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Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:24 pm

Dear a.netters!

Welcome to a shared tripreport of Martijn (CrimsonNL) and myself, on our mission to get on (another) Airbus A300 ride in Europe. For me, it would be the second time, for Martijn a real first and he was very excited about it.

Side note: fellow a.netter DunaA320 (Matt) also made a trip on the A300 shortly after we did, but he managed to get his story online much earlier. Feel free to read his outstanding experience as well: Catching The A300 To The Sun, With MON & EZY (by DunaA320 Oct 19 2011 in Trip Reports)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
(*cough*Eric, stop lounging in the sun and start writing your reports!*cough*)


Monarch: 2 a.netters onboard their A300 & 757-200

Planning was a bit difficult, where Martijn was looking to catch up the KU A300 between FCO and CDG. Times were not always good or too pricey. My idea to get on the ‘other’ A300 in Europe, operated by British charter/lowcost operator Monarch was gladly accepted by Martijn and together we worked out an itinerary.

We finally came up with the A300 out of LTN, a real treat with the runway over there, and back to the UK on one of the 3 remaining Boeing 757-200’s in their fleet, also real oldies. Martijn was even more especially hoping to fly the 2 oldest examples they operate: G-MONR, build in 1990 and over 22 years old, as well Boeing 757-200 G-DAJB, close to 25 years age. Let’s see if we would be lucky on this trip!

Booking is very easy on Monarchs website, we reduce the reservation costs slightly to pay with Paypal here, prebook a meal on the A300 flight and took seat selection against an additional small fee. The weeks after I made our booking, Monarch was sending emails to my account regularly and trying to sell ‘everything else’ they had on offer.

We flew in the weekend of 24/25 September, with easyJet as our airline to reach LTN that day. We met at the meeting point at AMS, and continued our way to the H-gates in AMS. I’ll post some pictures from AMS departure lounge 3 after some renewals done.

New design for departure lounge 3


A newly opened Starbucks in departure lounge 3


The flight to LTN was delayed by an hour due to weather at the origin airport. LTN was having low visibility caused by morning fog and calm winds, definitely not the best situation to start a day but not uncommon in the beginning of autumn in Europe.

AMS-LTN
Flight No.: EZY2156 Date: 24SEP11
STD: 0850 ATD: 0947
STA: 0900 ATA: 0947
A/C: Airbus A319 Reg No.: G-EZBE
Seat: 25F


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We boarded the expected A319 via the rear stairs and took 24F and 25F, and where the aircraft filled up quickly (nearly no empty seats), Martijn got lucky and the middle seat in his row remained empty. For all info, both last rows were fully occupied   We estimated the load on this flight being about 95%, not bad at all!
Boarding easyJet’s G-EZBE


We decide to use the rear entrance


Doors closed, the captain made a welcome speech and informed about our cabin manager Katie and her exciting team on board. He requested attention for their safety demonstration, which was given during taxiing.
Interesting to note, that the runway use in AMS was a bit rare. Takeoff was performed from runway 18C, a first for me personally.

After airborne we turned right and almost followed out the ‘Runway 24 departure’. The clear skies above the Netherlands coast area gave good possibilities to see the ground surface.

Take Off video by Martijn: http://youtu.be/t58eXcbL9bM

Let’s fly away…


The city of Hoofddorp on our right


The flight was just a plain standard easyJet one, and I bought a coffee and chocolate muffin. Nothing wrong with this offer, and the Starbucks coffee onboard is definitely a nice brand to serve.

My coffee for breakfast and a delicious muffin


Approach to LTN was smooth, and the fog was mostly disappeared already. We touched on runway 26, our first contact with British soil on this trip.

Approaching to Luton Airport


Martijn recorded our landing also in LTN: http://youtu.be/33GE6E36Ua0

Deplane by stairs in LTN, and a nice walk into the terminal building. Immigration took about 5 minutes, a lot of desks are open to handle all passengers.

An under the wing picture, for Markus


We bought ourselves some sandwiches at some shop (M&S I believe it was), and walked outside to watch the traffic at the airport. The majority being easyJet, but also Wizzair, Ryanair, ThomsonFly and Monarch were seen. More interesting was a plain white Romanian registered (Medallion Air?) MD-83 taking off and a wide variety of bizz jets from all over the world.

A lot of orange and pink at this airport. Wizzair is also around. As well some birds


Smoky MD-83 taking off to ? (Romanian registered)


It’s Monarch indeed, but too small for our taste


Later on, as expected with 20 minutes delay inbound from AGP, the very much welcomed Airbus A300. It landed right in front of us on runway 26. Martijn got really excited when he noticed registration G-MONR was operating, and also on our flight not much later.

Another Monarch, and this is what we like! Our A300 arriving from AGP


A few pictures where made and we hurried into the terminal building, upstairs to the security checkpoint which was without any hassle. We were greeted in the modern shopping area, also featuring a Starbucks branch, and LTN does really good by offering this kind of terminal to it’s mostly ‘lowcost’ passengers.

Luton shopping


’Our’ A300 parked in the distance


Boarding was on the screens from gate 22, a walk not too far. Quite a few passengers queuing up already, mostly elderly travellers, or parents with infants. It’s low season after all, children at older age had to attend school again. The whole process was very organized and calm, in an orderly British way.
We had to walk outside and were allowed to board at either the forward or rear steps. No question which way we went, and we had some good photo opportunities, real great!

Beautiful A300 nose section


G-MONR indeed, their oldest example


Double checked: indeed A300 is what we need!


And one more look forward before boarding


Boarding of the regular passengers finished ontime, but a cabin door (R2) remained open with cabin crew waiting for 6 wheelchair passengers, loaded by a passenger highlifter truck or whatever you call such machines. Not the best performance here by that company taking care for the disabled or elderly amongst us. Also the captain announced that the Luton Handling company cannot cope with these large aircrafts. Shame on you LTN and 25 minutes delay in the end. Let’s go and fly!

LTN-PMI
Flight No.: ZB870 Date: 24SEP11
STD: 1440 ATD: 1506
STA: 1755 ATA: 1816
A/C: Airbus A300B4-600R Reg No.: G-MONR
Seat: 42A


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We got our pushback followed by a slow taxi to the very beginning of runway 26. Meanwhile a safety demo was done, the estimated flight time of 1h55m was announced as well and the cabin checked carefully.

We did some backtracking on runway 26 to get the max out of it, before starting our powerful takeoff roll, which was followed by a steep takeoff climb. Martijn tried to tape it on video for you but his batteries failed. Bad luck.

180° turn on the runway after backtracking before takeoff


Airborne!


Climbing out to higher levels


…and above the clouds again



We levelled off at 33000 feet at some moment. From that moment I got some questions from my seatmate –an older female from Ireland and on her way to a walking holiday on Mallorca-, wondering about my picturing etc. Well, this resulted in a nice conversation which took the complete duration of the flight. We shared experiences of travelling and about Mallorca, where I’ve been numerous times before.

Meanwhile, I did some more photos for you, including the pre-ordered vegetarian meal option (GBP 7.99), offering me a tasty cheddar-tomato toastini, fresh green feta salad, a nice Chocolate Caramel Mousse and a complimentary Kenco hot drink. Not bad at all for this price, and it was a very nice meal deal!

Legroom on Monarch’s A300 aircraft. Not so bad at all, to be honest.


Trying to fix something? Or did you break it?


OK, just leave it this way…


Cabin View


Contents of my seat pocket


My pre-ordered meal! Really good and value for money.


Cruising in French airspace


To give a better idea about legroom, he a better view


The meal kept me busy for some time, aside from some moderate bumps over France, which is always entertaining with a meal and a drink on your traytable.
Then a fellow passenger from the middle rows got up and took a Topgear magazine from one of the overhead bins above row 44, which accidentally dropped on the traytable of seat 44B, where a cup of red wine was standing. As a result, the whole trouser of the man in 44B was coloured red, definitely not nice when you’re travelling and it’s basically not possible to clean again during a flight.
It was nice to see the attentive crewmember pro-actively approaching the man and offering assistance to clean up.

The island of Mallorca insight


It’s beautiful down there!


