gialloboy 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.
Bang on time at 6am we were picked up by limousine which was pre-arranged with Etihad via their customer support in Abu Dhabi
We took the Dublin port tunnel and arrived ar Terminal 2 about 25 minutes later.
Etihad J priority check in
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:
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!
EI runs the show at DUB
Our ride just arrived from AUH
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!
Our ride to AUH
Full Irish, Etihad style - no park but turkey sausage. Very nice, though!
Shower in lounge
A bit tipsy after the bubbly we left for the gate
Priority boarding lane
J cabin, load was 100% on the day. Seemingly Etihad is doing very well out of DUB
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.
pre-take off juice (not so nice...)
Amouse bouche and more bubbles
Noise cancelling headset. Great AVOD, watched "Source code" and some arty German film
Lunch was served after about an hour after take off. We both chose the Arabic mezze which were very nice!
I had lamb for mains, it was beautiful
The wife chose chicken, also very nice!
Cheese and desert wine. The wine was outstanding, the cheese too cold and hard.
Cappuccino to combat the champagne
After 7 hours of uneventful travel we touched down in AUH
Off to the lounge, got a 15 minute complimentary back massage which was rather nice.
AUH lounge impressions
Iconic AUH architecture
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
Soup for starters (and you guessed - bubbles)
Mail was veal roulades - gorgeous!
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:
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!
burj 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:
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!
Knightsofmalta 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:
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?
lukeyboy95 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.
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,
MSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2472 posts, RR: 15
Reply 13, posted (2 years 3 months 4 days ago) and read 4220 times:
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!
Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer