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Aer Lingus A330 New Wifi Trial And TV Crew+Lounges  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 18990 times:

Tá áthas ar Aer Lingus fáilte ar bord a chur romhat / Aer Lingus is delighted to welcome you on board.






Hello all and welcome to my latest TR . I decided to pop down to Malaga for a night as Aer Lingus have commenced their Summer timetable using the A330 in between USA runs. Due to being Elite status with Aer Lingus I got seated in the Premier section for free. This was a saving of EUR150. Basically Aer Lingus sell it as Y service J seat.

I booked and selected my seats and also pre booked the new meals. I was looking forward to seeing what they were like. Oddly enough the Irish breakkast was not pre bookable on this 7am service !


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DATE: 16/APR13
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: DUBLIN - MALAGA
CLASS: PREMIER SEATING
SEAT: 4K
AIRCRAFT: A330-200
REG: EI - DAA Named St Keeva / Caoimhe


So it was an early start. I took the airport bus at 0330am which got me to the airport just over an hour later.

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I went to the Gold Circle desk which was empty and was greeted by a very friendly check in agent.

What I was really impressed with was her personal touch :

''Philip you have been pre assigned 4K is that ok for you ? ''

Me: ''Yes thanks thats fine''

''Enjoy Malaga and have a good flight''

Me: '' Thanks its supposed to be 23c today ''

''Thanks for that   Bring some of it back with you ''

I smiled and thanked her and made my way to security.

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Fast Track was not busy at all and in a few minutes I was though. The chocolate lounge opens at 5am and the Aer Lingus GC lounge opens at 0515am so I had 15-20 mins to kill. I decided to take a walk to the gate area.

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No aircraft in yet :

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Soon it was time to do my normal ritual and visit the Chocolate lounge:

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I just love the selection they have. I dont think Ive had the same muffin twice. There is always something new to try.

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Soon after it was time to head to the EI GC lounge :

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I didnt really want anything else to eat so just had a drink.

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It always amazes me that whilst the lower level of the lounge fills up people forget or dont realise the upper level is empty. I guess its good for those that want peace and quiet.

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Soon it was time to head to the gate.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 1, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19149 times:

Shortly boarding commenced and boarding was by seat row and not by zone. Gold Circle members were invited to board at their leisure.

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I was greeted at the door by two friendly FAs and directed to the left into the Premier cabin.

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First impressions were good. Clean , bright and airy. Pretty standard of todays average J class product. Angled flat beds.

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During boarding I saw an RTE camera crew enter the cabin. Shortly a few people from EI were talking to the crew and I heard them say that they would be trialing the new wifi out on this flight and handing out free passes to Premier seated passengers. Also it was mentioned that RTE would be filming a piece for broadcast about the new service. I was quite excited at this stage as I was looking forward to testing this out.

An FA came around the cabin afterwards and handed out laminated cards about the wifi service and also a free wifi pass. Just then a lady came and addressed me by name and sat next to me. She was from EI PR dept and asked if I might be interested in doing an interview for RTE. I actually was quite tired and didnt look my best so I politely declined which she understood. I did say that I was pleased EI were introducing this service and also on shorthaul too.

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Then the doors were closed and we were ready to push back from the gate.

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We were airbourne very quickly. A light load today around 50% full down the back and a few in Premier cabin.

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Soon the IFE came on and it was good to see they were going to offer the same experience as you get on the TATL service. Head sets however were EUR5 in all classes. I had my iPhone earphones and this actually worked despite the three pin socket so I used those.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 2, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19111 times:

Wifi info sheet :





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Free wifi pass. I have to say on a TATL EUR19.95 for all you can eat data is pretty good.

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The connection was easy and as I discovered the wifi was fast around 7MB. I didnt use the mobile network which you can use for SMS. Phone calls are disabled. I wanted to try a third party App like BT Talk or Skype but forgot. Im wondering if you could get around the phone calls embargo that way .

