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Sliding Into Home!Aer Lingus LAX-DUB-SNN  
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 6866 times:

Hello, hello, hello all!

Right, well it's been a few weeks since I posted my first trip report, which was the first half of my DUO (haha get it?!). The problem was that I had used a different camera for my return journey than my outward one, because my first one had died over the Atlantic, and I had now charger. So when I got home, I couldn't find the USB cable for the second camera. But now that I have, I can finally deliver my long awaited trip report!

Please forgive any spelling and grammar mistakes, I tried my best, but there are a few there I'm sure.

No. EI 144
A/C: A330-202
Reg: EI-DUO
Name: St. Columba/ Colum
Sched Dep: 4:30
Act: Around 5:00

So my last day in L.A. began by getting up, eating, and heading to the nearest Target, just to get some last minute things. After that, it was back to our hotel to repack everything, and get ready for our long day. After packing all of our bags we took off in our rented Dodge Grand Caravan (or looser cruiser as it later became known), which has to be one of the most uncomfortable cards I have ever travelled in.
We drove over an hour (I think) to the Hertz car park, where we dropped off our car and made our way to the bus. The best thing about this pace is the view overhead. The finals for one of the runways is directly above your head, and Imean like 50 feet. We were helped onto the bus by our very friendly bus driver. Onboard it was pretty full. we had pax for British Air (that's what all the Americans over there cal British Airways), Air France, Continental, Delta,Aer Lingus (whoop!) and United. While my parents and the rest of my family sat down and chatted with the guys across from them, I stood and wrestled with our heavy bags, and tried not to fall over when the bus turned corners. The guy across from my family said he recognised our accents, and we told him we were Irish. He told us about how he had gone to Ireland the year before, and visited some place south of Galway, and we said Clare to which he replied YES!
We told him about how we live there, and he told us about how much he liked this little town he visited called Ennis. We told him that we call Ennis home. He was shocked. He also went on about how beautiful the cliffs were, and the Burrow! Yes, he said Burrow!
So after dropping off a few pax for CO, DL, BA, and AF, it was time for our stop. It was quite hard getting all of our bags off the bus, onto the trolleys, on the curb, and navigating around the cars. We did it some how. The airport was quite busy on the inside. I found the Aer Lingus Check in desks, which were next to the SQ desk, and across from LH one. There were several line for EI. There was Web check in, which is actually just a bag drop off desk, then there was Aer Kids, for children travelling alone, then Economy, Gold Circle, and Premier. We joined the Gold Cirlce line, which actually consisted of one guy at the desk, and then us. Funnily enough, the economy line moved much faster than our, as some guys was taking his time at the desk. In the mean time two guys next to us (who both appeared to be drunk) were upgrading to Premier for about $3000. When the guy ahead of us checked in, we had to wait, because the check in guy went on break, and some other woman had to take over for him. Check in took ages. Then we had to take our bags over to the screening line, which was huge, and after about 15 mins had only moved by about 3 people. But we found a shorter one over by the Terminal entrance.
So then off to clear security, which was busy, and sm,elled horrible. It was of course because of the fact that you have to take off you shoes and belts. One woman there was a right bitch, and someone gave her back talk over it, to which the woman responded by pulling her aside, yelling and threatening her. Her colleague then took her aside, and told her to calm down.
After security, you enter the departures all for American Eagle flights. So were're walking along, and I notice our Green A220 has arrived. I thought to myself "She looks quite shiny. In fact she looks very shiny. Holy shit it's EI-DUO, the latest A330-202 to grace the Aer Lingus fleet, kitted out with a new AVOD system, new Y seats, and lie flats in J!!!". I couldn't believe, my mother told me to get a grip on myself. It was this point that I pulled the camera:
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Just after docking at the gate
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Shiny

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Preparing to unload bags and cargo, with an LH 747 pushing back for its flight to FRA.

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So we move along, and I continue taking pics as we look around, and try and find somewhere decent to eat.

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Colum
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Notice the UNICEF sticker by the door.

