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Heathrow-Shannon On Aer Lingus Pics/Videos

Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:28 am

Every summer I go back to Ireland for a week or two and visit the family. I went for a weekend in May and wasn't planning on going again this summer but as my Dad had two weeks off work, we decided to go. I needed to be back by August 23rd as I would be getting my GCSE exam results so we would only be in Ireland for a week. We checked a few dates for LHR-ORK but fares were quite high but because we live in Tipperary we had the choice of two airports and although I prefer Cork, the fares to Shannon were lower and so we booked EI383, LHR-SNN on Thursday August 16th and SNN-LHR on Wednesday 22nd of August.

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Route: London Heathrow - Shannon Airport
Date: Thursday August 16th
Airline: Aer Lingus
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Reg: EI-DET
Name: Saint Brendan
Into Service: 28 Jun 2006

We walked into a chaotic Heathrow Terminal One. The Aer Lingus FastPass machines were all being used and the Que for checking was already quite long and there was even more people at BA and BD check-in. It wasn't long until a FastPass machine was free, I already selected our seats online which were seats 3A and 3B. The Que for bag drop off wasn't that long but a few passengers hadn't paid for their luggage online and refused to pay for it at check-in, they started arguing, I'm sure most of Terminal One heard them it went something like "did you check that CityJet airline" and the woman he was with said "I checked Air France" and he replied "why would Air France fly to Ireland, I think it's clear where they fly, it's in the name so it is" the woman then stormed off presumably to the bank so she could pay for their bags. We were next and a young Chinese woman who I have seen before checked our bags and wished us a pleasant flight.
We went for a cup of tea and then to WHSmiths to get a newspaper and AirlinerWorld magazine. After that there wasn't much else to do so we went through security, some people in front of us had a few problems and the woman was getting annoyed so she sent them back to BD check in but everyone else including ourselves were fine. While in the waiting to go through the metal detectors I say someone I recognised, I looked again and he looked very much like Aer Lingus Chairman. John Sharman. I wasn't sure but he disappeared by the time we were in the departure lounge but it was possibly him as he had a meeting in Shannon the next day.
I took a seat and watched the many arrivals on 27R, here are the photos.
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Here is my aircraft, EI-DET which was a little late due to a busy Heathrow and being stuck in a hold for 10 minutes.

Our flight was called just after three other Ireland bound flights with EI and BD. We were left in the air bridge for quite a while and that added to the growing delay. We finally got on board and were greeted by two very smart female cabin crew, one had black curly hair and glasses she was very nice and welcomed everyone with a smile and "hello, how are ya" we sat down in seats 3A and B.
Terminal One with Bmi 10 year *A livery
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AC 767
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Taxi was very bumpy but we were going quite fast, the pilot apologised for the delay and bumpy taxi but promised a smooth a flight.
I filmed the take-off it's only one minute long but has some views of T4 and an SQ 747.
Take off was on 27L

After take off we climbed and I saw a large shower south of us, as we go closer it provided some great veiws.
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m198/SkyNet1000/Picture492516.jpg
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The crew came round with the usual offerings from SkyCafe, I just had a Coke and Twix for €3 and relaxed for the rest of the flight. The crew were very chatty and I talked to one about the SNN-LHR issue, she said she felt betrayed by EI management and would be so happy for Aer Lingus and the new Belfast base if it wasnt for the loss of Shannon staff. She said she was surprised someone of my age (16) was so interested in the issue. After our chat she went back prepared for our arrival in Shannon. The cloud built up and we began our decent, flaps went down and we hit some light turbulence. Here are some photos of the decent, Ireland is always a welcome sight when we break through the clouds.
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m198/SkyNet1000/Picture492521.jpg
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Here's the landing in Shannon we passed a Silverjet 767 and other aircraft as we landed and taxied to our stand.


Ryanair advert in the baggage hall
http://i104.photobucket.com/albums/m198/SkyNet1000/Picture492530.jpg

Once again Aer Lingus provided a great service and its mainly down to the staff, without the great attitude of the cabin crew Aer Lingus flights really wouldnt be the same and everytime I fly EI they remind me why they are the Irish Airline

Thanks for reading!

Kev.
 
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RE: Heathrow-Shannon On Aer Lingus Pics/Videos

Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:48 am

Hey Kevin great TR and pics and videos. Love the Air India and Jet Airways pics also. If im correct you took off over Staines reservoir in the photo??? Very well written.

