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The Classic Codeshare:EI BA JQ DUB LHR HKG SIN  
User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8703 times:

Earlier this year when me & my boyfriend were talking about going to Hong Kong, Macau & Singapore, I saw it as a pipe dream because I’m unemployed. Cut to me standing in DUB on Nov 11th....ready to go to LHR & onwards to HKG & SIN...somehow I saved the funds!

I booked my flights on lastminute.com for €700. It was weeks of day by day torture checking...one day LX @ €599....or VS....but finally with credit card in hand it came down to BA. EI would codeshare to LHR, & then a BA 747 would take over & whisk me off to HKG, where I’d meet Christian (MIAspotter) from BCN on QR. We also booked flights on 3K, from HKGSIN. These worked out @ €300. I think. Ask MIAspotter!

The whole family had come out to see me off & we had a little birthday breakfast for my sister also in the Meeting Point cafe in T2 @ DUB. I wasn’t able to check in online or use the self service kiosks because it was a c/s so I joined the huge queue in T2 in front of the EI desks. It moved quick enough, only complaint was that a woman behind me whacked into me with her suitcase every time the queue moved! She apologised but still kept happening. Oh well. I got to the desk after about 10 mins & was checked in all the way to HKG! Was really cool to see the EI tickets with HKG printed on there...one can dream...

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So I hugged all the family goodbye...even the lil bro...went through security quick enough & went straight to my gate as it was open. The gates in T2 seem kind of long & narrow, but are somehow spacious at the same time! Nicer than T1, but they could do with charging ports. I plugged my iPhone in to a random socket by the seats but nothing happened! Eircom provides free wifi hotspots. EI did the usual boarding by rows. The gate was packed & it got me thinking...will there be an equipment upgrade? A registration plaque upon boarding saying: EI-CPG Aodhán/St.Aidan” confirmed that, yup, we got an A321 instead of the A320!


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EI 168 DUB - LHR

A321 EI-CPG Aodhán/St.Aidan (12.6 years old)

Dep: 14.10

Arrival: 15.00

Seat 14F

I was delighted to get a window seat, yay! And even more to be on an A321, the last time being EI-CPE in 2004, also on another BA c/s to LHR! Weird. Weather was crap in DUB, wet & windy, but it was no problem for Aodhán the Airbus. We popped out of the gloomy clouds after a short while & soon after a glass of Grandin Brut sparkling (€7.50, better value on FR!) wine popped into my hand. I lashed it back on the short flight, while the crew flew through their service in F1 pit stop time. I wasn’t hungry, having nommed a Sausage Eggworks Bagel from the Bagel Factory. After what seemed like 30mins (but was actually around 50) we were soon descending (along with loads of other planes) through the huge clouds. After landing there was a short taxi to T1, whereupon I glued myself to the window staring at all the plane porn LHR has to offer! QF A380s, SQ A380s, wow!! Because I was a transit passenger I had to wait until the full A321 deplaned. Oh god I was really bursting now from the sparkling wine! My heart sank when I saw “10 min transfer to the Flight Connection Centre” OH JESUS all I could think of was toilets....actually I must mention that along with myself there was a group in transit from the Niall Mellon Township Trust who were going off to South Africa to help build houses so fair play to them & I hope all is going well for them.

Dying again as I couldn’t find a toilet in the Flight Connection Centre, I hopped on the bus to T5, jumped off the bus, burst through the doors of T5...located a toilet...relief.....tears of joy!! I collected myself & went off through security where I was ushered into a priority queue, cool! The security check itself was quite busy but soon I was out into the bustling yet spacious T5 that I’d heard of a few years ago with such fanfare. I enviously glanced up at the BA Galleries lounge & then perused Boots & WH Smiths, buying crap that I had forgotten to pack! My purse now full of big thick English coins, I hung around downstairs where I charged up my phone (iPhone 3, ya know?!), keeping an eye on the FIDS. I headed off to my gate after 17.00 & was amused to see a driverless train to bring me to my gate. Nothing was happening at the gate so I wandered up to Starbucks & got a Mexican wrap, served by a friendly fella. Weird to spend a fiver in Starbucks & get change! I ambled around some more, until they started calling for boarding by rows from the rear. Having prebooked seat 52B I was one of the first of the Y class to board.