Dedicated to Philip: NCL’s Norwegian Epic and German cruising company Aida


Not much later the island of Mallorca came insight and it was clear that we would land from the South, hence our descend along the beautiful westcoast of the island. Beautiful bays, small cities along the coast and a mountain scenery. No wonder why so many people love this place! The weather was not too great, with clouds here and there, and the occasional rainshowers around. After some good views on Palma harbour, with some cruiseships in, we landed on the left runway in PMI and vacated the runway quickly. Quite some other traffic around here, mainly from the UK on this side of the terminal (non-Schengen).

Martijn fixed the battery issue on his camera, so we’ve something on tape: http://youtu.be/Ifa1RWEPwzA

Vacating the runway


Some other traffic from the UK did arrive before us


When we had to disembark (Martijn was already gone), I just tried my luck to see the flightdeck and it was granted immediately. I had to seat on the captains seat, got myself pictured and a few minutes chatting with the FO, a young guy on this old frame.

I like the seat covers actually, nice colour setting on this aircraft


The A300 flightdeck


One final view on the A300 in PMI.


All together, a fantastic experience on this A300 and Monarch… do we get similar, worse or even better treatment on the next flight? Let’s see!

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PMI transit


At PMI we had a few beers and watched the crowded terminal full of returning holiday makers. Mainly back to the UK that night, with numerous flights by all the British airlines we know. Our flight was checked in at 2 desks, with immense queues of people waiting to be served. Did you know what a pleasure it can be to have checked in online? We grabbed another beer and watched them for a while. And, when the line was gone, we got our boarding passes replaced by some real ones at the desks.
For this flight we would split up again, me in the front cabin with a pre-ordered ‘extra legroom seat’ and Martijn was in the back somewhere between the crowd  
We went upstairs and through the security checkpoint. A 0,75 bottle of Vittel water was no big deal here and just went through (shame on you guys…), it was my kind of test of the Spanish security guys. I told Martijn in advance, that they wouldn’t notice. And indeed, I was right. What a joke! Well, that’s Spain for you.

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Our gate was announced on the screens, A22, somewhere in a dark corner. No views on the apron in this area, and a with a good load of fellow passengers around, not much seats to sit down for a while.

Gate 22 – a boring place


Well, never mind. Boarding was announced on time and we would hope for the Boeing 757-200 on this leg, which was confirmed when we glimpsed through a tiny window in the aviobridge. And Martijn got even happier when he noticed the letters ‘JB’ on the nosewheel door. That means we indeed got on the oldest Monarch 757 still around, a great catch indeed!

A quick glimpse on the nosewheel door showed us the registration


PMI-LGW
Flight No.: ZB229 Date: 24SEP11
STD: 2135 ATD: 2138
STA: 2250 ATA: 2255
A/C: Boeing 757-200 Reg No.: G-DAJB
Seat: 04D


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We were boarding and really friendly welcomed by a jolly young male crewmember. I joked a bit about our different seats and he replied that Martijn could maybe switch to the front later on. Well, that was not his initial plan but a friendly offer anyway.
I was assigned for row 04F, and the other 2 seats remained empty. Really nice.
Meanwhile I texted Martijn that he could join, and also the crew did active upgrade sales onboard, so several passengers went forward already. Finally also Martijn decided to come to my row, but only in exchange for my window seat which I was willing to please him with. The payment was something to sort out later on, and the crew said that they would do that during their inflight sale service.

’Extra Legroom’ seats on Monarch


We left on schedule from PMI and taxied to runway 24R for takeoff this time. The RollsRoyce engines spooled up and we enjoyed a powerful takeoff in rain here, bound for the UK again.

Takeoff Video by Martijn: http://youtu.be/orEZgd0KTJc

Before the crew commenced service an announcement was made that no items containing nuts were sold onboard, and the crew requested all of us not to open food containing nuts, all due to one passenger onboard with a severe nut allergy. I think this is a very nice touch from the crew to make this clear to everyone, just for the safety of 1 passenger.

Senior cabin crew Carol, as well her collegue Jessica served our row, and we decided to take the usual Baileys and some crisps. They sell it for a ‘combo price’ so all good. Also the seat was paid for, I think Martijn paid GBP 5 extra for his seat, definitely cheaper then at the desk. They crew was super friendly, and talkative, real nice!

Enjoying our time on board


The cruise was very calm and according the flightcrew at 38000 feet. They estimated an ontime arrival in LGW as well. With our good legroom the flight was surely an enjoyable one!

Also a quick stop at the lavatory was becoming a positive experience once again, when the crew started a conversation with me. Carol bought a watch for her partners birthday, and she asked my opinion etc. This all continued in some talking about the airline, our A300 trip that afternoon. They were really open-minded and fair to me, and they told me that the cabin crew dislike the A300 since there are not enough galleys but they would leave the fleet soon (at some moment, not decided yet).
Well, with such talking and a flight not taking forever, our descend was noticeable and I went back to my seat. The cabin was quickly prepared for landing, which was done in drizzle conditions with slightly reduced visibility in LGW. Runway 26L was ours and for the second time that day we arrived in the UK.

Landing video by Martijn: http://youtu.be/2bmOm3sEv00

We taxied for a few minutes and finally arrived at gate 17, our parking position. Since our seat was in the forward section we got off really quick, and the crew wished us farewell.

A bit of longer walk to immigration in LGW, but it was deserted at this time of the day. Both of us were let in within minutes and we headed onwards to the hotel shuttle bus.

We decided to stay in the Travellodge Gatwick Airport Hotel, on the Southside of the airport. A (paid) hotel shuttlebus drives during the day and we would be taking the final service, and when missed, we would have to take a cab.
At some point we found the shuttlebus already standing at some busstop and we quickly entered it. We thought that it was a close call, but were al set. After about 15 minutes we arrived in front of the hotel.

We were assited during check-in by a younger guy, Pakistan origin probably, not showing much interest. We enquired if the bar was open but with no result. It was closed. Also no shops or bars in the area, so definitely no way to have a final drink before sleeping. So we went to our rooms and would meet again the next morning.
Well, the Travellodge Gatwick is among the most mediocre hotels I’ve been to, a lot of overdue maintenance in the rooms and just ‘dirty’. The dusty carpet, stains (blood and other stuff) on the walls, unpleasant lighting. No amenities at all, also not in the bathroom (which was clean though). But what else can you ask for at an airport hotel for just 25 pounds?! I guess it was ‘value for money’ for UK standards. But these hotels are definitely not my standards, usually. It was ok though for the night, no further complaints. Just be prepared.

My room in the Travellodge property


I slept rather good, and that’s most important, waking up again at some unhuman hour on Sunday, I think the alarm went off at 0530am, since we had to catch a shuttlebus and flight around 8am back to AMS.

No breakfast at this place, so I met Martijn in the lobby and we jumped on the shuttlebus to the terminal. Martijn checked in for his BA flight to AMS, and I was checked in for another leg on easyJet, me hoping for an easyJet A320 (I only flew their 319’s and 737’s so far).
We buy a sandwich and coffee from Costa Coffee company, and have a seat overlooking the apron.
At some point Martijn had to leave to gate 53 from where his flight was leaving, slightly before mine. He was flying back on G-DOCU, a Boeing 737-400.

I had a few minutes time left and got some Earl Grey teabags at the taxfree store, and then I also made my way to the gate, 112, for my easyJet flight to AMS.

The bridge in LGW is always fascinating to use!


While walking through the bridge I saw Martijn’s BA flight having pushback.

G-DOCU with Martijn onboard leaving for AMS


A few minutes later, I also noticed the G-DAJB, the 757 that we flew just the night before, being towed. Of course I sneaked a quick picture before boarding my own flight. Such a shame, another Airbus A319. But, at least a new registration for me. Definitely not the newest one in the easyJet fleet. Anway, I don’t care. It will be 40 minutes only.

The 757-200 we took last night: G-DAJP on tow


…and for me another standard A319 at the gate


LGW-AMS
Flight No.: EZY8873 Date: 25SEP11
STD: 0810 ATD: 0806
STA: 1025 ATA: 1023
A/C: Airbus A319 Reg No.: G-EZIJ
Seat: 25A


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26 rows in total on these A319s, last row no window. So row 25 is where I go. Finally 3 for me, I thought, but it’s close to full house. In the end a cabin crew Andrew member gets 2 passengers in my row because they want to sit together. Bad luck for me, cramped seating in the end and definitely worse then on the Monarch A300  

The purser on my flight, Dave, makes a welcome where Joyce and Andrew do the safety demo. Still manually on easyJet.

