At 05.30 the telephone started to ring, wake-up call! 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.
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. We stopped somewhere for breakfast and at 08.15 we went to the gate.
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.
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.
Turning right, heading to Shannon
At cruise level
Top of descent
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.
St. Aoife will return to Dublin and Chicago within a few hours
Other traffic at Shannon
We went outside to take a few pictures:
Boeing 720 tail monument
Cargo aircraft connected to an airbridge, never seen this before
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.
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:
The cruise altitude today was 33000ft and the announced flying time was approximately 75 minutes.
Climbing out of Shannon
The cabin was almost full
After a calm flight descending was started and during approach I spotted Dunsfold Airport, also known as the TopGear test track. . At 14.10 we set foot on UK soil and landed on London Gatwick’s runway 08R.
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.
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.
Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (5 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9549 times:
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.
CrimsonNL From Netherlands, joined Dec 2007, 1895 posts, RR: 42
Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9508 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!
Nothing's worse then flying the same registration twice, except flying it 4 times..
EICVD From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2180 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (5 years 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9396 times:
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.