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Topic: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:41:16 and read 13811 times.




Hi everyone time for another TR . This time it was a case of ''London Calling'' as BA are saying these days  

I wanted to see the new Olympic Stadium and Village since its not long now til the London 2012 games. I also wanted to do some shopping. So it was my day off work and I decided to book my flights.

I chose to try the new British Airways route knowing that it could be 50/50 what metal would turn up at the gate on the day . It could be BA it could be BD . The only sure thing would be the British Airways flight number and the dual branding. When I booked the flight it showed as a Club Europe service operated by British Airways but a few days before departure this changed to ''Business'' and Operated by British Midland International.

The time came to check in online via my iPhone App :



Oh dear BA having some IT issues !




So in the end no online check in was possible so I would have to go to the check in desk the next morning.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:42:35 and read 13913 times.

The next morning came and I made my way to Dublin Airport .

Oh good the walkway is open again after some more construction work .


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Oh dear DAA have cut corners again and not taken care of the finer details of rain drainage. Come on guys get your act together its not as if you were not expecting the rain in Ireland !

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I approached the check in area only to see this at the SSKs



So I joined the Business Class line where there already seemed to be some problems.
The sole check in agent for the three BA/BD desks was unable to check anyone in as they couldnt get the flight up in their systems . We ended up waiting for 10 mintues while another supervisor tried to sort the issue out. British Airways are handled by Servisair at Dublin .

Eventually the lady in front of me was checked in and I approached the counter. I was quickly checked in and given my boarding pass and invited to use the BMI lounge. I was also presented with this letter stating that the Dublin flights were operated by British Midland International and thus no Club Europe service it was to be BMI onboard crew and catering .

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So after that I proceeded to security and then decided to make my way to the Etihad First Class lounge. I have recently obtained Air Berlin Gold and Etihad has a partnership agreement with them . This extends to lounge access but I was not sure what the rules were.

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I was greeted by a lovely lounge agent and welcomed into the lounge and invited to have some breakfast.

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I sat down with a danish whirl and muffin and was brought a lovely Cappuchino by one of the three staff members attending to the ''Guests''.

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My first impressions of the lounge were that it was very classy and such a nice thing to have in DUB . Never thought Id see lounges of this quality here.

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Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:43:23 and read 13884 times.

After I had finished that one of the staff came to me and asked me what I would like from the hot menu. I really wasnt expecting that this being my first time in a EY lounge. I was offered fresh waffles/eggs benedict or the Full Irish breakfast. I decided to take the Irish breakfast as I might as well make the most of it .

Shortly after I was brought this lovely looking plate and I have to say I was very impressed .


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Air Transat A310 . Something rare at airports these days

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Having enjoyed a nice meal and spotting in the EY lounge it was time to make a move taking some photos before leaving.

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I left the lounge thanking the staff for their hospitality and made my way to the BMI lounge.

New signs :


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I was welcomed by a familiar lady and presented my Air Berlin Gold card. She took a look at it puzzled for a while but then handed it back to me and invited me to relax. I guess they are still getting used to these Oneworld cards.

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Who would have thought BA flight number operated by BMI with a Air Berlin Oneworld Gold card. Life is strange sometimes.

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The news on the Island that morning was the Queens meeting with former IRA member Martin McGuinness.

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Soon it was time to head to the gate . The flight was delayed coming in from LHR so there would be a delay in boarding .

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:44:19 and read 13879 times.

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DATE: 28/JUNE/2012
AIRLINE: BRITISH AIRWAYS OPERATED BY BMI
FLIGHT: BA 8125
ROUTE: DUBLIN - LONDON HEATHROW
CLASS: BUSINESS CLASS
SEAT: 2A
AIRCRAFT:AIRBUS A319
REG: G - DBCG




My flight arriving . Full BMI livery and Star Alliance logo still on it .

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After a while boarding was starting to commence. This whole process was like organised chaos. The gate agents were confused about who should board first and what Oneworld status cards looked like.

Anyway in the end they boarded Families and then asked Business Class and Status to board. We made it down to the entrance of the aircraft before being held there for a further five minutes due to the aircraft not being ready.

We were then advised we could board and I was greeted by two friendly crew.

I noticed right away a difference in the cabin . Middle row now had a table and there was a clear divider between Business class and Economy . Something that was not on the DUB-LHR before.


