O V E R V I E W :
Every long weekend is a temptation to travel, with an amplified effect being in the UK given the rarity that it happens compared to back home in Malaysia! For the one last Christmas which saw a 4 days break, I decided to embark on my very first solo trip to Brussels, with the main reason of this being a solo trip is due to the fact that most of my friends have visited this city before. Nevertheless, booking was made a few months in advance and Brussels Airlines was the cheapest option for my intended dates, which also meant that I get to tick off another new airline that I have yet to fly, injecting more excitement for this trip to the avgeek in me. 🙂
Brussels Airlines – SN 2094 – LHR – BRU
Flight time: 11:05– 13:10 (11:34-13:12)
Duration: 1 hours 05 minutes
24th December 2017
Fast forward to the day of departure, checked out the FIDS upon arrival at the Queen’s Terminal. Proceeded to an unoccupied self check in kiosk to retrieve my boarding pass. Counter usage at T2 of LHR is only applicable for baggage drop if you are travelling in Economy class or other premium cabins. As usual with the self check in kiosks, the process was very swift and hassle free. I have previously chosen my emergency exit window seat when online check in was performed, thankful for the luck though it was just a short hop and leg room will not be too much of a concern. A pretty basic boarding pass by SN. Security clearance next!As with my previous experience departing from T2, the security clearance process is quite quick without too long of a queue which is nice, or was it just me that is lucky on these occasions? 🙂Christmas decor all up in the terminal.A quick detour before heading to my boarding gate, to refill my water bottle at the water dispenser next to the WCs. Might have mentioned this previously on another trip report departing from LHR, but thumbs up indeed to Heathrow for having this across their terminals. Had some breakfast at the nearby LEON before heading to my departure gate.Surprise, surprise! A special livery is ferrying me to Brussels this morning. Wuhoo! 🙂Boarding was called soon after which I was happily seated at my window em-ex seat. #windowseatviewSeat pocket content shot. Hmm, where is my vomit bag? One of these models will soon be added to my collection. 🙂Morning rush hour at LHR, with about 10+ departures before mine, which inevitably caused a slight delay to the departure time.Up in the air about 30 minutes after STD. Cabin service in full swing after the seat belt sign was turned off, with complimentary F&B for Business Class passengers and certain Economy Class passengers that purchased a pricier fare type. Interesting to note that these passengers were allocated seats towards the front of the aircraft and indicated by the sign above as a stopping point for the crew when they perform the service. Without realization, I was just moments away from exploring Brussels. Interesting spot above after landing at BRU, with the Dreamliner of Ethiopian and its rival A350XWB of Thai. Passport control was a breeze, and I was on my way to the city centre after approximately 15 minutes in queue. Time to check out the city of Brussels.
Brussels Airlines – SN 2095 – BRU – LHR
Flight time: 16:55 – 17:05 (17:03-17:01)
Duration: 1 hours 10 minutes
26th December 2017
A totally random coincidence, but just realised the timings for my train from and to the airport was exactly the same at 14:13. Anyways, time to bid farewell to Brussels after a short but sweet stay. Love this split-flap display ala the one at Changi. First things first, to get my boarding pass. Did not secure an em-ex row seat this time round and settled for an aisle one when I checked in online.Security clearance.Process was done in an efficient manner and lines were moving quite quickly. Some of the different airlines operating at BRU spotted (Lufthansa, Alitalia, Emirates).An interesting piece spotted within the departures concourse, The Smurfs! Not surprising given that it is a Belgian pride.Arrived early at the still empty boarding gate. Good to know that my baby bus to London is already present with me at the gate. A nice touch in conjunction with Christmas noted upon boarding. Decent leg room for this short hop back to London.Boarding completed and it was a full load.Spotted a coat hanger at the side of the seat that I did not notice during my outbound from London on the A320. Thumbs up!Managed to get my souvenir from the lovely crew despite being busy with the service on such a short flight. Back in London after slightly under an hour of flying.
C O N C L U S I O N:
Prior to securing my tickets for the flights, I had the impression that Brussels Airlines is a full service airline, but it is actually somewhat hybrid where the lowest fare type only comes with your seat excluding F&B and check in luggage ala British Airways. Hence, be sure to make proper judgement when performing price comparisons before making your decision! Overall, both sectors which were short hops were pretty uneventful but pleasant. Both the outbound and inbound equipment seemed clean, seats were comfortable and the additional touch noted in the cabin in conjunction with Christmas is appreciated. Yet again with most of my European flights, where I abstain from purchasing any F&B onboard if my ticket does not include them given the premium they come with along with the lack of interesting choices to satisfy my demanding taste buds, thus no comments would be available on that aspect. However, in terms of the soft product, the cabin crew on both sectors conducted themselves professionally and were friendly. Just have to highlight this again despite mentioning it towards the end of this trip report, very happy that SN stocks up duty-free items on the aircraft for such a short flight which typically is not the norm, or perhaps it was just my lucky day?!