We block out several minutes ahead of schedule, but a long waiting time at departure runway 26L takes quite a bit of the remaining schedule.

Once we took off in the calm and clear morning skies, we made some righthand turns towards to Northsea coast. It was surely a very calm flight. Then the only thing I hoped for was a bigger seat, so what else to do then try to sleep a bit more? And that’s what I did, sometimes a quick look outside to follow our progress.

Airborne from LGW. Great weather for flying!


London in a distance. Do you see LCY – City Airport ?


Interesting to notice is that the crew takes a lot of time for their food/beverage sales service, and one passenger just bought a coffee. Just a minute later or so the seatbelt sign was switched on and the announcement about ‘put your traytables up’ etc was mentioned to us. The passenger called the crew and handed back the coffee and wanted his money back. Which was done so.
I never noticed that before to be honest, but I can understand the passengers viewpoint in this case. The crew handled the situation well, I think.

Approaching AMS. A typical scene with sun reflecting on our waters. I like it.


Our landing was on runway 18R, what else?!, followed by 10 minutes taxiing to parking spot H1, at the lowcost terminal in AMS. We arrived exactly on schedule, so good performance on this flight as well.

Disembarking via the rear steps was possible in AMS, and I was off in a minute, on my way home. 4 flights completed, the Monarch mission was successfully done and very interesting.

To conclude this trip on Monarch, the main airline on this trip; we enjoyed every minute with them. The seats are comfortable enough, also in standard Y on the A300. Not the greatest seatpitch, but not too bad either. Interior looked well kept in general, and the crews on Monarch are outstanding. I said to Martijn that it has been a while since I got onboard with such attentive friendly crews. So kudos to them!
Our mission for the A300 succeeded, for me the second time on this type but it remains a special breed in the European skies. The B757-200 flight was definitely a nice catch too, especially with only 3 remaining with this airline and maybe on their way out too.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tripreport and I hope to bring you soon some more stories from my 2011 travels.

Happy holidays, take care!
Eric   
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:43 pm

Hello Eric ,

Thank you for writing this TR . It sure was a very nice thing to read on December 24th . I have flown the A300 many times with LH from LIS to FRA . But I have logged the 757 only once with Condor on my way to Mallorca .

Merry Christmas or Frohe Weihnachten !!!


Hope all is well .


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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 12:57 pm

Great report, thanks for sharing. I miss the A300 on the LH routes, flew them to Berlin, Athens, Barcelona, Larnaca... Was a common sight back then.
The meal looks like being very good value for money.

Nice you have put a Norwegian Epic picture. I love this ship.
 
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:15 pm

Great report!

In the rear cabin shot of the A300, there is something aft of the 4R jumpseat/exit, can you (or anyone else) tell me what that thing is? Its a big white pointy thing, surrounded by black, and covering what could have been the last window on the airplane, therefore only leaving a single window past the last exit door. I'm assuming its some sort of emergency equipment since there there appears to be a placard with red lettering on it...
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:36 pm

Hi guys,

thanks for your your replies so far,

Quoting jetMARC (Reply 3):
since there there appears to be a placard with red lettering on it...

The placard says 'Crew Only'. It looks like a kind of stretcher, not sure though.

Quoting reifel (Reply 2):
I miss the A300 on the LH routes,

Same do I...  A great aircraft. I was luckily just in time to try that one just once on a domestic and short MUC-FRA sector.

Quoting LH4532 (Reply 1):
But I have logged the 757 only once with Condor on my way to Mallorca .

Hi Daniel, well, the 757's are becoming rarer in Europe in these days as well. Don't wait too long if you want to get another ride on one of these.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 1:56 pm

If it says "crew only" then I wonder if it could be a swiveling fwd facing jumpseat since it's so close to the exit...
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 2:53 pm

Hi Eric and Martijn,

What an exciting joint-venture. Your Monarch encounter is a true eye-opener for me. Monarch is not well-ranked by Skytrax and your experience makes me doubt the objectiveness of the reviews there.

It must have been great to meet such dedicated crew members on board, oh and I applaud you for calling them by name.   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Boarding easyJet’s G-EZBE

Whose shadows are there?   


Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Quite a few passengers queuing up already,

Typical British.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Finally also Martijn decided to come to my row, but only in exchange for my window seat which I was willing to please him with

How generous of you.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
London in a distance. Do you see LCY – City Airport ?

Ehm, nope! 


Now bring on your Indonesian adventure!

Best wishes,
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 3:35 pm

Great report, Eric!

Really nice photos and great to see your flight in the A300. You don't get to see this type of aircraft too much anymore, so it was nice to see you had a good flight on one. I flew on an A300 between FRA and TXL back in Aug 2003, and it was a nice flight - the plane definitely feels very WIDE inside, more so to me than any other airplane I've been on.

Looking forward to your next trip!

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 4:41 pm

Nice report Eric and Martijn - great that you managed to get your two request regs, and four different routes.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Boarding of the regular passengers finished ontime, but a cabin door (R2) remained open with cabin crew waiting for 6 wheelchair passengers, loaded by a passenger highlifter truck or whatever you call such machines. Not the best performance here by that company taking care for the disabled or elderly amongst us. Also the captain announced that the Luton Handling company cannot cope with these large aircrafts. Shame on you LTN and 25 minutes delay in the end. Let’s go and fly!

Last winter we sat on our onarch A320 for over an hour before we could be deiced - clearly ZB handling in LTN isn't what it should be

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My room in the Travellodge property

Looks very basic - it doesn't even have a bedside table!
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:20 pm

Hoi, Eric nice report! Goed that you at least managed to get one report off that backlog. A nice christmas treat indeed! 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
for Martijn a real first and he was very excited about it.

I thought he'd already logged that with Lufty, at least considering the circumstances.  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
prebook a meal on the A300 flight

That's a very good compromise for BOB airlines. I'd much rather pay some extra money when booking, rather then reach for my wallet in-flight and get robbed by the crew.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Nothing wrong with this offer, and the Starbucks coffee onboard is definitely a nice brand to serve.

Yes, very nice indeed to offer Starbucks coffee onboard. Advertising alliances seem to have become quite common among the airlines these days.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Smoky MD-83 taking off to ? (Romanian registered)

Great shot! Although it would've looked much better if that MD was in SAS livery  Make sure to take a similar shot at ARN!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
also featuring a Starbucks branch, and LTN does really good by offering this kind of terminal to it’s mostly ‘lowcost’ passengers.

Yes, the *Bucks can really ease the pain of being without a lounge, hence the pain of a LCC terminal.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My pre-ordered meal! Really good and value for money.

That looks very substantial for the money. On SAS the same money would've bought a muffin, 1/2 cup of bland coffee and a glass of water.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and we decided to take the usual Baileys and some crisps. They sell it for a ‘combo price’ so all good.

Interesting combination, I thought you only drank coffee to Bailey's. How much did you pay for this?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also the seat was paid for, I think Martijn paid GBP 5 extra for his seat, definitely cheaper then at the desk.

That's quite shameless of them to charge for that, at least when in mid-flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and I was checked in for another leg on easyJet,

How come you didn't fly with Martijn on BA, at least that way you could earn some more Avios and TP  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The passenger called the crew and handed back the coffee and wanted his money back. Which was done so.

Wow, had no idea that a LCC would ever pay money back to someone, but then again it's easyjet. On Ryanair things would've been much nastier.  

Thanks for sharing!
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:36 pm

Hola Eric!

A great TR. Really lucky of you to catch the A300 as long as they last in European skies.

Nice to see you went down to PMI, and really lucky of you to have a landing from the South which allows great views of the city of Palma and its beautiful bay; I have always landed from the North which is OK, but not as spectacular as the one you had.

What a wonderful crew you encountered on your flight, that is for sure a nice touch and turn a regular flight into an exceptional one, kudos on them... I just assume they are happy to talk to passengers who take some interest on their job, which must not be ab easy wish to accomplish on these flights full of tourists eager to have sun and beer on their holidays.

Salut!

