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Bank Holiday weekend to Ireland - BA and Aer lingus

Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:07 am

Vide Report

British Airways - BA838 - Club Europe - A321-200 (G-EUXJ)

Aer Lingus - EI386 - Shannon to London Heathrow - A320-200 (EI-DVL)

Background

Hello A'netters. So, it is the May bank holiday and we had a spare Avios Upgrade voucher to use. I did not have much holidays to take and hence wanted to go to a place, not too far, we haven't been to and have convenient timings of flights that we could use the voucher with.

It didn’t take us too long to realise, living in the UK for over 13 years, we have never visited the Republic of Ireland! Sacrilege! It was time to correct it.

Called the Avios helpdesk to sort out one of the legs of the trip. Looking at the various options given to me, we decided to use the voucher on the onward leg to Dublin from London Heathrow for a princely sum of 9000 Avios points + £50 for taxes for 2 tickets on Club Europe. Result!

For our return, we plan to spend some time around Galway; hence Shannon seemed to be a good option to get back to London from. Aer Lingus had a very good option from Shannon in the evening. A quick scan on Aer Lingus website and 10 minutes later, flights booked through Aer Lingus website. Was easy to navigate and intuitive.


Thanks for GCMap for the illustration of the route for this trip.
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British Airways - BA838
Route: LHR - DUB
Flight Reg:G-EUXJ; Delivered to BA on April 2007
Aircraft Type: Airbus 321-200
Seat: 2A
Flight time: 18:35 - 19:55 (19:17 - 20:15)
Actual flight time: 58 min
Distance: 280 Miles
Load: ~100 load
24 May 2019
Booking details: Booked via Avios help desk for 9000 Avios + Upgrade voucher + £50 taxes for 2 Club Europe Tickets.
My Log book: 37th Flight on BA / 14th flight on Airbus 321-200 / 211th Total overall flight


Day before travel, OCI was seamless as usual and the usual BA process. Looked like a full cabin with only 16 club Europe seating. Only 2 aisle seats available. Shall try my luck at the airport.

Drive to the airport was a bit tedious probably due to the bank holidays. Took an hour and 20 minutes as compared to around 50 minutes on a good day.

We didn't use the club world check in counters instead used the self-check in desks as it was relatively quieter and easy to do.

London Heathrow T5
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Used the self-check in instead of the Business class check in counters as this was quicker and easy to use. Only drawback is the PRIORITY tags do not get attached, instead it is printed. Not effective as it took a while to get our bags, later on in Dublin.
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Fast track security worked well and was airside in 15 minutes.

Decided to use the north lounge this time as our departing gates was from A gates.

Quite similar to the south lounge. Busy, crowded, below average food albeit good drinks selection. The layout of the lounge is a bit weird as the main area gets very busy, yet if you walk over to the far end, near the work stations it feels a lot quieter.

Fastrack security
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Air side on a Bank holiday Friday evening
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Trying the North Galleries lounge this time
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Some parts of the lounge area was quiet(ish) but the main dining area was like a staff canteen
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Pre-boarding snack (Spicy bloody Mary :))
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We left the lounge with 30 minutes to spare and was on board by 1815.

A typical domestic setup on this A321 with 8 seats in club Europe, with the middle seats blocked off and the rest of the seats in euro traveller.

A full flight to Dublin this evening in preparation for the bank holidays. Albeit they were some passengers who didn't make the flight which meant that there were a couple of seats available in club Europe. We moved to 2A and C which was ideal for us.

On-time boarding
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View before boarding
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Boarding completed at 1830. But due to traffic, was asked to wait for 10 minutes by the ATC.

Quite a busy time at Heathrow as we taxied for around 35 minutes before being airborne.

Crew sprang into action as soon as cruising altitude of 34000 feet was attained. The meal on this sector was well presented and tasted wonderful. And went well with a spicy bloody Mary.

Reading material on board
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Taxiing
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Double EK Super Jumbos
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The only reason I wish i was born 10 years earlier
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View after take off
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Chilling :)
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The crew on this sector was flawless. Very professional, pleasing and courteous.

Over the clouds
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Wifey selected the Quinoa salad -> Said it tasted above average
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My Meal -> Cold cuts with a strong Bloody Mary. It was sumptuous!
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Approaching Dublin
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BA have a very strong soft product. If only their hard product could be updated. A Wi-Fi streaming entertainment wouldn't have gone amiss. It's a shame that BA aren't even considering it in the near future.

