Review of Vueling Airlines flight Barcelona Amsterdam in Economy

Airline Vueling Airlines
Flight VY8302
Class Economy
Seat 27A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 02:30
Take-off 01 Jan 23, 12:40
Arrival at 01 Jan 23, 15:10
VY   #7 out of 12 Low-cost airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 162 reviews
Makazu
By 191
Published on 15th January 2023

Following Transavia, in my quest to review flights between the Netherlands and BCN, today I fly with Vueling, another highly rated LCC. This airline uses the newer terminal T1, which has more facilities, shorter check in queues and overall better architecture. This is especially visible looking at the lighting, in contrast to the gloomier T2. Picture is after security, since I prefer to be cautious regarding photography near security checkpoints.


Routing


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I send my cabin bag to the hold since Vueling allows this at no extra cost. The self-service kiosks are extremely efficient and there is a large number of them. It probably takes 5 minutes if there's a queue, and maybe half a minute otherwise. Security takes around 5 minutes too, which is a relief after a traumatic experience in EIN. It also helps that not many people want to travel on New Year's Day and that the terminal is quite spacious, though there is still a decent number of travelers. Lively but not crowded, overall a great terminal experience.


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After refilling my water bottle, I head towards the B pier for some views of the apron. It's by far the best planespotting place airside, with views of 25L and 25R, at daytime arrivals and departures respectively. I managed to capture an American Airlines B777 leaving for JFK.


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EC-NFJ has already arrived from Zürich, so things are looking well for the flight to Amsterdam. Even more curious, the first BCN-AMS of the day seems to have run into trouble as they're leaving later than us, with a 3 hour delay.


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Vueling boards in 3 groups for more efficiency. I'm the first in line for group 1, so I could take a (rather blurry) shot of an empty A320. Today I'll stay in 27A, which has a well aligned window and no obstacles for my legs or small bags. The seat is comparable to Transavia, though it doesn't recline. It does have a storage pocket, and the legroom feels the most comfortable of the LCCs I've reviewed, though not by a big margin. The tray table is decently sized for small meals or work, though I wouldn't expect a full desk in short flights either. The seat also features USB charging ports, and advertisements for retirement homes in front of everyone.



Boarding is completed at the scheduled time, so we push back and taxi towards 25L. We take off at 12:55 and head facing Mare Nostrum, before turning towards the Peninsula. There are clouds covering most of the flight, so there aren't many nice views until approach starts.


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The inflight facilities are better than the competitors in general. The USB ports are available in all seats, and WiFi service is offered at reasonable rates. Unfortunately, due to some trouble with my credit card I cannot review this service today. Their WiFi shop website does have other features, such as flight information and updated weather in destination.



I also intended to review the inflight services, but it turns out that STAVLA flight crew union is on strike and only take care of essential safety measures, so no catering or duty free services were provided. The flight is quite bumpy so the seatbelt lights stay on for most of the time. Our route takes us northwest through Andorra, and France, and then northeast through Belgium after Paris.


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Descending through the clouds we approach Holland, and it's not long before I notice with horror that we're approaching the Polderbaan. The crew perform a surprisingly smooth landing despite a bumpy approach, and then start a way less exciting taxi to our gate.


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On the bright side, I got to experience one of the highest taxi speeds in my life, near 30 kts according to Flightradar. I could also spot some interesting aircraft, such as these Emirates A380 and Kenya Airways Dreamliner.


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AMS is still rather crowded, even in New Year's Day. Despite this, it's still an enjoyable airport, with plenty of services while being a single terminal building, which is exploited by many a connecting traveler. The terminal feels spacious and comfortable, with most services any passenger would need and features seating and work areas. I simply begin my hike towards baggage collection and take the train home, directly from Schiphol Plaza, one of my favourite features of the airport.


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Verdict

Vueling Airlines

6.5/10
Cabin8.0
Cabin crew5.0
Entertainment/wifi8.0
Buy-on-board menu5.0

Barcelona - BCN

8.5/10
Efficiency9.0
Access7.5
Services8.5
Cleanliness9.0

Amsterdam - AMS

8.9/10
Efficiency7.5
Access9.5
Services10.0
Cleanliness8.5

Conclusion

Another uneventful flight, though the amount of strikes going on is concerning. I am not educated enough to declare whether the airline or the workers are at fault, but in any case I believe striking workers should reflect in some way in the rating of a company. So far, Transavia has offered the best low cost experience.

BCN T1 is way ahead of T2 in all ways except access, as the local train only stops at the latter. AMS is one of the best choices for flights if you don't mind the walks.

Information on the route Barcelona (BCN) Amsterdam (AMS)

The contributors of Flight-Report published 7 reviews of 2 airlines on the route Barcelona (BCN) → Amsterdam (AMS).


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The airline with the best average rating is KLM with 7.4/10.

The average flight time is 2 hours and 25 minutes.

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    NGO85 GOLD 1871 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR!

    The inclusion of USB on VY definitely is a pro since any sort of charging option is rare on European carriers. Nice to see a LCC improving their offering while others legacy carriers are trying to remove services. Other than the setback ads, there is little to distinguish VY from IB onboard.

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