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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Wed Dec 26, 2012 12:35 pm

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 145):

Thanks Shamrock, that makes sense. I bet it was strange for the passengers and crew to be boarding an FR aircraft like that!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:34 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 149):
I would say yes due to the fact its *Gold you have and it says ''and other qualifying passengers''.

Thanks, I shall find out on Friday.  
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 27, 2012 8:07 am

Quoting teahan (Reply 151):

Your good to go with *G on LH . Was in the lounge this morning. The lounge is your normal DAA affair in terms of offerings. Not bad and plenty of space and power sockets/free wifi etc...

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On another note the lines were massive at EI T2 today. EI staff running down the lines looking for passengers whose flights were closing .

 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:47 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 152):
Was in the lounge this morning. The lounge is your normal DAA affair in terms of offerings. Not bad and plenty of space and power sockets/free wifi etc...

It still looks better than the T2 DAA lounge, which I used before the Aer Lingus lounge had opened. I thought it was particularly boring and unfortunately designed. The ex-Aer Lingus Lounge in T1 as the new DAA lounge is actually nicer than the T2 DAA lounge in my opinion.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:54 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 153):
It still looks better than the T2 DAA lounge, which I used before the Aer Lingus lounge had opened. I thought it was particularly boring and unfortunately designed. The ex-Aer Lingus Lounge in T1 as the new DAA lounge is actually nicer than the T2 DAA lounge in my opinion.

The DAA really, really do not do business lounges at all well. There seems to be zero appreciation for developments in lounge design and what customers now expect from a decent lounge. That applies across the 3 state airports - they have never really done a good job at this. Let's hope the new "super dooper, all bells and whistles" lounge in T1 changes that - it will have to if they dont want every new airline in Dublin basically demanding to use T2.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:34 pm

The DAA lounge in T2 is very bland, I seem to remember a lot of white walls, standard seating and a limited amount of snacks. The temporary lounge in T1 looks better mainly because it looks a little cosier to me, maybe the only benefit of having a low ceiling! That horrid green carpet from Aer Lingus clashes with the new seating colours but that can be forgiven as it's only a temporary solution. Hopefully the new lounge is something more appealing.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 152):
On another note the lines were massive at EI T2 today. EI staff running down the lines looking for passengers whose flights were closing .

Nice to see things so busy but that does look chaotic, I can understand lots of families choosing not to check in online and needing 2/3 bags to be checked in but there were similar scenes during the summer. I hope Aer Lingus take the upcoming quieter months to figure out a better system as staff running down queues for passengers on closing flights is unacceptable.

I see they're advertising the pre-order meals as well, seems a bit pointless to do that at the airport as it's too late by then! A lot of airlines are guilty of this actually.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 27, 2012 6:53 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 155):
Nice to see things so busy but that does look chaotic, I can understand lots of families choosing not to check in online and needing 2/3 bags to be checked in but there were similar scenes during the summer. I hope Aer Lingus take the upcoming quieter months to figure out a better system as staff running down queues for passengers on closing flights is unacceptable.

The simple fact is EI dont have enough check in desks in T2 for peak hours. 28 is less than they had back at T1.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 28, 2012 10:39 am

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 153):

Yes I agree its still more like the GC lounge than a DAA lounge. Even has the glass poetry wall  
Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 155):

Indeed although I suspect its to highlight it for future travel or their return.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 28, 2012 3:53 pm

Today's FR flight from LTN to KIR was diverted to SNN after attempting to land in strong crosswinds. The return sector was subsequently cancelled after initial plans to bus passengers from KIR to SNN.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 28, 2012 4:06 pm

On the subject of DUB lounges, any idea what WX/AF use for Flying Blue members?
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 28, 2012 8:37 pm

About 6 U2 aircraft are strangely hanging around BFS, winds must be causing some havoc. EI and BA having no trouble at BHD, anyone got any inside info?

Source Flight radar 24

Update, most have now landed, busy pile up in poor conditions I imagine was the problem.

[Edited 2012-12-28 13:16:41]
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 28, 2012 9:23 pm

I see 16 is in use at DUB this evening; just watching FR 45 do a pretty long approach, heading as far north as Nobber and turning finals near Ardee*

*(and seems to have gone around again!)

I'm heading out in the morning to the airport; the combination of good light and strong winds should make for interesting photography!

[Edited 2012-12-28 13:25:13]

[Edited 2012-12-28 13:26:57]
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 28, 2012 11:07 pm

Quoting al2637 (Reply 159):

Anna Livia which is still open opposite the old BA / BMI lounge.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 29, 2012 4:36 pm

Hey all...

Looking for a bit of advice. Im planning a trip to New York in November and gonna treat myself to Business. So here is the question...

I have enough miles to buy an economy ticket and upgrade with BA but even still its gonna cost some €550+ and have to connect through LHR. EI direct are €1450, UA €1900 and DL € 1950. Im pretty sure DL and UA will have sales on, based on last year will be around the €1600 mark. The other option is VS which is currently the most expensive at €2200 but again this may come down

I have flown UA and BA in Business and personally preferred UA but maybe just had a so-so BA experience. What Im asking is, everything being equal which would everyone choose? Direct is obviously preferable (I have rulled out AA since they are sh*t) but is the possible premium for direct worth it? I know BA and UA have flat beds where EI dont.

