Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Snow everywhere in the airport

Thomson A320 G-OOAR being de-iced on stand 4 at Exeter International Airport.
Exeter had been snow closed during the morning like most other airports in the South of England.
Thomson Airways is the third largest airline based in the United Kingdom by total passengers carried, and the world's largest charter airline; offering scheduled and chartered flights from the UK to many destinations across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. The company commenced operations on 1 November 2008, following the merger and subsequent re-branding of Thomsonfly and First Choice Airways. Thomson Airways is headquartered in Luton, England. Thomson Airways is a 100% subsidy of TUI Airline Management of Germany.
Thomson Airways Limited holds a United Kingdom Civil Aviation Authority Type A Operating Licence permitting it to carry passengers, cargo and mail on aircraft with 20 or more seats.

The high-tech methods of de-icing our plane at London Luton Airport - de-icing by broom. Fortunately, they did it the more traditional way (water-blasting with some kind of heated detergent) once the most of the snow had been broomed off.
It took roughly half an hour.
We took off only 19 hours late due to the "nightmare weather" otherwise known as winter in most countries in Europe. Apparently, we were the lucky ones - anyone with a flight on the night of the 21st or morning of the 22nd was pretty much doomed.