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Soon everyone had boarded and the doors closed. The FA came on and did his talk. ''Welcome aboard this British Airways flight to London Heathrow Terminal 1 operated by British Midland International. ''

''We would like to extend a warm welcome to our Executive Club members and members of Oneworld''

I have to say it did sound a bit weird after a decade flying BMI no mention of Star Alliance. The crews name badges had been re branded too and it looked like the sticker had been pulled off and another sticker put on but it had air bubbles on it and looked a bit cheap.

The safety demo was done manually and no mention of British Airways was to be made for the remainder of the trip . Everything was referred to as BMI or British Midland International.


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We made our way to the runway in preperation for take off.

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Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:45:07 and read 13870 times.

After take off the crew were released and I was eager to see what would be offered. Simon was the chief FA on todays flight and I have to say he shined. He came to everyone on an individual basis and addressed us by name. We were offered a choice of three dishes and I decided to go for the meat option.

Shortly after this very nice looking meal tray arrived and I was quite surprised. I was offered a choice of numerous drinks but no Champagne was loaded sadly but I went for a nice white wine instead.

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Lemon drizzle cake for afters . The last time I had this it was dry and not nice but this was lovely I have to say.
The meal tray reminded me of something I got on the LHR-BSL service and never thought I would see it on a DUB-LHR.

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I was then offered a coffee.

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I had a quick chat with Simon and I asked him how he was coping with all the changes. I guess I knew more than most about the process and he asked me if I was BA staff . I laughed and said no and that I had been flying BMI as a DC Gold member for a decade and been following the take over closely. We had a chat about the changes and timeline of the migration before the seatbelt sign came on and he excused himself.

Time to land into LHR :

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We pulled up on stand and then it was time to disembark . I thanked Simon for a lovely flight and said to him that I wished him all the best for the future to which he thanked me and said I was very kind.

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I then made my way to the tube :

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To get to the Olympic Stadium you have to change at Holborn :

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Finally I arrived at Stratford after 70 mins.

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The impressive Westfield shopping mall.

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Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:46:01 and read 13831 times.

Nice surprise and looked like a lovely restaurant. I went in and asked for a menu and had a few words of Greek with the owner. Next time I will certainly stop for a meal there.

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The Olympic site still being made ready .

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Nice views :

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Plenty of things to buy :

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Not sure if I like this at all :

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Very impressive area with lovely shops and restaurants :

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The mascots:

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Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:46:52 and read 13819 times.

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After a lovely time at the Olympic site it was time to make my way back to Heathrow. I decided to get off and do some shopping in Harrods .

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After buying a few items time to pop around the corner to the Nespresso store :

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Then it was time to hop back on the Tube to Hounslow where I would stop to get some Indian Sweets :

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After a quick stop it was time to head to Heathrow :

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Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:51:20 and read 13832 times.

I arrived at Terminal 1 and made my way to the Aer Lingus check in .






DATE: 28/JUNE/2012
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
FLIGHT: EI 183
ROUTE: LONDON HEATHROW - DUBLIN
CLASS: ECONOMY CLASS
SEAT: 29F
AIRCRAFT:AIRBUS A320
REG: EI - DEE



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I approached the Premier desk and was given my boarding pass. I also asked the check in agent to block the middle seat for me if possible to which he obliged.

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I then made my way through security to do some shopping before heading to the Aer Lingus lounge .

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I was welcomed into the lounge and made myself at home .

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Free use of Samsung tablets :

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I decided to have some soup as I had not eaten since that morning .

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Soon boarding was announced and I made my way to the gate which was only a short walk.

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Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-06-30 17:52:09 and read 13816 times.

I was welcomed aboard by two friendly FAs and again by another FA half way down the cabin .

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Soon everyone had boarded and we left our stand and headed to the runway for take off.

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Soon after take off the crew commenced their BOB service and I opted for just some water :

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Cheers  

Soon after it was time to land into DUB . Note the lighter evenings I love this time of year it was around 10:30pm.

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A rather wet Dublin .

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So I disembarked the aircraft and made my way to the arrivals.

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The lines for passport control were crazy and was backed up to the entrance to the hall. It took 15 minutes to clear via snaking lines which was totally unacceptable for passengers arriving from the CTA . Something they need to sort out at Dublin Airport

An empty T2 .

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So I waited for my bus and made my way home.

My London 2012 purchases :

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So thats the end of my report. I hope you all enjoyed . No matter how many times I go to London I always enjoy it and there is always something to see and do .

