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Let's Jet With Aer (DUB)Lingus: BRU-DUB-LCY-ANR  
User currently offlinesultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 9291 times:
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Introduction - Mission ‘fish and chips’

A whole lotta while ago, I was discussing ‘fish and chips’ over a chat session on the internet with fellow a.netter OA260. I promised him that one fine day in June, when the Irish summer would be at it’s very best, I would take a flight out there to savour a nice plate of ‘fish and chips’ and of course to meet up for a walk and talk. That said and almost done, the one thing to do for me was to book some flights of course!

For a dayreturn, the choices were pretty limited so I settled with the earliest possible arrival in DUB that was possible ex-BRU, which was on the direct Aer Lingus A320 service, o/w price = € 78. For the return, I chose to fly another carrier to maximise my time in DUB and get at least a connecting flight home. CityJet came out as a winner here with a DUB-LCY-ANR combo, including the Avro-RJ85 and the F50 for a o/w price = € 115.

And the flights featured in this report on a map (thanks to the excellent Great Circle Mapper, copyright Karl L Schwartz):


Brussels Airport - BRU

Once again I take the train to Brussels Airport, it’s overpriced but oh so convenient. No long walk to the A gates today - Ireland doesn’t do Schengen - and upon arrival at the departure hall, I just go straight: through border control and into the shopping area at the B gates.

The not-so-new-anymore SN Y seats are on display. I must say the design appeals to me and the a.netters that have already tried them on longhaul are quite positive about them.


It’s a long time agon since I’ve been in this part of BRU, therefore a bit of exploration is mandatory. I wasn’t even aware of the fact that there is a kind of ‘panoramic view’ point  Wow!, so up a floor I go.


The 1st view I encounter is actually not so nice. The building works for The Connector are in full swing apparently.


Ah, the next one is much better, here’s this morning’s lineup on the north side of terminal B. The usual suspects are all there:


And the south side sees some nice activity as well, with United’s EWR flight taxiing in:


Even further south there are some more interesting vessels, amongst others a TG 777, a JAF Jungle Jet and a Privilege Style 752.


After a visit to the small room - where I stand obliged face to face with this commercial for about 45”...


... I head through the security control and find myself airside soon enough. It’s a real beehive this morning:


Brothers in arms, for MSS658, which one do you like best  


And these 9W’s are regular visitors until now, but for how long...?


Runway 02 is in use for arrivals this morning and from where I’m now the arriving aircraft are easy to spot from far ahead. Something green is coming in and I think this is mine:


The plane parks at gate B32, about halfway the terminal. It’s good to see a green and colourful livery in the Euro skies and here on the ground in BRU.


And what sees my eye besides the fact that Aer Lingus sent in ship EI-DEE today?


Yeah, rub it in some more will you   


With the spotting session over and boarding time nearly there, I position myself strategically in front of the desk at the gate. A large crowd has gathered, mainly elderly people and apparently we’ll have a full house this morning. Boarding time passes and suddenly the gate monitor displays a 10 min delay. Nothing major, we wait and wait and wait some more. Then there’s an announcement:

’Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement for all passengers bound for Dublin on flight EI631. Due to a crew member becoming ill on the way to Brussels, there will not be a full set of cabin crew operating the flight. Therefore we cannot accept everybody on this full flight and we need 20 volunteers to be taken off and rearrange their flight with another carrier’.

I enquire about the options immediately but they don’t have full information yet and have to wait for an answer from Aer Lingus headquarters. The most plausible solution would be a rebooking with BA via LHR but that would leave me with virtually no time in Ireland. On the positive side this would give me an extra flight today  

10 minutes later there is still virtually no one that has stepped up to volunteer, except for me, in the case that they really need me. Then there’s another message which includes the magic words ‘€ 250 compensation’. I don’t think twice and volunteer to be taken off. For that I have to go to the Swissport desk in the departure hall (say what  Wow!) to get myself a new ticket. Hello folks, ever heard of a transfer desk?? With no time to waste, I make my way back, through arrivals and border control again and 10 firm minutes later I’m back to square one. The very unfriendly lady behind the desk gives me a big ‘sigh’ and tells me that they just received word that the flight is now going out full as planned. WTF? And I ran all the way here and now have to get all the way back? What a mockery! Pretty pissed off, I get a new boarding pass and start the trek over to gate B32 again, through border and security control. When I arrive there I’m of course the very last person to board and the gate staff sincerely apologises for this inconvenience.

I’m pretty relieved to be able to get on the flight though!




BRU to DUB
EI631
Airbus A320 EI-DEE
STD-STA 10h05-10h50
Y class
seat 29F


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There’s still a line at the end of the finger, so that warrants another shot of the vessel I’m about to board:


Luckily the issuing of a new boarding pass hasn’t changed my seat, it is still window last row, 29F. Upon entering the plane, I pass 2 female FA’s: one of them shows a really pale and sad face, perhaps she’s the ill one? Not much of a ‘hello’ as I pass them and of the other 2 FA’s who are standing in the middle of the cabin. Of course my window seat is taken by someone else, who seems to not have 29F but 29 D. Sorry dude, out you go 

The flight is packed, not a single seat to be seen and next to me is an elderly French speaking couple, who, as it seems, are part of a large group (+ 80 pax) travelling to Eire today.




The front office comes on, captain speaking, and explains the situation with the ill-fated cabin crew member. She has been seen by the airport doctor and after some medication, she’s found fit enough to fly and moreover fit enough to perform her duties ICE, but she will not perform service. Well, that’s fine by me as long as this flight is operating!

Pushback is late as expected, 45 mins after SDT. The DL is pushing back as well at the same time but on time.


And the AC to Infinity and Toronto is departing also:


The departing runway is 07R this morning, due to the easterly winds. That makes for a ride with some good sights along the way.

This one is for OA260:


US B752 to Philly(p):


The JJJ (JAF Jungle Jet):


The Privilege Style B752, flying for Thomas the Cook to PMI:


And ET will go home tonight as well:


The departure is pretty swift and quite quickly we are up in the air and above the dense cloud base, next stop DUB.








Some traffic really high above:


The contents of the seat pocket sees the regular stuff, the CARA magazine (where did they get that name from?), a shopping guide, safety card and an onboard menu.


