Transavia.com B737-700 economy class

Check-in I
arrived at Rotterdam airport at 1815 for the 2015 flight to London
Luton. There was a queue at check-in desks six and seven (you can check
in online when flying from the Netherlands back to Luton but not the
other way around). I asked about facilities on the other side and was
told the restaurant landside was a bit better than the offerings
airside. However, I wanted to relax once through security so I headed
straight over there. I was stopped at security as I had bought some
herbs in a jar (to make bruschetta with) and this caused the security
guards some concern even though the jar was sealed. The café airside
had everything you could need (at a price – bottled water was €2.50)
and there was an outdoor decking area to watch the planes.

Boarding I
went through to the gate early at about 1930 (all gates face the runway
and have toilets and a vending machine) and waited to be called. We
boarded at about 2000.

The flight The B737-700 has a
3-3 configuration and 26 rows. The upholstery is green and blue, like
the Transavia.com logo. I had seat 20B, towards the back of the plane
on the left. Row 12 has more legroom than other rows as it is by the
emergency exit. Seat 13F is the best seat if you have long legs it’s
the only one with no seat in front of it. The aircraft has 24 rows on
the left (A-B-C) and 26 rows on the right (D-E-F), so seat 26D was
right opposite the toilet and seats 24 A-B-C and 26 D-E-F did not
recline. The flight was a little busier than on the way out (it was a
Friday evening so there were both business and leisure travellers on
board). The businessmen behind me were talking about the traffic around
Luton airport and devising ways to beat the security queues.

Arrival We
landed at 2005 and as I only had hand luggage, I was on the bus to the
train station by 2020, and on my train into London by 2045.

Verdict On time, efficient and friendly. Arriving at Luton is easy, especially if you only have hand luggage.

Price Return economy class flights in September from London to Rotterdam started from €111 online.

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Felicity Cousins


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Transavia.com B737-700 economy class

Check-in I arrived at Luton at 0625 for the 0755 flight to Rotterdam. It was a Thursday morning and the traffic at the Luton airport roundabout (on Airport Way) was so bad, that my taxi driver advised me to get out and walk the ten minutes to the terminal building as many other people were doing so too. Transavia.com was at check-in Zone 28 and there was no queue.

I asked for a window seat and was allocated 13F. I had hand luggage only and had forgotten the clear plastic bag for my toiletries but when I requested one I was told I could buy them upstairs at a vending machine before security (£1 for four bags). Upstairs, there was a huge queue for security and by the time I had bought my clear bags and got airside, it was 0715 and boarding was at 0725.

Boarding As I was departing from Gate 4 out of 25, I assumed it would only be a short walk, so ordered a cooked breakfast from one of the restaurants. There was a screen showing the flight status but I was shocked to see that at 0735 the status went from please wait to final call. I left my breakfast and started to run to the gate – and only then realised that the gate numbers went backwards and number four was in fact at the end of four very long corridors. After a few spurts of anxious sprinting, I arrived at the gate and was let through onto the tarmac. However, I was not the last – around five more people boarded even after I was seated.

The seat The B737-700 has a 3-3 configuration and 26 rows. The upholstery is green and blue, to reflect Transavia.com’s logo. The flight was not busy and I counted around 35 people on board. My seat (13F) was an emergency exit seat and as I had no seat in front of me (12F did not exist), there was plenty of legroom. I was shown how to open the door in an emergency, as the man seated in 12E, which also has more legroom than other rows as it was also by the exit, did not want to be responsible and moved seats. The aircraft has 24 rows on the left (A-B-C) and 26 rows on the right (D-E-F), so seat 26D was opposite the toilet and seats 24 A-B-C and 26 D-E-F did not recline.

The flight Transavia.com, the low-fare Dutch airline, offers twice-daily flights at 0755 (except Saturday, flying instead at 1440, and Sunday, flying instead at 0820) and 2050 (except Saturday) from London Luton to Rotterdam airport. Return flights are 0720 and 2015 (except Saturday, departing instead at 1405, and Sunday, departing at 0745). The journey takes about 45 minutes.

We started taxiing at 0756 and were in the air moments later. The pilot said the flight would take 40 minutes. As soon as the seatbelt sign was off, the trolley came down the aisle serving hot and cold drinks, snacks and meal deals (smoothie and a sandwich for €6.50, coffee/can of Coke €2.50, sandwich €4 etc). After 20 minutes in the air, we started our descent and landed on time.

Arrival Rotterdam airport is small, and once through passport control, those with hand luggage only, can head straight outside and to the left. Bus number 33 will take you into the city centre (Central station) for €2.40 (you can buy tickets on the bus) and takes around 20 minutes. A taxi will cost €25-€30.

Verdict An efficient and pleasant service. The cabin staff were friendly and arriving in Rotterdam was hassle-free.

Price Return economy class flights in September from London to Rotterdam started from €111 online.

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Felicity Cousins


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  • “As I was departing from Gate 4 out of 25, I assumed it would only be a short walk, so ordered a cooked breakfast from one of the restaurants”

    Felicity, Felicity…I’m amazed that you thought Gate 4 would be close to Gate 25 – at least close enough to order breakfast …

  • OzTraveller – I think the writer means she wrongly assumed the Gates would start from 1 and go up to 25, and so was caught short when it was numbered the other way…?

    Anyway more importantly the security queue could have been avoided by paying extra. At Luton you can pay to “fasttrack” queues.

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