British Airways / BMI are still going through the transition process and some bugs are to be expected. Check in and online check in need smoothed out . Boarding process also needs to be streamlined and less chaotic.

Service onboard was 10/10 with lovely BMI crew . Lets hope they find a happy career path in their new BA positions. They certainly have the right attitude and professionalism.

The Etihad lounge in DUB was lovely and I look forward to my next visit already  

Im very impressed with the Olympic site and Im sure those of you going to the games will have a great time. If you need any info just give me a shout.

Aer Lingus was what I expected . Nice lounge at LHR with pleasant crew and comfortable flight.

Thanks for reading and I look forward to hearing your comments as usual.

Regards

OA260 / Philip  

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: jrfspa320
Posted 2012-06-30 19:29:18 and read 13572 times.

Great report, and nice pictures...making me miss London! Love the pic of the A380 line up.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: tonystan
Posted 2012-06-30 20:00:59 and read 13511 times.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
I had a quick chat with Simon and I asked him how he was coping with all the changes. I guess I knew more than most about the process and he asked me if I was BA staff .

LOL I am pretty sure I was talking to the same Simon the day previously as he commenced his DUB nightstop sectors. Indeed he seems enthusiastic to be passing over to Eurofleet when his number is called and we had a great chat about what he can expect. A nice bit of control over his life following many years of uncertainty at BMI.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
The lines for passport control were crazy and was backed up to the entrance to the hall. It took 15 minutes to clear via snaking lines which was totally unacceptable for passengers arriving from the CTA . Something they need to sort out at Dublin Airport

Iv experienced this 3 times in the last month into DUB and I am beginning to think there is something wrong. I have even experienced it in T1 B gates!

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: Carfield
Posted 2012-06-30 22:28:57 and read 13303 times.

Thanks for the report!

The Etihad lounge in DUB looks lovely.

But I have to say, It is nice to see a real meal served in business class again on this DUB to LHR flight.

I was in the Westfield Mall last month and the London Olympics Shop was wonderful. It looks like London is ready for the Olympics!

Thanks,
Carfield

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: Phen
Posted 2012-07-01 01:52:12 and read 12916 times.

Very impressive EY lounge Philip, great to see your lovely photos of it. I can't wait to fly on BA metal once they get going at DUB. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Stratford, it will be a great few weeks of activity - I have tickets and can't wait!

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-07-01 02:17:34 and read 12824 times.

Nice one as usual Philip - good day trip you did there.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Oh dear BA having some IT issues !

I had the same problems when i tried to use the iPhone app earlier in the year too...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
I was also presented with this letter stating that the Dublin flights were operated by British Midland International and thus no Club Europe service it was to be BMI onboard crew and catering .

Was there really much difference? I was under the impression that most, if not all European business classes were pretty much the same.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Very impressive area with lovely shops and restaurants :

Ahh you caught my favourite shop on the left there - spent a good few £ in there over the years. And that was just on a t-shirt...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 8):
An empty T2 .

Because everybody was stuck at security?

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: PlaneHunter
Posted 2012-07-01 03:16:28 and read 12643 times.

Hi Philip,

interesting report with many good pictures. I took my (most likely) last bmi flight last week (LHR-EDI on G-DBCJ) - totally unimpressive, but it was still nice. I like the seats better than BA's.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Shortly after I was brought this lovely looking plate and I have to say I was very impressed .

Very nice - that's what I have enjoyed daily during my vacation in Scotland.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Full BMI livery and Star Alliance logo still on it .

It's also interesting to see the two A320s still showing full Star Alliance colors.


PH

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-07-01 04:04:01 and read 12541 times.

Quoting jrfspa320 (Reply 9):
Great report, and nice pictures...making me miss London! Love the pic of the A380 line up.

Hi thanks for reading yes I love London just a really nice city. I think I appreciate it more since I left it . You see it from different eyes.

Quoting tonystan (Reply 10):
A nice bit of control over his life following many years of uncertainty at BMI.

Lets hope no one knows the future in this industry but Im sure he will go far if there is any justice. He is Senior material.

Quoting tonystan (Reply 10):
Iv experienced this 3 times in the last month into DUB and I am beginning to think there is something wrong. I have even experienced it in T1 B gates!

Yes well Im getting to the stage where Im going to make a formal complaint.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 11):
The Etihad lounge in DUB looks lovely.

But I have to say, It is nice to see a real meal served in business class again on this DUB to LHR flight.

