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Into The West: Aer Lingus SNN-DUB-LAX  
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 12142 times:

Failte!

And welcome to my first trip report. I'm very excited to finally have my very own trip report. So sit back, relax, and prepare to take in the sights of over 100 photographs, the rants and the raves of my trip from Shannon to Los Angeles, via the hell hole that is Dublin Airport.

Well I suppose it all starts with me going to bed at 2 a.m. the morning of my departure, after finishing all the packing (six people for three weeks) and sitting down with a bowl of honey nut Cheerios and watched a little Dirty Sanchez.
At about 5:45 my dad woke me up, fifteen minutes before my alarm was set to go off. In typical "teenage style" I refused to get up yet, and said something rather unpleasant, which I then denied saying afterwards. After about 30 seconds, I got up, showered dressed, ate and started getting ready. Our flight was due to leave at 8:30, but we told a certain parent that the flight was due to leave at 7:45, so as to get out of the house on time. As you see, the last time this person was heading off on a flight, they refused to get up in time, and just about made check in. Sure enough they did the same thing this time. We left the house at 7:26.
We arrived at Shannon airport at around 7:45. The long term parking was packed. So while dad dropped 5 of us off at the terminal, he went off and parked. We walked in to a very crowded (by Shannon terms anyway) airport. The Aer Lingus lines for Economy was very long. When my dad arrived, I suggested the Gold Circle/ Premier check in, as there was only one person ahead. But then, a very good looking blonde EI agent courted us over to the Fast Pass check in machines, where check in was completed in about one minute. We then walked straight up to the bag drop desk, to have our bags tagged. Que an upset four year old who was quite reluctant to see their beloved car seat be taken away.
At around we ran towards the security point which was on the upper floor. We get there to be greeted with a large line, which was very slow moving. After 15 minutes, and the screening of bags, removing of belts, and one pair of even though they weren't asked to, we ran again through Duty free (filled with U.S. soldiers) we ran to get 14, I think. Two very nice (and again blonde, and attractive) EI agents took our cards and we boarded, greeted by two very nice female FAs. We took our assigned seats, which were spread out. We then went towards the back of the plane, and set up camp at seat 31, 32, and 33 A&C. I took the emergency exit row A seat, with my 13 year old brother. One FA asked if we were both over sixteen to which we both replied yes.
A very friendly FA sat across from us in his seat. He was working only two flights that day. SNN-DUb, and DUB-SNN. Take off was delayed for about 15 minutes due to a technical problem. But sure, what would a flight on an EI A330 be without a tech problem!
After which we pushed back. By the way, we were parked next to a DL 763. Taxiing along I spotted a AA752 with winglets, some FR birds, and one of EI's newest A320s, made noticeable by the lacking of .com titles on the side. We taxied along, and saw usual's like some Antone's, and that OMI or OMA 757 which had been parked on the runway for quite some time. We taxied straight onto the runway and took off!

Flight #: EI 124
Route: SNN-DUB
Date: June 30th 2007
Type: A330-202
Reg: EI-DAA
Delv: 17 April 2001
CN: 397
Sch. Dep: 8:30
Act Dep: 8:50 (ish)

During the take off roll, the FA in front of me blessed himself, which I found a little strange. We soured, and as we soured I chatted to the FA.
At this point you are pro bally wondering why there are no pictures yet, even though I have promised you 100. Well, We were in too much of a rush at check in and a little too stressed at security for me photograph anything. So here are the first pictures.

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The new crew rest area just aft of doors 3 L&R. They resulted in the removing of 16 Y seats, reducing capacity from 251, to 235.

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Legroom at the exit seat.

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Spoilers deployed for descent.

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The winglet.

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The PTV that is stowed in the armrest.

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Approach. The visibility was low, and cloud coverage broke at less than 1000 feet.

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My brother and I in the holiday mood, as taken by the very friendly FA in front of us.

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We've landed! WX, old colours.

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Just different things to see at DUB.

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The new Pier D coming along nicely.

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Just more things.

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A BD A320 parked next to us.

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I really like this picture for some reason.

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Everyone gets up to leave.

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On the way out. Not great pictures, I know.

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The baggage hall. Very busy, and hectic.

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Walking into arrivals. I hate that feeling of everyone staring at you.

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Up the escalator to Departures, while down below, is the new Area 14, where all EI U.K. and German flights depart from.