Thanks for sharing

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Fri Aug 24, 2007 1:52 am

Hey Kev,
Great TR and i LOVED the videos of the take off and landing, very cool indeed  Smile

Well done,
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RE: Heathrow-Shannon On Aer Lingus Pics/Videos

Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:01 am

Thanks lads, glad you liked it!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
If im correct you took off over Staines reservoir in the photo???

Yep thats the Staines reservoir and in the background is the Queen Mary reservoir.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:03 am

Great report Kev!
As always.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
one had black curly hair and glasses she was very nice and welcomed everyone with a smile and "hello, how are ya"

Yes I've heard about her Big grin There's a picture of her in the local paper in the protest march agains the SNN-LHR thing, and she doesn't look too happy in it!

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
Here's the landing in Shannon we passed a Silverjet 767 and other aircraft as we landed and taxied to our stand

That's runway 24, a great one to land on. If you look to the left on landing, you can see the Air Atlanta hangar, the aer Lingus hangar, and the Lufthansa Technique painting hangar, and if you look to your right, you'll see the Shannon Aerospace hangar.
Great report, and I'm very much looking forward to the rteturn portion.

Actually, one quick question. How many FastPass machines do EI have at LHR? And I heard that there is no longer a FastPass bag drop off desk there now, and that if you have a bag, you have to join the regular que, even if you use the machines or OLCI. Is this true?

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
but a few passengers hadn't paid for their luggage online and refused to pay for it at check-in

That's something that really annoys me about EI. It's a real pity they went down that route.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:23 am

Thanks EISHN, Shannon is great for the amount of aircraft around, ORK has a great terminal and nice views on the hill but SNN has the aircraft and the size! Shannon was very gloomy this morning saw EI-DAA and loads of US bound flights, I will have photos in the next report.

Quoting EISHN (Reply 4):
Actually, one quick question. How many FastPass machines do EI have at LHR? And I heard that there is no longer a FastPass bag drop off desk there now, and that if you have a bag, you have to join the regular que, even if you use the machines or OLCI. Is this true?

I think there are 6 not all of them are by the Aer Lingus check in. Three are opposite Bmi check-in and near the Aer Lingus ticket desk, they are tucked away and you could easily miss them when you walk into the terminal. Bag drop off was still there but usually the staff at LHR manage the lines quite well but recently they just let everyone Que up all at one line.

Quoting EISHN (Reply 4):
Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
but a few passengers hadn't paid for their luggage online and refused to pay for it at check-in

That's something that really annoys me about EI. It's a real pity they went down that route.

I felt sorry for the two passengers but they were trying to take into the cabin two pushchairs for their young children and also check in 2 pieces luggage, they had a member of staff I avoid, hes quite rude and thinks hes better than everyone around him including other staff he works with. They ended up having to check in three items and take one pushchair onboard.
 
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RE: Heathrow-Shannon On Aer Lingus Pics/Videos

Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:48 am

Great TR, Very interesting and informative.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
I needed to be back by August 23rd as I would be getting my GCSE exam results

I Hope you did well.
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 2:54 am

Quoting Aerarann (Reply 6):
I Hope you did well.

Thanks, I did quite well, everyone was very pleased with their results but there will be no partying for me, I have been up since four this morning!
 
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 3:46 am

Very good trip report and pictures!!! The inflight pics look really cool with the sun creating those color effects.
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Fri Aug 24, 2007 6:51 am

Quoting Mke717spotter (Reply 8):
Very good trip report and pictures!!! The inflight pics look really cool with the sun creating those color effects.

Thanks! LHR is always nice at that time of day and even on our decent into SNN the sun was still creating those great effects

Some more shots from LHR



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Fri Nov 16, 2007 6:14 am

How long does it take to clear immigration in Terminal 1? It's been 26 years since I've flown through Heathrow so I don't remember since I was only 5 years old! Hope it's not terribly bad. I plan to stay overnight and then take QF 30 to HKG the next day. I don't think I could hack a Transatlantic and then another 12 hour flight to HKG! It would be brutal. I appreciate the information. Let's say I were coming in to LHR from DUB at about 11 a.m. What is the average immigration processing time?
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Fri Nov 16, 2007 5:47 pm

Really good TR,

The pics and videos are really great.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Thread starter):
Ryanair advert in the baggage hall

I really dislike that advert.


Thank you for sharing.

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Sun Nov 18, 2007 9:04 pm

Great report and photo's, a most enjoyable read.

Quoting B747forever (Reply 11):
I really dislike that advert.

- Agreed!

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