Hey there thanks for the reply. Yes it was very nice just a shame its the last weeks of this BMI style service but on the flip side Im looking forward to the full CE service.

Quoting Carfield (Reply 11):
I was in the Westfield Mall last month and the London Olympics Shop was wonderful. It looks like London is ready for the Olympics!

Yes its really come together as a few years ago I was there and it was still a building site. They really have done wonders with it .

Quoting Phen (Reply 12):
Very impressive EY lounge Philip, great to see your lovely photos of it. I can't wait to fly on BA metal once they get going at DUB. Glad you enjoyed your trip to Stratford, it will be a great few weeks of activity - I have tickets and can't wait!

Hi yes it is a lovely lounge. Id love to spend more time in there maybe I will go to AUH   Enjoy the games and report back maybe do a TR ?  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Nice one as usual Philip - good day trip you did there.

Hey James many thanks . Yes I had a lovely day there really enjoyed it .

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
I had the same problems when i tried to use the iPhone app earlier in the year too...

Oh not just me then  
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Was there really much difference? I was under the impression that most, if not all European business classes were pretty much the same.

Well DUB-LHR was run down over the years by BMI management enhancements and the offerings were Flex Y with no middle table or cabin divider . This certainly was an improvement.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Ahh you caught my favourite shop on the left there - spent a good few £ in there over the years. And that was just on a t-shirt...

What shop was that ?

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Because everybody was stuck at security?

LMAO maybe your right  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
Hi Philip,

Hey Udo thanks for the reply great to see you  
Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
interesting report with many good pictures. I took my (most likely) last bmi flight last week (LHR-EDI on G-DBCJ) - totally unimpressive, but it was still nice. I like the seats better than BA's.

Yes the Domestic BMI style was nothing to write home about . I agree the seats though were very nice and much nicer than BA blue but I guess you cant have everything .

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 14):
It's also interesting to see the two A320s still showing full Star Alliance colors.

Yes I thought they had to remove them right away as per Star Alliance agreements on branding but I guess not. Maybe its not so fast for AC due to practicalities.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: jwhite9185
Posted 2012-07-01 05:49:28 and read 12276 times.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 13):
Ahh you caught my favourite shop on the left there - spent a good few £ in there over the years. And that was just on a t-shirt...

What shop was that ?

Pretty Green - where they can charge up to £75 for a t-shirt! I'm quite happy to wait for the end of season sales and pay a lot less however and wear last seasons clothes!

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-07-01 09:50:02 and read 11863 times.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 16):

Arr ok never heard of it and even I wouldnt spend that much on a T - Shirt lol  

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: airlineanorak
Posted 2012-07-01 10:34:45 and read 11714 times.

HI Philip,

Another great TR!   The Etihad lounge looks stunning! I'm amazed how much they have spent on it! It's better than the Star Alliance First Lounge in LHR T1 - by miles!

Glad you enjoyed your trip back to London.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: FLIEGER67
Posted 2012-07-01 12:05:03 and read 11527 times.

Hey, Phil,

great pictures and story.
Really strange to follow that BA experience on BD metall.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-07-01 12:22:19 and read 11466 times.

Quoting airlineanorak (Reply 18):

Hey D   Thanks alot . Yeah had a great time and thought of you when I was passing through your area on the way back to Heathrow  

The EY lounge is great deffo one of the top 10 Ive been to . Certainly the top lounge in DUB but thats not difficult  
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 19):

Hey Markus , Thanks I was looking forward to the EY lounge since I saw your report on EY   I was not dissapointed .

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: EagleBoy
Posted 2012-07-01 12:28:59 and read 11451 times.

Nice capture of the A380 line up at LHR, shame it wasn't a bit brighter for the shot.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: eicvd
Posted 2012-07-01 12:42:00 and read 11422 times.

Hi Philip
Nice little trip report. London really is perfect for a cheap daytrip to just get away for a day. Nice to see Holborn mentioned, the hotel I have stayed in many times is located there. Regarding BA & BD aircraft on the DUB route, I read from a reliable source on twitter that the 0915 arrival in to DUB is due to be a BA branded aircraft from now on, it definetly was yesterday morning anyway.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-07-01 12:53:04 and read 11395 times.