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BA 25 LHR - HKG

B744 G-BYGD (12.9 years old)

Dep: 18.40 (actually after 19.00)

Arr: After 15.00

I walked down the airbridge, trying to contain my excitement at flying on a 747 for the first time & my holiday. I grabbed a free newspaper just before boarding, feeling very posh at this moment (So what if it was a rag!?) and stepped on board, bewildered, with my boarding card. I saw the stairs to my right & of course was directed over to the far left! BA staff were friendly & welcoming. I dragged myself through Business & into my lowly domain: World Traveller. I got excited at the blanket waiting for me, & the amenity kit with toothpaste & headphones. When I flew Y in BA in 2004 they had socks & eyeshades. Hmmm. I sat down & was faced with my first ever PTV. Yay! I had booked my seat at a cost of €35 each way as there are only 2 seats so I thought it would be nice to have more space. Hmm again. My seatmate soon arrived, a nice Hong Kongese fella & his dad, who mistakenly sat behind me in an English blokes seat..who pointed out that he paid “25 quid for that seat”...I was thinking “whatever, pal, I paid 70 bloody Euro all the way!” Anyway the old dad & the cranky English chap soon became best friends, talking about Hong Kong & all that. As I settled in & waited for everyone to board, I noticed the musty smell of the plane, & how the lighting appeared yellowed from age.There were also stains on the wall underneath the window. Also didn’t BA used to have footrests..? We were delayed for quite some time, (as loud man behind me pointed out) due to an oil pump issue & traffic but eventually we crept up the taxiway to get out to HKG....finally it was our turn! The moment I was waiting for, a take off in a 747! I could barely hear the RRs as I was so far back so I just leaned back & enjoyed the ride. I noticed a kind of horizontal swaying motion as we climbed, is this because I was seated so far back?

After the seatbelt sign went off the cabin crew did a drinks run, also asking us what we wanted with our dinner. DRINKS! DINNER! My head was reeling from not having flown a full service carrier in years! A sparkling wine went down nicely & I got stuck into “Super 8” on the PTV, a film I was actually dying to see since the summer; so kind of handy that I was going to HKG, ha ha hu hu!    Dinner was chicken or beef; I chose the chicken, which was Thai lemon chicken with rice. It was ok but a bit acidy. There was a little salad thing (don’t make friends with salad), a bun & a chocolate dessert which was delish. And of course 2 bottles now of sparkling wine to get through....  

After "Super 8" I stuck on "Cars 2", which was cool if youre a car geek too! After this I was knackered & a little drunk & dehydrated, so when I saw the cabin crew doing water runs I nearly jumped out of my seat. They did juice runs through the night aswell. The plane was really hot! I could NOT sleep as my legs were absolutely killing me (I’m not tall-5’3) it was just the lack of nothing to rest them on. My seatmate had disappeared with his iPad to the back of the cabin, so I got up & did a few laps; up to the curtain & back, up to the curtain & back! I’m sure I looked insane & I kept tripping over stuff but ya gotta do what ya gotta do. I explored a bit more & found a water fountain recessed into the wall by the toilet, which kind of disturbed me; even more so when I drank it. I got back into my seat & did a few of the BA meditation exercises on the PTV . “Clench your buttocks firmly..”   in a clipped English accent nearly had me in stitches & I’m sure my lovely seatmate was wondering what the hell I was doing. The exercise made my legs a little better but I couldn't sleep. I tried hanging my legs over the side of the seat. No dice. My poor seatmate had to put up with me shifting around all night. Turbulence was quite bad at times, didn’t bother me but the poor old dad was scared, shouting in Cantonese.

Cabin crew woke us up with brekkies, omelette or English breakfast. The f/a was very nice, he moved his cart back for me when I was coming back from the little girls room so I wouldn’t be trapped & then offered me “ Omelette or English breakfast Madam?” Ooh, it’s nice being called Madam. Nice as he was, there was something dour or sad about his voice. Maybe he was just tired. The omelette was comforting & I washed it down with an orange juice. Immigration cards were then issued & I was like “Oh yeah, totally forgot about those!” & wasn’t sure if I needed one; but my yet again lovely seatmate flagged down the f/a, got one for me, explained what to do & even lent me his pen! Aww.
As we descended, I could see mainland China...& it just looked vast. I also finally got to have a look at the RR powerplants in daylight. I nearly started crying as we got closer & closer to HKG....I couldn’t believe I was on the other side of the world & that I had done it by myself!    Well...I was meeting MIAspotter...BA helped a lot....but ya know what I mean  

Descending for HKG
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Cheers Yankee Delta
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We landed ever so smoothly & a huge black butterfly flew right up to the window. How auspicious?! Again I perved on all the plane porn in HKG...SQ...CZ...CX...KA...SU...wow. Like seeing celebrities! Immigration had big queues but we were dealt with quickly by the ladies in powder blue uniforms who directed us. As I walked through I saw “SARS Temperature Check” & it scared the crap out of me...was I going to get a thermometer up the bum?! Unharmed, I freshened up in the toilets with my trusty BA toothpaste (as were loads of other ladies ha ha!). A girls gotta try her best eh?!

