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Shamrockin' Back And Forth: BRU-DUB-BRU  
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7717 times:

What do you do when the boss says: you have too much overtime hours, please do something about it. Hmm, that’s a statement which can make quite a discussion but the option for me was simple: take a day off and fly some  

Looking for some last minute options my eye fell on Aer Lingus, the national carrier of Ireland. Having flown once on EI some year ago I now thought it was about time to go back and check out the recently built terminal 2 at DUB. At least that would be something new!

A search on their website revealed a € 0,99 fare one way to DUB and the same fare going back. Taxes and fees added the total was to be € 78 for a same day return, booked one week in advance. Not a bad deal so I booked it without and further doubt. As you know, EI flies not quite the most special of aircraft, I had to do with a A320 both ways.

Due to the fact that I was not allowed to take a whole day overtime in ‘hours’ I had to be at work at least for 1 min and then leave again, how stupid is that. So at 7h30 I surprised my colleagues with my presence only to say ‘see you tomorrow’ and left again, this time for the airport.

I was very glad to again have chosen my beloved ‘mean 2-wheeled machine’ as transportation this morning because the traffic was really horrendous. Arrival at BRU was 1h prior to my flight and a quick glance at the arrival screens showed a well on time arrival on the inbound. OLCI was done a day before and seats at the back of the bus were chosen as usual. After a quick clearing of security I found myself at the non-Schengen terminal B this time in search of a ‘green machine’.

The week before the weather in Belgium had been glorious but the start of the Indian summer had quickly ended only to find a grey and dull day today. I was hoping for some better meteo en route.

Omnipresent Jet Airways:


A very busy terminal B this morning:



Dedicated to user MSS658:


The other side, with a view on terminal A, my usual starting point:


Cute:




The time went and still no sign on my plane. Then I checked the FIDS again and gate B93 was listed, a bus gate.


So I went one floor down to the bus gate area, a rather drab looking place: it is in fact some kind of tent:




EI631
A320-214
EI-DEI
10h15-10h50 (1h35)
Y/28F


Boarding was called on time, we were all herded in a bus and shipped to some very remote area where our plane was parked. Right here:


Some obligatory shots of this rather nicely colored 2005 machine:






2 quite uninterested crew were awaiting us at the entrance. I decided to brake the ice:
“Strange parking position today”, I said.
“Yes indeed, they put us here to keep an eye on that white B747 over there”.
“Oh, I see”, I laughed.

Refering to this one:


I then went down all the way and took my seat. A well used cabin I noticed with OK-ish leg space. 3 for me in the end, so far so good!




With a bit of imagination (well… maybe a lot) the overhead lights look like approach lighting:


Pushback followed soon after a plethora of annoucements from the cabin and cockpit crew and we soon made a beeline to the usual takeoff rwy 25L.

A nice surprise on the way:


Passing the A terminal with an abundance of SN machinery, can you spot the intruders?


Racing with TAROM


You’ve seen this view a zillion times before, so no explanation necessary  


As expected on this dull day, no more views after takeoff:



Reaching our cruising alt:


Now this was a cool view: after a blanket of white, we came to the edge of the cliff and suddenly the weather got better:


The crew came round and I bought some tea with my cc, mind the stub from the cc payment.
“We do have these machines” said the F/A serving me, “but they were not loaded this morning on the inbound. Very annoying…”.


Meanwhile I listened to some mellow tunes on my phone:


Over the UK:


Lake Victoria? Lago Di Garda? Michigan Lake? No, It’s Rutland Water, east of Birmingham.


And starting the crossing over the Irish Sea over Liverpool


“Ahoy Captain, land in sight” What followed was a nice scenic approach into DUB’s rwy 28.






‘Portmarnok golf course’ in the lower left corner:


And in the lower right corner:




Very near now. Due to the strong winds the plane was shaking like a leaf.




Well, hi there!




After a smooth touchdown (well done mr Cpt!) we left the rwy and taxied to our stand at terminal 2.


A parking location at the very end was assigned to us, next to this lovely lady, bound for NYC.


We came to a halt and people started disembarking throught the front door. Suddenly, also the rear door was opened and deboarding was also possible via the tarmac. I naturally chose to do it this way to get some more shots  

For Markus:


Bye now!


My first spot from inside the terminal:


So there I found myself in the recently built terminal 2. At first sight a huge improvement over the older terminal 1. Arrivals are on the top level, boarding on a lower level.