The crew start their BOB round, with 3 iso 4.


The prices seem to be on par with other BOB airlines and I go for my usual choice on morning flights, that is tea & lemon. € 2,5 for a large cup, that’s not too shabby.


After the service, I switch the music on and glue my eyes to the window. It’s a clear day and the views outside are really good.

We pass along STN:


Entering the Irish Sea:


Exiting the Irish Sea:


We come in on a rather northern route, dus to easterly winds, we fly inland and turn 180° to land from the west. For once in every decade, it doesn’t rain in Ireland (just joking  )



Some real estate...


And a rather large tennis court...






After a landing on runway 10, we vacate via a high speed exit and head for our designated stand at terminal 2.

It looks like we have left something behind?




Iberia Express anyone?


Disembarkation is pretty swift with the front door coupled to a finger and the back door opened for the apron. Now which one should I choose 






The green Aer Lingus livery works very well under a blue sky. Here’s our neighbour:




Dublin Airport (Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath) - DUB take 1

So, up the stairs, into the terminal and through the terminal...


...through border control and look who’s there waiting for me at arrivals? OA260!

We exchange greetings and take the direct Aircoach to the city. The weather is stunning, very un-Irish but pleasant and much appreciated after the most dull spring in years in Western Europe. Of course, let’s not forget the purpose of this trip (spot the mistake  )...


...we stroll through the city for a few hours, meanwhile talking about lots of things and aviation of course  

A Dublin icon (amongst others):


The Temple Bar of course!


After a few very enjoyable hours, we catch the Aircoach again, which brings us in just under 20 minutes back to the airport. We say goodbye and I head over to terminal 1 to catch my CityJet flight home via LCY.

Dublin Airport (Aerfort Bhaile Átha Cliath) - DUB take 2

This place is really old and worn in comparison to terminal 2. CityJet is a major player here it seems:


The security screening is a sad show, it’s painfully slow (I queue for about 30 mins) and there are lots of unprepared and occasional travellers. In the end, I get through without a problem but by timeframe has shrunk considerably. Therefore I go the gate immediately.

The CityJet flights leave from this satellite thingy, the -200 gates. Mind you, that’s not my plane over there, neither is that my fuel truck  


This way please, but beware, there’s no way back!


There’s not much to do in the satellite terminal. I buy myself a bottle of water and sit down in the nicely airconditioned waiting room. In total there are 3 CityJets parked, the one I shot before which is apparently going nowhere, 1 bound for London (coming from AMS) and 1 bound for Paris.

This FlyBE Dash-8, bound for SOU wears it’s jacket very proud:




And also this RJ-85 looks really nice up close and personal.


The waiting room is actually a pleasant affair, it’s airy and most of all quiet. The ceiling sees another inventive CityJet promotional banner:


Some 15 mins after my arrival, the flight is called for boarding.

or rather
DUB to LCY
AF5126
Avro RJ-85 EI-RJY
STD-STA 17h25-18h50
Y class
seat 16A

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Tell me, what is better than to board an aircraft via the apron on a nice and warm day?


Tailfin, Avro style!


Closeup:


Having a seat in the back I go for the rear stairs.


2 male FA’s on this service to London and the flight is about 80% full.


The CityJet Avro’s have a 3x3 config except for the last 2 rows on the left which are 2x3.


I’m in the one before last row on the 2-seater.


The overhead panel:


I have a seatmate, unfortunately a businessman who already marked his personal space in any direction   

The seats are comfy but not as comfy as the seats on the SN Avro’s, those are actually the only ones I can compare with.

Just like on Aer Lingus, the airline’s logo is engraved in the seat back:


The doors are closed and the - Irish - captain thanks us for all for being early, anticipating a departure well before schedule.

Too bad my window is heavily scratched...


So off we go, 15 mins early. The runway is again n° 10 this late afternoon.


We are tailed by 2 Aer Lingus busses:


Without further a due, the Jumbolino accelerates and takes off, giving me an overview of the airport premises. From an airborne perspective it is evident that there is no real cohesion in the building style of this airport.




Turning left towards the Irish Sea:




Once on cruise, the cart is rolled out and the 2 men perform the service. They are friendly but do lack the warmth and genuineness of the CityJet crew I’m accustomed to on the F50’s. My guess is that they are AF crew and the F50 crew is that of former ‘VLM Airlines’. Also service wise, there is a difference, the choice is a salty or sweet snack and a drink of choice. No sandwich or another more extensive snack.


Also, the inflight magazine is the AF one and on the F50, they have Velocity.


The flight itself is nice and easy, the weather is clear enroute. Here we overfly MAN:


After about 45 mins, the descent towards LCY is initiated, thereby overflying another London airport, LTN:




We basically fly clockwise around London, over the Thames estuary for a landing on runway 09.








There’s lots of industrial activity down there:


And finally we’re over Central London on the final descent. Too bad the sun was on my side, I bet the right hand side of the aircraft had magnificent views   






And there we are, touchdown is hard and braking as well. There’s always fun at LCY!


Nevertheless, we miss the exit to the apron and quickly turn 180° on the runway.


I love airports that are surrounded by water!


Finally, we arrive at our parking position.


Brakes set, doors disarmed and opened and we’re all free to go! No border control this time which is a relief. I do have time enough though but every check less is welcomed of course.

London City Airport - LCY

After exiting the arrivals area, I head outside for a breath of fresh air. I still have 1h30min to go before the final leg to ANR.

As it turns out, there’s not much to see outside at this time of the day, so I head back in, get screened for explosives again and find myself next at 1 of the high tables along the window, enjoying the busy evening scene on the apron.

Alitalia Embraer-190:


A most lovely Luxair Dash-8:


One of many CityJet F50’s:


Here at LCY, there really is not a single reason why you should be at your gate before boarding time, it is a very small space at apron level with a few chairs and limited action view. In fact, the gate info is only displayed very short ahead of boarding time.

When the gate does flash up, I’m happy to see it’s n°4 and not the ‘omen gate’ n°21.