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 21):

Hi yeah the lighting was bad but still managed to get it . Need a new camera that is good for bad lighting shots  
Quoting eicvd (Reply 22):

Hey Mark yes I agree I never grow tired of London . Like the saying goes if your tired of London your tired of life  

Thanks for the BA metal tipp would be nice to see.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: Dublinspotter
Posted 2012-07-01 14:49:06 and read 11193 times.

Hi!

Nice report and good read as ever!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

The quality does seem to be very good!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Not sure if I like this at all :

No, I don't think that looks good either!   But I would probably buy it anyway because it was a plane model!

Was the Aer Lingus lounge easy to find? I tried to look for it on my spotting trip to Heathrow and I couldn't find it! I am probably going blind! Also was there many good views of the runway from the lounge, good enough to do a whole day of spotting at Heathrow?

Thanks very much and good report!

Dublinspotter

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-07-01 16:37:18 and read 11051 times.

Quoting Dublinspotter (Reply 24):

Hi there many thanks  

Yeah the Concorde model was just a bit too OTT in terms of livery lol for me .

The EI GC lounge is right at the end and certainly hard to find if you didnt know it was there . The signs are quite small too. I hope you didnt pre pay it ? Would have been a shame not to have used it .

The lounge has no windows or views at all yet it is still very pleasant .

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: gabrielchew
Posted 2012-07-01 21:19:55 and read 10810 times.

Nice report Phil! Interesting to see BA "expanding"

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The sole check in agent for the three BA/BD desks was unable to check anyone in as they couldnt get the flight up in their systems . We ended up waiting for 10 mintues while another supervisor tried to sort the issue out. British Airways are handled by Servisair at Dublin .

Doesn't sound very well set up

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
My first impressions of the lounge were that it was very classy and such a nice thing to have in DUB . Never thought Id see lounges of this quality here.

Looks very nice

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Who would have thought BA flight number operated by BMI with a Air Berlin Oneworld Gold card. Life is strange sometimes.

Ha, how things change

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
We were offered a choice of three dishes and I decided to go for the meat option.

3 chioices...on London-Dublin! Wow. Looks like the front cabin has had a major boost to the service (less the champers of course)

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: OA260
Posted 2012-07-02 03:02:55 and read 10583 times.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 26):
Nice report Phil! Interesting to see BA "expanding"

Hi Gabriel , indeed nice to have them back in DUB .

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 26):
Doesn't sound very well set up

No I will put it down to teething problems so lets hope it improves over the next few weeks.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 26):
3 chioices...on London-Dublin! Wow. Looks like the front cabin has had a major boost to the service (less the champers of course)

Yes I was surprised too. Certainly couldnt complain about choice but the Champs made it not quite BA standard and would have gone down nicely with that meal  

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: The777Man
Posted 2012-07-02 11:04:16 and read 10184 times.

Hi Philip!

Thanks for another great report with great pictures!

Looks like a great day trip to LHR. BD looks very good here even in transition.

Very nice with the pictures of the 777s at LHR  

Looking forward to your next report!

The777Man

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: FlyingFinn76
Posted 2012-07-02 12:01:14 and read 10110 times.

Hi Phil,

Another visual feast about your shopping trip to London. Not a big fan of the Olympics and all the assorted hassle me, but I guess this is the way to at least admire the architecture and the the effort that went into them. But London is always a blast, so I enjoyed the tour anyway. I guess it is really true what they say "If you're tired of London, you're tired of your life".

Interesting to see the transition-in-progress from BMI to BA. It is a good idea that they distribute that piece of paper at check in - this thing must be so confusing for the average passenger, never knowing what colored plane and what kind of service will show up at the gate. But at least the onboard service seems to have gone up quite a bit, which is good.

That Etihad lounge is indeed very impressive, especially thinking that they have what - 1 or 2 daily flights to DUB?

I'll never understand how an earth DUB airport can be so busy all the time and keep breaking passenger records and growing if the country is practically bankrupt and most people are now piss poor having lost all their money in the real estate game and potentially out of a job as well... you'd think that would keep people out of the planes and into cheaper things to do...

Why don't you do your next shopping in Abu Dhabi or somewhere else - we need some new routes and places from you!  
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Then it was time to hop back on the Tube to Hounslow where I would stop to get some Indian Sweets :

Real Ghee? Seriously? Wow, those things are sooooo unhealthy!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
A380 line up :

That is (or actually those two are) an absolutely lovely photo! Great luck to have four of 'em parked side by side - or maybe BAA simply wanted to line 'em up like that. Gorgeous shot.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: sultanils
Posted 2012-07-03 04:14:42 and read 9707 times.

