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Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Mon May 26, 2014 11:10 am




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Hi there, thanks for taking a look at this first part of a new series that will cover my first trip down under - and in true a.netter style the routing will take me slightly around the houses. The series will be split into nine parts:

Part 1 - Easyjet A319, LGW-BCN

Part 2 - Qatar Airways A333/77W in J, BCN-DOH-SIN

Part 3 - Malaysia Airlines 738/A333, SIN-KUL-MEL

Part 4 - Virgin Australia 738/E190 MEL-SYD-BNE

Part 5 - Qantas 767 BNE-SYD

Part 6 - Virgin Atlantic Upper Class A340-600 SYD-HKG

Part 7 - Cathay Pacific First Class 777-300ER HKG-SIN

Part 8 - Qatar Airways 77W/A333 / Air Berlin 738, SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Part 9 - Turkish Airlines A320/ British Airways 767 TXL-IST-LHR

Unfortunately, despite quite a bit of research, there wasn't a huge amount of variety in aircraft type for this trip, at least initially. I did try and search for an Alliance F100 between MEL-BNE, but their website didn't show that route as available for booking. On the plus side though, I did manage to shoe horn an A340-600 into the deal after my plans to fly long haul with QF fell through.

The final map was as follows:

http://i181.photobucket.com/albums/x35/jwhite9185/Oz1/map.gif~original


Apologies for slightly rambling on this intro...

During the course of 2013, I was lucky enough to sample a couple of long haul business and first class products, most notably on British Airways ( An Impulse Buy To Catch BA's 787 In C LHR-ARN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 18 2013 in Trip Reports) ) and Cathay Pacific ( Asia 2:Catching A Cathay Pacific 747 To Tokyo In F (by jwhite9185 Dec 22 2013 in Trip Reports) ). However, these flights however weren't particularly long in duration. They were enough to whet my appetite for more though. So I started planning for something a little bigger in 2014. Despite having been in long haul business quite a few times before, mostly with VS, it had been a good few years since I'd had such an experience so that was on the 'to do' list. As it turned out though, I would later fly with American in business across the Atlantic ( New Year, New AA: LHR-ORD-BOS-JFK-LHR 772/738/77W (by jwhite9185 Apr 1 2014 in Trip Reports) ). Also on the to do list was a trip to Australia - now that I had crossed off Hong Kong and Tokyo, Sydney was one of the few remaining places left on it.

One day in November 2013 whilst on my tea break at work I grabbed a piece of scrap paper and scribbled down my dream itinerary.



I checked out prices, and came up with a final figure. The one stumbling block, as with most things in life was how I was going to pay for it all! Luckily, a few days later I was given my overtime back, a thorn in my side for most of 2013 after it had been taken away early in January. It still didn't leave me with an unlimited supply of cash by any means, but if I got creative with my scheduling it could work. A minor car crash in December 2013 didn’t help the financial situation either. Ideally, the longest sector in business would be operated by a One World member so as to earn me enough BA tier points to regain my BA Silver / One World Sapphire status for a further year. British Airways from LHR was out of my price range, at over £4000 return. Starting in BCN would lower that price to just under £3000, but in all honesty having sampled BA's Club World seat (briefly) in August, I fancied something different. Next up was Malaysia Airlines on their A380, via KUL. This was much cheaper at £2,200, but the fact that it was in their 'promo' fare category meant it was likely that I'd earn 0 tier points or Avios - much like on my trip to Asia with them last year. The final port of call was One World's newest member, Qatar Airways. As previously mentioned, BCN seemed to have lower taxes etc. than most other places and it just happened to be a city I'd wanted to visit, so I priced up the options routing BCN-SIN and it came out at a very reasonable €1,800 (around £1,500). Booked!


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The next mission was to find a way to Barcelona. I could have flown with BA, but as the flight was due to take place on the final day of my membership year, the tier points would likely expire before they were even posted. Also the fact I’d flown many BA short haul flights recently didn’t make it an overly attractive option. Instead, I turned to EasyJet. I'd given them a go in November 2013 for the first time and I was generally impressed, although I'd promised myself I would only use them for positioning flights rather than main events, so this seemed a decent enough excuse to try them again.

Booking was made via the EasyJet website for £58, including a seat booking. I’d later have to shell out an extra £16 to check in a bag – something I wasn’t initially planning on doing. In all, BA would have been a much cheaper option, plus I would have got a drink and something to eat onboard too.


