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Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:35 am

Trying out FlyBE (operated by Stobart Air) from Antwerp
ANR-SEN (+ the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and Easyjet LTN-AMS


Hello, and welcome to my latest trip report, featuring a flight one of FlyBE’s new services out of London Southend, as well as a quick visit to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London - and a mini report on my flight home with Easyjet.

Earlier this year, the British regional carrier FlyBE announced they would open a bunch of new routes from London Southend Airport, the newest of the six London airports that currently have commercial air services. All destinations were to secondary (or maybe even tertiary) cities on the mainland, for example Maastricht and Groningen in the Netherlands, Caen in France and Osnabruck in Germany. More interestingly, these flights would be operated under a franchise agreement with Stobart Air, part of the Stobart Group, a logistics company from the UK who recently purchased the Irish regional carrier Aer Arran - who also operate regional routes for Aer Lingus. And yes, the plot even thickens, Stobart Air also owns the Southend Airport. The FlyBE flights would be operated by two ATR-72’s, a new type to the FlyBE fleet.

Anyhow, fares for the services were dirt cheap when first announced, so I looked around if I could come up with something interesting. One of the destinations was Antwerp (ANR) in Belgium, a very small airport with as only other scheduled destination a 5-daily London City flight operated by Cityjet. Since Antwerp can be reached in just under two hours from my town near Amsterdam I went for that. I had already arrived at Antwerp a few years ago, but never departed from the airport so a nice first. There was a nicely timed Sunday evening flight to go for. Now I could take one of the three EasyJet flights between Southend and Amsterdam to go back, but I decided to fly back from London Luton (LTN), as - same story - I had only arrived there once in 2012, but never departed there. Also here numerous EasyJet flights. This would mean that I would have to spend the night in London or Southend, but that was fine - as it would give me the opportunity to visit the newly opened Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, something I had been meaning to see. This was all booked for, what turned out to be, a nice weekend in July.

The simple and modest routing illustrated by the Great Circle Mapper:

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Sunday, July 2014
FlyBE flight 6013 (operated by Stobart Air)
Antwerp Airport (ANR) - London Southend Airport (SEN)
ATR 72-500
Seat 15F


324th overall flight
11th flight on FlyBE (1st flight operated by Stobart Air or Aer Arran)
7th flight on an ATR-72 (10th flight on the ATR 42/72 family)
2nd visit to ANR, 2nd visit to SEN
1st time flying the ANR-SEN route

Departure Time (Scheduled/Actual): 18.10 / 18.07
Arrival Time (Scheduled/Actual): 18.05 / 17.57
Block time (Scheduled / Actual): 0.55 / 0.53
Flight duration: 43 minutes
Mileage: 164 miles

Getting to Antwerp from the Amsterdam area is easy, as mentioned. Firstly there is the Thalys train which uses the high speed line in the Netherlands and gets you there in a little over an hour. Secondly there is the ‘regular’ international intercity, which takes a little over two hours and requires a change in Rotterdam. However, as Thalys fares were quite expensive I opted for the latter. As I had never really visited Antwerp before, I decided to take some extra time to explore the city and depart from the Netherlands early-ish in the morning already.

Arriving at Antwerp Central Station
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Antwerp Central Station is quite remarkable, a beautiful old building with a modern lookinside - renovated with several underground tracks
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After exploring Antwerp for a little while, it was time to catch the bus to the airport. No dedicated airport busses here, just a local line that takes you through several districts of Antwerp before passing by the airport - where I arrived at 16.45, well in time for the 18.10 departure.

