gabrielchew
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Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:50 pm

Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY with the Saab

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Hello!

And welcome to my latest report. So, why “Truly Great Britain”. I’m definitely not the sort of person to be very patriotic, and before this summer, don’t think I have ever waved a Union Flag (aka Union Jack). However, with the Queen’s Golden Jubiliee, and then the Olympics, the majority of the nation, flag wavers or not, seem to have got into the spirit of being British. For me, this meant drinking Pimms, playing croquet, burning holes in the grass with portable BBQs, visiting some new parts of the UK (Northern Island, and as you’ll see in this report, the Isle of Man), complaining about the weather, and generally feeling smug as we climbed the Olympic medal table (obviously all thanks to me shouting at the telly).

So with the Olympics finished, I embarked on a short camping trip to Devon, before heading up to the Scottish Capital of Edinburgh to take in some of the world famous Festivals occupying the city for August. A friend from uni invited me to the festival – I’d been a few times before, and really enjoyed it so took him up on his offer. How to get there? Transport to Edinburgh in August is busy and expensive, especially when booking relatively late. After a long time weighing up various options, I found a cracker of a deal in the form of a train ticket to Glasgow for £21. Alas, it was cheap as I had to change in Watford and Manchester, before buying a further ticket on to Edinburgh, meaning a rather laborious 8 hour journey. Still, the saving was significant (direct trains were over £80), and I wasn’t in a major hurry. For the geography geek in me, it would be nice to see the West Coast line up to Scotland (going through the Lake district), rather than my usual East Coast line on the gloriously scenic coastal route (sit on the right side Northbound between Newcastle and Edinburgh, and keep your camera handy).

From Edinburgh, how to get home? I came across a very good fare for £44 from EDI to IOM…the Isle of Man, somewhere I’ve long fancied a trip to. It would be operated by a Loganair Saab 340. And from IOM to London? Just a month or so ago, BA launched a joint venture with quality regional carrier Eastern Airways. One Saab 2000 would be painted in BA livery, and operate thrice daily on the LCY route. Perfect! Even more perfect was that I could link it with a one way redemption I have down to Milan in September for no extra cost (free domestic add ons)…not even any extra tax.

My route now looked like this (Courtesy of GC Mapper):


Off to Scotland…it was a long day on the train
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Some fairly grim weather up north
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I managed to arrive safe and sound, met up with my friend, and went off to hit the town. For those of you not in the know, Edinburgh has been hosting a variety of competing festivals in August since the 1940’s, covering everything from comedy, to music, drama, film etc etc.

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There is something for everyone (it’s the World’s largest arts festival), with both household names and newcomers performing. I’d pre-bought tickets to see the NewsRevue (very funny, always sold out) and Fascinating Aïda (also pretty funny... see here for haters of FR!). In addition, we did quite a few other free shows, which ranged from some pretty good magic, to some appalling stand up. It was a great weekend! I’d thoroughly recommend a visit to everyone…but be warned, it’s terribly popular, so book accommodation and travel well in advance (like 6 months) otherwise you’ll be stuck travelling on odd routes, and staying miles out.

Of course, as well as the Festival, there is the castle
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And Arthur’s Seat, a great place for a Sunday morning walk with a view
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Sadly, before long it was time for me to leave Edinburgh, and head on to the Isle of Man. There is a (reasonably) fast, but regular, comfortable and cheap bus out to the airport.
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Outside
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Having learnt the last time the pointlessness of OLCI with FlyBE, I elected to check in at the kiosk instead (with OLCI you have to pay for reserve a seat – if you don’t they assign it, and you can’t change it. Seat assignment is free at the desk or kiosk). This flight was operated for FlyBE by Loganair, “Scotland’s Airline”. In the not too recent past, they operated as a franchisee for BA, operating a host of routes in and around Scotland’s Highlands, Islands and cities. I had a very nice flight with them a few years ago on the EDI-INV route on G-GNTF …plenty of booze to be had on the short hop.

Today, despite operating for a No Frills airline, Loganair routes still qualify for free luggage (20kg) and a snack (alas just tea or coffee). As such, I checked in a bag before heading through security.

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There was a little delay going through when a suspicious object was found in my bag…
(In a thick Scottish accent) “You got hair gel in there?”
“Um, nope”
(opens bags, and pulls out an orange)
“It’s the only way to get liquid through security!”

Thankfully my off the cuff remark brings a wink and a smile from him…clearly he’s not as dense as a lot of people working in airports today.

FIDS. I hadn’t realised that TK had added EDI recently.

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Departures
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There were some tables next to the windows offering some decent views. Plenty of U2 here
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This Titan plane was operating for BA down to LGW
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GA
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TK
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FR
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EI Regional
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I was very happy to see the Golden BA again…I’ve now seen here in LIN, LHR and EDI. I also saw her last week flying over the Docklands after getting off my IOM-LCY flight, but sadly failed to get a photo

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FlyBE
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LH
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Off Gold goes
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FR
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There were plenty of FlyBE/Loganair Saabs around, mostly heading up North
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Good way to not loose UMs
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gabrielchew
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:51 pm

August 2012
Edinburgh, Turnhouse (EDI) – Isle of Man, Ronaldsway (IOM)
Flybe BE 6813, operated by Loganair
Scheduled: 1415-1515 (1h00m)
Actual: 1418-1557 (0h39m)
Saab 340 G-LGNI
Economy



Without having to wait too long, the IOM flight was called, and the 20 or so pax filed down onto a bus, before being driven to G-LGNI (previously with Crossair and Moldavian)
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I was the last person to board so took the opportunity to upgrade myself from my single aisle seat at the back, to a nice empty pair near the front.
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Good view of the prop
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And reasonable legroom
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Row to myself
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Just a few minutes late, we take off into the sunny Scottish afternoon
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The famous (and very important) bridges crossing the Firth of Forth. The red UNESCO Forth Bridge is for trains
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The white bridge on the left is the Forth Road Bridge.
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Less than 10 minutes after take off, the very friendly solo FA wheeled her trolley to th front, and handed out refreshments.


Tea or coffee, and something sweet from her tray…I went with a Tunnock’s Caramel, possibly the best foodstuff to ever originate from Scotland (other contenders being deep-fried Mars bars, and Marmalade). Perfect for a short hop across the sea.

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Once the service was done, I asked about a copy of the Flybe Magazine. These should have been in every seat pocket, but they were missing from all six seats in my row, and the row behind. The lovely FA went to find me a copy, saying that everyone must have nicked their copy!
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Safety card


Nice views
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Detail on the headrest
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Our route took us over sea, back over land, before more sea, then finally island.
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Welcome to the Isle of Man!
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A Manx Let
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My seat upon disembarkation
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FlyBE is probably the dominant carrier in IOM
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As you can imagine, for an airport serving a population of just 85,000, it wasn’t long before I had got my luggage and made it to the arrivals hall. I had a 48 hour stay on the island, and decided to hire a car for the last 24 hours, relying on public transport for the first 24.