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Another passenger had agreed to be interviewed so the RTE crew were getting ready.

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Soon the cabin crew came around with BOB service. I was asked if I would like anything and I told them I had already pre booked. It seems that reports of crew actively handing out the pre booked meals first is not consistant. Once I however mentioned it they did see it on a sheet and I was handed my meal along with a free drink.

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A view back to Y cabin :

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After a while I got chatting to one of the FA's who was lovely. She was telling me all about her work and funny stories. We had some laughs and it was a pleasure to meet her.

I decided to play with the IFE a bit more.

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After that I had a very nice conversation with the lady from PR and aired some of my constructive comments about the GC program to which she was very appreciative and open and honest about. There was another issue which I raised and was promised it would be passed on and I would get a follow up phone call about it. I thanked her for her time and really felt that she took on board my comments. Its always nice when an airline listens to its customers.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19087 times:

The flight went quite fast and soon it was time to land into Malaga .

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What is this used for ?

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So we pulled up on stand and it was time to disembark. I was approached by the lady from PR again and she wished me a pleasant stay in Malaga. I also said goodbye to the FA that I had been chatting to and thanked her for a lovely flight.

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So I made my way to arrivals and took the bus to the city centre. The fare was only EUR3 and took 35-40 mins. I made my way to the hotel and then headed out to explore.

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I love the marina area in Malaga. Also a great cruise ship destination. Indeed Gareth and I had visited this port when we did our NCL cruise around the Med.

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The Dutch Americans are in town . The Eurodam which I have fond memories of as I was on the inaugural celebrations some years prior. I also think another Anetter to this cruise with their Family too.

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So I decided to get something quick to eat and Taco Bell was in order .

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I have to say I was dissapointed to see no Cinnamon twists! I did ask and after some broken Spanish it was determined that this in only in the USA restaurants. Shame.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 19020 times:

I then decided to pop into the Nespresso Boutique. They currently have an amazing limited edition called Napoli and I wanted to stock up.

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I then passed this and decided to try some. Avellana/Kinda and Cherry   Nearly as good as Barcelona!

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So soon it was time to go back to the hotel. I later popped to a Turkish kebab cafe opposite the hotel which I have to say was lovely. I then headed back to get some sleep .

The next morning I set the alarm and then checked out of the hotel. I took the bus to the airport which the stop was just opposite the hotel so very handy .

Soon I arrived at AGP .


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DATE: 17/APR13
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
ROUTE: MALAGA - DUBLIN
CLASS: PREMIER SEATING
SEAT: 4A
AIRCRAFT: A330-300
REG: EI - ELA Named St Patrick / Padraig



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I never knew they had Belgian E Jets !

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I made my way to the Aer Lingus check in desk but I had already checked in online. There was a large queue so I contacted the ticket desk to enquire if I needed a lounge invitation. It turned out I didnt so I made my way to security.

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 5, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 19018 times:

SALA VIP :

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I have to say it was very clean bright and spacious although Im sure in Summer it can be quite busy.

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Some local metal :

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Some decent offerings :

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Now this stuff was interesting . Its like a Spanish version of the Maltese drink Kinnie but not as good . There is something that makes it a bit sickly if you have more than one as I found out LOL..  

Soon it was time to head to the gate .

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Ei - ELA is Aer Lingus's newest in the fleet being just 3 years old. I had checked on the inbound from DUB and so knew what Reg it would be so I was quite happy. A new Reg for me.

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Soon boarding was announced. The usual Med scrum began to form with no obvious queue. No GC pre boarding so I made my way to the agent at the side and showed my GC card to which I was promptly invited to board. Seems the name of the game here.

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I was welcomed by two friendly FAs and shown to the left. Passing this nice little Y section. If you ever fly EI Y and have the chance to pre book this section I highly recommend it.

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Soon boarding was completed. 70% full down the back and more this time in Premier section. Most were older retired Irish who I presume were either checking out their second homes or regulars. They seemed to know the crews.

