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Irish Triangle Incl. A330 Domestic (w/pics)  
User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 520 posts, RR: 0
Posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5798 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
Routing: STN-DUB
Flight No: FR205
Airline: Ryanair
Aircraft: B737-8AS (1st flight on the type)
Reg: EI-DWX
Seat: 27F
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.

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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
Routing: DUB-SNN
Flight No: EI111
Airline: Aer Lingus
Aircraft: A330-202 (1st flight on the type)
Reg: EI-LAX
Seat: 38K
Departure Gate: C45

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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.

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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:

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Sky Europe B737 OM-NGB

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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.

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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.

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EI-LAX departing for her onward journey to JFK

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A North American B757-200 stopping to clear US Customs

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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:

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N702TZ arriving from ? to clear US customs (i assume)

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Date: Tuesday 19th February 2008
Routing: SNN-STN
Flight No: FR104
Airline: B737-8AS (2nd flight on this type)
Reg: EI-DHZ
Seat: 23A
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.

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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!

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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!

Thanks for reading

Toby


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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5784 times:

Hi Toby

good report! 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...

Pics are nice, sorry to hear about the fog. Otherwise views during approach into SNN would've been awesome!

Quoting 02hilliert (Thread starter):
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!

I always make my reports in MS word and save it often, to avoid such troubles  Wink

Thanks,
Eric



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User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5776 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!



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User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 5767 times:

Hi

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  Smile



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User currently offlineBritPilot777 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 1075 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5718 times:

Great report buddy, good to see the fog didn't totally ruin your plans! When we next head to the local we can see if we can arrange a trip like this together!

BritPilot777



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27342 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 5678 times:

Hi there great to see a DUB-SNN with the A330 . I did it myself a few times . Quite fun.

Nice photos. Do you know where the North American 757 was going???

OA260


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5585 times:

Nice report!

Interesting to see another Aer Lingus DUB-SNN hop on the A330. Nice to hear you had good flight with the Irish airlines!

The photos were great too!


User currently offlineEI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5428 times:

Great report!!
Really glad you enjoyed the EI 330 experience. Out of all the times I've been spotting in SNN over the last few years EI-LAX is the only EI 330 I have not seen at SNN!

EI320


User currently offlineSketty222 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2006, 1778 posts, RR: 3
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 5396 times:

Nice report with some good pics

This is also on my wishlist. Dont know if I'll get to do it one day with schedules as Ive never looked at it before. I will start looking tomorrow though  Smile



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User currently offlineAA767LOVER From Hong Kong, joined Aug 2007, 609 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 5249 times:

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!

Thanks for the pic, gives me something great to look forward to!



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User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4910 times:
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Nice report, I've quite often fancied doing this flight myself.

Quoting 02hilliert (Thread starter):
The cabin was comfortable, but lacked the luxury of PTVs.

- I thought EI-LAX has PTV's as it is/was the primary aircraft on the LAX route?.........

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6373 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 4907 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!


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8596 posts, RR: 54
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 4822 times:
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Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 11):
EI-DAA has old PTVs and that was usually placed on the LAX route

- That's it! - Forgot about -DAA!

Thanks

Mark



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17152 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 4460 times:

Great TR

The pics are really good.

Always nice to fly on a widebody on such a short route.

Pity about the fog.


Thank you for sharíng

B747forever



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User currently offlineWouwout From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4433 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?

User currently offlineWouwout From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 127 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 4428 times:

OK found my own answer on http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shannon_Airport - sorry about that.

For anyone who is interested: look at the The "Shannon Stopover" section.

Seems like 2008 will be an interesting year for Shannon!


User currently offlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1725 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4384 times:

A very nice report!
I just loved the winglet shots! What equipment did you use for these shots?
Also a very nice read with 2 types still not covered in my log.

Cheers,
Joost ( D-ALCE )



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 4284 times:

Hello, Toby,

a nice and interesting story.

Catching two fresh entries to your log and also such a special short-haul flight on the A330,
not bad  Smile

I´ve thought also about doing something similar, like Eric above,
so we will see what´s going on with EI´s domestic schedule.

Fog and clouds all around Europe these days, Wednesday on my STR-VLC-PMI-STR,
I´ve had the same views like yours everytime when I´ve looked outside the window.

Thanx for posting
and btw, I will follow your further experiences like the Cork run also,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



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User currently offline02hilliert From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2007, 520 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 4205 times:



Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
Do you know where the North American 757 was going???

There was no info on either Arrivals or Departures board, but from what i could tell, nearly all of the passengers were from Ghana.

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 17):
Thanx for posting
and btw, I will follow your further experiences like the Cork run also,
Markus (FLIEGER67)

Well then i look forward to posting it, unfortunately it went a little bit "pear-shaped" at EMA, but i will explain all in the report.

Quoting DALCE (Reply 16):
I just loved the winglet shots! What equipment did you use for these shots?

I used a Konica Minolta DiMage Z5. Nothing special, but it does the job

Guys I really appreciate the nice comments from everyone, has encouraged me to write a trip report of my more recent trip to Ireland, which i had actually decided to leave after all. Thanks!



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User currently offlineLUPOR1D From Ireland, joined Feb 2008, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4030 times:



Quoting 02hilliert (Thread starter):
A North American B757-200 stopping to clear US Customs

-Not quite. North American, ATA and previously World use Shannon for fuel uplifting purposes on US Military charters en route to and from the Middle East.



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User currently offlineAllrite From Australia, joined Aug 2007, 2239 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 3877 times:

Nice photos! If you like the A330 you should come down to Australia and Asia. They seem so ubiquitous now that I'm getting sick of them for Australia - Asia flights!


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User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 831 posts, RR: 16
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 3547 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!  Wink



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