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Departures. What a mess. It's an unbelievable site. Move, or be moved. I tried to take pictures, but there was not time, or space.
We got into the Domestic, Business and Transiting line. There was about a ten minute wait here. After going through the doors, you reach the security check point. Very busy again, and very slow. After that you reach Dublin Airports shopping area, known as the Street. Very crowded also. We used that bathrooms here. I tell you, they're not that bad. A lot worse at LAX.

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The street and duty free. I remember ten years ago, walking through this area on my way to Pier B for a flight to JFK. The little ramp you walk down to get there, used to be really nice. There was a little stream next to the ramp on the right on the way down, and an "Irish pub there as well. Not anymore. Just plain white walls and floors.

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Reminds me of Disney a little.

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Views from Duty Free.

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Cool, jazzy picture.

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Building a Better Airport. Got a few queer looks for taking this one.

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Pictures worth a million words.

We proceeded to immigration (U.S.) where we waited, and waited and waited, until we were finally dealt with by a very nice woman, who liked like Lois out of Malcolm in the Middle.
We then went through to the boarding area. A very retro area, witha lot of seats, but not enough. EI had two flights going. One to JFK, the 105 operated by EI-CRK, and one to LAX, operated by EI-DAA. Delta also had a flight to ATL.
We ate some pastries from the cafe there, and waited. There was a short delay, and so we waited. Finally Premier rows 1-4 was called for boarding. Than rows 44- 30. Then everyone else. We were in row 26, so we waited a short while, then proceeded. We were greeted by two friendly female FAs. We took our seats in row 26. I took seat A, the window one. Well, let me tell you all about seats 26 A. The cabin has the new all green seat covers. But my seat has the old one on the base. Thats fine, I like, and it's a little more comfortable than the others. Now the rest. The screen is broken, and is hard to adjust, and pops out at the bottom is you pull. There is some green gunk around it. The picture quality is not as good as my brothers. EI are now offering " new headphones". They are very small, and very 1980' style. But the worst, is the fact that there is gum all over th inside of my seat pocket. The magazines, and cards, were all covered at the bottom of the pages. Ewe.

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Some welcome.

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My view for the next 12 hours.

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The very full cabin.

A321 next to us prepares for push back, probably to LHR.
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And off we go eventually! The surrounding traffic at DUB, The WX bird with the new colour scheme. See if you can spot it. Thats if you want to waste your time doing it.
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The safety demo. It took a good few goes before it started working. Even then it came and went.
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DUO parked, and getting ready for it's flight, EI 125, DUB-SNN-ORD.
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Traffic at Pier B.
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US Airways 757 in the new colours.
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Pictures from take off.
bmi A319 heading for LHR.
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CO 757 heading to either SNN or EWR.
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I'm pleased to say that the head FA, welcomed us in both Irish and english, something becoming more and more rare at EI today.

The take off roll was quite long, what with our heavy load and all.
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Banking left, to the North, with a little vortex off the winglet.
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That was the last little bit of land visible for the next 7 or so hours. We climbed for about 20 minutes.; After that the crew announced the commencing of the drinks service. IFE was shortly started after that. I had some difficulty at first trying to get my screen working, but soon sorted it out. I started watching Zodiac. A thriller/ Murder Mystery, which was quite good.
The service then came around. I had a coke, with a little bag of onion and chive pretzels. The were simply de-vine, gorgeous, heavenly, call them what you want, but they were great!
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So I was watching Zodiac, and after about 40 mins, the crew announce that they will be shutting down the system, and rebooting it for the 50% of the pax who's screens were not working. They said this would take about 15-20 mins. After about 40 mins the tellies came back on. I waited yet another 40 mins to get back to where I had been in Zodiac. During the wait, the meal service came around. Just in time for me to get back to where I was. The option for lunch was chicken or beef. My entire family had the beef. It was beef lasagne's, and it was very good, surprisingly. It came with a pasta salad, a Lilly O'Briens bag, a roll, butter, water, crackers and cheese.

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It was all very good, and I ate every morsel, except for the chocolate. I forgot about it.

As you can see, the headphones on EI have deteriorated very much in quality recently.
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Just a lot of inflight pics.
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It was at this point that the camera died, so no more pics for this TR. There will however be more in the next one.

