02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 523 posts, RR: 0 Posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6056 times:
A few years ago, i flew on a Malaysia Airlines A330-300 in Business Class from PEN-KUL. I loved every minute of the flight, albeit a short one, and have been wanting to fly on another A330 since. I've looked at Aer Lingus' domestic services several times and planned trips in my head, but when i saw that there schedule changed at the end of March, i quickly booked myself on an A330-200 flight, so as to tick off another "type"! The flight would be sandwiched between to Ryanair flights (courtesy of their sale). These would be my first flights on Ryanair, and also my first on the B737-800, so another type!!
Date: Tuesday 19th February 2008
Flight No: FR205
Aircraft: B737-8AS (1st flight on the type)
Departure Gate: 44
My first flight from STN, and i quite enjoyed the experience. The terminal is open, and the Ryanair pier is spacious enough to wander around without a crush. The only problem pre-flight, which meant i could see absolutely nothing out of the windows, except for the aircraft at the gate i was sat at! I boarded via the rear stairs and took up a window seat on the right-hand side. The Polish cabin crew went about their jobs professionally, but with such a strong accents it was hard to understand the announcements. We were airborn quickly and through the fog that covered much of England.
The aircraft routed over Manchester - i can tell from the football stadiums (Man Utd, Man City and Wigan Athletic) - and made quick progress over the Irish sea, before circling for a long time, eventually landing around 50mins late following delays at STN and the long hold.
I made my way straight through the transfer area to get to my next flight.
Date: Tuesday 19th February 2008
Flight No: EI111
Airline: Aer Lingus
Aircraft: A330-202 (1st flight on the type)
Departure Gate: C45
EI-LAX St. Mella @ DUB - Gate C45
The load for the short flight to SNN was about 50 passengers, with roughly another 50 waiting there to join the aircraft to JFK. I would be one of the few to disembark at SNN. I had been looking forward to this flight, and it didn't disappoint. The cabin was comfortable, but lacked the luxury of PTVs.
Row 38 seats onboard EI-LAX
The flight departed slightly late becuase of a minor technical problem, but we were soon on the move, taxiing past a couple of interesting aircraft:
Sky Europe B737 OM-NGB
DHL B757-200F OO-DPB
We departed immediately with no queue for the runway. It was so nice to hear the roar of the engines, as the aircraft made it's way into the air much more impressively than the Ryanair B737. The flight was quick to SNN, but again the fog impeded the view of the landscape.
On arrival at SNN the aircraft parked at the US departure area in between EI-EWR, another Aer Lingus A330, and N471EV, an Evergreen B747-200.
On arrival I had planned to go straight through to departures in search of view, but I was pleased to find a viewing area on the top floor of the terminal, albeit set back quite a distance. I went up there, and managed a couple of interesting shots.
EI-LAX departing for her onward journey to JFK
A North American B757-200 stopping to clear US Customs
Evergreen B747-200 - the best photo the glass would allow!
With about an hour before scheduled departure of my flight to STN, i made my way through security, and took some more photos:
N702TZ arriving from ? to clear US customs (i assume)
Date: Tuesday 19th February 2008
Flight No: FR104
Airline: B737-8AS (2nd flight on this type)
Departure Gate: 5
The flight was delayed 40mins because the aircraft had been diverted earlier in the day, again due to the fog. Boarding was completed, and the aircraft was turned around in just 15mins. We were underway pretty quickly and I managed some photos of the cabin.
Row 23 incl. life jacket used for safety demo
The fog had succeeded in ruining my views today, although i did notice Dublin on the way over, as well as Port Vale and Stoke City Football Clubs in rare clear patches. Most of the time the only thing i could see was the wing tip!
The flight arrived into STN in darkness and quickly the aircraft made it's way to the gate. I was home from there in 1.5hrs which I was quite pleased with. Then i get 36hrs at home before returning to STN on Thursday for a flight to ORK at 6am!! Trip report to come!
Hope you enjoyed the report, it would've been longer had the computer not cut me off in the middle of writing it first time around! I just couldn't face writing it again! Longer one next time! Hope the photos are ok also!
02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 523 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6034 times:
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 1): Indeed the A330 intra-Ireland is on my personal wish list too, although a bit hard to get a good schedule out of AMS for it, with return on the same day. I'll check again some day...
I would've thought best way to do it is to fly EZY (AMS-LPL), FR (LPL-DUB), EI (DUB-SNN), FR (SNN-STN), EZY (STN-AMS). That would be a guees, no idea about the schedules. Thanks for the reply!
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4360 posts, RR: 50
Reply 3, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 6025 times:
Quoting 02hilliert (Reply 2): I would've thought best way to do it is to fly EZY (AMS-LPL), FR (LPL-DUB), EI (DUB-SNN), FR (SNN-STN), EZY (STN-AMS). That would be a guees, no idea about the schedules. Thanks for the reply!
Probably. Although I'm quite experienced by taking up to 5 flights on a day (hoping for no delays then), I think the schedules are not good. I'll have to check it out.
Other way is EIN-STN (FR) STN-DUB (FR) DUB-SNN (EI) > and back to EIN via STN. But also difficult ...
Anyway, I'll find my flights some day. I'm sure about that
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6415 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 5165 times:
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 10):
- I thought EI-LAX has PTV's as it is/was the primary aircraft on the LAX route?.........
EI-DAA has old PTVs and that was usually placed on the LAX route but now there is EI-DUO (A332) and EI-DUZ (A333) which both have new style cabins and AVOD, these aircraft are usually on the SFO, LAX and ORD.
Quoting AA767LOVER (Reply 9): I'm now really looking forward to my flight on EI from BOS-SNN-DUB, and by the pics, it looks great. I wonder if all the seats are standardized like that now. I hope so. Looks quite comfy!
I think all the A330s have new seat covers, the seats have always been quite comfy and just got a small upgrade early last year to make them look a bit smarter. Hopefully you might get one of the new aircraft with the better seats and AVOD!
Wouwout From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (7 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 4691 times:
I don't understand the Shannon stop to JFK. And, looking at the photos, it seems like other US airlines do it as well in order 'to clear customs'. How does this work, why is it easier to clear customs in Shannon as supposed to the destination city in the US, and are there any flight from Dublin to the US that do not stop in Shannon?
EIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 831 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (7 years 3 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3805 times:
Nice report there! Glad you had a few decent flights with FR and EI.
EI-DWX, the first of your -800s was actually delivered about 10 days before you flew on it.
I am flying DUB-BOS in a few hours with EI. This time I am going direct... after a while the short domestic hops and the layover in Shannon get annoying... even if it is a chance to have a 25min flight on a widebody!