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 5:53 pm

Hi guys,
thanks for your further replies this evening already  
Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Your Monarch encounter is a true eye-opener for me. Monarch is not well-ranked by Skytrax and your experience makes me doubt the objectiveness of the reviews there.

Definitely nothing wrong about them Suryo

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
It must have been great to meet such dedicated crew members on board, oh and I applaud you for calling them by name.

Because their attentive service, I thought it would be nice to write down their names this time.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 6):
Now bring on your Indonesian adventure!

Jaja... hold on  
Quoting 767747 (Reply 7):
Really nice photos and great to see your flight in the A300. You don't get to see this type of aircraft too much anymore,

Exactly the reason to book this trip as soon as possible for us Matthew. Have you flown it before, on AA perhaps?

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 8):
Looks very basic - it doesn't even have a bedside table!

I'll have to write a not so positive report on tripadvisor about this... Something to do before the year ends!


@Jonas, what's up with your American flag? Living in Sweden and travelling to China next week....

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
I thought he'd already logged that with Lufty, at least considering the circumstances.

Which circumstances then? He flew the PIA A310 to IST.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
I'd much rather pay some extra money when booking, rather then reach for my wallet in-flight and get robbed by the crew.

Robbed by the crew? It never happened to me, so tell me more about it

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
On SAS the same money would've bought a muffin, 1/2 cup of bland coffee and a glass of water.

I'm sure you can have some more on SAS as well... and the coffee on SAS is very well ok too.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
How much did you pay for this?

Martijn paid... he was paying for the seat also, so better 'all together' LOL

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
That's quite shameless of them to charge for that, at least when in mid-flight.

No, not mid-flight. Before take-off it was. And if I (and others) have to pay for the seat, it's more then normal that also Martijn has to pay for the legroom. No discussion about that, I think.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
How come you didn't fly with Martijn on BA, at least that way you could earn some more Avios and TP

As mentioned, I tried to score the easyJet A320, since I only flew their A319's and 737s so far. They operate the 320 regularly on LGW-AMS flights. It wasn't on my flight, in the end.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
Really lucky of you to catch the A300 as long as they last in European skies.

Indeed... Monarch is the only operator these days, I think.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
What a wonderful crew you encountered on your flight, that is for sure a nice touch and turn a regular flight into an exceptional one, kudos on them...

Exactly my opinion.

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 10):
Vrolijk Kerstfeest en Gelukkig Nieuwjaar 2012!

Feliz navidad a todos!

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Sat Dec 24, 2011 9:09 pm

Hoi, Eric,

great stuff, really good to read together with nice pictures.
These Monarch planes looking really good, but also the cabin shows some point of age.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
An under the wing picture, for Markus

That´s what I like, you know.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:43 pm

Hey Eric ,
Christmas Eve and just home from work and what a nice thing to read tonight !  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
to Philip: NCL’s Norwegian Epic and German cruising company Aida

Thanks   One of those is my next Winter vacation  

Lovely experience on Monarch I always loved them. I flew on the A300 DUB-REU some years ago and loved it. Id love to fly them again . You were so lucky !

Happy Christmas my friend and hope to see you in 2012  

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Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:46 pm

Hey airbuseric and CrimsonNL! Fantastic TR, loved it! I think Monarch is a great airline, been on them a few times (All 757 flights). Glad to see you made it on G-DAJB, I was on this aircraft a couple years ago and sat in 5A. Just love seeing the old ZB birds here, they sound and looks brilliant.

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Sat Dec 24, 2011 11:56 pm

jetMARC - its a crewseat that swivels out. I worked for monarch on the A300s & B757s. Love the 757s , hated the 300s.
 
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Sun Dec 25, 2011 10:39 am

Hi Eric,

Great trip report here, all of your flights look like positive experiences. It was a very good idea to catch the MON A300, and to combine it with one of their 757-200s. These types probably won't be in the MON fleet for too much longer. It also reminds me of the fact that leisure airlines used to have some very interesting types, just a few years ago I remember out of MAN we had Air Atlanta Europe 747-200/300s, MyTravel DC10s, Air Scandic A300s and L-1011s, Balkan Holidays Tu-154s e.t.c.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My pre-ordered meal! Really good and value for money.

Looks surprisingly good! Better than expected?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The whole process was very organized and calm, in an orderly British way

Well, it's not always this way when an EZY, FR or a W6 flight is boarding, because of the free-seating situation.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, the Travellodge Gatwick is among the most mediocre hotels I’ve been to, a lot of overdue maintenance in the rooms and just ‘dirty’.

Have you complained to Travelodge? The quality at that chain is quite variable. I know the room was very cheap, but they have provided me with a voucher in the past even when I've paid £19 for a night.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sun Dec 25, 2011 10:41 am

Hey Eric! Great report, worth the wait  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Legroom on Monarch’s A300 aircraft. Not so bad at all, to be honest.

Well, I have to disagree with you here! I was very uncomfortable as my legs were literally jammed against the seat in front of me. Worth it for the A300 though  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I think Martijn paid GBP 5 extra for his seat, definitely cheaper then at the desk

Yes but this was discounted because I had already payed another 5 pounds for online seat selection!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, the Travellodge Gatwick is among the most mediocre hotels I’ve been to, a lot of overdue maintenance in the rooms and just ‘dirty’.

It seems I had better luck in my room, which was clean and rather tidy. It even had a couch. But you're right that the whole thing was kind of mediocre.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
G-DOCU with Martijn onboard leaving for AMS

Love this picture! Seems we flew on the same airway as well, I took this picture half an hour earlier

http://img841.imageshack.us/img841/900/dscf0987v.jpg

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
I thought he'd already logged that with Lufty, at least considering the circumstances.

Unfortunately not, I had always regretted not flying the LH AB6 but this made up for it!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
That's quite shameless of them to charge for that, at least when in mid-flight.

Well not really, it was quite clear that I had to pay so they were just getting back to me because it couldn't be done before take-off.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:11 am

Hi Eric!

Thanks for sharing at last! Great to have a read of it.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The whole process was very organized and calm, in an orderly British way.

Haha, we love a good queue. Not always the case for EZY flights!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
highlifter truck or whatever you call such machines

Ambi-lift

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
. A 0,75 bottle of Vittel water was no big deal here and just went through (shame on you guys…), it was my kind of test of the Spanish security guys. I told Martijn in advance, that they wouldn’t notice. And indeed, I was right. What a joke! Well, that’s Spain for you.

I know, its stupid. When we stay in BCN we can always get through whatever we like, I always just thought that it was because we were crew?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
They were really open-minded and fair to me, and they told me that the cabin crew dislike the A300 since there are not enough galleys but they would leave the fleet soon (at some moment, not decided yet).

I've had the same thing said to me when I've spoken to MON crews before.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
me hoping for an easyJet A320 (I only flew their 319’s and 737’s so far).

This summer just gone the A320 did the morning 8871/72 and one or two of the afternoon departures out of AMS 8875 and 8882.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The purser on my flight, Dave, makes a welcome where Joyce and Andrew do the safety demo. Still manually on easyJet.

I remember looking up your crew for your flight. Dave is brilliant one of my favourite people to fly with. Shame it was such a short flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Interesting to notice is that the crew takes a lot of time for their food/beverage sales service, and one passenger just bought a coffee. Just a minute later or so the seatbelt sign was switched on and the announcement about ‘put your traytables up’ etc was mentioned to us. The passenger called the crew and handed back the coffee and wanted his money back. Which was done so.
I never noticed that before to be honest, but I can understand the passengers viewpoint in this case. The crew handled the situation well, I think.

Personally I've never had this happen on the many AMS flights I've done, even a few days ago with an airborne time of just 34 minutes! You really just have to get out ASAP. A few weeks ago we even had time for breakfast!

Thanks for sharing Eric and a nice read. Nice to hear your comments on the MON crew. The ones on my flight werent as friendly as yours and were not seen hardly at all throughout the flight. The ones I did speak to were nice enough though.

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Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:12 am

Quoting jetMARC (Reply 3):
In the rear cabin shot of the A300, there is something aft of the 4R jumpseat/exit, can you (or anyone else) tell me what that thing is? Its a big white pointy thing, surrounded by black, and covering what could have been the last window on the airplane, therefore only leaving a single window past the last exit door

Its a crew jump seat that folds into the side wall. Behind it are 2 lavs on each side of the aircraft. Hope that answers your question.
 