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Servicing

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Look at how shiny her skin is

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Asian 777 arrives

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American Eagle

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United Express CRJ-700

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EI A330-200, LH A340-600, China Airlines 747-400, and Korean Airlines 747-400

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Asiana pulls up next to us, also supporting a UNICEF sticker on their aircraft

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Damn is that thing big!

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Unloading

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US Airways Express CRJ-900

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LH A346 preparing for its flight to Munich

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AA 757 taking off into the West over the Pacific

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This thing is huge

So we used the bathrooms, and then got some food at this crappy sand which bar. Nothing tasted all that good, and there were some pretty rude people sitting next to us, who were really rude when we asked if we could have their table meant for four, when there was two of them and six of us. The food didn't go down to well. Then went to visit the bathroom again, and after an evacuation, I knew I would quite comfortable on my long flight !!! Big grin
So we continued looking around, and sitting around as our flight had been delayed. So I took more pics

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I quite like this one for some reason

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I tried everything I could to get the pilots attention...

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...waving my arm,s around like a dumbass, but got no response

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Pushback

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Engine start up.

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Starts moving along

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#This was the best picture I could get of this guy, as he was on the end of the Terminal

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AA 757 arrives

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NZ 767 being towed

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Delta Connect E-jet in the new colours

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AA Mad dog takes off into the overcast sky consisting of clouds and smog.

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Little guppy

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Our gate with all the pax waiting, and the tail in the background

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Same again

So after a little but more waiting around Premier, Elderly , and pax with young children (us) were called for boarding. We joined the que of people, gave them our boarding cards, and passports, and headed down to the plane.

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Boarding EI-DUO, with my dad taking up most of the picture.

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Snapped this as quickly as I could. The first thing I noticed was how much smaller the mid galley was in comparison the ones on the older aircraft. So we headed down the aisle to row 26.

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The new Economy cabin. Pictured is the rather bitchy flight attendant who was very unsociable throughout the flight, very different to what we had experienced on the outward flight.

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View towards the front from my seat

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The new cabin is quite nice and modern looking. Some people don't like the modern and plastic look of the new EI cabin, but I do, a lot. It's fresh, spacious, and airy feeling. I don't really like the new green seat covers on the old aircraft, but I like them very much on this one.

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Why, thank you.

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Neighbour

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Commencing pushback

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last picture on the ground. Iwas then asked to turn off my camera for take off, and I decided not to argue with the FA.

The safety video is the same as on the older aircraft, but because it's on a larger PTV screen and probably on DVD, the quality turned out to be quite poor. We had a long taxi, and on the way I saw some UA birds in the new colours, but not much else. We had a long take off roll to the west, and then soared straight into the smog and clouds which prevented us from seeing the ocean.
So we climbed and climbed and eventually reached our altitude.I'm guessing it was about 350 or so.
A drinks service commenced once at cruising level. Ihad a coke, but the FA forgot to give me my pretzels so I had to remind her even after she had started serving the next customer. She gave them to me, but little did she know that I already had some from my mother, and just wanted another pack because they are so delicious!
The IFE was turned on and I started browsing.

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The main menu

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The movie menu, sorry about the flash.

So I started watching Two & A Half Men, but I had already seen the episode, and the picture quality wasn;t that good.
SO, in the end I just flicked through everything there.
I watched Scrubs, Friends, Father Ted, ER, and some other things which I can't remember.
Dinner was soon served. There was a beef and Chicken option. Since I had chosen beef on the out bound flight, I chose chicken this time.

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All in all it wasn't very good. The chicken was burnt, and I couldn't make out what vegetables I had been offered.
The one thing that was nice was the cheese cake. But the best cheese cake Ihave ever had was at the Cheese cake factory in Phoenix. 36 different types of cheese cake!!!
They were gorgeous!
So for a while I just sat there and tested the system. Listened to music, start and stop t.v. programmes, and films, play games, and read the Aer Lingus history. I knew most of it, but learned some stuff. For instance, the first Aer Lingus aircraft was the Ilar. Prior to it's first revenue flight it was blessed by the Chaplin of the Aeror drome at Baldonnel. To this day all new EI aircraft are blessed upon delivery to the airline at DUB by the Dublin airport Chaplin. It's nice to see that they keep this tradition.
It wasn't long after that I took my first visit to the lav on DUO.
The new lavs are great! They're huge, very spacious and modern looking. The seat doesn't just smack the rim when you plus it down, but instead it gently lowers itself down. Very nice

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A tribute!

