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AMS-DUB-AMS On EI /+pics (daytrip To Ireland)  
User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5944 times:

Hi

thank for choosing this report to read. It's based on a daytrip to DUB for spotting purposes only. My travelmate on this flight was fellow A.net member MH017. He mailed me some months ago about some great deals on Aer Lingus flights, with our flights priced for only EUR 5.00 for a single journey. Total price for a return ticket incl. taxes was a very reasonable EUR 68.07. Not bad for travelling to Ireland with direct flights to/from AMS!

When I left home for the airport, I decided to use the public transport this time. Bad choice at the end, as my train was delayed by 20 minutes, caused by a traindriver who overslept himself    So I got at the airport only 60 minutes before departure, which may be short. I used the KLM Self Service Checkin machines to get my boarding passes (also for the return flight). I was able to add some FFP number to my reservation, but mine (Finnair Plus) was not in the list. I decided to ask the staff upon boarding, to add my FFP number. When I proceeded to the departure lounge, I noticed that the security checkpoints are all gone now  . The new security measures at AMS make it happen that passengers are checked by x-ray machines etc. upon boarding only. Good decision in my opinion, it saves loads of time for the traveller, and due to this I was in less hurry now   I walked down to the gate, D26 this morning. There I saw the aircraft waiting for us. It came in the night before already, was nightstopping at AMS. So everything should be ready on time. I got my AY-FFP number added to my outbound flight without problems. And some minutes later I met MH017 at the gate. He was late too! Travelling by his own car, some traffic jams, parking and taking public transport from the parking area to the terminal. It was not smooth for hime either this morning  Boaring of our flight started already early, although the KLM ladies on the gate seemed to be very stressy at that moment. They had some request from passengers, doing boarding and preperations to finalize the flight systemwise...

08 February 2006

Flight: EI601 AMS-DUB
Aircraft: EI-DEJ Airbus A320-200
Seat: 28F Economy Class
STD: 08:15 ATD: 08:13
STA: 08:50 ATA: 08:44


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The aircraft was still very new, nice grey-blue leather seats across the cabin. Much better then the seats I experienced before on EI-CVC/CVD. Are all narrowbody cabins fitted with this interiour? Good choice in my opinion, and the seats offer a very reasonable legroom too. My seat was at the almost very end of the cabin, row 28. I took my window seat, and the other 2 of my row remained empty. MH017 had a seat more upfront, but changed to 28A (also the other 2 seats left empty).
Departure of the flight was on beyond schedule, and the short taxi needed to our runway all helped EI to made this flight on time. We got runway 24 for takeoff, and there was no other traffic in front.

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Runway 18C-36C was visible on the right, although the weather wasn't that good, so soon after we dissapeared into the clouds. Some minutes later, when we just flew over the North Sea, I managed to take a picture of the city of IJmuiden, with the famous Northsea channel entrance, and heavy metal industries.

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The rest of the flight remained uneventful. I read my free 'Spits' newspaper which I took from the trainstation earlier. The crew offered once food/drinks for reasonable prices. I got a large cappucino for EUR 2.00, and eated my own sandwiches (yeah! I'm still a real Dutchman ).
According the information from the flightdeck, we cruised at 36000ft, and some clear air turbulence was caused by a strong jetstream over the UK. Soon after all this was finished, we started our decent into DUB. The Isle of Man was visible on the right, and the decent offered some nice views over the Irish Sea and the Irish coastline! What a green country Ireland is, in the middle of the sea. It creates some special feeling for me in some way  

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We were heading for runway 28, and landing was at 08:37 local time. It seemed to be very quiet at DUB at that moment, almost no traffic visible at all! We were on blockes a few minutes ahead of schedule.

When we left the aircraft, we saw a beautiful Gulf Air A330 in special colours leaving for Bahrein. GF started services to DUB not too long ago.

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Immigration was without problems of course, and we enjoyed a very good day along DUB rwy 28 in great weather conditions! One very negative point is the new security fence placed around the airport! It's much higher then the old fence, and it causes obstruction in your pictures on many occasions!    Another good photo spot in Europe seems to be gone now.