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We pushed back from the gate . No wifi on this flight and no leaflets in the seat pocket about it either.

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During the safety demo there was what I can only describe as a firey red headed FA who didnt smile at all. She certainly gave the impression that she was one not to be messed with . Who needs Air Marshalls   She kept looking over at me too so I decided not to document the safety demo just in case  

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Something novel .

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Take off was quick and soon it was time to say goodbye sun !

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A good way to show your product offering :

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Shortly after the FAs came around with BOB. Again no priority for pre ordered meals. They asked me if I would like anything and I told them I had pre ordered. The list came out and I was handed my meal with a free drink.

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I have to say I thought it was lovely and well prepared. I not sure if I prefer the roast beef or this they were equally good and for EUR7.50 I thought it was good value. The beef on the outward had come with horseraddish sauce which I love with beef. I hate it when its missing so was pleased they remembered it.

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I decided to take a look at the Airline Information page. It had some interesting facts.

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Soon we were over Wales and close to Ireland.

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Soon I discovered an A380 documentary but I had seen it before .

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A different approach today . It was quite windy maybe thats why .

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So the cabin was made ready for landing and soon we approached DUB :

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Some refugees :

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So after a rather bumby landing we made our way to the gate.



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So we pulled up on stand and I disembarked thanking the crew for a nice flight.

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Immigration was fast and I was from aircraft to bus stop in less than 10 minutes.

So thats the end of my report. I hope you all enjoyed and will leave a comment if you did  

Aer Lingus provided a good experience as usually is the case. The outward was a more enjoyable flight due to the wifi trial and RTE filming. It made for something different. its great that they use this aircraft down to AGP and it wont be my last trip . Its a really pleasant way to get to the sun for a few days or more. I woud gladly pay the EUR150 fee for Premier seating if I was not getting it for free. The meals were good too for the price paid.

From check in to landing and back home again nothing to complain about. Im looking forward to the roll out of wifi on shorthaul also. Will be interesting to see the pricing levels. Also the contention ratio can effect speeds depending on how many are using it so it will be interesting to see what its like in a real situation.

Kind regards


OA260 / Philip  


User currently offlineRogerbcn From Andorra, joined Sep 2006, 1209 posts, RR: 20
Reply 6, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 18673 times:

Hola Philip!

Another nice story with this new aircraft down to AGP.

The new cabins look really nice and the service on board seems to live up to expectations. If I understood correctly, it means that the 150€ only buys you the seat, no food included... too bad, IMO; they should add it to the service. I think it would make it more C-class like.

The new Terminal 3 at AGP seems a great area, I have only been to the old one, some years ago, it seems it is used by FR and EZ and other LCC. Good to know.

Málaga is indeed a nice city and it is always worth a visit, next time be sure to pay a visit to the Picasso Museum they opened some years ago, a great building with some interesting paintings. BTW, we had a great cruise yesterday visiting BCN, the Liberty of the Seas, impressive. There are 7 others today, not that we are short of any. In case you are interested: http://www.portdebarcelona.cat/en/web/port-del-ciudada/cruceros

Just a little criticism, if you allow me, how on Earth can you go to Taco Bell when in Málaga? Man, you are loosing your Mediterranean taste   Ai,ai,ai...

Salut,

Roger



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User currently onlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2171 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 18615 times:

Hi Philip
Nice trip report but that was to be expected  
Good to see EI-ELA feature in this report, my 1st widebody flight was on 'ELA. Looking forward to your future reports  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 8, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 18582 times:

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Hola Philip!

Hola Roger  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
The new cabins look really nice and the service on board seems to live up to expectations. If I understood correctly, it means that the 150€ only buys you the seat, no food included... too bad, IMO; they should add it to the service. I think it would make it more C-class like.

Yes but I guess they know they can maximise revenue with the seats and then BOB. I got the ticket for EUR135 so even with EUR150 on top it would only be EUR285 which is good value . Meals and drinks were only an extra EUR7.50 each way .

