Over Christmas I went to Rome with Tammy and Andrew. It was an awesome trip (you’ll see it over the next few days) and to get there we flew with Jet2.com. The trip started quite hectic with us running late after driving from Sheffield to Manchester airport very early in the morning. I’m not really sure what happened but we ended up getting to the check in desk and staff were yelling at us to hurry up and then being told our bag might not make the flight (it did Christmas miracle and all that). The airport was packed (I guess the combo of Christmas travel and small airports isn’t a winning combination) and security was so busy. We luckily got to skip the queue and go to the front (to the dismay of other passengers) and fortunately made the flight after running to the gate. Do you think I use brackets too often haha.
Jet2.com are a low-cost airline mainly based out of smaller airports in the UK like Manchester, Leeds and Belfast. They fly all over Europe but with a notable focus on Spain and France. Just like Thomas Cook they do flights but also package holiday trips (which I think is their popular go to). We booked with them because it was the cheapest option and we were wanting to fly out near Sheffield (alas Manchester). Booking online was super easy and you have to pay for all additional extras like baggage, seats, food etc. which seems pretty standard nowadays. Once we got on the plane it was a 3, aisle, 3 and 737-800. Lots of red decoration and Jet2 branding with all their destinations on the overhead luggage bins. The plane was quite small and legroom/general seat space was quite limiting. Fortunately I knew my neighbours but I can imagine it being a little up close and personal otherwise. No entertainment obviously but I brought Planet Earth and settled right into that. The seatback was a personal highlight with the old school cup holder. There is an indented one on the tray table yet they still have the pull down wire one that gave me a real vintage nod.
As it was such an early flight we didn’t manage to grab food beforehand at the airport. Usually I try to pick something up as plane food is always quite limiting (and you never know what the quality is going to be like). However my stomach was rumbling and grumbling so I had to pick something up from their menu. They had the usual meaty sandwiches, toasties, crisps, nuts etc. I went for their meal deal that includes a sandwich and packet of crisps for a really decent price. I was sceptical because it was so cheap but completely proven wrong as the toasty was delicious. I went for cheese and tomato being vegetarian and it came out fast, was piping hot and most importantly tasty! Andrew got a coffee (they use Starbucks onboard) and he said it was decent. The old school cup holders were put to good use and I had a real retro plane flashback. Water was quite pricey but the air steward happily filled up my own bottle for free so definitely bring an empty bottle with you!
Quick trip to the bathroom because I love a good selfie. I’ve never seen a customised handwash bottle on a plane before so was pretty excited for that haha. And on the back of the door was a skier watching me do my business, a little strange but I guess some people get lonely in there?
Would I fly Jet2.com again? I don’t see why not. It’s basic and standard just like Ryanair or Easyjet but I was expecting that. I felt safe, comfortable and was served with a smile – what more can you ask for really. As their main hub is Leeds and I’m not really often there, I probably won’t be utilising them as much but if they come up as an option in the future I’ll be sure to check them out!