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DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 2:10 am

Hello and welcome to my latest trip report. I have not written a report for a few months, so hopefully this will be of interest to some of you.

As both legs in the report were overnight flights in Business Class, I was trying to be discrete with my camera and some of the picture quality will have been sacrificed to respect other passengers trying to rest. I trust you will understand.

Anyway, please enjoy!

Introduction:-
I was asked to attend an Airbus conference/symposium in Dubai from May 11th to 15th and although I would normally fly with BA or AF to Dubai, I decided this would be a good opportunity to fly with the somewhat recent entrant to the Dublin market, Etihad (EY). For passengers travelling in the Business and First Class cabins, EY also offers surface transport by private car from Abu Dhabi to any location in Dubai, so this was the best solution to getting to my hotel near DXB airport.

Fares in "Pearl Class" with EY are surprisingly low and provide great value for money as you will probably pick up from the report below...


Booked Itinerary:-
10th May 2008
DUB-AUH with EY (Business Class)
16th May 2008
AUH-DUB with EY (Business Class)


Flights:-

Dublin - Abu Dhabi
Date:- 10th May 2008
Flight:- EY048
Sch Dep:- 21.10
Act Dep:- 21.30
Sch Arr:- 07.35
Act Arr:- 07.55
Aircraft Type:- A330-200
Registration:- A6-EYF - 1st flight on this aircraft
Seat:- 07A
Load:- 90%



After closing out a few outstanding items in the office on the Saturday afternoon, I took a cab from my apartment in Dun Laoghaire at around 19.00 and we made very good time across the city, arriving at the airport by 19.30. For those members based in Dublin, I am sure you know how useful the Port Tunnel can be when trying to avoid the city centre when crossing from South to North and vice versa.

On reaching the airport, I exchanged some cash for local currency in the UAE and then made my way to the check-in desks in Area 1 at the southern end of the terminal building. EY of course has separate check-in desks available for Pearl and Diamond Class passengers and as there was no queue at either, I had checked in and dropped off my suitcase within minutes. I would later discover that there were no Diamond Class passengers on board, with a two class aircraft operating the flight.

By this stage I had been made aware that the inbound flight from AUH had not yet arrived and we would be delayed getting out of Dublin that evening. I decided a bite to eat was in order and made my way to the food court upstairs. After a quick dinner, it was down to security and through to the shopping area again within minutes. There was no queue at security and no need for a fast-track type channel at this time of the evening. Finally after some light shopping I made my way to the lounge to wait for the boarding call. At DUB, EY uses the BD lounge which is quite pleasant. It turned out that each of the dozen or so passengers in the lounge was on the EY flight, so we were all waiting for that boarding call. After a very short turnaround, the call was made and we all wandered down to Pier B for boarding.

On reaching Door 2L, I was greeted by the senior cabin crew member for the evening's flight and shown to my seat by one of his colleagues. The EY uniforms are quite striking and I must say all of the cabin crew took great pride in their appearance.

Seat 07A as you would imagine is a window seat on the left side of the aircraft, forward of Door 2. The seat is very comfortable and the layout ensures passengers have access to the aisle, unlike the BA configuration for example. The photos below will hopefully give you a sense of what the seat features are, so I will not list them here.

Prior to pushback, both an amenity kit and menu card were provided to each passenger, along with a choice of water or orange juice. I decided to take an orange juice and was pleasantly surprised by the large glass of freshly squeezed juice that was provided.

Orange Juice Before Pushback
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At this point the captain introduced himself and advised that we were expecting a smooth flight all of the way to Abu Dhabi, with an expected flight time of 7hrs and a final cruise altitude of 39,000ft.

Prior to the doors closing, a PA announcement was made requesting all ground staff to leave the aircraft at that time. Following this, there were welcome announcements made in both Arabic and English, along with a post-takeoff drinks order ahead of a manual safety demonstration being performed during the push.

A short time later the aircraft taxied out to Runway 10 at DUB, via the Alpha and Bravo taxiways. After watching an Aer Lingus A320 land inbound from AMS, we taxied into position to await the takeoff clearance. It was only a matter of seconds before we were rolling and underway on the LIFFY2E departure to the east.