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
BTW, we had a great cruise yesterday visiting BCN, the Liberty of the Seas, impressive. There are 7 others today, not that we are short of any. In case you are interested: http://www.portdebarcelona.cat/en/we...ceros

Nice ship .   Im sure in BCN there is and will be no shortage of visitors. Its a premier port  
Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Just a little criticism, if you allow me, how on Earth can you go to Taco Bell when in Málaga? Man, you are loosing your Mediterranean taste   Ai,ai,ai...

Salut,

Haha well we have none here so I had to go  
Quoting eicvd (Reply 7):
Hi Philip
Nice trip report but that was to be expected  
Good to see EI-ELA feature in this report, my 1st widebody flight was on 'ELA. Looking forward to your future reports  

Hi Mark thanks for the reply. Glad you enjoyed it.   Yes I need to clear that back log  


User currently offlineglobalflyer From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 934 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 18416 times:

Hi Philip...great TR! I love the new terminal at DUB. The GC Lounge looks fantastic as does of course the Chocolate Lounge!   I had no idea that the BOS and ORD flights were not US pre-clearance? I wonder why? I have only flown DUB-JFK and DUB-ATL and it was so nice to pre-clear! Fantastic pictures of Spain as well. hanks for sharing. Cheers. Will


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 10, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 18366 times:

Quoting globalflyer (Reply 9):
Hi Philip...great TR! I love the new terminal at DUB. The GC Lounge looks fantastic as does of course the Chocolate Lounge!   I had no idea that the BOS and ORD flights were not US pre-clearance? I wonder why? I have only flown DUB-JFK and DUB-ATL and it was so nice to pre-clear! Fantastic pictures of Spain as well. hanks for sharing. Cheers. Will

Hi WIll and thanks for the reply  

Yes T2 really has upped the game at DUB . Its such a nice place to fly through and into . Im lucky to be able to use it often . Chocolate lounge is always something to look forward to before the flight. Ive been going since day one and know all the staff. I even have a loyalty card  

I agree its a shame that those flights dont pre clear. Its apparantly due to US CBP staff work restrictions. Im sure someone else can throw a more in depth answer for you .

Thanks again  


User currently offlineRichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 728 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18203 times:

Hi Philip

Great trip report, as always!

I would be more than happy to pay for wifi on a long haul flight. I don't watch much TV or films but I don't spend more time on the net that I perhaps should. If I could do that on a long haul flight it would help to make the journey go more quickly.

I have never been to Malaga but looks like lots of smart shopping.


Alex

p.s. No photos of Vodafone adverts this time.


User currently offlineronerone From Jordan, joined Aug 2004, 1663 posts, RR: 53
Reply 12, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18179 times:

Hi Phil,

Excellent report as always!

Aer Lingus's A330 looks amazing! How new are the cabins? I should have flown them when I had the chance!  

The BOB meals you ordered looked to be of very high standard, but that is to be expected from BOB   In the US, it may seem unconventional that all the legacy airlines have BOB service on their domestic runs, but to be honest, i think this has greatly improved the quality of the food offered. If i was hungry, i wouldn't mind forking a little more for a better meal.

A very nice gesture from Aer Lingus that they actually followed up on your comments, thanks to the very loyal PR employee you met on your flight. I actually wonder why GCB hasn't been incorporated into EY Guest! I think it would make sense given the relationship and the fact that EI is not aligned to any of the major alliances! What do you think?

Many thanks for sharing this with us! And thanks for the great pictures of Malaga too!

Cheers,
Roni



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 13, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18102 times:

Quoting Richcandy (Reply 11):
Hi Philip

Hi Alex  
Quoting Richcandy (Reply 11):
I would be more than happy to pay for wifi on a long haul flight. I don't watch much TV or films but I don't spend more time on the net that I perhaps should.

I totally agree I am the same. Would be good if you can pre pay it with your ticket too. I am a kind of person that likes everything pre booked.

