Hello everyone & welcome to my 5th trip report!
Like my previous report, this one doesn't feature any special airports nor aircraft. Since a few years now Easyjet flies to/from BRU on routes to MXP, SXF, GVA, LYS, NCE and very soon also LPL.
I've already tried them on the BRU-MXP sector and now it was time to sample their route to GVA. Next I wanted to fly to the north and SAS gave me there the best option with a rather cheap GVA-CPH-BRU routing. So in all: 3 flights in a day, 2nd Easyjet destination tried out, first time GVA, first time CPH and SAS with the MD-82, also a new one for me. Reasons enough to be excited about this trip!
Since it was a holiday (Nov 11th) I was in no hurry cause traffic to the airport by highway would be light. I was at BRU 7h00, for a 8h30 departure to GVA. A quick look on the arrival screens told me that the inbound flight was expected perfectly on time. After a quick security screen I was at gate A60 in less than 20 mins, quite fast I must say. It was bit by bit getting light outside...
Brussels Airlines A333 to... (sorry for the window glare)
Jet Airways A332 at the B terminal
KLM to AMS coming in
Swiss RJ100 to BSL leaving and Air Baltic from RIX coming in
Boarding was announced as soon as the incoming passengers left the plane. The gate staff explained the boarding procedure in 3 languages, to me it was clear and understandable. They also strictly enforced this boarding procedure: first card holders and passengers who purchased Speedy Boarding, then passengers needing assistance and families with children under age 5 and then all others. People who tried to cut lines or board before their time were sent back. Some just don't understand... And then the next thing on board: everyone flocking together and wanting to sit in the first row makes the whole boarding process slow down. I just slipped by and sat down at the ABC side at the last row with window (which was actually not the VERY last row on this high density A319).
Staring out the window
Tight legroom but sufficient for a 1 hour flight
As often with these low cost carriers, people tend to bring all their have and hold on board and try to stow it in the overhead bins. All this to avoid paying for checked bags... No need to tell that passengers entering the plane last had quite some trouble putting their bags away since all bins were full.
And off to runway 25R!
A rolling take off was performed, I love that
Former DHL apron
The Brussels Ring, normally the traffic is stuck here this time of the day
Take off was followed by a left hand turn which gave me a great overview of BRU airport
A great part of the flight, we were flying in thick clouds with some mild turbulence
After a while, we climbed some and got better weather and no more turbulence
Nearing GVA, the weather cleared up which gave some great views (alas I was facing the sun)
This is lake 'Lac de Neuchatel'
Already snow at this time of the year
Le Mont Blanc
We touched down 5 mins behind schedule on runway 23. After a short taxi we reached our stand at a satellite building. Deboarding was via stairs and a short walk to the building.
We were treated with a gorgeous mountain views
Beautiful weather and planes in GVA!
A 10 min underground walk and I was in the terminal building. After a security check which took no time since I was all alone there, I was in the terminal building. GVA is a quite nice little airport, modern and well laid out. Alas the views outside are obstructed by some kind af shading on the windows.
See what I mean? (btw this is my SAS MD-82 arriving from CPH)
The next flight was to depart from gate A4
So this was my first MD-82 flight. An old bird she was for sure but the cabin appeared in good condition. I was seated in 26A, the last row on the left hand side. My neighbour was a Danish businessman who read his newspaper and took the armrest for the whole duration of the flight; I hate that...
An AZ A319 to FCO at the adjacent gate
Iberia A319 arriving from MAD
Parked in between the AZ and us; technician coupling the APU
A collection of tails whilst pushing back (shot through the dirty window)
Look at this, a Darwin Saab 2000 to/from Lugano
On the way to runway 23, we had to wait for these to depart:
And then it was our turn!
And these would depart after us:
And off we are, on the way to CPH
And Le Mont Blanc again
I was lucky again to be seated on the left hand side since we made a sharp left turn and passed the airport of GVA again which gave some nice views
Lake of... and airport of...
Service was BOB, I got myself a cup of tea for a rip off 20 DKK Good it was à volonté.
Cruising to CPH, the weather was about to change
On finals for CPH, I think this is Saltholm but I'm not sure
Touchdown on time at runway 22L, a short taxi later we docked into gate B6.
No doubt we are in SAS land, 3 nice CRJ-900's waiting for their next mission
Good looking bird
I was the last pax to deboard, almost forgot the leg room shot
Old school panels
CPH airport looks old fashioned with those blue jetbridges
Since I had about an hour time until my last flight, I went for a stroll inside the airport. I must say I CPH gave me a good impression: old fashioned look on the outside but clean & modern inside. Too bad prices for a food & drinks were on the high side. At CPH you are very close to the action: planes almost dock straight into the terminal building so good views garanteed. Also no extra security nor passport checks at CPH, glad they are not so paranoid
Old fashioned FIDS
View from the so called 'quiet area' located in the shopping arcade
Green & blue make a nice team
A messy photo, Cimber & Spanair in the distance
Adjacent to our gate to BRU, a MD-82 to 'Helsingfors', maybe fellow a-netter FlyingFinn was on this one?
So it was about time to head to gate B19 from where my flight would be leaving. The gate area was crowded but there was still ample room to sit. I was impressed by the seats, they were highly comfortabel for a change.
My ride to BRU, too bad it was an A319 in stead of the scheduled A321 Flight: SK1593
Boarding was called on time and I took my seat in the back on the right side. I had the whole row to myself.
Seated in 26F
A relatively new aircraft judging by the overhead panels
The MD-82 to Helsinki from next door pushing back
On the way to runway 22R
Norwegian is represented very well in CPH, here waiting to take off behind us
CPH is very close to the sea
Cruising above thick clouds
Somewhere over The Netherlands, the weather became even worse
A hole in the sky, we were like 'sandwiched' between clouds
On approach into BRU, the weather got really bad. The captain came on and told us about the bad conditions in BRU: wind gusts up to 100 km/h, rain and low clouds and that it would become very turbulent on finals. And indeed it was, I never experienced such bad turbulence and was glad that we hit the ground safely.
Very bad weather in BRU
On time arrival after an exciting flight, docking into the A-gates
Well, this concludes my report. I hope you liked it and feel free to comment!
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