Review of Twin Jet flight Le Puy Paris in Economy

Airline Twin Jet
Flight T781
Class Economy
Seat 9A
Aircraft Beechcraft 1900D
Flight time 01:10
Take-off 30 Jun 21, 06:50
Arrival at 30 Jun 21, 08:00
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marathon
By GOLD 324
Published on 7th August 2021

Introduction


This story is the second segment of an express round trip for the sole purpose of flying in an unusual aircraft, at an unusual promotional rate. For more details, see the introduction to the FR for the outbound flight:


Routing


LPY at dawn: preparation of the aircraft


The first rays of the sun were just appearing on Le Puy airport, at the dawn of what was almost the summer solstice.


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There was no rush for me, since I already had my BP, and this allowed me to see the exit of the aircraft from the hangar where it had been sheltered during the night.


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The air stair was going to remain lowered position during the whole process, which is in principle prohibited


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Almost front view: in this 1900D version, the fuselage has been significantly raised to allow passengers to move in the aisle without lowering the head.


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The staff closed the hangar doors


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And the plane was towed by the tractor driven in reverse


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LPY, landside


In the meantime, day has dawned on the airport, of which you can see the entire facade in two pictures


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A Mirage fighter could easily land and take off from LPY's 1,400-meter runway, but I doubt that it ever happened.


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This was the very last day for taking advantage of this super low promotional fare, which had made this pure avgeek getaway a very affordable proposition.


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I had checked in before leaving Paris and printed the boarding pass - Twin Jet does not provide a BP to QR code for smartphones. Seat 4C, not changeable? We will see that it did not matter, actually.


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Esteban who had not had the opportunity to print his BP in advance was the first to check in.


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Going through the security check was going to be unusually slow, because among the two gendarmes (plus two civilian employees), one of them was in training, and there was furthermore no X-ray machine: they did all the process by the book, searching each and every hand luggage of whatever size by hand. I later saw one of the gendarmes quizzing one of the employees on the control procedures to be applied.


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Flight preparation


The aircraft was towed as close as possible to the walkway from the terminal


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The regulations require that the plane be checked before the first flight of the day, and that includes all storage places, in order to ensure that nobody hid a suspicious object on board during the night.


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There again, they go by the book


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In LPY, the luggage handler is the copilot.


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This was not the best day for a (very tiny) stowaway passenger to hide behind the main landing gear hatches.


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Nothing to worry about: nobody left a suspicious chewing gum in the cabin and boarding can proceed.


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Boarding


This will not surprise you: the three Flight Reporters were waiting in pole position, as close as possible to the door of the boarding lounge leading to the tarmac.
The massive left turboprop


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Door and airstair shot


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Detail review of the cabin of the Beechcraft 1900D


The cabin, empty…


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And during boarding


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The reflex of the ordinary passenger when given the choice, online or on the spot, is to get a seat as much in the front as possible. We did the reverse to have the best view, unobstructed by the wings, and since there were only 14 passengers minus a no-show, two empty rows separated us from the other passengers.


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One of these empty seats was quickly used to store our hand luggage


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The cleanliness of the floor is of course unchanged: decent, but not spotless.


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You already know the seat if you've read the FR of the outbound flight: 44 cm wide between the armrests, which is rather comfortable, and 25 cm from the seat to the seat pocket, which is decent.


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On the other hand, at little more than 30 cm in width, the aisle is really narrow.


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On the window side, the armrest is integrated into the partition


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With a ventilation nozzle whose orientation and opening can both be adjusted at will.


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The window is a wide 37 cm x 20 cm ellipse.


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This is the reference,in case you dream of an aircraft window for your bathroom


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Safety card


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Takeoff


The pilot taxied to the very end of Runway 33, although he did not need the extra hundred meters from the taxiway end.


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Last glimpse of yellow streaked buildings in the business area


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Take off


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The village of Loudes, 500 meters from the axis of the runway


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The weather was quite cloudy…


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… which did not prevent passengers in the back rows from taking pictures as long as we were below the cloud cover.


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One of the very few gaps through the clouds


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The countryside seen during the start of the climb


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It's over for the landscape photos: the cloud cover will be completely opaque. Are we going to not see the ground again until the end of the descent? (teaser)


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At cruising altitude


The cabin became much brighter


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The same, compensating for the color of the portholes


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The evacuation diagram stuck on the bulkhead at the rear of the cabin


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An emergency exit on the left wing


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And two on the right


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Self-serve galley


A small space at the back is a makeshift galley


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We had our own private steward


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That padded bag on top?


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It only contained an oversized supply of surgical masks.


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Two drawers contain madeleines: a whole bag


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And a few isolated one, plus a brick of multifruit juice


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Drinks consisted in water,


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… soft drink cans


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More water and two cans of Perrier


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The same fate awaited coffee-lovers as on the way in: there was everything needed, except hot water. If Twin Jet provides neither for an evening flight, nor for a morning flight, what can this incomplete kit be used for? A friend made the hypothesis that it was there for chartered flights with a flight attendant.


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Last, not least, one of the bottom drawers contained a makeshift rubbish bin


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There was the same in the front of the cabin, in much more limited quantities. Opposite the staircase door, there was a seldom-used seat, to be used by a flight attendant only, if there was one.


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There was catering on it


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My modest selection


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When you're seated in 9C, you don't even have to get up to take a missing paper towel from the galley!


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The clouds above the ground, and the ground above the clouds


Is it possible to see the ground while cruising above a thick layer of cloud at 20,000 feet above sea level?


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(the same landscape, corrected for the color of the windows)


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Well yes, if the ground itself is above this layer of clouds!