I wandered into the baggage reclaim, where we had arranged to meet. I was all stressed because of the delay in LHR & he didn’t help by lying to me that he had been waiting for an hour!   His flight had just got in before mine. I retrieved my embarrassing big pink suitcase (thanks sis) & we toddled off, babbling about our flights. We got our Octopus cards (must have!!!) & somehow found our way to Mong Kok. Falling out of the MTR station onto Argyle Road, with our massive suitcases, into the hordes of humanity, taking in the towering buildings & neon lights...is something we will never forget!!

Crazy brilliant Mong Kok
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Mad Macau
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After 4 thrilling days in Hong Kong, including a trip to Macau, & a trip to Kowloon to find the old airport’s remains, we took a flight to Singapore. We booked with 3K. We took the Citybus to the airport, marvelling at the architecture that housed Hong Kong on the way. We dropped off our big suitcases in the storage facility at an eyewatering $900. It would have only cost $300SGD to check our bags on the plane. We got to the check in queue just before they were opened. Upon reaching the top, I was asked if I was pregnant! I said no, then added “I hope not hurhurhur”, not sparing my poor partners blushes  blush . Anyway turns out the agent had to ask, as we were being “upgraded” to the emergency exit row! We went through security & then into the calm oasis of the gate. While using the free wifi, we were approached by friendly 3K staff who checked our passports & bp’s & who later remembered us in the queue & ushered us through to the weird buses, that have doors on the front.

3K 692 HKGSIN

A320 9V-JSM (2 mths old!)

Dep: 11.05

Arr: 14.50

Seat 13E

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Sleek KA A330 taxiing past...beautiful sound from those RRs even in taxi
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Nice 3K cabin
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It was extremely foggy as we hopped off the bus & admired our 3K bird, 9V-JSM, whom MIAspotter recognised as being a brand new plane. It’s not even in the database & had that new plane smell! I got scolded in Cantonese for trying to take pictures so I just scurried up the stairs & into my seat. We prayed for an empty window seat, but alas it was not to be. A baby behind us was screaming her head off, but it didn’t drown out the views we had of the new BA 748F right next to the CV 748F! I nearly wet myself.    The fog was so thick, that looking down the runway whole 777s disappeared. After a 747, we were on our way to South East Asia. I got a nice cosy hot chocolate & himself got an iced coffee, both $3HKD. We weren't hungry & were looking forward to the hawker centres of Singapore!

Descending into Singapore, we could see lush, green landscape, different to the green of my Emerald Isle. We also saw the billions of boats waiting to get into port! We landed nicely & taxied,the humidity already steaming up our window; passing SQ A345s & JT 739s. We passed through the queueless security, where an Indian man chided me gently about the state of my passport (its been used extensively as i.d to get into pubs etc) & then wished me a pleasant stay.Awww. Then it was onto the MRT (confusing eh?!) to Bugis where our hotel was.

Pulling onto stand in humid SIN next to JT 739 & SQ 744
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Roti Prata & lime juice for brekkie....God I miss Singapore!
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Cow on wall of Sri Mariamman Temple
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After 3 days of mesmerising Singapore (I will never forget walking the Colonial District after midnight, we had the city to ourselves...) it was time to head back to HKG. Leaving our hotel was interesting...pretty much held captive until we washed the towel & pillowcase, which I had got some make up on. Moving on...after our release it was up a back alley behind the Bugis Market...with a surprise shrine...& back on the good old MRT to SIN. Check in was friendly & we ran over to the other terminal to perv on SQ birds! DELIGHTED! Huge windows where we could see an SQ A380, A330 & heavies like QR 777s landing. As if this wasn’t enough, right next to it was loads of free internet! After buying me sis a t-shirt in the Hard Rock Cafe shop it was time to leg it back for our flight. The gate area wasn’t as nice as HKG....or even DUB....you were kind of encased inside glass!

