BrianDromey
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Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:31 pm

I needed to get home for Christmas and EI offered the best timings to suit my needs.

DATE : 21/DEC/2008

FLIGHT : EI 729

ROUTE : MAN-ORK
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS 

A/C : A320-214

REG: EI-DEM
NAME: Saint Canice
SEAT: 11D (moved to 13F)

CLASS: ECONOMY

No such id

30th flight of the year | 11th on the A320 | 1st on this machine.

Usually I would take the Transpennine Express from Leeds to Manchester Airport but this time I decided I would drive. Here was my companion for the trip.


I took the shuttle from the parking facility to T1 where check-in was completed in a few seconds. The Menzies agent tagged my bag and I was assigned 11D, without offer of Aisle or Window. Oh well.

Security at MAN has been completely redesigned, with all food and retail offerings now airside. Despite large numbers of travellers I waited no more than 30sec for an X ray to come free. T1 now offers about 16 X ray machines, today less than half were in operation.

I proceeded through the retail area, the former food/retail plaza which funnels people through the new BizA cosmetics hall/Duty Free area. The atmosphere here is very high-end, think BT or Harvey Nichols and you’re along the right track. I decided to try the Servisair lounge, the Bollin lounge. Entry cost £17.95 but I’ve just passed my last ‘spot test’ and it’s Christmas. The bank manager is unhappy enough as it is. The staff in the lounge were very friendly and there was a god selection of snacks. The view from the lounge overlooks the runway and the T3/T1 ramp. My only criticism was that the lounge can become a bit noisy when full and there was an absolutely obnoxious woman on her phone for at least an hour telling all and sundry of her gastric band procedure and her substance binge on Friday night. Nice.

I saw the aircraft land about 15 minutes early and watched it dock at gate 4. About 20 minutes before departure I went downstairs, a little earlier than necessary because I wanted some new headphones from Dixons. Here the bank manager had his revenge, my card was turned down! Off I went on my walk of shame to Gate 4, where EI-DEM awaited me.
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Boarding began just as I arrived at the gate, so I boarded towards the end, no point pushing, my seat was waiting for me. On board the senior welcomed me and had a look at my boarding card, the other crew member at the front was halfway down the cabin looking after an infant while the mother got settled. I also recognised some of the crew from other flights, one girl is especially friendly and helpful.

I’ve never selected 11D before, but it is probably one of the worst seats on an EI A320, the legroom is a bit tight and the seat does not recline, both due to the exit just behind. At least I would have the row to myself. Behind me an older couple had paid a fee to sit at the emergency exit row, for the additional legroom on offer. With great tact the No.1 explained that she wanted to be sure that the gentleman would be able to operate the door in case of emergency, which they satisfied. I thought the event was handled with great tact and care. Just before departure I was offered the chance to move to Row 13, the second exit row, I did not need to be asked twice.
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Despite boarding starting 10 minutes early a few people were later boarding and we pushed off stand bang on time. Just before departure I snapped this one for OA260 (Phill)
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Once in-flight I decided to try the new Meatball Calzone; it is delicious!
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A quick trip to the lav;
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I don’t think there has been an EI lav posted before, so for those of you who are into that kind of thing (cough…cough…SINGAPOREAIR..cough).

Arrival into ORK was about 10 minutes early, there was a Teavel Service 738, an FR 738 and an FCA A320 on the ground.
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I picked up my bag and home I went.
Yet again EI provide a great service, although I wish they had played a few Christmas songs over the PA during boarding and on arrival. In terms of comfort, staff, timekeeping and overall service for the price paid I cannot fault EI at all.

I hope to be able to continue to use EI on this route for the foreseeable future, they wipe the floor with WW.

I hope you enjoyed the TR, any comments or feedback are welcome.
Happy Christmas!

Brian.
Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
 
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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Tue Dec 23, 2008 1:44 pm

Hey Brian !!

Great report. Thanks for the pic of the TK !! Nice to see. Also congrats on that new car ... It looks class.

Glad the Meatball Pizza is nice. I really wanted it last time but it was never available on my BCN flights.  Angry lol....

Thanks for a nice report and Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year 2009 !!

Philip

P.S. Welcome home  Smile
 
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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:21 pm

Hi Brian,

A well written and interesting read!
Did the crew ask you about operating the emergency exit as well?

Congrats on scoring a nice and new car! I liked it!

Merry Christmas!
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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Repor

Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:30 pm

Hi Brian,

Great Trip Report!

Quoting BrianDromey (Thread starter):
Security at MAN has been completely redesigned, with all food and retail offerings now airside. Despite large numbers of travellers I waited no more than 30sec for an X ray to come free. T1 now offers about 16 X ray machines, today less than half were in operation.

Good to hear that T1 has been updated. I'll be passing through there next week, looking forward to seeing it!

Quoting BrianDromey (Thread starter):
Here was my companion for the trip.

Very nice, enjoy driving! No wonder the bank manager wasn't happy  Wink

Quoting BrianDromey (Thread starter):
Once in-flight I decided to try the new Meatball Calzone; it is delicious!

Looks tasty, must try that sometime, is there anything else new on the SkyCafe?


Thanks for posting, and Happy Christmas!...

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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Tue Dec 23, 2008 3:43 pm

Nice report Brian!

Quoting BrianDromey (Thread starter):
Once in-flight I decided to try the new Meatball Calzone; it is delicious!

I was a fan of the margarita pizza slice but on my ORK-LHR flight at weekend I decided to try the Meatball Calzone, it was really nice and more filling than I thought it would be. Hopefully it will stay on the menu for a while.

Quoting BrianDromey (Thread starter):
wish they had played a few Christmas songs over the PA during boarding and on arrival.

It adds a really nice atmosphere, shame they didn't play any.

Happy Christmas

Kevin
 
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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:55 pm

Hey, Brian,

nice story and pics.

Sounds you´ve catched the best way for you´re ride home.
I prefer EI anyway beneath that stuff like FR around.

Merry Christmas,
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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Wed Dec 24, 2008 6:03 am



Quoting BrianDromey (Thread starter):
....and there was a god selection of snacks

Bloody 'ell Brian, "God Snacks" for only GB£17.95. For €30 you get anything but God Snacks in DUB. Hope you stashed some of these celestially divine ecclesiastical edibles for your post-yuletide return to student life ?
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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Fri Dec 26, 2008 1:36 am

Hi Brian,

Nice TR - thank you for posting it.

Hope you are having a good christmas back in Cork, Hapy new Year to you too.

Mike  Smile
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RE: Flying Home For Christmas A Mini EI Trip Report

Sun Dec 28, 2008 9:54 pm

Good report Brian, thanks.

Another typical EI TR, funny how everyone seems happy with EI but had issues with FR, well not funny really as it's not a shocker!

Quoting BrianDromey (Thread starter):
30th flight of the year

- Congrats, decent numbers!

Best Wishes

Mark
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