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  • Day trip to Amsterdam with Easy Jet

    After seeing the many photos on the various aviation photo sites, I thought I should at least see what is at Amsterdam airport.
    Over here in Australia one of the major TV stations shows on a Friday night a programme called Airline covering the day to day operations of Easy Jet. After seeing that show I thought are Easy Jet that bad?, So I am flying to Amsterdam to find out…

    22 August 2007
    LPL-AMS
    U7003
    Seat Unassigned I sat near the back
    Airbus A319-111 G-EZDC

    Since this was my first time flying with Easy Jet Dad and I were at the airport so early that checkin for the Amsterdam flight had not opened yet. We were the first ones to check in. On the way to security we stopped off to get the latest Airliner World magazine and that is where the days’ plans very nearly came unstuck when dad inadvertently dropped the passports. Dad only realized the passports were missing before we went through security and immigration etc.

    Here are a few of the aircraft I saw while we were waiting to board.

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    After a frantic search someone had thankfully handed the passports in and the day was saved. Going through security and immigration was painless. Ine thing I was worried about with Easy Jet was the unassigned seating. I was expecting a mad survival of the fittest dash for the best seats. Since we were in the first boarding group it was not as bad as I thought, but I am not keen on the idea. How hard is it to assign a seat at check in?

    To board we had to go through what reminded me of what they use to load cattle on a truck and then down stairs and across the tarmac which was not too bad today but would be terrible in the winter.


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    Take off was smooth. Flight over England and the North Sea was fairly smooth. Easy Jet sell food and drink on board, but did not buy anything.


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    Approach into Amsterdam was rough. During the long taxi to the low cost terminal various airlines were seen like many KLM aircraft, Olympic, Kalitta Air 747-100 (not many of these left), Armavia and Ethiopian etc.


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    Once through immigration we made the long trek to the massive observation deck. Up there you get a good view of what is going on, but since Amsterdam is so big you cannot see everything. A bit of walking is required from one end of the deck to the other to see what is coming and going.


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    22 August 2007
    AMS-LPL
    U7008
    Seat Unassigned so we again sat towards the back.
    Airbus A319-111 G-EZIT

    After most of the day on the deck it was time to check in for the return to Liverpool. After the long trek to check in, and through Immigration and finally to the gate, I was glad to get on the plane as I was absolutely knackered.

    It was a long taxi to the runway and the flight was generally smooth back to Liverpool.


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    Descend came sooner than I expected Landing was smooth and we were taken to the terminal by bus. Innigration was quick and were soon in the car driving back to Manchester to to hotel room for a well deserved sleep.

    CONCLUSION

    Flying with Easy Jet is not far off catching a bus as facilities in the terminals are basic in the low cost section and everything is buy on board. Next time I would rather pay a bit more and fly with an airline that was in the main terminal, instead of the low cost terminal which is a million miles from anything. But they did get me there and back on time and in one piece.

    My experience was not as bad as the TV show portrays Easy Jet to be.

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    Nice report and photographs.

    I flew G-EZDC three years ago.

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