SQ porn   

9V-SKI
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Gorgeous A330
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77W
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3K 695 SIN - HKG

A320 9V-JSM (6.5 years)

Dep: 15.50

Arr: 19.40

25E

Our A320 hiding behind the jetbridge
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Older 3K cabin
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Our next 3K A320 was not as new as our last one, but still a nice place to be for the 4hr flight. We were “downgraded” & I thought legroom was a little tight. Himself was delighted that he got a window seat, & me too as it meant I could lean over without disturbing a stranger! Taxiing out to the runway, we saw an FJ 747, LH A380 & poor old Nancy Bird Walton. During the flight we entertained ourselves on iPhone apps: Angry Birds etc; & I also got some cool games from the Hong Kong Tourism Board! I had downloaded loads of ghost stories aswell. We were pretty hungry so we opted for the Vietnamese Curry from the JetCafe. They had none so we got the Japanese Curry, which went down well for $8 each, & soft drinks @ $2.50. I had snarfed down the chicken, potatoes & rice before MIA even peeled back the tinfoil on his so it must’ve been good! I also bought two 3K model A320s for $25 each. I was so enthralled in looking at mine that the cabin crew couldn’t give me my change back & had to resort to tapping me on the shoulder “MADAM! YOUR CHANGE!”!    We got some good sleep & landed in HKG in the dark.

South China Sea sunset
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Well this was a crazy evening...SINHKGLHRDUB for me & SINHKG –DOHBCN for MIAspotter. We collected our suitcases & repacked everything, freshened up & then set off to check in at T1. Poor Chris was faced with pretty much the whole of Qatar in his queue, while my check in was quick enough; even while I think a trainee was learning on the job. I admire people throughout the world who try to pronounce my name (Aoife - too many syllables in there!). I was checked through all the way to DUB, given a wallet for my bp’s with LHR T5 Transit instructions; & best of all, a BA sticker to wear! It was to show I was on BA 26 & not the later BA 28 (on a lovely new 77W). Feeling special with my sticker, I sat & waited for him to be checked in. 30 mins later (!) we were strolling through security. There were only 2 desks open in immigration but we were waved over to a new one where my battered passport received its final HKG stamp.

Depressingly, we didn’t have much time to look around the airport as my flight would soon begin boarding. Remembering the dehydration from the last time, I ran miles away from my gate to buy bottled water, only to notice a food stand when I returned; D’OH! However as we were backtracking to my gate I noticed something tall & blue with a Pepsi like-logo disappear behind a building out on the ramp. We waited...huzzah it was a KE A380! We had so far seen nearly the whole collection...only missing the CZ & AF A380s! It parked right next to my gate, so we ogled it until I really had to join the queue. On the port side of my 747 was the BA 77W....sigh. I looked at the First nose section of the 747, all lit up & cursed those who would get such comfort on the long flight. Boarding wasn’t done by rows here, which I thought strange; as did an English lady who thought she had missed her row. I noticed 2 fellas walking to join the end of the queue wearing GAA jerseys....yay Irish people! That equalised my tally with Christian, he had found Spanish people on the MTR...even on the Skypark on top of the Marina Bay Sands...whereas I had only found one Irish ouldfella in the Raffles. Finally we reached the top of the queue where we bade our goodbyes.   


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BA 26 HKG - LHR

B747 G-BNLP (A whopping 21 years old!)   

Dep: 23.40

Arr: 4.30

Seat 51K

G-BNLP (courtesy of MIAspotter  )
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Another warm welcome on board, & this time I knew where to go! This was cancelled out by the fact that I thought my seat was on the aisle...even though yes, I had prebooked the window seat with more space; I thought it had been given away & I could just apply for the refund...but nah I was just confused.com from all the travelling already! My English seatmate was friendly enough & pointed out the window symbol by the K in the overhead seat numbers....”Just means you have more space” & offered to take it if I wanted the aisle but I was like *smack forehead ”OH YEAH! I forgot!” This plane was much older than G-BYGD but didn't smell as bad thank god. We pushed back on time & taxied past an AR A340 on the maintenance ramp. Taking off I noticed that weird horizontal movement again. I couldn’t see much of Hong Kong out the window as we were on the wrong side but looked at non descript lights anyway until we got up into the clouds.

