The week started with what was going to be a short day – just a couple of flights to Ireland. Â At Dublin we picked up a VIP, with the whole entourage of cars, men with ear pieces (bit like it is in an episode of Prison Break) and a security detail. Â Then, just as we were shutting the aircraft down, we were told that we were given an extra two flights to Derry and back – such is aviation and so there’s a need for a degree of flexibility to accommodate anything that can change!
The next day, I flew to Lanzarote with a Captain who’s South African. Â It was interesting to know his story and ask about his experience flying different type of aircraft and in different airlines around the world. Â He mentioned that he flew the 747, 727, 737 classic amongst other myriad of aircraft. Â I asked him some questions about the handling qualities of the other aircraft types in the Boeing range in comparison to the 737-800 and as most people have told me, the other aircraft have better handling qualities, or at least are more stable. Â We also had a chat about South Africa, as I also have family there.
I flew to Wroclaw & Szczecin for the first time, and still astounded by how warm the Summers are in Poland! Â I’ve only been to Poland in Winter previously, and they’re bitterly cold!