So a few hours after the lunch service, and after the crews all disappeared to the galleys, and the crew rests cabins, the second meal service commenced. We were handed out scones in a package made from, black styraphone, and covered in clear plastic. With it we got an empty cup, and some butter and strawberry jam. I tried my best to eat the damn thing, but it just fell apart. I did eat most of it though. I also downed a nice cup of tea. After the service I attempted to sleep. Although I ended up only sleeping for about 20 mins or so, I actually ate up two hours of flight time. After my rest I returned to flicking through the IFE. I watched the tail end of the documentary about the Dow Jones (still don't have a clue what it does) and the start of a Disney movie called something like the Sandlot. It was the sequel to the original movie made about 10 years ago, which I had seen a few times. This new one was starring Mark Whalberg, and I watched it for about 30-40 mins. For the rest of the flight, I never really settled on anything. The choices were pretty poor. I just tuned in and out of things.
So, somewhere along, about an hour out of LAX, the third and finals meal service commenced. We were offered either a honey chicken wrap, or a chicken and stuffing sand which. The same stuff that you can purchase on short haul flights. I chose the wrap, which was very good, and then offered half a sandwhihc by my dad, which was also very good. The crew also came around with juices, so I took an orange. During the flight, if you wanted a soft drink, you would have to get up and get one from the galley. There was one soft drink service (apart from the juices) during the entire flight. And on this flight, they only served out of 2 litre bottles. No cans. I was very disappointed by this. Just more cost cutting.
The crew however, were very good. They were friendly, courteous, and hard working, with a relaxed tone. There was only one who seemed to be a little grumpy looking, but I never encountered here. Three in particular stand out. The only male steward onboard (who's two sons were up the front in Premier) who was relaxed and friendly. A short, round young blonde girl, who was very friendly, and always had time to chat or play with the kids onboard. The third, was a young girl, with black hair, who was tall and attractive who was very bubbly and happy during the flight. She never stopped smiling, on an 11 hour flight and was very helpful.
We started our descent with the Hollywood hills in sight, as well as the smog, clearly hanging over the city. Again, just like on my first flight that day, the spoilers were used on descent, which seemed odd again. On finals, we came pretty low, lower than I though we would be coming. I bet we looked great though. We came really low over the highway, before a sudden thud of us hitting the runway. We didn't break too hard, and soon enough we turned off the runway. One thing I noticed was an Aer Lingus Cargo sign hanging from on the cargo sheds, it was hanging next to a large Qantas one. We suddenly stopped taxiing, and were told to wait as the aircraft in our stand had to re due it's engine start up after a failure. I didn't see what airline, or aircraft it was. But I got to see all the other traffic that LAX had to offer. An AA 738 with winglets, a AA 752, a LH A346 from MUC, and lots of AA Eagles. Then on the other side od the airport I could see CX, WN, and UA coming and going from the runways. Finally we turned on stand, and docked. It was up with everyone, and finally we started our way out. Economy pax were held back, while Premier disembarked first. Everyone else then followed. The crew said goodbye and smiled as we walked off. It's a long walk from where we were parked to the baggage hall. We were on the very last stand so it was a good ten minutes before the hall. It was packed. Flights were coming in from Korea at the same time, but because immigration had been dome in DUB we breezed through that. We wen to our assigned carousel and waited. There was an EI agent there, in the green uniform, who was quite easy to spot amongst the crowds, another great thing about the EI uniform.After about an hour we got our stuff and walked out of the terminal and went out side to catch a Hertz bus.
The Hertz parking lot is really cool. It's right under the approach for one of the runways, and planes were like 50 feet above our heads. We saw WN 737s, AA MD-80s,/757s/737s, UA 737, NW A319, SQ 747, LH 747, LX A340, and lots of little props as well.

So thats the end of my first TR, I finish the next one later on, with pics from the interior of EI's latest A330-200, with both cabins photographed.
Hope this wasn't too long, and please forgive any grammar or spelling mistakes.

Thanks!


St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6273 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12093 times:

Thanks very much for this great report EISHN!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
A321 next to us prepares for push back, probably to LHR.

Does anyone know why the name of the aircraft (Dearbhile) is so bold? The A330s and A320s dont have it like that.

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
They said this would take about 15-20 mins. After about 40 mins the tellies came back on. I waited yet another 40 mins to get back to where I had been in Zodiac. During the wait, the meal service came around. Just in time for me to get back to where I was.