Quoting Richcandy (Reply 11):
If I could do that on a long haul flight it would help to make the journey go more quickly.

Im the same. I find that if Im on chat or FB or surfing the net the time just flies  
Quoting Richcandy (Reply 11):
I have never been to Malaga but looks like lots of smart shopping.

Its a lovely city actually even better than I remembered it. Some really good top brand shops and lovely cafes and restaurants.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 12):
Hi Phil,

Excellent report as always!

Hi Roni thanks alot  
Quoting ronerone (Reply 12):
Aer Lingus's A330 looks amazing! How new are the cabins? I should have flown them when I had the chance!  

I love the new cabins. Even in Y they are decent. If I had to make one point it would be the IFE comedy channels. They were all American and just 2 Irish . I would have personally liked to see a few British ones also. Since Irish and British TV is very much linked you find most Irish watch the British comedies and TV too. Just a personal observation. With the upgraded meals in Y TATL for a small supp. its really improving. Although J is angled which is not my favourite I guess for a short hop DUB-JFK its ok . I do prefer the TK J seat though. Once you have non angled you get spoilt. If EI go back to the West Coast then they may need to look at an upgrade.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 12):
If i was hungry, i wouldn't mind forking a little more for a better meal.

Yes totally agree. I dont mind paying for quality.

Quoting ronerone (Reply 12):
A very nice gesture from Aer Lingus that they actually followed up on your comments, thanks to the very loyal PR employee you met on your flight. I actually wonder why GCB hasn't been incorporated into EY Guest! I think it would make sense given the relationship and the fact that EI is not aligned to any of the major alliances! What do you think?

Yes and I forgot to mention that on Friday I had a call from them and they resolved the issue and told me if there is anything else I need I should contact that person directly so I was very impressed on the follow through.

I also agree with you on the EY link . Similar to what they have with AB . I think it will come but we may need to wait a bit more. It certainly makes sense. It would give the program the boost it needs. With so many Irish using EI and EY it would benefit alot of people.


User currently offlineirishair98 From Ireland, joined Dec 2011, 93 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 17885 times:
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". Passing this nice little Y section. If you ever fly EI Y and have the chance to pre book this section I highly recommend it. "

Been in this seats on the way to ORD in October best seats on the a/c in my opinion will always sit on them when doing TA in a 300!!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 15, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 17832 times:

Quoting irishair98 (Reply 14):
Been in this seats on the way to ORD in October best seats on the a/c in my opinion will always sit on them when doing TA in a 300!!

Yes if you pay to pre book them and add the better meal and wiifi its a nice little DIY Y +   Certainly not bad at all for a bit extra.


User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17811 times:

Hello Philip!

Great report!
I am following your reports for about 2 years now, and I always like them, but I finally signed up in anet in april, so, finally I now can begin to comment reports! I espacially liked your (many) SWISS Business reports to ATH!
The Aerlingus seats in their Business Class, or Premium seating on hollyday flights looks very good, in my opinion even better than those of LH. Also the BoB product of EI looks very good!
I also liked the impressions of Malaga. I've never been there, but maybe will come to this place someday...

Thanks again for this TR!

Elias


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 17, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17748 times:

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
Hello Philip!

Hey Elias  
Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
I am following your reports for about 2 years now, and I always like them, but I finally signed up in anet in april, so, finally I now can begin to comment reports! I espacially liked your (many) SWISS Business reports to ATH!

WOW you have a good memory . Im also humbled by your kind comments. Swiss could make a come back soon too   Your very welcome and Im glad you finally signed up and can now post.  
Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
The Aerlingus seats in their Business Class, or Premium seating on hollyday flights looks very good, in my opinion even better than those of LH.

Im not sure really I cant make my mind up. I have to say I had a very good experience on LH J but maybe you are right.

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 16):
Also the BoB product of EI looks very good!

Yes EI do have a very good BOB . Personally I think its one of the best in Europe.


