The other day, i stumbled accross an article saying that Aurigny was considering replacing its British Trislanders with German Dorniers soon, even if the fleet could continue to operate until 2034! Whichever solution is chosen by the States of Guernsey, these infos reminded me that last year i had some nice experiences on this type.
In order to formally activate my BA Executive Club account, i opted to fly to Jersey and then log this unusual plane (not quite graceful actually), just for the fun!
Many A.netters have already covered the area such as BrusselsSouth with his great report:
Small Planes And Short Runways : Channel Islands (by BrusselsSouth Sep 2 2010 in Trip Reports)
Here is the simple routing:
1) Gatwick – Jersey: BA2772 – British Airways
2) Jersey – Guernsey: GR855 – Aurigny Air Services
3) Guernsey – Southampton: GR202 – Aurigny Air Services
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Following an ordinary CityJet flight to LCY and a bit rushing, i arrived there thanks to the Gatwick Express which is rather expensive compared to the other train option.
LGW North Terminal with Jamie Oliver's Citroen H Van somewhere
TK triple 7
The nearest destination from here?
The SSK did not recognize my national identity card hence i was directed to the manned counter, from where the friendly agent confirmed me in no time the seat in an emergency exit pre-booked on line. Not bad for my first flight with Speedbird.
Quiet tight timewise, i just took a couple of pictures before going to the gate where boarding was already on its way judging by the very little queue. LGW is really straightforward compared to LHR and proved to be very convenient.
The Water Sculpture located airside
British Airways BA2772
London Gatwick – Jersey
Distance: 161 miles
Boeing 737-436 G – DOCZ
ATD/ATA: 11h50 – 12h45
Duration: 50 minutes
Fare: Gbp 52.84
Photo © Peter Kesternich
Photo © Martin Stephen
Warm welcome at the door and few minutes afterward taxiing to the active.
Take off video at Gatwick:
Loads indicated to be approximately 80% in Y and 50 in Y+.
Row 12 (taken upon disembarkation)
Can hardly complain about the pitch .
Pretty good load
Push back on time
The second youngest BA's 737...
...just celebrating its 20th birthday this August 2013
A wing with decaying paint!
Very quickly the nice crew started a speedy service for this 50 min short hop. I can not remember if there was a sweet alternative to the very good crips.
To embrace British A.netters' culture: crips and tasty Gordon's and Tonic!
Bumpy descent and landing on time in this Bailiwick .
Landing video at Jersey:
The airport is a simple affair and i made my way to the exit and then turned right to the departure building. The next flight would leave in less than an hour.
Charlie Zulu at Jersey
"Seyiz les beinv'nus à Jèrri"