Thats not good at all! I remember last year on the Irish av threads we would all be talking about where EI-DAA was but even she is getting on now. Thank God for EI-DUO and EI-DUZ!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
As you can see, the headphones on EI have deteriorated very much in quality recently.

 laughing  Wow Aer Lingus have really cut back this year!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
We were offered either a honey chicken wrap, or a chicken and stuffing sand which. The same stuff that you can purchase on short haul flights.

I always hear that EI dont feed people enough, it sounds like you were well fed and that chicken wrap/sandwhich is very nice. I have had it a few times on short-haul.

Thanks again for the great report and the photos were excellent.

Regards,
Kev.


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 2, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12089 times:

I flew on Aer Lingus A330 2 years ago and if I am correct they had no video screnes at each seat. At least I do not remember them. However I really liked Aer Lingus and I still remember the great lasagna.

User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 12037 times:

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 1):
I always hear that EI dont feed people enough, it sounds like you were well fed

Well on the return flight, we got two meals, neither of which were as good as the outbound flight. So I was quite hungry during the night. But yes that wrap, and sandwhich are very nice!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 2):
if I am correct they had no video screnes at each seat

At that time two years ago, they only had one aircraft out of 7 fitted with PTVs in Y. Now that they have received two new aircraft, that has increased to 3 out of 9. The new aircraft have AVOd, and bigger screens, whihc will be show and discussed in the return report.

Thanks for the nice comment guys.



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26489 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 11977 times:

Go raibh maith agat!!! Excellent TR . Great pics and I loved the write up . Well done.  thumbsup   thumbsup 

Cant wait for part two on DUO!!!!

OA260



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User currently offlineSmokeyrosco From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 2112 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 11615 times:

Fair Feckin play to you, great pic's, I love the one of Pier B, A and D shows the trying times DUB has at the moment and more so ahead of it.


John Hancock
User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 827 posts, RR: 16
Reply 6, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 11592 times:
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Thanks EISHN - nice report! Shame about the seat pocket!! The beef is always the best choice on EI...

Looking forward to the EI-DUO report!

Rgds
Andrew



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User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 11511 times:

Sorry folks, I forget to mention a few things.

1. Upon arrival at Pier B at DUB, we had to wait about 5 or so minutes for a CO 762 still parked at our gate.

2. I found the captain on our flight from SNN, to be funny and friendly over the intercom, and overall more interesting in a sense. Whereas the captain on OUR flight to LAX from DUB, the captain (who had a northern accent) was much more dull, and never made any kind of humour.

3. As mentioned above, the safety demo refused to work on DAA while taxiing at DUB, so the demo had to performed in Person by the crew.

4. I was suprised to see that EI have several tea and coffee pots that are branded. Although they are branded with the aerlingusocom logo. It would be nice to see one with the shamrock, but not the new one with the shamrock and .com titles.

5. At SNN while walking (rather briskly) towards the gate, I noticed several baggage containers out side the windows on the left. Many were branded with the current desing, many with the .com one, and one with the old logo from the 70's, 80's and early 90's. I'm surprised these are still around.


If I can think of any more I'll post them.


By the way, thanks for the nice comments you guys. The next report should be up at some stage tonight, so If you don't see it tonight, then you can see it tomorrow.



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3901 posts, RR: 9
Reply 8, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11497 times:

Fair play EISHN. An excellent TR.

Its good to see my old friend Caoimhe again. Her crapet was looking pretty knackered the last time I saw her!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
During the take off roll, the FA in front of me blessed himself, which I found a little strange. We soured, and as we soured I chatted to the FA.

I ALWAYS do this, followed by a Hail Mary. Its just a habit at this stage, Ive picked it up from my mother and been doing it so long. At this stage, Im like "well if this is the one time I don't do it, the plane will fall out of the sky!"


Quoting EISHN (Reply 3):

Well on the return flight, we got two meals, neither of which were as good as the outbound flight. So I was quite hungry during the night. But yes that wrap, and sandwhich are very nice!

I love the EI short haul catering, nice to see such high quallity on the long haul as well. Interestingly, you seem to have noticed that US catered flights are not as good as Europe catered ones. I have noticed this on EI and BA.

Really great TR, well done!