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Check in was made 30 days prior to departure. It was then it became clear the earlier A319 had been subbed for the larger A320 – meaning I’d manage to avoid the A319 entirely on this trip.


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This would be the maiden voyage for my new luggage.



On to the day of departure then. As usual, it was out to the local station for a pretty busy train to Gatwick, via Clapham junction. I was hoping the weather would improve somewhat at my various destinations.



I arrived at Gatwick and made my way over to the shuttle to the North terminal.



Instead of making my way over to my usual BA check in area, it was over to the orange side.



There was a bit of a queue for the bag drop, but it was dealt with pretty quickly, and before I knew it my bag was disappearing into the guts of the North Terminal. I'd also manage to grab myself an orange souvenir boarding pass in the process.



After this it was through security. Much like check in, it was reasonably busy but dealt with quickly. Once I was through, I made my way over to the No1. Lounge, courtesy of my complimentary Airport Angel card - thanks to both OA260 and Signol for the tips on how to obtain this!


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As far as lounges go, it wasn't too bad. The food selections were much better than upstairs in the BA lounge in my opinion. Just a shame about all the screaming kids running around. But you can't have everything I guess.


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It was a little on the busy side, so not too many pics.


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One complaint was that the staff weren't too efficient at cleaning up... None of this mess was mine!



I did manage to grab a seat by the window for a while.

Shortly before taking a few a.netters on a day out.



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I never knew Germania served LGW?




I stayed in the lounge until gate 102 flashed up at 12:10. This meant another trip over the bridge. Along the way I spotted the Air China A330 that had restarted service to LGW just a week or two previously, plus a few others.


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Unusual to see this LHR based VS at LGW


Todays ride down to BCN


I reached the gate and sat and waited until the all aboard signal was given, just as I watched my bag being thrown into the forward hold.


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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Mon May 26, 2014 11:11 am


EZY8575
LGW-BCN
April 2014
Airbus A320/ G-EZUV
Seat: 19F/ Economy
Scheduled: 13:05/16:10
Off Stand: 13:15
On Stand: 16:10



I took my assigned seat and waited for pushback. The captain announced a flying time of an hour and forty minutes and a cruising altitude of 37,000 ft.


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There was a bit of a wait whilst the last few bags were loaded.



Pushback came a few minutes late and we made our way over to a very damp 26L.


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There was a bit of a wait while a couple of other departures and arrivals took place. It was finally our turn to depart at 13:30.


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Unexpectedly it was almost immediately into some pretty thick and bumpy cloud.



Around twenty minutes later we finally broke through, although the ride was still on the rough side.



Around this time the crew started the on board service, however I wasn't all that hungry. So I just sat with Jimi Goodwin's debut album whist watching the wing bounce around.


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Once the album had finished, there wasn't too long until descent. During the initial stages of descent, we passed over the Pyrenees.


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Before heading over the city and getting some great views along the way.


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Interestingly, there was a pretty thick low cloud lingering at the end of the runway, meaning the views pretty much disappeared for a few moments on short finals.


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We touched down pretty much on schedule and made our way over to terminal 2.


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I was glad to see that despite parking on a hard stand, we would be disembarking via the steps and on to a waiting bus.


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The chatty bunch of middle aged women sat behind took their time disembarking, and were very vocal about everybody being in a rush to get off. One of them kept muttering ‘quick, must get off before the plane goes back with us still on board’. Admittedly, I do think it’s a bit strange how everybody jumps up the second the parking brake is applied, but if they’re rushing to make a connection I can understand it. And I certainly wouldn’t take my time to block the aisle and actively stop people from leaving by placing themselves and all their stuff there like they did to me… Luckily I wasn’t in a rush.

Once I finally did manage to make my way past them, I made my way out of the rear exit and hung around on the ramp enjoying the sun and snapping a couple of pics - and despite there being a couple of ramp workers around, they didn't seem too bothered.


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Once I got to security, I attempted to use the e-passport lane, however this didn't work - so it was to the back of the normal line instead. It wasn't an issue though, as the bags hadn't turned up at the assigned carousel anyway.



After around fifteen minutes waiting, and watching the same bag go round about 15 times, my bag was back in my possession and I made my way out into the terminal.


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I brought a ticket for the aerobus and was in the city within half an hour.


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It was then on to a train to my hotel for the evening, the NH Diagonal.


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Following this, it was out to see the sights with local a.netter MIASpotter. I'll leave you with a few destination pics from our walk. Once again, thanks Christian, it was great to meet you and your friend!


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And once we had finished our tour, it was off for a very tasty dinner – once again, many thanks Christian!