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Go on Munster!!!!

After that I went back to my seat, flicked through the PTV and inflight magazine called Cara, which is the Irish for friend. I went back to the loo after a while, and back to my seat again. The woman in front of my brother had reclined her seat fully, turned on her overhead light, and was typing away at some novel she appeared top be writing, all while the rest of the cabin had been darkened, and pax were trying to sleep. I tried to read some of here book but couldn't make out much. At one stage here son dropped his PSP and asked me to pick it up for him as it was under his seat and he couldn't reach it.
Again I went back to the loo, to find that it had sprung a bit of a leak. So I went up the the galley and told the FA there that the lav closest 3L had a large puddle in it. So she went and inspected it, and a few others were called down to look, but I don't think anything happened after that.
I tried to sleep, but could;t get comfortable in my seat. Again, and again I tried to turn on my side but couldn't.
I opened my window at one stage, but was told to close it by the FA. I re-opened it after she left, but she looked back down again and looked at me with that " I thought I just told you to close that thing" kind of look, so I closed it.
So I sat back and thought of all the memories I would be coming home with...

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My cousins room mates Hummer. Those thing sare so bitching!! They are huge. It was completely kitted it out as well with satellite radio and PTVs.

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Fourth of July on the Queen Mary (see our red, white and blue ensemble).

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Big Thunder Mountain at Disney Land

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The Grand Canyon

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It's just a big hole in the ground.

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The back of the Hoover Dam

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This woman wanted to take a picture with my brothers because they were wearing Irish t-shirts, and because we were Irish. Strange...

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Disney again, this time Splash Mountain. I thoroughly enjoyed myself on this ride...

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Although there are consequences of sitting in the front. This was the only dry part on my body.

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Space Mountain, good times...

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And the night before we left, Dodger Stadium with the friends we met when we lived in Toulouse

Back to reality.

Breakfast was served about an hour out of Ireland. It was not very impressive. A bunch or cold sliced fruit, none of which tasted very nice, with some cold hard pastry, orange juice and tea.

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Beginning our descent

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On finals into DUB with an Easterly arrival landing on Runway 10.

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Full flaps

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Hovering

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Touchdown, spoilers up, engines reverse, hard on the brakes

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FR and pier D in the distance

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Shamrock and tower with flaps retracting

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The seasonal Air Canada service to YYZ using the 762

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Heading for departure off of runway 10

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Couple of FR 738s

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Pier A with the same traffic as from when we left

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Fellow EI A330-202 EI-EWR

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Probably preparing for the 145 to LAX

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And we're docked

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Getting up and leaving

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We left the aircraft through door 1L. I don't know why, but I have a hunch that it may be so pax could take a look at the New Premier seats, and maybe they'll pay to fly up the front next time. Just a though.

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I held up about 70 or so people just to get this shot.

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We're home!

So we headed to immigration, and the line was slightly longer than last time (for E.U. residents) but we breezed through.
Then out into the baggage claim area, very busy again, and out into arrivals, very busy. The Etihad advertisement had been replaced with one for a mortgage company (I think) and there was also one at SNN as well. Out of the busy arrivals, up the escalator to the very busy departures, and then we joined the long que for security, which was, surprise, surprise, very busy. Once through security it was back out onto the busy shopping area known as the street. A quick visit to the loo, and we headed to pier B for boarding of our second flight, this time to Shannon. We got up there, had our passports inspected, and just waited for a few minutes before we boarded. I think everyone was called to board at this time at once, I can't quite remember.

No. EI 133
A/C: A330-301
Reg: EI-DUB
Name: St. Patrick/ Padraig
Sched Dep: 10:30
Act Dep: Probably on time
Load: 20-30%

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Good all EI-DUB, we have a bit of a history us two.

