18th February 2005 at 11:34Just 3 days after my Cyprus trip it was another early start to catch the 5AM train to get me to Gatwick. The checkin queue was very short, and I was assigned seat 3A for the short flight up to Manchester. After proceeding airside I wandered around some of the shops before seeing a sign to a "Viewing Area" which I didn't know existed. Once there I had an excellent view of both terminals, and got a few registrations, including a very nice Etihad 340 on the North terminal.
After being very disapointed watching a Germanwings A319 landing, I consoled myself in the fact that a 717 could still be running the service 2 days later, and walked down to Gate 10 almost an hour before sheduled departure time. There were about 50 people waiting in the gate area, and we borded about G-CELJ 20 minutes early.
Someone was sitting in my seat, and whilst I probably should have asked him to move I really couldn't be bothered. We started up about 10 minutes early, and taxiied down towards 08R. There was rather a long queue, with several EZYs and BA 737s to depart ahead of us. Soon we were off though, and were airbone in about 15 seconds. Departure was very standard, and we climbed up to 24,000ft. Breakfast came aroun shortly after, and I bought a Danish pastry and a cup of tea for £2.
Soon enough we were descending, and after a lot of snaking around made our approach for 06R, the first time I had used the new runway. We got the reverse thrust warning from the cabin crew again, despite the fact it wasn't used :rolleyes: We held short of 06L for a BACX Dash 8, and then taxiied onto the end of the bridgeless T1 pier, before being bussed to T3.