As we made our way though the cloud layer over the Irish Sea, we were treated to a beautiful sunset and a great sensation of skimming the clouds at speed.



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The coke I had ordered soon arrived, along with what I think was called "Beef Tea"

After Takeoff Drink
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Having reviewed the menu provided, I elected to try the Watermelon Salad, followed by the Beef Fillet and then the Ice-cream for dessert. Normally I do not drink alcohol, but I could not resist trying the champagne this time.

Menu Selection
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Drink Selection
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Starter
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I started eating the watermelon before remembering to take a photo...

Watermelon Salad
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The meat was nice, but the rest could have been better...

Main
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Drinks
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Ice-cream Dessert
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After finishing dinner, we had passed into continental Europe and I decided to watch a movie before trying to get some sleep.

Map
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Movie Selection
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My only complaint with the IFE system is the hand-held remote. This was very cumbersome to use and extremely slow. Every time a button was pressed it clicked and even with headphones on I could hear my "seat-mate" clicking away. It is worth noting that the controller on the return flight was much better. This just comes down to the newer aircraft and newer system and is a very small complaint.

Once "Awake" finished... it was time for me to get some sleep. Before converting my seat to the lie-flat bed mode, I took a quick photo of the Pearl Cabin at night and noted the current location.

Business Class at Night
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080510-PearlCabinatNight.jpg

Map and Flight Information
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http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-PassingintoTurkey5.jpg

The bed flat bed is excellent. Absolutely nothing but praise for this... extremely comfortable and I managed to get my few hours of sleep before the descent into AUH.

Morning
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-Morning.jpg

We landed at around 07.40 on Runway 13 at AUH, but as our stand required a tow-in procedure, we did not arrive at the gate until 07.55. There were of course some interesting aircraft on the ramp, not least of which was the Formula 1 logojet. I am very tempted to check out the grand prix there next year after my experience at Albert Park in Melbourne in March.

Photos of Abu Dhabi
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http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-AircraftinAbuDhabi4.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-AbuDhabiAirport1.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-AbuDhabiAirport2.jpg

Nice Reflection of our Aircraft
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-TailReflection.jpg

On Stand
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-AbuDhabiAirport3.jpg
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-Winglet.jpg

After leaving the aircraft I did not need to wait for long at immigration thanks to the fast-track facility for Business Class passengers. After a further five minutes I had collected my suitcase and made my way to "Gate/Door 6" for the car pickup.

The journey from Abu Dhabi to Dubai is quite interesting and we passed these special landmarks on the way...

Burj al Arab
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-BurjalArab.jpg

Burj Dubai (World's Tallest Building)
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080511-BurjDubai.jpg

After a good conference and a great stay at the Al Bustan Rotana Hotel...

Hotel Room
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080515-HotelRoom.jpg

... it was time to head home. One of my colleagues arranged to be on the same flight, so we had our pickup from the hotel and made our way to Abu Dhabi late on the Thursday night for an early Friday morning flight.



Dublin - Abu Dhabi
Date:- 16th May 2008
Flight:- EY045
Sch Dep:- 02.40
Act Dep:- 02.40
Sch Arr:- 07.45
Act Arr:- 08.00
Aircraft Type:- A330-200
Registration:- A6-EYL - 1st flight on this aircraft
Seat:- 08K
Load:- 100%

This was a full flight on a three class aircraft, but the majority if not all of the Diamond Class passengers were upgrades from the overbooked Pearl Cabin. Still, it was great to see such a good load factor for Etihad and it shows the route really can be successful.

My only complaint on this leg is actually not related to the aircraft, but rather to the lounges in AUH. Apparently the EY Pearl Class lounge is being upgraded and therefore all business passengers are asked to use any of three other lounges in the airport. We chose the lounge next to the Diamond Class lounge in the transfer hotel. However this was initially standing room only and the food and drink offerings were poor. This was mainly down to the number of people in the lounge, but there were also dirty (finger marked) drinking glasses etc. which did not do much for the image. The sooner the new EY lounge opens the better.

