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User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 29
Posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 5478 times:

Only a short-timer on A.Net, this will be my 1st trip-report: hope you will enjoy reading it ! I'm aware that pictures to liven-up the story are preferred, however, I didn't make any and hope you ain't too disappointed  Smile

Date: 27apr05
Flight number: EI 601
Stretch: AMS-DUB
Registration: EI-DEG
Seat: 2E
Planned schedule in Utc: AMS 06.35 - DUB 08.10
Actual schedule in Utc: AMS 06.37 - DUB 08.06

As this flight is already leaving at 08.35am, I'd to put the alarm at 05.30am already, to cope for the ride to Schiphol airport and the early-morning rush-traffic. I woke up already before that time, excited as I was, for this would be my first trip on Aer Lingus, the "green airline" from the "green island" !
Left home at 6.30am, traffic was lighter than expected, and I arrived at the Schiphol-car park P40 already at 07.05am, giving my ample time to catch the bus to the main-terminal "Plaza", and to check-in at the KLM self-service check-in unit, which is, really, a piece of cake: slide in your passport, type in your flight-number and a boarding-card will be produced !
Gate was shown as D28, which is the very last one at the D-pier, so I went immediately through passport-control (this is not a Schengen destination/flight !), and the security-check, which had quite a long queue  Sad
With so many passengers leaving at this time of day, I just cannot believe they only opened up one gate (with four units available !!!).
Anyhow, after the security, I started to stroll along the shops towards the D-pier and checking the parked planes in the meantime. Unfortunately, not much interesting in this morning. While moving at D14 some customs officers stopped some people, including me, and ask me where I originally boarded ("Amsterdam"), where my destination was ("Dublin"), and if that was all the handluggage I was having ("yes")..."Enjoy your trip", was the only thing she replied !!! (anyhow, you're warned: you can even be checked at random at some kind of kind of gate at Schiphol !)
After arriving at the gate, EI-DEG was there, shining spic-n-span and in the process of being refueled. I really do like this color on the 320: very neat and setting them apart from other airlines !
Crew, consisting of 2 captains (!) and 4 cabincrew, arrived at 0805am and boarding starting at 0815am AGAIN after a security-check at the gate !!! Nevertheless, all 162 passengers were on-board by 0830am and doors were closed at 0835am and pushed-back started at 0837am. From D28, it's only a short taxi to runway 24, where we took-off at 0844am. What a fabulous "vacuum-cleaner" sound do these engines produce during take-off and seated at this seat !!! Flying straight-ahead, the blooming tulip-fields around Lisse became into view: a really pretty scenery indeed. We made a right turn towards the N-W, before being engulfed into the clouds.
Soon the c/a made the announcement that breakfast, drinks and duty-free items would be available for purchase (EI is on a low-cost principle now); first they came along with the catering-trolley and about 30 minutes later with the duty-free trolley. Over the UK the clouds started to break again, and soon the west-coast close to LPL became visible, with a few EasyJet's also cris-crossing underneath us. Now the captain came on the p/a and announced our soon-t-begin descent in to DUB, where the weather is sunny with a little cloud here-n-there, strong southerly winds and a temperature of 12 degrees: wow, sounds good for some aircraft spotting from the mound next to runway 28 later on Big grin
Over the Irish Sea we started a right turn towards the N-E, and yeah, later gain to the S-W, meaning we were in a holding pattern !!! and this for DUB !!!
Finally, we were allowed again to fly on the westerly heading and picked-up the ILS for runway 28 nicely (I could see the runway already fro my seat 2E, while still over the Irish Sea !), and flaps were lowered, gear went down, and it was nice to hear and see the different RPM settings during landing when looking to the "turning eye" in the centre of the engine.
Touch-down was at 09.00am exactly, and we were able to turn-off 28 at exit E6 to taxi to gate 37, where on-blocks was at 09.06am or 4 minutes ahead of schedule: well-done Aer Lingus !
Immigration was a breeze and I was outside the Terminal within 10 minutes

If you went all this way, instead of clicking the red-cross at the right-top of your screen, you might also be interested in the return portion of the trip ?

Date: 27apr05
Flight number: EI 614
Stretch: DUB-AMS
Registration: EI-DEM
Seat: 24A
Planned schedule in Utc: DUB 16.40 - AMS 18.15
Actual schedule in Utc: DUB 17.08 - AMS 20.33

