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The Weald's Favourite Airline

Where was I? Oh yes, flying EU Jet to Nice and back this weekend and what I thought of it.




The vote, from a quick poll of my family and other passengers on the flight was this is a great way to travel. No long queues or airport stress. Straight into Manston, Kent International, incredibly friendly and helpful staff, unjaded by years at check-in desks elsewhere, a mug of Starbuck's coffee and quickly onto a very comfortable Fokker 100 to Nice, Cote D?Azur in less time than it takes to get to London on any morning.

I could commute this way I thought and I'm tempted. EU Jet obviously needs to fill-up their flights rather more than I saw this weekend but these are early days and I'm not complaining. Having experienced years of travel "Hell" at Heathrow and Gatwick, this was a comfortable and welcome change, door to door from my house in Kent to a house in Nice in less than four hours and in a way which bought some pleasure back to travel.

To be honest and I go to Nice quite regularly on business, - with the client paying my Business Class fare from Heathrow with British Airways, - I would much rather pay the £40 to EU Jet and go comfortable economy than take the longer haul with BA any day. In fact, my small daughter having spotted an Emirates Jet parked next to us in Nice suggested that instead of flying to Dubai from London next time we go, we take EU Jet to Nice and pick-up the connecting flight from there. It's not a bad idea either.

A couple of thoughts for EU Jet though. If photographs are forbidden in the departures lounge then you need a sign saying so rather than a polite reprimand from security. Let?s be honest, a band of boy scouts could probably infiltrate Manston if they really wanted to, so while security is important, let?s not go overboard on forbidding photos.

If the incoming aircraft is late, best let the passengers know rather than take bets among themselves. Our flight to Nice was twenty minutes late coming in from it?s last stop, Dublin and so I called the tower at Manston and asked where it was before telling the two very nice girls at the check-in desk who didn?t know.

The coffee on the aircraft is far too hot, super-heated in fact. I had to add cold water to mine and if there was any sudden turbulence there could be a nasty scalding accident.

The pilot could say a little more. I know the First Officer was a young woman but it doesn't have to be a secret!

Marks out of ten for EU Jet on our first flight then? In contrast with any other airline I've flown, including BA, EasyJet and Emirates, I'll give EU Jet nine out of ten for efficiency, courtesy and above all enthusiasm!


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