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Located nearly 200 km from our route, this is the unmistakable silhouette of Mont Blanc, the tallest mountain in Western Europe at 15,777 feet.


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I am less positive about this mountain further south, but a 3D navigation in Google Earth lets me think that the three summits are the Aiguilles d'Argentière.


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Reclining the seatback


In the back of the aircraft that we literally privatized, Esteban discovered that the backrests can fold forward, like in the Soviet aircraft of yore.


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The rear of the cabin was definitely ours


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This allowed Esteban to change his seat into a lounge chair


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A young passenger could not resist the pleasure of taking a souvenir shot.


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Our very own in-flight service was over, we closed the galley … for the sole purpose of taking this picture.


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Nothing separated the crew from the cabin


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This provided a ivew of their memo


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The air stair, just behind the cockpit


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The right engine, in the dominant sepia color of the portholes


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And in natural colors


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We have started our descent to Paris


The best things have to come to an end: the "fasten your seat belts" pictogram lights up for the descent. We had fun in the back, but had no intention to break the basics of air travel safety.
(No, there was no oral announcement of the descent)


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Long descent through the cloud cover


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The landing gear was lowered before it we could see the terrain.


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The last agricultural plot of Villeneuve Saint Georges, for how long?


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Because Villeneuve Saint Georges is actually a nearly fully urban town


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This town is mostly famous for its huge marshalling yard (on the right of the aircraft), less so for its commuter station, below alongside the Seine River


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The Pierre Pouget stadium, in Ablon sur Seine, between the railway tracks coming from Paris-Austerlitz station and the Seine River.


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Entering ORY's perimeter


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Imminent touchdown


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On the tarmac of ORY


In the distance, an aircraft which will no longer fly


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Another Beechcraft 1900D, this one from Chalair


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D-CDDD, a Cessna 560 XL


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I deplaned last


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This allowed me to take again a picture of the empty cabin.


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Engine shot


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More engine than door shot


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More door than engine shot


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The advantage of a remote parking spot was that the bus took time to leave, providing an opportunity to take pictures without reprimands from the notoriously photophobic ground staff.


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F-HOXY, an Amelia E145, currently dedicated to the ORY-DCM line (i.e. Paris - Castres)


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The PAXbus finally started: I took this picture of the front of our aircraft on the fly.


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The A318 is the smallest original Airbus (the A220s were designed by Bombardier^^), but it is a giant compared to the Beechcraft 1900D.
(It is incidentally the largest aircraft which could be operated at MTOW at LPY.)


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Arrival of an Air Corsica A320


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AF A320


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ORY - terminal 1


I have never detected any hint of a love of Paris for me, especially in its airports.


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Toilets for passengers who cannot hold much more than an hour in a plane without a toilet.


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No connection, no checked baggage either, therefore exit


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This unforgettable round trip was definitely over


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This time, the poor weather made me to take the Orlyval people mover to reach terminal 4 where my car was parked


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… while my travel companions were taking it in the other direction to reach the RER-B line.


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Arrival at Terminal 4, ex-Orly Sud


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And back into the Greater Paris traffic jams that the inhabitants of Puy-en-Velais miss so much.


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Verdict

Twin Jet

10.0/10
Cabin10.0
Cabin crew10.0
Entertainment/wifi10.0
Meal/catering10.0

Le Puy - LPY

7.8/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness10.0

Paris - ORY

8.1/10
Efficiency8.0
Access6.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness10.0

Conclusion

This may seem like a fan club rating, but Twin Jet was way above the crowd on all criteria:
Free seating in a 1 + 1 cabin, of which the other passengers spontaneously let us privatize the rear: what could be better?
A particularly friendly welcome from the crew.
What better entertainment than being able to freely explore the cabin, from the edge of the cockpit to the galley?
No hot drink, of course, but enough to drink AND eat, which places Twin Jet above the legacies in these times of pandemic.

Mixed rating for the fluidity at LPY, because the security check was particularly fastidious (but carried out with courtesy).
Equally mixed accessibility of the airport, as it is car only, preferably private (parking is free) since the taxi ride is expensive

ORY is presumably well known by my readers : deplaning away from the terminal and a reasonably short bus transfer, an accessibility which will remain mediocre as long as there is no direct rail service (Orlyval is also very expensive: what will happen at the end of of the concession at the end of 2021?)

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2 Comments

  • Comment 577662 by
    Pilpintu 757 Comments

    Hello!

    A Mirage fighter could easily land and take off from LPY's 1,400-meter runway, but I doubt that it ever happened.

    Everything makes sense in that photo, except the bike. Well, it must be part of the “mirage.”

    A young passenger could not resist the pleasure of taking a souvenir shot.

    He will use that photo against his mother. “You told me to be quiet and not to touch anything. Now look at these guys! And they ended up having fun and eating madeleines.” You spoiled that child! XD

    Felicitaciones for such an enjoyable flight! Thanks for sharing the experience! :D

    • Comment 577677 by
      marathon GOLD AUTHOR 9791 Comments

      Everything makes sense in that photo, except the bike. Well, it must be part of the “mirage.”

      The message was "If you dare steal my bike, I scramble my Mirage !" ^^

      He will use that photo against his mother. “You told me to be quiet and not to touch anything. Now look at these guys! And they ended up having fun and eating madeleines.” You spoiled that child!

      The face mask and the blurring hide the fact that this was a girl, an attractive teeenager at that. She learnt that there can be more to a seat that it appears, for use when her mother lets her fly alone, possibly soon.

      Thanks for your comment !

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