The terminal is reasonably large with a fair walking distance from the end the start, although not as far as in terminal A in BRU.


I followed the clear signage for ‘transfer’ and after a lone seucrity check I was back in the departures area. It was very, I mean VERY calm in general.


Some US bound heavies at their gates:


Nice!




The long walkway that is terminal 2:


From the other side:


The gate for the BRU bound flight was already assigned:


It was midday and I was starting to get hungry, so I got myself a largely overpriced but very tasty panini at the Lavaza café. Together with a bottle of San Pellegrino I paid the staggering total of € 9,65. Pfff… Then I walked to the very end where you have a very nice view on the threshold of rwy 28. What place is better to enjoy a meal than overlooking a runway?


This beauty came passing by:


After some eating, drinking and plane watching it was about time to head back to gate 410 at the start of the terminal to board the flight to BRU. Boarding was by row number and enforced very well by the gate staff.



EI634
A320-214
EI-DEG
13h10-15h45 (1h35)
Y/29A


Upon entering this 2004 bird, the difference in crew atitude was striking; they were all in a cheerful and talkative mood. The seats filled up quite quickly, I think the load factor must’ve been some 80%-ish. Again announcements here and there and everywhere and not before long we pushed back.

Them coming in, we going out:


Obviously we were parked at position 400R:


A quick taxi to the active rwy 28 followed giving me a last glimpse of the terminal and it’s inhabitants.


Without further due we blasted off into the Irish skies. To say it with these famous words of one former governor: ‘I’ll be back’  


Climbing out of DUB. Unfortunately I was on the wrong side of the plane as I anticipated a left turn after takeoff, permitting views of Dublin city but the folks in front decided to do otherwise…


Leaving the mainland behind again:






Another cabin view:


Cruising over mainland UK. Meanwhile the crew did their round but I did not get anything, enough money spent for the day!


And overflying the city of London, too bad no view on LHR




The edge of the UK, about to cross the channel:


Coming back on shore again at the Belgian coast over the city of Oostende and OST:




And that’s Brugge in the middle:


And the city of Gent:


The Schelde river and Antwerpen under the clouds:


At this point the cabin was prepared for landing and we made some steep right turns to lign up with BRU’s rwy 25L for landing. The weather was a tiny bit better than some hours ago and I managed to get some decent enough views of the Belgian countryside.

The city of Leuven:


And again:


On short finals:


TD on Belgian soil after 1h10mins of flight time. If you look closely, there’s the BRU rwy 25L/7R spotting location at the green fence.


Sad to be leaving…


The ET 757 still there from this morning:


With the morning buzz passed there was plenty of room to park at a fingergate at terminal B again.


You see: all empty except for this SN Avro.



After disembarking and a swift passage through passport control I was again relieved to find my bike back in the state I left it this morning   

To conclude: 2 solid flights with Aer Lingus. For this bargain price I was more than happy to choose EI over FR (who fly to DUB from CRL). Sure it’s still low cost but the overall feel is somewhat more up-class. If only the crew on the BRU-DUB sector would’ve been a bit more enthusiastic. Terminal 2 is a nice addition to DUB and a far cry from the FR shack gates where I found myself into some years ago. I would be happy to fly this carrier again!

Thanks for reading and if you’ve come to this point now, why not leave a (small) comment? It is greatly appreciated!

Sultanils


In thrust we trust.
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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3361 posts, RR: 12
Reply 1, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7646 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Due to the fact that I was not allowed to take a whole day overtime in ‘hours’ I had to be at work at least for 1 min and then leave again, how stupid is that. So at 7h30 I surprised my colleagues with my presence only to say ‘see you tomorrow’ and left again, this time for the airport.

Very annoying. What's the reason for that policy?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A search on their website revealed a € 0,99 fare one way to DUB and the same fare going back. Taxes and fees added the total was to be € 78 for a same day return, booked one week in advance. Not a bad deal so I booked it without and further doubt. As you know, EI flies not quite the most special of aircraft, I had to do with a A320 both ways.

Thats what really annoys me the EI. They have great looking rates, but they once you add the taxes, and the c/c fee and the online booking fee then the fare rockets. Somehow, FR have the low rates, but the taxes are never as high. On short routes between the UK and Dublin, FR rates really are unbeatable - and you only have to pu up with them for less than an hour!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
“Ahoy Captain, land in sight” What followed was a nice scenic approach into DUB’s rwy 28.

