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Aer Lingus ORK-LHR (lots Of Pics)  
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 6796 times:

Date: Friday 21st May
Route: ORK-LHR
Airline: Aer Lingus
Flight no: EI724
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Reg: EI-DEO
Name: St. Senan

The main reason I went home for the weekend was to see my cousins Holy Communion and to be at what eventually turned out to be a family reunion! The weekend was great, saw most of the family and every night I had a Chinese take away, not a good idea as I later found out  ill 
I'm from Tipperary originally and when we go home we stay in Cahir, a very popular tourist destination thanks to it's nice hotels, castle and great cafes which are always full of local people and tourists many of them German and American. The weather all weekend was good, warm and sunny although it did get quite windy at night. I wanted to take lots of photos, usually my camera is taken up with wing views of aircraft and that stops me taking photos of the town, for this trip I was in the middle seat for both flights so didn't get many wing views and this enabled me to take lots of Chair and the Galtee Mountains.
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On the Monday I stayed at my grandfathers, usually my aunt would drive us to the airport but she was flying out to Spain for a holiday early that morning. We thought the traffic might be bad so we left Tipperary at 4pm, I expected the drive to be long but about an hour later we were entering the airport, Cork looks great when you drive towards it. The old terminal looks so small compared to the current one. The wind had picked up a bit making it feel fresher but it was still very sunny. The terminal building always catches your eye and I always hear people saying how nice it looks and how its got an interesting design when they see it. It took a while to find a parking space but when we finally did it was only 17.15 we had ages to wait and my grandfather felt guilty that he got us here early so he stayed with us for an extra hour but really I think it was because all he wanted was a nice cup of tea and a chocolate bar from the cafe upstairs Big grin
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I went to the fast pass machines and checked in, it was very fast yet again, and I was the 35th passenger to check-in I assume many of the passengers before had also got here early or checked in online. The fast pass machines are all in green and so are all the Aer Lingus signs, they were red and yellow before!
Before
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After check-in we needed to drop off our bag but we got their so early that nobody was there yet, we waited a few minutes but I was hungry (even after all the Chinese take aways I had) and went upstairs to the food market, not the best place to eat before you fly so I just had a coke and and packet of crisps, as you can probably tell I'm not a very healthy eater  Embarrassment
I went over to the escalators to see if anyone was at the bag drop off which is right next to the fast pass machines and sure enough an Aer Lingus staff member was making her way over to the desk but not before having a chat with a collague. Once she had finished we went down and dropped the bag, took about three minutes. It was then that my grandfather and my uncle said goodbye to us. We made our way back up to the food market and by then I was very hungry, my mum was having roast chicken so I had some fish and chips, both meals were cold and not that great so I couldn't finish, no matter how hungry I was. I went back and took a few more photos of the check-in area which was quite empty.
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We had nothing else to do so we went through security, fairly uneventful until this little boy with his dad was asking him if he was the army, the dad continued to say "I was never in the army" the little boy replied "so why do you have a gun" the security staff looked up with shock on their face and one calmly said, "well we haven't found anything, you cant say that you will get your daddy into trouble" the boy ran off laughing and the father was very embarrassed. To get to the departures lounge you have to walk through the duty free shop, you are immediately hit with the smell of perfume! After a quick look around we walked to the departures lounge and sat down. I noticed that the windows were very dirty compared to the last few times I had been to the airport. It was very hard to get clear photos and to be honest there wasn't much to photograph, an RE ATR, Futura 738 which was an hour late and a TNT aircraft. Our A320 hadn't arrived yet so I was looking out for it, after VIA A320 and bluebird cargo 737 our A320 arrived, EI-DEO the same aircraft that I arrived in on Friday. It landed on runway 17 and taxied past to our gate. By the time it had arrived on stand the RE ATR had done a high speed taxi to the end of runway 35, it turned around and took off to the north instead of what most aircraft were doing and taking off to the south.
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Our aircraft had parked next to the air bridge but had not used it, so we had to walk down the stairs and through moving glass doors, strangely aa a group of us got closer to the glass doors it shut and wouldn't open again, two passengers pushed the doors open with their hands and held them open until EI staff came down the stairs and called maintenance. The EI staff held the doors for all the passengers and we made our way out onto the aircraft which looked great in the low sun!
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We were welcomed by two slightly older FAs very friendly but were very serious, not as relaxed as the FAs on the LHR-ORK flight. The pilot welcomed us onboard in Irish which you dont really hear from the pilots usually the FAs say it but this time both did and it was a nice touch, we heard much more from the flight deck in this flight than the last one. We departed ontime and the flight was fairly uneventful it was the usual southerly departure and left turn towards south Wales. As we past over Wales Sky Cafe was started and I noticed they had some new meals, the chicken wrap has gone but is replaced with Uncle Bens Chicken and rice meal and Dolmio pasta, I'm sure these are a hit on the longer European ops but not on this flight, most passengers had wine, soft drinks, the panini and sandwiches. I wasn't feeling very good at all after that fish and chips meal so I went for a Coke and Chicken and Stuffing sandwich, it was very nice. Many of the FAs looked more suited to the long-haul premier class, very graceful and much more mature than the usual FAs I see on this route.
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The pilot informed us that due to traffic at LHR we would be in a hold for 10 minutes, fine by me but a few passengers were not happy, I mean it's only 10 minutes but I understand some of them may have had connections to catch. Anyway the flightdeck must have heard the unhappy passengers and within 5 minuted we were on approach to runway 09L. We landed a few minutes late and made a fairly quick taxi to our gate, we parked next to EI-CPF (i think) sorry it's blurry
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We got our bags and walked out to the arrivals, LHR was empty and looked very nice without the crowds!
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The flight with EI was as good as ever and I cant complain!

