EI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1415 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 6 months 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 9135 times:
This is one of a few reports I hope to post this week covering trips I took earlier in the year. Never got a chance to write them up at the time so just catching up now.
This is a short report about a return domestic trip to DUB I did in July. A short domestic flight like this usually wouldn't require a report, but this particular route is made that little bit more special by the fact that it's operated by an A330 as many of you probably already know.
Date : 14 July 2009 Flight : EI132/UA4932 Route : SNN - DUB Aircraft : A330-301 Reg : EI-ORD Aircraft Name : St Maeve Class : Economy Load Factor : 20% Scheduled Dept Time : 07:00 Actual Dept Time : 07:00 Scheduled Arrival Time : 07:50 Actual Arrival Time : 08:00
Departure was from my home airport, Shannon, just 15 mins down road from where I live.
I collected my boarding passes for both flights from the Fastpass kiosks in the terminal and proceeded straight to the gate.
Boarding commenced at 06:40 through Gate 8. This particular flight, EI132, originates in BOS and operates to DUB via SNN. However the aircraft that operated the transatlantic leg of the journey, EI-LAX was not continuing to DUB today and the final leg of the journey was to be operated by EI-ORD which had just arrived in from JFK.
EI-ORD is one of the older A330's in the EI fleet which has benefited from a cabin refit this year.
Each seat in Economy is equipped with individual on-demand entertainment systems, ensuring that passengers can avoid boredom over the Atlantic.
EI-LAX takes a rest in SNN after operating the first leg of the journey.
The safety video was shown and we were shortly on our way. I was seated in the rear Y cabin which was almost empty.
Shannon Aerospace in the background:
Departure was from 06, meaning a short taxi to the runway.
The outskirts of Shannon Town:
There is no inflight service due to the short duration of the flight, meaning I could just sit back, take a few pics and enjoy the views. I didn't bother with the IFE - I certainly didn't pay to fly to DUB so I could watch an old episode of the Simpsons.
We were delayed on the apron for 15 mins as we had to wait for equipment to be moved from the gate area.
I said goodbye to the crew and headed for the terminal
The not-so nice part of the D gates
I headed upstairs to grab some breakfast as I was hungry. There was a good atmosphere in DUB as families prepared for their summer holidays abroad.
Shortly afterwards I proceeded to security screening and had a little look for a small suitcase. One particular Samsonsite case in the luggage store caught my eye which I liked. I had been looking for an ideal pull-along case which I could carry onboard for quite a while and I was very happy with this particular one so I treated myself. I wanted to buy one which would last me a long time.
This is the one I chose:
I then headed to Pier B to do some spotting and then to the D gates for my flight back to SNN.
Date : 14 July 2009 Flight : EI133/UA4933 Route : DUB - SNN Aircraft : A330-301 Reg : EI-JFK Aircraft Name : St Colmcille Class : Economy Load Factor : 30% Scheduled Dept Time : 11:30 Actual Dept Time : 11:50 Scheduled Arrival Time : 12:15 Actual Arrival Time : 12:20
Boarding commenced just after 11:00. EI-JFK was operating the EI133 to SNN, and would then continue to BOS. I was hoping for a new EI A330 reg but it wasn't to be. This aircraft features the older cabins, quite a downgrade from the plane I flew up on but I wasn't too bothered since it was such a short flight.
Fellow A330 EI-DUB was scheduled to operate non-stop to MCO 15 mins later:
The safety video was shown and we began the long taxi to RWY10.
The weather had taken a turn for the worst so the take-off video didn't turn out too good:
The flight itself was uneventful and we began our descent into SNN just 20 mins later
Final approach to RWY06 with views over the Shannon Estuary
Spotters in SNN
The Y cabin on EI-JFK which has since left the Aer Lingus fleet:
Another A330 in the hangar:
CityJet RJ85 preparing for another flight to CDG (report to come)
A rather empty apron
All passengers including those continuing to BOS had to disembark to clear US Immigration at SNN. I said goodbye to the crew and then headed up to the viewing gallery in the main terminal before taking the bus back to Ennis.
St Colmcille preparing to resume it's journey as EI133
Thanks for taking the time to read, comments and feedback are appreciated as always.
Phen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 297 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (3 years 6 months 17 hours ago) and read 8427 times:
Great report - for such short trips the pics were fantastic - I never knew EI-JFK was refitted with LCD screens before she left, I flew on her to JFK in August 2007 and she still had the CRTs. Has EI-DUB been given LCDs too?
I must do that same trip some time - I've often toyed with the idea!
