Welcome to this flight report.
On this first flight of three I took on this trip, we will be flying on Flybe 2.0! So happy to see the airline back in the sky once again.
I flew with the original Flybe back in 2019 so I was eager to get onboard again and see if anything has changed.
This one day flying adventure consists of three flights:
London Heathrow to Leeds Bradford with Flybe on the Q400
Leeds Bradford to Jersey with Jet2 on the rare B737-300
Jersey to London Heathrow with British Airways on the A319
We start the morning catching the free train from Terminal 4 to Terminal 2, this was on the new Elizabeth Line.
I stayed at the Premier Inn hotel located next to Terminal 4 which you can use the Elizabeth line trains
between terminals at Heathrow free off charge.
Upon entering Terminal 2 train station it was the long walk into the actual terminal, to where we finally found the Flybe check in desk.
Checking in was hassle free and so was security.
This is my first time departing from T2 and I was interested to see how it compares with T5.
T2 is very similar to T5 in my opinion just a little smaller but is full of different shops, I do like the Hamleys toystore!
Terminal 2 in my opinion seems spacious with plenty of seating areas.
But it could do with more quiet zoned areas and far less shops. It feels like a shopping mall.
Soon enough our flights gate number was ready, A5 which is a bus to aircraft gate.
The views out of the windows was incredible! So close to the action on the apron.
No time wasted sitting around it was time to get on the bus to our aircraft.
The airframe for this flight was this 10 and half year old Bombardier Q400 registered G-EXTB.
Delivered to Flybe just 1 week prior to this flight taking place.
She was originally delivered fresh to Polish based airline Eurolot in August 2012, then transferred to LOT Polish Airlines in April 2015.
The clean white paint looks amazing and so does the cabin inside.
Took our seats just in front of the left engine propeller, I absolutely love this view.
Taxing towards runway 27R we had to hold for other aircrafts to depart.
Soon enough it was our turn and we lined up ready for take off.
Not even half way down the runway we shot up into the sky leaving the airport below. Fantastic view!
Flying over Windsor Castle thinking about our dear beloved Queen. May she rest in peace here at the castle.
The crew came through with the complimentary drink and snack service, something I was not expecting to have.
I was treated with two packs of delicious cookies and a hot coffee which was all perfect for this length of flight.
Loo review time.
I was not expecting much from the restroom, it was extremely cramped but kept well clean.
Much to my surprise the hand soap bottle still showing the previous owners logo, LOT Polish!
The cabin is more brighter compared to the original Flybe's cabins.
Even though the seating has seen better days the cabin itself was freshly cleaned and bright.
The headrest cover with the flybe logo sewn on gave it the perfect touch,
Legroom was huge!
Much more room compared to airlines such as British Airways, Ryanair and easyJet.
The tray table was decent size as well which can be great for anyone needing to some business work on laptops.
You can even recline the seat back to relaxing during the flight and I was expecting the aircraft to be spotlessly clean.
I doubt that wont be the case now after operating the airframe for a few months.
After finishing off my last cookie it was time to make our approach into Leeds Bradford.
With a huge thud onto the tarmac we arrived into Leeds.
"Welcome to Leeds Bradfod"……Sorry….I mean, Leeds Bradford. The control tower is missing the letter "R" for Bradford.
On leaving the plane I noticed how spacious the overhead bins are for storage.
That was it, my first flight with the new Flybe was complete.
All in all comparing the original Flybe with Flybe 2.0 it is still the same, however…
The new incarnation as off this flight did not have buy onboard, instead they provided complimentary snacks/drinks. Which the old Flybe didnt offer, this instantly is a win for me on the new airline.
The flight was quick and on time with amazing crew who made the trip memorable.
Unfortunately this route from Heathrow to Leeds will be ending due to low customer numbers, but I will for sure will be flying with Flybe 2.0 again in the future.
I hope you enjoyed reading this report.
Have you flown on either the older airline or the new version? or even both? Drop a comment below on your experience I look forward to reading them all.
Do check out my other flight reports on my page, until the next review,
Keep flying and smiling :)