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Once more, EasyJet did pretty much what they said on the tin – transported me from LGW to BCN pretty much on time with the minimum of fuss. The only thing that did annoy me with them slightly was the fact that once you throw in the extras (seats and baggage) they actually work out more expensive than BA on the same route, and that’s before you’ve spent any extra on board for food and drink. Therefore I maintain the same attitude towards them as I had before – I’ll use them for ‘positioning flights’ rather than the main event.

Barcelona was a great city I thought. Much more going on than in Madrid.

Stay tuned for my onward journey!

Previous trip reports

Salzburg With BA In Club On The 737-400.March 2014 (by jwhite9185 May 11 2014 in Trip Reports)
The Red Nosed Way To Faro. LGW-OSL-FAO-LGW DY/BA (by jwhite9185 Apr 28 2014 in Trip Reports)
New Year, New AA: LHR-ORD-BOS-JFK-LHR 772/738/77W (by jwhite9185 Apr 1 2014 in Trip Reports)
To Fly, To Serve: BA LGW-VCE-LCY 737/E170 Dec.13 (by jwhite9185 Mar 22 2014 in Trip Reports)
Alicante With BA In J: LHR-ALC-LGW A319/734 Nov.13 (by jwhite9185 Mar 16 2014 in Trip Reports)
The EZY Way To Catch A LAN 787 LGW-MAD-FRA-ARN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Feb 21 2014 in Trip Reports)
Trains, Planes And… Boats? ZRH A.net Meet (by jwhite9185 Feb 5 2014 in Trip Reports)
Asia 4: Heading Home On An A380 KUL-LHR (by jwhite9185 Jan 20 2014 in Trip Reports)
Asia 3: JAL 767 To Kuala Lumpur NRT-KUL (by jwhite9185 Jan 10 2014 in Trip Reports)
Asia 2:Catching A Cathay Pacific 747 To Tokyo In F (by jwhite9185 Dec 22 2013 in Trip Reports)
Asia 1: A Journey Of Epic Proportions LHR-KUL-HKG (by jwhite9185 Dec 8 2013 in Trip Reports)
Comparing The Competition Again: VS/BA LHR-ABZ-LHR (by jwhite9185 Nov 24 2013 in Trip Reports)
Across The UK With Flybe SOU-EDI-MAN-SOU E195/Q400 (by jwhite9185 Nov 5 2013 in Trip Reports)
An Impulse Buy To Catch BA's 787 In C LHR-ARN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 18 2013 in Trip Reports)
BA,The DB, AB And A Bit Of DAT LHR-STR-NUE-DUS-STR (by jwhite9185 Oct 6 2013 in Trip Reports)
Jettime To Scandinavia: LHR-CPH-BHX 733/SAS CR9 (by jwhite9185 Sep 28 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 5: Catching A Whale To LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 3 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 4:Back To DXB With Oman Air (by jwhite9185 Aug 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 3: BKK-DXB-MCT With EK/WY (by jwhite9185 Aug 6 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 2: Two TG Classic's To HKT (by jwhite9185 Jul 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Arabia & Thailand 2013 1: LHR-DXB-BKK EK A380/77W (by jwhite9185 Jul 9 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 5: AA & BA's New WTP MCO-MIA-ATL-LHR (by jwhite9185 Jun 25 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 4: Heading South On A Mad Dog ORD-MCO (by jwhite9185 Jun 13 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 3: Almost A Disaster With AA DCA-ORD (by jwhite9185 May 29 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 2: BA A320/744 WTP CDG-LHR-IAD (by jwhite9185 May 14 2013 in Trip Reports)
USA 2013 Pt 1: The Beginning BA LHR-ORY (by jwhite9185 Apr 20 2013 in Trip Reports)
Comparing The Competition: BA/VS Inaugural MAN-LHR (by jwhite9185 Mar 31 2013 in Trip Reports)
Taking TAP To Portugal: LGW-OPO-LIS-LHR Feb. 2013 (by jwhite9185 Mar 10 2013 in Trip Reports)
Poland On The Dream)liner - LOT LHR-WAW-LHR In C/Y (by jwhite9185 Jan 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
A Speedbird & Titan 767 – LHR-LCA-LHR In C…ish (by jwhite9185 Feb 1 2013 in Trip Reports)
British Airways LGW-AGP-LCY 737/E190 Nov. 2012 (by jwhite9185 Dec 1 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 2: 5 Flights 3 Airlines MXP-ZRH-DUS-LHR LX/LH (by jwhite9185 Nov 14 2012 in Trip Reports)
Part 1: 5 Flights 3 Airlines LHR-BRU-MXP In Theory (by jwhite9185 Oct 29 2012 in Trip Reports)
Cancellations, Widebodies And Iberia LHR-MAD-LHR (by jwhite9185 Oct 17 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic's New A330 LHR-JFK-LHR (by jwhite9185 Sep 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Night In Amsterdam - KLM F70/738 LHR-AMS-LHR (by jwhite9185 Aug 28 2012 in Trip Reports)
Trying Out Flybe - LGW-BHD-GLA-BHD-LGW (by jwhite9185 Jul 11 2012 in Trip Reports)
A Day Trip To MAN (by jwhite9185 Jun 21 2012 in Trip Reports)
Nice, Monaco And The Great British Lounge With BMI (by jwhite9185 May 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
EI237/182 LGW-DUB-LHR And 2 Lounges (by jwhite9185 Apr 18 2012 in Trip Reports)
LGW-FRA-BRU-LHR With LH And SN (by jwhite9185 Mar 27 2012 in Trip Reports)
BA906/8735 LHR-FRA-LCY (by jwhite9185 Mar 13 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS015/016 LGW-MCO-LGW June 2010 (by jwhite9185 Jan 20 2012 in Trip Reports)
VS006 MIA-LHR A340-642 June 2008 (by jwhite9185 Feb 10 2012 in Trip Reports)
Virgin Atlantic 747 To BGI - October 2007 (by jwhite9185 Aug 3 2012 in Trip Reports)
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Mon May 26, 2014 12:57 pm