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Waiting for the bus into town
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I decided to try couch surfing again – they guy I ended up staying with showed me some nice places around the island.

Douglas sea front
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From the Manx dairy
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The town of Peel (Peel Holdings ring any bells?)
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Peel Castle
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Lovely sunsets over here
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Nice lighting back in Douglas
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The next day we caught the Electric (and open air) train up to Snaefell, the highest point on the island. A day ticket for all the trains, buses and trams on the island was £16.
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Lovely view from the top
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The grey box is owned/run by NATS (Air Traffic Control)
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Back at the bottom, you have to change trains to head back to Douglas
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Nice in the sun…unfortunately it started to rain, so we got rather cold and wet
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The horse drawn tram
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View from the Douglas Promenade
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Time for a ride on a proper Steam Engine. Sadly, we only had time for 1 stop, before getting the last train home.
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Comfy carriages
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The next day I collected my hire car….nice to see different plates over here. The IOM is a lot more devolved that I had first imagined. They have their own parliament, postal service, money, language, internet code (.im), aircraft registration (M-reg), tax status and passports…independent in nearly all but name. I asked my CS host about an independence movement, but he said they weren’t interested, and acknowledged they couldn’t afford to go it alone…these Manxmen are a bit more canny with money than their Scottish/Cornish counterparts! Officially they are a Crown Dependency. The UK takes care of external affairs and defence (not too dissimilar to Hong Kong/Macau’s statuses). They are not part of the EU or the UK.


Heading for the mainland
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Driving up towards Snaefell again. Lovely scenery
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The feral chickens….
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Something the island is famous for (in certain circles) is the annual TT and motorbike Grand Prix. I was on the island just before the Grand Prix, with plenty of bikers zooming around. There were a large number of German-registered bikes, and plenty of “Links fahren” signs..
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Tywald Hill, home to possibly the World’s oldest parliament
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And some friendly locals who explained what they do on the hill
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A crofters cottage by the sea
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Interesting flag…can you identify all the “countries”?
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The Calf of Man (Manx version of Land’s End)…lovely that the scenery changes so quickly here. Half an hour ago I was in Scotland, now I’m in Cornwall. As you can see, I was very lucky with the weather.
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Castleton Castle
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The cutest police station ever
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gabrielchew
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 3:55 pm

Next to the airport is the Manx Aviation Museum, and worth a quick look
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My penultimate stop before handing back the car was at the Manx Cat Sanctuary. Some Manx cats are tailless%u2026an interesting genetic mutation. If you like cats, definitely stop by. If you%u2019re allergic, don%u2019t. If you ever wanted to see what the crazy cat lady%u2019s house looks like inside, pay a visit. If you aren%u2019t visiting the IOM anytime soon, but would like to see anyway, I found their webcam!

Count the cats!
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As I had a spare few minutes before I needed to be at the airport, I made one last stop. It was great to have a quick walk knowing that in less than 3 hours, I%u2019d be in Central London!
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Nice view from the hire car park
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And my plane, waiting patiently
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75 minutes before departure, and there was no queue to check in. every time I had tried to check the seat map, it was unavailable, even at OLCI. I had been assigned 3F, however, which suited me fine, especially with no neighbour.
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A quick look outside at the 3-legged Man
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Terminal
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U2 from LPL had just arrived. They%u2019ll be launching LGW-IOM soon
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There was no queue for security, and I was in the rather plain departures lounge in seconds. My Saab 2000, operated for British Airways by Eastern Airways on behalf of BA Cityflyer.
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FIDS
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Dornier 228
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Departures
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Manx 2 to Gloucester M5
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U2 pushing back
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BE landing
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Well ahead of schedule, we were invited to board.

August 2012
Isle of Man, Ronaldsway (IOM) %u2013 London City (LCY)
British Airways BA 3287, operated by Eastern Airways on behalf of BA Cityflyer
Scheduled: 1740-1900 (1h20m)
Actual: 1733-1823 (0h50m)
Saab 2000 G-CDEB
Economy



I was greeted by a friendly FA in full BA uniform (although I imagine she was an Eastern Airways employee). Interesting to see legrests on a Saab.
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Nice views from row 3 %u2013 much bigger engines than on the -340.
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EI regional again
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Flight was about 40% full.
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Off we go.
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The Calf of Man
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Why I love BA!
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It didn%u2019t take long before my refreshments were delivered
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Interesting articles in the Highlife magazine

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Nice memories of flying BA to SAN last year


The new IOM-LCY route is not on the map yet
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Nice full size safety cards
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Above the clouds
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A took a [url=www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vxUoFAOkIE&feature=youtu.be]short video[/url] of my favourite part of the flight%u2026.dipping into the sea of clouds

With some 25 minutes left to run, I asked the FA for a further drink, but I was told that the bar had already been sealed%u2026I thought this was rather premature. On my last 3 flights into LCY (once on BA, the other 2 on Cityjet), I%u2019d for a final drink as late at 7 minutes before landing without problems. Never mind.
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The Shard standing tall%u2026now Europe%u2019s tallest building
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Some nice late summer rays
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The approach to City from the East is less than spectacular, quite unlike the Western approach over the city. The white and green round towers to the left are student accommodation at the University of East London%u2026.better views than from my student halls!
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Nearly 40 minutes early and we%u2019re down.
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Skywork
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The Swiss love LCY!
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Sadly, despite our very early arrival, it took a long time to leave the airport. Taxi time 5 minutes, wait before door opening 5 minutes, walk to baggage reclaim, 5 minutes, wait for bags, a staggering 25 minutes.

Walking to baggage reclaim


This might not seem long, but it%u2019s pretty appalling for LCY. My record from touchdown to train was just 5 minutes, including immigration and baggage reclaim. Apparently, the bags were sent to an international belt, then they had to wait for someone to bring them to the domestic belt.



The walk from there to the train was just 2 minutes. Not long after our STA, I was on the DLR heading into London.
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So, apart from the rather slow arrival procedures at LCY, it was a pretty good trip around Truly Great Britain! So, come and visit, and have a nice time enjoying the sights and sounds of these lovely Islands!

***I am aware that the Isle of Man is not actually part of Great Britain! The title %u201CTruly Great British Isles%u201D wasn%u2019t quite as catchy!***

This report was in no way paid for, supported or endorsed by Visit Britain!
http://www.visitbritain.com/en/GB/



As always, all comments and questions welcome!