This flight was going to Shannon, and then Boston. U.S. immigration would be done at SNN, so we were able to board straight away. Last I had heard, DUB had the old seat covers, the majority of which have been replaced by the new ones.

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While most seats had those covers, a lot of them had the old ones, although they just left the green covered ones.

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My brother demanded the window seat seeing as I had had it for the other three flights. So i was the nice caring person that I am, and gave the little bollocks the seat. What does he do? He falls asleep before take off and wakes up just before landing. Jackass.

But that's okay. I got to talk to this cute American girl sitting across the aisle from me. She had been doing a two month stay in Dublin, and had been studying in DCU, and working in the city. That took up most of the time on the flight.
The crew were nicer on this flight than the last one. There was one really good looking young FA, and she never stopped smiling. Her friend was this pompous little guy, who looked abut as old as me, and had his head so far stuck up his own ass, just because he was a steward. That's fine if you're nice, but this guy didn't know anything about manners. He never stopped talking to his friend as we boarded the aircraft (he was doing the meet and greet at the door) his counterpart on the other hand did, and said hello. He went around the cabin, telling pax to move things and stuff, and was not mannerly at all about it.
There was no service on this flight as it's so short. We hovered over the runway at SNN for quite a bit before touching down. Tha captain hit the brakes hard, and everyone went flying forward.
We parked at gate 34, which is the same stand that I had taxied an EI A333 to in March, also operating the133. but that's another story.
As we were leaving the aircraft the cute girl, and the annoying guy were supposed to be doing the good byes, bu were too busy talking to one another, so I said good bye to her, and she quickly turned around and said it back.
It took ages for the bags to come, which is strange seeing as so few of us were getting off here.
Shannon airport is something else. It's like stepping off of a time machine, and arriving in the 60's. The carpet is red and orange, the seats are brown and orange, and the trolleys look like the saw the first transatlantic services into and out of Ireland. There are some advertisements in the baggage claim hall for Bunratty Castle and folk park. I looked at one of the photos showing some characters dressed up in medieval clothes, and noticed one of the fiddle players was my fourth class teacher!!!! I knew he had worked there as a fiddle player, but that was a LONG time ago!
We stepped out into arrivals, which was busy with FR pax leaving and being collected.
We stepped outside into the sun, and knew, we were home.

Thanks for reading, and I hope you enjoyed it.
All comments are gladly welcome. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask me.

Michael


St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26954 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6819 times:

Hey there cool TR and well worth the wait. Loved all the pics of DUO . You did a great job. You looked like you had a cool time in the theme parks.

Thanks for sharing

OA260


User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6773 times:

Mike,
This is one of the most entertaining TR's I have had the pleasure of reading in a long time!! Very, very funny report!!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
One woman there was a right bitch, and someone gave her back talk over it, to which the woman responded by pulling her aside, yelling and threatening her. Her colleague then took her aside, and told her to calm down.

Ugh........sounds like a delightful woman.

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
there were some pretty rude people sitting next to us, who were really rude when we asked if we could have their table meant for four, when there was two of them and six of us

More rudeness.... in California? Surely not!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
Pictured is the rather bitchy flight attendant who was very unsociable throughout the flight, very different to what we had experienced on the outward flight.

And a rude Irish FA....wonderful...

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
the FA forgot to give me my pretzels so I had to remind her even after she had started serving the next customer. She gave them to me, but little did she know that I already had some from my mother, and just wanted another pack because they are so delicious!

Ha ha...classic. Yeah they are delicious those pretzels... you can never get enough. I wonder can you buy them anywhere?! Never saw them in Tescos.

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
To this day all new EI aircraft are blessed upon delivery to the airline at DUB by the Dublin airport Chaplin. It's nice to see that they keep this tradition.

Didn't know that!! Nice to know, cheers for the trivia  Smile

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
Go on Munster!!!!

Eh.... who? Ulster abu!!!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
I re-opened it after she left, but she looked back down again and looked at me with that " I thought I just told you to close that thing" kind of look, so I closed it.

LOL.... sounds like the look I got from the headmaster, when caught cheating in an exam years ago in 1st year, only to be caught again! Ha ha...