Looking forward to this epic journey and reading the rest of your reports, especially the now ceased Virgin Atlantic A346 to SYD!
I like artificial banana essence!
 
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Mon May 26, 2014 5:31 pm

Nice read and pictures James, looking forward to the next installment.

Cheers

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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Mon May 26, 2014 7:25 pm

Hey, J.,

a pretty good start to you´re new series. Well done, also good local pictures.
And always nice to have some local company.

Looking for more, you know.

Greetings,
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue May 27, 2014 1:45 am

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Nice read and pictures James, looking forward to the next installment.

Same here - very much looking forward to the next posts.

Thank you  
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue May 27, 2014 7:48 am

Hi James!

Good to finally see part 1 of your epic (and exausting) journey.

easyJet does exactly what it says on the tin, no fuss A to B transport. I agree about all the charges, that´s why it pays off to shop around and compare.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
I was hoping the weather would improve somewhat at my various destinations.

Where´s the sun?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Along the way I spotted the Air China A330 that had restarted service to LGW just a week or two previously

Oh, I didn´t know they served LGW! which reminds me... I need to start checking prices on their 5th freedom BCN-VIE and see if I can join fellow a.netter Nils on that flight 
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Before heading over the city and getting some great views along the way.

Yup, that´s why I always sit on the right side when flying into BCN  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
thanks Christian, it was great to meet you and your friend!

My pleasure James, glad you enjoyed the little tour and dinner   and come back anytime.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
Stay tuned for my onward journey!

popcorn at the ready.

MIAspotter.
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue May 27, 2014 2:05 pm

James,

A new start to a new and promising looking series. So you decided to kick your travels off in true lowcost style? EasyJet is in that aspect not a bad choice imho. Although indeed as you state the added costs like checked bags etc may make the difference. Good to see you were partly shown around town by fellow a.netter and Barcelona resident MIAspotter! For now, looking fwd to the rest of the show  

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One complaint was that the staff weren't too efficient at cleaning up... None of this mess was mine!

Not only the staff should clean up, also those who left the mess behind should maybe be a bit more considerate and clean their own mess? At least, that’s what I should do.

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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue May 27, 2014 4:23 pm

Brilliant report as always James. Looking forward to ALL parts coming up !!
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue May 27, 2014 6:24 pm

allrite,

Quoting allrite (Reply 2):
Looking forward to this epic journey and reading the rest of your reports, especially the now ceased Virgin Atlantic A346 to SYD!

That was a good flight - I've recently finished off that part of the series...

Mark,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
Nice read and pictures James

Thanks,

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 3):
looking forward to the next installment.

All done and ready to go - although I won't post it quite yet, as I don't want to spam the forum!

Markus,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
a pretty good start to you´re new series. Well done, also good local pictures.

Thanks,

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 4):
And always nice to have some local company.