Some of my other TRs:

Cyprus with Aegean. Business on the A321, LHR-LCA-LHR
Scotland In A Day: FlyBE GLA-BHD-LGW. DH8 & E190
Tegel A.Net Meet. SN LHR-BRU-TXL, LH TXL-BHX
Bye Bye Baby: easyJet LTN-BFS, bmi Baby BHD-BHX
Air One and Alitalia to Sicily %u2013 LGW-MXP-PMO-LIN-LHR
Part 12: Sun Air of Scandinavia & BA, DUS-BLL-MAN-LHR on the J31, D328 and A320
Part 11: Thai Airways BKK-FRA, B77W First Class & LH FRA-DUS Business
Part 10: Thai Airways Kathmandu-Bangkok, B772 Business Class
Part 9: Yeti Airlines %u201CEverest Express%u201D on the J41
Part 8: Biman Bangladesh A310 Dhaka-Kathmandu
Part 7: United Airways ATR Dhaka-Cox%u2019s Bazar & Regent Airways Dash Chittagong-Dhaka
Part 6: Biman Bangladesh DC10 Calcutta-Dhaka
Part 5: SpiceJet B739 & Jet Konnect B738 Calcutta-Bagdogra rtn, with Darjeeling
Part 4: Singapore Airlines A330 Business Class Singapore-Calcutta
Part 3: Sriwijiaya Airlines & Lion Air Boeing 737-900ER Banda Aceh-Medan-Jakarta-Singapore
Part 2: Valuair/Jetstar Asia SIN-MES and Garuda MES-BTJ
Part 1: U2 LTN-BCN, SQ BCN-SIN 77W Business
Africa Part 7: British Airways Club Europe B767, LCA-LHR
Africa Part 6: LX ZRH-ATH, A3 ATH-LCA. A Greek Tragedy
Africa Part 5: Dar es Salaam %u2013 Nairobi %u2013 Zurich with Swiss First
Africa Part 4: Fly 540 DAR-ZNZ in Y, and Zanzibar photos
Africa Part 3: ET KGL-EBB-ADD-DAR-ZNZ, A to Z with Ethiopian Airlines in C
Africa Part 2: SN BRU-BJM, SA BJM-KGL, Business to Burundi and Rwanda
Africa Part 1: BD LHR-CMN, TP CMN-LIS, SN LIS-BRU in Y and C
A.net meeting in snowy Tallinn. U2/FR STN-TLL-LTN
easyJet and bmi up to Aberdeen, LTN-ABZ-LHR
The Costa del Sol with British Airways. LGW-AGP-LCY
Mysterious Moldova (and Transnistria). Lufthansa LHR-MUC-KIV
BA to the Austrian Alps. LHR-MUC, INN-LGW
I can't get no Jetisfaction: LH LGW-FRA inaugural
Colombia Part 4: Colombia to London via FRA/MUC/HEL on LH & BA
Colombia Part 3: Colombia with Avianca (AV). SMR-BOG-MDE-BOG
Colombia Part 2: Colombia with Avianca (AV). BOG-MDE-CTG
Colombia Part 1: London to Colombia via ARN/MUC/FRA on BA & LH
USA and Mexico Part 4, British Airways Mexico City %u2013 London, World Traveller Plus
USA and Mexico Part 3: Around Mexico with Aereo Calafia Cessna 208B & Viva Aerobus B733
USA and Mexico Part 2: Sightseeing tour of SAN, and AA San Diego - LA %u2013 Dallas - San Jose Cabo
USA and Mexico Part 1: easyJet Luton to Paris, and BA Paris to San Diego via LHR in World Traveller Plus
British Airways to Scandinavia (LHR-CPH,GOT-LHR)
Where%u2019s my bag? British Airways, Milan to London
What airline am I flying again? Bmi/Lufthansa Italia LHR-MXP
Albania and Macedonia: Austrian LHR-VIE-TIA, Macedonian Airlines SKP-ZRH, Swiss ZRH-LCY
Part 1, Lufthansa London-Munich-Frankfurt-Nanjing, Economy Class A321 and A343
Part 2, Cathay Pacific Shanghai to Tokyo via Hong Kong, Business Class A330 and B747-400
Part 3, ANA Boeing B767 Tokyo to Shanghai, & Air China Airbus A340 Shanghai to Beijing, Business Class
Part 4: Chinese domestics, inc. Joy Air Xi%u2019an MA60, Tianjin Airlines ERJ, and China Express Airways CRJ
Part 5: Lufthansa Beijing-Frankfurt-London City, Economy Class A388 and E90
5 Countries, 5 Flights, 5 Days, with Ryanair (FR)
bmiFriday: Welcome to Sunny Norway, London to Bergen, A319)
Royal Jordanian, London to Aqaba via Amman. A330 and A320
Royal Jordanian, Amman to London, A330
London City to Antwerp with Cityjet and the Fokker 50
Croatian Airlines, LHR-ZAG,PUY-ZAD-ZAG-LHR, A319 and Dash 8
British Airways, Iberia & Binter to Tenerife and Gran Canaria, LHR-MAD-TFN-LPA-MAD-LHR, A320,ATR, A321
British Airways, London To Amsterdam, LGW-AMS-LHR, B737 & A321
British Airways up to a snowy Glasgow, with a change of flights and delay, LHR-GLA-LCY A321 and E90
Turkish Airlines Business Class from London to Istanbul. From Terrible To Fantastic
Turkish Airlines Business Class from Istanbul to Batumi (Georgia). Not again!
bmi Business Class, Tbilisi to London via Azerbaijan
Tallinn to London, with Estonian Air and BA, via ARN
Cuba! BA/IB London-Madrid-Havana, Business Class
Aerocarribean, Baracoa to Havana
Asia Trip, Pt 1: Qatar Airways Business Class (LHR-DOH-ICN)
Asia Trip, Pt 2: China Southern and Hainan Airlines (A321/A346)
Asia Trip, Pt 3: Malaysia Airlines, Hong Kong to Penang
Asia Trip, Pt 4: Qatar Airways Economy (HKG-DOH-LHR)
A weekend in Transylvania with Blue Air (LTN-SBZ)
Helsinki for the weekend on BA and KF
Easter in Ukraine with Austrian
UAE and Oman with BA and Air Arabia. Y & Y
HKG-LHR-HKG Air New Zealand, Premium Economy and Economy
US Airways LGW-DCA-MSP-LGA-LGW
London Heathrow - Zurich - Venice on Swiss Business for the weekend
Chasing the Eclipse on China Eastern
Taiwan: EVA Air (HKG-TPE rtn), UNI Airways (TSA-HCN), Daily Air (TTT-KYD rtn)
UA HKG-SIN-HKG Y Class, SQ KUL-SIN C Class
Bangkok to Beijing, Egyptair Business Class
Air China Beijing to Harbin, B777 Economy outbound, A330 First Class return
Tiger Airways, Singapore to Darwin return
A selection of Chinese Domestics; China Eastern, Air China and Shenzhen Airlines
Hong Kong to London on Singapore Airlines (744/380/77W)
Qatar Airways Beijing-Doha-London Heathrow (A330/A340)
Air China First Class. Beijing-Guilin via Xi%u2019an
Armenia with Austrian Airlines. LHR-VIE-EVN
Round Asia Trip. URC-HTN,OSS-FRU,ALA-URC-LHW-KMG-JHG-KMG-SYX,HAK-NKG-PEK-NRT-LHR,
Hainan Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, Lucky Air, ANA, Economy and Business Class.