Well I hope you enjoyed my TR and thanks for reading!

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User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17056 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6701 times:

Nice trip report. The pictures of the landscape was really nice. ( the road seems to be very tight  crowded  )
The check-in area was very empty. Is it usual so empty at ORK.

Poor dad that got embarrassed  embarrassed . That boy got to love to make trouble for his dad.

Thanks for your cheering.



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User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 22 hours ago) and read 6699 times:

Hey Shamrock, Lovely read as per usual. Love the shot of the fuselage looking right down the length of the plane from the top of the steps in ORK. And at dusk, the colours are always more interesting. I am off to CPH on Saturday with SAS. Watch out for my TR early next week!
Hope you o/d'd on the Chicken Chow Mein's down in Tipp! LOL.
Best regards,
N272WA



Next: (EI)DUB-ORD-DUB, DUB-EWR-IAH-DFW-MSY-AUS-AMA-DEN-EWR-DUB
User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3919 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6660 times:

Thats a quality TR there! Some great photos. Being my home airport I like to see an ORK trip report not (badly) written by myself!

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
Cork looks great when you drive towards it. The old terminal looks so small compared to the current one.

I know what you mean, the sooner they knock the old terminal and have more nose-in stands the better.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
a nice cup of tea and a chocolate bar from the cafe upstairs

I really like that cafe. Thay do AMAZING breakfasts, although they are not a patch on "Nash 19" on Princess St, in Cork. I doubt anyone will know it, but if you're ever in Cork, go there.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
To get to the departures lounge you have to walk through the duty free shop, you are immediately hit with the smell of perfume!

I guess you didnt see the double doors to your right then!  Smile They are just after security.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
Many of the FAs looked more suited to the long-haul premier class, very graceful and much more mature than the usual FAs I see on this route.

A sign maybe???  Wink Personally I prefer some of the younger crew members, one in perticular is an amazing ambassador for EI and Ireland, a few more spring to mind as well. There are one or two who are not great (mostly male....)


Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
The check-in area was very empty. Is it usual so empty at ORK.

It depends on the time of day. Although, in my experience only about half of forty desks are ever open at once. The departures hall is very spacious, and this gives the illusion that the airport is never very busy. Also the acoustics are fantastic, the hum of the aircon is the only sound you ever hear, whcih makes for a very relaxing experience.

Brian.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8507 posts, RR: 55
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6645 times:
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Nice return report, many thanks.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
fast pass machines are all in green and so are all the Aer Lingus signs, they were red and yellow before!