Very much so.

harim,

Quoting harim (Reply 5):
very much looking forward to the next posts.

The series is quite a long way along the production line - I'm currently working on part 7.

Christian,

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 6):
Good to finally see part 1 of your epic (and exausting) journey.

I know you were looking forward to it!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 6):
easyJet does exactly what it says on the tin, no fuss A to B transport.

Pretty much - cant fault them.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 6):
Where´s the sun?

Exactly... Although thats to be expected in the UK.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 6):
Yup, that´s why I always sit on the right side when flying into BCN

I chose that side by pure chance!

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 6):
glad you enjoyed the little tour and dinner

Certainly did.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 6):
popcorn at the ready.

You should have been on my CityJet flight on Sunday - first time I've had popcorn as an onboard snack.

Nils,

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
So you decided to kick your travels off in true lowcost style?

I wouldn't say low-cost... more a case of different!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
For now, looking fwd to the rest of the show

Seems to be a common theme around here!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Not only the staff should clean up, also those who left the mess behind should maybe be a bit more considerate and clean their own mess? At least, that’s what I should do.

Agreed. I guess people pay to get into a lounge and expect to have people tidy up after them.

theobcman,

Quoting theobcman (Reply 8):
Brilliant report as always James.

Thanks

Quoting theobcman (Reply 8):
Looking forward to ALL parts coming up !!

Hopefully they should be coming along pretty regularly. As I mentioned above, I've got a good chunk of them done already.
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Wed May 28, 2014 6:42 pm

As always...excellent. Roll on the next instalment!
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Wed May 28, 2014 10:51 pm

Hi, great TR...

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
EasyJet did pretty much what they said on the tin – transported me from LGW to BCN pretty much on time with the minimum of fuss. The only thing that did annoy me with them slightly was the fact that once you throw in the extras (seats and baggage) they actually work out more expensive than BA on the same route

True, what happened to the "old" U2? Living in Hamburg/Germany, easyJet is now one of the most expansive airline operating from my hometown airport!   
Actually you will find much cheaper deals on germanwings or BA to LHR - than traveling with easyJet to LGW and best part: without this strange "1-pcs-of-handlugge-only" (laptop case OR trolley) rule!
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Thu May 29, 2014 6:18 pm

willd,

Quoting willd (Reply 10):
As always...excellent. Roll on the next instalment!

Thanks,

debonair,

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
Hi, great TR...

Thanks,

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
True, what happened to the "old" U2? Living in Hamburg/Germany, easyJet is now one of the most expansive airline operating from my hometown airport!

I think they gained a reputation as having low fares then they jacked the prices up and people still think there the cheapest option without looking around.

Quoting debonair (Reply 11):
Actually you will find much cheaper deals on germanwings or BA to LHR - than traveling with easyJet to LGW and best part: without this strange "1-pcs-of-handlugge-only" (laptop case OR trolley) rule!

I've often found cheaper fares on BA ex LGW.
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue Jun 03, 2014 7:03 pm

Hi James !

Nice report with nice pictures !

Sounds like a really nice trip you are doing to Australia with many stops along the way.

Great pictures from Barcelona, a city I have yet to visit. Someday I'll go there…..

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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Wed Jun 04, 2014 5:41 pm

Lars,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Nice report with nice pictures !

Thanks,

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Sounds like a really nice trip you are doing to Australia with many stops along the way.

Its definitely one I'll look back on in a few years and have some good memories about - glad I can do these trip reports to enhance the memories.

Quoting The777Man (Reply 13):
Great pictures from Barcelona, a city I have yet to visit. Someday I'll go there…..

Its a nice city, I'd recommend it.
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Fri Jun 06, 2014 9:30 pm

Hey James  

Great report. Still yet to try EZY but they look ok.

Lovely pics from Barcelona and that lovely approach into BCN. Love that market and the fab ice cream. Spent many a day there and around that city.

Regards


Philip  
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Fri Jun 06, 2014 10:34 pm

Hi James,
Nice report, on a simple U2 run.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
o1. Lounge, courtesy of my complimentary Airport Angel card - thanks to both OA260 and Signol for the tips on how to obtain this!

Glad to be of help, and that it is of use  

Some nice shots too of the mountains, and of Barcelona city - another destination on my to-visit list!

And good to meet you in AMS the other week!

signol
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Sat Jun 07, 2014 8:57 am

Philip,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Great report.

Thanks,

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Still yet to try EZY but they look ok.

They're fine... Yet to have any major issues with them.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Lovely pics from Barcelona and that lovely approach into BCN.