Hi Philip,

What an excellent idea to go and visit the ‘big happening’ before it all... well happens   I really hope the Brits don’t lose their face and that the Olympics - as much as I don’t like them - go as planned without major issues. That spiral staircase tower thingy looks quite cool. What is it actually?
As for the flights: I’m glad you were able to score another BD one. Quite a mess at checkin but it got resolved quickly it seems. And that EY lounge looks fab! Is EY doing ood business at DUB?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
When I booked the flight it showed as a Club Europe service operated by British Airways but a few days before departure this changed to ''Business'' and Operated by British Midland International.

Phew, that’s complicated (for me at least  )

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Never thought Id see lounges of this quality here.

They even have branded EY cutlery!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
but Novak will most certainly do

Do you have a soft spot for tennis?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Not sure if I like this at all

Agreed, and it even says ‘Great British Classics’ ha ha ha. Quite a tourist trap if you ask me.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
For Mr Nils

Hey, thanks! Does SN also use those dreaded tubes at T1?

Sultanils

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: shamrock350
Posted 2012-07-03 16:03:44 and read 9345 times.

Hello Philip!

It's great to see BA back in DUB and indeed BHD, they've inherited two very strong routes from BD so are bound to do very well. I hope they stick around in DUB for a while, their recent record there hasn't been great but Mr Walsh sounds confident. Nice to see the EY lounge, I hadn't seen many photos before. Must admit I'm not mad on the decor, bit cold and sterile for my liking but the food looks fantastic and the fact a hot menu is offered is a major plus.

I'm probably biased having grown up there but you can't beat London in the summer. The city has really come alive and this year is extra special, east London in particular is fantastic.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Not sure if I like this at all :

I don't like any of the Olympic branding to be honest, it's messy and garish. Doing that to Concorde should be a crime! Still would have loved to see the real thing fly again for the games.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: raffik
Posted 2012-07-04 04:20:16 and read 9019 times.

Great trip report. I really will miss BD. They offered a fantastic product and it was always good to have an alternative..

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: deltamartin
Posted 2012-07-07 13:15:28 and read 8206 times.

Hi Philip!

Nice report as usual!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):

I approached the check in area only to see this at the SSKs

Looks like the BD integration isn't going perfect...

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The impressive Westfield shopping mall.

Oh I didn't know they had several Westfields, I only knew about the one at Sheperds Bush.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Nice surprise and looked like a lovely restaurant. I went in and asked for a menu and had a few words of Greek with the owner. Next time I will certainly stop for a meal there.

Oh yes, they have the same restaurant at the Westfield at Sheperds Bush. I have eaten there, great food!

Martin

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: roberts87
Posted 2012-07-08 08:37:31 and read 7976 times.

Interesting read, very detailed, thanks for sharing!

Great to read about the changes going on over there between BD and BA. That EY looks amazing! And also nice to see the progress of the Olympic park.

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: irishair98
Posted 2012-07-08 17:37:42 and read 7846 times.

great TR phillip by the way did you not think it was a bit stupid that BA didnt use there own metal on there innagural flight back to DUB ?

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: N178UA
Posted 2012-07-09 07:20:18 and read 7690 times.

Nice Report Philip. Thanks for sharing!

But this is not a Etihad F lounge? It saids First and Business for 1 lounge ? No dedicated part for F I assume?

Are you allowed in even flying BA ? I will have to try that next time!

Sam

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: infodesk
Posted 2012-07-10 07:29:32 and read 7482 times.

Hi Philip,

Sorry for the late reply on this one. Always good to read about your shopping trips to London!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I sat down with a danish whirl and muffin and was brought a lovely Cappuchino by one of the three staff members attending to the ''Guests''

Looks good, but what about your usual cake from the Chocolate Lounge?!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
''Welcome aboard this British Airways flight to London Heathrow Terminal 1 operated by British Midland International. ''

That must be very strange to hear. Still, the meal looked excellent, especially the lemon drizzle cake, haven't had a piece of that in ages.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Not sure if I like this at all :

Tacky IMO.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Free use of Samsung tablets :

Nice and rather novel idea

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
My London 2012 purchases :

It wouldn't be a trip report without a look at your purchases, would it?  

Happy flying
Infodesk   

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: ba319-131
Posted 2012-07-11 12:25:59 and read 7290 times.