Antwerp Airport - definately not an architectural wonder, especially with the renovations going on.
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Entrance to departures, with an advertisement for the airports two commercial operators
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Just two flights today - Cityjet to London City had already departed and FlyBE’s London Southend flight is showing as on time
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Old school check in only at Antwerp, with two agents handling the FlyBE flight
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Interesting atrium in the middle of the airport, an elevator to take you up to the airport offices, and on both sides of the elevator a door - one where you exit if you are an arriving passenger, and one that would lead to departures.
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Time to check in. A couple was being served on one of the desks, so I headed to the other where I was greeted friendly. After handing over my passport she started typing on the computer, and asked if I prefered a window or aisle seat - to which I responded I had already reserved 15F, which she confirmed. The boarding pass was quickly and my small backpack got a ‘approved cabin luggage tag’.

As the departures area was not yet opened, I headed to the airport cafe for some coffee and great apron views. To my surprise - this cafe was packed, perhaps many locals use this also as their local cafe. No apron action though - beside three Cityjet Fokker 50’s resting for their duties tomorrow.

At 17.30 (boarding would start at 17.40) I made my way to the airport ‘terminal’ to see if departures was open now, which it was. No line for security and the two agents working the security checkpoint where friendly and all smiles. After security you head into a small waiting lounge which is separated in a Schengen and non-Schengen area. I of course had to go to the latter, so first a quick (but grumpy) passport check from the Belgium border control.

Now I really had no idea what to expect in terms of load. The service had only just started, and who would want to fly from Antwerp to Southend on a Sunday afternoon? So to my surprise, I counted around 35 to 40 passengers, which equals to a 50-60% load. Not bad I guess for a service that has just started. The inbound (which arrived bang on time) had only 5 passengers though.

Apron view from the airport cafe - one of the three Fokker 50’s present. Interesting to note that this Cityjet Fokker 50 is painted back into VLM colors after AF/KL sold Cityjet to a German investor group
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Departures lounge - note the combined Cityjet / FlyBE banner near the ‘gate’
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Boarding started around 17.45 and was by zones - which was strictly enforced by the two agents - the same two ladies who did the incheck duties earlier. Quite a walk over the apron, passing by the Cityjet Fokkers as well as business jet that arrived a few minutes earlier.

A unique feature of the ATR is that the main cabin door is in the back, which makes for a good view of the plane as you pass by. A warm welcome for the male FA (with a Spanish sounding accent), who directed everybody to their seat “Welcome on board sir, 15F is to your right.” A very modern and clean looking cabin on this board, so a good first impression of Stobart Air so far!

Walking towards the plane - the new purple FlyBE livery is starting to grow on me
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The other two Cityjet Fokkers enjoying their Sunday break
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The A.net classic: ‘under the wing, you know’
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And that other A.net classic: legroom shot - quite sufficient for these regional flights


Modern looking cabin
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Seat back contents
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Downside: a rainy and scratchy window
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Once everyone on board, a long welcome (to this FlyBE flight operated by Stobart Air) from the captain, introducing himself and the rest of the crew. He had a British name and accent, but the three had Spanish names - coincidence or does Stobart Air employ a lot of Spanish? Later on I heard the FA speaking with two other passengers - he was originally from Mallorca but now based in London. Anyway, the captain announced a flight time of around 40 mins (the ATR is sloooow), with good flying conditions along the way. The weather in Southend was similar as in Antwerp, partly cloudy with some rain showers. After that, also a welcome from the FA (again FlyBE operated by Stobart Air, which was constantly said - I guess Stobart wants to market themselves a bit as well) and a safety demo performed on stand. The engines were started up at 18.04, and we left the apron at 18.09, nicely on time.

Backtracking on the runway



A powerfull take-off



Limited views of downtown Antwerp unfortunately



Some views of the Antwerp harbour and the river Schelde
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Climbing through the clouds
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Between the clouds, part of the Belgium and the Netherlands visible, as well as the Westerschelde
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With 40 minutes of flight time, it means that the actual cruise is only very short. Minutes after leaving the Belgian and Dutch coastline behind, the slow descent already begun. The captain was on the PA once again, mentioning that we were currently over the North Sea and that we would in a nice and warm Southend, 20 degrees with some shattered rain clouds. In the meantime the cabin crew had made a BOB run, which hardly any of the passenger made use of.