This rather uninspiring corridor leads to the gates, each are 1 staircase down:


Just as I’m about to go down, the LIN bound AZ Embraer passes by:


The boarding pass is scanned and after 10 more minutes of waiting the door is opened and we’re free to walk to the awaiting F50.

or rather
LCY to DUB
AF5239
Fokker 50 OO-VLP
STD-STA 20h30-22h30
Y class
seat 11A

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While my opinion on the F50’s appearance is not really flattering - in profile I find her just damn ugly - she does have a certain something which can only be appreciated when standing very close by. Judge for yourself  

A nice decall on her bottom:


For my friend FLIEGER67, under the left wing:


Propeller, F50 style:


From another photogenic angle:


Her belly and a sexy leg:


Behind me queuing is a mother with 2 young children who are as excited as I am. The mother is taking pics as well and I do my good deed and ask if I should take on of them all, which is happily accepted. I hope my own kids will be as excited as these two - and me - when they ever step onboard of their maiden flight  

When I step onboard, I’m greeted in Dutch - Flemish - by a very friendly lady, she’s the type of FA, I really like, just friendly and polite without being intrusive or reserved. Also the male FA, who’s in the rear of the cabin, is very nice and friendly. The difference in ‘feeling welcome’ with the previous flight is striking...

Seat 11A. Again I have a seatmate and unfortunately also someone quite territorial. And those of you that have ever stepped foot onboard a F50, do know how limited the personal space is. And how akwardly low the windows are positioned...








After a few words from the cockpit and some more words and a safety briefing from the cabin crew, we leave our stand 15 minutes early for the second time today, really impressive.


Runway 09 is just a few meters away so in no time we’re up in the air after a powerful takeoff. After all, the runway here is only about 1500m long!




We level off over the Thames estuary again, and turn southeast to direct us to the Belgian coast.




I deliberately had nothing to eat at LCY as I knew that these CityJet flights have a good onboard catering. And today I’m not disappointed either, the crew comes round twice with sandwiches on offer and multiple drinks/snacks, all delivered at my tray table with a genuine smile.


Afterwards the trash is cleared and also this flight is nearing it’s end when the descent towards ANR is initiated.

The sun is chasing us, but she will not catch up this evening.




A blanket anyone?




We fly very near the Port of Antwerp which indicates a straight landing into runway 11.




The gear comes out just as we cross the Schelde river:


The ‘Sinksenfoor’ carnival is in town!




Exactly 1h after wheels up, we make a hard landing at ANR. After an 180° turn on the runway we literally race to our stand on the apron.




The unloading is quick and I thank the crew for their excellent service. If only I had a chocolate box like MSS658 always does, this crew really deserves one   It’s good to see the ‘Spirit of VLM’ still alive  


5 minutes after stepping out of the aircraft I’m at the bus stop and not long thereafter on my way home.


Final thoughts...

This was my third overall flight on Aer Lingus. With 3 daily flights and the only carrier operating a diirect flight ex-BRU there’s not much choice if you’re heading for the Irish capital. They are certainly not a bad choice, the semi low cost style is seen with other carriers as well. Considering the price I paid, I cannot complain about todays flight. The only downside was the poor handling of the incident with the ill crew member. Imo, both Aer Lingus and Swissport are responsible in this matter.

With CityJet I had the actual feeling of flying 2 different airlines, with a definite preference for the ex-VLM one. While I find the hardware in the form of the F50 much less comfortable than the RJ85, I really enjoyed the pleasant and very customer minded crew. Regardless of this difference, CityJet is high on my ‘like’ list providing an excellent product all troughout its network that is attractively priced if you book well in advance.

Thank you for reading and I await and will answer your questions, thoughts and comments.

Sultanils


In thrust we trust.
44 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlinesn26567 From Belgium, joined Aug 2004, 131 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 19 hours ago) and read 9143 times:

Nice report. Did the Aer Lingus catch up some of the time lost at departure?


ex-Sabena #26567
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 18 hours ago) and read 9084 times:

Hey Nils, really nice report and lovely sharp photos. Good thing the weather was on your side. Not many travelers to the “Isles” can claim that.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
when the Irish summer would be at it’s very best

This reminds me of the old joke amongst some college students living in the UK back in the day: “Does anyone know what day of the week is the summer this year?”.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
And what sees my eye besides the fact that Aer Lingus sent in ship EI-DEE today?

LOL, I knew exactly what you were referring to even before I scrolled down to see the photo. That thing will haunt you forever Nils, unless you book yourself a flight with it again.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
10 minutes later there is still virtually no one that has stepped up to volunteer, except for me, in the case that they really need me. Then there’s another message which includes the magic words ‘€ 250 compensation’. I don’t think twice and volunteer to be taken off. For that I have to go to the Swissport desk in the departure hall (say what ) to get myself a new ticket. Hello folks, ever heard of a transfer desk?? With no time to waste, I make my way back, through arrivals and border control again and 10 firm minutes later I’m back to square one. The very unfriendly lady behind the desk gives me a big ‘sigh’ and tells me that they just received word that the flight is now going out full as planned. WTF? And I ran all the way here and now have to get all the way back? What a mockery! Pretty pissed off, I get a new boarding pass and start the trek over to gate B32 again, through border and security control. When I arrive there I’m of course the very last person to board and the gate staff sincerely apologises for this inconvenience.

What an absolute mess. I would have been furious. Glad that everything worked out in the end and you didn’t have to sacrifice your precious time in Dublin for this. Too bad that all of this hassle was for nothing though.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Entering the Irish Sea:

Blackpool has been featuring in TRs quite frequently this week  .

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
spot the mistake

Wait. Is that fish, …chicken?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
While my opinion on the F50’s appearance is not really flattering - in profile I find her just damn ugly - she does have a certain something which can only be appreciated when standing very close by. Judge for yourself


For once we agree on something aesthetics-related .


Let me complement you again on a very enjoyable report. As you know both you and I like to play with the titles of our TRs so when I saw the title of this report I was like “DUB…Lingus…? I don’t get it” LOL, I must be really slow today. It took me a few seconds. I’ll blame it on the “Friday effect”.

Stojan



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27100 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8921 times:

Hey Nils  

Great report and glad you managed to write it so soon. Really enjoyed your visit and we were so lucky with the weather. So glad you made it in the end too. It would have been such a shame to be so close to meeting then not to.