SAS and Lufthansa Business Class, LHR-OSL-FRA-FRA, B73G and B744
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:16 pm

Nice report and picsGabs's, thanks for sharing.

It's been a few years since I last visited the IOM, one of my brothers lives there, we don't talk these days, long story!

I've flown the Saab 200 before, Eastern Airways NWI-ABZ, but tempted to try this route just to fly it.

Interesting the bar closed early, not good for those who don't have to worry about driving at the other end!

Cheers

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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:31 pm

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Nice report and picsGabs's, thanks for sharing.

Thanks Mark

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
I've flown the Saab 200 before, Eastern Airways NWI-ABZ, but tempted to try this route just to fly it.

Yes, give it ago...maybe a good way to catch up with your bro!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Interesting the bar closed early, not good for those who don't have to worry about driving at the other end!

Yes, ashame she didn't offer to reopen it...
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:34 pm

Hey there Gabriel Chew, what a quaint little report!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m definitely not the sort of person to be very patriotic, and before this summer, don’t think I have ever waved a Union Flag (aka Union Jack).

Well I've always seen you as very patriotic by the way you consume those G&T's 
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Edinburgh has been hosting a variety of competing festivals in August since the 1940’s, covering everything from comedy, to music, drama, film etc etc.

Interesting that they're making adverts for a Swedish cider brewery, something we don't see much here in Sweden. I assume cider is a popular drink in the UK?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I decided to try couch surfing again – they guy I ended up staying with showed me some nice places around the island.

My, you really seem to have luck with CS. How do you manage to get your couch requests approved, you ask long or short in advance?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The feral chickens….

What the hell happened to them?!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Well ahead of schedule, we were invited to board.

Did the aircraft wear a OneWorld logo too?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It didn%u2019t take long before my refreshments were delivered

Now that's some quintessentially british "snacks". Surprised they didn't throw in a slice of cucumber in the G&T, because that's the way they do in Scotland after all  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
but I was told that the bar had already been sealed

Sealed, for what reasons? So that the staff won't nick those miniature bottles and bring them home?

"Wheels Up!"
//Jonas

[Edited 2012-08-27 10:15:59]
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 4:50 pm

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
what a quaint little report!

Thanks Jonas

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Interesting that they're making adverts for a Swedish cider brewery, something we don't see much here in Sweden. I assume cider is a popular drink in the UK?

Cider is popular in the UK. It wasn't the festival advertising the cider, rather the cider advertising itself in one of the hundreds of venues.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
My, you really seem to have luck with CS. How do you manage to get your couch requests approved, you ask long or short in advance?

Generally ask about 7 days in advance.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
What the hell happened to them?!

No idea...foxes?

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Did the aircraft wear a OneWorld logo too?

I guess it did

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Now that's some quintessentially british "snacks". Surprised they didn't throw in a slice of cucumber in the G&T, because that's the way they do in Scotland after all

Actually it depends of the gin as to what fruit you add. And I wasn't in Scotland when I had the gin!

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Sealed, for what reasons? So that the staff won't nick those miniature bottles and bring them home?

Standard procedure to seal alcohol carts before arrivals for duty reasons.
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:09 pm

Hi Gab, interesting to read the story after seeing all the pix! Great stuff.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
heading up to the Scottish Capital of Edinburgh to take in some of the world famous Festivals occupying the city for August.

Something which really interests me. Maybe next year

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I found a cracker of a deal in the form of a train ticket to Glasgow for £21. Alas, it was cheap as I had to change in Watford and Manchester, before buying a further ticket on to Edinburgh, meaning a rather laborious 8 hour journey. Still, the saving was significant (direct trains were over £80), and I wasn’t in a major hurry.

For the UK, indeed a steal. And not a waste of time. I think trains make me in the good mood to catch up some sleep

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And from IOM to London? Just a month or so ago, BA launched a joint venture with quality regional carrier Eastern Airways. One Saab 2000 would be painted in BA livery, and operate thrice daily on the LCY route. Perfect!

As you say, indeed perfect. Also with the good mileage redemption... a reason to do this myself within week too.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Today, despite operating for a No Frills airline, Loganair routes still qualify for free luggage (20kg) and a snack (alas just tea or coffee).

  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went with a Tunnock’s Caramel, possibly the best foodstuff to ever originate from Scotland

When I see that bar and label, it invites me to try this out.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
U2 from LPL had just arrived. They%u2019ll be launching LGW-IOM soon

Might give a boost to IOM traffic and tourist... maybe a 'not so good' step. The island might get much more busy with 'cheap' tourists.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
The Swiss love LCY!

As as Dutchman, I love LCY too.

Quoting LH4116 (Reply 5):
Sealed, for what reasons? So that the staff won't nick those miniature bottles and bring them home?

Of course. Ground staff Jonas. Common sense... cleaners, technicians... they all like to grab a free drink during work. No way. Airlines will go bankrupt even quicker.

Regards
Eric
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 5:47 pm

Another interesting read there - i guess the bank holiday has given everybody a chance to catch up with report writing! I've got the intention to try out that flight to the IOM but I'm having doubts if ill actually get round to it - im led to believe its going to be replaced by an E-Jet in the future.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were some tables next to the windows offering some decent views. Plenty of U2 here

Makes a nice change to be able to see out of the window!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This Titan plane was operating for BA down to LGW

Saw that one in AMS last night.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was very happy to see the Golden BA again…I’ve now seen here in LIN, LHR and EDI.

And i saw this one at LHR on Saturday... too far away to get a picture though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FlyBE is probably the dominant carrier in IOM

They're slowly becoming the dominant carrier everywhere it seems.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Manx 2 to Gloucester M5

I noticed this on their website and was curious about trying this one out just for the chance to fly somewhere different.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 2):
Nice full size safety cards

Looking a bit tatty considering they're only a month or so old.
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:23 pm

Hi Gabriel,

very nice report with good pictures. Edinburgh is indeed beautiful, went there in June. And it seems I really need to visit the Isle of Man. Great scenery.

