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JFK-LHR-DUB With AA 777 / EI 321  
User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4925 times:

October 6, 2002
American Airlines #116
SKD DEP: New York JFK T8 2330
SKD ARR: London Heathrow T3 1130 +1
ACT DEP: 0035
ACT ARR: 1125
Boeing 777-223 N780AN
Seat: 30C Economy


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Summer was over and now these flights take me back for my final year at TCD. I was looking forward to this flight for several reasons….namely the fact that I can do everything I normally do in a day and then head to the airport. The fact that the 777 is my favourite aircraft doesn’t hurt either. So, we left my house at around 8:45 and arrived at the chaotic T8 around 9:40pm and I was checked-in by 9:55pm. Bags were tagged to DUB and I was given by boarding card for the EI flight. The guy who checked me in was pretty smart….he knew I booked the EI flight under the BA codeshare to qualify for mileage. The Admirals Club closed at 10:30pm so I didn’t even bother. Sat down for a cup of coffee in au bon pain and then headed out to Gate 10. The only other flight going out at this time was the EZE flight, which looked rather light. I believe that is still operating as a 777.

Boarding began just after 11:00 and we were ready to go at 11:30pm but for some reason we weren’t going anywhere. The flight was quite empty. It was about ½ full in economy. I was in the bulkhead and had the 2 seats next to me empty. At around 11:45pm I saw a few passengers boarding. I thought this quite strange and only could think that the VS 11:10pm flight was either cancelled or oversold. Sure enough I was right when they announced another airline had a cancellation and that AA 116 was taking them on. There weren't that many - only about 25. The crew reassured everyone who was connecting that we would still be arriving on time at 11:30am – that our flying time was very short at 5 hours and 40 minutes.

Finally – at 12:35am we pushed back and were on our way to London. The crew were rather quick to get the meal out but that was entirely reasonable given we all wanted to sleep. This evening’s choice was the usual chicken or steak. I thought this time I would give the steak a try. It was slightly overdone for my taste but it still ranks as one of the better airline meals I’ve had. I can’t say I’ve ever not enjoyed a meal I’ve had on AA. I took a look at the inflight entertainment but "Insomnia" just did not peak my curiosity so I decided that since I only had 2 hours sleep the night before I would sleep. I slept most of the way across the Atlantic. Our routing was JFK-BOS-YHZ-just under SFJ-ORK-CWF-LHR. Just off the coast of Ireland I woke up. We were cruising at 39,000 feet at 690mph. The plane was still dark inside though. The purser had come around and turned all the shades down. I had forgotten that the other time I did this flight that half way through you hit broad daylight due to the very late departure. So, that was great a few hours of so called sleep.

I started then to play with my radio and do the crossword in the American Way magazine. I have to say that was a great idea to put some mind games in there to keep you occupied. Shortly thereafter breakfast came around which consisted of a tray with blueberry yogurt, a banana, orange juice, coffee/tea, and a hot croissant. I ate everything except the banana. Again, a very good meal from AA. I think EI have eliminated this part of their inflight service bar the cup of tea/coffee.

Landing was ahead of schedule into LHR on the runway parallel to the ROI departures (Gates 82-90) – I don’t know the runways yet at LHR.

The transfer to the EI flight was uneventful and easy. I arrived at the Gold Circle Lounge somewhere about 12:00pm. Had a few cups of coffee before boarding was called for the 1325 to DUB.


October 7, 2002
Aer Lingus #163 / BA #5963
SKD DEP: London Heathrow T1 1325
SKD ARR: Dublin Ireland 1440
ACT DEP: 1335
ACT ARR: 1440
Airbus 321-211 EI-CPF
Seat: 14F Economy



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It amazes me that every LHR flight EI operates is sold out. This flight was jam packed – more than the usual because this flight was only 6 rows of Premier (2-3 configuration) and the rest a 3-3 config. Usually there are about 10-12 rows Premier. Needless to say there were a lot people on this flight – mostly Americans. I took my seat at the windowless window seat 14F. I fell asleep immediately and did not wake up until after we had landed in Dublin.

I couldn’t tell you what the inflight service was or anything else. The seats were VERY cramped – I was in pain when I got up in DUB. We arrived into the C Pier – the new pier at DUB.

As I have said before DUB is a dump and it only gets worse and worse and worse. Years ago, the Irish would complain that as foreigners they did not arrive in the USA with money to pay for trolleys/carts for baggage. The Port Authority then allowed free carts to international arriving passengers. Now, the always free carts in DUB are now subject to a 1 euro rental. It seems things have gone backwards. Now, I’m not complaining about paying a euro…..but the fact that there were 4 change machines out of order was totally unacceptable. 45 minutes after landing baggage finally started to come out and then I wheeled the two pieces out into arrivals where I had a relative meet me.

Overall…..It was a good trip. AA lived up to what I have come to expect from them. I won’t comment on EI because I slept but I think they are deteriorating.

My next report will be my first ever Ryanair report. I took one of the free flight deals to Manchester and although such a short flight I will post my reactions to Ryanair. I wasn’t overly impressed with Go so lets see how FR do.

I’m also doing DUB-LHR-CPT, VFA-JNB, and JNB-LHR-JFK in November/December so anyone having done those routes with BA I would appreciate any advice. I will be in Club World for those monster long flights.

Thanks for reading!


