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Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Mon Apr 15, 2013 10:35 pm

Hi all!  

Welcome to my first of hopefully many trip reports - I have a substantial backlog to get through!

This is a trip which I took to visit Orlando and Miami in early Spring 2013. Hope yous enjoy!!  

Outbound


Date: 09-02-2013
Airline: Aer Lingus (EI)
Flight Number: EI121
Departure Airport: Dublin International Airport, Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
Arrival Airport: Orlando International Airport, Orlando, FL, USA (MCO)
Departure Time: 12:20
Arrival Time: 16:30
Flight Duration: 9hr30min
Aircraft Type: Airbus A330-202
Aircraft Registration: EI-DUO
Seat Number: 23K (Window) Economy


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Check-in and security through Dublin's Terminal 2 went smoothly and without a hitch. Having some free time I went for a cappuccino and croissant at Lavazza Espression located half-way down T2's Pier E. After my coffee and a little planespotting - naturally   - I headed for USCBP. At Dublin one can now fully-clear US Customs on selected flights and thus enter the USA as a domestic passenger. This is great to get done at the beginning of the journey as means you can avoid CBP queues upon arrival in the US! Luckily EI's flight to MCO uses this service. The processing through CBP took in the region of 30mins. Boarding would commence soon afterwards so I headed to the departure gate.

The aircraft for today was EI-DUO, aged almost 6 years. Boarding was completed with speed and not too long after everybody was boarded.


Aer Lingus PTV by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

The safety briefing was played on the PTV's as the aircraft started its engines. pushed-back and taxied to the runway. Takeoff was rather uneventful, soon breaking through the grey Irish cloud and up into the blue sky over the Atlantic Ocean.

I was quite impressed by EI's IFE offering. The only recently-released Lincoln was available so I started to watch that while the drink and snack service began.


Aer Lingus A330 in Cruise by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

I opted for a packet of bretzels and a Fanta. I was delighted by the colour of the Fanta 
Aer Lingus Long-Haul Snack by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

After the snack and drink service the main meal was promptly served. I got the lamb casserole, which was more like hot dog food. This meal was awful...except the cookie  
Aer Lingus Long Haul Meal by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

Meanwhile we were soon approaching the Eastern-Canadian coast, where heavy snow clouds lay below. We experienced some turbulence here, although nothing major. I really love the little shamrock on EI's A330 wingtips!


Aer Lingus A330 Cruise by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr


Aer Lingus A330 Cruise by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

Passing New York City was very exciting as I got to spot JFK covered in snow 
Snow-covered JFK Airport New York by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

The mood in the cabin was very buoyant during the flight, with most looking forward to their holiday in Florida.


Aer Lingus A330 Cabin by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr


Aer Lingus A330 Map by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

As we entered the skies of Florida I was intrigued by what seemed to be large fires across the lands. A common sight? :O


 
Aer Lingus A330 Cruise by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

An hour before landing a snack of a scone and tea/coffee was handed out. It was fine, just fine though.


Aer Lingus Scone by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

Here's the video of the landing  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSbR_rO32Xc

PS. Anybody know how to embed the YouTube player onto here so the video can be watched in the post ???  
Aer Lingus and JetBlue at Orlando Airport by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

After a particularly lengthy taxi to the stand - no complaints of course   - we disembarked and within 30mins we were outside arrivals in the warm balmy evening weather of the Sunshine State   


Inbound

Date: 16-02-2013
Airline: Aer Lingus (EI)
Flight Number: EI120
Departure Airport: Orlando International Airport, Orlando, Florida, USA (MCO)
Arrival Airport: Dublin International Airport, Dublin, Ireland (DUB)
Departure Time: 19:00
Arrival Time: 08:15
Flight Duration: 8hr15min
Aircraft Type: Airbus A330-202
Aircraft Registration: EI-DUO
Seat Number: 18E (middle) Economy


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After a truly epic week spent in Orlando, Palm Beach and Miami it was time to return home to Ireland   

Aircraft for this evening turned out to be A330-202 EI-DUO again. My phone died just as we got to the airport so unfortunately no pics were taken until I could charge my phone at my seat onboard!!  

After a very exciting windy takeoff the initial drink and snack service began.


Aer Lingus Long-Haul Snack by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

As on the outbound, shortly afterwards the main meal was served. Expecting something similar to the dog food served on the flight from Dublin I was astounded to be served this great meal!! 
Aer Lingus Long Haul Meal by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

The food was really great this time around, the butter was even yellow  

After the meal another drinks service was held, then blankets and extra cushions were handed out to those who wanted them. For the remainder of the night I rested and watched a few TV programmes and of course the flight map on the PTV.  
Aer Lingus A330 PTV by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

An hour before landing a light breakfast was served. It was quite nice and was an ample portion for that time of the morning.