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
This woman wanted to take a picture with my brothers because they were wearing Irish t-shirts, and because we were Irish. Strange...

Jeepers!!!

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
We left the aircraft through door 1L. I don't know why, but I have a hunch that it may be so pax could take a look at the New Premier seats, and maybe they'll pay to fly up the front next time. Just a though.

Yup, would have thought the same I guess.... good on-board marketing from EI

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
So i was the nice caring person that I am, and gave the little bollocks the seat

LOL, now now Mike, where is that Brother Love?! Don't take your jetlag out on your wee brother!! You hogged the window seat for 11 hours from LAX, the least the wee chap deserved was a window seat from DUB to SNN.

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
the trolleys look like the saw the first transatlantic services into and out of Ireland

God aye, those yokes are horriffic. Cant believe they still have them in use!

Excellent report, made me laugh out loud - highly entertaining!!

All the best,
Mike  Smile



Next: (EI)DUB-ORD-DUB, DUB-EWR-IAH-DFW-MSY-AUS-AMA-DEN-EWR-DUB
User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6760 times:

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
My brother demanded the window seat seeing as I had had it for the other three flights. So i was the nice caring person that I am, and gave the little bollocks the seat. What does he do? He falls asleep before take off and wakes up just before landing. Jackass.

Classic!

Seriuosly though, great TR. Im looking forward to flying on the new EI wodebodies at some stage soon!

Keep up the good work, and "Go on Munster!"

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 offlineCOEI2007 From Vanuatu, joined Jan 2007, 1912 posts, RR: 5
Reply 4, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6760 times:

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
There was one really good looking young FA, and she never stopped smiling. Her friend was this pompous little guy, who looked abut as old as me, and had his head so far stuck up his own ass, just because he was a steward. That's fine if you're nice, but this guy didn't know anything about manners. He never stopped talking to his friend as we boarded the aircraft (he was doing the meet and greet at the door) his counterpart on the other hand did, and said hello. He went around the cabin, telling pax to move things and stuff, and was not mannerly at all about it.

Thats hilarious! So, its okay to swan around as a steward with your head stuck far up your ass, providing your nice? Hilarious!!!!! Nice TR! DUO looks nice onboard! Dying to get a good look at it!


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 5, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6731 times:

This TR was worth the wait! The pictures and detail were great, it was also a really funny report. EI-DUO is looking really good, I cant wait till I get to fly it but by that time the A350s will probably be flying to LAX Big grin

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
Go on Munster!!!!

That's what I like to hear!

Thanks
Kev.


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 775 posts, RR: 10
Reply 6, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 6713 times:

LOL  laughing  Excellent TR Michael. The Irish seem to be hogging all the TR posts at the moment, the great explorers of the world!! Love all the pics of DUO, cant wait to see her in SFO.

Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
More rudeness.... in California? Surely not!

Yeah Im really surprised at that myself, not like we've seen any of that first hand on tese forums from a certain Irishman abroad!!!

Well done again!!

Andy



Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlineTonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1944 posts, RR: 9
Reply 7, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6551 times:
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Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
We left the aircraft through door 1L. I don't know why, but I have a hunch that it may be so pax could take a look at the New Premier seats, and maybe they'll pay to fly up the front next time. Just a though.

When I flew up on EI 124 on the 29th of July, I also exited through door 1L.

Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
the trolleys look like the saw the first transatlantic services into and out of Ireland

God yeah those trollies spend more time going sideways than forwards. Your far better turning them & pushing them sideways. They are going to go that way anyway so why try to fight it.

Anyway, well done on your TR. Sounds like you had a good holiday.



Next Flights: 27/06/14 CX 178 MEL-HKG; 28/06/14 CX 830 HKG-JFK; 04/07/14 EI 134 BOS-SNN
User currently offlineN272WA From Ireland, joined Jun 2007, 410 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 6535 times:

Quoting Tonymctigue (Reply 7):
God yeah those trollies spend more time going sideways than forwards

Ha ha ha... classic!!!



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 9, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6493 times:

Thanks for the kind commenst guys!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
You looked like you had a cool time in the theme parks.