My bedroom
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Turbulence was really quite bad but I didn't mind. You could hear the wind rushing over the fuselage & we were really bouncing around! The drink service rattled on anyway. Sparkling wine of course, & I was asked if I would like that for my dinner. I said yes please & she got me another bottle. I was very impressed with the friendly efficient service. Chicken or beef? I took the chicken, sweet & sour. Usually I hate sweet & sour but this was lovely & I scoffed the chocolate dessert aswell. I got stuck into “Rio” on the PTV & was guffawing so loudly at one silly bit that my seatmate noticed & was laughing at me “Funny eh? Hahaha!”.   I also watched "American Werewolf in London", one of my fave films. I was knackered after so I snuggled up in my blanket & QR eyeshade (supplied to me from a thoughtful benefactor  ). It actually helped me get a good sleep, but me legs were still killing me the whole way through the flight. Next door was asleep so I didn’t want to wake him up to go for my walk!

We were woken up for brekkie somewhere over Denmark I think. I was given an English breakfast: eggs, sausage; it wasn't as nice as the inbound but still sustained me. There was orange juice & a little bun with jam on the inside. Shortly after a PA was made saying they ran out of English breakfast & only had the Asian option...I wouldn’t have minded eating it, didn't know there was a choice. My seatmate & I had a nice little chat, he was off to Devon I think, & I would be getting home before him! He had been trying to figure out my Dublin accent, as his wife was Irish. It was still dark & the captain came on saying we might have to circle for a little bit if we were too early; fortunately we landed after the curfew. We were informed as we taxied to T5 that G-BNLP had made a full automatic landing in the dense fog, you go girl! Hats off to the Boeing; it was a very smooth landing.   

My neighbour kindly let me out ahead of him. I thanked the crew & headed off to the Flight Connections Centre (where I waited with the GAA jersey blokes who had found another Irish one) for the bus to Aer Lingus Land, i.e T1. After around 10 mins the bus came & even at 5am the driver was friendly & said good morning. It sounded like he was listening to the Adhan, which reminded me of Singapore & its mosques. A little truck not paying attention nearly crashed into us & the beeping & sudden jolt certainly woke me up! Walking through to T1 I felt very smug & worldly, travelling so far by meself etc. Of course at this point I went through the wrong security point & out into the exit! Nearly in tears I managed to find a security guy in the ghost town of LHR who showed me the right way to go. I had to get my picture taken going through passport check, never had that before.

Finally I was in the duty free area of T1. I wandered into WH Smith & spent €40 on a model BA 777 & 747. I tried to change my SGD$ into Euro, but the nice bloke advised me I’d be better off doing it in DUB as I wouldn’t have to put it through GBP£. I think he was trying not laugh at my jetlagged messy head. What else to do at 5am in LHR..? I sat down & charged me iPhone (& then started waking up everyone in Ireland with texts). A flurry of green uniforms appeared...my EI crew! I headed down to the gate. I can’t remember what time, it’s all a blur! Aer Lingus Land in T1 has a nice EI desk & Irishy stuff everywhere. When you get to the gate, it’s cold & it looks like a Soviet UFO. The windows are all weird; blurry & slanty but somehow I made out EI-DEE waiting outside.


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EI 151 LHR - DUB

A320 EI-DEE Ultan/St.Ultan (7.4 years)

Dep: 7:50 (actual 8.10)

Arr: 9.00

15F

I boarded & said hi to the crew who seemed in fine form. I collapsed into 15D, praying the two other seats would stay empty. The captain announced a delay due to the bad fog. We were asked to fill up the exit row but I was feeling antisocial & wanted my own row! Why couldn’t I have gotten an upgrade on BA?! The GAA lads took care of it anyway.The seats next to me remained empty so I jumped into the window seat! I noticed


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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 8644 times:

I noticed the other ccms trying not to giggle as the No1 announced that we were “Welcome onboard this Shamrock Jet service to Dublin”; I quite liked that little unique touch! They also made note of the fact that it was a BA c/s. As we taxied out 30 mins behind schedule I saw a massive winglet & engine pass us by... a QF A380, its Goliath fuselage obscured by fog! Ultan did a rolling take off & we blasted out of LHR. When we popped out of the clouds I could see a toy sized BA 747 heading off somewhere, but I was really happy to be onboard this calm serene A320. It was heaven on a little hop compared to my BA flight.  

I bought a cosy hot chocolate (I felt caffeine would kill me at this point), and ham & cheese batch bloomer for €7.60 all in from the Sky Café. EI have since introduced a Sky Deli & I can’t wait to try it on my upcoming flight to BCN! The crew again whisked through the Sky Shopping duty free, & I only managed to snag a crew member on his way back down the cabin to finally buy the A321 model! Is it just me or do EI crew not like doing duty free? I know this was a short flight but it even happened to me on a flight to LIN! The A321 cost me €9 & I gave him a tenner but he forgot to give me my €1 change; ah well, I was too tired/embarrassed to ask. Also he tried to offer me the retrojet model, sheepishly I told him I was a geek & that I already had it...upon which I got “the look”. Well you think he would’ve remembered my change after that!

