Airline, aircraft, route
Airline: Ryanair is an Irish ultra-low-cost airline that was founded in 1984 by Tony Ryan. It is one of the largest and most popular budget airlines in Europe, known for its low fares and no-frills approach to air travel. The airline's headquarters is located in Dublin, Ireland.
Ryanair operates a vast network of flights across Europe and nearby destinations, offering a wide range of domestic and international routes. The company has a significant presence at numerous airports, including London Stansted Airport, Dublin Airport, Barcelona El Prat Airport, Milan Bergamo Airport, and many others.
The airline gained popularity by adopting a point-to-point business model, which means it operates direct flights between smaller airports, often avoiding major hubs to minimize costs and turnaround times. To keep fares low, Ryanair often charges extra for services that are typically included in the ticket price on other airlines, such as baggage allowance, seat selection, and in-flight meals.
Over the years, Ryanair has faced both praise and criticism for its business practices. While many travelers appreciate the affordable fares and extensive route network, others have raised concerns about customer service, additional fees, and strict baggage policies. Despite this, Ryanair has remained a dominant force in the European aviation market and continues to attract a large number of passengers.
Please note that any recent developments or changes related to Ryanair that occurred after September 2021 would not be reflected in this response.
Aircraft: The Boeing 737-800 is a popular and widely used narrow-body, short-to-medium-range commercial aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It is a member of the Boeing 737 Next Generation (NG) family, which succeeded the original Boeing 737 Classic series.
Key features and specifications of the Boeing 737-800:
Capacity: The typical seating capacity of the Boeing 737-800 is around 162 to 189 passengers in a two-class configuration, although it can vary based on the specific airline's seating arrangements.
Range: The range of the Boeing 737-800 is approximately 2,935 to 3,850 nautical miles (5,435 to 7,130 kilometers), depending on the model variant and configuration. This range allows it to operate both short-haul and medium-haul routes efficiently.
Fuel Efficiency: The 737-800 is designed to be fuel-efficient, making it a popular choice for airlines seeking to reduce operating costs and environmental impact.
Cockpit and Avionics: The aircraft features an advanced digital cockpit equipped with modern avionics, including LCD displays, fly-by-wire technology, and other electronic systems to enhance flight safety and efficiency.
Performance: The Boeing 737-800 is equipped with more powerful engines compared to its predecessors, which improves its takeoff performance, climb rate, and overall capabilities.
Winglets: Many 737-800 aircraft are fitted with blended winglets at the tip of their wings. These winglets reduce drag and improve fuel efficiency, resulting in longer range and reduced operating costs.
Commonality: The 737-800 shares a high degree of commonality with other members of the Boeing 737 Next Generation family, such as the 737-700, 737-900, and various versions of the 737 MAX, making it attractive for airlines already operating other 737 models.
The Boeing 737-800 has been a popular choice for airlines worldwide, as it provides a good balance of capacity, range, and fuel efficiency, making it suitable for a wide range of routes, from short domestic flights to longer international journeys. It has been widely used by low-cost carriers, legacy airlines, and charter operators alike, contributing to its widespread presence in the global aviation industry.
Aicraft we flew on: Register: 9H-QBJ, Aircraft: Boeing 737-8AS(WL), Serial: 44706, Airline: Ryanair: RYR / FR, Operator: Malta Air: RYR / FR, Country of Registration: Malta.
Route: This route was shut down on 1st of February, 2023 due to high taxes and low income. It was a new route, started in 8th of April, 2022.
We took a LuxExpress bus from Tartu, my hometown, to Tallinn. That company is great to get from Tartu to Tallinn Airport, low prices and stops right next to the entrance of the airport.
We had checked in online and made our way to security. Security went smoothly, there weren't that many passengers .
After arriving at the main gates, we did some plane spotting and bought a delicious meal from a cafe. Tallinn Airport is and will be one of the most unique and coziest airports.
I didn't take any pictures as I didn't know anything about this community yet, All photos I took are in this report. There will be more in the upcoming reports, except NUE-TLL one.
After boarding was announced, we made our way down to the small Ryanair gates. The boarding was quick and we were one of the last to board. It had a 3-3 seat configuration in economy, 3 on both sides. Legroom was okay for me. The plane was clean, and we managed to see Nordica's new Airbus A320, ES-NAB. Before taxi we had our safety demo. After that, we quickly taxied to runway 08 for departure and it went smooth. I did film the departure and arrival, but I haven't uploaded them yet and they are in another device. It was snowy and we hit some very very very very very very very light turbulence. We reached our cruising altitude over the Baltic Sea. We departed about 5 minutes late, but me and probably most people still consider it on time.
Food was served soon after reaching the cruising altitude. I ordered fries and chicken, it was tasty. It was served in a box with a nice livery. 9/10.
The cabin was quite clean, but my armrest was broken. The tray table was okay sized for me, I used it only for my small meal.
There wasn't any entertainment except for some advertisements and evacuation instructions.
Cabin crew was young and friendly, best rating to them.
It was already dark when we started our descend into Nuremberg. I could already see the city lights of Nuremberg. We approached runway 28. We touched down on time with a bit bumpy landing.
We taxied to our gate, which was next to another Ryanair plane, registered as 9H-QBY. We we're one of the last people to de-board. We said goodbye to the flight attendants, de-boarded and took some pictures of the planes.
I spotted a Turkish 737 landing and private plane taxiing from the terminal's window and then we made our way to town. It took some time for us to find the exit. The hangar of private planes was also seen from a window. When we got out, we took a metro train to the city central. The metro station is near the main doors of the airport and you can buy a ticket at the ticket machine which is outside.
Once again sorry for not having not that much photos, I just joined this community. There won't be many photos on NUE - TLL route report too but there will be more photos on my flight to/from Paris.
Everything went smoothly and wasn't much to talk about. Cabin crew was nice and, but my armrest was broken. Overall, better than I expected. Will fly on them again.