08 February 2006

Flight: EI618 DUB-AMS
Aircraft: EI-DEC Airbus A320-200
Seat: 10A Economy Class
STD: 17:30 ATD: 17:41
STA: 20:00 ATA: 19:59


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Also security in DUB seemed to have been changed lately, as there was no need anymore to take off my shoes  DUB was famous for this rules in the past years, wasn't it? Anyway, we passed the checkpoint in a few minutes time, without any troubles. As we did get our boarding pass for this flight at AMS already in the morning, we walked to our gate B27 directly. This area offers some good views on the apron. Normally EI's longhaul A330 flights also depart from this area. Our flight was called on the intercom system, with a gate change to B26 caused by operational reasons. Also flight EI638 to BRU got a gate change, to our original gate. Therefore, the original aircraft for our flight (EI-DEI) was now for BRU, and we got EI-DEC instead.
Boarding was starting at 17:20, too late to depart on schedule. This was caused by the refuelling, which finished too late. When the cabin was ready, we got our push 11 minutes behind scheduled departure time. Takeoff was from runway 28, and the flight (in dark) was very uneventful. Like the other time, I ordered a cappucino again. I really needed some hot drink, after standing a long day outside making pictures in low temperatures!
A very negative point to mention about this EI flight is the fact that the cabin crew did not check the cabin prior to landing at AMS! E.g. my table was down all the time with my rubbish on it. During touchdown, this all felt on the ground! Also some handluggage was still in the aisle between the seats. Shame on you EI!   
Landing was on runway 27, and blockin was just on schedule at 8.00pm. Well done for this, even by the delayed departure from DUB.

Conclusion by me is that EI offered me some great flights for even better prices. Inflight service is very minimal, although the prices for the food/drinks are reasonable. Cabin layout is modern and clean. Loads on both flights were good I think, AMS-DUB around 70%, DUB-AMS a little better with 85%. I'll fly EI again, but the spotting conditions at DUB are not very good anymore. So I doubt about this too!

Any comment, and critics are most welcome! I hope you liked reading it.

Eric

[Edited 2006-02-12 11:53:52]


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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 14
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 5903 times:

Nice report Eric! The leather seats are on all of Aer Lingus' A320s (I think). I'm glad you were able to see the GF A330 in DUB, I have missed it a few times. Since EI became a low cost airline the service has dropped but the food on-board is still very nice and cheap. It's a shame about that fence at Dublin!  Sad

User currently offlineMH017 From Netherlands, joined Apr 2005, 1692 posts, RR: 30
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 5775 times:

Hi Eric,

Great day out with you: I enjoyed the DUB day-trip a lot; you seem to bring sunshine along, whenever we go spotting together  thumbsup 

Anyhow, one more point worth mentioning, I think, is that as soon as the service was finished on EI0601, the crew retreated back into their galley, not to be seen anymore (but definitely heared, as even their jokes were audible)...
Like Eric has mentioned already, this almost applies the same for the return flight: EI0618 were NOT passing the aisles, once their "sales" were done  thumbsdown 

Cannot complain, though, for this 10 Euro-return deal (excl. taxes etc.)



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User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1676 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 5502 times:

Quoting Airbuseric (Thread starter):
Are all narrowbody cabins fitted with this interiour?

From what I believe it is only the A320's. The A321's which fly the main 'shuttle' routes to LHR from DUB,ORK and SNN all have cotton seats.

Glad that you enjoyed Aer Lingus. I am hoping to take the same route in April. It will be my first trip on EI since 2001 and I am looking foward to seeing what has changed on-board.

It is a shame about the spotting situation at DUB, however with a new terminal about to be built, we shall wait and see if there will be any new, good spots to photograph those awesome green, cylinders!


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5475 times:

I flew on Aer Lingus between GVA and New York via Dublin and I think they are a great airline. The planes are clean, the food on the transatlantic flights was great and the crew very friendly.

The airport is small and not too interesting for spotting.
From GVA to Dublin and back the crew were busy selling food (the panini was awful and stuck to the cardboard) as well as duty free items. They were very funny and very friendly and always available. They are very well groomed.

[Edited 2006-02-13 08:09:37]

User currently offlineTriStar500 From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 4696 posts, RR: 42
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 5452 times:

Nice report, Eric!  Smile

The new security regulation at AMS seems to be very odd - while it reduces the amount of waiting time for the traveller, it also boosts the costs for security-related equipment and personnel. Thus I am not so sure, if this concept is really the big step forward from the perspective of the airport operator.



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 5358 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
the panini was awful and stuck to the cardboard

I have had the ham and cheese panini many times and it is usally nice but about 2 out of 5 times it's really bad.  Angry


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4277 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 5334 times:

Quoting MH017 (Reply 2):
Anyhow, one more point worth mentioning, I think, is that as soon as the service was finished on EI0601, the crew retreated back into their galley, not to be seen anymore (but definitely heared, as even their jokes were audible)...