My first Saab 2000 experience is not far away, it's about time.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. I hadn’t realised that TK had added EDI recently.

They seem to go everywhere...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
View from the Douglas Promenade

Lovely castle!


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Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:42 pm

Hi Gab,

nice report about the new LCY service.
This flight seems very popular among a.netters lately.
The service on both Eastern and Loganair look good and its great to fly the small Saabs.
Also very nice pictures from IOM, i would love to be there in time for the Tourist Trophy.

Thanks a lot for sharing
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Mon Aug 27, 2012 6:46 pm

Thanks for the comments so far!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Great stuff.

Danke vel!

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
I think trains make me in the good mood to catch up some sleep

Yeah, I guess they do

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
a reason to do this myself within week too.

I'm interested to see how it works out for you

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 7):
Might give a boost to IOM traffic and tourist... maybe a 'not so good' step. The island might get much more busy with 'cheap' tourists.

Well, I think an 319 load of Londers will do a lot of good for the island

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Another interesting read there

Thanks!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
im led to believe its going to be replaced by an E-Jet in the future.

Well, it did start with an E170 before the Saab arrived

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Saw that one in AMS last night.

It's been doing the rounds it would seem

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
I noticed this on their website and was curious about trying this one out just for the chance to fly somewhere different.

I think they used to continue that flight down to JER too

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):

very nice report with good pictures

Thanks Udo!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
Edinburgh is indeed beautiful, went there in June. And it seems I really need to visit the Isle of Man. Great scenery.

Yes, both very nice places

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 9):
They seem to go everywhere...

Yes, they do!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 10):
nice report about the new LCY service.

Thanks!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 10):
This flight seems very popular among a.netters lately.

Yes, 4 of us in about 10 days!

Quoting Luxair747SP (Reply 10):
Also very nice pictures from IOM, i would love to be there in time for the Tourist Trophy.

I guess it'd be very busy for the TT - interesting to see though!
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Mon Aug 27, 2012 7:31 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I had been assigned 3F, however, which suited me fine, especially with no neighbour.

Funnily enough, BA.com did the same for me- automatically assigning 3F both out and back. So we shared a seat.

Thanks for sharing.
 
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Mon Aug 27, 2012 8:20 pm

Really liked this report. Great pics from the IOM. The trains, trams, scenery, seems to be a great place when the weather is good.
 
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Mon Aug 27, 2012 10:31 pm

Quoting visualapproach (Reply 12):
Funnily enough, BA.com did the same for me- automatically assigning 3F both out and back. So we shared a seat.

It's a pretty good seat - we were lucky!

Quoting CARST (Reply 13):
Really liked this report

Thanks Carsten

Quoting CARST (Reply 13):
Great pics from the IOM. The trains, trams, scenery, seems to be a great place when the weather is good.

Thanks. It's a lovely island (when it's sunny!)
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Tue Aug 28, 2012 12:05 am

Interesting report, first to catch the BA Saab 2000?

I wonder why they didn't just keep the E170 on the route?

Also - what was the type/mix of passenger flying between IOM and LON?

Thx,

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Tue Aug 28, 2012 8:15 am

Hi James

Quoting LX138 (Reply 15):
Interesting report, first to catch the BA Saab 2000?

Thanks, yes, my first time on the BA Saab 2000, but already logged it on Air France and Air Jet.

Quoting LX138 (Reply 15):
I wonder why they didn't just keep the E170 on the route?

I guess they didn't have enough...and the capacity is too big for the route

Quoting LX138 (Reply 15):
Also - what was the type/mix of passenger flying between IOM and LON?

I guess they're going after mainly biz pax (lots of banks on the island).
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Tue Aug 28, 2012 1:47 pm

Hi Gabriel,

Interesting report! Good to catch these 2 not so common airliners from the same manufacturer! The Isle Of Man is definitely a lovely place to visit and not only for the TT!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some fairly grim weather up north

Lockerbie, sad things happened there many years ago 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was very happy to see the Golden BA again

Yes it is a nice scheme although I prever the 'dove' one more.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
crossing the Firth of Forth.

That's a funny name, what does it refer to?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Detail on the headrest

Quite (white) stylish.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
(Peel Holdings ring any bells?)

Nope.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Something the island is famous for (in certain circles) is the annual TT and motorbike Grand Prix. I was on the island just before the Grand Prix, with plenty of bikers zooming around. There were a large number of German-registered bikes, and plenty of “Links fahren” signs..

Oh yes, the legendary TT, a must-do for next year, although it will most probably not be by plane  

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
the Manx Aviation Museum

That'll be for sure worth a stop on my visit then!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My Saab 2000, operated for British Airways by Eastern Airways on behalf of BA Cityflyer.

To make things simple...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice views from row 3 %u2013 much bigger engines than on the -340.

About 5,9x bigger to be precise 

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This report was in no way paid for, supported or endorsed by Visit Britain!

Ha ha, love the disclaimer!

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Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:39 pm

Hi Gabriel, nice to read about your trip to IOM.
Great that BA started the LCY-IOM route. Flew it myself in 2009 on VLM Airlines when they operated with the good old Fokker 50. Unfortunately the weather was horrible that day so I didn't get to see much of the island, so your pictures now made up for that. The Saab 2000 is a great aircraft too, just flew my first one last Friday in Sweden.
 
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Tue Aug 28, 2012 7:40 pm

Hi Gabriel!

Nice report! Glad to see you visited Isle of Man, brings back good memories from my trip there last summer. England And An Isle ARN-CPH-MAN/BKL-IOM-MAN-ARN (by deltamartin Aug 18 2011 in Trip Reports)  
Seems like you had a couple of nice Saab flights, unsurprisingly the Saab 2000 is my favourite prop-aircraft.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some fairly grim weather up north

I know that place! Shame to think that that place will always (for the foreseeable future anyway) be associated with such a terrible thing.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
met up with my friend, and went off to hit the town. For those of you not in the know, Edinburgh has been hosting a variety of competing festivals in August since the 1940%u2019s, covering everything from comedy, to music, drama, film etc etc.

Hey, nice to see Kopparberg there, the Saabs wasn't the only Swedish thing in this report!  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
A Manx Let

I'm glad to have logged one of those.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The next day we caught the Electric (and open air) train up to Snaefell, the highest point on the island. A day ticket for all the trains, buses and trams on the island was

Nice to see you made it all the way to Snaefell, I only had time to go to Laxey. I enjoyed the tramride though!

