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The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 6:49 pm

The Eire trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB on Aer Arann

Welcome at the first part of this trip report, featuring a two day trip to Ireland on 6 flights. Enjoy!

We left my house at ten o’clock in the morning and drove in my car to the staff parking lot. The parking lot was very full with only some space left at the end, which resulted in quite a long walk to the bus stop. Soon a bus showed up and drove us to the terminal. Because I worked the evening before and my company is the handling agent for Aer Arann, I checked us in already and reserved some good seats. 2F and 3F with 2DE and 3DE blocked.  After a stop at the shops to buy batteries for my camera we went to the H-pier. When we reached the pier our aircraft, a BAe 146-200, was just taxiing in at gate H2.

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Date: Monday, 19May08
Flight: Aer Arann // RE 3912
From: Amsterdam // AMS
To: Waterford // WAT
Duration: 1h30m
STD: 11.45 // ATD: 11.40
STA: 12.15 // ATA: 12.14
Aircraft: BAe 146-200 // G-TBIC
Seat: Economy // 2F
Load factor: 45% // 42 passengers

G-TBIC is owned by Flightline. The Irish company Nex Aviation is leasing the aircraft and is operating the flights for Aer Arann, together with sistership EI-CNQ. After refueling boarding was announced and all 42 passengers boarded the aircraft. Soon the door was closed and pushback began. Runway 36C was in use so a relatively short taxi route today. With not much other traffic we got take-off clearance soon and took off at 11.50.

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  Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VHaidEqb8no

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My village

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Byebye Dutch landscape

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Welcome at cruise altitude

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The cabin

The crew announced that the flight time to Waterford today was approximately 1 hour and 25 minutes. After an hour in the air the captain announced descending and passed on the latest weather update.

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Descending

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On the left the city of Waterford and the River Suir

We touched down at runway 21, which is only 4700ft, so a lot of brake power was used. Immediately a u-turn was made and we taxied to the apron where we parked directly in front of Waterford’s small terminal building.

  Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kfWo9P5mEB4

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Terminal building

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Date: Monday, 19May08
Flight: Aer Arann // RE 3912
From: Waterford // WAT
To: Galway // GWY
Duration: 0h30m
STD: 12.45 // ATD: 12.37
STA: 13.15 // ATA: 13.08
Aircraft: BAe 146-200 // G-TBIC
Seat: Economy // 2F
Load factor: 29% // 27 passengers

15 passengers disembarked in Waterford and the rest continued with us to Galway. No local passengers today who joined the flight so after only 20 minutes the flight crew started the 4 engines again. After a few minutes of waiting for an inbound Mooney we started taxiing to runway 21. With the brakes on and maximum thrust the flight crew released the brakes and we accelerated like a rocket and climbed in to the skies in no time. Soon the cruise altitude of 12000ft was reached for the short 25 minute flight to Galway.

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Taxiing to runway 21

  Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WcDE1MZ7zho

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Cruising at 12000ft

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Approaching Galway

Only 15 minutes later descending was started already and the approach went over the beautiful hills in the Galway area. At 13.05, 10 minutes early, we landed at Galway Carnmore Airport. The runway at this airport is even shorter, only 4000ft, the shortest one in my logbook where I have landed on a jet aircraft.

  Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R-vOMgoIlRw

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Byebye!

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Terminal building

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Welcome!

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Landside view of the terminal entrance

Galway Airport is very small, with Aer Arann being the only operator. The small terminal has 1 baggage carrousel, 4 check-in desks, a few car rental desks and a small departure lounge.

We decided to take the bus to the city of Galway, which took about 20-25 minutes. After arrival in town we discovered that this was the only bus service of the day and we have to take a taxi back to the airport.

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Hotel Meyrick at Eyre Square

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Eyre Square

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Shop St.

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River Corrib

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Wolf Tone Bridge

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River Corrib

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High St.

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Inside the Eyre Square Shopping Centre

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Back at Eyre Square

About one and a half hours later we arranged a taxi to drive us back to the airport. The ride took about 15-20 minutes, again through the nice scenery in the Galway area. The price was 15 euro’s including a tip, which is very reasonable compared to the prices in The Netherlands.

Back at the airport the check-in for our flight to Dublin was open. A friendly lady allocated us 2A and 3A. We headed to the departure lounge and bought some drinks and watched a helicopter doing some circuits around the airport. Shortly after 16.00 our aircraft landed, an ATR 72-212A in the new color scheme.

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Some local residents

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Check-in

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Departures/Arrivals hall

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FIDS

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Our aircraft!


Date: Monday, 19May08
Flight: Aer Arann // RE 236
From: Galway // GWY
To: Dublin // DUB
Duration: 0h45m
STD: 17.15 // ATD: 17.10
STA: 18.00 // ATA: 17.57
Aircraft: ATR 72-212A // EI-REM
Seat: Economy // 3A
Load factor: ~33%

Boarding was announced at 16.55 and with a light load today the boarding process was completed 5 minutes after the announcement. We departed ahead of schedule and taxied to runway 08.

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Boarding

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  Take-off movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YRKLmcJZwWQ

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Climbing out of Galway

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At cruise altitude

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Once in the air we left the rainy Galway behind us. In about 40 minutes the ATR-72 flew us to Dublin, where the weather was a lot better. At ten to six we landed at Dublin’s runway 10.

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Descending

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  Landing movie:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnoZ10IFxZ0

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The cabin

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Loganair

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An ATR-42 in the previous colors

In the arrivals hall we called our hotel to pick us up and went outside to wait for the shuttle bus. After a short ride of about 5 minutes we arrived at the hotel, the Premier Inn Dublin Airport Hotel. For 90 euro per night per room it’s very good value for money. The room was spotless, with 2 comfy double beds, airconditiong, TV, tea and coffee making equipment and a very nice bathroom. After hanging around, dinner and watching some TV we went to bed at 01.00.