Shame you were sitting on the right. 'A' seats heave lovely views of Dublin, and some posh residential areas on a lovely peninsula.



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User currently offlineEuroWings From UK - England, joined Sep 2011, 298 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7641 times:

Hi Sultanils,

I enjoyed reading this report. EI are an interesting carrier that I've flown with a number of times - it's not full-service in the traditional sense and it's not an LCC either.

Great pictures from DUB as well.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Thats what really annoys me the EI. They have great looking rates, but they once you add the taxes, and the c/c fee and the online booking fee then the fare rockets. Somehow, FR have the low rates, but the taxes are never as high. On short routes between the UK and Dublin, FR rates really are unbeatable - and you only have to pu up with them for less than an hour!

I have found them cheaper a few times when I have booked in EI sales, although it probably helps that I have the Visa Electron card which means I can avoid the c/c fee.

Thanks
EuroWings

[Edited 2011-10-07 03:24:34]

User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6939 posts, RR: 77
Reply 3, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 7607 times:

Hi Nils,

nice report, the new terminal is a lot better than the old one.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
As you know, EI flies not quite the most special of aircraft, I had to do with a A320 both ways.

EI's narrowbody fleet will soon get a little bit more interesting with some ex-IB A319s.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
“Yes indeed, they put us here to keep an eye on that white B747 over there”.

Interesting visitor!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 4, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7461 times:

Hi Nils,

thanks for the short and interesting report on EI. A good decision to take a trip out to Ireland!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Due to the fact that I was not allowed to take a whole day overtime in ‘hours’ I had to be at work at least for 1 min and then leave again, how stupid is that.

What a joke! It that 'typical Belgium'?   Well, we don't have such rules in the Netherlands  

Good pics, love the green all around!

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 5, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7435 times:

Hi folks, many thanks for your comments!

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
What's the reason for that policy?

It's just to avoid that people deliberately build up overtime hours to generate extra vacation days. As a consequence this rule is set. It doesn't bother me as usual I take my overtime by going later/leaving earlier for/from work. I don't think my employer's the only one with this 'rule'.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Somehow, FR have the low rates, but the taxes are never as high.

You're right, but altogether a € 39/all incl one way fare is not bad either. With reserved seating that is.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
Shame you were sitting on the right. 'A' seats heave lovely views of Dublin, and some posh residential areas on a lovely peninsula.

I was sitting on the right because otherwise I would be facing the sun. Basic photography rules, you know  

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 2):
I enjoyed reading this report.
Quoting EuroWings (Reply 2):
Great pictures from DUB as well.

Thanks Eurowings!

Quoting EuroWings (Reply 2):
it probably helps that I have the Visa Electron card which means I can avoid the c/c fee.

Then you're one of the very few people that have this card.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
nice report

Thanks PH!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 3):
the new terminal is a lot better than the old one

It certainly is.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
thanks for the short and interesting report on EI

You're welcome Eric.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
It that 'typical Belgium'

No it certainly is not...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 4):
love the green all around

Yes, me too. EI's color scheme is quite striking.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineCaptainRed From Germany, joined Oct 2010, 720 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7284 times:

Hi Nils,

nice little report. I have just done an Aer Lingus flight from STR to DUB myself a couple of days ago and some of the pictures in your report (especially the ones from the approach into Dublin) are quite similar to the ones I have. Watch out for my upcoming report.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
you have too much overtime hours, please do something about it.

How nice of your boss... and indeed, a day of flying around is certainly a good way to spend such a day  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Due to the fact that I was not allowed to take a whole day overtime in ‘hours’ I had to be at work at least for 1 min and then leave again, how stupid is that.

Oh, that's really stupid, even though I understand the reason.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
“Yes indeed, they put us here to keep an eye on that white B747 over there”.

Some high visitors in Brussels?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
It was very, I mean VERY calm in general.

Nice, the day when I arrived there it was very busy. But you are right, the new terminal is a rather nice place.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
And overflying the city of London,

Great view.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
For this bargain price I was more than happy to choose EI over FR (who fly to DUB from CRL). Sure it’s still low cost but the overall feel is somewhat more up-class.

Agree with you there. EI certainly feels more like a "real" airline, even though they also have the low-cost model.
Even only the reserved seating makes quite a difference.