Let me know what ye think....
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:47 pm

Quoting EIRules (Reply 163):
I have enough miles to buy an economy ticket and upgrade with BA but even still its gonna cost some €550+ and have to connect through LHR. EI direct are €1450, UA €1900 and DL € 1950. Im pretty sure DL and UA will have sales on, based on last year will be around the €1600 mark. The other option is VS which is currently the most expensive at €2200 but again this may come down

If you haven't flown EI in Business before, you should try it - especially with a name like EIRules   I was pleasantly surprised by how good the catering and service were on the route - and you only really use the bed for perhaps 4 hours on the return after you've eaten and so on, so lie flat vs not lie flat is no real issue - plus the duvet is quite nice. I didn't think the inflight entertainment was all that though. In addition, you can choose whether to get BA Executive Club miles or Gold Circle points so you don't lose out from that perspective. A return to New York gives you 2000 GC points, leaving 400 to make it to GC level (4 x DUB-LHR for example).

That said, BA blows EI out of the water from a seating perspective. The BA catering in the past year or so has really improved leaps and bounds - the meals are now superb, plus they have the Club Kitchen so you can get yourself snacks and so on in flight. Not that it matters, they'll get you drunk if you want to arrive legless! In flight entertainment on BA is also much more extensive - lots more to choose from. Also, with BA you could seat yourself in the Upper Deck on the 747 if you choose those services, and the Upper Deck beats anything in my opinion. I don't see why going via LHR would be an issue since you'd have Galleries lounge access at either end as well - and they are great lounges. I don't find using the transfer bus at Heathrow to be that big a deal.

I have no experience with DL and UA at all - never flown DL and haven't flown UA since 1991.

I don't see why you would avoid AA as they have a competitive enough product nowadays and you'll get your BA frequent flyer miles and appropriate status miles and so on since they're now allowed to cooperate. Actually, you could select to use BA one way and AA the other way on the BA web site (still going through London), but I am not sure if you can upgrade the AA with Avios.

All things being equal - I'd choose BA for the overall quality of the whole experience.

However, I would choose EI if you wanted to try something new - I enjoyed flying J with them very much. It's just that they're not at the same level as the larger carriers.

Do let us know what you decided to do - and if you've any questions, ask away  
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 30, 2012 11:27 am

Hi all,

I dont really post on here much, but do read here all the time. Jus quick question. Im going to NY tomorrow with EI and AA via LHR. Should I try get a seat at the rear of EI for bus transfer or? And also there are two of us travelling and I really want a two seater on AA but at the moment there are only two seats in the middle at the back of the plane. Does anybody know if more seats get released at online check in or anything, specifically referring to the "prefered seats". Just really would love two seats together at a window lol

Thanks

Kevin

[Edited 2012-12-30 03:34:25]
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:23 pm

Quoting Ire2008 (Reply 165):
Should I try get a seat at the rear of EI for bus transfer or? And also there are two of us travelling and I really want a two seater on AA but at the moment there are only two seats in the middle at the back of the plane.

The transfer bus will wait, even if you are up the front.
Make it known to crew but there are usually very many transfer passengers. However it can take time getting down the plane, due to slow moving traffic trying to find bags etc.

No specific information re seats on AA but I would doubt that at this time of year many free seats would surface.
Enjoy your trip.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 30, 2012 1:28 pm

Quoting Ire2008 (Reply 165):
Should I try get a seat at the rear of EI for bus transfer or?

I was in 3A once and they wait for all the passengers who are getting off to get off, then all the transfer passengers get off via the rear stairs. It doesn't matter where you sit, the transfer passengers get off last and they don't leave until everyone is on so you'll be fine. Also no info re AA unfortunately.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 30, 2012 4:39 pm

Quoting Ire2008 (Reply 165):

The 107 109 139 still have a good few seats but the rest are jammers.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 31, 2012 5:34 am

State papers from 1982 show Army annoyance over transport of troops returning from Lebanon:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...eland/2012/1231/1224328281093.html
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 31, 2012 1:55 pm

Shannon Airport is now officially separated from the Dublin Airport Authority. 2013 will be an interesting year!
http://m.rte.ie/news/touch/2012/1230...ort-prepares-for-independence.html

The SNN website still shows references to the DAA:
http://www.shannonairport.com/home.aspx
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 31, 2012 3:35 pm

DAA reference now removed.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:55 pm

Quoting lasno (Reply 171):
DAA reference now removed.

Likewise SNN is removed from the DAA website:
http://www.daa.ie/gns/home.aspx

...and this appearing on the SNN one:

"Shannon Airport is part of Shannon Airport Authority plc Registered Office Shannon Airport, Co. Clare, Registered Number 391054 Ireland, Head Office Shannon Airport, Ireland.
Headquartered at Shannon Airport, the SAA's principal activities include airport management, operation and development, domestic airport retail management."
http://www.shannonairport.com/gns/ab...-us/shannon-airport-authority.aspx

Happy New Year everyone!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Tue Jan 01, 2013 3:42 am

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