A large wind turbine park just of the English coastline
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Descending through some large clouds - at this point the descent became quite bumpy


First view of the English coastline
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Flying over land again
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Typical English countryside

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Final approach
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Touch down!
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Turning around at the end of the runway
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Southend Airport is also used for storage, maintenance and painting by several airlines and related companies. Here we pass by a stored Arik Air 737
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The old airport terminal, now used as an FBO terminal I suppose - note the Stobart logo’s
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The modern looking new terminal
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Parking next to an A319 from Easyjet, the other main operator at Southend
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One last view of this purple bird
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As we parked - at 18.57, well on time - the FA was on the PA once more, thanking all the passengers for flying FlyBE operated by Stobart Air. He also asked the passengers in seats 1-10 to remain seated, until the passengers in the others row had disembarked - a safety regulation specific for this type of aircraft. Now I have flown 10 ATR’s in the last three years and have never heard this before. Something specific in the UK maybe - or just bull to avoid many standing passengers in the aisle?

As we exited, the FA handed out small chocolates to all passengers - a new thing from FlyBE. He presented it nicely as well, a “treat for you” and a “sweet memory of this flight”. Passport control was quick - and I was in the UK, in Southend.

FlyBE chocolate
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Luggage reclaim
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Not many arrivals left, just the overnighting Easyjet busses and a Air Lingus Regional (also operated by Stobart Air) flight from Dublin
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Arrivals area
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And departures
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Overview of the entire terminal building
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Now the bus to the city center had just left, and I didn’t really like waiting. And since the airport is located basically inside the town, one can easily walk towards the city - it’s just a few miles. So that’s what I did - and after a quick visit to Southend tourist attractions, I went to my hotel where I watched the World Cup Final - before going to sleep. Tomorrow, the train ride to London proper would wait - as well as the visit to Queen Elizabeth Park and an EasyJet flight home.

Southend Pier - the longest pleasure pier in the world they say. Also picturesd is the Adventure Island amusement park
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The Southend Cliffs, nicely separating the town from the coast
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| | | An impression of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park | | |

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| | | And finally a quick mini report on my flight back from Luton to Amsterdam on Easyjet | | |

London Luton Airport - with the control tower, the Easyjet main office and a Wizz Air flight taking off visible
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Luton Airport terminal terminal building
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Luton check-in, made famous by the tv series Airline
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A Thomson 737, first time for me seeing those Scimitar winglets in real life
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Apron view, Luton definitely wins an award for being creative to find as many parking spots for bizzjets - see Google Maps for what I mean
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The Easyjet A320 that will be bringing me back to Amsterdam
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Taxiing towards the runway


Take-off!
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Passing by the town of Luton, hadn’t realised this was such a large city


Fying between two cloud layers


Nice views as we approach the English coastline again


It’s cloudy as we descent above the North Sea


Approaching the Dutch coastline


Passing the town of IJmuiden, with it’s harbour, the steel plants and the locks for the North Sea Channel towards Amsterdam


Turning towards the Polderbaan, runway 36R, the remote runway
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Lovely sunset visible during the final approach


And arriving on stand at Schiphol airport, parking next to an Easyjet A320 with Sharklets
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| | | Thanks for reading! I hoped you enjoyed this brief introduction to FlybE’s new services to London Southend, and interesting operation for sure. Comments, remarks or questions are welcome as always! | | |
 
regaviation
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:43 am

Hi there,
A good trip report here. First one I've seen with Stobart Air!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Just two flights today - Cityjet to London City had already departed and FlyBE’s London Southend flight is showing as on time

Only 2 flights a day ! Wow - what a quiet Airport.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
FlyBE chocolate

Nice!

It must have been great to go to the Olympic Park.

Great report!