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Tue Aug 28, 2012 9:46 pm

WOW lovely report . Always wanted to go to the IOM but never got round to it . Need to get there as Im so close to it !

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some fairly grim weather up north

And a very unforgettable station name !

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. I hadn’t realised that TK had added EDI recently.

Yes and it seems to be doing quite well.

Thanks for the great pics. You have done IOM tourism proud and certainly looks alot more interesting than I thought it would be . Love the BA props they look so cool in the BA livery .

Regards

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Wed Aug 29, 2012 9:19 am

Hi Gab

Interesting report, thanks for sharing your latest story.
I've been in EDI once before when you where able to take the ferry from Zeebrugge here in Belgium.
Great city btw
Nice to see you where able to catch the Saab's. Something high on the list for me as well.
IOM looks quite interesting.

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Wed Aug 29, 2012 5:11 pm

Hi Gabriel !

Thanks for another great report with nice pictures !

Edinburgh is really nice and I went for a visit back in 1988 as part of a EuroRail trip but I was there in late September so missed all the festivals.

Isle of Man looks nice to and great that you were able to catch a Eastern Airways Saab 2000. I have yet to fly on a Saab 2000 but still have more chances.

Looking forward to your next report!

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Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:39 pm

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):

Interesting report!

Thanks Nils

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
The Isle Of Man is definitely a lovely place to visit and not only for the TT!

Yes, it;s very nice

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
Yes it is a nice scheme although I prever the 'dove' one more.

I've yet to see the Dove one in person, so can't say for sure

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
That's a funny name, what does it refer to?

Ha, it just means the estuary (or firth) of the Forth River!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 17):
That'll be for sure worth a stop on my visit then!

Check the opeing times beforehand!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Hi Gabriel, nice to read about your trip to IOM.

Thanks

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 18):
Great that BA started the LCY-IOM route. Flew it myself in 2009 on VLM Airlines when they operated with the good old Fokker 50. Unfortunately the weather was horrible that day so I didn't get to see much of the island, so your pictures now made up for that.

I had no idea they operated that route. Shame you had bad weather

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):

Nice report!

Thanks!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
Hey, nice to see Kopparberg there, the Saabs wasn't the only Swedish thing in this report!

Yes, lots of Swedish things in the UK!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 19):
I'm glad to have logged one of those.

Lucky you!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
WOW lovely report

Thanks Phil

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Always wanted to go to the IOM but never got round to it . Need to get there as Im so close to it !

Yesm you are very close...go now on one of the cool Lets!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 20):
Thanks for the great pics. You have done IOM tourism proud and certainly looks alot more interesting than I thought it would be .

Thanks!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
Interesting report, thanks for sharing your latest story.

No problem Marc

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 21):
I've been in EDI once before when you where able to take the ferry from Zeebrugge here in Belgium.
Great city btw

How long did that take?

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Thanks for another great report with nice pictures !

Glad you like it

Quoting The777Man (Reply 22):
Edinburgh is really nice and I went for a visit back in 1988 as part of a EuroRail trip but I was there in late September so missed all the festivals.

Sounds like it time for another trip!
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Thu Aug 30, 2012 9:10 am

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 23):
Sounds like it time for another trip!

Yes, but it's not a priority. I'm currently focusing on famous international sights like the Pyramids of Giza, Chinese Wall etc. In a year or two, I should be done with that and will then focus on going to countries I've haven't been to before. So it may be a while before I go back to Edinburgh.

Hope to see another report from you soon!

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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Thu Aug 30, 2012 11:40 am

Hola Gabriel!

A very nice report about a very interesting British Isle... Love that landscape.

The Isle of Man is one of those places I have always wanted to visit in future trips to Britain.

Nice combination of planes to get there and very interesting apron on IOM.

Pity they closed the bar so soon depriving you of your famous second gin tonic on flights.

Salut!

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Thu Aug 30, 2012 2:12 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 24):
Yes, but it's not a priority. I'm currently focusing on famous international sights like the Pyramids of Giza, Chinese Wall etc. In a year or two, I should be done with that and will then focus on going to countries I've haven't been to before. So it may be a while before I go back to Edinburgh.

Fair enough...I'm sure Edinburgh will still be going strong for a few more years

Quoting The777Man (Reply 24):
Hope to see another report from you soon!

Hopefully my RTM-LCY flights will be up soon

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 25):
Hola Gabriel!

Hola Roger!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 25):
A very nice report about a very interesting British Isle... Love that landscape.

Thanks!

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 25):
Nice combination of planes to get there and very interesting apron on IOM.

INdeed, IOM has great variety

Quoting ROGERBCN (Reply 25):
Pity they closed the bar so soon depriving you of your famous second gin tonic on flights.

Yes, very sad!
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Thu Aug 30, 2012 4:56 pm

Hi Gabs,

Well it's about time you started giving your lovely home country a bit more attention, something it sorely needs. The UK is a lovely place, hands down the most interesting and best country in Europe in all respects, so good for you!

I was sort of expecting you to be posting someting Dutch next, though...  

IOM is a lovely place, I almost booked something similar than you for October to score that Eastern Airways Saab, but at the last moment decided to head to Albania instead - hope I won't regret it! Lovely pictures from Manx, I want to go back so much, it is such a great island!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
generally feeling smug as we climbed the Olympic medal table (obviously all thanks to me shouting at the telly).

You walked away with some medals? Wow, I'm shocked!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Some fairly grim weather up north

...and a shot from a place with a fairly grim history!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
This Titan plane was operating for BA down to LGW

Wow, that would be a very nice catch!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was very happy to see the Golden BA again…I’ve now seen here in LIN, LHR and EDI. I also saw her last week flying over the Docklands after getting off my IOM-LCY flight, but sadly failed to get a photo

Man, I hate that livery. It is ugly as hell, just like that plane flew through a big hen shack and is now covered in egg yolk. That "Olympic" font is also horrible. Very bad, BA!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I went with a Tunnock’s Caramel, possibly the best foodstuff to ever originate from Scotland (other contenders being deep-fried Mars bars, and Marmalade). Perfect for a short hop across the sea.

Hey, don't forget deep fried pizza!

Isn't that Caramel the stuff that destroys your teeth?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The lovely FA went to find me a copy, saying that everyone must have nicked their copy!

Really annoying that they don't really mention the Nordic operation at all. Nor list those planes at all - as if they are ashamed of the whole Nordic operation. Which is probably what they are, and I hardly blame them.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The town of Peel (Peel Holdings ring any bells?)

"Tax Haven" ring any bells?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The next day we caught the Electric (and open air) train up to Snaefell, the highest point on the island. A day ticket for all the trains, buses and trams on the island was £16.

