Review of Vueling Airlines flight Rome London in Economy

Airline Vueling Airlines
Flight VY6224
Class Economy
Seat 6F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:25
Take-off 19 Jun 18, 13:15
Arrival at 19 Jun 18, 14:40
VY   #7 out of 14 Low-cost airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 170 reviews
Published on 25th June 2018


Hello everyone!
Last time I took a plane before this flight was August '17. It means I spend almost one year without flying :/ Maybe it's the longest period in my life spent "on the ground".

However let's talk about this flight. About one month ago I decided to leave to London in order to find a summer job, like waiter or shop assistant. For the first time in my life I book a one-way ticket. Using SkyScanner I find many good offers with Ryanair, but since I needed to bring a big baggage, I chose Vueling's offer, which included it. Departure date set for June 19th.
About a week before the flight I made the online check-in and print my BP.

Just to give some stats: this is my 6th flight with Vueling and 2nd flight to LGW.


My parents brought me to the airport around 11, with the flight scheduled at 12:45. Even if I made the online check-in I needed to go to drop-off desk for my baggage. Like most airlines at FCO Vueling is based at Terminal 3. The other Terminal, 1, is used by Alitalia and its partners.
The bright departure hall was a bit busy
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Old style FIDS
Note: all non-Schenghen flights are handled at boarding area E, the newest part of the airport. As it happens in other major airports the gate is not showed until minutes before boarding. This "obliges" passengers to spend most of the time (and maybe money) in the mall-style departure lounge.
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Vueling has an entire line of desks at the far end of the Terminal
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There were two queues: one for baggage drop-off and one for passengers without BP
15 minutes after getting into the queue I saw my baggage disappearing on the belt
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At this moment I realized my flight would have a 55-minute delay :P
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Passport and BP
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This large banner showing airport's latest achievments: World's First in Services' improvement and Europe's First for quality
I think that FCO really deserved those prizes, since in the last 3/4 years it changed completely, reaching other European hubs' standards
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After greeting my parents I made my way to the security check-point
Despite the crowd it took about 10 minutes to complete the procedures
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Time to turn left, towards passport control and boarding area E
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Passport control done in 2 minutes thanks to eGates
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Mandatory passage through the large duty free
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Boarding area E opened on December '16
It contains a lot of Italian luxury brands, plus a large food court. It has also 8 remote gates and 14 contact gates, mainly used by widebodies
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The departure lounge is large and bright
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Many fashion brands
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The "rotunda" at the end of the departure lounge
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I went upstairs to the food court to have lunch
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I really like that glass skylight…
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…and the impressive glass "bubble"
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Time for some spotting
Alitalia A320 in old livery, 737 and Aeroflot A320 parked at the pier
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Aer Lingus A320 taking off from RWY7/25
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Lufthansa A320 and Iberia A321 parked at Pier D, used for Schenghen destinations
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Despite the reported delay boarding for my flight was called on time at gate E8
Time to descent to ground floor, where gates E1-8 are located
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Nothing to say about this small waiting area
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The gate for my flight
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Boarding was already started
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Most of the passengers don't like boarding by airside bus, but for an aviation geek like me it's amazing
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Alitalia's unique Boeing 777-300, EI-WLA, named Roma
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It started flying for AZ in December 2017, after belonging to ILCF
Air Austral and Garuda Indonesia leased it for different periods
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I love those enormous engines
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This plane is used at the moment on FCO-JFK route
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Passing by amazing Delta A330
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Another DL and AZ A330s parked at the pier
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China Southern Airlines B787
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Our A320 for today's flight, EC-MES, delivered to Vueling on March '15 (3,3 years old). It's jokingly named Leonardo da Vueling
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As many A320s it's equipped with sharklets
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Hainan Airlines A330 in the distance
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The cabin is equipped with 186 Y-seats
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I took my seat 6F. The view of the cabin while boarding continue
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I really like those yellow details
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Legroom was sufficent for a two-hour flight (I'm 1,8m)
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Boarding and doors were closed on time. However we had to wait about half a hour before pushing back due to heavy traffic at LGW
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45 minutes after boarding we started pushback
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easyJet and Tunisair A320s
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Our stand, located in front of gate area E51-61
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Saudia A320 at remote stand
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China Southern, Alitalia and Air Canada heavies at the Satellite Terminal
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Alitalia 777-200 EI-DBK "Ostuni" and China Southern 787
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Taxiing to RWY16R/34L, generally used for landings
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Alitalia A320 EI-DSY "Aldo Palazzeschi" ready for departure
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So many wonderful tails
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And then he goes…
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Qatar Airways 777 just landed
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Our turn for departure
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Blue Panorama 737s in the distance
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Vueling 6224 cleared for take-off, RWY34L
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IAE V2500 engines went full thrust
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We crossed RWY 7/25 (on the far right), only used for TOs at FCO
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Goodbye Rome! See you in two months
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We banked over Roman coastline, flying over Fiumicino town
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Lazio northern coast
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Civitavecchia Power Plant and harbour
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Argentario, a big island connected to mainland by two narrow stripes
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Isola d'Elba
For some it looks like a lizard, for others like a fish…
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Marina di Campo Airport (IATA: EBA, ICAO: LIRJ), located on the island
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In the blu dipinto di blu…
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Approaching Ligurian coast between Italy-France border
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easyJet plane going somewhere
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Po river and (maybe) Turin in the distance
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Crossing Alps and flying over Savoia region