- The signs and machines look much better in the green.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
as you can probably tell I'm not a very healthy eater

- Funny that, was begining to think that  Smile

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
I noticed they had some new meals, the chicken wrap has gone but is replaced with Uncle Bens Chicken and rice meal and Dolmio pasta, I'm sure these are a hit on the longer European ops but not on this flight,

- Agreed, should be good sellers on the longer flights.

Rgds

Mark



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6644 times:

Thanks for the comments!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
the road seems to be very tight

The roads are very tight in Tipperary, it can be quite scary when a lorry or tractor come round the corner!

Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
The check-in area was very empty. Is it usual so empty at ORK.

It can be very empty at that time of day, although ques can get very long when EI flights are checking in, thats where fast pass and online check in comes in handy. I have seen it get very full and crowded a good few times though.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Poor dad that got embarrassed . That boy got to love to make trouble for his dad.

Well he made us laugh, but the security staff were not that impressed they did laugh it off in the end though.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 3):
guess you didnt see the double doors to your right then! They are just after security.

I've never seen them! I must look more closely next time.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 3):
although they are not a patch on "Nash 19" on Princess St, in Cork. I doubt anyone will know it, but if you're ever in Cork, go there

Next time im in Cork I will certainly look for it, you cant get many good cafes in Harrow where I live in London.

Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
Watch out for my TR early next week!

Looking forward to it!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
Funny that, was begining to think that

You cant beat a Chinese, Curry, KFC, Mc Donalds, Pizza Hut, ect.  Wink

[Edited 2007-05-24 21:18:26]

User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 6641 times:

Once again, you have managed to deliver a great report Shamrock350!
I like your before and after picture of the FastPass machines, with the second picture clearly looking better with all the green.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
EI-DEO the same aircraft that I arrived in on Friday.

EI tend to use the same aircraft on the same route for a week or so at times. While at the EI hangar in SNN, EI-DEM performed ALL the flights that week to LHR.



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User currently offlineShamrock330 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 6570 times:

Nice report 350! , haven't been to Cork yet but it's beginning to grow on me!

I'm trying to map out how big the terminal is in my mind but can't for the life of me judge accurately how big the place is. I mean, how does the departure hall compare in size to the check in areas at Dublin?

Terminal looks pretty nice but unfortunately it seems that its the same old traffic, RE EI FR. It'd bge good to see maybe CO operate a 752 in there sometime.

Again , thanks for posting.

Ok I'm noticing a trend here ....Chinese for four days, Coke, Crisps, Fish N Chips???? Hey I like a good diced breast of chicken curry but for Gawd Sake! Four days Kev Four Days!!!  Wink

Edit: To piont out Shamrock 350's appaling eating habits  Big grin

[Edited 2007-05-24 22:29:15]

User currently offline767747 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1916 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6501 times:
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Good report and pictures!!

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User currently offlineRineanna From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6476 times:

Another fine report; you've really done EI justice.

The A320 looks resplendid in the sunshine!

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 4):
The signs and machines look much better in the green.

They look so much classier. Blast Willie Walsh anyway, but at least DM changed them! I was just oiut at SNN again and they've too of the green fast-pass machines there. Not sure if the evil red ones ever made an appearance,

Quoting Shamrock330 (Reply 7):
I'm trying to map out how big the terminal is in my mind but can't for the life of me judge accurately how big the place is. I mean, how does the departure hall compare in size to the check in areas at Dublin?

I would say it's roughly from the start of the FR check in area at DUB right over to the end where the US carriers and BE have their check-in. That's a rough guess, now.


User currently offlineAndaman From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 6284 times:

Great report, thanks!
I have visited Cork once and liked it a lot - typically a bit reserved Nordic tourist guy like me was pleasantly chocked by the very chatty locals  Wink

The new terminal in Cork looks like OSL to me!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26854 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6146 times:

Hi cool TR . Love the pics of Co. Tipp. Looks nice. Also Cork airport looks nice, will be there in 4 weeks cant wait. Thanks

OA260


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6117 times:

Thanks for all your comments!