Ahh yes, the Manx Electric Railway - love it. Unfortunately I only had time to do a quick run up to Ramsey and back with the next train on my visit there.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Something the island is famous for (in certain circles) is the annual TT and motorbike Grand Prix. I was on the island just before the Grand Prix, with plenty of bikers zooming around. There were a large number of German-registered bikes, and plenty of “Links fahren” signs..

Damn, these annoying scum are everywhere! They should ban motorcycles on this islands, such nasty machines.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The cutest police station ever

You might be right. Suitable to those white collar criminals, it is not like they have petty crime in this paradise.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
My penultimate stop before handing back the car was at the Manx Cat Sanctuary.

Hah, looks interesting. Reminds me of the "cat boat" in Amsterdam!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
U2 from LPL had just arrived. They%u2019ll be launching LGW-IOM soon

That LPL route puzzles me - how on earth can they make any money on it?! Or maybe they are selling some cargo space to somebody, would be a first for Ezy I guess.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Manx 2 to Gloucester M5

The name of that airport is very interesting - I don't think any other airport in the world is named after a nearby motorway!

Also good to see OK-ASA in your pictures - that's the bird I flew to IOM with (from BLK!)

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Nice views from row 3 %u2013 much bigger engines than on the -340.

And much quieter too...

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
It didn%u2019t take long before my refreshments were delivered

One for you, and one for the stash, eh?
 
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Thu Aug 30, 2012 8:30 pm

Hi Gabriel...

Truly a Great Report... see what I did? ANYWAY!....

No it was very enjoyable.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’m definitely not the sort of person to be very patriotic, and before this summer,

Come on! I've rarely seen someone so patriotic... and that's only in your consumption of G&T's. But yes - you certainly got into the spirit of things this summer. Rather a silly time for me to be away.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
it would be nice to see the West Coast line up to Scotland (going through the Lake district), rather than my usual East Coast line on the gloriously scenic coastal route (sit on the right side Northbound between Newcastle and Edinburgh, and keep your camera handy).

Yes - both railways have flurries of brilliance at the end (towards Scotland). The West Coast is fairly miserable for the first 3 hours though!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I’d pre-bought tickets to see the NewsRevue (very funny, always sold out)

I have seen this a few years and it is brilliant!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
FIDS. I hadn’t realised that TK had added EDI recently.

Don't rub salt into that wound. It is the first tickets I have not honoured. We are pinning our hopes that the service does well. It is funny because I was due to depart in August and might well have bumped into you at the airport. RTN tickets were £97! But it is just seasonal...

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Edinburgh, Turnhouse (EDI) – Isle of Man, Ronaldsway (IOM)

Odd - I wonder how this route will perform in the LR. I can't see a huge market.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
I went with a Tunnock’s Caramel, possibly the best foodstuff to ever originate from Scotland (other contenders being deep-fried Mars bars, and Marmalade).

It is a class act I must admit. Very old fashioned but nom nom. Forgot about marmalade!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
The horse drawn tram

curious!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
an independence movement, but he said they weren’t interested, and acknowledged they couldn’t afford to go it alone…these Manxmen are a bit more canny with money than their Scottish/Cornish counterparts! Officially they are a Crown Dependency. The UK takes care of external affairs and defence (not too dissimilar to Hong Kong/Macau’s statuses). They are not part of the EU or the UK.

I think the more informed of Scot's also recognise we will struggle to go it along with out our Big Brother. I've always argued that some of the African countries shouldn't have been so quick to get independence and instead take the crown dependency the Uk is obliged to provide.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The feral chickens….

HA! I think my chickens have become fairly feral as they sleep in the hedge now instead of their hut.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
The UK is a lovely place, hands down the most interesting and best country in Europe in all respects, so good for you!

What nice words from the Finn! Thanks...


So. As ever - I must try and mention aviation a little. The BA SAAB is a beautiful aircraft. Really nice to see more diversity of aircraft in BA colours. A second G&T was more than called for.

I am fascinated by the Triskelion of IOM. It is a brilliant logo - quite something. But as for the Island itself - I have heard it's people are a bit rude/ backward/ racist/ religious - but you seemed to have a great time! Didn't they only stop thrashing people with birch like a few years ago?!

Thanks Gabriel for a truly entertaining read.

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Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:25 am

Thanks for your kind words Mr Finn!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Well it's about time you started giving your lovely home country a bit more attention, something it sorely needs. The UK is a lovely place, hands down the most interesting and best country in Europe in all respects, so good for you!

Yes, I really should see more of this wet, expensive country!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
I was sort of expecting you to be posting someting Dutch next, though...

Yeah, the Dutch thing will be out soon!

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Wow, that would be a very nice catch!

Well, it;s busy around LGW at the moment

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Isn't that Caramel the stuff that destroys your teeth?

Um, probably, but it's SO tasty

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
Damn, these annoying scum are everywhere! They should ban motorcycles on this islands, such nasty machines.

Well, the bring in the $$$$

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
The name of that airport is very interesting - I don't think any other airport in the world is named after a nearby motorway!

Ha, it's the best thing going for it (town and airport)

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 27):
One for you, and one for the stash, eh?

Sadly, both were consumed...I actually needed the 3rd to drink!

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 28):

Truly a Great Report... see what I did? ANYWAY!....
No it was very enjoyable.

Thanks Luke! Will reply to yours soon....

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 28):
Rather a silly time for me to be away.

Well, at least you're not missing out on any nice UK summer weather

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 28):
Yes - both railways have flurries of brilliance at the end (towards Scotland). The West Coast is fairly miserable for the first 3 hours though!

Everything south of Newcastle (either side) is rather glib

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 28):
Odd - I wonder how this route will perform in the LR. I can't see a huge market.

Well, both places have lots of banks....

Quoting lukeyboy95 (Reply 28):
I am fascinated by the Triskelion of IOM. It is a brilliant logo - quite something. But as for the Island itself - I have heard it's people are a bit rude/ backward/ racist/ religious - but you seemed to have a great time! Didn't they only stop thrashing people with birch like a few years ago?!

Yes, it's (very) backwards, but nothing to detur tourists overly. Living there on the other hand is decidely 1980's ish.
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:24 am

Hi Gabriel,

I really, really enjoyed this super report. Despite me having spent more years of my life in the UK than in Switzerland, I've seen more of this country than I have of the place I grew up in. You've put me to shame, as I've never been to Edinburgh or the IOM. Seeing your pictures though reminds me how I really need to visit these places.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
and generally feeling smug as we climbed the Olympic medal table (obviously all thanks to me shouting at the telly).