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sun Dec 25, 2011 12:42 pm

Terve Eric,

Good to see you playing the catch up game with your little Monarch trippy. The A300 is certainly a nice plane and rather rare nowadays. In recent times I've only flown one LH example TXL-MUC back before 2005 (was actually booked to fly one FRA-BCN in 2009 but they retired the type a few months before that flight so I ended up on a boring A321) but a couple of AY/KR examples as kid on various charters to the Mediterranean.

Also good to catch a pocket rocket or a 757.

Those pictures of the lush green, early autumn fields of the UK look a bit weird during these gray days  .

Sounds like you got lucky with terrific crews on the Monarch sectors, always the way to make or break a flight.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 34):
(*cough*Eric, stop lounging in the sun and start writing your reports!*cough*)

That's a good boy.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Takeoff was performed from runway 18C, a first for me personally.

See, even your home airport has a few surprises left up its sleeve for you!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We were greeted in the modern shopping area, also featuring a Starbucks branch, and LTN does really good by offering this kind of terminal to it’s mostly ‘lowcost’ passengers.

Hmm, not sure what you mean here? I don't particularly like LTN, for the same reason as most of the UK airports - too much shopping and gates are only announced at last moment with the inevitable race to the gate to be in a prime boarding position. Plus the gate waiting areas are very dire.

STN et al. have quite similar shopping areas, lots of different outlets and brands available. Actually I can't think of any UK (or Ireland now that the portacabin piers at DUB are gone) low cost terminals/airports that wouldn't have plenty of shopping concessions available, and in a nation so obsessed with consumption as the UK that's only to be expected!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Meanwhile, I did some more photos for you, including the pre-ordered vegetarian meal option (GBP 7.99), offering me a tasty cheddar-tomato toastini, fresh green feta salad, a nice Chocolate Caramel Mousse and a complimentary Kenco hot drink. Not bad at all for this price, and it was a very nice meal deal!

Hmm, looks quite okay, although they forgot the meat!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I like the seat covers actually, nice colour setting on this aircraft

Oh yes, those seats remind me of my Monarch flight AGP-MAN two years ago. That A321 was rather old and worn down with the seats falling apart, your A300 looks to be in a much better condition! That flight was a completely forgettable experience, nothing special but nothing outright bad either...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
PMI transit

San Miguel, nice. You definitely weren't in the German sector with their "Warsteiner Beer Lounge" then  .

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I think Martijn paid GBP 5 extra for his seat, definitely cheaper then at the desk.

Wow, that is cheap! So how big was the legroom difference?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also no shops or bars in the area, so definitely no way to have a final drink before sleeping.

There's a nice pub/restaurant/manor type of thing called "The Gatwick Manor" maybe three quarter miles down the road, not very obvious if you didn't do your research beforehand, though.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, the Travellodge Gatwick is among the most mediocre hotels I’ve been to, a lot of overdue maintenance in the rooms and just ‘dirty’. The dusty carpet, stains (blood and other stuff) on the walls, unpleasant lighting. No amenities at all, also not in the bathroom (which was clean though). But what else can you ask for at an airport hotel for just 25 pounds?! I guess it was ‘value for money’ for UK standards. But these hotels are definitely not my standards, usually. It was ok though for the night, no further complaints. Just be prepared.

Well, that's exactly what you get with Travelodges. They are fine if you score a good price, but rarely worth paying more than around 40 EUR for the night. No frills is the key here.

As for the Gatwick one, yeah, it is a bit rundown compared to some of the newer properties they have, but an okay for a one night stay between flights. I stayed there back in May for exactly this purpose (+ a little meet with The Duna et al) and scored a 9 GBP room during one of their frequent sales - I think that was a steal.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We left on schedule from PMI and taxied to runway 24R for takeoff this time. The RollsRoyce engines spooled up and we enjoyed a powerful takeoff in rain here, bound for the UK again.

Ahh, the good old 757 take off. Had an amazingly powerful one ex-RVN three days ago, we just shot to the air. Loved it!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
Yes, very nice indeed to offer Starbucks coffee onboard. Advertising alliances seem to have become quite common among the airlines these days.

Well give me Juan Valdez any day.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
That looks very substantial for the money. On SAS the same money would've bought a muffin, 1/2 cup of bland coffee and a glass of water.

That's bullshit and you know it. SAS does not sell water by the glass, but by a half liter bottle. And if you get half a cup of coffee it's your own fault for asking only for a half filled one. For 9 EUR you get a sandwich + drink combo with SAS just fine. Heck, even a mini bottle of Champers is only around 10 EUR.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 9):
That's quite shameless of them to charge for that, at least when in mid-flight.

Ok, so basically after take off it is perfectly fine to walk up to the J and F cabins if there are vacant seats there, that's what you are saying? I'm a bit confused here, you were offended by economy class passengers using YOUR toilet in business class on your LHI flights and now you think that this kind of behavior should be tolerated and not charged for?
 
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:35 pm

Hi Eric!

I've been waiting on this one to pop up anytime soon. Great story and of course your excellent pics and Martijns video's contribute as well. How lucky were you both to have both the frames you wanted! An excellent 2 days of flying, but I wonder if there was no more flight home after coming back from PMI at LGW? Kudos to the Monarch crews (it looks as if all crews on A300's are very good  ) and that cockpit looks very not-Airbus with the yoke between the legs.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Monarch was sending emails to my account regularly and trying to sell ‘everything else’ they had on offer.

Oh how I hate that. From the moment you have to give any website your emailaddress, the spamming starts!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
For all info, both last rows were fully occupied

And even worse: the last row ABC side has no window on the EZY A319's.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Also the captain announced that the Luton Handling company cannot cope with these large aircrafts.

Any idea what the exact problem was on your flight?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I like the seat covers actually, nice colour setting on this aircraft

I like the colors as well, were they the same on the B757 in the 'normal' eco class?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We went upstairs and through the security checkpoint. A 0,75 bottle of Vittel water was no big deal here and just went through (shame on you guys…), it was my kind of test of the Spanish security guys. I told Martijn in advance, that they wouldn’t notice. And indeed, I was right. What a joke! Well, that’s Spain for you.

Well, it was good for you but indeed a blamage for the security staff at PMI. Makes you wonder what else they miss...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I think this is a very nice touch from the crew to make this clear to everyone, just for the safety of 1 passenger.

Nice indeed but maybe difficult to 'control'. Just one passenger has to open a package 'bring-your-own'...

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Sun Dec 25, 2011 4:37 pm

Hi Eric!

As usual a great tripreport, with some really nice pictures aswell!

Nice to read about your Monarch adventure. I have seriously considered to fly one of their A300's aswell. No booking made yet though, but will hopefully do one before they are gone.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Legroom on Monarch’s A300 aircraft. Not so bad at all, to be honest

Interesting "use the rear toilet" sign, never seen one on the seatback before.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Extra Legroom’ seats on Monarch

Looks comfortable!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Our landing was on runway 18R, what else?!

I take it that is the Polderbaan?  

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Sun Dec 25, 2011 5:18 pm

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
That's bullshit and you know it. SAS does not sell water by the glass, but by a half liter bottle. And if you get half a cup of coffee it's your own fault for asking only for a half filled one. For 9 EUR you get a sandwich + drink combo with SAS just fine. Heck, even a mini bottle of Champers is only around 10 EUR.

My fault? Tell it to the flight attendants who always insist on only filling up the cup to the half. Yeesh, it would make sense during turbelence, but in calm skies they better give me the coffee I payed for. Of course, the curse of Jantelagen prohibits me from pointing it out to them. I'm a swede after all  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Ok, so basically after take off it is perfectly fine to walk up to the J and F cabins if there are vacant seats there, that's what you are saying? I'm a bit confused here, you were offended by economy class passengers using YOUR toilet in business class on your LHI flights and now you think that this kind of behavior should be tolerated and not charged for?

No that's not what I'm saying. Walking up to C&F mid flight is a major crime! However, just moving to the front seats in the same class with just marginally better legroom, is all fine. As long as those seats are vacant. I don't see a point for charging extra for a few inches of legroom in the same class, exit rows I can understand. Oh well €5 may not have been any large sums anyways.
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Sun Dec 25, 2011 11:13 pm

Hi Eric...