Thanks again.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Love that market and the fab ice cream. Spent many a day there and around that city.

I was glad that I managed to visit the market. I'd seen it in a few reports and was on the to do list!

Robin,

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Nice report, on a simple U2 run.

Thanks,

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
Glad to be of help, and that it is of use

Very much appreciated!

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
another destination on my to-visit list!

I'd recommend it. Great city.

Quoting signol (Reply 16):
And good to meet you in AMS the other week!

Likewise. Just a shame you had to leave early.
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Sat Jun 07, 2014 10:10 am

A nice first start to your trip, James. Looking forward to the following reports  .

Cheers, Adam
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:07 am

Hi James,

interesting first part of your latest series with nice pictures from Barcelona.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):

Part 1 - Easyjet A319, LGW-BCN

Part 2 - Qatar Airways A333/77W in J, BCN-DOH-SIN

Part 3 - Malaysia Airlines 738/A333, SIN-KUL-MEL

Part 4 - Virgin Australia 738/E190 MEL-SYD-BNE

Part 5 - Qantas 767 BNE-SYD

Part 6 - Virgin Atlantic Upper Class A340-600 SYD-HKG

Part 7 - Cathay Pacific First Class 777-300ER HKG-SIN

Part 8 - Qatar Airways 77W/A333 / Air Berlin 738, SIN-DOH-BCN-TXL

Part 9 - Turkish Airlines A320/ British Airways 767 TXL-IST-LHR

Impressive itinerary!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Thread starter):
. As previously mentioned, BCN seemed to have lower taxes etc. than most other places and it just happened to be a city I'd wanted to visit, so I priced up the options routing BCN-SIN and it came out at a very reasonable €1,800 (around £1,500). Booked!

Not bad, these subsidized Gulf carriers really bring fares down.


PH
Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Sun Jun 08, 2014 7:34 pm

Adam,

Quoting ab486 (Reply 18):
A nice first start to your trip, James.

Thanks,

Quoting ab486 (Reply 18):
Looking forward to the following reports

They'll be along shortly!

PH,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
interesting first part of your latest series with nice pictures from Barcelona.

Thanks,

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Impressive itinerary!

A couple of types actually changed from that one actually... Didn't realise that was the original version!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 19):
Not bad, these subsidized Gulf carriers really bring fares down.

Helps out no end!
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:03 pm

Hello James,

Excellent report as always, even thought it's just about a short U2 flight I enjoyed the read. Great pictures of Barcelona too! Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to reading more about the trip down under!
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Tue Jun 10, 2014 7:33 pm

Robert,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
Excellent report as always

Thanks,

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
even thought it's just about a short U2 flight I enjoyed the read.

Glad you still enjoyed!

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 21):
Thanks for sharing, and I look forward to reading more about the trip down under!

Second part just posted...
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:31 pm

Hi James

Great start to your long journey. Easyjet look decent. I tried them earlier this year after an absence of a few years and I was rather pleasantly surprised. Nothing to complain about.

I also really enjoyed your pictures from Barcelona. Such a nice city and certainly an interesting contrast to your pictures from rainy England.

Cheers,
William
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:46 pm

William,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
Great start to your long journey.

Thanks,

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
Easyjet look decent. I tried them earlier this year after an absence of a few years and I was rather pleasantly surprised.

I tried them for the first time late last year and they were above my expectations.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 23):
I also really enjoyed your pictures from Barcelona. Such a nice city and certainly an interesting contrast to your pictures from rainy England.

And rainy Australia...
 
adamspotter
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Sun Aug 10, 2014 11:04 pm

Hi James,

Looks like you already posted part 6, I guess it's about time I get started on this very promising looking series!
Very nice first part on your positioning flight to BCN. Looks like EZY got the job done for you with little fuss.
Beautiful pictures of Barcelona as well, I love that city  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 1):
During the initial stages of descent, we passed over the Pyrenees.

Simply stunning!

Looking forward to reading the other parts!

cheers,

Brendan
 
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RE: Oz 2014 1: Positioning LGW-BCN With EasyJet

Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:54 pm

Brendan,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
Looks like you already posted part 6, I guess it's about time I get started on this very promising looking series!

I would, its a great series!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
Very nice first part on your positioning flight to BCN.

Thanks,

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
Looks like EZY got the job done for you with little fuss.

Yeah, not a bad way of getting from A to B.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 25):
Beautiful pictures of Barcelona as well, I love that city

Thanks again - and I wouldnt be against going back again...

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