Bubbles, cockpit seat and VR in a 737–800

Turning final for EBBR

Last Wednesday, Jetair Fly officially rebranded to TUI Fly. As aviation enthusiasts, and tinkerers with photography, video, and new technologies, TUI Fly invited Rudolf and I to the ceremony and first flight to Malaga (LEMG) and back to Brussels (EBBR).

Master Rudolf at work

Plane on a string

20 TUI colleagues pulling an empty Boeing 707–800 — Picture: Rudolf Van der Ven

A pretty impressive way to pull the new TUI Fly brand into action, 20 colleagues of TUI Fly literally pulled the entire plane using a big rope, under the approving eye of the press, invitees and the passengers of flight TB1111 from within the gigantic TUI hanger.

Picture: Rudolf Van der Ven
Panorama shot with the Samsung Galaxy S7

Bubbles and friends

The entire flight was treated to champagne and complimentary food, much to everyone’s delight.

Bubbles!
Food! — Picture: Rudolf Van der Ven
Fan-shot with the Bosses of the Sky on TB1111 and TB1112

360 shots and blowing people’s minds

Samsung Galaxy S7 and Samsung Gear 360 camera — Picture: Rudolf Van der Ven

Samsung was so nice as to give me a S7 to test for a few weeks, Tjoolaard provided me with a Gear VR, so getting a Gear 360 camera on this opportunity was a quick decision.

Pretty amazing how fast you can pair, shoot pictures and video, transfer it to your phone, and look at it in full 360 glory in just a matter of minutes. Very impressed, Samsung.

Cabin view in 360 degrees

We let the older people on the row behind us, and the cabin crew take a look at a 360 of the cockpit, with jaws dropping on the floor every few seconds.

Jana, one of the excellent cabin crew, looking at the cockpit in full 360 amazingness.

Cockpit adventures

The cherry on the pie — a visit to the cockpit, and an invitation to join for the landing back at Brussels Airport. The aviator and boy in me jumped.

Short final at EBBR, I believe it’s RWY 27L.
360 shot within the cockpit during final approach

Non-360-video published on Instagram

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