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Ryanair (Operated By Islandsflug) MAN-DUB Part 1  
User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 3231 times:

December 6, 2003
Ryanair, FR555
Manchester (MAN/EGCC) to Dublin (DUB/EIDW)
Boeing 737-46B TF-ELD
Gate Departure Scheduled/Actual 12:55/13:50 Local Time
Gate Arrival Scheduled/Actual 13:45/14:25 Local Time


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We arrived at Terminal 2 at 10.30, and we checked in immediately for FR555 to Dublin. We had no luggage or hand-luggage to check in so it was a quick process. The check in agent typed our conformation number into the computer, and gave us our boarding passes.

The departure lounge was only open at 11:25 for Republic Of Ireland passengers, so me and my mum had a drink in the cafe while we waited. It was now 11:25 so we proceeded to the departure lounge.

Terminal 2 was very busy today with US Airways A330-300, Continental 767-400, PIA 747-300, Britannia 757-200, Air Plus Comet A310 operating BWA 991P, and numerous other aircraft parked on remote stands including Concorde!  Big thumbs up

I had a look at the departure boards and our flight was estimated to depart at 13:20. Our aircraft TF-ELD parked onto stand at 12:55. The reason that Islandsflug was operating this flight was following the earlier than expected retirement of the 737-200 fleet, Ryanair has been forced to source additional capacity for the winter schedules.

The doors were opened and the passengers disembarked the aircraft, a large queue of passengers appeared at our gate for the flight. The flight was going to be full. Boarding soon commenced and any passengers with small children or babies was called to board first.

We boarded via an air-bridge, the Ryanair cabin crew were at the door welcoming each passenger, we took a seat near the front of the aircraft. The cabin crew made an announcement saying that a range of duty-free goods and snacks was going to be served on this flight and they would distribute the in-flight magazines out to the passengers.

The doors were closed and we pushed back soon after. Engine 2 was started first, then 1. We made a speedy taxi to runway 06L and the flaps were extended to 5. We past the Aviation Viewing Park and waited for a BAe 125 to land.

We turned onto 06L and paused for a second while we awaited take-off clearance. The PF applied 40% power and then applied the required thrust for the take-off, after a roll of about 20 seconds we smoothly rotated. Gear was promptly selected up, and we made a left hand turn towards DUB. Flaps were selected up during the short climb to 16,000 FT.

Cabin crew got the signal to start the in-flight service, and the seat-belt sign was turned off. We leveled out at our cruising altitude, and the Icelandic captain said a few details about our flight. I bought a Coke and a Ryanair pen.  Big thumbs up

After cruising at 16,000 FT for around 15 minutes it was time to descend into Dublin. The spoilers were extended during our decent, the seat belt sign was switched on and the captain said "Cabin crew 10 minutes to landing". We hit some clouds and had some light turbulence. We came out of the clouds and the flaps were extended to the full position of 40.

The approach was very smooth and soon we passed over the threshold of Runway 10 at DUB. Power was brought back to idle and we flared over the runway and had a nice firm touchdown. We used full reverse and probably autobrake 2 for the landing.

We taxied speedily again to our parking position next to 3 FR 737-200's, Kilkenny EI-CNY was one of them. The cabin crew thanked us for flying Ryanair and we disembarked the aircraft.

The Ryanair cabin-crew were excellent on this flight and the flight was really enjoyable. It was also nice to get on an Islandsflug aircraft, but I would have liked to have flown on a 732 as well though  Big thumbs up. I will appreciate any questions or comments about my trip report. Watch out for Part 2 DUB-MAN coming later today.

Ryanair737 Smile

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User currently offlineNdebele From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 2901 posts, RR: 22
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3077 times:

Thanks for posting this report, great that you got the Islandsflug aircraft! There seems to be quite a variety of 737 "Classics" at Ryanair at the moment. How much did you pay for this trip? I remember, when I was at MAN in May, I wanted to do a daytrip MAN-DUB, but fares were ridiculously high, something like 100GBP one-way - and I had checked the fares *months* in advance. I think these UK - Ireland flights must be the most expensive flights in the Ryanair network...

User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3055 times:

Thanks Ndebele for your comments  Smile, we payed £86 return for 2 people, we booked it in early November when FR were giving most flights away for £1.99.

Ryanair737


User currently offlineDC-10 Levo From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 3432 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3057 times:

Great report! Looking forward to part 2! I've heard Ryanair have been selling flights for something like £4.99 - did you manage to grab one of those?

DC-10


User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3047 times:

I've heard Ryanair have been selling flights for something like £4.99 - did you manage to grab one of those?

Yes DC-10!  Smile

PS: I'm writing Part 2 now!

Ryanair737


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4124 posts, RR: 11
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3048 times:

I saw one of the Islandflug aircraft today at Gatwick. What was the interior like on this aircraft compared to the other aircraft?

Nice TR

-Stephen


User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 3024 times:

What was the interior like on this aircraft compared to the other aircraft?

The interior on TF-ELD was all blue, unlike the proper Islandsflug interior on TF-ELV. A picture of the Interior of TF-ELV is available here http://www.islandsflug.com/elv_seats.html.

Ryanair737  Smile


User currently offlineTrintocan From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2000, 3238 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 3008 times:

A great trip report. One thing though - why did FR retire those other planes? Is it really due to structural problems - or is there something else we are not being told? All the same it must be a good bit of variety to fly on a leased 737-400.

I will now read the second leg of your trip.

TrintoCan.



Hop to it, fly for life!
User currently offlineRyanair737 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2979 times:

Thanks Trintocan,  Smile

One thing though - why did FR retire those other planes? Is it really due to structural problems - or is there something else we are not being told?

I'm sure that Ryanair are telling the truth, that there was scratches found on the fuselage during routine maintenance. It doesn't affect all FR's 732 fleet though. Some Ryanair 737-200's are being kept until early 2005.

It was still great to fly on two of HH's 737-400's though!  Big thumbs up

Ryanair737


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