Regaviation

[Edited 2014-07-27 02:44:04]

[Edited 2014-07-27 02:44:39]
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:10 am

Hi Robert,

Nice TR on "FlyBE operated by Stobart Air". It was good to see how they are.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
As we parked - at 18.57, well on time - the FA was on the PA once more, thanking all the passengers for flying FlyBE operated by Stobart Air. He also asked the passengers in seats 1-10 to remain seated, until the passengers in the others row had disembarked - a safety regulation specific for this type of aircraft. Now I have flown 10 ATR’s in the last three years and have never heard this before. Something specific in the UK maybe - or just bull to avoid many standing passengers in the aisle?

It's not a UK-specific regulation. This has been standard Aer Arann policy on the ATR-72s since I started flying with them nearly 7 years ago. Apparently it's to stop the aircraft tipping onto its tail during disembarkation but whether it's really a problem is anyone's guess. The policy has obviously been continued with the name change.

Thanks again for the enjoyable TR.  

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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:56 am

Hello,

Quoting regaviation (Reply 1):
Hi there,
A good trip report here. First one I've seen with Stobart Air!

Thanks! I think there is another out there, about the inagaural to Caen in France!

Quoting regaviation (Reply 1):
Only 2 flights a day ! Wow - what a quiet Airport.

It's a little busier during the weekdays, with 5 LCY and 2 SEN flights.

Quoting regaviation (Reply 1):
It must have been great to go to the Olympic Park.

It sure was!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
Nice TR on "FlyBE operated by Stobart Air". It was good to see how they are.

Thanks Gareth!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
It's not a UK-specific regulation. This has been standard Aer Arann policy on the ATR-72s since I started flying with them nearly 7 years ago. Apparently it's to stop the aircraft tipping onto its tail during disembarkation but whether it's really a problem is anyone's guess. The policy has obviously been continued with the name chang

Interesting! As I said, never had that before on the ATR from Air France, CCM, Cimber or Bangkok Airways!

Quoting gpbcroppers63 (Reply 2):
Thanks again for the enjoyable TR.  

You're welcome  
 
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:10 pm

Hi Robert

Thanks for the interesting report. To be honest I'd never heard of Stobart. One way or another, I think I agree with you. The metallic purple finish on the aircraft is certainly funky. Just one question: how long is the bus journey from the centre of Antwerpen to the airport?

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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Jul 27, 2014 6:30 pm

Hi, R.,

for sure a good idea to collect Antwerpen arrivals and Luton departures this way, well done.
Nice colours to say the least by BE and Stobart Air, also on schedule here but not out of SEN.
The LON airport also still missing.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):

The A.net classic: ‘under the wing, you know’

Well done!.

Greetings,
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Mon Jul 28, 2014 5:15 pm

I flew to Antwerp in 1972 from Amsterdam on a DC-3 operated by an airline called DELTA.
 
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:30 pm

Hoi Robert,

Congrats on beating me with this nice report on the new Flybe service. Your experience very much mirrors mine, I also enjoyed the new service!

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The FlyBE flights would be operated by two ATR-72%u2019s, a new type to the FlyBE fleet.

They only have 2 for those new regional flights? I flew EI-REL, the other one then!

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However, as Thalys fares were quite expensive I opted for the latter

Yeah, Thalys imho is only good value if you book well in advance, cheapest to Amsterdam from Antwerp is € 29 iirc.

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As I had never really visited Antwerp before

You haven’t? And what did you think of it?

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Antwerp Central Station is quite remarkable, a beautiful old building with a modern lookinside - renovated with several underground tracks

I really like the mix of old and new, it’s a great station.

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Old school check in only at Antwerp

Strange to see that OLCI wasn’t offered, also not on my flight.

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I had already reserved 15F

You did? I thought the prices for seats were rather high, hence I didn’t reserve one. I figured there might be sufficient window seats left, and indeed there were  

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He also asked the passengers in seats 1-10 to remain seated, until the passengers in the others row had disembarked - a safety regulation specific for this type of aircraft.

