Airline Service Review: FlyOne Chisinau, Moldova (KIV) to Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
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Chisinau, Moldova (KIV) to Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
Airbus A320 | EK32008
I was excited as this would be my first time flying this airline.
You can watch the video of the journey here as well as read this post to find out how it all went.
Booking the Flights
Their Web site is available in English, Russian and Romanian.
Like all low cost carriers, you have to pay for what they call the “Extras,” checked bags, seats, meal, sports equipment.
You may also pay for a check-in fee (I paid this at the airport) as well as take trip insurance. I always take Trip Insurance; I have my own from Allianz who has several options for you. Check them out here.
Meal On Board
You can purchase a meal before your flight. They have a few choices for you.
You can pick your seats before the flight for a charge of 3 to 10 Euros.
There is also a transaction fee of 2.56 EUR to use a credit card.
I got picked up by transportation that was arranged by JayWay Travel. The guy was cool and also stopped by an old church, the Muzeul Satului. He says they move it around from time to time. An amazing place.
On the way to the airport they have an old airplane, a Tupolve TU-134 with “Moldova” written on the side of it. Very cool to see.
Check-in was simple as there was no one there. However, I was not able to check-in online so I had to pay a fee when I got to the airport. The kicker though is that the fee had to be paid in local currency of which I had none. So I had to get some change, grr… To add insult to injury, I misunderstood the amount needed and changed out too much.
Once that was over, I wandered around a bit and then headed through security which was a breeze.
This was quite easy and there were no issues.
There is actually a Business Lounge right next to Gate 1, no Priority Pass Lounges were available.
Once at the gate, I just waited around and explored the are a bit. It’s big enough, but this is a smaller airport. There if course is a Duty Free area and plenty of seats.
Boarding was at Gate 1 via a bus to the plane.
The bus took us to the airplane which was not too far away. We then alighted and boarded by both the front and rear stairs. Although I had a seat at the front, which is unusual for me, but that was the only window available, I boarded at the rear so I could one, use the rear stairs and two check out the plane a bit more.
I made my way to my seat, hoping to have a middle empty seat, but that was not the case. The couple seemed nice, but never said a word to me the entire flight.
The airplane is configured in a 3-3 layout.
There’s not much legroom on this airplane; it is all Economy class and they packed us in.
Now I did notice that this airplane is owned by Atlantis European Airways as denoted by the seatmap.
This airport only has one active runway, so after pushback, we had to take the runway as a taxiway and then turn around and use it as a runway.
I did notice they were building a taxiway though, so by the time you read this, it may be completed.
It was an absolutely beautiful day so I could see for miles.
The Inflight Service
Soon after takeoff, the flight attendants started their service of water, drinks and a sandwich; all complimentary.
There is no inflight entertainment on this flight, you just had to enjoy the view outside or read a book.
Soon, it was time for landing as we approached the Irish coast. It was a picture perfect day and a great end to the flight.
It was also great to see the airplanes at Dublin International when we landed.
Great flight and great service. Thanks.
Have you flown FlyOne? What do you think?