This is the return journey of my trip to Chicago in the summer. The outbound report (with pictures) can be read here (sorry for the big gap):
[Note to moderators/EI787: The pics. should come out now and the end will probably be cut off so I will post the remainder as reply #1]
So my enjoyable three weeks in Chicago were over and it was time to head home. Aer Lingus are the only airline offering direct flights to Shannon (in western Ireland) however there is a stopover at Dublin Airport.
[Hopefully the pics will come out – I’ve had a bad history
Obviously I spent a day at ORD
just looking around all the terminals etc. so I’ve included pics of that here:
^^^ Air One, the newest member of ORD
’s international family offering flights to/from Milan
^^^ Taken from the airport transit system
^^^ Old control tower
^^^ United’s Terminal 1
^^^ Galway is one of Chicago’s sister cities, there is a display of these sister city flags in the corridor connecting terminals 1, 2 & 3
O’Hare International Airport (ORD) - Dublin Airport (DUB)
Date: Wednesday, 20th August 2008/Thursday, 21st August 2008
Airline: Aer Lingus (EI/EIN
Flight Number: EI124/AA7976 [Codeshared with American Airlines]
Aircraft Type: Airbus Industrie A330-302
Aircraft Tail No: EI
-DUZ (St. Aoife/Aoife)
Departure Gate: M9
Scheduled Departure: 18:50 CDT
Actual Departure: 18:47 CDT
Weather at Departure: Clear, hazy, winds NE
Taxi Route: INTL. TAXILINE, D2, D, D1, B
Scheduled Arrival: 08:15 UTC
Actual Arrival: 07:53 UTC
Arrival Gate: Gate B33
Weather at Arrival: Broken cloud, winds SW
Approx. Routing: ORD
-Quebec City-Newfoundland-South tip of Greenland-DUB
Seat No: 12A
Captain: Ross Kelly
Actual Flight Time: 7 hours, 6 minutes [pushback-touchdown]
My grandparents live only a few minutes from the airport so we left about 3.30pm. Aer Lingus operate from O’Hare’s International/Terminal 5 and usually Gate M9
which was the case again this evening. When we arrived the queue for the EI
desk was literally stretched out the door. Good thing I had checked us in the night before online and we were first in this line.
Our bag-drop was done in a matter of minutes and the lady slapped heavy stickers on all the bags. We even had to weigh our carry-on luggage which I never had to do before. We got a bite to eat at McDonalds in the food court [which ain’t so bad Irish A.netters.] we then got in the long queue for security which took about 20 minutes. This was the busiest time of day for T5
so we expected it.
We arrived at Gate M9
, the waiting area which we shared with Gate M8
also had KLM Royal Dutch Airlines flight KL612 to Amsterdam going out one hour after us.
We had about an hour to kill so I strolled around the terminal with the camera:
^^^ ANA is the only airline on this sign which still flies to/from ORD
^^^ SK944 to Copenhagen would leave at 10.05pm
^^^ This is a pic of an Irish pub in Chicago on display in T5
. Irish people are the second largest ethnic group living in Chicago after Germany. Pride…
^^^ This “Welcome to Chicago” bench is in the departures level but whatever…
^^^ Turkish Airlines TK6 to Istanbul seen rolling here on Runway 32R. It was an Airbus A340-300.
^^^ LOT Polish Airlines Boeing 767-200 “City of Poznan” would depart as LO2 to Warsaw at 5.25pm
^^^ Royal Jordanian flight RJ263 from Amman just arriving at Gate M5
^^^ As mentioned before, the busiest time of day at T5
but you wouldn’t think it here…
^^^ Air France’s Airbus A340-300 would depart as AF51 back to Paris at 5.30pm. It was parked at M7
^^^ American Airlines Boeing 777-200
^^^ “City of Freeport” was the name of this KLM Asia 747. It doesn’t bear the crown of KLM on its tail nor the Dutch flag.
^^^ This reminds me of the film “Catch Me if you Can” where your man was walking in with all the flight attendants. By the way El Al no longer fly here – that sign needs to be updated
^^^ Love the new Air India livery with the design around all the windows
^^^ This flight would also serve Frankfurt and Mumbai
^^^ British Airways have three daily flights from London LHR
; two 747s and a 777. How do they fill them with, I think 13 daily flights from Chicago to London in total?!
^^^ The airport transit system
^^^ Now you see it…
^^^ Now you don’t
^^^ Yes, the Irish flag is there too
^^^ This Asiana Airlines 747 took up residence at M7 shortly after Air France left. This aircraft would remain on the ground for SIX HOURS before turning around as flight OZ235 to Seoul
Unfortunately it was impossible to get a pic of EI
-DUZ because of the design of this terminal.
Pre-Boarding was announced at 6.09pm and the general boarding from the back of the aircraft first, at 6.11pm. We were sitting at the front but we thought we’d chance boarding now anyway. It was a success and the boarding agent was the same woman who checked us in earlier. She worked for Swissport, the ground handling agent for EI
-DUZ is Aer Lingus’ newest widebody aircraft so it was fitted with Recaro seats and AVOD. It makes the flight seem much quicker.
^^^ No one sat in any of the 4 seats at the bulkhead so my mother and brother sat there for extra space
The doors closed at 6.34pm and the airbridge was retracted. I loved sitting near the top to see what was going on.
The head of cabin crew, Joan Farrell welcomed all passengers and informed us of an on-time departure. They were just waiting for cargo to be finished loading. The safety video was played then although halfway through it stopped and started playing from the start again.
Captain Ross Kelly introduced himself after this. His estimated flight time was 7 hours. He gave us the routing and said we would pass directly over Quebec City, Canada. He would inform us of our arrival again in a few hours. Pushback was at 6.47pm and we started taxiing at 6.53pm.
^^^ Love the way we have to go over the bridge of the highway to get to the runway
Once we reached Runway 32R we were cleared for immediate takeoff at 6.59pm. This is the 2nd busiest airport in the world and yet no runway congestion. It was a quick liftoff. We made a slight left right after takeoff and headed in that direction until just south or Racine, Wisconsin before turning more east onto Lake Michigan. I watched the sunset:
Being the aviation enthusiast that I am I had the Flightmap on the PTV most of the way. When I walked around later I found a lot of people watching it as well. At 7.19pm CDT the bar service started, soft drinks were free but alcoholic drinks had a charge and passengers were asked to buy them now if they wanted them with dinner later on. I had coke:
We climbed quickly and reached our cruising altitude of 35,196 feet at 7.20pm according to Flightmap [formerly Airshow]. Our estimated arrival in Dublin was 7.55am UTC
– 20 minutes early. At 7.50pm CDT Captain Kelly came on again telling us more about our routing, altitude etc. and that some minor turbulence was expected over the Atlantic. Now he wasn’t anymore specific than that but I later figured out it was the whole ocean that contributed turbulence Top