Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Flight
XK251
Aircraft
ATR 72
Registration
SE-MKN
Class
Economy
Seat
01C
Date
16/04/2023
Flight time
00:55

  Corsica - April 2023

Braathens Regional Marseille (MRS)  →  Bastia (BIA) ATR 72 Economy Class 16/04/2023 Current review

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  Corsica - April 2023

Braathens Regional Marseille (MRS)  →  Bastia (BIA) ATR 72 Economy Class 16/04/2023 Current review

Introduction

Ladies and gentlemen welcome aboard this new Flight review for a flight operated by Braathens Regional Airlines between Marseille and Bastia. This review is a worldwide exclusivity since no written review has ever been done on board BRA's ATRs! First, let me introduce BRA. Braathens Regional Airlines or simply BRA is a Swedish regional airline. Born in 2016 from a merger of ten Swedish regional airlines, it operates mainly domestic flights across Sweden from its base in Stockholm-Bromma and some international flights. So, you are probably wondering why I am traveling with a Swedish airline on a French domestic route. Actually, Air Corsica is facing a delay in the delivery of its ATRs and is forced to charter some flights to satisfy passengers' demands. Thus, although the flight number is Air Corsica, the flight will be operated by a crew, a cabin, and an aircraft of BRA!


Departure airport

It's 7:30 in the morning, and I meet you in Terminal 1 Hall B of Marseille-Provence Airport.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

It is possible, even from the public side of the terminal, to observe the aircraft landing through large windows.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

I'm not even checked in for the flight yet and my plane is already arriving! I can then observe for the first time this very colorful livery.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

I then hurriedly checked in and went through the security controls. I find myself on the airside.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

I go to the right to reach my gate (31). The indications are clear.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

My flight and gate are well announced on the departure board.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

I wait for the boarding to begin by observing the aircraft around.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

All along the pier, there are seats equipped with electrical outlets.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

On the other hand, there are not many shopping facilities.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Boarding

Here we go! The boarding begins. I am among the last to board the bus, and will be the first to arrive on board the aircraft!

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

When I get off the bus, I really take the time to appreciate the beauty of this livery! I realize the exceptional dimension of this flight.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

I then discover this cabin with light tones in a 2-2 configuration.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Luckily, I was automatically positioned in the first row. Unfortunately, not on the window side...

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

After introducing myself to the crew, I was invited to visit the cockpit. This will be the opportunity to have a very interesting discussion with the Swedish pilots!

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

The legroom is obviously exceptional. I can fully extend my legs.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

The jumpseat is positioned right in front of me. During the takeoff, I will talk with the stewardess who will explain to me that the crew is staying in France for a month. Thus, every month until the summer, a new BRA crew will be assigned to Corsica.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Take-off and cruising

The boarding is finished, and the taxi begins. The noisy engines will be running at full speed during the take-off. Being in the front row, the loud engines won't bother me. I imagine that the experience is different for the people in the back.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

About the seat facilities, there are two elements: the tray table, hidden in the armrest, and the seat reclining button.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Outside, we are gradually gaining altitude. Nevertheless, we will quickly reach our cruising altitude, at 17,000ft

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

The service is performed. We receive a typical Corsican cookie and a variety of hot and cold non-alcoholic drinks.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

We follow the French coast towards the East, and the bay of Nice and its airport appear! Can you spot it?

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

The safety card:

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Approach and landing

And finally, the descent begins with magnificent views through the window of the Corsican landscape.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

The belts are fastened, we are ready to land.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

On the left and on the right, the beautiful landscapes continue to pass by.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

We turn before aligning ourselves with the runway. Then, we landed smoothly 15 minutes ahead of schedule.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

We arrive at the parking lot, the engines are turned off.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Thank you BRA for this flight!

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

It is then time to disembark and to be able to observe the aircraft again from the outside.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

An Air Corsica A320 is waiting for its next flight.

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Arrival airport

In a few minutes, luggage arrives!

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

I then visit a bit the airport, before heading toward the exit!

Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy Flight review: Braathens Regional from Marseille to Bastia in Economy

Conclusion

Marseille (MRS)

The experience of this airport really depends on which terminal you leave from. I have very bad memories of terminal 2, while on the contrary, terminal 1 is quite nice. On this trip, I found a bright, relatively modern airport with good facilities. The security checks and check-in were efficient. At the gate, many seats were available, which is a very good point!

Braathens Regional Airlines

BRA was an excellent discovery. The aircraft was very recent, so the cabin was comfortable and modern. The crew was extremely friendly. All in all, it is a very good airline! I hope you enjoyed reading this review as much as I enjoyed traveling with BRA!

Bastia (BIA)

This was my first visit to Bastia Airport. Contrary to the other Corsican airports, this one seemed to me equipped with modern infrastructures. The luggage arrived quickly.


Ratings

3.9/5
Cleanliness
4/5
Accessibility and orientation
4/5
Efficiency
4.5/5
Services
3/5
Cabin and comfort
4.4/5
Entertainment
1.3/5
Food and beverages
3.2/5
Crew
5/5
4/5
Cleanliness
4/5
Accessibility and orientation
4/5
Efficiency
N/A
Services
N/A

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