Greetings
CaptainRed


User currently offlineSPLTA From Poland, joined Jun 2011, 121 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 7279 times:

Hi Nils,

Great report, I enjoyed reading it a lot!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Hmm, that%u2019s a statement which can make quite a discussion but the option for me was simple: take a day off and fly some

That's a proper way to spend an unexpected day off!   
Glad to hear you had two good flights on EI. T2 looks really nice, too.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A search on their website revealed a € 0,99 fare one way to DUB and the same fare going back. Taxes and fees added the total was to be € 78 for a same day return, booked one week in advance. Not a bad deal so I booked it without and further doubt.

EI quotes pretty much the same for return ticket from Warsaw at the moment. Unfortunately, only 1 rotation a day, so no chance to do a daytrip.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Due to the fact that I was not allowed to take a whole day overtime in %u2018hours%u2019 I had to be at work at least for 1 min and then leave again, how stupid is that.

That's really ridiculous!

Thanks for sharing. Look forward to reading next reports of yours.

Best regards,
SPLTA


User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 8, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7125 times:

Hi Nils!

Great tripreport, very enjoyable.

Terminal 2 at DUB looks nice, somehow I imagined such a new terminal would be roomier inside though, but nonetheless, it looks nice.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
you have too much overtime hours, please do something about it

I wish my principal at school would tell me something similar!  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Now this was a cool view: after a blanket of white, we came to the edge of the cliff and suddenly the weather got better:

That's cool, nice picture also.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
This beauty came passing by:

Bet you wouln't have minded flying that one back to BRU?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The ET 757 still there from this morning:

Oh, does it have a similar schedule to the ET flight to ARN? With a morning arrival and evening departure.

Martin


User currently offlineLGWflyer From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2011, 2348 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7084 times:

I enjoyed this TR very much. I would like to go with Aer Lingus one day, they seem a good airline and I have heard good stuff about them from other people. I loved all your pictures, BRU seems to have quite a few different carriers which don't really come here to LGW so maybe one day i'll take a look at BRU for myself. By the way good catch getting EI-DVM (retro jet), I was fortunate to see this beauty land at LGW last night. Cheers again!  


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User currently onlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3024 posts, RR: 8
Reply 10, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 6970 times:

Excellent report, thanks! A shame there was no time to visit the city, it's well worth it, but a good look round the new terminal. It's been a few years since I last visited DUB (on FR...) and T2 was not complete yet.
As is often the case, the crew make the flight, and your 2nd crew seemed to enjoy themselves, and pass on the good feeling to the passengers - some of whom no doubt will return to EI.

Thanks again!

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineFlyingFinn76 From Finland, joined Jun 2009, 1706 posts, RR: 30
Reply 11, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 6891 times:

Hi Nils,

Good to read this report on your day off - what better way to use it than making this cheap daytrip to check out the new terminal at DUB. Well done!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
What do you do when the boss says: you have too much overtime hours, please do something about it. Hmm, that’s a statement which can make quite a discussion but the option for me was simple: take a day off and fly some

Well, I could say a few words about that kind of situation - since the usual norm is that whatever the amount of work you do, it is never enough. So if you work overtime it is shame on you.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I now thought it was about time to go back and check out the recently built terminal 2 at DUB. At least that would be something new!

Hey, sounds interesting. I think somebody did something like that in OUL recently...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
So at 7h30 I surprised my colleagues with my presence only to say ‘see you tomorrow’ and left again, this time for the airport.

What a weird rule, but I hope you hard a nice cup of coffee there while stopping by.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
So I went one floor down to the bus gate area, a rather drab looking place: it is in fact some kind of tent:

Geez, BRU has an area like this? Looks horrible, IMHO. Reminds me of the luggage hall at BVA actually!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
With a bit of imagination (well… maybe a lot) the overhead lights look like approach lighting:

... or the SN logo?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Passing the A terminal with an abundance of SN machinery, can you spot the intruders?

Yep, a Finn among the landing lights of course.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Meanwhile I listened to some mellow tunes on my phone:

Glad to see you still having a (crappy) Nokia device instead of the ubiqutous iDevices, like I told you before...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I paid the staggering total of € 9,65. Pfff…

Welcome to Ireland. That's one of the reasons why they haven't really crashed down - one cash injection from EU seemed to be enough...

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
To say it with these famous words of one former governor: ‘I’ll be back’

I thought it was Guybrush Threepwood who said that?!?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The ET 757 still there from this morning:

Hey, reminds me of my fun flight with them on this very same type...