Theme parks are always great fun, even if it is 40C out, and the ques are huge!

Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
Ha ha...classic. Yeah they are delicious those pretzels... you can never get enough. I wonder can you buy them anywhere?! Never saw them in Tescos

That's what I want to know! Maybe COEI2007 will be able to tell us?

Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
Eh.... who? Ulster abu!!!

Eh...no. GO MUNSTER!!!!

Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
LOL, now now Mike, where is that Brother Love?! Don't take your jetlag out on your wee brother!! You hogged the window seat for 11 hours from LAX, the least the wee chap deserved was a window seat from DUB to SNN.

I tell, a fist fight very nearly broke out. I thumped him in the arm if I remember corectly...

Quoting N272WA (Reply 2):
Excellent report, made me laugh out loud - highly entertaining!!

Thanks Mike!

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 3):
Im looking forward to flying on the new EI wodebodies at some stage soon!

You should definetley give it a go! Especially if you can get one of the new birds.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 3):
Go on Munster!"



Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 5):
Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
Go on Munster!!!!

That's what I like to hear!

Good on ya lads!!!

Shamrock350, I'm suprised you're not supporting England in this case, although I am glad to see you routing for your heritage!

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 5):
This TR was worth the wait! The pictures and detail were great, it was also a really funny report

Thanks Shamrock350! I'm looking forward to your report on you r trip to SNN.

Quoting COEI2007 (Reply 4):
Hilarious!!!!! Nice TR! DUO looks nice onboard! Dying to get a good look at it!

Thanks COEI2007! You should try to get on T/A a soon as possible and fly DUo, shes very nice!

Quoting EIRules (Reply 6):
Well done again!!

Thanks!



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6334 posts, RR: 14
Reply 10, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 6448 times:

Quoting EISHN (Reply 9):
Shamrock350, I'm suprised you're not supporting England in this case, although I am glad to see you routing for your heritage!

Nope not supporting England, dont get me wrong I like living in London but out my group of friends, I'm the "funny Irish one" and proud of it. It always makes me laugh when people know your Irish they tell you that they have a distant family member who's Irish, I've heard loads of interesting family trees Big grin

Quoting EISHN (Reply 9):
Thanks Shamrock350! I'm looking forward to your report on you r trip to SNN.

Hopefully I will get to chat with some crew and get to hear what they are going through. I'm also interested to see what it's going to be like when I fly back the day after the strike, I wonder how many passengers Aer Lingus will have to deal with and how busy SNN will be.


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 10):
It always makes me laugh when people know your Irish they tell you that they have a distant family member who's Irish

Yea, everyone I met in the U.S., whether they were a store clerk, a waiter, or some randon person at a pool or theme park, were like " Oh yea, I have a great Grandmother who came from Ireland, and I've always wanted to go". Even while we were waiting in line for a coke at the Queen Mary, this woman behind us asked if the .ie in the munsterrubgy web adress meant Ireland, and we responded yes, she told us about her heritage and visitis to Ireland and so on.
It's amazing how the irish have spread all over the world.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 10):
Hopefully I will get to chat with some crew and get to hear what they are going through. I'm also interested to see what it's going to be like when I fly back the day after the strike

That'll be interesting! I say the flight'll be packed. Whi knows, you may even get an equipment change.

Quoting Tonymctigue (Reply 7):
When I flew up on EI 124 on the 29th of July, I also exited through door 1L

Hmmm.... definetley seems like EI are up to something. I'd say they are trying to advertise it in that way.

Quoting Tonymctigue (Reply 7):
God yeah those trollies spend more time going sideways than forwards. Your far better turning them & pushing them sideways. They are going to go that way anyway so why try to fight it.

Try having 60 kilos on one and trying to push it up a slope, and across the car park.

Quoting Tonymctigue (Reply 7):
Anyway, well done on your TR. Sounds like you had a good holiday.

thanks Tony! We had a great time!


Thanks everyone!



