Two years ago my family and I took a trip to Ibiza. We take the trip every year, for two weeks of sunshine Manchester is severely lacking in! This particular year Thomas Cook took our money to provide us with a holiday, so the flights were with them. This was only my second return trip with TCX following the merger with My Travel a few years earlier. My previous TCX experience started with a 7.5 hour delay whist G-TCCA was being repaired, giving me an A332 for the trip which was different I suppose. Hopefully my second experience of them would be something a little less eventful and on time!
Apologies it’s taken me so long to write up this TR
, time is tight for students these days
As is usually the case when I fly with my family and grandparents, we arrived at the airport ridiculously early, so to pass the time we had a walk around after check-in. the queue was reasonable, given how early we had arrived and only took 10 minutes to clear.
We hadn’t pre booked any seats online, as the price to do so was rather high for the sake of a two hour flight, so at check-in I requested a certain seat, only to be told they had already been allocated. Bit of a shame, but the seat I was assigned was pretty reasonable.
Spacious and empty coach interchange connected to the train station midway between T1 and T2
Security at T2
Rather busy terminal 1
Thomas cook check in
Pretty happy I’d already passed through that queue
Security was as ever straight forward, it only took 5 minutes, and especially quick given this was at around 6am, peak time. Once through I had a look round, and took a few photographs
Flight in from DUB
G-DIMB, now flying for TCX
I stood watching the 767 for a while, as there was a large dint in the nose cone (can’t see it in the picture) maintenance came but cleared it for its flight to Mombasa.
Unloading the a320
14th August 2009
STD: 9:15 ATD: 9:37
: 13:05 ATA: 12:48
G-FCLK 757-200 ETOPS
Now, when the package holiday was booked earlier on in the year, we received the confirmation document when the aircraft was listed as a B187. Having looked up the aircraft on the TCX website this is what came up: http://www.leighgill.co.uk/projects/...ervation/Seating_plan_b187_187.gif
At the time the pic was on the TCX website, but since then it’s been removed. Basically, a 757-200 but in a lower seat config. In fact the aircraft used for our flight was one that’s chartered by Canadian affair, flying between the UK and Canada. Clearly a 757 on a flight like that may be a bit eye watering in the usual 29” seat pitch, so the nice people at
Thomas Cook took out a few rows, and adjusting the seat pitch to 34”/35”! Not too bad for the two hour flight I’d be on.
The aircraft arrived in at around 7ish, roughly 2-2.5 hours from Toronto I think.
Boarding happened pretty quickly and we were all on board by about 9:10, 9:15
The obligatory shots
Captain announced a delay of about 20 mins or so whilst we refuelled, which seemed peculiar, as the a/c had been on
the ground for plenty of time.
Bridge release and captain flight overview
And the take-off from 23L
Cannot dislike a 757 take-off
Midway through the flight I had a walk around and a chat with the crew
The rear galley
The meal was served shortly after,
Pretty typical of charter airline food really, nothing too special.
At around 12:20 we started our decent, just passed BCN
down to PMI
and then across to Ibiza.
Just into the airspace of the island, approach with spoilers
Fast and sunny landing, straight in over the med
Final taxi onto stand
And the air stairs to disembark (a little comical)
Flight deck photos
Newly refurbished baggage reclaim (for the 2009 season)
Pretty good flight, took off late, but landed early. The crew were friendly as you’d expect, and the plane was exceptional
28th August 2009 and it was return day.
Cases lined up outside ready for the coach transfer back to the airport and onward to Manchester
Check-in was very fast; we arrived and were straight to the front of the queue. In Ibiza once checked in you go behind the desks then up to the next level, onward to security, and then airside. The terminal is once long building stretching up the apron.
Once airside I took a few photos once more
My aircraft flying over
Followed this a/c back to Manchester
The beach in Es Cana
The aircraft landed early as it did a fortnight earlier meaning we boarded promptly.
STD: 14:05 ATD DOORS: 13:47
: 15:55 ATA: 15:22
Boarded the aircraft via bus and steps as there are no direct bridges to aircraft in Ibiza.
All the stuff the driver needs to know
This is why I love boarding via steps
Once all pax were on board, the flight crew made his announcements and congratulated cabin crew on turning the aircraft in 30 mins. Unfortunately euro control wouldn’t move our slot forward, but we did take off 2 mins early, so it’s better than nothing.
Taxi off stand
Taxi and take off on runway 6 heading home to Manchester
The cake was pretty good actually
Defiantly near Manchester now, it’s cloudy
Not the best video of the landing I’m afraid, but here it is
The approach was a little rough, bouncing through clouds, but we touched down on 23R well.
Filling in for ZB
I think at the time
Fast route down
Overall the flights were pretty good, nothing major to report, and sorry it’s taken me two years to report!
Previous reports, (not time wise, just written)
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Cross my heart and hope to fly, f**k right off into the middle of the sky... that would be my ecstasy