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27312 posts, RR: 60
Reply 12, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6777 times:

Hey Nils ,
Lovely report and glad you enjoyed your day . You should have gone to the Chocloate lounge   I love it there in case you didnt already see lol...

Nice shot of the retro you were lucky to catch that there .

Bargain price also well done for getting that .


Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5186 posts, RR: 55
Reply 13, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 6777 times:

Hi, Nils,

sure the way to go to spend such a day in the air, exploring something new and interesting. Nice pictures and well written story. DUB and EI is a long time ago for me, maybe next year again, we will see.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
then went down all the way and took my seat. A well used cabin I noticed with OK-ish leg space. 3 for me in the end, so far so good!

Good choice, well done.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):

For Markus:

Love it.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 14, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 6606 times:

Great TR Nils! It made for an excellent read despite the common of the destination airports and the carrier. It takes some skill to do that  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A search on their website revealed a € 0,99 fare one way to DUB and the same fare going back.

Why can't we get such fares in the US??

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Passing the A terminal with an abundance of SN machinery, can you spot the intruders?

Ach those Finns, you can't trust them can you? :p

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I paid the staggering total of € 9,65. Pfff…

It's ridiculous how overpriced Dublin is. I never understood why. Back in the days of the Irish Pound things were normal, but then once Ireland's economy started to boom, so did the prices in Dublin.

Thanks again Nils. What are your next planned trips?



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User currently offlinePalmjet From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 1223 posts, RR: 17
Reply 15, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 6507 times:

Hi Nils

What a great excuse for a day trip! Nice going. Thanks for your latest report.

I flew with EI back in Jan to DUB from LGW and there were only 12 passengers on the return flight - I pretty much had an entire section of the A320 to myself! Pretty poor load - but then again it was January and a Sat night!

While T2 at DUB is certainly lovely and fresh inside, in my view, it's certainly no architectural masterpiece from the outside. Looks pretty ugly from some angles particularly when matched against the original terminal facilities. DUB seems to look more like a piecemeal LHR does - with bits added here and there - although that's changing now with Heathrow East rising.

What did you think of the terminal design on a first impression?

Looked like a nice day for flying once you got out of BRU even if a little windy.

Cheers P/jet



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 6433 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
What do you do when the boss says: you have too much overtime hours, please do something about it.

I thought "I wish my boss would say something like that'" and then I remembered, I am my boss.  

Hi Nils,

Great trip report and some lovely photos of DUB. The new terminal looks bright and fresh. I wouldn't mind seeing some of those € 0,99 fares here.

I noted that the FIDS in BRU is displaying in German. I now recall that German is one of the official languages but do the displays rotate through all of the languages? I ask because I have typically only seen/ noticed signs in French and Dutch.

Thanks for sharing,

Quokka


User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 6382 times:

Hello Nils,

Nice to see that you made good use of your overtime hours to bring us a TR on Aer Lingus! I am quite curious about this airline so it was really enjoyable to read your review!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
but the option for me was simple: take a day off and fly some

This is a really good quote indeed!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
“Yes indeed, they put us here to keep an eye on that white B747 over there”.

Very glad that they still had their sense of humour. And wow! Now, thats a rare plane to spot!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
With a bit of imagination (well… maybe a lot) the overhead lights look like approach lighting:

Haha! Now that you've mentioned, it kinda has a shadow of the approach lighting! Very interesting thought!

Looks like you've had a fun time to and from Ireland and spotted some really interesting planes like the ET, QR aircraft and the white one the Aer Lingus crew had the honour of watching :P ! Glad that the crew back were more pleasant than the crew out. And again, beautifully taken photos especially during landing and I enjoyed your TR very much!

Thanks very much,
RvXKaz



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User currently offlineakhmad From Netherlands, joined Sep 2005, 2500 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 7 hours ago) and read 6318 times:

Hi Nils,

Excellent report. This is what I call a good excuse to spend your overtime hours. A same day return flight with EI.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Due to the fact that I was not allowed to take a whole day overtime in ‘hours’ I had to be at work at least for 1 min and then leave again, how stupid is that

Crazy!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
The week before the weather in Belgium had been glorious but the start of the Indian summer had quickly ended only to find a grey and dull day today

The same in Netherlands!  


Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
“Oh, I see”, I laughed.