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineOsprey88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6314 times:

Nice trip report!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa273/eishn2/DSCF0315.jpg

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
United Express CRJ-700

I believe that is a CRJ-200 sir!

http://i203.photobucket.com/albums/aa273/eishn2/DSCF0323.jpg
That is a CRJ-700.

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
My brother demanded the window seat seeing as I had had it for the other three flights. So i was the nice caring person that I am, and gave the little bollocks the seat. What does he do? He falls asleep before take off and wakes up just before landing. Jackass.

At least yours sleeps. My brother actively tries to block my pictures when he's got the window.  Angry

I love flying alone.  cloudnine 



"Reading departure signs in some big airports reminds me of the places I've been"
User currently offlineMke717spotter From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6312 times:

Very good report and pictures!!! I've been reading a lot of TR's lately involving DUB.


Will you watch the Cleveland Browns and the Detroit Lions on Sunday? Only if coach Eric Mangini resigned after a loss.
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6304 times:

Quoting Osprey88 (Reply 12):

Ah, thank you Osprey88!
I'd correcty it if I could, but the edit option at the end of the post is no longer available.

Quoting Osprey88 (Reply 12):
I love flying alone.

Ahhhh..... one can dream....

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 13):
Very good report and pictures!!! I've been reading a lot of TR's lately involving DUB.

They always tend to be quite interesting. The Irish have about five TR up at the moment! All involving DUB.

Thanks guys!



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently onlineAV8AJET From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1344 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 6300 times:

Quoting Osprey88 (Reply 12):
That is a CRJ-700.

Sorry you are right about the United Express being a CRJ-200 but he is right on the USAirways Express being a CRJ-900.



"To fly or not to fly there is no question!"
User currently offlineOsprey88 From United States of America, joined Jul 2007, 330 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6289 times:

Quoting EISHN (Reply 14):
Ah, thank you Osprey88!
I'd correcty it if I could, but the edit option at the end of the post is no longer available.

Ah, okay I gotcha.

Looks like you had a good time in California, my home state!

Quoting AV8AJET (Reply 15):
Sorry you are right about the United Express being a CRJ-200 but he is right on the USAirways Express being a CRJ-900.

How can you tell between a CRJ-700 and a 900 from that angle? I thought it looked a bit small for a -900.

Quoting EISHN (Reply 14):
Ahhhh..... one can dream....

It helps when you are the one in the family who always makes the travel reservations!  bigthumbsup 



"Reading departure signs in some big airports reminds me of the places I've been"
User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 17, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6058 times:

From New York to Dublin, Aer Lingus no longer serve any breakfast; just orange juice. However the dinner was so good (also cheese cake) that it did not bother me. And the orange juice is pretty filling I discovered.

User currently offlineJWMD123 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5960 times:

Great Trip report EISHN.

just a few things on LAX.

I was there last year. I flew in from SIN on an SQ346. How did you find LAX? Personally, I did not like it. The terminal i came in one appeared old and falling apart. It was also very hot and stuffy. What was the terminal like you were in. (not sure which one EI fly into). Given we had just come off a straight 16.5hr flight, it was not nice.

Also, I did an internal LAX-LAS with Ted. Did you may your departure slot? I know LAX is quite tough if you miss your slot.


User currently offlineONTFlyer From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 380 posts, RR: 3
Reply 19, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 5940 times:

Great report. The Disneyland pics caught my eye as I worked on Splash and Thunder for 4 years. Brings back a lot of memories. Oh the stories...haha!

ONT



Doin' just fine thanks...
User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 20, posted (7 years 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 5811 times:

Quoting JWMD123 (Reply 18):
I was there last year. I flew in from SIN on an SQ346. How did you find LAX? Personally, I did not like it. The terminal i came in one appeared old and falling apart. It was also very hot and stuffy. What was the terminal like you were in.

I was in the same one. T3, or Tom Bradley International. That terminal was disgusting. When we arrived, it wasn't in great condition. Then when we got to baggage claim, it was horrific! There were these huge holes in the ceiling, and the entire place was falling apart. It was packed as well. There were flights from Korea, Dublin, Munich and few others all arriving at the same time, so it was just a sea of people. The bags were all over the place.
The immigration lines were huge, so thankfully we had done it in DUB (although five of us are U.S. citizens so we had no problems at DUB).
I didn't find it that hot inside, but then it was only 22C outside. The arrivla area resembles that of an airport from the 70's, and actually made me think of the movie "Airplane".
Aer Lingus use the same terminal as SQ, LH, KE, MH, CX, BA, AF NZ, QF and more.

