted by 2 of the most friendly FA
's I've ever met! Take off was in no time.
Service on board (free) started quite soon due to the short flight time. First everybody was handed out a bottle of water. I opted for a cup of coffee and a croissant. They even offered a free refill just before landing!
some inflight views
Legroom, not bad at all
I have to admit, this was one of the most enjoyable flights i had for a long time. Who needs live TV
on flights like these...?
Just before deboarding i was allowed to take this picture.
Thanks Baboo for this great ride! The "Junglejet" and Baboo got a new fan
Well, second leg done. Third one on the way! And no problems at all! Next flight to Gatwick was with Easyjet again. (just because of connection times) This was going to be the critical one. I had less than an hour between the flights in Gatwick.
LEG NO. 3
operated by: Easy Jet A319 HB
Time: 1125 - 1155 (almost 30min late)
Load factor: almost 100%
Boarding was called a little late, but nothing to worry about yet. Again, i was able to join boarding group A and was one of the first to be on board.
Legroom (same on all Easy Jet flights today)
The first thing i noticed while sitting down was:
This time no route information, just a short appolicy for the delay. 2 girls and 2 boys on service this time.
Leaving the nice weather in central Europe behind us
just weird looking without the winglet
uneventful flight and landing in rainy (what else
At this point, I was already getting a bit impatient. Even though we reached our stand quite fast, deboarding was further delayed, because there was no one available to drive the bridge. Well, after finally getting out, I ran through whole Gatwick, searching my next gate. Again, I had to switch the terminal by transferring with the monorail. I reached security just 5 minutes before the gate closed. A very helpful (and cute looking
girl realized my problem and led me to the front of the whole queue! Thanks to her I made it! That one was really close. If I would have missed this leg, it wouldn't have been a to big problem. I could have transferred to Stansted to catch my Easy Jet flight back to BSL
. But back to leg 3. I chose Aer Lingus because i never flew them before. All tough it was the most expensive leg, I would say it was worth it! Very friendly crew, nice and clean A320.
LEG NO. 4
operated by: Aer Lingus A320 EI
Time: 1255 - 1415 (on time)
Load factor: 83 pax
I was breathing ¨quite heavily as I finally reached that gate. It of course was A10, the one far away...
very quick shot before boarding as I was the last one
4 also very friendly ladies serving this flight today. No information about the route. I decided not to buy anything on board, cause I was gonna have enough time to eat something in DUB
which airport I know quite well.
First and probably last time for me flying 1A
No weather change in Dublin...
Dublin is place i know because of many previous trips. So I finally went to crab something to eat and drink! I'm not the type of guy that leaves DUB
without having had one of these
Well, already time for the next hop. This time back to the UK. With Ryanair. Not my favourite airline. But nothing to worry about. I fly with them every now and then and never had any problems. Nothing to complain about for the price of 7 Euros!
LEG NO. 5
operated by: Ryanair B737-800 EI
Time: 1535 - 1650 (on time)
Load factor: around 50%
Seeing my aircraft arriving on time made me quite happy. There wasn't much to go wrong anymore!
738 bound for STN
arriving at the gate
there was one funny thing I noticed. The reg LX
- my favourite airline
Not the usual run while boarding was called due to the light load. I boarded through the backdoor. Pushback was on time and we were up and away in no time! 2 not that friendly Russians and one nice girl from somewhere up north serving the flight.
limited legroom as you see...
nothing to take home...
Nothing special to report about this one. Just a normal FR
flight. But still enjoyable
Landed in STN
on time and was awaited by the usual mess there. Not an airport I really like. But who cares. I think I made it! No big delays, great day of flying! Till now. The last leg of today would also be on Easy Jet again. After eating and some drinking I made my way through security which took ages and arrived at an empty gate. The inbound aircraft arrived 30 minutes late. An announcement was made, that we will have to wait another 30 min due to technical problems. No idea what kind. So I finally had some time to just sit down and enjoy.
LEG NO. 6
operated by: Easy Jet G-EZSM
Time: 1815 - 2100 (more than 60 min late)
Load factor: around 80%
This time, I didn't really care about the delay. Everybody else also stayed calm.
Some apron action
sweet, nothing we get to see every day here in central Europe
and finally boarding was called (more than an hour late) thank god this didn't happen earlier!!!
Again, a nice and clean aircraft. Not sure about the announcements anymore. Guess I was too tired. Slept almost the whole way to BSL
as it was dark outside. Very smooth landing and quick taxi to the gate. I sat in my car less then 10 minutes later. Again a 2 hour drive back home. No speeding this time!!!
Well thats about it. Had a great day of flying. Just too bad there was no time to have a longer look around the different airports. Gotta make a weekend trip to Nice soon! Really looked like a very nice place. But after all, my goal was to catch the E Jet, which I loved and I made 6 flights in one day! All in all i spent only around 210 Euro for everything! Not that bad. Cheapest one was DUB
, most expensive with Aer Lingus (55 Euro)
Easyjet: cheap, clean aircraft, not always on time
Baboo: Winner! great little airline, superb service and aircraft, spotless cabin, very compfy seats, free drinks and food, on time
Aer Lingus: on time, good selection of Buy on Board, friendly crew
Ryanair: cheap, on time, nothing to complain about
Would I do it again? Stupid question... Anyday!!!
Thank you very much for reading. Please be aware that English isn't my mother tongue and it's my first report.
Any comments welcome