City Triangle 2: CityJet Avro RJ85 Amsterdam - London City
When planning a visit to Hamburg to visit Airbus I had allowed extra time to arrange an excursion to London. Outbound would be with KLM to Amsterdam where I would connect with CityJet to London City Airport. The ticket was booked with the flight from Hamburg through KLM and has a codeshare flight number KL2410. The flight to Amsterdam can be viewed at viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1340209
This report covers the sector flown by CityJet's British Aerospace Avro RJ85.
Map courtesy of gcmap.com. Copyright: Karl L Swartz.
After holding for about twenty minutes, the inbound KLM 737 finally arrives at a gate and the passengers can deplane. I make my way through the huge shopping centre, finding my way to the D Gates from where my connection will leave. But first I must leave the Schengen Zone. I arrive at the automated passport control where there is a queue but a helpful member of the staff directs me to the priority lane so it only takes a minute and I am through.
My flight doesn't leave for some time and as I am not a shopaholic I decide to wander along the piers seeing what aircraft are around. The first is G-EUPC, an A319-131 with BA since 12 November 1999, having first flown with registration D-AVYU on 2 November of that year. Between May and November 2012 it flew with a special livery for the London 2012 Olympics Torch Relay.
There are quite a few Delta tails to be seen. This one looks like 1504 - N154DL, a 767-3P6(ER) with Delta Airlines since 30 April, 1997. Prior to that was with Gulf Air as A4O-GO.
and flying with Icelandair TF-ISO is a Boeing 767-319(ER)(WL) with two GE CF6-80C2B6F engines. Starting service with Air New Zealand, before going to Icelandair it had flown with Air India, Garuda, Gabon Airlines, Air Austral, Nas Air and Transaero.Machu Picchu
is a Boeing 777-206(ER) flying under the banner of KLM Asia. Registered as PH-BQM and delivered on 11 April, 2006 it first flew on 30 March as N5017Q.
Powered by 4 RR Trent 970 engines, this Airbus A380-841 flies for China Southern.
Originally ordered by KLM but not taken up is PH-HSJ, a Boeing 737-8K2(WL) with two CFMI CFM56-7B24E engines, now flying for Transavia. It was ferried BFI-KEF-AMS on the 3 & 4 March, 2014 on delivery.Achill Island
, a British Aerospace Avro RJ85 with CityJet, first flew for Mesaba Airlines as N515XJ in August 1998 before retruning to BAe Systems on 2 March, 2007. Since 6 December, 2007 it has been flying for CityJet. In the background we can see PH-BGB, another Boeing 737-8K2(WL), this one being named Regenwulp/ Whimbrel
I had thought it might be the plane that was going to carry me to London but it pulls up at another gate. It is now the advertised boarding time but my flight hasn't arrived and there is no-one at the gate.
Some ground staff appear to set up the computers and shortly after the incoming aircraft arrives. My flight is aboard another British Aerospace Avro RJ85 that started out with Mesaba Airlines (as N532XJ) and also joined CityJet in 2007. It bears the name Inishbofin
and sports the newer livery.
The jet bridge threatens to swallow the whole aircraft.
Boarding is announced, with SkyTeam Priority members and Premium passengers being invited to be the first. Tickets and passports are checked by two friendly gate staff before passengers make their way down the jet bridge.
Flight: CityJet WX192 (KL2410) Amsterdam-London City
Aircraft ID: EI-RJT Inishbofin
Type: British Aerospace Avro RJ85 Seat 8B
STD/ ATD: 16:20 / 16:27
STA/ ATA: 16:30 / 16:35
Although booked through KLM the website wouldn't allow me to select a seat in advance, stating that check-in was required. By the time I am able to check-in for the flight most seats are taken and I select 8B. A cheerful welcome aboard and I make my way to the middle of three seats on the left side of the aisle. I manage to snap a picture of the hair dryers before I am joined by a young woman in the window seat, who promptly falls asleep. To my right a mature Japanese woman, overburdened with carry-ons that are a bit large for the diminutive hat racks. As there is nothing under my seat, I help her place one of her bags there.
As usual I take a look at my surroundings, checking out the seat-back pocket for the safety card and in-flight magazine. The latter is called Velocity
, not to be confused with a frequent flyer scheme of the same name. The general appearance of the cabin is clean and tidy.
As boarding continues, there seems to be a discussion over whether someone is in the wrong seat. This appears to be resolved when a young man moves to the rear of the aircraft, allowing the man in the suit to sit down.
By now the captain has welcomed everyone on board and apologised for the delay. This is due to a flight crew being taken ill just prior to departure, causing her to be taken to hospital. A relief aircraft was sent and it is expected to leave shortly with about ten minutes delay. The mention of the word delay invokes a mild panic in my window-seat companion but once assured it will only be ten minutes she drops off again.
It seems as if everyone is boarded bar a couple of no-shows so I ask a passing cabin crew if it would be in order for me to move a row forward. "Sure, as no-one else is coming, make yourself comfortable."
I manage to squeeze past the woman in the aisle seat and the man in the aisle seat in the row in front lets me through to my new seat 7A. There's no mistaking who these seats were meant for when they were made.
From my new position I take a few more shots, noting the instruction regarding placement of the cabin divider and the open flight-deck door.
Eventually the door is closed, the jet bridge is withdrawn, a safety demonstration is given and the aircraft moves back.