Same on my flight again, strange as well to see that all pax obliged to this! It made for a relaxed deboarding.

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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:49 pm

Hi Robert, nice report from Flybe/Stobart Air. Interesting to see ANR all wrapped up in green now - wasn't like that when I passed through there about a month ago. The central station in the city is pretty impressive.

Never been to Southend... Looks like your typical british seaside resort though, so probably won't rush to visit any time soon.

Good to see a few pics of the Olympic park too - I visited that area in December 2011, so interesting to see what it's like now.
 
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Wed Jul 30, 2014 10:17 pm

Hi Robert,

Nice report, thanks. I'm still yet to sample SEN, even though they are a big U2 base. I thought about returning there after the AMS meet but the only flight was too early! It's also handy to have a rail station joined.
Good that you enjoyed the Olympic park. I only went once, during the Paralympics, and even then missed the event I had tickets for!

Anyway, nice flights  

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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Fri Aug 01, 2014 3:19 pm

Thanks for the comments everyone!

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
Thanks for the interesting report

Thanks! I am glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting Knightsofmalta (Reply 4):
how long is the bus journey from the centre of Antwerpen to the airport?

Just something between 10 and 15 minutes, the airport is located within the city boundaries

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5):
for sure a good idea to collect Antwerpen arrivals and Luton departures this way, well done.

Thank you Markus!

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 6):
I flew to Antwerp in 1972 from Amsterdam on a DC-3 operated by an airline called DELTA.

That's pretty interesting! Those days are far gone now!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):

Hoi Robert,

Congrats on beating me with this nice report on the new Flybe service. Your experience very much mirrors mine, I also enjoyed the new service!

Thank you Nils! And I saw your report is now up to, I'll try to read it this weekend.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
They only have 2 for those new regional flights? I flew EI-REL, the other one then!

'
According to Wiki there are only two!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Yeah, Thalys imho is only good value if you book well in advance, cheapest to Amsterdam from Antwerp is € 29 iirc.

Yeah, and I have a discount pass for the Dutch railways, so I only had to pay the full fare from Roosendaal to Antwerp.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
You haven’t? And what did you think of it?

I enjoyed it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
I really like the mix of old and new, it’s a great station.

Well I am a bit of an architecture buff, so I definately enjoyed it!

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
Strange to see that OLCI wasn’t offered, also not on my flight.

Strange indeed, it's mentioned also on the BE website, it's still the case for some smaller outstations apperaently.

Quoting sultanils (Reply 7):
You did? I thought the prices for seats were rather high, hence I didn’t reserve one. I figured there might be sufficient window seats left, and indeed there were

Yeah, I didn't want to take the change  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Hi Robert, nice report from Flybe/Stobart Air.

Thanks James!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Never been to Southend... Looks like your typical british seaside resort though, so probably won't rush to visit any time soon.

Indeed it does, nothing special!

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 8):
Good to see a few pics of the Olympic park too - I visited that area in December 2011, so interesting to see what it's like now.
Quoting signol (Reply 9):
Good that you enjoyed the Olympic park. I only went once, during the Paralympics, and even then missed the event I had tickets for!

The park was nice guys, definately worth a visit!

Quoting signol (Reply 9):
Nice report, thanks. I'm still yet to sample SEN, even though they are a big U2 base.

Thanks Robin! Well it's nothing special, your ordinary LCC type airport. But it has quite a few U2 destinantions that wuld make for a nice daytrip I'd say!
 
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Fri Aug 01, 2014 7:12 pm

An excellent trip report with good commentary and excellent photos. Good to see you chose to stay in Southend for a night, your photos from the sea front are very good.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
As we exited, the FA handed out small chocolates to all passengers - a new thing from FlyBE. He presented it nicely as well, a “treat for you” and a “sweet memory of this flight”.

Great to hear that the quality of service from the flight attendants on your flight was as high as mine!

