Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6414 posts, RR: 14 Posted (8 years 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 9023 times:
Well here goes on yet another one of my Aer Lingus trip reports!
Date: Friday 18th May
Airline: Aer Lingus
Flight no: EI723
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Name: St. Senan
The day started off with me going out for a quick look around the shops, met a few friends for breakfast and went back home to make sure I had everything ready. The weather was great and for most of the day I sat out on my balcony and watched the aircraft on approach into LHR, very relaxing until I got up and realised I had been there for hours and had been sun burnt quite badly
At about 3.30pm I was ready to leave and seeing as someone else was driving down to LHR I just sat back and kept the after sun cream nearby! Traffic wasn't as bad as I thought it would be on the M4 so before long I could see the new tower just above the trees. We entered LHR and it's such a shame to see that Concorde is no longer there but has been replaced by a few EK adverts which I assume are temporary until the EK A380 model is placed there. Always nice to see this when you enter LHR
I used the fast pass machines as usual and dropped off my bag, the same girl who usually does it was there and I noticed that staff were telling all passengers to use the Fast Pass to check-in. A few passengers didn't really know what to do but about 2 or 3 staff members were ready to help them and show them what to do. After checkin I walked around the terminal and went up for a tea in Costa. You can get some great views of the checkin area from here, I took a few photos, here you can see mainly BA self service checkin and Aer Lingus in Zone D.
I walked down to WHSmiths and had a look around, I didnt have much to do so I decided to head for security. There wasnt too many people at all and the staff now seem very efficient regarding the restrictions. Once I had past through, I saw an Aer Lingus advert which I quite like.
In the departures lounge I saw quite a lot of passengers using the Gold Circle lounge, most of them were connecting with EI from Asia on CX and other OW members. Nice to see so many OneWorld airline passengers still using EI. I'm sure EI made the right decision by leaving OW. Some pictures of the aircraft at LHR, including EI-DEO my aircraft to ORK
Boarding commenced with rows 29 to 15 first and then the rest of the aircraft, I was seated in 8B so I was one of the last to board. The cabin crew were all very young with lots of smiles for us all. They welcomed us a good few times with the usual "For those of you just joining us, you are all very welcome onboard this Aer Lingus flight EI732 to Cork" the flight was full, mainly with business passengers many of whom were Middle Eastern, far east Asia and of course British and Irish. It's one of the first times that I have seen so many different people on a flight to ORK from LHR, usually I fly on a Saturday and all you get is Irish people going home for the summer and British people off for a holiday to the south west of Ireland. LHR was fairly busy but we departed on time behind a Swiss A320. We took off on runway 27R and climbed out over the new tower and T5. About 15 minutes later Sky Cafe started, I had a coke and twix for £2.30 thankfully the coke was a large can and not the old tiny ones some airlines have.
The pilot informed us that approach would be bumpy into ORK, surprise surprise Cabin crew came round offering Sky Shopping and I really wanted to get some Aer Lingus branded items so I bought the glow pens for €9, so far they have been great in my GCSE exams
Soon we were over the Irish coast and the turbulence started, it was a very bumpy approach just like the pilot had said it would be but soon enough we had landed on runway 35. The cabin crew welcomed us and told us we would be happy to know that we would be using the air bridge! This would be my first time using it at Cork, it made me wonder that maybe it's only used when there are quite a few business passengers onboard.
I think EI did well on such a short flight, it was comfy, efficient and the cabin crew were great as usual. Everytime I visit Cork I like it even more, it's a great airport I prefer it over SNN and DUB any day!
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4356 posts, RR: 50
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 8799 times:
Nice report. Yes, EI is doing quite good I think. I've used them a couple of times between AMS & DUB, always on the A320's. I never had trouble, onboard crew always very kind. As I was using staff tickets once, I noticed that EI uses a dedicated checkin for staff at DUB. And then I even got upgraded into their C class, which is completely gone now on their European services if I'm correct.
I guess you passed your exams? If you did, congratulations!
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Shamrock330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 8728 times:
Good Report Kevin, I always like to see the green shamrock in a report. I see you didn't go for the ham and cheese panini but at least you got some decent sized coke cans
Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter): After checkin I walked around the terminal and went up for a tea in Costa. You can get some great views of the checkin area from here, I took a few photos
Last time I did something like that aswell and was taking some photos of the check in area. Then later i went down the stairs and went to the shop up at the top of the check in hall. Little did I know that I was walking in to trouble. After I came out of the shop I sat down near I think it was Cyprus airlines check in and next thing two cops with machine guns came over to me ..... asked me what i was doing , where i was flying and then one of them in a thick scottish accent said
"listen mate, if I were you I'd get the hell out of this area right away, cause believe me you dont want to be round here when the fun kicks off between the jews and arabs" Then i noticed that EL AL were checking in right beside me so I took the cops advice and got out of there quickly!
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6414 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 week 17 hours ago) and read 8704 times:
Quoting Shamrock330 (Reply 8): Good Report Kevin, I always like to see the green shamrock in a report. I see you didn't go for the ham and cheese panini but at least you got some decent sized coke cans
Thanks Shamrock330! I didn't really fancy the panini at the time so just stuck with coke. I thought I'd wait until I was home in Tipperary and have a Chinese
Quoting Shamrock330 (Reply 8): Then i noticed that EL AL were checking in right beside me so I took the cops advice and got out of there quickly!
I think I have seen some trouble like that happen before, I think it was on BBC1s Airport. You were lucky the police warned you, i'm sure it would be a very heated checkin area.
N272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8303 times:
Shamrock350 - cheers for the TR, loved the pics.
I think ORK is a superb airport now with a beautiful interior.... all it needs now is some more airlines to boost capcity there. But definitely WAY nicer than DUB and SNN.
Oh I love the pens! I am "green" with envy!! LOL.I must pick some up when I go with EI to Linate in a few week!!
Doona From Sweden, joined Feb 2005, 3781 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 week 6 hours ago) and read 8294 times:
Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter): Everytime I visit Cork I like it even more, it's a great airport I prefer it over SNN and DUB any day!
I agree, even without the new terminal it was always an interesting visit. I loved the way the A/C used to park parallell to the old terminal. Still, the new terminal is impressive, however I get annoyed by the fact that one has to traverse a crowded duty free shop to get airside...
Sure, we're concerned for our lives. Just not as concerned as saving 9 bucks on a roundtrip to Ft. Myers.