This trip came about, because of a chance find on the Facebook page of BMI Regional. There was a competition to win 2 flights to anywhere on their network, so I entered and won one of the 7 prizes! The next step was to figure out what to do with them. We decided that I'd take our son Matthew for a weekend away during the school summer holidays, and chose Aberdeen as a destination as it is the only route that BMI Regional fly from Norwich. They have plenty of other routes around the country and Europe, but they would involve travelling to another airport first.
Simple route map, courtesy of www.gcmap.com
Not very busy today
Airport Developement Fee ticketDate: 26/07/14
Action on the ramp
FlyBE's Jersey flight
Another BM flight arrived
As I was with Matthew, we were invited to be amongst the first to board. The load as about 50%.
Happy to be on a plane again!
Taking off over the Norfolk landscape
Looking back at the engine
The snack box
Looking down at Aberdeen
All too soon we were approaching Aberdeen, after flying mostly over the sea. We flew inland alongside the city, before turning for a southerly landing.
Bigger ramp neighbour
We found the bus to the city, and headed to our first attraction - the Maritime Museum. As Aberdeen serves the offshore oil and gas industry, there were a lot of related exhibits - as well as some old fishing things.
Huge model of an oil rig
Matt and the oil rig
By the information boards looking over the harbour
View of the harbour
Back to the rig model
Close up on the model helicopter pad
They also had a water tank with a remote control submersible for you to try controlling
Matt having a go!
And a computer simulation of the same thing
View from our room
Sign at the breakfast buffet - oh dear
On the merry-go-round
On the top deck as it passes by
Other rides in the Codona Park, but most were for bigger children than Matt.
After fish and chips for lunch, we had ice creams - Matt chose a blue one in a blue cone. It was bubblegum flavour, which he liked, but didn't like the cone itself.
.Matt's blue cone
All too soon it was time to head back to the airport for the flight home. We made the airport bus easily. We had to check in at a desk, but that was no problem, and security was a breeze. No delays for haggis here!
Matt and his giant jammie dodger, from Costa
VS Little Red, soon to be no more
A BE Jungle Jet
A BA flight from LHR pulling onto stand
Eventually our flight was called, and we headed out to board. It turns out our aircraft was the same one that brought us north the day before.
Studying the safety card
Plenty of legroom for small legs!
Once we'd taxied to the runway to take off, the earth was covered in cloud. We punched through to the clear skies above.
Thanks to Léonard (EastAfSpot) for tracking our flight!
The flight was mostly full, over 90% I'd say. Majority of passengers seemed to be offshore workers.
Reaching the coast
Landfall (Thanks again Léonard!)
Horning again from the side
A helicopter hanger - and a hot air balloon
A Germania charter to the sun
Our aircraft once we deboarded
Something belonging to Hop! by Air France, probably for a new paint job
As it was a domestic flight, there was no passport control, and we didn't have any checked bags either. So straight out to the car park pick up zone, where we waited for Mummy to pick us up.
Dedicated parking spots for KLM Elite frequent flyer members - I've not seen this before!
Overall, a good weekend trip with my son. BMI Regional were friendly, punctual, and with good service - they can only do well. I since looked up how much these tickets would have cost, and I was surprised that I would have had to have paid over £600! But the market is there, sufficient even for two airlines to compete on the route. Good luck to BMI Regional.