Another easyJet plane
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Geneva Lake and city underneath
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Geneva Airport (IATA: GVA, ICAO: LSGG)
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Flying over French mainland
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Approaching the Channel we started flying over a big layer of clouds
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A glimpse of England Coast
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Cloud layer started to thin as we descent to LGW
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Banking over southeastern London, we made a complete "loop"

Passing through the clouds…
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…finally we see here…Anglia, to use my ancestors' words

Motorway M23 serving the airport
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Airport parking lot
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London Gatwick railway station
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South Terminal, where Vueling is hosted
Many British Airways tails
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easyJet A320 and Emirates whalejet ehm A380 waiting for departure
Such a great welcome to Gatwick
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North Terminal Satellite connected through a bridge crossing taxiways
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Air Traffic Control Tower
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Ladies and Gentleman, Welcome to London
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Half a hour later than scheduled we landed at Gatwick
Virgin Atlantic A330 parked in the distance
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Previosuly seen easyJet A320 departing after we cleared the RWY
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British Airways A319 landed behind us
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Ryanair 737
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British Airways 777
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Emirates A380 still waiting for TO next to a British Airways A320
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Fortunately we were parked at the beginning of the pier, meaning we won't have made a long walking to the exit
British Airways A320s
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Norwegian 737 "Astor Piazzolla" parked next to us
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Docked at the stand
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While desembarking I received the flight report from the crew and was invited to visit the cockpit
I chat a little bit with pilots before thanking and greeting them
I really appreciate when cabin crew is so available with Avgeeks like me
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Strange to see a glass jetway in a London airport…
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Bye bye EC-MES
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Let's go to Passport Control
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Last view of our plane, with Norwegian 737 and British Airways A320 behind
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What a nice line up: Ryanair 737, Aer Lingus and British Airways A320s
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Sorry for the blurred pic, but I wanted to snap this nice Aurigny ATR72
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Her Majesty the Queen kindly welcomes you to London
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Norwegian 737 and British Airways A320
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On the way to passport control
Despite the big crowd, immigration was a breeze thanks to eGates
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Baggage reclaim hall
We had to wait about 10 minutes to have our baggages delivered
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Fortunately my bag was among the first to be delivered
I made my way through customs and out in the bright arrivals hall
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I headed straight to the train station
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Waiting for the train
It takes about half a hour to reach London Victoria Station, one of the most central railway terminus
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Thank you for your attention! See you next time ;)
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