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The Eire Trip (part 2): DUB-SNN-LGW-AMS  
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1325 posts, RR: 1
Posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 9411 times:

The Eire trip (part 2): DUB-SNN-LGW-AMS on Aer Lingus, Ryanair and easyJet

Welcome at the second part of this trip report. For the first part please click on the link below:

The Eire trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB on Aer Arann // 19May08

At 05.30 the telephone started to ring, wake-up call!  Wink After a shower and a cup of coffee we checked out at the reception and at 06.30 we left the hotel in the shuttle bus. The hotel was completely full so the reception had advised us to leave early to avoid full shuttle bus troubles after seven o’clock. Big grin

At the airport we checked in at one of the Aer Lingus self-service machines. With only a few available seats in the middle of the aircraft we picked 24K and 25K. Unfortunately above the wing, but hey, it could be a lot worse.  Wink We stopped somewhere for breakfast and at 08.15 we went to the gate.

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Our aircraft!


Date: Tuesday, 20May08
Flight: Aer Lingus // EI 124
From: Dublin // DUB
To: Shannon // SNN
Duration: 0h45m
STD: 09.00 // ATD: 08.52
STA: 09.45 // ATA: 09.50
Aircraft: Airbus A330-302 // EI-DUZ
Seat: Economy // 25K
Load factor: ~25%

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Wing view

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The Airbus A330-300, EI-DUZ, was already parked at gate B24 after her flight from Chicago. At half past eight boarding started and we pushed back from the gate ten minutes ahead of schedule. Runway 10 was still in use, just like the evening before. After waiting for an inbound Aer Lingus A321 it was our turn.

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See you next time Dublin!

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Taxiing to runway 10

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Inbound Aer Lingus A321

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Airborne!

 arrow Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MIIiIop8WUM

The flight was very quiet. Most people from Chicago already left the plane in Dublin and those continuing to Shannon were sleeping. No board service is provided by the cabin crew on this flight because the flying time is not long enough to do a service.

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Turning right, heading to Shannon

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At cruise level

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The cabin

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Top of descent

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On approach

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There was a strong wind in Shannon but the visibility was pretty good with a nice sunshine. At 09.45 we landed at Shannon’s runway 06. After vacating the runway we taxied to the terminal and parked at gate 6.

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On final approach for runway 06

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Arrived

 arrow Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tu_r03dlKQQ

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The cabin after arrival

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St. Aoife will return to Dublin and Chicago within a few hours

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Other traffic at Shannon

We went outside to take a few pictures:

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Boeing 720 tail monument

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Control tower

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Cargo aircraft connected to an airbridge, never seen this before

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Terminal building

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Check-in area

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Have a good flight!

Because the strong wind was a bit cold we decided to wait inside the terminal for our next flight. After the first Omni DC-10 had departed another one showed up so the departure lounge was crowded with American soldiers.


Date: Tuesday, 20May08
Flight: Ryanair // FR 1182
From: Shannon // SNN
To: London Gatwick // LGW
Duration: 1h25m
STD: 13.05 // ATD: 13.02
STA: 14.30 // ATA: 14.15
Aircraft: Boeing 737-8AS // EI-DLE
Seat: Economy // 21A
Load factor: ~95%

Boarding for our flight started at 12.30. The aircraft, EI-DLE, had already arrived from Wroclaw. The flight was almost full but boarding was completed on-time and we pushed back a few minutes early. Take-off at runway 06:

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Our aircraft

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Boarding

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 arrow Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3MbKHzFtFM

The cruise altitude today was 33000ft and the announced flying time was approximately 75 minutes.

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Climbing out of Shannon

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The cabin was almost full

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At FL330

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After a calm flight descending was started and during approach I spotted Dunsfold Airport, also known as the TopGear test track.  Wink. At 14.10 we set foot on UK soil and landed on London Gatwick’s runway 08R.

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Descending

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Dunsfold

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Close-up

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 arrow Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qSWJnYjUps

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Disembarking

In the departure lounge we found a nice bar with a view on the south terminal and the runway.

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Back to Shannon

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Date: Tuesday, 20May08
Flight: easyJet // EZY 5109
From: London Gatwick // LGW
To: Amsterdam // AMS
Duration: 1h25m
STD: 18.10 // ATD: 18.04
STA: 20.25 // ATA: 20.07
Aircraft: Airbus A319-111 // G-EJAR
Seat: Economy // 20A
Load factor: ~60%

Boarding for our flight to Amsterdam started at 17.30. G-EJAR was already waiting at the gate so the boarding process was completed quickly. We went off blocks ahead of schedule and after startup we taxied to the active runway, which was still 08R.

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Taxiing to runway 08R

 arrow Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I7WvdnEUcI

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Climbing to 23000ft

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The announced flying time was approximately 50 minutes at an altitude of 23000ft. I bought a pepperoni panini which was very tasty. Flights between London and The Netherlands are always very short so after half an hour in the air descending was started. The approach was via Noordwijk, Abbenes, Nieuw-Vennep and Hoofddorp and at eight o’clock we landed at runway 06.

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On approach

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 arrow Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e0l2om2rHP0

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We parked at stand H2, next to another easyJet flight to Milan Malpensa. The End!

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Arrived!

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Disembarking

Thank you for reading!

Best regards,
Jeroen



*Please feel free to comment or ask your questions.