After some shopping in the colourful departure lounge...

AUH Departure Area
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... it was time to board the flight home. This was operated by A6-EYL, one of the more recent additions to the fleet, probably from 2007.

As there were flights departing to New York, London, Munich, Manila among others, the departure area emptied quickly and we were soon not only boarded but taxiing out to Runway 13 again for takeoff. The departure was quite smooth, climbing initially to the south east before turning left to the north and north west. Our captain for the flight had advised an estimated flight time of 7hrs 45mins, routing towards Bahrain, into Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Romania and across the continent to the UK and into Dublin. Again the flight was expected to be smooth, but we did hit a few rough patches... just nothing too bumpy.

The Improved Map - (which did not work on this flight)
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Food and Drink
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I opted for the High Tea with my movie, but once the movie finished and I had seen enough oil wells through the window, I completed the breakfast form and handed it to the cabin crew. This is an option if you wish to sleep a little longer and not eat with the other passengers. I selected a basic form of continental breakfast and was expecting to be woken as planned 90mins before landing.

However, once I put the seat back, I did not wake again until the seat-belt sign went on in the descent over the Irish Sea. I assume the cabin crew just let me rest rather than waking me for breakfast and to be honest, that was appreciated. Although feeling a little tired and hungry, I was glad to have had the extra hour "in bed". I cannot compliment the seat/bed enough!

Landing was standard... Runway 28 and then vacated left on to Echo 7 and taxied via the Bravos initially but ended up at Pier D.

TF-JXF
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G-MAJS
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080516-G-MAJSinDublin.jpg

EI-REB
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080516-EI-REBinDublin.jpg

Nose Camera View on Stand
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080516-NoseCameraonStand.jpg

We disembarked with the use of steps, but as I had put away my camera I was unable to take an external shot of A6-EYL, but it looked well despite the colder Dublin weather.

So that was it... the end of my first and certainly not my last trip with Etihad. The service was great and the fares are excellent. I will seriously consider them when I venture to Australia or the Middle East again.

Miscellaneous:-

Amenity Kit and Contents
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http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080516-AmenityKit3.jpg
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Priority Baggage Tag
http://i226.photobucket.com/albums/dd114/andrew_lawler/TR5/20080510-PriorityTag.jpg


Thanks for sticking it out to the end. I hope you enjoyed reading about what was a great trip and a great experience with a real service focused airline. Comments welcome as always!

EIDAA
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My Previous Trip Reports:-
1) DUB-BOS//PWM-JFK-SFO-DUB (EI Inaugural)
2) DUB-LHR-DUB (BD Economy Class) W/Pics
3) DL DUB-JFK-PWM-ATL-DUB (Terrible Customer Service) - Report to be uploaded soon
4) EI DUB-BOS-DUB - Report to uploaded soon
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 4:35 am

Good report. I really enjoyed the pics that were provided. I flew into AUH from FRA via DOH on QR in April 2004 and that pic of the departures area sure brought back some memories. I really would like to go back to the UAE some day however may stay in DXB rather than AUH this time. The UAE is just an awesome country!  Smile
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 4:46 am

Nice trip report!

The Burj Dubai looks awfully stunning and REALLY tall.
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 7:58 am

Hi EIDAA,

Great report!

From your pictures in your report, it seems like you had experienced Etihad's new 'Inspired' Service.

It promises to be more customized around the individual passenger's needs. Supposedly, with this, you are actually personally and individually served by the cabin crew as there will be no more rolling of trolleys in the aisles. Another factor is the a la carte dining, which is as per what is in ur menu.

How was the service overall? Is it as personalised as they claim? Is it patchy? or Flawless? Was it a table setting or a tray service? As Etihad is relatively new to this service, i am curious to know how they are doing with this.

Sorry for all the questions, im just so curious about it..hehe  Smile

Quoting EIDAA (Thread starter):
along with a choice of water or orange juice. I decided to take an orange juice and was pleasantly surprised by the large glass of freshly squeezed juice that was provided.

It was supposedly planned that there was to be a fully open bar for welcome drinks. So i am not sure where they have reached with this, or whether they really were going to do that or not.


