sultanils
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BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Wed May 26, 2010 11:45 am

Hi fellow A-netters!

My first try on a (short) trip report, hope you like it!
First a bit of background... My nephew of age 7 is very fond of all modes of transportation. He has done it (almost) all: bus, tram, metro, train,... but until now a plane was missing in his 'log'. So for his birthday I gave him a 'half day in the air with me and grandfather' as a gift. I booked a return BRU-MXP-BRU with easyJet for 3 people, total cost around € 100 all in, so pretty cheap  
We kept checking the weather cause as you all might know, that volcano with the name I can pronounce but cannot write, was still very active. But finally, on the day of the trip, the weather turned out just great: no ash and plenty of sunshine and clear skies!

And so we took off to Milan Malpensa...

Some photos while waiting for our flight at terminal A in BRU:

TAP at a gate


Egyptair cargo strolling by


flight: EZY2796
equipment: A319
load factor: full house
in the air: 13h45
back on terra firma: 15h05
reg: G-EZAN

Boarding was called on time, passengers with children were given priority, so we were among the first to be seated. The cabin crew was Italian, the cockpit crew from the UK. Friendly welcome from the captain with some info concerning routing and weather and expected arrival. In the seat pocket an inflight magazine and an ‘inflight menu’.

Passing the Alps close to MXP


The obligatory legroom shot, I was pleasantly surprised


My nephew was fascinated by the scenery outside & with my glasses on


Service was BOB with some Italian flair and nonchalance. We did not buy anything but prices seemed reasonable.

The orange engine


On a downwind pattern for arrival into MXP we spotted…MXP!


Arrival at MXP terminal 2 was ontime. I believe this terminal is solely dominated by easyJet. After deboarding and a 100m drive by bus to the terminal, we were outside in minutes. Good job!

Our bird at its stand


Once outside, we took the free shuttle bus to terminal 1 to have a look around. Terminal 1 is great for spotting. The huge glass windows at the checkin hall are facing the apron. Some traffic we spotted:

Air Moldova, an ‘exotic’ one (for me that is…)


And again..


Your Royal Jordanian Highness


TAM A332


Emirates 773 on take-off


My nephew and me staring out the window and discussing the traffic


Korean Cargo as blue as the sky


Another ‘exotic’ one: the Livingston A332 (my nephew refered to this one as ‘the flying clown’, always funny how children seen things through their eyes) and an Airfrance Airbus


After some spotting and lunch, we went back to terminal 2 to grab a bite to eat. And some bad news on the monitors: the flight to Brussels had a 1h delay… Oh well, some more spotting then.

easyJet


easyJet again


No guessing about the carrier!
BA on arrival


easyJet again


My nephew took this one; I think he was fascinated by the stairs lol!


An indeed an hour later as scheduled, our flight was called for boarding. Again we were given priority as we were traveling with children. Glad to see they impose this rule also in MXP. A short walk to the plane and minutes later we were seated. The crew again was Italian and the captain and co-pilot again from the UK. The captain apologised for the delay. The word goes that MXP is known for it’s not-on-time performance.

At the gate in MXP, almost ready for departure


flight: EZY2797
equipment: A319
load factor: almost full house (about 80%)
in the air: 19h50
back on terra firma: 21h05
reg: sorry didn’t get it…

Inflight: calm and relaxed atmosphere


Turning over the Alps


We landed on runway 25L at BRU and after some taxiing we got to our gate. We waited until everyone had deboarded (why does everyone always want to get off first?????). As we approached the front door, the captain stood by the door. I asked him if we could have a look inside the office since and he kindly invited us in. My nephew got to sit in the captain’s seat and we took some pictures. A nice gesture from the pilots and a great ending of this nice day.

Our ride at the gate in BRU


Thanks for reading and feel free to comment!

(Sulta)Nils

[Edited 2010-05-26 05:08:43]
In thrust we trust.
 