Other trip reports:
AMS-LBA-LGW-AMS on LS, BE and BA // 20Jul09
Flying Norwegian, from Denmark!: AMS-STN-CPH-AMS on EZY and DY // 13May09
Flying The T7: AMS-MAN-GVA-AMS on WW, SV and EZS // 20Apr09
AMS-BHX-DUB-AMS on WW, FR and EI // 26Mar09
Destinazione Bergamo! AMS-EMA-BGY-AMS on WW, FR and HV // 21Jan09
A tribute to SkyEurope Airlines! AMS-PRG-AMS // 09Sep08



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
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User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9352 times:

Hi Jeroen,

it was very nice to read part two of your Ireland-report as well - thanks a lot for sharing your experiences. Flying a wide-body aircraft like the A 330 on such a short domestic route is always something special. I did the same flight on Aer Lingus a few years ago and enjoyed it a lot.

Regards
Christoph


User currently onlineCrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1861 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9311 times:
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Hi Jeroen, great reports! I loved the pictures! Luckily you got a great engine view in the Avrojet, when I flew BA I couldn't get a seat in that position due to the business class.
I remember seeing the Aoife at JFK in 2007, nice to see that you got a ride!

I tried to get on the DUB SNN flight myself last year, but failed because we missed our connection at DUB due to an Aer Lingus delay! Meanwhile I have already booked a new trip to Ireland, flying AMS-ORK-LHR-DUB-ORK-AMS with EI and the DUB ORK leg on RE. We're you able to select seats on them in advance?

I've said it before, you surely have an eye for interesting trips within Europe! Thanks for sharing!

Martijn



Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
User currently offlineJFKMan From United States of America, joined Mar 2007, 598 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 9310 times:

Great finish to your Ireland trip! Well done and thanks for the great pictures.

I traveled on St. Aoife last month. Lovely plane.



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User currently offlineEIJFK From Ireland, joined Jul 2008, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9246 times:

St. Aoife, is indeed, a gorgeous plane! Nice report, love your Shannon pictures, it's my favourite airport in the world, so clean, calm, quiet, plus the beautiful scenery and stress-free drive!

User currently offlineEICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2157 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 9199 times:

Hi Jeroen
Just like part 1 a brilliant trip report, really enjoyed the read. BTW I love your videos on youtube, some of the best aviation vids on the web.
Thanks for posting, looking forward to more reports from you in the future.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26951 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 9115 times:

Nice second part to the nice trip. Good photos of the A330 also inside and out. I wonder how long those DUB-SNN sectors will last . Enjoy it while you can !!

Thanks again

OA260


User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 8979 times:



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
it was very nice to read part two of your Ireland-report as well - thanks a lot for sharing your experiences.

Thank you very much for reading and for your comment!

Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
Flying a wide-body aircraft like the A 330 on such a short domestic route is always something special.

Yes it is! In fact, it was my very first flight on a wide-body aircraft.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
great reports! I loved the pictures! Luckily you got a great engine view in the Avrojet,

Thanks. Yes, the seats were great!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
when I flew BA I couldn't get a seat in that position due to the business class.

I'm flying DUB-LCY-AMS on WX and BA next month so I guess that will be a seat behind the wing then.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
I tried to get on the DUB SNN flight myself last year, but failed because we missed our connection at DUB due to an Aer Lingus delay!

Yes, I saw your trip report a couple of months ago. That was absolutely the worst luck in the world!

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
Meanwhile I have already booked a new trip to Ireland, flying AMS-ORK-LHR-DUB-ORK-AMS with EI and the DUB ORK leg on RE.

Nice! I've never been to Cork so I'm looking forward to your trip report.

Quoting CrimsonNL (Reply 2):
We're you able to select seats on them in advance?

Yes, on the AMS-WAT-GWY flight, but only because my company was the handling agent for Aer Arann. Normally you can not select seats in advance as far as I know

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 3):
Well done and thanks for the great pictures.

You're welcome!

Quoting EIJFK (Reply 4):
Nice report, love your Shannon pictures, it's my favourite airport in the world, so clean, calm, quiet, plus the beautiful scenery and stress-free drive!

I like Shannon as well. Beautifully located and always interesting movements.

Quoting EICVD (Reply 5):
Just like part 1 a brilliant trip report, really enjoyed the read. BTW I love your videos on youtube, some of the best aviation vids on the web.

You make me shy.  shy 

Quoting EICVD (Reply 5):
Thanks for posting, looking forward to more reports from you in the future.

Thanks! Don't worry about that, a lot more trip reports are coming up.  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Reply 6):
Nice second part to the nice trip. Good photos of the A330 also inside and out. I wonder how long those DUB-SNN sectors will last . Enjoy it while you can !!

Thanks! It's sad that EI is in deep trouble and have to cut their longhaul network. I hope that at least one daily DUB-SNN flight will survive.



'Every year donkeys and mules kill more people than plane crashes'
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 31
Reply 8, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8804 times:

Hi,

Nice conclusion to the Irish trip, although I enjoyed the first part more - maybe due to the more exotic routing and smaller airports. Anyway nice work.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Turning right, heading to Shannon

Is that duct tape on the winglet?!


User currently offlineAkhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2461 posts, RR: 53
Reply 9, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 8426 times:

Hi Jeroen,

Nice follow up of the first part with great pictures again!

So, which airline do you like most?

Cheers,
Suryo



Friends forever
User currently offlineBasilFawlty From Netherlands, joined Jun 2009, 1325 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (4 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 8296 times:



Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 8):
Is that duct tape on the winglet?!

I don't know to be honest. It looks like it is some sort of duct tape indeed.

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
Nice follow up of the first part with great pictures again!

Thanks again!  Smile

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 9):
So, which airline do you like most?

Both RE and EI. Nice aircrafts, very friendly crews and affordable prices.



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