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Aer Lingus - What They Like And Connecting In DUB.  
User currently offlineGilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3203 posts, RR: 1
Posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4219 times:

I am looking at going to NYC in May and so far Aer Lingus are coming out by far the cheapest.

Also as an added bonus I can fly from BHX and connect in DUB for the same price, instead of having to trawl down to London and brave the traffic.

What is Aer Lingus like on their Trans Atlantic routes, I know they operate the A330's but do they come with PTV's, whats the leg room like and is it the 200 or 300 series they use to operate into JFK?

Is it true that you can clear US immgrations in DUB and then don't have to brave the queues at JFK?

Also what is DUB like for catching connections?

Look forward to your feedback.


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User currently offlineJeffrey1970 From United States of America, joined Apr 2001, 1414 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 4181 times:

I am not 100% but I do believe you can clear US customs in Dublin.

God bless through Jesus, Jeff
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4159 times:

Only A330-200 EI-DAA has PTVs in the Economy cabin. The seats are comfortable with reasonable legroom - better than the rear cabin of many other airlines. There are complimentary soft drinks and meals.

User currently offlineMfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 286 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 4150 times:

Four years ago, I flew a BHX-DUB-LAX routing on Aer Lingus. It was very easy to connect in DUB. It was much easier than anything I have ever done at a London airport! Their trans-Atlantic service was nice at that time, but that was also in their pre-aerlingus.com era. I don't know to what extent their competition with low-fare carriers within Europe has affected their overseas flights.

ONT - Southern California's Ontario!
User currently offlineA3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 4104 times:

I only flew on Aer Lingus from MAN-DUB Return and found them very good to fly with. I sat in my seat sipping my orange with ice cubes for most of the flight - till we started are descent and it got very bumpy so I finished it before I spilt it everywhere  Laugh out loud (which I almost did)

Outbound: A321 (should have been a BAe 146, but we were delayed till 12:00pm cos of a technical problem) (the flight should have gone at 9pm)

Inbound: BAe 146 (on time)

Review: Apart from the deparure delay, I liked them and would fly with them again.

A320  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

"They have lady pilots......... they're not that good, but they have 'em"
User currently offlineDstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1609 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 4030 times:

Read the other posts on this site re EI's (fast declining) service standards.
No PTV's in economy on the 330, except on one aircraft.
Alcoholic drinks are charged for in economy on the Atlantic and food too, in Europe.

Re US immigration - there is a pre clearance facility at Dublin so you can do INS facilities there, you still must clear customs at your first point of arrival in the USA of course.

Arriving from BHX you will probably arrive at Pier A (a dump with poor facilities) and do a walk of several hundred meters to Pier B. (not much better) . One tip, do not go down to do the INS clearance before you have to - there are very few facilities there, often no seats at all and only tea coffee facilities. And no external views down there either.

User currently offlineBazzaldonbond From Ireland, joined Feb 2001, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 3999 times:

go with aerlingus the saving in money and time spent going through ins in dub are worth it the food isnt that bad and there are plenty of screens to see the films its only 6hrs to kjfk from eidw.imagine arriving into jfk with all the other flights that are full of people trying to go through ins i hear it can be two hours sometimes its 15/20 mins max in dub.

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