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AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Sat Apr 10, 2004 6:26 pm

Would like to plan a trip to Ireland. Have heard lots of bad experiences with EI on this board, but does anyone know how a trip on an EI A332 would compare with taking a US 762?

Both look pretty old, but the EI 332 I must say do look pretty beaten up.

(mileage wise, US would be the better bet for me as OneWorld mileage would be useless for me)

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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Sat Apr 10, 2004 7:18 pm

I have flown on an EI 332 but not a US 762 but from what I know I would say definatly the EI 332 over the US 762.

Hoep others can help more

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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Sun Apr 11, 2004 12:04 am

Where are you coming from? If you can go nonstop on either carrier you might as well do that. US will have pretty good connections at PHL otherwise. The US 762's are indeed showing their age (theres another thread about whether or not they are safe---which they are---that may give you more insight on what they're like). But they're fine for the 6 or so hour-long hop. I have never flown EI so I can't help you there.

I'd rather be flying.
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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Sun Apr 11, 2004 5:35 am

Flew US from PHL to CDG (and back) and although it was on an A333 I would not really recommend the airline. The FA's were very nice but the food was horrible, drinks were expensive, and the earphones were 5 dollars (which managed to break 15 minutes after buying them). This airline seems to have done a lot of cost cutting and although the FA's seem to do their hardest I really felt it. I'm sure Aer Lingus will offer free IFE, drinks, and much better food. Hope this helps.
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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Sun Apr 11, 2004 7:03 am

I've flown both aircraft and there really isn't a whole lot of difference between them. As outlined above the US 762s are showing their age. They don't have the great PTVs the US A330s do. The food was forgetable, the cabin crew pretty standard. The flights are generally high load and low yield. I missed a PHL - DUB flight at the start of September and the next available confirmed seat on the same flight was 5 days away. (So I got rerouted through Boston with EI)

EI are OK. If you're on an A332 there's a one in three chance it'll be EI-DAA and you'll have PTVs. The food on EI is nothing special and now they even charge for alcohol on transatlantic flights. I've always found the EI cabin crews to be pretty mixed ; there's always a few surly ones and there's always at least one who'll bend over backwards to help you.

From a frequent flyer perspective EI is really awful unless you can get an AA codeshare ticket and get AAdvantage miles. US Air's program is a lot more generous.

Another thing that might be relevant is that EI allows no Laser controlled devices on board in flight which means no CD players, Minidisc players or DVD players. USair allows all of the above in flight. I mention it because it makes a big difference to some.

As for the EI332s looking pretty beaten up I'd say you are confusing them with EI 333s. The 332s are pretty new and are generally in great condition.
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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Sun Apr 11, 2004 8:25 pm

Hey Tracks,

Does AerLingus now charge for alcoholic drinks in transanlatic flights??? Are you sure about that? First time I´ve heard this.

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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Mon Apr 12, 2004 3:24 am

It is a new development if you go to visit Click on Services & Frequent Flier, InFlight Services, and bar will see that there is a charge now for alcoholic drinks only.
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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Mon Apr 12, 2004 3:34 pm


Just a small point.

You live in the states? Yes

How many chances are you going to have to fly an Aer Lingus A330?

How many chances will you have to fly US in a 767?

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RE: AerLingus V. USAir To Ireland

Mon Apr 12, 2004 8:28 pm

aerlingus do allow the use of cd players inflight just not during take off approach and landing.fungus's food is good and there planes are in good shape there well maintained