Just to give you an idea of what it is now :

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/null_zps18a2bbce.jpg

So chicken and chips it was but fish and chips for me .   Glad you enjoyed it .

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The Temple Bar of course!

Arr the Man himself and country colour co ordinated for the visit   Great pic BTW I think it was the good photographer too haha  

Hope to see you soon we must do the trip we talked about ! Oh and you are always welcome especially if you bring those Belgian chocs!! They were way too nice  


Regards

Philip  


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6346 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 16 hours ago) and read 8900 times:

Great report, interesting way to Ireland and back!

Shame about the run around you got at BRU, I would have been very annoyed as well but probably more about the EUR250 I would have missed out on! It sounds like Aer Lingus should have acted quicker on finding a solution while the ground staff should have been more helpful, these things happen though and it's a relief that the crew member was fit to fly and the flight got away eventually.

I haven't flown CityJet in a while, I really don't have much of an excuse as I live in London and work right next to LCY! Definitely on my "to do" list, especially the Fokker.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
CARA magazine (where did they get that name from?)

It means "friend" in Irish so it acts as your friend in the sky!

Love the photos over Ireland and the UK as well, lovely sunny weather which is long gone now!

Shamrock350


User currently offlineairbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4273 posts, RR: 51
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 9 hours ago) and read 8525 times:

Hi Nils,

What a bad performance by Swissport. Well, I have nothing up with that company anyway and in AMS they're not having such a good name either with their cargo business. So, you see the bad layout in BRU, with too long walkways to basically everywhere. I am not a big fan of it...

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
In total there are 3 CityJets parked, the one I shot before which is apparently going nowhere, 1 bound for London (coming from AMS)

There is no such Cityjet flight originating from AMS.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Once on cruise, the cart is rolled out and the 2 men perform the service. They are friendly but do lack the warmth and genuineness of the CityJet crew I’m accustomed to on the F50’s. My guess is that they are AF crew and the F50 crew is that of former ‘VLM Airlines’. Also service wise, there is a difference, the choice is a salty or sweet snack and a drink of choice. No sandwich or another more extensive snack.

I always got good (and seemingly better) service on my Cityjet flights then on the 2 flights you got. Also crew on the RJ-85s are polite, though I never had male crews. The RJ-85 flights can also have sandwiches loaded, I always got sandwich on my AMS-LCY flights and AMS-BVE. Some other flights just get the snack like on my DUB-LCY but I was given both sweet and savory option. The sandwich on your LCY-ANR flight looks small to me?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Runway 09 is just a few meters away so in no time we’re up in the air after a powerful takeoff. After all, the runway here is only about 1500m long!

The F50 only needs a couple of hundred meters to get airborne, so it's more then enough length at City Airport for the Dutch ladies.

Good thing to have a nice weather and day in Dublin. Summer around the Benelux is so far non excisting this year...

Eric



"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
User currently offlinePlaneHunter From Germany, joined Mar 2006, 6824 posts, RR: 77
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 8335 times:

Hi Nils,

very nice report, interesting choice of carriers. I flew LUX-LCY-DUB-MUC on VLM F50, Cityjet AR8 and EI A320 on one day after my MEA mission in October. Report yet to come...who knows when.

I was quite impressed by the service, and yes, I'd also prefer the VLM part of Cityjet.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
CityJet came out as a winner here with a DUB-LCY-ANR combo, including the Avro-RJ85 and the F50 for a o/w price = € 115.

Sounds okay!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
’Good morning ladies and gentlemen, I have an announcement for all passengers bound for Dublin on flight EI631. Due to a crew member becoming ill on the way to Brussels, there will not be a full set of cabin crew operating the flight. Therefore we cannot accept everybody on this full flight and we need 20 volunteers to be taken off and rearrange their flight with another carrier’.

Ah, there was a similar announcement on my PMI-MAN flight on Thomson in April. However, they only said that service would be a bit slower.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
10 minutes later there is still virtually no one that has stepped up to volunteer, except for me, in the case that they really need me. Then there’s another message which includes the magic words ‘€ 250 compensation’. I don’t think twice and volunteer to be taken off. For that I have to go to the Swissport desk in the departure hall (say what Wow!) to get myself a new ticket. Hello folks, ever heard of a transfer desk?? With no time to waste, I make my way back, through arrivals and border control again and 10 firm minutes later I’m back to square one. The very unfriendly lady behind the desk gives me a big ‘sigh’ and tells me that they just received word that the flight is now going out full as planned. WTF? And I ran all the way here and now have to get all the way back? What a mockery! Pretty pissed off, I get a new boarding pass and start the trek over to gate B32 again, through border and security control. When I arrive there I’m of course the very last person to board and the gate staff sincerely apologises for this inconvenience.

That's a joke indeed!


PH



Nothing's worse than flying the same reg twice!
User currently offlineRvXKaz From Singapore, joined Apr 2011, 195 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 8150 times:

Hi Nils,

This is quite an interesting report with interesting airlines (and interesting situations) even though its just some short hops!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I would take a flight out there to savour a nice plate of ‘fish and chips’ and of course to meet up for a walk and talk.

Sir, would you like a few flights with the chips? :P

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Even further south there are some more interesting vessels, amongst others a TG 777

I'm surprised to see the TG 777! Are they operating regular flights to BRU?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
10 minutes later there is still virtually no one that has stepped up to volunteer, except for me, in the case that they really need me. Then there’s another message which includes the magic words ‘€ 250 compensation’. I don’t think twice and volunteer to be taken off. For that I have to go to the Swissport desk in the departure hall (say what ) to get myself a new ticket. Hello folks, ever heard of a transfer desk?? With no time to waste, I make my way back, through arrivals and border control again and 10 firm minutes later I’m back to square one. The very unfriendly lady behind the desk gives me a big ‘sigh’ and tells me that they just received word that the flight is now going out full as planned. WTF? And I ran all the way here and now have to get all the way back? What a mockery! Pretty pissed off, I get a new boarding pass and start the trek over to gate B32 again, through border and security control. When I arrive there I’m of course the very last person to board and the gate staff sincerely apologises for this inconvenience.

