Time for another Snapshot – this time looking at flight FR666 between Birmingham and Dublin with Ryanair
Wait.. the flight is FR666?
Why yes. Yes it is. The flight to hell…. Maybe.
It’s a Boeing 737-800. Ryanair doesn’t operate pretty much anything else for (yet).
Boarding was from the 100 gates at Dublin (the low-cost pier). This pier doesn’t have jetbridges at all, so it’s a case of walking down the steps and onto the tarmac, and heading the right boarding area. In my case – down the back of the plane.
This plane is one of the older Ryanair Boeing 737s, so this has the old style seats – which are surprisingly not slimline. Pitch is the usual 29″. The seats themselves were more than a little worn.
Believe me – these seats didn’t stay empty long. Another full Ryanair flight.
And of course, the safety card glued to the seat in front of you.
It is yellow. Seriously. It’s Yellow. It’s Ryanair of course, so it’s going to be yellow! The cabin itself is a classic Boeing 737 Next Gen cabin, with the classic overhead controls
Surprisingly, the sales patter was limited – with the crew rushed off their feet for the 40 minute segment to Birmingham.
Everything was Buy-on-Board, with a brisk trade… even for such a short segment.
In flight service in progress
Was there an offer to buy Scratchcards?
Of course! It’s Ryanair. I saw approximately (and this is a rough number) zero people buying them… so a hit there.
In flight Entertainment
The window. Or everyone buying stuff around me. I’m not sure which was more entertaining.
Actually what was entertaining was the surprise yelps when we started descending and going through the cloud layers… causing a bit of shaking at the back of the plane.
To say there were a few bumps on the way down would be an understatement. But we made it on the ground safely
The taxi back to the terminal was a long enough one, as the plane was parking at Gate 1 at Birmingham Airport
Both exits were used – as people were taking their time leaving the plane, I took the front exit. This was onto the tarmac, then back into the terminal – even though there’s a perfectly serviceable jetbridge that Ryanair won’t pay to use.
The full review soon!
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