Great read and pictures Philip, enjoyed very much, thanks for taking the time.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Hi everyone time for another TR . This time it was a case of ''London Calling'' as BA are saying these days  

- Great advert!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
one of the staff came to me and asked me what I would like from the hot menu. I really wasnt expecting that this being my first time in a EY lounge. I was offered fresh waffles/eggs benedict or the Full Irish breakfast. I decided to take the Irish breakfast as I might as well make the most of it .

- What a superb lounge, very impressed! - Makes the bmi lounge look like a dump.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Shortly after I was brought this lovely looking plate and I have to say I was very impressed

- Great presentation.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Who would have thought BA flight number operated by BMI with a Air Berlin Oneworld Gold card. Life is strange sometimes.

- Your not wrong!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
''We would like to extend a warm welcome to our Executive Club members and members of Oneworld''

I have to say it did sound a bit weird after a decade flying BMI no mention of Star Alliance

- I can imagine, especially as the plane is in bmi livery, non BA interior and the Star Alliance logo outside!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The meal tray reminded me of something I got on the LHR-BSL service and never thought I would see it on a DUB-LHR

- Indeed, an impressive meal for this sector.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I was welcomed into the lounge and made myself at home

- Nice looking lounge, quite cozy.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
A380 line up

- Nice pic, don't think I've seen this layout outside of the factory.

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The lines for passport control were crazy and was backed up to the entrance to the hall. It took 15 minutes to clear via snaking lines which was totally unacceptable for passengers arriving from the CTA . Something they need to sort out at Dublin Airport

- Sounds like the problems we are having @ Heathrow these days......

Cheers

Mark

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: MSS658
Posted 2012-07-11 14:57:01 and read 7237 times.

Hi Phil

Great report, thanks for sharing with us.
Good too see BA back in DUB. Too bad BD is dissapearing. I'm glad you still had some ex-BD stuff visible on the DUB-LHR leg.

Greetings
Marc

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: lukeyboy95
Posted 2012-07-14 22:14:54 and read 6812 times.

Wow Philip...

You certainly have a knack for shopping! And all this scooting over to London too,... you must be quite a fan of the city.

I was quite a fan of seeing what Bmi had on offer - it looked like an excellent service. Also liked the insite into how the Olympic area is getting on - it looks brilliant, and quite quirky. I wish them great sucess with the games.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
After I had finished that one of the staff came to me and asked me what I would like from the hot menu. I really wasnt expecting that this being my first time in a EY lounge.

This is a brilliant looking breakfast - as in they must have employed a not-too-shabby chef for this lounge. But more improtantly is the gesture of investing so well with the lounge. Will Emirates follow suite?

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Nice surprise and looked like a lovely restaurant. I went in and asked for a menu and had a few words of Greek

Ha - no doubt doing a brisk trade on all the absconding Greeks.

Most enjoyable - especially your stop over in Hounslow for Indian sweets...

Luke

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: adamspotter
Posted 2012-07-17 07:58:39 and read 6505 times.

Hi Phillip,

Another excellent report as usual. Nice to see you still caught the BMI livery before it all becoming BA. The meal looks pretty good. Love your pictures of London and the olympic park. Like the lounges too, especially the Eithad F, very impressive!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Shortly after I was brought this lovely looking plate and I have to say I was very impressed

Looks absolutely delicious!

cheers,
Brendan // adamspotter

Topic: RE: British Airways Returns To Ireland+Etihad F Lounge
Username: signol
Posted 2012-07-21 09:02:04 and read 6011 times.

Hi Philip,

excellent as usual!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
'London Calling'' as BA are saying these days

I love that ad   Have you tried adding your postcode to the version on the website?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I sat down with a danish whirl and muffin

No visit to the Chocolate Lounge this time? But at least you found a muffin in the lounge!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):

We made our way to the runway in preperation for take off.

I have to say, they newish pier does look out of place, at an odd angle - I think it could have been designed better, even if it was placed to maximise existing apron space!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
Finally I arrived at Stratford after 70 mins.

That's why Crossrail will be good, shame it's nowhere near ready yet  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
The impressive Westfield shopping mall.

Looks nice, I should visit soon! I've tickets to one Paralympic athletics session, so at least I'll see the Olympic park one day!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
REG: EI - DEE

My one and only EI flight was on that aircraft   Shamelss plug:
Round Europe In 4 1/2 Days (by Signol Dec 6 2009 in Trip Reports)

Thanks!

signol


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