I’m pretty relieved to be able to get on the flight though!

Talk about the one that got away! I guess the poor flight attendent didn't have much of a choice but to go to work since it would be an impossible task to find 20 aviation nuts like you on the flight who would prefer an additional flight! I'm kidding but it was an adventure and a very unusual situation to be in! How's that for a flight experience!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
And ET will go home tonight as well:

Beautiful winglet!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Too bad my window is heavily scratched...

That is one thing that makes me go "FML", especially when I peek at the windows infront and behind and they are flawless!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Without further a due, the Jumbolino accelerates and takes off, giving me an overview of the airport premises.

Nice to see all the green jets down there! Unmistakable view!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
. My guess is that they are AF crew and the F50 crew is that of former ‘VLM Airlines’. Also service wise, there is a difference, the choice is a salty or sweet snack and a drink of choice. No sandwich or another more extensive snack.

I'm quite curious about this airline! Are the crew French/Dutch? Was French or Dutch used in the announcements? Catering looks good indeed!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
I hope my own kids will be as excited as these two - and me - when they ever step onboard of their maiden flight

I hope daddy will plan a special flight for his babies!

Most glad to hear you had a good lunch!  

Thank you for sharing!
Gavin



They say that I'm a dreamer. But I'd only Dreamt Skyward.
User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5173 posts, RR: 55
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 8024 times:

Hey, N.,

great story and pictures, for sure an enjoyable read this Saturday afternoon, well done.
And it seems you´re really lucky with the weather conditions around you´re trip.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):

For my friend FLIEGER67, under the left wing:

Ah, that´s what I like, but I´am sure, you know!.

Greetings,
Markus(FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7909 times:
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@ sn26567

Quoting sn26567 (Reply 1):
Nice report. Did the Aer Lingus catch up some of the time lost at departure?

Hi sn26567, thank your for your reply. Yes, we made some time up but still landed with a 35 min delay. The padding of the schedules can come in handy sometimes!

@ Widebodyroga

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Hey Nils, really nice report and lovely sharp photos.

Hey Stojan, thanks my friend!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
“Does anyone know what day of the week is the summer this year?”.

Lol, student jokes 

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
LOL, I knew exactly what you were referring to even before I scrolled down to see the photo.

I knew my loyal readers would notice that in an instant!

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Too bad that all of this hassle was for nothing though.

Exactly my point, both Swissport and Aer Lingus failed here badly...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Blackpool has been featuring in TRs quite frequently this week

Oh, did I miss something?

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 2):
Wait. Is that fish, …chicken?

You tell me 

Quoting sn26567 (Reply 1):
Let me complement you again on a very enjoyable report. As you know both you and I like to play with the titles of our TRs so when I saw the title of this report I was like “DUB…Lingus…? I don’t get it” LOL, I must be really slow today. It took me a few seconds. I’ll blame it on the “Friday effect”.

Thanks again. I like to entice my readers a bit to think and not only read, but with a man of science like you, I know exactly how you think  

@ OA260

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hey Nils

Hey Philip!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Great report and glad you managed to write it so soon.

Thank you. It wasn’t published the day after but still quite fast considering my lack of time nowadays.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Really enjoyed your visit and we were so lucky with the weather. So glad you made it in the end too. It would have been such a shame to be so close to meeting then not to.

I enjoyed it very much as well. Thanks again for your hospitality, much appreciated! I’m glad the issue with EI worked out for the better and that I got on the flight as planned.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Just to give you an idea of what it is now

Oh my, I pity you...

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Glad you enjoyed it .

It was good and greasy!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Arr the Man himself and country colour co ordinated for the visit Great pic BTW I think it was the good photographer too haha

You got it. I should’ve worn my white pants and orange cap, now that would’ve been perfect!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Hope to see you soon we must do the trip we talked about ! Oh and you are always welcome especially if you bring those Belgian chocs!! They were way too nice

You’re always welcome! And the chocs... I knew you’d love them. My pleasure  

@ shamrock350

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 4):
Great report, interesting way to Ireland and back!

Thank you very much shamrock350, much appreciated!

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 4):
Shame about the run around you got at BRU, I would have been very annoyed as well but probably more about the EUR250 I would have missed out on! It sounds like Aer Lingus should have acted quicker on finding a solution while the ground staff should have been more helpful, these things happen though and it's a relief that the crew member was fit to fly and the flight got away eventually.

Exactly my opinion. They made a mess all throughout but I was relieved to be on the flight nevertheless.

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 4):
I really don't have much of an excuse as I live in London and work right next to LCY!

Indeed no excuse for you lol! And CityJet has plenty of options ex-LCY so go for it!

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 4):
It means "friend" in Irish so it acts as your friend in the sky!

Now that makes sense, thanks for clarifying!

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 4):
Love the photos over Ireland and the UK as well, lovely sunny weather which is long gone now!

Thanks again, I know I was quite lucky that day. Nearly every time I come to Dublin...

@ airbuseric

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Hi Nils

Hello Eric, how are you?

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
What a bad performance by Swissport.

You can say that again. But Swissport is not the only one to blame here imo...

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
There is no such Cityjet flight originating from AMS.

You’re absolutely right. I should rephrase that to the fact that the aircraft in question did AMS-LCY before coming to DUB, meaning that it was in AMS on the same day.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
I always got good (and seemingly better) service on my Cityjet flights then on the 2 flights you got.

I can imagine that. I won’t say that the service was bad but the difference between the 2 legs was striking.

Quoting airbuseric (Reply 5):
Some other flights just get the snack like on my DUB-LCY but I was given both sweet and savory option. The sandwich on your LCY-ANR flight looks small to me?

We got the sweet and savoury option as well on DUB-LCY. No, the sandwich was quite large, I even had two  

@ PlaneHunter

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
Hi Nils,

very nice report, interesting choice of carriers.

Hello PH, thanks for your comments.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I flew LUX-LCY-DUB-MUC on VLM F50, Cityjet AR8 and EI A320 on one day

That’s cool, you had the same carriers and aircraft types but nice different routing.

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
I was quite impressed by the service, and yes, I'd also prefer the VLM part of Cityjet.