Please tell me that the flight attendants laughed back.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
With a bit of imagination (well… maybe a lot) the overhead lights look like approach lighting:

I can imagine landing upside down.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A nice surprise on the way:

Hey, no A332 that day, but A319LR instead?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Arrivals are on the top level, boarding on a lower level.

Never seen that elsewhere. It was kind of cool, actually!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I got myself a largely overpriced but very tasty panini at the Lavaza café. Together with a bottle of San Pellegrino I paid the staggering total of € 9,65.

Yikes! Was it probably including € 5,00 additional charge for runway view?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Boarding was by row number and enforced very well by the gate staff

Good job. Did you see people turned away for not waiting for their turn?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Obviously we were parked at position 400R:

What a puzzle!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
I was again relieved to find my bike back in the state I left it this morning   

OMG, is there no secured place for your bike?


Thanks a lot for sharing.

Best wishes,
Suryo



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User currently offlineQuokka From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6286 times:

After rereading your report and the responses to it I was left asking "do you not have flexible time and rostered days off?"

It is a few tears since I was living in Europe and I recognise that this might be a subject for the Non Aviation thread but in Australia it is common for employees to work overtime in order to build up time that they can subsequently take off. As long as they give prior notice of when they would like the day off it isn't a problem as work can be planned around it. This way the employer benefits from people working extra time when needed and the employee gains from having a day off in lieue of being paid at overtime rates. Society also benefits from flexitime in that not everyone is travelling nine to five. It also avoids the absurdity of going into work for one minute and going home again.


User currently offlineTCASAlert From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 6260 times:

Great trip report, I see the EI flights from Europe at cruising altitude overhead my house every day, nice to see a report from onboard one of them! Thank you for sharing!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Lake Victoria? Lago Di Garda? Michigan Lake? No, It’s Rutland Water, east of Birmingham.

Lol it's quite a way east of Birmingham, closer to Leicester where I grew up   I walked all the way around the shore when I was 11  


User currently offline717Flyer From Finland, joined Jun 2011, 303 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 5 hours ago) and read 6235 times:

Hi Nils!
What a great report, sure made a really nice read for this Saturday evening!
Aer Lingus seems okay, I still haven' flown with them but they sure look more human than Ryanair.  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
What do you do when the boss says: you have too much overtime hours, please do something about it

Well that's a positive problem for once!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
A search on their website revealed a € 0,99 fare one way to DUB and the same fare going back. Taxes and fees added the total was to be € 78 for a same day return, booked one week in advance.

That's cheap taking into consideration you booked it at such a short notice. On the other hand I thought it was forbidden to show such "fake" fares that do not include taxes and charges?

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Passing the A terminal with an abundance of SN machinery, can you spot the intruders?

Well, Finnair is the real intruder here, LH is at least part of * Alliance.

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
For Markus:

This view is soon a classic!

Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Together with a bottle of San Pellegrino I paid the staggering total of € 9,65

Good to hear HEL isn't the only airport with complete rip-off prices.  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
What place is better to enjoy a meal than overlooking a runway?

The cockpit perhaps?  
Quoting Sultanils (Thread starter):
Thanks for reading and if you’ve come to this point now, why not leave a (small) comment?

Mission accomplished!

Looking forward to your next adventure.

Keep flying high!
717Flyer


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1788 posts, RR: 30
Reply 22, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6187 times:

Hello everyone, Very glad to see this huge amount of comments. Thanks everyone for dropping me a line. So here goes...

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
nice little report

Thanks CaptainRed, glad you liked it.

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Watch out for my upcoming report.

I will surely read and comment on it!

Quoting CaptainRed (Reply 6):
Some high visitors in Brussels?

Yes, apparently, but I couldn't see whether is was the 1 & only AF1.

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 7):
Great report, I enjoyed reading it a lot!

Thank you SPLTA!

Quoting SPLTA (Reply 7):
Unfortunately, only 1 rotation a day, so no chance to do a daytrip.

That's too bad. BRU has 2 a day in the morning & evening and Thu, Fri & Sun 3 a day with an extra one at noon.

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Great tripreport, very enjoyable.

Thanks deltamartin for stopping by!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
somehow I imagined such a new terminal would be roomier inside though

Oh believe me, it is roomy enough with ample seating. Only the number of eateries is limited. And no retail shops there!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
I wish my principal at school would tell me something similar!

Well, enjoy your schooltime while you can. Working is all misery   (hear me talking, I sound just like a grandfather...)