That's true, I forgot to mention this in my report! Probably they had to tell eachother the stories of their night in central Amsterdam!

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 1):
I'm glad you were able to see the GF A330 in DUB, I have missed it a few times.

Thanks! GF was nice indeed, but the early departure of that flight made me only being able to photograph it from inside the terminal building, which is of course not the best quality  Sad

Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 3):
am hoping to take the same route in April. It will be my first trip on EI since 2001 and I am looking foward to seeing what has changed on-board.

You'll enjoy your flights for sure, it's just a very standard European flight, nowadays. Low service level, reasonable fares. Flighttime is just around 1hr, so you won't need that much!

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
The airport is small and not too interesting for spotting.

It is very well interesting for spotting in my opinion. DUB is served by the whole EI fleet of course (you won't see their 330's elsewhere so much), and DUB is well served by British airlines by small equipment (DHC8, Saab 340, ATR etc.), a/c which doesn't fly to the European mainland generally. This makes DUB quite interesting, with nice surroundings with some great photographic oportunities.

Quoting TriStar500 (Reply 5):
The new security regulation at AMS seems to be very odd - while it reduces the amount of waiting time for the traveller, it also boosts the costs for security-related equipment and personnel.

Thanks for your comments! Security at AMS has always been odd in my opinion. It's a big spender of money, paid by the governmental taxes, and by the passengers! This new system saves time to the passenger, which is a big step forward. It also creates new jobs (mainly taken by immigrants  worried  and or young people with minimum education). Anyway, this is the real Netherlands  sarcastic .

Eric



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 14
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 5166 times:

Has anyone noticed that Aer Lingus now serve large cans of drink and large bottles, back in 2000/2002 we were always given tiny cans, I still think going low cost was the best thing to happen to Aer Lingus. But I do miss the "full service" that was given in the good old days. 

Quoting Semsem (Reply 4):
The airport is small and not too interesting for spotting.

New airlines and new aircraft are starting to head towards DUB. Before it was all Aer Lingus and Ryanair, 737s, A320s and the A330s. Now you have a good mix of airlines like EI, FR, GF, AA, DL, CO and Eirjet.

[Edited 2006-02-14 15:47:39]

User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5131 times:

LOL Shamrock the panini looked great in the picture. The bread was hard so it stuck on the cardboard and with the hot cheese it was really messy to eat. I discovered in Ireland chicken and stuffing sandwiches, which I have never seen before. Quite enjoyable and Aer Lingus serve it too. If I fly with them again that is what I will order.

LOL we loved the baby cans of coke and ginger ale. They serve the baby cans on the transatlantic portion (free) and we never saw such small cans before but it is quite sufficient. I was disappointed that on the European services where you pay they serve the big cans with 140 calories. I was hoping it would be the baby can.

We paid 4 Euros for a tiny Bailey bottle while the large 1/2 litre bottle they sell duty free costs 10 Euros. They warn you not to open the bottles.

Aerbuseric yes I agree it is probably interesting for spotting the "first time" and worth a visit / trip. When I was there for 6 hours all I saw were Aer Lingus aircraft, Aer Aeran, an American Airlines 767 and a Polish airline (not LOT) to Kasowice. Also Ryan Air far away. Also "Flybaby" which I find very cute.

The 2nd time generally the same thing with LH and BA. Also Transavia to Rotterdam. I like the Aer Lingus colours. I did see passengers checking in for Gulf Air. Anyway we were not at all bored and they have a lot of shops and cafes.

Yes I agree the surroundings are indeed beautiful. Would like to visit the coastal area near the airport next time; Howth and Mathahide (not spelt correctly). A field next to the runway even had sheep.

[Edited 2006-02-14 18:14:18]

[Edited 2006-02-14 18:20:28]

User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 5099 times:

One thing I found very strange. On both the transatlantic flights all the attendants were women. However between GVA and DUB in both directions they also had men. Is there a reason for this or was this just a coincidence? Does anyone know?

User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6372 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 4926 times:

Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
A field next to the runway even had sheep.

Cork is one of the airports that I have been to and seen so many sheep and cows near by it makes a nice picture.

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Quoting Semsem (Reply 9):
I discovered in Ireland chicken and stuffing sandwiches, which I have never seen before. Quite enjoyable and Aer Lingus serve it too. If I fly with them again that is what I will order.

Very nice!!


User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 4875 times:

Thanks for the nice pictures. I noticed that EI have quite a few international flights to Cork. Would like to visit the lakes around there one day.

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