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We were nearing DUB so I went to the fwd toilet. There were ccms congregated up there. Being a quiet enough flight, one was sitting reading a magazine but jumped up as I walked past! I felt bad: I mean I understood it was quiet, so she could sit down & have a little rest.We landed on rwy 28, which meant great views of north Dublin on my starboard side of the cabin. Usually I sit on the left, which means you can see Howth harbour & Irelands Eye, but I was happy enough to see Lambay Island, Skerries & Red Island. These views calmed the doomed sense of reality returning! Ultan landed smoothly @ 9am & brought us to T2, taxiing past an EY A330. I thanked the crew & shuffled off to security, not having to wait long. Reunited with my big suitcase, I changed my last SGD$ into boring Euro. Sigh. My mammy was there to collect me (thank god, she texted me that morning in LHR saying “see you tomorrow”) & I was brought back up to the Meeting Point (where I had started my journey!) for a cappuccino & a chat & the compulsory showing of the photographs. Then I was chauffeur driven home in the Mercedes. Ahh bliss.

Seeya Ultan
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The breakdown:

EI: 8/10 Ok crew, nice service, nice planes; just annoyed about the rushed Duty Free & forgetting me change!

BA: 8/10 Service was fantastic; however the planes seemed old & dirty, & I wasn’t comfortable at all. The seats that I paid €70 for weren’t worth it.

3K: 9/10 Crew seemed to be happy in their job, the BOB was decent, planes were comfortable & clean but I think the pitch is a little tight; but I suppose not out of line for an LCC. All in all 3K actually reminded me a little of EI!

This was definitely the trip of a lifetime & I think Hong Kong is a fantastic city. Even crowded as it is with 7m people, they apologise for bumping into you! Macau was just bonkers, I think the best bit about it was the Turbojet boat....Singapore was definitely thought provoking...Chinese temples, Hindu temples & Arab mosques all side by side.

Go raibh maith agat/Thanks for reading.

Other tr:
DUB-HEL-DUB With EI  Smile (kinda Long-ish W/pics) (by aerdingus Apr 19 2011 in Trip Reports)

[Edited 2011-12-10 15:39:57]


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User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2761 posts, RR: 25
Reply 2, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 8543 times:

Nice account of the adventure  from the BA side, I am still trying to figure out why my photobucket does not work and cannot post the adventure from the QR side.

Just a small detail.

The cost of checking the bags to SIN on 3K would have just been 15HKD (I think) per sector of course  

Well I am glad you enjoyed the trip and actually had the courage to join me on this crazy itinerary  certainly a trip of a lifetime and the memories and all we saw, discovered, learned and experienced will remain with us forever!

God I love travelling 

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineAA94 From United States of America, joined Aug 2011, 588 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 8366 times:

Nice account and cool pics!

What iPhone app do you use (the one that you've posted screenshots of?)

Cheers,

AA94



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3003 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 7817 times:

Hi Aerdingus,

great report, I enjoyed your way with words!

I loved Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau from my (only) trip that way in 2002, nice to bring back memories!

Quoting aerdingus (Thread starter):
A320 EI-DEE Ultan/St.Ultan (7.4 years)

My one and only flight on Aer Lingus was on that very aircraft, LGW-EIN on their ill-fated Gatwick project.

Now looking forward to MIASpotter's side of the story on QR  

Thanks again

signol



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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4169 posts, RR: 13
Reply 5, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 7662 times:

Definitely one of the funnier and more charming trip reports I have read on a.net! (And very Irish too!)

HKG and SIN are two of my all time favourites - not just for the airports, but of course the amazing cities too!



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 7546 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2):
from the BA side, I am still trying to figure out why my photobucket does not work and cannot post the adventure from the QR side.

Yeah, what the hell is up with Photobucket?  
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2):
The cost of checking the bags to SIN on 3K would have just been 15HKD (I think) per sector of course  

Ah thanks, wasn't too sure.  
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 2):
Well I am glad you enjoyed the trip and actually had the courage to join me on this crazy itinerary certainly a trip of a lifetime and the memories and all we saw, discovered, learned and experienced will remain with us forever!