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Bet you wouln't have minded flying that one back to BRU?

Nope and at first I thought it was heading for my gate but alas no...

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 8):
Oh, does it have a similar schedule to the ET flight to ARN? With a morning arrival and evening departure.

Yes it does, arriving at 8h45 and leaving at 20h15 so a whole days rest at BRU's apron.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 9):
I enjoyed this TR very much.

Thanks LGWflyer, glad you liked it.

Quoting LGWflyer (Reply 9):
BRU seems to have quite a few different carriers which don't really come here to LGW

And vice versa as well!

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
Excellent report, thanks!

Thank you Signol.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
A shame there was no time to visit the city

Actually I visited Dublin city some 2 years ago in the midst of winter... and on FR at that time.

Quoting signol (Reply 10):
some of whom no doubt will return to EI.

Most probably so.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
So if you work overtime it is shame on you.

Well not entirely true but that's another discussion  

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
I think somebody did something like that in OUL recently...

Glad to see I'm not the only lunatic around here   

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
Glad to see you still having a (crappy) Nokia device instead of the ubiqutous iDevices

I's a damn good phone for a reasonable price.

Quoting FlyingFinn76 (Reply 11):
I thought it was Guybrush Threepwood who said that?!?

Ha, maybe so! At least the person I was refering to was apparently also born on Monkey Island.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
You should have gone to the Chocloate lounge

Damn, now that you mention... totally forgotten about that!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Lovely report

Thanks very much OA260!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Nice pictures and well written story.

Hey Markus, thanks for reading & liking!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 13):
Love it.

I thought you would  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Great TR Nils

Hi Widebodyroga, thanks very much!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
It made for an excellent read despite the common of the destination airports and the carrier. It takes some skill to do that

You have a point there, indeed the route is not quite the most exotic one. I should've put a disclaimer at the start  

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
Ach those Finns, you can't trust them can you?

Totally not   

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 14):
What are your next planned trips?

In a few weeks time a 5th freedom flight on Kuwait Airways, watch out for that one!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 15):
Thanks for your latest report.

Hi Palmjet, glad you liked it!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 15):
I pretty much had an entire section of the A320

How great!

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 15):
While T2 at DUB is certainly lovely and fresh inside, in my view, it's certainly no architectural masterpiece from the outside.

Indeed it is not...

Quoting Palmjet (Reply 15):
What did you think of the terminal design on a first impression?

A standalone T2 without the rest of the airport buildings would've been quite OK, but now it indeed is a mess and a cacophony of concrete and metal. Same as BRU: architectural marvel is far to find. But the inside is very enjoyable.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 16):
I am my boss

That's even handier!

Quoting Quokka (Reply 16):
Great trip report and some lovely photos of DUB

Thanks Quokka for reading and replying.

Quoting Quokka (Reply 16):
I noted that the FIDS in BRU is displaying in German. I now recall that German is one of the official languages but do the displays rotate through all of the languages? I ask because I have typically only seen/ noticed signs in French and Dutch.

It's even more amazing: 4 languages are rotated: English, Dutch, French & German.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 17):
I am quite curious about this airline so it was really enjoyable to read your review!

Thanks RvXKza, I am glad you stopped by.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 17):
This is a really good quote indeed!

Hey, I'm a simple man with a simple plan.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 17):
Now, thats a rare plane to spot!

Yes indeed although I'm not sure it is THE AF1 plane.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 17):
beautifully taken photos especially during landing and I enjoyed your TR very much!

Thanks again   

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Excellent report.

Thank you very much Suryo!

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Please tell me that the flight attendants laughed back.

They did after me breaking the conversation.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Hey, no A332 that day, but A319LR instead?

Yes there was a A332 as well that day, just have a look at one of the last pics. The A319 was on a very far remote stand at the Abelag terminal, my guess a VIP flight.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
Did you see people turned away for not waiting for their turn?

Yes I did, very funny. Usually they are the people who scramble to the gate once boarding is announced.

Quoting akhmad (Reply 18):
OMG, is there no secured place for your bike?

No there is not. You know what an airport parking is like. There is however a dedicated area for motorcycles with free parking and camera protection but that doesn't mean much as you know...

Quoting Quokka (Reply 19):
do you not have flexible time and rostered days off

I do work flexible hours and can take back these overtime hours, but only by the hours, not by the day. That's just the way it is, but I don't mind since I live very close by my work

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 20):
Great trip report

Thanks TCASAlert, glad you liked it.

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 20):
I see the EI flights from Europe at cruising altitude overhead my house every day

At cruising altitude is much better than on finals I guess  

Quoting TCASAlert (Reply 20):
Lol it's quite a way east of Birmingham, closer to Leicester where I grew up

You know from up there everything looks out of perspective!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
What a great report, sure made a really nice read for this Saturday evening!

Thanks 717Flyer.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
but they sure look more human than Ryanair.

Yes they do.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
On the other hand I thought it was forbidden to show such "fake" fares that do not include taxes and charges?

It is forbidden but the 'to pay amount' was already displayed on the next page.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
LH is at least part of * Alliance.

The sole right answer!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
The cockpit perhaps?

Ha, I did not think about that yet!

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
Mission accomplished!

Thanks, you got the point.

Quoting 717Flyer (Reply 21):
Looking forward to your next adventure.

Me too, in a few weeks time I'll do something 'exotic', watch out for that one.

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinephotoshooter From Belgium, joined Feb 2010, 455 posts, RR: 20
Reply 23, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 6185 times:
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Hey Nils!

nice trip report you've got there! The new terminal looks quite nice!
FYI, I booked BRU-OSL-CPH-BRU with SAS, 73G 2x and MD87 1x.

Regards,

Niek



'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.' - Winston Churchill
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6672 posts, RR: 55
Reply 24, posted (3 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 6150 times:

Hi Nils!

Nice report with nice pictures!

It seems EI is a nice airline to fly on; I have yet to try them myself.

The 747 in BRU is NOT AF1; it's an E-4 or somehing like that and it does electronic surveillance. I have never seen one in person and I think it's much more rare than AF1. I think there are only 4 E-4s around.

The777Man



Need a Boeing 777 Firing Order....Further to fly....CI, MU, LX and LH 777s
25 shamrock604 : Im sorry, but you really need to try being a tourist in your own country! The US completely screws its visitors with nickle and diming going on all o
26 Post contains links and images Sultanils : Hello, nice to see some more comments, keep 'em coming! Hi Niek, I'm glad you liked my story. Did that exact trip some time ago: All Good Things Are 3
27 shamrock604 : Great report by the way mate! I agree about T2 in DUB being a very calm experience. It really is a breath of fresh air after the dreadful congestion w
28 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Nils, Well, what a nice day out and what a good way to reduce your overtime! It's a rule I've never come across before either and does strike me as
29 Post contains images Sultanils : Hello shamrock604, Thanks 'mate' I talked to a servant at the Lavazza café at the end of T2 about it and she said that summer was very busy but thing
30 MSS658 : Hi Nils Nice trip report, thanks for sharing your Ireland daytrip with us. EI seems to have a decent product, it's indeed a weird parking position you
31 Post contains images Sultanils : Hi there Marc, thanks for replying. You being familiar with BRU, do you know what position I mean? Maybe you recognize it with the help of this pic:
32 Post contains images LH4116 : Hey there Nils, nice little bite-sized report you've made! A nice read Wow that's a really good fare. Although I think it's much better for the airlin
33 Post contains images Tomskii : Wohoo My city :d
34 Post contains images sultanils : Thanks Jonas! You're right and you know the story with the taxes. Still I think it's better to see the price you have to pay immediately and not afte
35 Post contains images Parton87 : Hello Nils! Thanks for the great story! Your pictures are really good! What kind of camera do you use? What a lovely idea!:D Well that cheap for booki
36 Post contains images Sultanils : Hi Robert, thanks! Well, just a pretty simple Panasonic Lumix point & shoot. Hah! You have a point Actually, the B gates are not so far a walk as
37 Post contains images MSS658 : Hi Nils, Yes, the ex-DHL apron! Seems like more and more planes park there in the morning-peak . Greetings Marc
38 reifel : Very nice daytrip, Dublin airport looks great, wouldn't have any problem in spending a day there...
39 Post contains images sultanils : Thanks reifel, I'm glad you liked it. Sultanils
40 Ps76 : Hi! Many thanks for the report. Was nice to fly with you (in writing) from Brussels to Dublin and back. I've never flown on Aer Lingus but they look l
41 Post contains images sultanils : Thanks for replying Pierre, I'm glad you liked my TR. Sultanils
42 tonystan : You can see my house in some of those approach to Dublin pictures! LOL!
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