Quoting Semsem (Reply 17):
From New York to Dublin, Aer Lingus no longer serve any breakfast; just orange juice

They used to serve orange juice and a Time Out bar the last time I flew from the east Coast (2002).

Quoting JWMD123 (Reply 18):
Also, I did an internal LAX-LAS with Ted. Did you may your departure slot? I know LAX is quite tough if you miss your slot.

I'm not quite sure. There wasn't tha much traffic enrouet to the runway, and we rolled straight onto the runway. The only other moving traffic I remember seeing was a UA A319 in the new colours. Most aircraft were departing from the other side of the airport.

Quoting Osprey88 (Reply 16):
It helps when you are the one in the family who always makes the travel reservations!

I'm more of a back seat driver when it comes to the bookings! Big grin


Thanks everyone!



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineEoinnz From New Zealand, joined Jul 2003, 226 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 5613 times:

Great report - enjoyed your extensive range of photos

Quoting EISHN (Reply 20):
T3, or Tom Bradley International.

You were in Tom Bradley

Quoting EISHN (Reply 20):
Aer Lingus use the same terminal as SQ, LH, KE, MH, CX, BA, AF NZ, QF and more.

NZ uses terminal 2 as does AF


User currently offlineChrisNH From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4111 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 5524 times:

Why mothers exist in the first place:

Quoting EISHN (Thread starter):
I couldn't believe, my mother told me to get a grip on myself.

Great report!

Chris in NH


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 5458 times:

Quoting Eoinnz (Reply 21):
NZ uses terminal 2 as does AF

Ah, thank you for that!

Just soemthing I forgot to mention:

Quoting ChrisNH (Reply 22):
Why mothers exist in the first place:

Yes, and to also tell you to give all of your money to the UNICEF charity envelope in the seat back pocket.
You see, toward the end of the flight, the crew come around to collect the envelopes (which are supposed to be full of money) for UNICEF. Now I had already planned to stick some money in there. But when the crew announced it, my mother turns to myslef and my brother telling us that we're going to put our money in there! Now if you think about it, doesn't that defeat the purpous of charity? Being told you're gonna do it, instead of choosing to do it. I told her that I was planning to do it anyway, to which she replied "Good, cause you are gonna do it". That just made me made, and it kinda took the goodness out of the act I was doing.
So that's what mothers are really there for. To make sure you do what you're told.

Here's the first half of my report:
Into The West: Aer Lingus SNN-DUB-LAX (by EISHN Jul 23 2007 in Trip Reports)

Thanks everyone!



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineTUNisia From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1844 posts, RR: 5
Reply 24, posted (7 years 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5319 times:

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 13):
The new cabin is quite nice and modern looking. Some people don't like the modern and plastic look of the new EI cabin, but I do, a lot. It's fresh, spacious, and airy feeling. I don't really like the new green seat covers on the old aircraft, but I like them very much on this one.

I also like the new style airbus interiors compared with the old. They are much fresher and cleaner looking. That lav looked spotless!

Nice pics @ LAX as well

I can't wait to fly EI on this route later this year!!!!!



Someday the sun will shine down on me in some faraway place - Mahalia Jackson
25 Post contains images EISHN : It was in better condition than on the older A332 we took over. Although, someone had scratched something onto the mirror, probably something rude or
26 TUNisia : Hmm, I was wondering what that was. It did look out of place, heh. Def will. I have a few trips before then to make.
27 JetBlueAUS : Great Trip Report! I can't wait until JetBlue and Aer Lingus get their codeshare under wraps... so I can fly them!
28 AV8AJET : My understanding is that USAirways Express (Mesa) no longer flies -700's for USAirways, just -200's & -900's CRJ's. If you look closely under the tai
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