Easyjet Luton to Keflavik - Björk cameo with a paper fan over her face
Posted: Fri Nov 09, 2018 11:26 am
So, (Sl)easyjet. When I worked at Stansted in 1996 I remember this oddball airline, who’s flight attendants wore jeans, occasionally diverting from Luton.
Roll forward 22 years and I found myself at a photographer’s gallery event in London. I can’t claim to attend many of these, but I did once have a sideline arranging after work networking events. So I know that quite frankly, far from wealthy art lovers, most attendees are simply freeloaders who keep an eye on Eventbrite for happenings with free alcohol (hey, I was there after all!). The photography was very good and can be seen here, https://www.instagram.com/benjaminhardman/. After the gallery feeling inspired for a trip back and after a few cocktails I got drunk and booked flights to Iceland - a bargain at a little over £40 return.
One downside of this particular flight was the 0745 departure from Luton, which doesn’t work from where I live. My friend was flying into Gatwick and we agreed to meet the night before at St Pancras before catch the train to Luton Airport Parkway and the Ibis Budget.
Walking into reception there were two large very drunk and very noisy groups. It turned out they were (Sl)easyjet crew. I know this, because one of them literally dragged my friend out of the corridor into her room, he rejoined me 20 minutes later. Throughout the trip she was sending photos which, well, you wouldn’t want to share on airliners.net, but she was living the easy brand…….
Any ho, next morning I’d checked in on the easy jet app, so headed straight for security. There were no queues, but it was somehow quite chaotic. None the less time wise, walking in the building to catching breakfast took maybe 15 minutes.
One particularly odd feature of Luton’s departure lounge was piped bird song and classical music. I assume this is an attempt to calm the stressful experience, but it was a tad odd. Our gate was posted at 0700, a longish walk to Gate 7. Before long we were boarding, well kind of, perhaps I should say before long we were queuing in a stairwell.
It was a short walk around to where OE-IVC awaited us
OE-IVC was delivered to Easyjet in November 2016 and moved off shore to the Austrian register a few weeks ago. It features winglets and Easyjet’s current interior very grey interior. The seat is that used by Air France and soon British Airways. There are no mod cons. On gripe is that unlike the Lufthansa variant of this seat the literature pocket is at knee level, which does reduce space, only by half an inch or so, but in a tight configuration that is annoying.
The crew welcomed us aboard and stood centre aisle whilst doing so, which felt more personable than hiding away and reading from an i pad. The captain also made a thorough announcement, advising us that it would be a fast 2h 20 min flight without air traffic delays.
We made a sporty took off to the east before climbing off into some heavy cloud. The inflight trolley service came around within about ten minutes of take off. It’s noticeable that in the last few years inflight prices have come down as airports have opened more food offerings.
I listened to podcasts and music downloads for most of the flight. The cabin was fairly active with quite a few people walking around.
About one hour before landing the crew came around with a duty free trolley. About 20 minutes later they came around with a second trolley service, but few people took them up.
Shortly after that the captain announced we were flying along the Icelandic coast but that due to cloud cover it wasn’t visible. Fortunately the rain had stopped and wind calmed down.
With a strong head wind ground speed on landing was very slow and we rolled slowly with minimal breaking.
There must have been 20 or so Icelandair and Wow aircraft sat seemingly in storage as taxied towards our gate.
When we got to Reykjavik Ólafur Arnalds was playing an intimate, great as he usually sells out large venues.
Oddly enough the first person I saw on walking in was the photographer whose event had inspired the trip. Iceland is a small place.
And finally…… what trip to Iceland would be complete without a cameo by Björk wearing an unusual dress?
So here you go, blending in inconspicuously by wearing a paper fan over her face dancing away in the crowd at Hard Rock Reykjavik.