Check-in and security through Dublin's Terminal 2 went smoothly and without a hitch. Having some free time I went for a cappuccino and croissant at Lavazza Espression located half-way down T2's Pier E. After my coffee and a little planespotting - naturally - I headed for USCBP. At Dublin one can now fully-clear US Customs on selected flights and thus enter the USA as a domestic passenger. This is great to get done at the beginning of the journey as means you can avoid CBP queues upon arrival in the US! Luckily EI's flight to MCO uses this service. The processing through CBP took in the region of 30mins. Boarding would commence soon afterwards so I headed to the departure gate.
The aircraft for today was EI-DUO, aged almost 6 years. Boarding was completed with speed and not too long after everybody was boarded.
The safety briefing was played on the PTV's as the aircraft started its engines. pushed-back and taxied to the runway. Takeoff was rather uneventful, soon breaking through the grey Irish cloud and up into the blue sky over the Atlantic Ocean.
I was quite impressed by EI's IFE offering. The only recently-released Lincoln was available so I started to watch that while the drink and snack service began.
After the snack and drink service the main meal was promptly served. I got the lamb casserole, which was more like hot dog food. This meal was awful...except the cookie Aer Lingus Long Haul Meal by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr
Meanwhile we were soon approaching the Eastern-Canadian coast, where heavy snow clouds lay below. We experienced some turbulence here, although nothing major. I really love the little shamrock on EI's A330 wingtips!
As on the outbound, shortly afterwards the main meal was served. Expecting something similar to the dog food served on the flight from Dublin I was astounded to be served this great meal!! Aer Lingus Long Haul Meal by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr
The food was really great this time around, the butter was even yellow
After the meal another drinks service was held, then blankets and extra cushions were handed out to those who wanted them. For the remainder of the night I rested and watched a few TV programmes and of course the flight map on the PTV. Aer Lingus A330 PTV by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr
An hour before landing a light breakfast was served. It was quite nice and was an ample portion for that time of the morning.
Being seated in the middle meant that unfortunately no photos could've been taken, but the landing at Dublin was nothing out of the usual and a speedy disembarkation followed. At that time of the morning there were no queues, and so I was out of the airport in 20mins.
This was my first time to fly EI longhaul and I was impressed. The cabin and seats are very comfortable although the food could be more consistent in terms of quality. All in all a great trip and I hope to fly EI longhaul some time soon!
chrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 3990 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (11 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 10131 times:
nice report! I just got back from a European trip myself, using Aer Lingus to cross the pond. I flew over on Friday April 5 on EI-DAA and back again on the 13th aboard the same plane. Of the three A330-200s Aer Lingus has, -DUO is the only one I haven't been on.
Here are a few pictures from my trip.
Maeve handled the controls from the right seat on EI-DAA to BOS
EI-DAA (A330-200) decending into Boston on EI 136
40,000 feet over Newfoundland on the way to Boston on EI 136
shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6259 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (11 months 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 9406 times:
Great report, always nice to see one for Aer Lingus!
I can't believe EI-DUO is nearly 6 years old, I remember the first grainy photos from Toulouse on the Irish thread as it was being built! That meal on the outbound does look rather grim, those cookies are nice though, I grab a few everytime I'm in one of the lounges, same goes for the pretzels. Nice to see the return meal was better but I don't know why they deliver the meals on those square trays, always looks so awkward when doesn't fit the tray table.
Aer Lingus long haul has certainly improved a lot over the last few years, the addition of Sky Dine and onboard wifi which is already live on most aircraft will only add to the experience across the Atlantic.
Quoting 321neo (Thread starter): Anybody know how to embed the YouTube player onto here so the video can be watched in the post ???
A.net stopped doing that a few years ago, there was a reason for it but I can't remember exactly.
Thanks for posting, looking forward to more!
Quoting Jambost (Reply 2): Perhaps they could gain a few catering tips from EK?
Funnily enough they do the catering for EK at DUB! Very good they are as well apparently.
phen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 310 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8448 times:
Great report, like your pics! I'm always disappointed when I get the same aircraft on the inbound leg, I've flown TA with EI three times and on two of those occasions I had the same aircraft on out and inbound legs! Not good for your reg logbook Hope you enjoyed Florida!
aerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2723 posts, RR: 15
Reply 6, posted (11 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7733 times:
Nice report. Always exciting to read an EI one, especially T/A. Good pictures. Such a beautiful aircraft. Pity about the dog food, but at least it was nice on the way back! The croissant thing looked nice, I had always heard that EI T/A breakfasts were a bit scabby so that looks good. IFE does look good. I'm hoping meself to fly EI longhaul some day, but at least for now I can take an A330 from AGP - DUB!
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