Gilesdavies From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2003, 3033 posts, RR: 2 Posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 3423 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?
Shamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3363 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.
Mfricke From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 272 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3354 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.
A3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 3308 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 (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.
"They have lady pilots......... they're not that good, but they have 'em"
Dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1480 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 3234 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.
Bazzaldonbond From Ireland, joined Feb 2001, 95 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 3203 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.