A quick christmasy comment. Wonderful report... and, well, I don't think I have ever seen an A300 from the inside before... so well done. Didn't even realise they were still in service.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
definitely not the best situation to start a day but not uncommon in the beginning of autumn in Europe.

Yes, in Autumn it is quite amazing how often fog engulfs the London airports...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
of orange and pink at this airport. Wizzair is also around. As well some birds

Enjoyed your capturing of these birds around the Wizz

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Double checked: indeed A300 is what we need!

She is a beautifully kept bird, and I particularly liked the neat interior and purpley theme...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The island of Mallorca insight

A well-known and lovely site when the mountains rear up from the sea. Great place... I take it it would have been too tight to go infor some fried calamari at the market!?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
it was my kind of test of the Spanish security guys

hmmm... I always leave a bottle of water in. Somewhat a test, somewhat to avoid buying when airside. Normally not detected.

Thanks for the report. Most enjoyable... fly on the A310 soon so look forward to that...

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:36 am

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Another Monarch, and this is what we like! Our A300 arriving from AGP

= Wow. She still looks so beautiful!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
For this flight we would split up again, me in the front cabin with a pre-ordered ‘extra legroom seat’ and Martijn was in the back somewhere between the crowd  

= Haha. Good move  .

Great to read about these reports from Europe. There are still so many "exotic" routes, airlines, and aircraft to be had. Thanks again for sharing the story and I am surprised that Monarch help up so well.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Mon Dec 26, 2011 12:56 pm

Hi Eric

Nice trip report, Thanks for sharing! Glad you made it on this A300.
Seems like Monarch still takes good care of these old birds.
Legroom on your 757 seems to be roomy as well!

Greetings
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Mon Dec 26, 2011 3:50 pm

Hi Eric and Martijn!  

What a great trip report and as always, with pictures of great quality! And congratulations for scoring another ride on the A300!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
(*cough*Eric, stop lounging in the sun and start writing your reports!*cough*)

He got it all wrong! Continue lounging in the sun, think through the experiences, enjoy the good life, and then, at some stage, when it feels right, may it be in the middle of the night or whatever - then you'll start writing those reports. Slowly, and one at the time.

Right?  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The weeks after I made our booking, Monarch was sending emails to my account regularly and trying to sell ‘everything else’ they had on offer.

That's so irritating! I get e-mails from Finnair almost on a weekly basis advertising kitchen equipment and other stuff. What on earth does that have to do with an airline? (Nope, I don't feel like using my Finnair Plus points for such activities either).

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
I told Martijn in advance, that they wouldn’t notice. And indeed, I was right. What a joke! Well, that’s Spain for you.

Exactly according to my experience also - both at AGP and BCN I've noticed onboard my flight that something "forbidden" wasn't spotted by the security control. Actually it's quite worrying.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
the crew said that they would do that during their inflight sale service.

Wow, quite a cheap upgrade!

It makes me remember a flight HEL-LPA on Thomas Cook Airlines Scandinavia on the A321, where I had prebooked an exit row seat. It costs you quite a lot (something around 25 EUR) and indeed it was announced that payments for these seat selections would be done at the same time with the duty free sale. In the end no one came and asked me for any money, which was a nice surprise!

Most of all nice to read about the jolly crew on Monarch! That's what makes a flight special after all. It reminds me of Air Finland - a Finnish charter airline operating with three B757s (that are in very bad shape, they're falling apart and going tech all the time). I've flown with Air Finland twice - and both times the crews were absolutely superb! Specially when flying AGP-HEL with them and the flight was some 5 hours delayed and we were forced to wait inside the 757, the captain told us jokes and invited pax to the cockpit.  
Quoting LH4116 (Reply 23):
That's bullshit and you know it. SAS does not sell water by the glass, but by a half liter bottle. And if you get half a cup of coffee it's your own fault for asking only for a half filled one.

Let's calm down, shall we? As a Finn I find it only natural that a refill is ALWAYS included when you buy a cup of coffee. Indeed this has always happened on SK - without asking I've been asked if I want another cup (free of charge of course).

May 2012 bring many more adventures like this one!

Regards from Lapland, some 30 kilometres from Santa's official residence!
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Tue Dec 27, 2011 10:14 am

Hi Eric,


Great to read about your Monarch experience. It really was a successful trip, with logging the A300 & their oldest 752. Liked the cockpit shot too, so much more impressive than the modern computer dominated ones.

The offer a good product: your meal looked tasty and generous and the extra legroom seats certainly seem worth the extra, especially on a longer flight. Your experiences on EZY seem to mirror mine: a solid performance.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
For all info, both last rows were fully occupied We estimated the load on this flight being about 95%, not bad at all!

Last row is not the best place for us though with that missing window.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
ourselves some sandwiches at some shop (M&S I believe it was),

Excellent choice!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Then a fellow passenger from the middle rows got up and took a Topgear magazine from one of the overhead bins above row 44, which accidentally dropped on the traytable of seat 44B, where a cup of red wine was standing. As a result, the whole trouser of the man in 44B was coloured red, definitely not nice when you’re travelling and it’s basically not possible to clean again during a flight.

Ouch, I'd have been mortified!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A 0,75 bottle of Vittel water was no big deal here and just went through (shame on you guys…), it was my kind of test of the Spanish security guys

This really shouldn't happen now the liquid ban has been in place so long. It makes such a mockery of the ruling. I was quite impressed to see a bottle of water confiscated at Santorini, didn't think that would happen.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Tue Dec 27, 2011 3:13 pm

Hi Eric.

Great for you to catch no2 A300 for your log. Get this type while it is still available, something I need to do.

Really good for you to log such an aged 752 as well.

I enjoyed your pictures and well written story.

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Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:53 am

Hi Eric,

great report with high-quality pictures, I had been waiting for this one! Congratulations on getting these two classic birds. Good to see you had a good Monarch experience.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My pre-ordered meal! Really good and value for money.

Good for you - my meal last year was horrible.


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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Wed Dec 28, 2011 4:46 pm

Hi Eric,

Good to read this story, only finding the time today!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
the KU A300 between FCO and CDG. Times were not always good or too pricey

- I too have looked at this in the past, timings are not good for a day trip.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We finally came up with the A300 out of LTN, a real treat with the runway over there, and back to the UK on one of the 3 remaining Boeing 757-200’s in their fleet, also real oldies

- What a great trip! - I'll be booking the return sector tomorrow, still showing as an A300 for July next year, hoping for no changes.....

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
G-MONR, build in 1990 and over 22 years old

- The are so well looked after you would never guess that.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
LTN was having low visibility caused by morning fog and calm winds, definitely not the best situation to start a day but not uncommon in the beginning of autumn in Europe.

- Indeed, one of the problems of travelling at this time of year.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
a Topgear magazine from one of the overhead bins above row 44, which accidentally dropped on the traytable of seat 44B, where a cup of red wine was standing. As a result, the whole trouser of the man in 44B was coloured red, definitely not nice when you’re travelling and it’s basically not possible to clean again during a flight.

- Yikes, one of my worries about travelling, spillages!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
We enquired if the bar was open but with no result. It was closed. Also no shops or bars in the area, so definitely no way to have a final drink before sleeping

- Bummer, but the hour was late.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, the Travellodge Gatwick is among the most mediocre hotels I’ve been to, a lot of overdue maintenance in the rooms and just ‘dirty’. The dusty carpet, stains (blood and other stuff) on the walls, unpleasant lighting. No amenities at all, also not in the bathroom (which was clean though). But what else can you ask for at an airport hotel for just 25 pounds?! I guess it was ‘value for money’ for UK standards. But these hotels are definitely not my standards, usually. It was ok though for the night, no further complaints. Just be prepared.

- I'd not use this group, not heard anything good, I'd rather spend a few more pounds for something a bit nicer. lowesr brand is Premier Inn & Holiday Inn Express for me.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Fri Dec 30, 2011 9:38 pm

Hello Eric and Martjin!

Thanks for the great story! Nice that You manage to catch the A300 and 752. Rare birds in Europe these days!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
trying to sell ‘everything else’ they had on offer.

Making money you know 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and I bought a coffee and chocolate muffin

Nice, what did you pay for it?

