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SA And Mozambique Honeymoon Pt1. DUB To JNB In J  
User currently offlinegialloboy From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 10 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

Ladies and gents, fellow airliners,

I have been following the forum for a while and (with some interesting recent and upcoming flights) I have decided to make a first post. This will be the first of three posts detailing some interesting trips we made as part of our August honeymoon and will refer to our DUB to JNB flight on Etihad, via AUH (J class).

We left our home in Limerick and took the train to Dublin the night before and spent the night in the wonderful Merrion Hotel in Dublin.

www.merrionhotel.com

We also had dinner in Ireland’s best restaurant, Patrick Guilbaud

http://restaurantpatrickguilbaud.ie/

Some impressions:

MERRION HOTEL

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RESTAURANT PATRICK GUILBAUD

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Bang on time at 6am we were picked up by limousine which was pre-arranged with Etihad via their customer support in Abu Dhabi

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We took the Dublin port tunnel and arrived ar Terminal 2 about 25 minutes later.
Etihad J priority check in

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We got checked in and made our way through security which took only minutes, due to the airport being very quiet at this early hour and due to access to the J express Security lane.

Some Terminal 2 impressions:

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I must say Terminal 2 is impressive but it all feels somehow wrong, based on what the DAA is doing to SNN airport...

Anyway, off to the Etihad lounge!

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EI runs the show at DUB

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Lounge impressions:

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Our ride just arrived from AUH

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The very friendly Romanian and Swedish lounge attendants figured out we were on our honeymoon so a bottle of champers was uncorked! Breakfast of champions, at 7am!

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Our ride to AUH

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Full Irish, Etihad style - no park but turkey sausage. Very nice, though!

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Arabic coffee

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Shower in lounge

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A bit tipsy after the bubbly we left for the gate

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Priority boarding lane

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J cabin, load was 100% on the day. Seemingly Etihad is doing very well out of DUB

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Fully reclining seat. The cabin shows some wear and tear but was still very comfortable. Being honeymooners we took middle seats which are very cosy.

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pre-take off juice (not so nice...)

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J cabin

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Flight map

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Amouse bouche and more bubbles

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Noise cancelling headset. Great AVOD, watched "Source code" and some arty German film

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Lunch was served after about an hour after take off. We both chose the Arabic mezze which were very nice!

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I had lamb for mains, it was beautiful

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The wife chose chicken, also very nice!

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Cheese and desert wine. The wine was outstanding, the cheese too cold and hard.

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Cappuccino to combat the champagne

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After 7 hours of uneventful travel we touched down in AUH

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Off to the lounge, got a 15 minute complimentary back massage which was rather nice.

AUH lounge impressions

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Iconic AUH architecture

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Check in was rather noisy with quite a few loud and boisterous South Africans around. Later some UAE security guards moved in and kept a close eye on them. Thankfully they were all Y passengers. Load in J about 60%. Nobody in F. I had a look around F and was told by Etihad crew that it "wasn't that much different from J"  

Menus being handed out

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Flight map

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Soup for starters (and you guessed - bubbles)

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Mail was veal roulades - gorgeous!

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Arrived at 4:45am in JNB and moved through immigration within minutes. JNB was a cold and unpleasant place at 5am. We were delighted when the first coffee shop opened at 6am as we had a few hours to kill. Our first domestic SAA flight was not to depart until 10:45

JNP impressions from the domestic terminal, incl. a TAAP 747:

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More on our domestic SA and Mozambique flights in Part 2!  

Also watch this space for more air travel adventures this year, incl. LHR - PEK in BA J class, Air Koryo in J and Y plus three domestic flights in North Korea - on Air Koryo's ancient AN-24!

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User currently offlinelychemsa From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 1066 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8360 times:

Wow fantastic report. Looking forward for the rest.

When I was in Dublin I had "Irish Stew." Half the meat was "fat" and I left most of it. Is this "normal" or just that we went to a lousy restaurant?


User currently offlinegialloboy From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 10 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 8315 times:

You went to a poor restaurant!  

Dining in Dublin can actually be very, very good if you know where to go...


User currently offlineMack8994 From Canada, joined Jan 2006, 58 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8256 times:

Welcome to the TR section... Your report, photos and descriptions were great!
Look forward to reading Pt. 2.

Cheers from Canada!   



Courage is the power to let go of the familiar!
User currently offlineshamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8043 times:

Firstly, congratulations!

