MSP(Terminal 2)-STN via Gander
My flight to London for a quick trip to visit with family was scheduled to depart MSP at 4:40pm. Getting to the airport on time my friend and I got checked in and headed through security in Terminal 2 or Hubert Humphrey Terminal to get some pre departure drinks at Fletchers Wharf, the bar located past security in HHH. After a drink we headed out to Gate 5, where 809SY was waiting for departure to Gander:
Boarding commenced with the First Class Cabin and Exit Row seating. We were located in Seats 1D&F in the First Class Cabin. Sun Country has 12 leather seats in First Class, which were all occupied. The main cabin also appeared to be close to capacity. Below is a picture of 807SY which has an identical cabin configuration to 809SY
Photo © Erwin van Dijck
Pre departure drink, champagne:
Leg Room @ 1D&F, Bulkhead:
Sun Country provided first class passengers with a pillow and blanket, amenity kit and DigiPlayer with headphones for the journey across the Atlantic. I had preloaded some documentaries on my IPod to watch, but I must admit I didn't use it all. The DigiPlayer was loaded with movies such as Avatar, television shows from both sides of the pond and music videos. There were also games loaded. It was a nice little system and certainly kept me entertained between meal services.
Shortly after takeoff for Gander the Flight Attendant distributed the menu card, bottled water and took drink orders. I have to say, nothing tastes as good as a Jim Beam and Coke at 36000ft! Also nothing beats a pleasant and attentive crew, both of which we experienced on SY47.
Pre Dinner Jim Beam:
Meal service to Gander consisted of the pre dinner drink, a starter, main course and dessert. For a 3:45hr flight it was a very nice and extensive service.
Starter was a Goat Cheese Raspberry Salad, with Raspberry dressing served with an assortment of cheese and fruit:
It was a nice start to the meal service.
Following came the main meal service. With a choice of two entrees I selected the Beef Tenderloins. To accompany was roasted potato and green beans and whole wheat bread. I set the Jim Beam aside to enjoy dinner with a glass of white wine:
The final part of meal service en route to Gander was a 7 layer raspberry cake. My travel partner and I were both stuffed but couldn't resist sharing dessert. It was a thoughtful touch to start and end the meal with Raspberry; it really showed that a lot of thought and effort went into SY enhancing the First Class meal service:
When we arrived in Gander (YQX), we deplaned on the tarmac and were brought into the terminal area. The terminal had a Duty Free shop with refreshments, restrooms, seating area and a smoking room. I have probably travelled across the Atlantic 20 or so odd times and I have to say, I enjoyed the stopover. Living in MSP a transatlantic flight to all but a few locations requires connecting through another airport. I have connected via ORD, DTW, JFK, BOS, ATL and PHL to name a few in the past and there is no way I could get to Europe with a one hour stopover from MSP. Whatever the criticism may be of a tech stop in Gander, it was suitable for me and walking around on the ground was something I enjoyed:
After 35-40mins the aircraft was reloaded, within one hour we were once again airborne and finishing the last 4:45hr of the flight. I took this opportunity to sleep with my headphones on. Approx 1:30hr before landing we were served a breakfast meal. A ham quiche with potato and sausage links, fresh fruit and croissant:
Landing in STN was uneventful. It was a clear day so we saw lots of countryside as we were making approach. Customs was fast for us as we were one of the first people to get up to the counters, which is always a good thing.
N809SY parked at STN:
Thank you to the wonderful crew on SY47, it was a great trip! Thanks for reading.