Quoting Shamrock330 (Reply 7):
Ok I'm noticing a trend here ....Chinese for four days, Coke, Crisps, Fish N Chips???? Hey I like a good diced breast of chicken curry but for Gawd Sake! Four days Kev Four Days!!!

I have a McDonalds opposite my house, I dont eat there but I think the smell makes me crave fast food, I usually eat reasonably well during the week until Friday and the weekend and even then I only have a little take away, honest  angel 

Quoting OA260 (Reply 11):
Also Cork airport looks nice, will be there in 4 weeks cant wait.

I'm sure you will love it!

Quoting Shamrock330 (Reply 7):
Terminal looks pretty nice but unfortunately it seems that its the same old traffic, RE EI FR. It'd bge good to see maybe CO operate a 752 in there sometime.

Theres lots of room to expand the terminal, at either end there are small extensions that can be attached to new piers but unless EI RE and FR make up the number of routes and CO or DL come in with 757s I cant see anything like that being done even without the debt.


User currently offlineAY104 From Canada, joined Nov 2005, 505 posts, RR: 6
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 5896 times:

Come out to Vancouver if you want Chinese! Near the airport, which is in Richmond, the percentage of Chinese is at 38% in that area.
Thanks for the interesting report. I was fortunate enough to visit your beautiful country last September, and flew into ORK from AMS. My friend from Ballyduff, near Waterford met me, and I spent about 10 days in the gorgeous countryside. I was also impressed with the airport at ORK, and beautiful, new and modern facility. I was even more impressed with the incredible hospitality on the short flight on EI from AMS. I mentioned to the crew while disembarking that it was the best short flight I had ever remembered. I only bought a sandwich and cup of tea, but the attention and quality of the food they had for sale was great. I do love the countryside in Ireland, although I come from British Columbia which is also said to be among the world's most beautiful places, I have to say I prefer the gently rolling countryside of Ireland, a landscape which seems so appropriate to the wonderful people I met there. Hope to return soon.
Thanks again for the great report. BTW, and rumors of other International carriers coming into ORK? I would love to be able to fly there directly from Canada some day.
Also wish I could get a pint of Bulmer's over here. Had it with an incredible Sunday pub lunch of roast beef, fresh veggies and such. All the food in Ireland is so tasty and everything seems to be very fresh.
Cheers,
AY104



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5823 times:

Thanks AY104!

Quoting AY104 (Reply 13):
BTW, and rumors of other International carriers coming into ORK? I would love to be able to fly there directly from Canada some day.

Well a few airlines including AC are planning to pull out of SNN and are looking at DUB more. ORK is known to be working with American carriers such as CO and DL becuase their 757s are perfect for routes to ORK. Ireland is currently working with Canada for an open skies agreement that could open up possible routes to ORK. Shannon's loss could be Cork's gain!


User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3919 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 5804 times:

Quoting AY104 (Reply 13):
I was also impressed with the airport at ORK, and beautiful, new and modern facility. I was even more impressed with the incredible hospitality on the short flight on EI from AMS. I mentioned to the crew while disembarking that it was the best short flight I had ever remembered.

I'm glad you enjoyed the EI service. I always find that EI is as good as anyone else, or better. I agree as well that the BOB offerings are very, very good. They certainly can not be compared with the FR & WW offerings.

Glad you liked the new airport as well.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 14):
ORK is known to be working with American carriers such as CO and DL becuase their 757s are perfect for routes to ORK. Ireland is currently working with Canada for an open skies agreement that could open up possible routes to ORK

Has this agreement not already been worked out? I was under the impression that it was. I woudl also have thought that this would be the only way AC could pull SNN?

My guess is that a company like "Canadian Affair" would launch an ORK flight with SkyService 757s, or similar.

Brian.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlineBoeing743 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 5307 times:

I like your pics and report. Hope that you made through the flight without any problem. I am hoping that I would be able to go to Ireland soon. I would like to know when is best time to travel to Ireland with good package and etc. My town has Ireland festival that held anually in Sept and it is very popular as I live in Indianapolis, IN.

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