We are in line on this matter then  

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 6):
However, they only said that service would be a bit slower.

The captain said exactly the same thing before departure ex-BRU when he explained the situation to us pax.

@ RvXKaz

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
Hi Nils,

This is quite an interesting report with interesting airlines (and interesting situations) even though its just some short hops!

Hello Gavin, good to hear from you and thank you for your comments!

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
I'm surprised to see the TG 777! Are they operating regular flights to BRU?

Yes, since 2 years TG is back in BRU, now 4x weekly with the 77W.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
I guess the poor flight attendent didn't have much of a choice but to go to work since it would be an impossible task to find 20 aviation nuts like you on the flight who would prefer an additional flight!

No, there just one ‘nut’ on the flight = me! The rest was a planeload of elderly people. Of course when you have a group of +80 people travelling together, it is much harder to find volunteers since the group is most likely not split up.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
Beautiful winglet!

  

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
That is one thing that makes me go "FML", especially when I peek at the windows infront and behind and they are flawless!

Usually I am quite lucky with those things. A greasy window can be cleaned but a scratched one unfortunately not...

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
I'm quite curious about this airline! Are the crew French/Dutch? Was French or Dutch used in the announcements?

Well, it depends on the route. The Jumbolinos are AF and have more French crews and the F50’s are ex-VLM and have mostly Belgian (Flemish) crews. On DUB-LCY, it was English only, On LCY-ANR, it was English and Dutch.

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
I hope daddy will plan a special flight for his babies!

I will for sure when the time is there  

Quoting RvXKaz (Reply 7):
Most glad to hear you had a good lunch!

Ha ha, yes, a low calorie meal lol!

@ FLIEGER67

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
Hey, N.,

great story and pictures

Hi Markus, thanks a lot!

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
And it seems you´re really lucky with the weather conditions around you´re trip.

You got it, it is important to really appreciate these since it doesn’t happen too often with me. But then again, I don’t fly that much either  

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 8):
Ah, that´s what I like, but I´am sure, you know!

I knew you would appreciate it!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineWidebodyroga From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 613 posts, RR: 16
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 7894 times:

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
Oh, did I miss something?

Well, Roberts87 flew out of there (Blackpool) in his most recent TR , there was another report recently (I can't recall by whom) where Blackpool was also visited and now you flew over it (your photo shows clearly the Blackpool coast)  .

Quoting Sultanils (Reply 9):
You tell me 

Oh my! I understand that you don't like seafood but the kind of fish they use for fish and chips in the UK/Ireland is the most tasteless/non-offensive type of fish. Having said that, chicken was probably a good choice .



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User currently offlineMSS658 From Belgium, joined Oct 2010, 2474 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 6 days ago) and read 7602 times:

Hello Nils
Another great trip report ex-BRU from your side!
Seems like you have your luck on runway 02 departures, never happened to me before. Maybe in the next few weeks.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The not-so-new-anymore SN Y seats are on display. I must say the design appeals to me and the a.netters that have already tried them on longhaul are quite positive about them.

I can only agree! For the ones who have missed it
B.transatlantic To The B.apple! (by MSS658 May 30 2013 in Trip Reports)

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Brothers in arms, for MSS658, which one do you like best

Hmmm... maybe the US Airways jet in the back :p

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
And the AC to Infinity and Toronto is departing also:

Actually it's just Montreal now, they removed the YUL-YYZ leg of AC 832/833.

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
LCY to DUB
AF5239
Fokker 50 OO-VLP
STD-STA 20h30-22h30
Y class
seat 11A

had VLP on the same route last month, just one row behind you I was.

Greetings
Marc



Next trip report: Well worn A330s and Hassle free MUC transfer
User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 7429 times:
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@ Widebodyroga

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
and now you flew over it

I missed it completely and thought that was Liver iso Black   My geographics is really bad...

Quoting Widebodyroga (Reply 10):
I understand that you don't like seafood but the kind of fish they use for fish and chips in the UK/Ireland is the most tasteless/non-offensive type of fish. Having said that, chicken was probably a good choice

No, I’m not a seafood fan. It was chicken indeed!

@ MSS658

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Hello Nils
Another great trip report ex-BRU from your side!

Hello Marc, thanks for your comment!

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Seems like you have your luck on runway 02 departures

I haven’t had a 02 departure ever, a 07R au contraire  

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Hmmm... maybe the US Airways jet in the back

Hey come on, I thought you were a United errr.... CO fan?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
Actually it's just Montreal now, they removed the YUL-YYZ leg of AC 832/833.

Oh did they? Why’s that? To emphasize the competition with Air Transat?

Quoting MSS658 (Reply 11):
just one row behind you I was

I don’t like row 12 on the F50, the window is badly aligned in that row. But then again, all windows are on the F50   

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineadamspotter From Netherlands, joined Feb 2011, 1167 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7247 times:
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Hello there Nils!

Good to read another report from you again. It sure is a great one provided with many nice and sharp pictures, well done  
It looks like you had a great day of flying with some beautiful weather (it's about time  ) and always nice to meet up with a fellow a.netter!
It is quite interesting to see the difference between Cityjet and the VLM part of Cityjet, quite a difference from the looks of it!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Ah, the next one is much better, here’s this morning’s lineup on the north side of terminal B. The usual suspects are all there:

Interesting to see the dutch registered Arkefly plane there, or is that a regular @ BRU?

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
And these 9W’s are regular visitors until now, but for how long...?

Who knows, would be great to see them all here at AMS  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Yeah, rub it in some more will you   

Oh come on Nils, when are you finally going to fly them 
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
10 minutes later there is still virtually no one that has stepped up to volunteer, except for me, in the case that they really need me. Then there’s another message which includes the magic words ‘€ 250 compensation’. I don’t think twice and volunteer to be taken off. For that I have to go to the Swissport desk in the departure hall (say what &nbsp Wink to get myself a new ticket. Hello folks, ever heard of a transfer desk?? With no time to waste, I make my way back, through arrivals and border control again and 10 firm minutes later I’m back to square one. The very unfriendly lady behind the desk gives me a big ‘sigh’ and tells me that they just received word that the flight is now going out full as planned. WTF? And I ran all the way here and now have to get all the way back? What a mockery! Pretty pissed off, I get a new boarding pass and start the trek over to gate B32 again, through border and security control. When I arrive there I’m of course the very last person to board and the gate staff sincerely apologises for this inconvenience.