User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1850 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17746 times:
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Quoting globalflyer (Reply 9):
I had no idea that the BOS and ORD flights were not US pre-clearance? I wonder why? I have only flown DUB-JFK and DUB-ATL and it was so nice to pre-clear!

The CBP issue is staffing levels, they can only handle so many flights in the 0700-1500 shift period. So EI had to prioritise their JFK flights with the move to T5. I'm told that EI have not been happy with this situation for at elast a year. Their expecting selling point by being in T2 has not materialised due to US Govt refusal to increase staff numbers.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 19, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17705 times:

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 18):
I'm told that EI have not been happy with this situation for at elast a year. Their expecting selling point by being in T2 has not materialised due to US Govt refusal to increase staff numbers.

Its certainly a shame that its not being used to its full potential. Hopefully that will change. Its seems that they want to expand to other countries so I wonder if that will effect Ireland in terms of CBP expansion ?


User currently offlineomidp From Canada, joined Jun 2010, 159 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17687 times:

Lovely TR. I love Aer Lingus green colors and overall branding  

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (1 year 6 months 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 17628 times:

Quoting omidp (Reply 20):
Lovely TR. I love Aer Lingus green colors and overall branding  

Thanks Im glad you enjoyed it   I agree since a kid living in England I fell in love with their livery. They modernised it in the 90's and I was worried but they did something that has lasted nearly two decades and is still current today .


User currently offlineMIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2784 posts, RR: 25
Reply 22, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16490 times:

Nice report Philip!

Malaga looks charming, must pay a visit soon, ashamed to say that I have been living in BCN for almost 6 years and I have not done more local tourism... tsk tsk tsk...

Aerdingus and I are planning on taking this flight as well, I first need to catch a cheap flight down to AGP then the A330 to DUB and then a direct back to BCN.

The things we do for aviation...

Quoting Rogerbcn (Reply 6):
Liberty of the Seas

This ship comes every saturday, I worked on it last year, The Allure of the seas is coming to BCN in September, I read they will use 2 terminals to handle the 3000 plus people expected :O

MIAspotter.



I think, therefore I don´t fly Ryanair.
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 23, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 16453 times:

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 22):
Nice report Philip!

Hi thanks for the reply  
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 22):
Malaga looks charming, must pay a visit soon, ashamed to say that I have been living in BCN for almost 6 years and I have not done more local tourism... tsk tsk tsk...

Its always the way . I have not done all the things I want to do in Ireland and Greece. So much to see.

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 22):
Aerdingus and I are planning on taking this flight as well, I first need to catch a cheap flight down to AGP then the A330 to DUB and then a direct back to BCN.

The things we do for aviation...

That would be indeed a nice route and a nice way to catch the A330 .

Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 22):
This ship comes every saturday, I worked on it last year, The Allure of the seas is coming to BCN in September, I read they will use 2 terminals to handle the 3000 plus people expected :O

Yes I bet your looking forward to Oasis too in 2014   I have to say BCN is a favourite place for stopping off for me when Im on a cruise ship. Its just so easy and hassle free.


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 24, posted (1 year 6 months 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 16246 times:
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Hi Phil!

Good to see this nice review of a widebody intra-Europe EI flight. This one sould certainly be of interest to us a.netters, with or without the wifi. A good move of EI to provide this service, although I find the price setting a bit on the steep side. I can't really tell if I would use it on longhaul. They better introduce internet on the seatback I think and that goes for other airlines as well.
That premium cabin looks very nice. Is there a 'real' business class' on board as well?

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Soon it was time to do my normal ritual and visit the Chocolate lounge

At 5 am  Wow!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I guess its good for those that want peace and quiet.

And a good apron view!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I had my iPhone earphones and this actually worked despite the three pin socket so I used those.

I hate it when they use the 3-holed ones, but good to see you could work around that 

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
It seems that reports of crew actively handing out the pre booked meals first is not consistant.
Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
The list came out and I was handed my meal with a free drink.

Not good. One would expect that they go through the list and hand it out proactively!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I never knew they had Belgian E Jets !