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Wizzair is also around. As well some birds

Not a good combination!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Monarch, and this is what we like! Our A300 arriving from AGP

What a beauty! I really like the Monarch livery!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
got some questions from my seatmate –an older female from Ireland and on her way to a walking holiday on Mallorca-, wondering about my picturing etc. Well, this

Interesting. I´ve never experience this. I usually quit discreet but some of my seatmates through the years must have seen me taking photos of all phases of the flight 
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My pre-ordered meal! Really good and value for money.

Looks good!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Well, that’s Spain for you.

This can happen in Sweden too. A colleague of mine have a friend that always bring a Swiss army knife in her bag. She was flying out of ARN earlier this year and she forgot that she had her knife there but no problem since no one at security notice it!!

Thanks again!
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:28 pm

Hi all,

holidays are over... time to get back to you!

Thanks for your kind words and replies. Always appreciated   

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 12):
These Monarch planes looking really good, but also the cabin shows some point of age.

Definitely true but no problem at all on these older frames.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
One of those is my next Winter vacation

Looking forward to read about it Philip

Quoting OA260 (Reply 13):
I flew on the A300 DUB-REU some years ago and loved it. Id love to fly them again . You were so lucky !

Why not doing another trip on one of those then? Must be quite easy to materialize from DUB via the UK

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 14):
Just love seeing the old ZB birds here, they sound and looks brilliant.

Totally agree! Lovely roaring RR sound on the 757s btw  
Quoting rufusisgod (Reply 15):
its a crewseat that swivels out.

Thanks for the confirmation!

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 16):
It was a very good idea to catch the MON A300, and to combine it with one of their 757-200s. These types probably won't be in the MON fleet for too much longer.

Indeed the main reason to give this trip a go!

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 16):
Looks surprisingly good! Better than expected?

Yeah, we've read some 'average' tripreports on ZB. The meal quantity was more then expected.

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 16):
Have you complained to Travelodge? The quality at that chain is quite variable. I know the room was very cheap, but they have provided me with a voucher in the past even when I've paid £19 for a night.

Not complained, but thanks for letting me know. I rather stay elsewhere next time, so no need to get a voucher   They didn't succeed the first time, that's enough to keep me trying better places elsewhere.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 17):
Well, I have to disagree with you here! I was very uncomfortable as my legs were literally jammed against the seat in front of me.

Jaja... slightly longer legs  
Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 17):
Yes but this was discounted because I had already payed another 5 pounds for online seat selection!

That's it! I already thought I must have overlooked something.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
Ambi-lift

Thanks Matt.

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
When we stay in BCN we can always get through whatever we like, I always just thought that it was because we were crew?

I know in AMS, crew can also take their liquids in the handluggage. It's a big joke! Everywhere...

Quoting DunaA320 (Reply 18):
This summer just gone the A320 did the morning 8871/72 and one or two of the afternoon departures out of AMS 8875 and 8882.

Yeah, well, I will give it another try this year.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Good to see you playing the catch up game with your little Monarch trippy.

Of course!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Also good to catch a pocket rocket or a 757.

A nice bonus when we booked and noticed this type was running a well-timed service back to the UK

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Sounds like you got lucky with terrific crews on the Monarch sectors, always the way to make or break a flight.

Sure, that's what crew can achieve and should be a mission. They make or break the airline  
Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
See, even your home airport has a few surprises left up its sleeve for you!

Runway wise; 09 landing and 04 takeoff, 22 landing/takeoff are missing here (in AMS). All others have been done.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Hmm, not sure what you mean here? I don't particularly like LTN, for the same reason as most of the UK airports - too much shopping and gates are only announced at last moment with the inevitable race to the gate to be in a prime boarding position.

I love the shops in the UK. They keep me busy for a while. I don't really care about the gate announcement, since we can't board earlier then others. OK, I understand on free-seating airlines it can come handy to know before, but then everybody else will be there as well...

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Plus the gate waiting areas are very dire.

Agree

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Hmm, looks quite okay, although they forgot the meat!

Personal preferences P.   I was fully satisfied with what I got haha

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
That A321 was rather old and worn down with the seats falling apart, your A300 looks to be in a much better condition! That flight was a completely forgettable experience, nothing special but nothing outright bad either...

A good reason to give them another try and the A300 in 2012?

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
San Miguel, nice. You definitely weren't in the German sector with their "Warsteiner Beer Lounge" then

We were lucky with the Spanish beer... Warsteiner is more common for me.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
So how big was the legroom difference?

4 or 5 " difference with regular Y-class seats.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 20):
Ok, so basically after take off it is perfectly fine to walk up to the J and F cabins if there are vacant seats there, that's what you are saying?

Exactly what I thought after reading this text.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:48 pm

...

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
I've been waiting on this one to pop up anytime soon.

Thanks Nils. Here you are!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Great story and of course your excellent pics and Martijns video's contribute as well.

Indeed, great captures by Martijn. I start to love video as well. Maybe it's time to bring a small camera with me as a supplement as well.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
An excellent 2 days of flying, but I wonder if there was no more flight home after coming back from PMI at LGW?

LGW to AMS, after 11pm? That means arrival in AMS about 1am (time difference). That seems not to work.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
Any idea what the exact problem was on your flight?

No further details where mentioned.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 21):
I like the colors as well, were they the same on the B757 in the 'normal' eco class?

Yeah, almost same colours, I think the 757 covers were slightly more 'darker'

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):
I have seriously considered to fly one of their A300's aswell. No booking made yet though, but will hopefully do one before they are gone.

Something to do in early 2012 when the fares are still reasonable

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 22):
I take it that is the Polderbaan?

Indeed!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 23):
However, just moving to the front seats in the same class with just marginally better legroom, is all fine.

Is it? No way Jonas. It wouldn't be fair at all, since they sell it as a different 'class' and you want to take it for free. That should never happen, and if I see it happening, I would complain strongly as a paying passenger and request refund.

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
I don't think I have ever seen an A300 from the inside before... so well done. Didn't even realise they were still in service.

Well here you go. You won't see these planes too often anymore in these days though

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
Great place... I take it it would have been too tight to go infor some fried calamari at the market!?

No time, but also no calamari for me haha  
Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 24):
Most enjoyable... fly on the A310 soon so look forward to that...

Wow the 310 is even more special, I think. On TS I guess?

Quoting abrelosojos (Reply 25):
Great to read about these reports from Europe. There are still so many "exotic" routes, airlines, and aircraft to be had. Thanks again for sharing the story and I am surprised that Monarch help up so well.

Alex, your routes are usually much more exotic then mine  
Quoting MSS658 (Reply 26):
Nice trip report, Thanks for sharing!

Thanks Marc

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 27):
He got it all wrong! Continue lounging in the sun, think through the experiences, enjoy the good life, and then, at some stage, when it feels right, may it be in the middle of the night or whatever - then you'll start writing those reports. Slowly, and one at the time.

Exactly my idea usually...

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 27):
I get e-mails from Finnair almost on a weekly basis advertising kitchen equipment and other stuff. What on earth does that have to do with an airline?

Well, a Finnair branded kitchen in a nice colourscheme would be 'it' for the aviation enthousiast I guess   Like LH does with some travel products like suitcases.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 27):
Specially when flying AGP-HEL with them and the flight was some 5 hours delayed and we were forced to wait inside the 757, the captain told us jokes and invited pax to the cockpit.

Too long time... 5 hours in those cramped seats. I would maybe request to get out of the plane for a while.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 27):
Regards from Lapland, some 30 kilometres from Santa's official residence!

Is he back home again after his busy working season?

Quoting infodesk (Reply 28):
I was quite impressed to see a bottle of water confiscated at Santorini, didn't think that would happen.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
I had been waiting for this one! Congratulations on getting these two classic birds.
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 30):
Good for you - my meal last year was horrible.
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
I'll be booking the return sector tomorrow, still showing as an A300 for July next year, hoping for no changes.....
Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 31):
I'd rather spend a few more pounds for something a bit nicer. lowesr brand is Premier Inn & Holiday Inn Express for me.

Oh, don't tell me about Greece. Terrible staff usually at the security checkpoints. They even wanted my iPad out of a thin cloth cover. Completely out of it. Ridiculous!

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
Nice, what did you pay for it?