   Definitely!!   

Quoting AA94 (Reply 3):
Nice account and cool pics!

Thanks  
Quoting AA94 (Reply 3):
What iPhone app do you use (the one that you've posted screenshots of?)

It's called Plane Finder.

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
great report, I enjoyed your way with words!

Thanks very much!

Quoting signol (Reply 4):
I loved Singapore, Hong Kong and Macau from my (only) trip that way in 2002, nice to bring back memories!

Awwww!

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 5):

Definitely one of the funnier and more charming trip reports I have read on a.net! (And very Irish too!)

Thanks   

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 5):
HKG and SIN are two of my all time favourites - not just for the airports, but of course the amazing cities too!

Yeah the airports are fantastic-SIN has a swimming pool...showers & cinema! And HKG is a brilliant airport aswell. And the cities themselves...I miss them so much!



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User currently offlinedeltamartin From Sweden, joined Dec 2010, 1061 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 7392 times:

Hi Aerdingus!

Nice tripreport, interesting to read about your journey to the far east!
Seems like you had a really great trip, Hong Kong and Singapore seems like great cities. I'm going to Singapore myself next year, really looking forward to that.
BA seems to have offered a rather nice product. I have only flown them shorthaul so far, but I could definitely see myself flying them for longhaul some day aswell.

Martin


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 8, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 7303 times:

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):

Hi Aerdingus!

Hi Martin!  
Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
Seems like you had a really great trip, Hong Kong and Singapore seems like great cities. I'm going to Singapore myself next year, really looking forward to that.

I totally did, it was amazing. Enjoy Singapore, & be prepared for the heat!

Quoting deltamartin (Reply 7):
BA seems to have offered a rather nice product. I have only flown them shorthaul so far, but I could definitely see myself flying them for longhaul some day aswell.

Yeah they were ok. They were much better when I flew them LHR - JFK in 2004. I would maybe consider World Traveller Plus....

Thanks for reading.



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User currently offlinemoosecamel88 From Singapore, joined May 2011, 46 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 7109 times:

Hello Aerdingus!

Thank you for sharing your flight experiences with us all! I'm glad you had a great time in Singapore! Yes, the food in Singapore is something to DIE for, especially when you're just spoiled for choices. And the Roti Prata looks gd! :p

Oh, and LOL to plane porn!

-mus-


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 10, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 7026 times:

Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 9):
Hello Aerdingus!

Hi!  
Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 9):
And the Roti Prata looks gd! :p

It was....   I'm trying to find somewhere here that I can get it or make it! We got that in the Albert Street Food Centre.


Quoting moosecamel88 (Reply 9):
Oh, and LOL to plane porn!

Hehehe to us geeks it is porn  



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User currently offlineba319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8536 posts, RR: 54
Reply 11, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 6915 times:
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Hi Aerdingus,

Great report & pictures, did enjoy especially since you visited two of my favorite places in the region, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Good so see the BA service was up to standard though a shame the seats were not worth the money to reserve, though sometimes better safe than being stuck in the middle section.

Jetstar are a decent carrier, have 4 sectors under my belt with them, all fine though 3 of the 4 are on the same plane!

Cheers

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26954 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 6877 times:

Hey Aoife ,
Very nice read about your trip. Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a good time.

Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 6806 times:

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Great report & pictures, did enjoy especially since you visited two of my favorite places in the region, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Thanks Mark   glad you enjoyed it.

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Good so see the BA service was up to standard though a shame the seats were not worth the money to reserve, though sometimes better safe than being stuck in the middle section.

True, service was great, pity about the comfort; yeah I suppose being stuck in the middle wouldve made it even worse!

Quoting ba319-131 (Reply 11):
Jetstar are a decent carrier, have 4 sectors under my belt with them, all fine though 3 of the 4 are on the same plane!

Yeah they really weren't bad!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 12):
Very nice read about your trip. Thanks for sharing. Glad you had a good time.

Thanks for reading Philip  



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 6364 times:

Hi

Nice trip report!
Thanks for bringing us along your recent asia travels!
It was an interesting read

Greetings
Marc



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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3255 posts, RR: 12
Reply 15, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 6306 times:

Ni report Aoife! I'm flying (well I'm booked to fly, although not sure I'll go) LHR-HKG-LHR with BA over Easter, although on the B77W. Did you get any photos of the food?

Quoting aerdingus (Thread starter):
It moved quick enough, only complaint was that a woman behind me whacked into me with her suitcase every time the queue moved!