Yes, Jetairfly actually has 2. Now that's quite unique in the charter scene. I'm trying to get a seat on one of those after the season put prices are generally high and timings bad (as most cases with charters...). And booking fee is a whopping € 15!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Seems the name of the game here.

Spanish style you mean  

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
Something for Nils

Hey thanks! SN does their A320's to AGP. It's a popular route but prices are high, as expected...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
25 Post contains images gpbcroppers63 : Hey Philip, Thanks for another very enjoyable report. You certainly got lucky on the way down to AGP with the free wi-fi and the celebrations. Good ti
26 christao17 : Thanks for sharing your trip with us. 3:30 am!? Wow, what a way to begin a trip! Still, it sounds like you encountered plenty of friendly staff to mak
27 Post contains images OA260 : Hi Nils Yes I remember when there was special Rugby charter to CWL once . Some Anetters filled up the J cabin . It was the older product though. You
28 ba319-131 : Hi Philip, Nice read and pictures, thanks for sharing. - How odd, it's a perfect flight for it! - Bugger, that was an early morning! - You could have
29 Post contains images OA260 : Thanks for the reply much appreciated. I do feel your pain I had dial up a few years back and it was frustrating. I used to load the page then go mak
30 MSS658 : Hello Philip Thanks for posting your latest travels. I did enjoy the read, nice to see EI installing wifi. The addition to have an intercontinental J
31 EIRules : Top class as always Philip. The EI J class looks better than I expected to be honest... I do have a question... In the pic where is FIDS shows your fl
32 Post contains images OA260 : Hey Marc Yes the wifi is a great addition. Nice to see product enhancements. will do Thanks alot . Yes its pretty decent for the current routes. UA c
33 shamrock350 : Great report Philip! The Aer Lingus A330s look in good form and the addition of wifi was always going to be a good move, especially for Business Class
34 Post contains images OA260 : Hi Kevin great to hear from you For me on a 7-8 hours flight I would pay it . Purely for the reason it would pass the time . I would like to see it a
35 shamrock350 : I think they've only recently returned to the UK, in a few big university campus sites to test the market. Chipotle is growing in the UK though. Yes
36 Post contains links and images OA260 : Yeah although some of my colleagues would rather a few beers at 7am and the breakfast at night lol Interesting results in todays figures : http://cor
37 jwhite9185 : Hi Philip, great report as usual. Brought back memories of two of my trips from last year! Interesting to see EI use the A330 down to AGP although I g
38 Post contains images 321neo : Fantastic trip report as always OA260!! This short A330 sector is a great opportunity to try out the EI J cabin, look foward to trying it myself somet
39 Post contains images aerdingus : Lovely stuff Philip, I love the layout with the pics & the Irish writing. As MIAspotter mentioned above it is a trip I wana do on me 3 days off, b
40 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Philip, Thanks for your latest report. Super idea to head down to the Med on an A330, these European flights on widebodies are so exciting, especia
41 roberts87 : Hi Philip, interesting report. Always nice to fly a widebody within Europe and good to get some spring sunshine. Also great to read about the pre-orde
42 The777Man : Hi Philip! Thanks for a great report with great pictures ! Very nice to try the new seats on EI's 330 but on short haul. Seats look nice and buy on bo
43 PlaneHunter : Hi Philip, interesting report with some good pictures. EI's J Class product looks fine, wouldn't mind to try that on a flight to the US. The meals did
44 FLIEGER67 : Hey, P., sure a great idea to spend a night down in the sun and especially on this equipment. Real good pix, as usual and also interesting story. EI l
45 Post contains images akhmad : Dear Philip, You bring back the nice memories of visiting Malaga myself in 2011. Isn’t it great to fly widebody intra-European? Especially when you
46 Post contains images adamspotter : Hi Phillip, Great report as usual! What a nice idea to fly the EI A330 down to Malaga (and the much warmer climate), an ever greater idea to get yours
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