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 offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6273 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11487 times:

Quoting EISHN (Reply 7):
I was suprised to see that EI have several tea and coffee pots that are branded. Although they are branded with the aerlingusocom logo. It would be nice to see one with the shamrock, but not the new one with the shamrock and .com titles.

I saw one that was branded with a small shamrock on a short-haul flight earlier this year but most have the horrible .com logo stamped on it. The FAs almost walk around with tea pots glued to their hands, always ready to serve a passenger who wants a good cup of tea!


User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 10, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 11457 times:

Nice report with great pics!

DUB looks like a real mess!

I'll have a 2 hours 15mins connection (from FR to EI) coming up in september. Will i be comfortable with that? I might not be able to check in online as i don't think i'll have access to a pc with internet and a printer. So i'll need to get out to check in manually.

Thanks!
Sandro


User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11386 times:

Hey EISHN,

Great report, was looking forward to this one!  Smile

Glad to hear that the crew were friendly and full of smiles, makes the trip so much more pleasant.

That awful "scone" is still being served I see!! GRR!! Does it still come with a Time Out bar?! Used to back in 2002 and 2003 anyway! lol...

As per some of the comments above, I also found the meal on DUB-LAX way tastier than the LAX-DUB one. What were the loads like on your DUB-LAX and which flight number did you take from SNN to DUB? I presume it was a t/a flight to DUB via SNN?

Oh and those new colourful EI headphones look the part alright!  Wink
full marks again, and roll on Part Deux!!
M..



Next: (EI)DUB-ORD-DUB, DUB-EWR-IAH-DFW-MSY-AUS-AMA-DEN-EWR-DUB
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 12, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 11372 times:

Quoting N272WA (Reply 11):
Does it still come with a Time Out bar?!

No it didn't unfortunetley. Another cut back I see.

I also forgot to mention that EWI now sell there sweetie goods. Pringles are and jelly beans are €2.

Quoting N272WA (Reply 11):
What were the loads like on your DUB-LAX

Packed! Every seat full. Well I'm pretty sure they were. I never ventured into the rear cabin, buit it looked pretty full from the lavs.

Quoting N272WA (Reply 11):
which flight number did you take from SNN to DUB?

EI 124. It was routing ORD-SNN-DUB. That flight was pretty full on the way up to Dublin, which is suprisin, as they're usually half empty.

Thanks for the nice comments everyone.



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 13, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 11317 times:

Quoting EISHN (Reply 12):

Would you mind to answer my above question please? Big grin


User currently offlineCOEI2007 From Vanuatu, joined Jan 2007, 1912 posts, RR: 5
Reply 14, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 11216 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 13):
Quoting EISHN (Reply 12):


Would you mind to answer my above question please?

2hr15 is plenty of time to check-in!


User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11117 times:

funny comments on some of the pictures and well written TR, made for a good read. is the safety demo video on Aer Lingus animated (looked like it was in one of those pictures) as it is on Alitalia?

i'm actually flying Aer Lingus to DUB from LAX in December and this TR made me look forward to that flight even more!



Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
User currently offlineN751PR From United States of America, joined May 2002, 1247 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 11117 times:

Lovely report, EISHN! It's unfortunate that your camera died in-flight, would've loved to have seen more.  Sad Nevertheless, it was definitely nice to get a glimpse into what it's like to fly EI longhaul!  bigthumbsup 


Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour.You will get two approaches for the price of one.
User currently offlineBuck3y3nut From United States of America, joined Jul 2006, 876 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 11061 times:

excellent trip report... will be waiting for part 2 of this trip...
and oh, welcome to US  Smile enjoy cali!!!


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 18, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10795 times:

Quoting SandroZRH (Reply 13):
Would you mind to answer my above question please?

Sorry about that!!
" hrs should be plenty of time, I suggest using the FAstpass machines. Theres never a que/line, and it's so fast. If you aren't checking in your bags, you can head straight to security. That'll be a mess, but once you're through it's clean sailing. If you're going to the US though, Imigration will be very busy, and slow. Takes about 20 mins. On the upper level of Pier B, is the only spot where you can spot, or take pictures, because once you go down stairs, and do imigration, you cant see out of the windows anymore.

Enjoy your trip!

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 15):
is the safety demo video on Aer Lingus animated (looked like it was in one of those pictures) as it is on Alitalia?

Yes the safety deom is computer animated. On our flight to LAX, it wouldn't work properly, so it had to be performed manually by the crew.