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6124 posts, RR: 15 Reply 2, posted (3 years 6 months 15 hours ago) and read 8258 times:
Very nice report, all the pictures were brilliant and it's always good to read about this route. I really like the new branding for Shannon Airport, looks very smart although it's a shame "Sionainn" was removed.
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4068 posts, RR: 51 Reply 7, posted (3 years 6 months 10 hours ago) and read 7843 times:
thanks for this good report on the domestic run in Ireland. Great to score 2 A330s. I've flown this type (a -200 series) only once, so these A333's would also be a welcome addition for my logbook. Let's put it on the list for 2010... and I can hopefully fix a schedule.
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
Aluminumcity From Canada, joined Aug 2009, 49 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (3 years 6 months 4 hours ago) and read 7645 times:
Now, it could be just me (because I'm quite stupid), but every single registration in this thread so far has had the last three letters of its registration as an airport code. EI-xxx, with the Xes being an airport code. I have no idea if it's just some sort of wacky coincidence, or if it's done on purpose, but look,
Did nobody else notice this?
"Well, if I were flying on an MD-80, I'd be taking those anti-depressants too."
EI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 10, posted (3 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7312 times:
Thanks for all the replies guys
Quoting Phen (Reply 1): Has EI-DUB been given LCDs too?
The last time I was on EI-DUB was back in February and it was still fitted with the old CRT's then.
Quoting Phen (Reply 1): must do that same trip some time - I've often toyed with the idea!
Unfortunately there's far fewer SNN - DUB hops than there used to be. Only 5 a week next summer so it's not as convenient as it used to be.
Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2): Very nice report, all the pictures were brilliant and it's always good to read about this route
Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2): I really like the new branding for Shannon Airport, looks very smart although it's a shame "Sionainn" was removed.
The new branding does look good, although certain areas airside are still very tatty. A lot of the pier is being renevated atm and a new lounge, the Burren suite, has been opened which is supposed to be very nice. This lounge is used by EI GC members and also Priority pass pax. The Rineanna lounge has also been renevated but can now only be accessed by passengers in the sterile area who have cleared US Customs and immigration. It's a good idea as pax can now relax in the lounge before boarding knowing that they've cleared customs etc. Pity the place is going to be like a ghost town next year though.
Quoting OA260 (Reply 3): Great report. I have been thinking of doing a DUB-SNN-DUB for the craic. Nice short route and easy to do on a day off.
Thanks Philip. It definitely is a fun little trip, particularly when the flights are usually so empty.
Quoting JFKMan (Reply 4): Very nice! I've taken this flight a few times. It's always nice
Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 5): Always nice to see widebodie equipment on such short routes.
Hi Markus, short hops on widebodies are certainly a rarity these days. I'd certainly recommend you fly the route next year as it mightn't be around for much longer.
Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 6): Nice report and pictures, remind me I really need to look at doing the same thing, must sort for next year.
Thanks Mark, as I said above it's a flight that mightn't last much longer (on the 330 anyway!)
Quoting Airbuseric (Reply 7): I've flown this type (a -200 series) only once, so these A333's would also be a welcome addition for my logbook.
Hi Eric, the EI133 is usually operated by a -300 series so it could be an opportunity to score one for your logbook.
Quoting Andaman (Reply 8): It looks EI-ORD has similar Recaro-seats and similar AVOD than Finnair on their A333/A340's.
Yes the seats are very similar. The J seats are comfortable too but I haven't been lucky enough to try out the new ones yet.
Quoting Aluminumcity (Reply 9): Now, it could be just me (because I'm quite stupid), but every single registration in this thread so far has had the last three letters of its registration as an airport code. EI-xxx, with the Xes being an airport code. I have no idea if it's just some sort of wacky coincidence, or if it's done on purpose, but look,
This used to be the fashion at EI during the 90's. Airport codes were used as registrations for the A330 fleet, other ones included EI-SHN, EI-CRK (Cork) and EI-EWR. I believe EI had to stop using airport codes as registrations because it was causing confusion, JFK was in ORD, LAX was in EWR, DUB was in BOS etc.
EI320 From Ireland, joined Dec 2007, 1415 posts, RR: 0 Reply 12, posted (3 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 6557 times:
Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 11): Interesting TR as are all the SNN-DUB ones. I'm thinking of doing a SNN-DUB-SNN myself before the frequency drops in March. Did you stay airside in DUB until the EI133 back to SNN?
Hi Kevin, I went for a walk to see how T2 was coming along before going airside again. I had over 3 hours in DUB so I had plenty time. It'll be much harder to do a day trip after March so I'd definitely suggest you go before then. Pity the flights are so expensive though.