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User currently offlineCmk10 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 513 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 4844 times:

Excellent report. My father has often taken the 11:30 PM flight for the same reason you have, so he could do everything he wanted during the normal day. Did you have any people next to you? Did you notice if the games were working on the PTV's yet?
DC-10's Forever



"Traveling light is the only way to fly" - Eric Clapton
User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2181 posts, RR: 7
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 4833 times:

Sorry to say this Mcmahonsmr,

But, you were in fact on N750AN, not N780AN  Sad

AAL116 N750AN B772 KJFK 1023 L20 27R

BA777


User currently offlineLPL From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 1055 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4698 times:

Excellent report!

I find FR ok. The only time i've been on the, was LPL to DUB and back. The FAs only came round once with drinks, it's only a short flight, DUB-MAN is a similar flight time.

The fastest Transatlantic crossing i've been on was from JFK to MAN on a DL MD11. The flight time was 5 hours 40 mins and the map screen (is that what it's called?) said we were going 700mph!


User currently offlineShamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 4699 times:


Great report. Little tip, if you jam a 20 eurocent coin into those trolleys at DUB it works just like the 1 euro you're meant to use. do it all the time.


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12595 posts, RR: 34
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 4648 times:

Hi Mr. S McMahon! So, back to good old Trinity; what are you studying, if I may ask? I'm ten years out of UCD. Were you on a J1? I worked a Summer in Chicago in 1990 and was there when the Iraqis invaded Kuwait.

Great trip report by the way. It's a good thirteen years (1989) since I've been through JFK. Hope it's improved a lot since then. I agree with what you say about DUB, but while you are away, the new minister, Seamus Brennan, has given the go ahead to plans for a competing terminal at DUB, with bids for operators to be sent in. Expect a decision early next year. This should certainly help to put the skids under Aer Rianta.


User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 4656 times:

Responses to the replies!!! Thanks for all those responses....the thing about going back and forth to the USA is that it gets very repetitive and the reports can be bland.

CMK10- Fortunately no one was in the two seats next to me so it was great....apart fromt the 5 feet of legroom. BTW....what I've noticed is that seats 20A, 20B, 20H, and 20J are crew rests (Pacific Config) and if flying transatlantic are assigned seats and are REALLY NICE....you get your own little cabin...a wall in front and wall behing with a footrest...so AA flyers take note!!

BA777-Generally I can get the reg of the a/c from the landing gear doors....but you have to be able to see your a/c at the gate. AA's terminal at JFK isn't a viewing paradise...particularly if you go out of 10 like I did. I thought I got the right reg from the tail when I was walking down the long concourse at LHR3. Thanks....I stand corrected....where do you get that info???

Shamrock-thanks for that tip.....it's a pain in the ass still though....maybe I should've jammed a quarter in there!!!!

Kaitak -I'm a SS Law student at TCD. I'm from NYC and decided to be a cheater and do the LLB programme because you can sit the NY Bar with an LLB....thus shaving off 3 years of education and $150,000......although now I am rethinking getting a JD. So no I wasn't on a J1. I have 2 passports. I welcome a new terminal but I probably will never see it!!!!!

Thanks all!!!!

Sean


User currently offlineSunCEO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 359 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4566 times:

Hello!

When are you going to Manchester? I booked similar flights for November only EUR 35 each way - great value! Go were also excellent from dublin.

Aer Lingus A321's are awfully cramped but alot better than the 737's also I think it is terrible that EI don't have PTV's on the Airbuses even the new A320's  Sad

Rgds,
SunCEO.


User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 4577 times:

SunCeo-

Ehh..Manchester is FR554 on Nov 9 and FR 555 on Nov 10. Return fare was EUR 36.43 (just the tax).

To be honest of all the a/c EI have I like the 734. I know it's the oldest, and probably dirtiest but the legroom is generally very good and the seats are a bit wider. I've done two of the 320 flights...on CVA and CVC to CDG and FRA. The first time to CDG I really didn't care for it but coming in from FRA I really took a good look and liked it. But yes, EI should've ordered a model with at least the drop drown screens for safety video or some sort of movie. Also, to relieve the cramped conditions on the 321 drop downs should feature the news of the day or something for that 55 minute journey.

Best,

mcmahonsmr


User currently offlineBA777 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 2181 posts, RR: 7
Reply 9, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 4514 times:

Hey,

If you saw 7BJ on the nose doors or tail then its N750AN  Big thumbs up

Got the info from a LHR mailing list.

http://groups.yahoo.com/lhr

BA777


User currently offlineSunCEO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 359 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 6 hours ago) and read 4488 times:

Hello!

Haven't been on the 734 yet , however I ddi not like the 735 at all....

I paid the exact same and am also flying on November the 9th! Just a daytrip to Manchester.... Have a feeling it is 544 aswell is that around 1000?

Rgds,
SunCEO.


User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 1 day 10 hours ago) and read 4459 times:

Sun-
Yeah...it's a 945am flight!

735 I've been on a good number of times....it's 20 rows and some of the cabins are showing their age....I'm not a big fan of that one really....I like the 400. And to be honest I like the 146 jet....loads of legroom.....but it's a bit cramped though. I think 20 rows as well with a 3-3 config.

mcmahonsmr


User currently offlineSunCEO From Ireland, joined Oct 2001, 359 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 4422 times:

Hey!

Guess I'll see you on the 9th LOL!  Smile

Rgds,
SunCEO.


User currently offlineMcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (12 years 2 months 1 week 8 hours ago) and read 4437 times:

yeah....that'll be the first a.net member meeting at DUB!!!

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