Aer Lingus Long-Haul Pre-Landing Breakfast by ShamrockGoldCircle, on Flickr

Being seated in the middle meant that unfortunately no photos could've been taken, but the landing at Dublin was nothing out of the usual and a speedy disembarkation followed. At that time of the morning there were no queues, and so I was out of the airport in 20mins.
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This was my first time to fly EI longhaul and I was impressed. The cabin and seats are very comfortable although the food could be more consistent in terms of quality. All in all a great trip and I hope to fly EI longhaul some time soon! 

Regards, 321NEO.


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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:05 pm

nice report! I just got back from a European trip myself, using Aer Lingus to cross the pond. I flew over on Friday April 5 on EI-DAA and back again on the 13th aboard the same plane. Of the three A330-200s Aer Lingus has, -DUO is the only one I haven't been on.

Here are a few pictures from my trip.

Maeve handled the controls from the right seat on EI-DAA to BOS


EI-DAA (A330-200) decending into Boston on EI 136


40,000 feet over Newfoundland on the way to Boston on EI 136
 
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Mon Apr 15, 2013 11:15 pm

Hi 321neo,

Very enjoyable read, have never personaly flown EI long haul but I am just itching for an opportunity to do so.

Shame about the outbound catering but at least they showed improvement on the inbound!

Perhaps they could gain a few catering tips from EK?   

Great TR and I look forward to your next one!

- James
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Tue Apr 16, 2013 8:19 am

Hey 321neo,

Great report, always nice to see one for Aer Lingus!

I can't believe EI-DUO is nearly 6 years old, I remember the first grainy photos from Toulouse on the Irish thread as it was being built! That meal on the outbound does look rather grim, those cookies are nice though, I grab a few everytime I'm in one of the lounges, same goes for the pretzels. Nice to see the return meal was better but I don't know why they deliver the meals on those square trays, always looks so awkward when doesn't fit the tray table.

Aer Lingus long haul has certainly improved a lot over the last few years, the addition of Sky Dine and onboard wifi which is already live on most aircraft will only add to the experience across the Atlantic.

Quoting 321neo (Thread starter):
Anybody know how to embed the YouTube player onto here so the video can be watched in the post ???

A.net stopped doing that a few years ago, there was a reason for it but I can't remember exactly.

Thanks for posting, looking forward to more!

Quoting Jambost (Reply 2):
Perhaps they could gain a few catering tips from EK?

Funnily enough they do the catering for EK at DUB! Very good they are as well apparently.

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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:03 pm

Quoting 321neo (Thread starter):
I was delighted by the colour of the Fanta

Ha Ha. Funny remark. I also liked the "dog food" reference. Most dogs probably eat better than the typical airline passenger! My dog would be insulted.
 
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Tue Apr 16, 2013 6:48 pm

Great report, like your pics! I'm always disappointed when I get the same aircraft on the inbound leg, I've flown TA with EI three times and on two of those occasions I had the same aircraft on out and inbound legs! Not good for your reg logbook  Hope you enjoyed Florida!
 
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Wed Apr 17, 2013 10:48 am

Nice report. Always exciting to read an EI one, especially T/A.   Good pictures. Such a beautiful aircraft. Pity about the dog food, but at least it was nice on the way back! The croissant thing looked nice, I had always heard that EI T/A breakfasts were a bit scabby so that looks good. IFE does look good. I'm hoping meself to fly EI longhaul some day, but at least for now I can take an A330 from AGP - DUB!

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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Wed Apr 17, 2013 3:12 pm

You can now order a delux meal for about $25.

From NYC to Dublin I liked my meal except for the chocolate brownie. Dublin is a great airport to make a connection.
 
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Fri Apr 26, 2013 3:26 pm

Thanks for all the positive replies guys, looking forward to adding a few more trip reports!! 
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Sun Mar 30, 2014 12:53 am

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 3):
Aer Lingus long haul has certainly improved a lot over the last few years, the addition of Sky Dine and onboard wifi which is already live on most aircraft will only add to the experience across the Atlantic.

Indeed, also particularly with the recent aquisition of 757s and the relaunch of the SFO and YYZ routes !  
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:55 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 6):
Pity about the dog food

It tasted so bad, and after having recently seen pics from the current EI transatlantic meals the basic offering is still as poor. The optional add-on meals are fantastic however!  
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Wed Apr 30, 2014 3:54 pm

I like Aer Lingus.

From New York I got a decent meal except for the awful chocolate brownie; the same served on SWISS, American and UNITED.

No breakfast but the OJ helps a lot.

You can also order a fancy meal for $20. Next time I will try that.

Good to know the meals from Dublin are bad.
 
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RE: Shamrockin' It To Florida | Aer Lingus DUB-MCO-DUB

Sun Apr 12, 2015 10:40 am

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 11):
From New York I got a decent meal except for the awful chocolate brownie; the same served on SWISS, American and UNITED.

No breakfast but the OJ helps a lot.

You can also order a fancy meal for $20. Next time I will try that.

They really need to get rid of those toxic brownies haha!

The EI upgrade meals look delicious. I think they're pretty good value for money considering the difference in quality compared to the regular meals.
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