Man, what a mess! I agree with you that both Swissport and EI are to blame here.. Great to see you made your flight in the end!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
We pass along STN:

Nice catch!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
The green Aer Lingus livery works very well under a blue sky. Here’s our neighbour:

Will be trying one of those big green boys in September, can't wait  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Of course, let’s not forget the purpose of this trip (spot the mistake &nbsp Wink...

Good choice, no fish for me either  
Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
Tell me, what is better than to board an aircraft via the apron on a nice and warm day?

Can't think of much..

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
A most lovely Luxair Dash-8

It looks great indeed!

Quoting sultanils (Thread starter):
LCY to DUB

Heading back to DUB  

Thanks for sharing another wonderful report!

cheers,

Brendan


User currently offlinedc9northwest From Switzerland, joined Feb 2007, 2297 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7228 times:

Hey Nils,

Interesting report.

Sunny in Ireland? You gotta be kidding me  

Very bad procedure by Aer Lingus with the rebooking that wasn't meant to be.

OK service by Aer Lingus, but better by Cityjet x2. I definitely want to get on CityJet before it's too late.

Nice sights...

So, do the Cityjet F50s have a musky smell?   The AirBaltic ones certainly did, for me.

Anyway, thanks for writing up this report, Nils... Britain/Ireland is high on my list, and it's always nice to see what I'm missing...  


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7044 times:
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@ adamspotter:

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Hello there Nils!

Hello there Brendan!

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
It sure is a great one provided with many nice and sharp pictures, well done

Thank you.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Interesting to see the dutch registered Arkefly plane there, or is that a regular @ BRU?


I don’t think it is a regular, probably operating for Jetair to the Caribbean or so. Maybe one of the Jetair 763’s was in maintenance...

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Who knows, would be great to see them all here at AMS

Sorry, I’d rather see them in BRU, where they belong 

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Oh come on Nils, when are you finally going to fly them

I haven’t a clue but I guess not anytime soon. This was a sub methinks since that flight n° is usually operated by LX mainline.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Will be trying one of those big green boys in September, can't wait

Definitely looking forward to that report.

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Good choice, no fish for me either

Nope, fish belong in the sea and not a plate  

Quoting adamspotter (Reply 13):
Heading back to DUB

Oops, a minor detail that I forgot. Corrected!

@ dc9northwest:

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 14):
Hey Nils,

Interesting report.

Hey Alex, thanks for your reply.

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 14):
Sunny in Ireland? You gotta be kidding me

Sunny x sunny man, really great and unexpected but ‘warm’ welcomed  

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 14):
I definitely want to get on CityJet before it's too late.

You still have time I guess. They won’t go anytime soon me guesses...

Quoting dc9northwest (Reply 14):
So, do the Cityjet F50s have a musky smell?

No, they smell well. Or rather, they don’t smell...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6596 posts, RR: 55
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7017 times:

Hi Nils !

Nice report of your day trip to DUB!

Nice with three different aircraft types and flights seem okay. Service on the last flight look great but not so great with the windows so low on the F50. I have yet to fly on one myself.

Very odd that EI could operate the flight with one less flight attendant by taking off passengers......I'm glad you back on again so you had more time to spend in DUB.

Very much look forward to your next report!

The777Man



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User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 262 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 6922 times:

Hi there,

Great report a very enjoyable read!

Ireland is nearly unrecognisable without rain and this strange thing called the sun!  
That good spell of weather hopfully made up for the shambles from your EI flight.
I hope a certain brussels based airline will give Aer Lingus some competition on the route in the future, choice is always good!

Happy travels I will look foorward to your future TR's to come  

- James



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User currently offlinebonviveur From Belgium, joined Jun 2013, 20 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 6914 times:

Hi Sultanis,

It was nice reading your trip report!
wow, looks like air lingus and swissport have some communication problems with each other  
Going all the way back to the departure hall to hear that your flight is going out as planned isn't that nice,
especially with the rush hour at the B-terminal! Nevertheless I am glad you made that flight!

wow, looks like cityjet (VLM) is still doing a great job between those ANR - LCY flights, although I never flew that route  .
Your Trip report really inspired me to take it, especially as the fares seem quite good!


Thanks for sharing

Regards,
Bonviveur


User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6829 times:
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@ The777Man:

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Hi Nils !

Well hello there Lars!

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Nice report of your day trip to DUB!


Thank you, I’m glad you liked it  

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Service on the last flight look great but not so great with the windows so low on the F50.

The service was really good, too bad indeed about the F50, I really don’t like that plane type in regard to overall personal comfort...

Quoting The777Man (Reply 16):
Very odd that EI could operate the flight with one less flight attendant by taking off passengers......I'm glad you back on again so you had more time to spend in DUB.

The captain was explaining something about the number of FA’s and a legal requirement. Maybe they need to have a FA per number of pax?

@ Jambost:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 17):
Hi there,

Great report a very enjoyable read!


Hello James, many thanks for your comments, I’m glad you liked the report.

Quoting Jambost (Reply 17):
Ireland is nearly unrecognisable without rain and this strange thing called the sun!

I thought so the same. Fact is that of the 3 times I’ve been to DUB, I’ve had splendid weather on all of them. Must be an omen!

Quoting Jambost (Reply 17):
That good spell of weather hopfully made up for the shambles from your EI flight.

It sure did and it was a real mess that was not handled well, neither by the handling company and neither by the airline.

Quoting Jambost (Reply 17):
I hope a certain brussels based airline will give Aer Lingus some competition on the route in the future, choice is always good!

I don’t think that will happen anytime soon but indeed some more competition is always welcome. At least there is some competition from CRL where good’ole Ryanair flies to ex-DUB.

@ bonviveur:

Quoting bonviveur (Reply 18):
Hi Sultanis,

It was nice reading your trip report!

Hello bonviveur, thank you for replying!

Quoting bonviveur (Reply 18):
wow, looks like air lingus and swissport have some communication problems with each other

They really did ro maybe they didn’t communicate at all. It was a not-so-nice mess I can tell you.