After having a good day of spotting at the mound next to runway 28 (I even got a sun-burn  Wow!), I proceeded to the Terminal from the mound around 3pm already as it's a 35-45 minutes brisk walk. Made myself useful, again, with the self-service machine, and this time it produced a seat 22F for me, which I was able to change to a 24A (it's always best to sit on the left-hand side when coming into SPL, for spotting reasons). Went through security at around 4pm already, which had an extremely long line  Angry Surely, this was caused by the fact that everyone had to put-off their shoes, belts, watches, purses, potable PC' etc. Anyhow, this was done at around 4.25pm, so gave me ample time to browse through their tax-free facilities and compare prices  Wink Found a very good offer on Irish Chocolates, so was able to buy a nice box for not too much (found their Whiskeys too expensive for flights within EU)...
Went to the gate a 1710, but no aircraft seen, so was starting to get a bit worried. Surely enough, an announcement came soon, that boarding would be at 1740 and departure was now set at 1810 "due delay of the incoming aircraft from Amsterdam". There it came: the just recently delivered EI-DEM, wow, what a treat - again a "new" 320 with leather-seats !
EI made good progress and boarding, again, the 150+ passengers went smooth and at 1808pm (1708z), push-back was started and take-off was from runway 28, the main runway in use for the whole day already. After a wait for a previous AF 146, we, finally, spooled up the engines and rotated at 1819pm (1719z) and, wow, now the complete city of DUB became visible !!! What a great view  Wow! After making a right turn, we climbed to a Flight-Level of 370, where, again, the usual rounds were made of food- and sales trolleys. Excellent views of LPL and the airport, the Midlands basically till the Humberside area were possible (saw quite a few cooling towers too in the HUY area: are the nuclear facilities ?). Soon we started out decent and quickly the Dutch coastline became into view (even the island of Texel was visible !!!), where we made a wide right turn for runway 18R, where we touched-down at 2021pm (1821z) for the long taxi track to Gate D28 (the fixed EI night-stop gate), where we were on-blocks at 2033pm (1833z) instead of the scheduled 2015pm, having made up quite some time: well done EI  thumbsup 

Found EI a very pleasant airline ! Typical Irish "laid-back" atmosphere on board and excellent value, when considering I paid only 6 Euros per one-way, excluding taxes (incl. these, it was 62 Euros for a return, still VERY good value for what they offered: friendly- and (almost) on time service and brand-new aircraft !

Rating (1-10): 8

don't throw away tomorrow !
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User currently offlineFlyingchoirboy From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 285 posts, RR: 4
Reply 1, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 5292 times:
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i flew the same route in march 2005...aer lingus is an awesome airline...i'm glad u enjoyed them!


User currently offlineAJO From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5237 times:

Quoting MH017 (Thread starter):
Planned schedule in Utc: DUB 16.40 - AMS 18.15
Actual schedule in Utc: DUB 17.08 - AMS 20.33

I hope the latter is a mistake, I doubt that the flight took more than 3 hours on the way back!

I've only flown EI once, but I liked the friendly crew and the spacious A320, and I was on EI-DEE, which was delivered just three months before my flight.

User currently offlineCanberra From Denmark, joined Apr 2004, 310 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 5224 times:

Nice report MH017,

I like the detailed description of event, I always forget to note these things down, and can never remember exactly!

Quoting AJO (Reply 2):
Quoting MH017 (Thread starter):
Planned schedule in Utc: DUB 16.40 - AMS 18.15
Actual schedule in Utc: DUB 17.08 - AMS 20.33

I hope the latter is a mistake, I doubt that the flight took more than 3 hours on the way back!

As Mh017 mentions the touched-down time at AMS as 2021pm (1821z), I think the arrival time mentioned in Actual schedule in Utc could be local time Wink Otherwise the taxi time are even longer in AMS that I though (and I already knew they were quite long).

All the best, Michael

It takes courage to push things forward . . (Mo Mowlam)
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 29
Reply 4, posted (11 years 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 5209 times:


on-blocks was 1833z or 2033lt; sorry for the typing error  ouch 

don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2762 posts, RR: 56
Reply 5, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 4929 times:

Nice report MH017. Glad you enjoyed EI. Now, the next time you'll have to give yourself a little bit of extra time to visit Dublin city!

Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6584 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 4878 times:

Nice to see you enjoyed your experience on Aer Lingus I'm going to fly with them in June and I can't wait!!!!

User currently offlineEurohub From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2005, 261 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 4864 times:

Quoting MH017 (Thread starter):
(saw quite a few cooling towers too in the HUY area: are the nuclear facilities ?

These would have been either at West Burton, High Marnham or Cottam Power Stations (I think High Marnham has closed now). All are/were coal-fired power stations.

Forget A vs B - Give me E or BAe any day of the week!
User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1716 posts, RR: 29
Reply 8, posted (11 years 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4789 times:

Thanks, Eurohub, for the names: there were quite close together and just South of the Estuary, close to HUY...

don't throw away tomorrow !
User currently offlineIFLYMCO From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 482 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (11 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 4630 times:

Took the same flight about 2 weeks before you did- I hope you had as much fun!- Nice report!

Now it should be "IFLYDCA"
User currently offlineEIN145 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 11 months 3 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 4401 times:

Great report, I'm glad you had a good experience on EI. Perhaps they are getting good again. . .

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