I hate it when people do that. After the 3rd bump I shout at them (as in properly shout) - it's the only way people stop doing it. I mean, leaving a space is hardly rocket science.

Quoting aerdingus (Thread starter):
We got our Octopus cards (must have!!!) & somehow found our way to Mong Kok. Falling out of the MTR station onto Argyle Road, with our massive suitcases, into the hordes of humanity, taking in the towering buildings & neon lights...is something we will never forget!!

Emerging from the MTR in Mongkok is quite the experience, espeically for the first time at night.

Quoting aerdingus (Thread starter):
G-BNLP (courtesy of MIAspotter )

Lovely photo showing the mood lights in new F!



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User currently offlineidlewildchild From United States of America, joined Nov 2011, 166 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6165 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Thread starter):
I noticed a kind of horizontal swaying motion as we climbed, is this because I was seated so far back?

Yes, that's my experience as well. If you're in the last few rows of where the 2 seats are it feels like, during take off and shortly thereafter that the aircraft is swaying or moving right to left. So you're not crazy, it must have something to do with the structure and where those seats are in the rear of the aircraft - definately feels weird.


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 17, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 6113 times:

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 14):
Nice trip report!
Thanks for bringing us along your recent asia travels!
It was an interesting read


Thanks for reading, Marc  


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
(well I'm booked to fly, although not sure I'll go)

I don't mind going... 


Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):
Did you get any photos of the food?

No, sorry. I felt a bit weird taking pics of the food but I'm kind of getting over it now    Presentation wasn't amazing or anything, meal just had a tin foil cover. Food wasn't bad though.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):

I hate it when people do that. After the 3rd bump I shout at them (as in properly shout) - it's the only way people stop doing it. I mean, leaving a space is hardly rocket science.

Bahaha she apologised & I just kind of mumbled "it's ok.." with a rictus grin, bracing myself for the next thump..

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 15):

Emerging from the MTR in Mongkok is quite the experience, espeically for the first time at night.

You understand!!   

Quoting idlewildchild (Reply 16):
So you're not crazy, it must have something to do with the structure and where those seats are in the rear of the aircraft - definately feels weird.

Thanks!  



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User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2157 posts, RR: 4
Reply 18, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5683 times:

Hi Aoife
Great trip report, quite long but worth it. If only all unemployed people could get to fly half way around the word, id be sorted then!   Thanks for posting, you should write more reports if you have the time  


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 19, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 5521 times:

Quoting eicvd (Reply 18):
Thanks for posting, you should write more reports if you have the time  

Thanks for reading. I am in the middle of another one, addicted to writing these things now, so, beware a.netters!  



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User currently offlinesaint1862 From Singapore, joined Nov 2011, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5364 times:

Hi Aerdingus,

Thanks for sharing your experiences in HK and Singapore.

Which hotel did you stay in that made you wash the towels and pillowcases? I've never heard of such a thing in Singapore before....

We may have many things to see and do but the food is always the most memorable. Am glad you had a good time here.

Looking forward to reading more of your trip reports.


Cheers,
Saint1862


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2761 posts, RR: 25
Reply 21, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 5173 times:

Quoting saint1862 (Reply 20):

South East Asia Hotel in Bugis... I stayed there the first time I went to SIN and found it to be a pretty decent hotel, so we stuck to it for our return... but after this I am dissapointed and the next time I am in SIN I will give my business to another hotel.

Quoting saint1862 (Reply 20):
We may have many things to see and do but the food is always the most memorable. Am glad you had a good time here.

Oh yeah, I miss popping over to Ya Kun Kaya... or cheap satays and popiah at the hawker centre...sigh.

MIAspotter.



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2830 posts, RR: 15
Reply 22, posted (2 years 8 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 4984 times:

Quoting saint1862 (Reply 20):

Hi Aerdingus,

Thanks for sharing your experiences in HK and Singapore.

Hi, thanks for reading & commenting.  
Quoting saint1862 (Reply 20):

Which hotel did you stay in that made you wash the towels and pillowcases? I've never heard of such a thing in Singapore before.

I had never heard of such a thing anywhere! Yeah as MIAspotter says above, the South East Asian Hotel. It was quite intrusive & embarrassing really, over a make up stain. I should probably send an email to them.

Quoting saint1862 (Reply 20):
We may have many things to see and do but the food is always the most memorable. Am glad you had a good time here.

I'm glad too!  

Looking forward to reading more of your trip reports.

Thanks, I have a back log that I'm working through  



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