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Our hotel

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Reception

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Lobby

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And the other side of the lobby

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Our room

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The view

The story will continue in part two:

The Eire trip (part 2): DUB-SNN-LGW-AMS on EI, FR and EZY // 20May08

Thank you for reading!

Best regards,
Jeroen



*Please feel free to comment or ask your questions.



Other trip reports:
AMS-LBA-LGW-AMS on LS, BE and BA // 20Jul09
Flying Norwegian, from Denmark!: AMS-STN-CPH-AMS on EZY and DY // 13May09
Flying The T7: AMS-MAN-GVA-AMS on WW, SV and EZS // 20Apr09
AMS-BHX-DUB-AMS on WW, FR and EI // 26Mar09
Destinazione Bergamo! AMS-EMA-BGY-AMS on WW, FR and HV // 21Jan09
A tribute to SkyEurope Airlines! AMS-PRG-AMS // 09Sep08


[Edited 2009-11-15 10:51:16]
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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:12 pm

Hi Jeroen,

very nice trip report and some great pictures and videos - I enjoyed reading and watching a lot. Ireland is a great country - always worth a visit.

Regards
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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:29 pm

Nice report and we dont see so many including RE and Irish Regionals.

Looking forward to part 2

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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 7:34 pm

Fantastic TR!

Funny enough...I stayed in the Premier Inn last December! That very one. A great hotel!


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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:02 pm

Hi Jeroen
Excellent trip report, one of the most enjoyable ive read. Its always nice to see reports & pics involving my local airport (DUB) & city never mind the lesser known regional airports an cities of Ireland. Ive been to WAT quite a few times ( thanks to summer holidays in the nearest town to the airport which would be Tramore). That was long before the RE days when the only flights where BA J41 to STN & Suckling Airways DO-228 to LTN. Ive never been to GWY before but ive drven past a few times so nice to see it included in a TR. Looking forward to reading part 2, Thanks for posting.
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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:20 pm

Hi Jeroen,

nice report with some good pictures. The Irish landscape looks beautiful. I really need to take some domestic flights there.


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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 8:46 pm

Hi Jeroen,
Nice report, gave a good impression.
Pity Aer Arann doesn't fly to Amsterdam anymore, I would like to try them again. (I flew them in 2001 in a Shorts 360 on Dublin-Sligo) .
How was the on board service, did many people buy something, or did noone bother?
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Sun Nov 15, 2009 10:59 pm



Quoting Contact Air (Reply 1):
Ireland is a great country - always worth a visit.

Yes it is! Friendly people and a wonderful landscape.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
Nice report and we dont see so many including RE and Irish Regionals.

Thanks! I've noticed that as well before I did the trip when I was looking for other RE trip reports.

Quoting JFKMan (Reply 3):
Fantastic TR!

Funny enough...I stayed in the Premier Inn last December! That very one. A great hotel!

Thanks! Must have been a pleasant stay if it was the same hotel.  Wink

Quoting EICVD (Reply 4):
Excellent trip report, one of the most enjoyable ive read.

Thanks!

Quoting PlaneHunter (Reply 5):
nice report with some good pictures. The Irish landscape looks beautiful. I really need to take some domestic flights there.

Thanks! I can recommend domestic flying in Ireland. A lot of routes available at very affordable prices.

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 6):
Nice report, gave a good impression.

You're welcome!

Quoting MEA-707 (Reply 6):
How was the on board service, did many people buy something, or did noone bother?

On the AMS-WAT flight quite some people bought something to drink, including myself. No service between WAT and GWY. On the GWY-DUB flight almost nobody bought something.
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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Sun Nov 15, 2009 11:15 pm

Hi Jeroen,

Great report, there aren't many reports that include the Irish regional airports and it's always nice to hear about Aer Arann. Really liked the photos and videos as well.

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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Mon Nov 16, 2009 6:03 am

Hi,

A refreshing read for this gloomy Monday morning - especially the very beautiful pictures of the green Irish landscape are great as it is so depressingly dark and wet outside!

I was a bit confused first about the routing and equipment until I realized that this was indeed a trip one and half years ago.

Nice pictures of Galway - was there in 2002 and things haven't seem to changed too much. That's quite a lot of traffic for a small, regional airport.

Quoting BasilFawlty (Thread starter):
Aircraft: ATR 72-212A // EI-REM

What do you know - I logged this very same bird a bit over 2 months earlier. But not in Ireland, no no - instead on the most unlikely of routes: HEL-SJY  Smile. The explanation: FC was a bit short of planes and qualified pilots back then, so they wet leased one RE ATR to operate a few routes for six months or so.
 
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Mon Nov 16, 2009 8:12 am

A great report ver enjoyable and good to see some of the smaller domectic Irish airports getting into a report. Videos and photos compliment it very well.
 
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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Mon Nov 16, 2009 7:26 pm

Hi Jeroen,

Excellent report surrounded with nice pictures! I really enjoyed it.

Thank you for sharing.

Cheers,
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RE: The Eire Trip (part 1): AMS-WAT-GWY-DUB

Tue Nov 17, 2009 1:02 am



Quoting Shamrock321 (Reply 10):
A great report ver enjoyable and good to see some of the smaller domectic Irish airports getting into a report. Videos and photos compliment it very well.

Thanks a lot!

Quoting Akhmad (Reply 11):
Excellent report surrounded with nice pictures! I really enjoyed it.

Thanks! I'm glad you enjoyed it.
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