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
He had a British name and accent, but the three had Spanish names - coincidence or does Stobart Air employ a lot of Spanish?

A coincidence I would suspect. There appears to be quite a mix of different nationalities of the Stobart Air crew. On my fly with them to Caen, I had a Dutch Captain, a French First Officer, and French and Australian cabin crew!

Thanks very much for posting this excellent trip report!
 
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:20 pm

Hi Robert  

Nice to see a report from you. Its a popular Anet route it seems recently  

I love the BE livery. You either love or hate it. Funny the chocolates are the thing many comment on , just the other day I met with a manager for a cruise line who commented that for the first time in his flying BE they were on time and had funky mood lighting and chocolates on leaving the aircraft! Just goes to show their rebrand is working so far.

I wasn't expecting to see Southend Pier! WOW its been 20 years since I was there. Thanks for that. The Olympic Park is a nice place to go. I often go to Westfield SC when in London and meet up with friends. Its nice to see the legacy of the London Olympics regenerated what was a run down area of the City. I never would have considered going to Stratford back before then. Just goes to show !

Thanks for the report and hope to see more from you in due course.

Regards

Philip  
 
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sun Aug 10, 2014 12:07 pm

Hi Robert,

nice report with good pictures. I also need to try Stobart Air one day.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
FlyBE chocolate

Nice touch! Not bad for a LCC.



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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Mon Aug 11, 2014 2:10 pm

Hi Robert

it seems you did beat the Belgiums here, with your quick upload of this tripreport   Nicely done!

A good short trip out for sure. You can take the international IC service to Antwerp/Brussels from Den Haag HS, where the line starts, and sufficient seating usually. Rotterdam might already get busy on the train. From late this year, the IC service will continue to Amsterdam Central again, and even change to the highspeed railline, bypassing Roosendaal and Delft  
Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
A unique feature of the ATR is that the main cabin door is in the back, which makes for a good view of the plane as you pass by.

Not so unique. It's a standard!
More unique, is boarding the ATR in the front... with not many of those around featuring a forward passenger door, I counted myself lucky a few years ago to get one one:

RE: Props Around The UK (12Feb08); Many Pics/videos (by 02hilliert Feb 20 2008 in Trip Reports)

As you can see, EI-REJ is/was one of these rare examples.

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
A Thomson 737, first time for me seeing those Scimitar winglets in real life

Easy to spot in AMS. All Arkefly 737's have these winglets since a few months. I think these look cool!

Interesting that you got an easyJet A320 on LTN-AMS, a usual A319 route afaik. I think the occassional A320 is from LGW, but things might have changed in the meantime.

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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:07 pm

Hi Robert,

Great report you made here, what a great idea to try one of the new services FlyBe a.k.a. Stobart Air has from SEN out.
Also nice to compare your report with Nils' as well  
I have to say I am quite impressed by the "new" FlyBe. Friendly crew and nice and clean interiors! Hopefully the LF improve as well once this route matures.
Lovely pictures of Southend and the Olympic park as well.


Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Antwerp Airport - definately not an architectural wonder, especially with the renovations going on.

Wait, what? There is a terminal there somewhere..

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
After security you head into a small waiting lounge which is separated in a Schengen and non-Schengen area.

But there are no Schengen flights from ANR?

Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
So to my surprise, I counted around 35 to 40 passengers, which equals to a 50-60% load. Not bad I guess for a service that has just started. The inbound (which arrived bang on time) had only 5 passengers though.

Well, people want to flee Belgium. I dont blame them 
Quoting roberts87 (Thread starter):
Walking towards the plane - the new purple FlyBE livery is starting to grow on me

Same here, I actually quite liked it from the start!

Thanks for sharing!

cheers,

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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Thu Aug 14, 2014 9:59 pm

Hello all,

Quoting countvis (Reply 11):

An excellent trip report with good commentary and excellent photos. Good to see you chose to stay in Southend for a night, your photos from the sea front are very good.

