Rthrbeflying86 From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 243 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (11 years 10 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2230 times:
Where are you coming from? If you can go nonstop on either carrier you might as well do that. US will have pretty good connections at PHL otherwise. The US 762's are indeed showing their age (theres another thread about whether or not they are safe---which they are---that may give you more insight on what they're like). But they're fine for the 6 or so hour-long hop. I have never flown EI so I can't help you there.
AeroArgentina From United Kingdom, joined May 2001, 192 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 2073 times:
Flew US from PHL to CDG (and back) and although it was on an A333 I would not really recommend the airline. The FA's were very nice but the food was horrible, drinks were expensive, and the earphones were 5 dollars (which managed to break 15 minutes after buying them). This airline seems to have done a lot of cost cutting and although the FA's seem to do their hardest I really felt it. I'm sure Aer Lingus will offer free IFE, drinks, and much better food. Hope this helps.
Tracks From China, joined Mar 2004, 24 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2025 times:
I've flown both aircraft and there really isn't a whole lot of difference between them. As outlined above the US 762s are showing their age. They don't have the great PTVs the US A330s do. The food was forgetable, the cabin crew pretty standard. The flights are generally high load and low yield. I missed a PHL - DUB flight at the start of September and the next available confirmed seat on the same flight was 5 days away. (So I got rerouted through Boston with EI)
EI are OK. If you're on an A332 there's a one in three chance it'll be EI-DAA and you'll have PTVs. The food on EI is nothing special and now they even charge for alcohol on transatlantic flights. I've always found the EI cabin crews to be pretty mixed ; there's always a few surly ones and there's always at least one who'll bend over backwards to help you.
From a frequent flyer perspective EI is really awful unless you can get an AA codeshare ticket and get AAdvantage miles. US Air's program is a lot more generous.
Another thing that might be relevant is that EI allows no Laser controlled devices on board in flight which means no CD players, Minidisc players or DVD players. USair allows all of the above in flight. I mention it because it makes a big difference to some.
As for the EI332s looking pretty beaten up I'd say you are confusing them with EI 333s. The 332s are pretty new and are generally in great condition.
Mlsrar From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 1417 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (11 years 10 months 3 days ago) and read 1790 times:
It is a new development if you go to visit http://www.aerlingus.com Click on Services & Frequent Flier, InFlight Services, and bar Service...you will see that there is a charge now for alcoholic drinks only.
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