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  • Comet
    Belgian Beer Expert
    • Jan 2000
    • 2138

    BRU-EMA with bmi

    Sorry that this has taken so long to post, I've been waiting for broadband for what seems like ages, and I've finally got it today after having to fork out for my own modem because the ****** ISP never bothered to send one.

    Anyway, back to the flight.

    We left Hotel Partritius in the morning and caught the train to Brussels Noord and then the airport (at least no strikes today!) We should have flown home on 27th December, but the flight was cancelled and we were rebooked onto the afternoon one of the following day, so at least we had an extra day to enjoy our holiday (and "T'awd Barrel's" delightful chips and pork chop! - it was so nice to discover that little gem in Zeebrugge!)

    Our flight was scheduled to depart at 16:40, and we had to wait until two hours before to check in. We had dinner in Brussels Cafe (nice to see some new additions to the menu) and I had tortellini pasta, which was quite nice. Afterwards I had my first ever Duvel in Belgium, and it was nice to drink it from its proper glass.

    At check in we were given seats 10D and 10F, and then we went through security, passport control and into the duty free shopping area, where we bought some of our beloved genever (or is it jenever - I've seen it spelled both ways sorry if I used the wrong spelling).

    Our flight was to depart from gate B27, and it was operated by the same aircraft we had flown in on - G-RJXL - an ERJ135. There were several other bmi flights departing at around the same time - EDI and LBA as well as EMA.


    Our aircraft parked at the gate.



    Sorry for the reflection, but I couldn't resist bagging my first ever Egyptair!


    Our old pal Stinker displays its "S" tail livery.

    At 16:14 we were invited to board via the outside steps of the Embraer. We were greeted by the stewardess Zoe and settled into our seats. We had a wing view again.


    The view of a Thomas Cook Belgium Airbus.

    The flight seemed more full than the previous one.

    We were pushed back at 16:39. We had an informative captain called Harry, who told us we would be flying at 27,000 feet and the flight would last around 55 minutes. He expected smooth cruising conditions but said that winds at EMA meant we would most likely have a "bumpy" approach.

    The safety demonstration commentary came from a tape recording, and was carried out as we taxied.

    At 16:49 we took off from 25R.






    Some after take off views. It was a bit hazy during the climb, but smooth.

    Again there was a choice of sandwich on board - turkey and stuffing, egg mayonnaise, ham salad and cheese and "Christmas chutney". I was unfortunate in my choice of cheese and "Christmas chutney". I expected "chutney" to be nice and tangy, something like pickle. What I didn't expect was sweet mincemeat and galvanised rubber on very dark bread. It looked unappetising and it was unappetising!!



    The sandwich. If ever offered this on bmi - avoid!!

    I had orange juice to drink.

    There was cloud at altitude, and as we descended there was slight turbulence.

    Lower down it became very murky and it was clearly raining. And then the winds kicked in!! The wings were up and down and we had to hold on because the swaying was quite serious, not for the nervous flyer. I haven't experienced a landing like that since was landed in MAN on AF and the wing tip nearly hit the ground. Although the little plane was being blown sideways, the landing was remarkably smooth, and we touched down at 16:39.

    We were collected by bus to go to the arrivals, but there was a long queue (several planes had just landed) and so we waited in the bus because of the rain. We were queuing for ages, but it was a quick moving queue. After passport control we bought some sandwiches in the Spar shop before catching the bus to Derby, the train to York and then home to Scarborough.

    It had been a great trip, apart from the strike, and I would definitely fly on bmi again.

    Although I enjoyed my Duvel, I won't be having a new favourite just yet. My heart still belongs to this little beauty...

    2009 - the first year without any flights, the first year I lost a holiday, the first and last year I book the bloody Eurostar
    Louise
  • SHAMROCK321
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2004
    • 2544

    #2
    Nice report and good pics! Im off to BRU in the morning, daytripping with EI.

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    • Comet
      Belgian Beer Expert
      • Jan 2000
      • 2138

      #3
      Thanks Shamrock! Enjoy BRU, you are so lucky
      2009 - the first year without any flights, the first year I lost a holiday, the first and last year I book the bloody Eurostar
      Louise

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      • LBA-EGNM
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Jan 2006
        • 328

        #4
        Hey there, Very good report, Nice to see XL, i was lucy enough to head set that today up at LBA. I know what you mean by the "unappetising" sandwiches, We get them given to us in the ramp office all the time, always end up not been eaten.

        Back to it, Good report and like the pics!
        cheers Steve


        When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.

        Leonardo da Vinci

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        • widmeister
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Apr 2006
          • 349

          #5
          Good wee report there Comet.

          ERJ135 .... that would have done nicely for me. I haven't flown in any jet Embraers. Only prop ones. One Xingu and many a Bandeirante.

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          • Comet
            Belgian Beer Expert
            • Jan 2000
            • 2138

            #6
            Thanks for the comments guys. I think that was the worst airline sandwich I've had. Sabena used to have some pleasant ones, and occasionally SNBA and certainly VLM, but that took the biscuit for being foul! My Mum had egg mayonnaise and she said that was OK.

            Those little Embraers are OK to fly in, I've been on three (a 145 and two 135s), and they can be quite comfortable for something so narrow (as long as you don't stand up too much ) We will probably fly on bmi again this year, maybe from LBA depending on what price we can get, so I'll probably be going on one again sometime in September.
            2009 - the first year without any flights, the first year I lost a holiday, the first and last year I book the bloody Eurostar
            Louise

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            • widmeister
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Apr 2006
              • 349

              #7
              Originally posted by Comet View Post
              Thanks for the comments guys. I think that was the worst airline sandwich I've had. Sabena used to have some pleasant ones, and occasionally SNBA and certainly VLM, but that took the biscuit for being foul! My Mum had egg mayonnaise and she said that was OK.
              Must be absolute LUXURY when compared to the rolls they gave us on Tarom in 1989. These were like cricket balls!! You don't have to risk bringing a weapon on board when they happily give you a roll that you could bludgeon someone with.

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