Out of my memory, EUR 4,00 for this combo

Quoting Parton87 (Reply 32):
Interesting. I´ve never experience this. I usually quit discreet but some of my seatmates through the years must have seen me taking photos of all phases of the flight 

No discretion with a DSLR haha... although I try my best once onboard.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Tue Jan 03, 2012 4:37 pm

Hi again Eric,

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 34):
Well, a Finnair branded kitchen in a nice colourscheme would be 'it' for the aviation enthousiast I guess   Like LH does with some travel products like suitcases.

Sure, the bad thing is a) that the things they're trying to sell are of every brand but never their own and b) is a horrible waste of money (or Finnair Plus points). Makes me remember SAS' rip-off idea of charging 100 EuroBonus points for a cup of coffee (and a refill).

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 34):
Too long time... 5 hours in those cramped seats. I would maybe request to get out of the plane for a while.

I know. Therefore I was very lucky to get a seat in an exit row. I didn't even request it (it costed quite an amount of money to prebook it) and many other passengers were jealous.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 34):
Is he back home again after his busy working season?

Well, as I flew up North he was too busy, I only managed to catch glimpses of his reindeer (see here: Flying North On The ATR! HEL-OUL/KEM-HEL (by 717Flyer Dec 30 2011 in Trip Reports)). Hopefully he is on holiday now.  

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Wed Jan 04, 2012 4:13 am

Hi Eric !

Thanks for another report and nice to catch something rare and also great that there were no equipment substitutions......

Monarch seems pretty nice and the tight legroom is to be expected on an aircraft that mostly fly charters.

Had my fair share of flights on A300s (AF, TG, LH) and almost 100 on the 757 so I won't go out of my way to fly those types myself.

Very much looking forward to your Indonesia trip report series.....

Nice to fly with a fellow A.netter something I'll do later this year   which will be a first for me.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Thu Jan 05, 2012 1:37 am

Hi Eric,

Thanks for the report, nicely done. Good to catch a A300, they are becoming very rare these days. Nice also to see the 757. I often say the staff make the company, and you appear to have had some very good crew.

The Travelodge is indeed a cheap and cheerful option, where else can you get a room for that price?   Though I rarely book them nowadays outside their well-known £10 sales  

Thanks again

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Sat Jan 07, 2012 9:19 am

Hi Eric!!

Nice to see that your report again, especially on a rather unique airline and on the A300 nonetheless!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Boarding easyJet’s G-EZBE

Always so fun to board an aircraft without the aerobridge

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The flight was just a plain standard easyJet one, and I bought a coffee and chocolate muffin. Nothing wrong with this offer, and the Starbucks coffee onboard is definitely a nice brand to serve

A nice flight and a nice wholesome start to the day! What more to ask!  
Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
A lot of orange and pink at this airport. Wizzair is also around. As well some birds

Interesting shot!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Our A300 arriving from AGP

A timeless beauty indeed! Its always nice to see your plane arriving!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful A300 nose section

Completely agreed.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
From that moment I got some questions from my seatmate –an older female from Ireland and on her way to a walking holiday on Mallorca-, wondering about my picturing etc. Well, this resulted in a nice conversation which took the complete duration of the flight.

I like how awkwardness in seeing your phototaking turn out to be a great ice-breaker and conversation topic! Nice seatmate you had!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
OK, just leave it this way…

Haha. This is quite amusing! I can imagine it wobbling like a jellyfish during landing!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
My pre-ordered meal! Really good and value for money.

Looks good! The packaging looks great!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
The island of Mallorca insight

What a lovely view!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Beautiful bays, small cities along the coast and a mountain scenery. No wonder why so many people love this place!

Oh, how I love to visit this place someday.

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
That means we indeed got on the oldest Monarch 757 still around, a great catch indeed!

You're so lucky! Congratulations on your catch! I'd never bet on particular registrations for my flights 'cos the odds are so low! Its really nice to hear that you've got the plane you both wanted!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Before the crew commenced service an announcement was made that no items containing nuts were sold onboard, and the crew requested all of us not to open food containing nuts, all due to one passenger onboard with a severe nut allergy. I think this is a very nice touch from the crew to make this clear to everyone, just for the safety of 1 passenger.

Wow, I must say severe should be an understatement but I thought it was really professional of the crew to handle it this way! Really thoughtful!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and we decided to take the usual Baileys and some crisps. They sell it for a ‘combo price’ so all good.

Great choice to enjoy your evening flight! I'd go for the same!

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
and one passenger just bought a coffee. Just a minute later or so the seatbelt sign was switched on and the announcement about ‘put your traytables up’ etc was mentioned to us. The passenger called the crew and handed back the coffee and wanted his money back. Which was done so.

Haha... Like you, I've never seen this before and its really quite amusing! Nice of the crew to refund!

Thank you for your really pleasant report and I enjoyed your Monarch experience thoroughly! As always, beautiful pictures! Keep up the excellent work!

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:31 pm

Hello airbuseric

Nice report on a rather not too common airline here in this forum. Great way to catch the A300-600! Interesting that they used it from LTN which is not really widebody-"territory".

Thanks for putting this report together, it was very interesting to read.

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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Tue Jan 17, 2012 9:50 pm

Hi guys,

thanks for your recent replies!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 35):
Makes me remember SAS' rip-off idea of charging 100 EuroBonus points for a cup of coffee (and a refill).

Indeed, these points-prices are a bit too much.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 35):
Therefore I was very lucky to get a seat in an exit row. I didn't even request it (it costed quite an amount of money to prebook it) and many other passengers were jealous.

Well worth the money then, on your flight haha

Quoting The777Man (Reply 36):

Thanks for another report and nice to catch something rare and also great that there were no equipment substitutions......

Indeed, it's always hit or miss. For the same money they could've put an A321 on the 757 flight. Substituting the A300 would've been a bit difficult though, since she operated on a W-pattern that day.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 36):
Very much looking forward to your Indonesia trip report series.....

Some time to wait... 2 other reports will come first, including the ARN a.net meet.

Quoting signol (Reply 37):
Good to catch a A300, they are becoming very rare these days. Nice also to see the 757.

2 good scores in a day, so to say!

Quoting signol (Reply 37):
Though I rarely book them nowadays outside their well-known £10 sales

I might re-consider booking them for 10 pounds though...

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 38):
A timeless beauty indeed! Its always nice to see your plane arriving!

You're right, indeed it's great to see. But we had to hurry slighly to be on time back in the terminal for boarding. UK security checks can take some time...

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 38):
This is quite amusing! I can imagine it wobbling like a jellyfish during landing!

Haha... me too. I was looking out of my window though  
Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 38):
Oh, how I love to visit this place someday.

If you are ever around, we might plan a trip there and we take a rental car to drive around. I know the place quite good.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 38):
You're so lucky! Congratulations on your catch! I'd never bet on particular registrations for my flights 'cos the odds are so low! Its really nice to hear that you've got the plane you both wanted!

It was Martijn who started about these specific registrations so he felt very lucky on that day   I liked it too, to be honest.

Quoting rvxkaz (Reply 38):
As always, beautiful pictures! Keep up the excellent work!

Thanks, will do!

Regards
Eric

Quoting LXM83 (Reply 39):
Nice report on a rather not too common airline here in this forum. Great way to catch the A300-600! Interesting that they used it from LTN which is not really widebody-"territory".
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RE: Monarch: 2 A.netters Onboard Their A300 & 757-200

Wed Jan 18, 2012 3:03 pm

Hi E !
are you working for Starbucks or you're addicted ?   ... I am not a huge fan

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
our way to the H-gates in AMS

I am very interested for concept of H-pier ... next time please take some photo ... pleeeeassseee

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
the Starbucks coffee onboard is definitely a nice brand to serve

definitely better than the standard plane-coffee

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
An under the wing picture, for Markus

oranje luchtvaart maatschappij ... why KLM has no orange ? ... is this connected with the royal color or ...

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
No question which way we went, and we had some good photo opportunities, real great!

wow boarding a wide-body via stairs ... nice

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
Cabin

wait ... is this completely open space ? ... cool

Quoting airbuseric (Thread starter):
They crew was super friendly, and talkative, real nice!

so rare ... fascinating for LCC-charter-holiday oriented company ...
excellent work Eric as always ... stipica  
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