Patrick Guibaud looks as good as ever.

Nice to see an Ethihad report with pics of the DUB lounge. Was curious about it.


User currently offlineburj From United States of America, joined Nov 2007, 900 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 7967 times:

First, congrats!

I'm amazed that Etihad has a lounge in DUB! Do they allow other airlines to use it too? I can't image they have enough passengers from their own flights out of DUB to merit the expensive of having their own lounge!

The ropes and carpeting for the check-in desk and boarding lane are really nice...almost too nice. The carpet I can see, but the velvet ropes..wow!

Thanks for sharing, I'm excited for your future reports!


User currently offlineKnightsofmalta From Malta, joined Nov 2005, 1693 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 7706 times:

Hi there,

First of all, congratulations. And thanks a lot for the lovely pictures. The combination of colours in the Etihad cabin seems a bit odd, can't say I'm a fan of the turquoise. But the food looks rather tasty and so does the presentation.

I've always wondered about Etihad and Dublin and I'm also quite surprised to see they even have a lounge for just the one daily flight. What's the market for such a route?

Cheers,
William


User currently offlineaflyingkiwi From New Zealand, joined Nov 2010, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 7229 times:

Hi,

Firstly, welcome to the trip reports forum, you sure did present us with a great first up report.

EY's J looks pretty good, Their hard product has always been very good but I'm also impressed by some of the other stuff (catering, ground service etc.) which looked great.

Thanks for sharing

Regards,
aflyingkiwi


User currently offlinelukeyboy95 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2008, 1084 posts, RR: 32
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 5916 times:

Congratulations on entering a downward spiral of obsessive picture-taking during flights for the rest of your life! This was a brilliant début, with all the right pictures in the right places. Many thanks.

Quoting gialloboy (Reply 2):
Anyway, off to the Etihad lounge!

Etihad has really buttered up things out of DUB, it looks excellent, using about a kilometer of red carpet too . . . It is great considering it is a daily flight. Lounge looked elegant and understated.

Flights looked class, though presentation a little haphazard compared to Oman/ Qatar, but nowt to complaint about.

Fingers sore, so wont comment on Pt 2, but it was also a great read. Congratulation,

Rgds

Luke!



Breaking down the stereotypes - one by one
User currently offline777ord From United States of America, joined May 2010, 456 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 5817 times:

wow! Are you sure your flights on Etihad weren't the honeymoon?   Looks like a phenomenal trip so far!

User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3037 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5510 times:

Very nice report, thanks!

Quoting gialloboy (Thread starter):
J cabin, load was 100% on the day. Seemingly Etihad is doing very well out of DUB

Interesting to see what happens now that EK have landed in DUB.

Quoting gialloboy (Thread starter):
Full Irish, Etihad style - no park but turkey sausage. Very nice, though!

Rather double standards not serving pork, but have unlimited booze?

Quoting gialloboy (Thread starter):
I had a look around F and was told by Etihad crew that it "wasn't that much different from J"

You should have invited yourselves forward then seeing as "there's not much difference"!!  



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User currently offlinesignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 2985 posts, RR: 8
Reply 11, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 5351 times:

Excellent for a first report, thanks! How did your wife feel about all the pictures?  
I remember that blue and yellow mushroom in AUH, I too snapped a pic before spotting the "No photos" sign!

Keep up the good work  

signol



Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4109 posts, RR: 13
Reply 12, posted (2 years 3 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 5023 times:

EY have two flights per day from DUB on four days of the week - the other three days, it is a single daily service.


Flown EI,FR,RE,EIR,VE,SI,TLA,BA,BE,BD,VX,MON,AF,YS,WX,KL,SK,LH,OK,OS,LX,IB,LTU,HLX,4U,SU,CO,DL,UA,AC,PR,MH,SQ,QF, EY, EK
User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 4220 times:

Hi

Congrats on the wedding, hope you guys have many nice years to come.
Thanks for bringing us along with you. Nice to see an EY trip report out of DUB. Surprised about the load factor! No wonder that EK wants to come here as well!


Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offline9w748capt From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 516 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (2 years 3 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 10):
Rather double standards not serving pork, but have unlimited booze?

Exactly what I was thinking!

Fantastic TR though - and great, high-yield pics of exactly what a.nutters are looking for - the food of course! Congrats and best wishes on tying the knot!


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