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robffm2
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Wed May 26, 2010 12:24 pm

Congratulations on your first report, well done!
Also a very nice idea to have this trip as a present for your nephew.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
TAM A332

I think that is an A345, one of two JJ has.
 
odafz
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Wed May 26, 2010 2:07 pm

Great report
Welcome to the club and BTW you are a great uncle
I look forward to other of your trip reports.
In this respect, I would like to share a childhood memory of mine, my love of aviation became "an obsession" the day my father took me to BEY airport to spot planes and this was back in 1967 ( I can assure a wider range of planes).
Those trip lasted until the outbreak of the civil war. So again congratulations for providing your nephew an experience that could shape his future.
 
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Wed May 26, 2010 3:48 pm

Hi Nils,

Simply a great flying start! Well done!

Cheers,
Suryo
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Wed May 26, 2010 5:30 pm

Hi Nils
A brilliant trip report for your 1st attempt, some great photos.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We waited until everyone had deboarded (why does everyone always want to get off first?????).

That really annoys me.

Looking forward to reading more of your reports in the future  
COYBIB
 
ChrisCruise
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Wed May 26, 2010 6:21 pm

Hello Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
First a bit of background... My nephew of age 7 is very fond of all modes of transportation. He has done it (almost) all: bus, tram, metro, train,... but until now a plane was missing in his 'log'. So for his birthday I gave him a 'half day in the air with me and grandfather' as a gift.

It is fascinating how children (and not only children) are attracted by aviation. Also here at AMS it is unbelievable how many families or grandparents with their (grand)children are gathering at the spotting areas to watch airplanes. I see a future a'netter in your nephew!

What did you think of MXP T2? I was there in 2007 with VolareWeb and really did not like the terminal. Dark, low-cost and unclear signage!

Thanks for posting!

Adios,

Christian
Flown:319, 320, 321, 343, 388, 733, 738, 742, 744, 752, 763, 764, 772, 77W, CR7, CR9, DC9-31, E70, E90, F70, F100, MD11
 
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Wed May 26, 2010 6:34 pm

Hi Nils,

nice first report with numerous good pictures.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
So for his birthday I gave him a 'half day in the air with me and grandfather' as a gift. I booked a return BRU-MXP-BRU with easyJet for 3 people, total cost around € 100 all in, so pretty cheap

Perfect gift I would say!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Once outside, we took the free shuttle bus to terminal 1 to have a look around. Terminal 1 is great for spotting.

Yes, this place can be recommended for spotting. Well, during my last stay I was checked by the police after using my binoculars, but they didn't send me away. I guess the reason for the check was an EL AL plane being parked not far away...


PH
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777ord
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Fri May 28, 2010 1:53 pm

terrific report! The view of the mountains is incredible!
 
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RE: BRU-MXP-BRU: The EasyWay

Sat May 29, 2010 9:16 am

Hello again, time to answer some replies:

Quoting robffm2 (Reply 1):
Congratulations on your first report, well done!

Thanks!

Quoting robffm2 (Reply 1):
Also a very nice idea to have this trip as a present for your nephew.

I also thought it was a good idea, makes a change over the usual Lego or Barbie  
Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 2):
Great report

Thank you, I appreciate it!

Quoting ODAFZ (Reply 2):
and BTW you are a great uncle

I already knew that, but by now it is officially confirmed lol!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 3):
Simply a great flying start! Well done!

Thanks Suryo, I for sure had a 'great flying day'!

Quoting eicvd (Reply 4):
A brilliant trip report for your 1st attempt, some great photos

Thank you & although my nephew and me are both not great photographers, we both are happy with the result!

Quoting eicvd (Reply 4):
That really annoys me.

I am glad I am not the only one ha ha ha...!

Quoting ChrisCruise (Reply 5):
I see a future a'netter in your nephew

Maybe so... we'll see in a few years!

Quoting ChrisCruise (Reply 5):
It is fascinating how children (and not only children) are attracted by aviation

Yes that is true Chris. In some aspects, us adults are children too.
  

Quoting ChrisCruise (Reply 5):
What did you think of MXP T2? I was there in 2007 with VolareWeb and really did not like the terminal. Dark, low-cost and unclear signage!

Same opinion here, T2 is very unpleasant; T1 is somewhat better, still oldfashioned but the spotting is great!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
nice first report with numerous good pictures

Thank you, PH!

Quoting 777ord (Reply 7):
terrific report! The view of the mountains is incredible!

Thanks, the view from up above indeed was incredible, thanks to the great weather!
In thrust we trust.

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