Quoting TUNisia (Reply 15):
i'm actually flying Aer Lingus to DUB from LAX in December and this TR made me look forward to that flight even more!

I'll advise you to bring some of your own food onboard. It's a long flight with only two meals. Things like pringles are offered, at a price. Also, the food out of LAX is not as nice as the food out of DUB.
Enjoy your trip, and I'm looking forward to your TR!

Quoting N751PR (Reply 16):
would've loved to have seen more.

Plenty of PIcs for Part 2. Now if I could just find the bloody USB cable for the camera....

Quoting Buck3y3nut (Reply 17):
welcome to US enjoy cali!!!

Thank you Buck3y3nut, but I'm already home Big grin But I loveed California, especially Burbank and Glendale, where I was born.



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineLAXspotter From India, joined Jan 2007, 3650 posts, RR: 5
Reply 19, posted (6 years 8 months 4 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 10752 times:

Nice report, I liked your pictures of Dublin airport, what amazes me is how EI can fly that route, Dublin's 10/28 runway if I'm not mistaken is 8600ft, which probably means they are restricted on that route, nevertheless they seem to fly that route and from what I've heard the load factors are high.


"Patriotism is the last refuge of the scoundrel" Samuel Johnson
User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10226 times:

Great report - loved all the pics

I just booked LAX-DUB-LAX on EI in September - and I have some questions - EI-DAA has PTVs in Y, but the IFE is 8 channels on a loop IIRC?

how about EI-DUO and the newer a/c (EI-DUZ? - did I dream up that rego?)

You actually received 3 meal services DUB-LAX - that's impressive - is there anyone else with 3 services trans-atlantic?

Can't wait for Part 2 - thanks for Part 1



Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
User currently offlineSandroZRH From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 3414 posts, RR: 50
Reply 21, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10215 times:

Quoting EISHN (Reply 18):
Takes about 20 mins. On the upper level of Pier B, is the only spot where you can spot, or take pictures, because once you go down stairs, and do imigration, you cant see out of the windows anymore.

Enjoy your trip!

Thanks for that, will keep it in mind. I won't be going to the US, and i won't have any baggage to check, so i'll be fine!

Thanks again Big grin


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 22, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 10209 times:

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 20):
EI-DAA has PTVs in Y, but the IFE is 8 channels on a loop IIRC?

There are nine IFE channels, all looped, except for No. 1. This channel shows the IFE that is shwon in aircraft that only have drop downs in Y. Then there is also a tenth channel with the map.
IFE on DUO and DUZ (you were right with the regs) have 12 movie options, but not those advertised in Cara (the inflight magazine), plus 50 hours of T.V. programming, 30 CDs, a few music videos, some radio shows, and 30 games, many of which are interactive. The IFE is all on demand. The only problem is that before many of the films and programmes they have advertising.

Quoting LHRBFSTrident (Reply 20):
You actually received 3 meal services DUB-LAX - that's impressive -

Yes they served two very nice meals, and one crappy meal, which was made up of a very cheap and crumbly scone. On the way home though, you only get two meals, and neither of them are very nice. So you can end up getting quite hungry in the night, so I'd bring something else to eat, instead of just eating before you leave. Onboard, they sell pringles as well, which is a little stingy in my opinion.
Enjoy your trip, LA is great!



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 652 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (6 years 8 months 3 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 10010 times:

Quoting EISHN (Reply 22):
Enjoy your trip, LA is great!

Ha! Actually I've lived in Los Angeles for 11 years now - I'm making the trip LAX-DUB then DUB-MAD on IB - returning BCN-DUB on XG and then non-stop home from DUB - crossing fingers for DUO or DUZ....

Thank for all the info - I'll be sure to pass it on to the other 4 people I forced to book with EI!!

Quoting EISHN (Reply 22):
On the way home though, you only get two meals, and neither of them are very nice

LAX catering strikes again - it's never as good ex-US in Y no matter who you fly with as it is returning from the other side of the pond.



Next up: LAX-LHR NZ002 Y SkyCouch! LHR-LAX NZ001 Y
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 24, posted (6 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 9551 times:

Here's the second half everyone:
Sliding Into Home!Aer Lingus LAX-DUB-SNN (by EISHN Aug 15 2007 in Trip Reports)

Enjoy!



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
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