Founded in 1997, Eastern Airways specialises in domestic flights within the UK and a few select destinations in Europe- mostly in France. They play a huge role in transporting oil workers to and from Aberdeen and Scatsta Airport in the Shetlands. Their flight timetable is particularly useful for business travellers within the UK, with flight times that make it easy to travel to and from your destination on the same day.
Eastern Airways often gets involved in local events, particularly in Scotland and the north of England. In the past they have painted one of their aircraft in promotional colours for the Passionate People Passionate Places event which promoted tourism in North East England, and another in the Aberdeen City and Shire colour scheme. In 2010 they named one of their aircraft after the comedian Ken Dodd to celebrate the anniversary of their first scheduled flight from Liverpool.
They’re not currently a membership of any airline alliances, but do have a partnership with Emirates.
How to Check In
Check in is available at the airport. Desks usually open one hour before departure (although may open earlier at some airports) and close 30 minutes before the flight is due to leave. Eastern Airways passengers benefit from the fast track security queue, and can also use the executive lounge at some selected airports.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
You can check a bag weighing up to 15kg. There’s a £6 charge for each additional kilo. Bags weighing more than 32kg won’t be allowed on the aeroplane.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
Legroom is fairly generous, with an average seat pitch of 32”.
There are no hidden fees with Eastern Airways.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Complimentary hot and cold drinks are available on board, including bar service. Passengers are also served snacks, and a hot towel to freshen up.
Eastern Airlines have won titles for their punctuality in the past, and in 2011 were named Newcastle’s Most Punctual Airline. For the 2013 period Flightontime rank them 23rd in terms of punctuality, ranking well above Wizz Air (26th), British Airways (32nd), and Monarch (35th).
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