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MAN-BRU 1st September - first flight on Brussels Airlines

Post by Comet » 24 Sep 2014, 18:53

It was great to book a nice holiday which would guarantee good food and beer, unlike our holiday of 2013 when the food was uninspiring and the beer weak and tasteless. We booked a week in Oostende and decided to have our first flights on Brussels Airlines.

Before leaving for Manchester on 31st August I checked in online and saw that we had been allocated seats 19E and 19F, which I decided to leave as they were.

We had a night at Crowne Plaza Manchester Airport, where the Thai restaurant is to be recommended! On the Monday morning it was raining, which was a pain! We caught the courtesy bus to the airport terminal.

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My boarding pass.

We had to queue to drop off our luggage, but at least we had checked in and had a good seat.
The viewing at MAN is very poor now compared to what it was like, and the weather didn't help.

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An MD11 of Lufthansa Cargo passes the terminal.

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Thomas Cook A330.

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Thomson Dreamliner, the first 787 I had seen moving.

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Aurigny, from the Channel islands.

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Etihad 777.

SN2174 is often late, and this was no exception. I was watching out for the distinctive spotted "b" tail, so I was taken by surprise when our aircraft was OO-SSC, the Star Alliance plane!

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OO-SSC at gate 28.

We had a celebrity on our flight - Vincent Kompany, captain of Belgium! (Though I wish it had been Marc Wilmots :mrgreen: )

Our flight was scheduled to depart at 10:25, but it was 10:42 when we were called to board. The flight had a crew of two stewards and one stewardess and a Captain Gilbert(?)

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The view from my seat. We took off behind this VS 744.

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The 747 heading for take off.

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The SN safety card.

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The SN magazine.

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The SN inflight menu. We didn't buy anything.

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SN Duty Free catalogue. We didn't buy anything.

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Dreamliner from my seat.

We pushed back at 11:00 and joined the take off queue, we were fifth in the queue. We headed to runway 23R and took off at 11:24, after the VS 744.

We had thin cloud as we climbed, and it was no longer raining.

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Just after take off.

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Climbing between clouds.

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Above the weather, on the way to Belgium (at last!!)

We had been told the flight would take about an hour, and the weather in Brussels was fine. The cloud along the way was quite thick though.

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View inside the A319. the seats were thin, with reasonable legroom. They were like the ones we had on Lufthansa in 2013. Unfortunately there was no Airshow on this plane, which was disappointing.

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The nicest view I have had from a plane in two years! We had descended through thick, turbulent clouds and Belgium was looking sunny!

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Approaching Brussels.

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At last!!! We landed at 13:20 and I was very glad to be here again!!

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Turning off the runway. Not sure which runway, maybe 25L?

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Taxi-ing to the terminal.

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Better than the airport we landed at in 2013!!

We caught the train to Antwerp, as it is less hassle then fighting your way through a packed train at Brussels Noord station.

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Our train from the airport after arrival in Antwerp. These are superb trains, brilliant for the Airport run.

We were hungry when we got to Antwerp, and so we had some superb chips and mayonnaise at Frituur Centraal on the station before catching our train to Oostende and having a fantastic holiday to make up for the disappointing food and beer we had in 2013.
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Post by cathay belgium » 24 Sep 2014, 20:03

Hi,

Nice report, THX.. pity of the weather...
Nice livery STAR ALLIANCE, as the rumors of a new livery for the dotted tails are spreading :-)
I noticed also renewed safetycards :)
THX !

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Post by Comet » 24 Sep 2014, 20:23

Thanks Cathay :mrgreen: I only just managed to get our plane on video as it was passing, but I was disappointed not to get a good shot of the special livery. I enjoyed the flight, as I am always happy if I am by the window. It would be nice to see a new livery for Brussels Airlines, I've never been keen on the spotted look.
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Post by sn26567 » 24 Sep 2014, 20:41

Thanks for your nice report, Louise, which also includes some train spotting :)

That Aurigny ATR looks attractive: nice catch!

Pity that Etihad doesn't send its A6-EYE Manchester City FC A330 to MAN, to honour Vince Kompany!

The Thomson Dreamliner looks exactly like the Jetairfly one. All in the family!

Do you really need an airshow in the plane? You prefer to look through the window, don't you?
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Post by Sai » 24 Sep 2014, 21:26

sn26567 wrote:Do you really need an airshow in the plane? You prefer to look through the window, don't you?
Are there any airshows on medium- or short-haul aicraft of SN? Never had one...only on long-haul.

I also prefer to have one AND look through the window, maybe personal but always a disapointment if there's no moving map...

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Post by BAAV » 24 Sep 2014, 21:46

sn26567 wrote:Are there any airshows on medium- or short-haul aicraft of SN? Never had one...only on long-haul.
Yes, On my return flight from Madrid recently, the SN A319 had that, would be great if more had it and also that you could follow the flight trajectory on those screens
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Post by Comet » 25 Sep 2014, 11:12

Thanks for the comments :mrgreen: My photos have been "chopped" so some parts are missing - I think I'll have to make the next lot smaller to avoid the problem. I was pleased with the Aurigny, I had never seen one so close.

I like to see Airshow to complement my journey - nice to know where you are when flying over cities and nice countryside. I remember OO-SSK had Airshow in the days of SN Brussels.
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Post by sn26567 » 25 Sep 2014, 11:25

Comet wrote:Image
Turning off the runway. Not sure which runway, maybe 25L?
Not to sure about it, but it looks like you landed on 25L and photographed 01.
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Post by Homo Aeroportus » 25 Sep 2014, 13:24

Pocahontas wrote:E5?
I'd say landing on RWY 25L indeed seeing the B Pier in the background (pic with spoilers deployed).
Then vacating via Charlie 4, crossing RWY 01 with the last pair of touchdown zone markings visible as well as the last row of 4 TDZ lights, straight onto Echo 3. Then Inner 9 and 8, Sierra and parking on Apron 2 North.
Tougher is which stand?
210? What do you think?

Sherlock at lunch ;)

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Post by Comet » 25 Sep 2014, 15:49

Thanks for the runway info, I thought 25L but I'm not familiar with other runways at BRU. We certainly approached in the right direction for 25L. I took the pic of the aircraft turning off the runway as I've not normally seen it from that side - the right side - of the aircraft.
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Post by quixoticguide » 25 Sep 2014, 22:37

Nice report from our national airline, glad you enjoyed the flight.
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Post by Kapitein » 26 Sep 2014, 06:49

Homo Aeroportus wrote:
Pocahontas wrote:E5?
Tougher is which stand?
210? What do you think?
Stand 230R :)

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Post by Homo Aeroportus » 26 Sep 2014, 10:53

Kapitein wrote:
Homo Aeroportus wrote:
Pocahontas wrote:E5?
Tougher is which stand?
210? What do you think?
Stand 230R :)
Think you're right Kapitein.
For sure I was wrong as it would not be possible see three lighting poles from 210 from that angle.

Also the clearer pavement below the wingtip fence is where the IRDL used to be, now replaced by 210 and 214 with the two new boarding bridges.
So that brings us to 230 indeed.

Sherlock at coffee break :lol:

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Post by Stij » 29 Sep 2014, 11:42

Comet wrote: Image
You spotted the village of Betekom, right next to the (little) city of Aarschot where you must have passed over my head!

Excellent trip review! Thank-you!

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Post by Comet » 29 Sep 2014, 15:55

Once again, thanks for commenting :mrgreen: It's great to know one place we passed over.

My first flight on Brussels Airlines was very pleasant, I hope I get chance to fly with them again next year.
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