Gate 8 – today’s gate
G-ZEBS was ready to receive passengers.
Close up of propeller
Boarding call was made at 11:15am and we then waited for the all the passengers at the holding room near gate 8. After everyone arrived, they closed the main entrance and we were lead to the aircraft. I had a feeling that it was a very a family oriented airline, and there were a number of commuters. A very friendly F/A welcomed us onboard.
Best seats in the house – Row 1 exit row
With about twenty to thirty passengers, the door was closed at 11:34am and we pushed back at 11:38am. With no aircraft movement, we took off from R/W27 at 11:46am. Flying time was an hour and seventeen minutes.
Scenery after takeoff
No video or audio equipment, but there is an in house magazine, which discusses about the airlines’ expansion and events in the local communities.
As expected, there is a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage service including soft drinks, tea and coffee.
There is also a paid bar service, and here is the drink list:
Its friendly competitor, Aurigny offers complimentary non-alcoholic beverages but a buy on board menu for snacks, so I am sort of expecting the same with Blue Islands. To my pleasant surprise, there is a complimentary pastry refreshment service. The F/A passed out a basket of packaged pastries, which included some delicious Pain Au Chocolat, as well as Raisin and Cinnamon rolls.
Descent soon began at 12:41pm, and it was a beautiful day here at Manchester after the heavy rains from the day before. It was raining when I departed early in the morning.
Another surprise of the flight – the F/A came around with a basket of Murray mints.
Seat belt sign came back on at 12:47pm. We landed on R/W23R at 1:03pm and we parked at gate 5 in Terminal One at 1:07pm. A bus came to take us all to the terminal.
G-ZEBS at the gate in Manchester
In conclusion, it is a very nice experience and I am impressed with the regional airline, Blue Islands. I don’t regret the decision to fly this airline and the Channel Islands looks like an interesting place that I can return in the future. I aim to fly the Aurigny Air Services in the future. I hope you will enjoy this short trip report!
Thanks for reading! This will possibly be my final report of the year and hope everyone has a safe holiday travel season.