Quoting bonviveur (Reply 18):
Going all the way back to the departure hall to hear that your flight is going out as planned isn't that nice,

especially with the rush hour at the B-terminal!

The rush hour was not the problem but I guess you know about the walking distances in BRU  

Quoting bonviveur (Reply 18):
although I never flew that route

High time to change that then   

Quoting bonviveur (Reply 18):
Your Trip report really inspired me to take it, especially as the fares seem quite good!

Ah, nice to read I could be of inspiration to you. Book early and you can get a oneway to LCY starting from € 39 all incl. Ain’t that a bargain!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlinejwhite9185 From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 1338 posts, RR: 12
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 6576 times:

Hi there Nils, great read as ever. Strange how the EI crew were so disorganised, and I'd be a little irritated too if it caused me to almost miss my flight. Although you did still make it to DUB in the end so not all bad.

CityJet continues to look impressive too and I really should try them out at some point!



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User currently offlineSultanils From Belgium, joined Mar 2010, 1742 posts, RR: 30
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6335 times:
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@ jwhite9185:

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 20):
Hi there Nils, great read as ever.

Hiya James, thanks mate.

Quoting jwhite9185 (Reply 20):
I'd be a little irritated too if it caused me to almost miss my flight

I was quite irritated yes to such an extent that I lost my cool and ventilated my frustration onto the Swissport agent back in the departure hall. She was not happy with that but I apologised and felt bad about it afterwards...

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
User currently offlineEmek96 From Germany, joined Apr 2013, 92 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 6334 times:

Hey Nils !

Nice report !
Too bad you didn't get a rebooking, I think it is very unprofessionel of EI to send you back at the desk to get rebooked, and than call you back at the gate for the same flight, did you wirte a letter of complaint or sth to Aer Lingus ?

City Jet looks nice as usual, I espacially like the bright brown leather seats on the Fokker, btw. I flew also on the -VLP from LUX to LCY 3 years ago.

Thanks for sharing

Elias


User currently offlineroberts87 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2011, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 6172 times:

Excellent report as always! Looks like you had some great weather in Dublin. EI seems decent as always, and always the good service and the shared good impression of Cityjet here!

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Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 6011 times:
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@ emek96:

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):


Hey Nils !

Nice report !

Hello Elias, thank you. I’m glad you liked it.

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):
Too bad you didn't get a rebooking

I was actually quite happy to be on the flight, otherwise I would’ve missed the goal of this journey which was a meet and greet with OA260!

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):
did you wirte a letter of complaint or sth to Aer Lingus ?

No, I didn’t bother. Also because both ground staff and airline were partially to blame imo which makes it difficult to claim something...

Quoting Emek96 (Reply 22):
I espacially like the bright brown leather seats on the Fokker

Yeah me too, they aid in making the cabin a pleasant one (except for the windows of course ).

@ roberts87:

Quoting roberts87 (Reply 23):
Excellent report as always!

Hello Robert, thans for reading and commenting!

Sultanils



In thrust we trust.
25 LPDAL : Excellent trip report! I absolutely adore those RJ85s and Fokker aircraft, both types are extremely rare here in America. One question though, how is
26 Post contains images eastafspot : A much entertaining TR Very nice for you to meet another a.net even better if it's OA260. i'm pretty disappointed about the F&C though... . It's g
27 Post contains images Sultanils : @ LPDAL: Thanks for your kind words Yeah I know. Here in Europe we are spoilt with this nice variety. Still they are becoming increasingly rare here a
28 Post contains images infodesk : Hi Nils, Sorry for the late reply on this one: I have an awful lot of catching up to do after my holiday. Flying to Dublin for the day to have some fi
29 Post contains images CaptainRed : Hi Nils, great little report here, thanks a lot. Nice to do such a daytrip to Dublin and even include a little a.net meeting. Dublin is for sure a gre
30 Post contains images parton87 : Hello Nils! Thanks for the story! What a mess in BRU. They could really have handled that situation better but luckily you get it to DUB without missi
31 Post contains images Sultanils : My apologies for the late reply, holidays, holiday holidays @ infodesk: Hello Hannah, thanks for your (late) reply, I know the feeling Not enough as I
32 The777Man : I think the number of F/As depends on the capacity of the aircraft ie less than 150 passengers 3 F/As, more than 150 and less than 200 4 etc. The777M
33 Post contains images Sultanils : @ The777Man: I thought it was something along those lines, yes. Sultanils
34 LXM83 : Hello Sultanils Finally caught up with this report. What a lovely daytrip you made! Too bad you had to run back and forth in BRU. That's the way to go
35 Post contains images Sultanils : @ LXM83: Hello LXM83, thank you for your comments! Thanks, besides the bad start it was a nice and sunny day(trip) indeed. Sultanils
36 gabrielchew : Sounds like a nice day out Nils! Oh dear, what a mess, and how unprofessional. Chicken and chips! Terrible! I was over in Ireland the week before last
37 Post contains images sultanils : @ gabrielchew: Hi Gabriel, thank you for your reply and yes, I had a great day, both in the air and on the ground Exactly my opinion. I know it's blas
38 knightsofmalta : Hi Nils Thanks for the interesting report, looks like you had a nice day out with some interesting flying. I Think I may have already said so in anoth
39 Post contains images sultanils : @ knightsofmalta: Hi William, how are you? Good to hear you enjoyed it! Thanks for your kind words and in fact you have Thanks, I always try to come u
40 Post contains images akhmad : Haai Nils, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that you were in Dublin to visit our mutual friend Philip when I was on the other side of the pond. Bot
41 Post contains images sultanils : @ akhmad: Suryo! We indeed had, great weather and great company made for a great day out. I thought the NS was one of the most punctual and convenient
42 Post contains images akhmad : Oh yes and how! Shame! I should have known it. I love this expression! Dank je! Jij ook!
43 Post contains images airbuseric : What is the problem here? You have a direct line to the airport station every 30 minutes by intercity. You can't get it much more frequent. I think y
44 Post contains images akhmad : Take it easy, darling! I am talking about the connection to Brussels Airport from my town of residence. I have nothing to complain about the train co
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