Thanks, and I had enjoyable time at the seafront

Quoting countvis (Reply 11):
Great to hear that the quality of service from the flight attendants on your flight was as high as mine!

Indeed

Quoting countvis (Reply 11):
A coincidence I would suspect. There appears to be quite a mix of different nationalities of the Stobart Air crew. On my fly with them to Caen, I had a Dutch Captain, a French First Officer, and French and Australian cabin crew!

Thanks for sharing that info!

Quoting countvis (Reply 11):
Thanks very much for posting this excellent trip report!

Once again thanks and you are welcome

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Nice to see a report from you. Its a popular Anet route it seems recently

We all want to try the new FlyBE!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I love the BE livery. You either love or hate it.

I like it tooo!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Funny the chocolates are the thing many comment on , just the other day I met with a manager for a cruise line who commented that for the first time in his flying BE they were on time and had funky mood lighting and chocolates on leaving the aircraft! Just goes to show their rebrand is working so

Yeah I guess it's just a welcome change from their previous image!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
I wasn't expecting to see Southend Pier! WOW its been 20 years since I was there. Thanks for that. The Olympic Park is a nice place to go. I often go to Westfield SC when in London and meet up with friends. Its nice to see the legacy of the London Olympics regenerated what was a run down area of the City. I never would have considered going to Stratford back before then. Just goes to show !

Indeed - I have to say I am quite fond of the Stratford area myself as well

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Thanks for the report and hope to see more from you in due course.

Hopefully coming up in a few weeks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 13):
nice report with good pictures. I also need to try Stobart Air one day.

It's worth a try, they have some special routes

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
it seems you did beat the Belgiums here, with your quick upload of this tripreport   Nicely done!

It was a race  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
A good short trip out for sure. You can take the international IC service to Antwerp/Brussels from Den Haag HS, where the line starts, and sufficient seating usually. Rotterdam might already get busy on the train. From late this year, the IC service will continue to Amsterdam Central again, and even change to the highspeed railline, bypassing Roosendaal and Delft

Yeah - I know, I am a bit of a train buff. Fastest and cheapest for me would have been the 2200 from Haarlem to Den Haag HS and connect there, but I had a free 1st class day ticket from NS, so I had endless possibilities

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Not so unique. It's a standard!

I know, that's what I meant. A unique feature on the ATR 42/72 type, not this aircraft in particular  
Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Easy to spot in AMS. All Arkefly 737's have these winglets since a few months. I think these look cool!

True, but I havent't been at AMS for long periods of time last months, so no real time to look around

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 14):
Interesting that you got an easyJet A320 on LTN-AMS, a usual A319 route afaik. I think the occassional A320 is from LGW, but things might have changed in the meantime

Indeed - so imagine also my surprise when a A320 showed up for yesterdays LPL-AMS flight  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Great report you made here, what a great idea to try one of the new services FlyBe a.k.a. Stobart Air has from SEN out.

Thanks Brendan - yeah I couldn't resist  
Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Lovely pictures of Southend and the Olympic park as well.

Thanks!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Wait, what? There is a terminal there somewhere..

Yup...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
But there are no Schengen flights from ANR?

Not a the moment, except for the occasional charter I believe

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 15):
Well, people want to flee Belgium. I dont blame them

Haha! Well the Belgiums do have good beer  
 
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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sat Aug 23, 2014 5:23 am

Hi Robert !

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Good for you to try a new airlines between two small airports !

I like the colors of the ATR !

Looking forward to your next report !

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RE: Trying Out FlyBE / Stobart Air From Antwerp To SEN

Sat Sep 13, 2014 7:38 pm

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Hi Robert !

Very nice report with nice pictures !

Hello 777Man, and thank you!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Good for you to try a new airlines between two small airports !

Yes, for sure something different then the usual flights in and out of AMS!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
I like the colors of the ATR !

They do stand out!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 17):
Looking forward to your next report !

Thanks!

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