Thank you BA
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Well, there was no Immigration, so it was quick indeed
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Baggage Hall
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Exiting the airport
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Car collection at Dublin
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Sights around Ireland

Guinness Storehouse
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Even tried a Stoutie
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Random Dublin city view
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Our ride for the 3 days in Ireland. A very good drive and a good city cruiser. 660 KM; 15 KM/L; 43.9 Litres of total fuel consumption.
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Hello!
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Ashford castle
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Aasleagh Falls
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Kylemore Abbey
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A great find -> Burren Perfumery
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The return trip

Aer Lingus - EI386
Route: SNN - LHR
Flight Reg:EI-DVL; Delivered to Aer Lingus on April 2011, named St. Moling
Aircraft Type: Airbus 320-200
Seat: 20F
Flight time: 17:25 - 18:55 (17:24 - 18:24)
Actual flight time: 01 Hr
Distance: 370 Miles
Load: ~100% load
27 May 2019
Booking details: Booked via Aer Lingus website for Eur 139 for 2 tickets including 1 checked in baggage (in total)
My Log book: 3rd Flight on Aer Lingus/ 50th flight on Airbus 320-200 / 212th Total overall flight


3 days later, it was time to head back to London.

Day before flight, online check in was quick and easy to use. Seat selection was possible albeit, there were still the exit rows and front row seats that were chargeable. Nevertheless managed to bag a window and middle seat for our trip to London.


Day of the flight, drive to the airport was seamless and arrived on time. dropped the rental car off and reached the departure terminal by 1540.

Dropping off the car at Shannon airport
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Smart looking Shannon airport
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What are these supposed to be?
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Bag drop and security was super quick and pain free. The check in assistant was friendly and very chatty. Shannon airport looks very good and stylish and was a breeze to traverse.

Airside by 5 PM with an hour to shop and have a quick meal. The duty free is surprisingly good and exhaustive for an airport of this size. Food options were decent enough and affordable for an airport.

The lovely Shannon Airport interiors
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Bag drop area for Aer Lingus
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Heading towards departures
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Art work before passport check
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In case you did not know where to queue :)
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The colourful security hall
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Surprisingly wonderful duty free
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Airside at Shannon
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FIDS
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Boarding commenced at 1650 with boarding complete by 1705. A full flight today to Heathrow with a flight time of 55 minutes announced.

They were closely monitoring the hand luggage weight at the desk and anything above the 8 kilo limit was asked to be transferred to the hold luggage, free of charge. Once again the agents at the desk were charming, courteous and approachable.

Heading towards the departure gates
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EI-DVL -> This aircraft keeps going back and forth to London from Shannon, three times a day. It should be able to fly on its own, by now :)
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On-time boarding
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One for good luck :)
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Above average leg space
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Disembarked ahead of time
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Saw a jet airways, air blue and a few spirit airlines aircrafts parked here. Also the Premiera airlines aircraft. Is Shannon a common place for aircraft storage?

We were airborne by 1725 and proceeded eastwards towards England.

A few 737 MAX8 parked here, including the now non-functioning Jet Airways :(
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Bye Bye Ireland
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Cabin View
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The next 45 minutes was quick since I slept off. Must've been a comfortable ride as the next thing I knew we were over the city of London.

Landed 30 minutes ahead of schedule and out of the airport by 1845. Wow!

40 minutes later, over the city of London
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Thanks Aer Lingus for an on-time and safe flight
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A really good flight from Aer Lingus. Ahead of time flights, friendly ground staff and cabin crew, comfortable seating and a price that doesn't break the bank balance. It was perfect for us and hope to fly Aer Lingus on their longer haul flights in the future.

Back home
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Hope you like this short bank holiday weekend break trip report. It would be a while before my next report since I do not have any flights booked, as of yet! I think this is probably the first time in the last 10 years I have no active bookings :(

So until next time, happy and safe flying. Looking forward to reading more in the near future than writing.

Adios!
 
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Re: Bank Holiday weekend to Ireland - BA and Aer lingus

Sun Jun 09, 2019 10:07 am

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Re: Bank Holiday weekend to Ireland - BA and Aer lingus

Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:16 am

Nice report, enjoyed the country side pictures
I have always enjoyed EI!
 
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Re: Bank Holiday weekend to Ireland - BA and Aer lingus

Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:47 pm

Thanks for the feedback, jrfspa320
Yeah, my 3rd short haul flight with them and so far have been a solid performance.
 
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Re: Bank Holiday weekend to Ireland - BA and Aer lingus

Wed Jun 19, 2019 1:41 am

Nice report!

Hope you enjoyed your time in Ireland and nice to see you had a pleasant flight with Aer Lingus. Thanks for sharing the photos of Shannon, I haven't been there in a few years so it's nice to see what's changed...and what hasn't!

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Re: Bank Holiday weekend to Ireland - BA and Aer lingus

Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:50 pm

Thanks for the comments shamrock350
Yeah, had a great time across Ireland, especially liked Galway region.
Shannon is a great small airport. Hope to travel there again in the future.

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