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Flybe fly good
Member Name: TechnoGadgetGeek
Advantages: Simple and quick check-in, staff friendly, comfortable plane
Disadvantages: Quite pricey snacks, Dash-8 is quite small
Have flown with them three times so far - twice from Birmingham to Paris and the third from Birmingham to Aberdeen.
Birmingham to Paris CDG was problem-free, except for the second time when my wife and I were returning home from a week-long break in the City of Lights. Flybe actually operated the Air France flight, and Air France do the ground services at CDG airport, less said about that the better (long queue, not enough check-in staff) :)
However, Birmingham to Aberdeen has been in the snow this month, and the only problem was that we left about an hour late because there was a snowfall at Birmingham requiring the plane to be de-iced, which put us back to third place in the queue. The captain was able to make up about 15-20 minutes of lost time, so it wasn't as bad as I feared.
Simple check-in process, whether at the airport, or online (but make sure that you have easy access to a working printer to print off your boarding pass if you do an online check-in, or it could cost you 10 pounds at the desk for a reprint), and a nice little Bombardier Dash-8 (aka De Havilland Dash-8 for those of us old enough to remember) to fly in.
My only issues about the Dash-8 are that the seats are a bit small (I'm 6 feet tall) and close together (it's a 78-seater plane), and that it can seem quite noisy if you're seated near the engines as they're turboprops, so run at slower speeds than normal jets, and have the propellers slapped on the front.
Overall, I've had a good experience with them, although I wish they'd drop the charging for drinks and snacks onboard: the airport shops and bars charge enough as it is...
Summary: Overall, good experience
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