Oh, that's how it works is it? I'd have shouted louder next time if I'd known!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Arthur’s Seat, a great place for a Sunday morning walk with a view

What gorgeous views.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I elected to check in at the kiosk instead (with OLCI you have to pay for reserve a seat – if you don’t they assign it, and you can’t change it. Seat assignment is free at the desk or kiosk).

What a strange system, surely you shouldn't be penalised for OLCI?

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
“It’s the only way to get liquid through security!”

Good answer!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Thankfully my off the cuff remark brings a wink and a smile from him…clearly he’s not as dense as a lot of people working in airports today.

I'll just ignore that remark, shall I?  
Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Tea or coffee, and something sweet from her tray…I went with a Tunnock’s Caramel, possibly the best foodstuff to ever originate from Scotland (other contenders being deep-fried Mars bars, and Marmalade). Perfect for a short hop across the sea.

Nice to see them offering something local.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Once the service was done, I asked about a copy of the Flybe Magazine. These should have been in every seat pocket, but they were missing from all six seats in my row, and the row behind. The lovely FA went to find me a copy, saying that everyone must have nicked their copy

Sounds like my flight on NZ!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Douglas sea front

The pictures of the sea front, and the ones of Snaefell that you posted, reminf me so much of Llandudno & the Great Orme on the N Wales coast. Well, if you took away the sea they'd be next to each other!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
From the Manx dairy

Oh, Gab, how can you do that to me?! I just love mint choc chip ice cream and it's so damn hard to find here. Mint and chocolate is not a combination the Swiss are fond of.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Time for a ride on a proper Steam Engine. Sadly, we only had time for 1 stop, before getting the last train home

Great to see the steam engine and those vintage coaches.

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
The Swiss love LCY!

Super shot!

Interesting new route from LCY-IOM, I wonder how it will do.

Happy flying
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Sun Sep 02, 2012 10:11 am

Hi Gab

Sorry it's taken me an age to posting a comment - I read your report last week and re-read it this morning.

Enjoyed reading about your local travels, just as much as your far flung ones. Great stuff!

Nice to see the Saab 2000 and yes, it looked very familiar. I hope the route works out for them. The load on my flight (admittedly it was a Sunday afternoon on a bank holiday weekend) was very light - no more than 20 passengers. We also had a single flight attendant. If the flight had been full - I cant remember whether that would have meant needing a min of 2 crew?

I loved your pics in EDI and IOM too. I really should spend some time in the IOM next time!

Finally, I disagree with the Finn - I really like the Firefly A319. It's much better than the dove. It took me a while to get used to the Olympics font as well but having seen it around the place here now for many months, I've come to like it.

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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Sun Sep 02, 2012 5:50 pm

Hi there Gabriel,

Another great report on your visit to the IOM.
Looks like you had 2 good flights, nothing special.
Love your pictures of IOM, what a beautiful place

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
And Arthur’s Seat, a great place for a Sunday morning walk with a view

fantastic view

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
There were some tables next to the windows offering some decent views

Like your spotting pictures

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
I was very happy to see the Golden BA again

Nice and close, like that livery

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
They have their own parliament, postal service, money, language, internet code (.im), aircraft registration (M-reg), tax status and passports…independent in nearly all but name.

wow, I knew about some of those things but not everything, very interesting

cheers,

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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Sun Sep 02, 2012 8:39 pm

Thanks for all the comments!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):

I really, really enjoyed this super report

Thanks Hannah

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
Despite me having spent more years of my life in the UK than in Switzerland, I've seen more of this country than I have of the place I grew up in. You've put me to shame, as I've never been to Edinburgh or the IOM. Seeing your pictures though reminds me how I really need to visit these places.

Well, I've really not done that much in the UK....It's taken me til this year to do IOM, Aberdeen and Belfast. Only ever spent 1 night in Manc and Liverpool, never been to Leeds/Cardiff.......

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
What a strange system, surely you shouldn't be penalised for OLCI?

Yes, not the best system. No incentive to OLCI unless you plan to pay for a seat anyway, in which case you'd have paid upon booking (and then not need to OLCI....)

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
I'll just ignore that remark, shall I?

If you like, bit I was referring to the odd 90% of airport staff that just "process" people rather than the few that actually listen and intereact with them....the info desk definately fits into the latter category!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
Oh, Gab, how can you do that to me?! I just love mint choc chip ice cream and it's so damn hard to find here. Mint and chocolate is not a combination the Swiss are fond of.

What? How can the not like minty chocolate?!?!!

Quoting infodesk (Reply 30):
Super shot!

Thanks!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Sorry it's taken me an age to posting a comment - I read your report last week and re-read it this morning.

No problem. I often read, then reply much later

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Enjoyed reading about your local travels, just as much as your far flung ones. Great stuff!

Thanks!

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
Nice to see the Saab 2000 and yes, it looked very familiar. I hope the route works out for them. The load on my flight (admittedly it was a Sunday afternoon on a bank holiday weekend) was very light - no more than 20 passengers. We also had a single flight attendant. If the flight had been full - I cant remember whether that would have meant needing a min of 2 crew?

I think it's max 50 pax per crew, so they can do it on their own...I think

Quoting palmjet (Reply 31):
I loved your pics in EDI and IOM too. I really should spend some time in the IOM next time!

Thanks. You should

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
Another great report on your visit to the IOM.
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
Love your pictures of IOM, what a beautiful place

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 32):
wow, I knew about some of those things but not everything, very interesting

Indeed, it's an interesting place!
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Thu Sep 06, 2012 9:03 pm

Interesting report as always!

Quoting gabrielchew (Thread starter):
Interesting flag…can you identify all the “countries”?

Ah the Celtic flag...
Clockwise from top:
Isle of Man
Scotland
Wales
Cornwall
Ireland
Brittany

and a Triskelion in the center.
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Fri Sep 07, 2012 7:09 pm

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 34):
Interesting report as always!

Thanks!

Quoting northstardc4m (Reply 34):
Ah the Celtic flag...
Clockwise from top:
Isle of Man
Scotland
Wales
Cornwall
Ireland
Brittany

and a Triskelion in the center.

Bingo! Very impressive, even i didn't know the Brittany one! I had to Google it.
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Fri Sep 14, 2012 8:48 pm

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 35):
Bingo! Very impressive, even i didn't know the Brittany one! I had to Google it.

That flag shows up at the so called highland games we have here in Canada all the time, I looked it up years ago to figure out what it was about.
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RE: Truly Great Britain: BE/BA EDI-IOM-LCY

Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:29 am

Quoting NorthStarDC4M (Reply 36):
That flag shows up at the so called highland games we have here in Canada all the time, I looked it up years ago to figure out what it was about.

Ah, that explains it then!
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