Review of VLM Airlines flight Antwerp London in Economy

Airline VLM Airlines
Flight VO 109
Class Economy
Seat 7D
Aircraft Fokker 50
Flight time 01:10
Take-off 09 Jul 18, 17:50
Arrival at 09 Jul 18, 18:00
VG 10 reviews
ThomasDutch
Published on 1st August 2018
As I was required to fly to London on short notice, I decided to fly with VLM via Antwerp to London City Airport. A unique chance to fly one of the last remaining fokker 50's in passenger configuration in Europe, which to me is a unique chance as I am very fond of this type of aircraft.

Arriving at Antwerp Airport a bit too early (traffic could be a pain, but it wasn't today), it was a waiting game for check-in to open. Once it was open, it took only a matter of minutes to check in and pass security checks for another period of waiting to actually start boarding. Secured zone of Antwerp airport was very busy with only one bar available, though a great panorama and strong wifi.photo 20180709_170453

After a wait, boarding was done in a orderly and quick manner and did not take over 15 minutes with a nice refreshing walk on Antwerp's platform to our aircraft. Very quiet place and the cabin itself was very clean for a pretty old aircraft, which was a surprising factor as I've seen three year old planes like a 737 or ATR 72 in a much worser shape. I must say that my legroom wasn't the greatest with a very annoying metal seat leg of the seat in front of me.

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Flight was an on-time departure in westerly direction of to London. It was a fairly stable flight from departure to cruise and once settled in a climb cruise, the sole flight attendant started to serve complimentary drinks with a snack included. The pilots did inform us as much as possible about weather en-route and at our destination, the procedure they were suppose to fly in to London and about the actual updates regarding our time of arrival.

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The first encounter of turbulence en-route was already in our decent to London, which was quite consistent till landing. Touchdown was firm and a quick taxi to our gate meant that we were arriving ahead of schedule. Deboarding did not take long as the aircraft is only able to carry fifty passengers and it wasn't even close to being full. Border control was very quiet too, which is another big plus for the late flight of VLM as there are not so many incoming flights at that period of time.

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The only problem at London City was the very long wait for our luggage to arrive on belt, while being switched several times from belt number without any warning, however this issue I personally do think is related to the airport itself as I have this issue with so many airliners at this airport.
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Verdict

VLM Airlines

6.8/10
Cabin6.5
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment6.5
Meal/catering6.0

Antwerp - ANR

6.1/10
Efficiency7.5
Access7.0
Services3.5
Cleanliness6.5

London - LCY

3.3/10
Efficiency3.5
Access3.0
Services4.5
Cleanliness2.0

Conclusion

I was pleasantly surprised with the package VLM was delivering as to date and their Fokker 50 was in an excellent state. The fare they charged was very affordable and beat many other airliners (even low-cost) en-route with free luggage and complimentary snack and drink.

Informations on the route Antwerp (ANR) London (LCY)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 3 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Antwerp (ANR) → London (LCY).


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The average flight time is 1.0 hours and 8.0 minutes.

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6 Comments

  • Comment 457205 by
    KL651 TEAM 4142 Comments

    Thanks for this FR.
    How was the load on your flight?
    It's amazing how VLM keeps coming back, let's hope their niche out of ANR will work out.

  • Comment 457212 by
    02022001 4048 Comments

    Short but great FR. Thanks to share ;)

  • Comment 457374 by
    nechus SILVER 515 Comments

    > I was required to fly
    Some people have the best jobs! :D

    > a very annoying metal seat leg of the seat in front of me.
    Oh dear. I would hate that, too. :/

    What a handsome cabin! I love the angles and straight lines of the seats and overhead panels. Nice colors, too.

    > being switched several times from belt number without any warning
    LOL. Been there. I remember myself and the other passengers of my flight running like pinballs between belts at SCL as we heard over the PA "You can get your baggage from belt 8, 9, 8, 9, 8, 9........" Not the airline's fault, of course.

    Very interesting flight. Thanks for sharing! :)

    • Comment 457443 by
      ThomasDutch AUTHOR 48 Comments

      The annoying part in LCY is that there is no single announcement made by them about the change of belt. Now there are only two belts over there, but I noticed some of the passengers of my flight were still waiting at their belt, while their luggage was already on belt for like 5-10 minutes behind them haha! Thanks for your comment!

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