Thanks for posting this report  Smile The pictures were fantastic!

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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 8:54 am

Thanks for your replies so far, much appreciated!

Quoting FRAspotter (Reply 1):
The UAE is just an awesome country!

It certainly is! That was my third time in Dubai in the last 3 or 4 years. The city changes so quickly! This was my first time there in the summer time though and I must say it is not as comfortable as December or February time of year which is when I last visited. It just does not cool down enough in the evening time!

Quoting Oasis (Reply 2):
The Burj Dubai looks awfully stunning and REALLY tall.

A very impressive structure indeed! When we approached Dubai from Abu Dhabi, I was looking out for the tower as I wanted to get a photograph. When it appeared through the haze I was just blown away. Fantastic!

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 3):
From your pictures in your report, it seems like you had experienced Etihad's new 'Inspired' Service.

That makes sense now that you tell me. Interestingly enough, any time a TV show or movie was selected on the IFE system, a trimmed down version of the "Inspirations" commercial was shown. I love the music! You can see "From Abu Dhabi to the World" in one of the main course photos above.

Quoting Ronerone (Reply 3):
How was the service overall? Is it as personalised as they claim? Is it patchy? or Flawless? Was it a table setting or a tray service? As Etihad is relatively new to this service, i am curious to know how they are doing with this.

I thought the service was very good. It was not flawless, but I have yet to find an airline that is. They really do make an effort and as you say, the service is tailored to each individual guest. There is no trolley service, with all drinks, meals etc. brought down one by one, or at most in pairs for drinks.

For the meal service, a simple cloth is placed on the drop down table (see the ice-cream shot above) and then for each of the courses, with the exception of the dessert, there is an individual tray provided, (see the black trays in some of the other photos above). The service was quite good overall although the senior crew member on the return leg corrected a number of things that the more junior crew members did during the post-take off service. I guess some of the crew are just still learning the new methods.

I hope that answers your questions, but if you have more please feel free to ask!
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 9:54 am

In the last couple of weeks i managed few trips with EY.RUH-AUH-SIN in C and FRA-AUH in F followed by AUH-RUH in C
I can say that i enjoyed my trips very much.All flights were on time with some arrivals few minutes early.Check in and connection was great but the service on board was the icing on the cake.EY will be a great competiter to EK.
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 11:47 am

Great report, EIDAA and it's great to see DUB finally featuring in the route network of an up and coming ME airline.

Good to hear that the loads are very good, too.
 
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Tue May 20, 2008 12:10 pm

Nice report. Great to finally see DUB-AUH with EY !!! Nice photos also. Love the F1 livery on the A320.

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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 12:35 pm

Great trip report.

I've yet to travel back to Abu Dhabi since EY moved in, and GF moved out.

How long did it take for you to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai?

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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 1:22 pm



Quoting B742 (Reply 8):
How long did it take for you to travel from Abu Dhabi to Dubai?

From the airport in Abu Dhabi to my hotel at DXB airport only took around 75mins. The return trip was longer due to heavy traffic in Dubai, but it was not more than 90mins.

It is a very convenient way to get to Dubai and cheaper than the other operators!
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 4:08 pm

I'm obviosuly biased since I work for EI, but the food on EY doesnt look that great. I've seen the J cabin and its great. Were the crew good on the flight? I've heard mixed reports, I think because they are expanding so quickly they dont have enough experienced crew
 
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue May 20, 2008 8:45 pm

Nice report and photo's, thanks for posting.

I've seen most EY J reports as being good, there are a lack of Y reports, though my 4 flights last year with them in Y were not that great to be honest.

I think I'd give them another try but only if it saved soem real $$ vs a real carrier such as SQ or BA.

Re not waking you for breakfast, I'd be annoyed not to be woken as you had asked to be.

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Wed May 21, 2008 2:35 pm



Quoting EIDAA (Thread starter):
My only complaint on this leg is actually not related to the aircraft, but rather to the lounges in AUH. Apparently the EY Pearl Class lounge is being upgraded and therefore all business passengers are asked to use any of three other lounges in the airport. We chose the lounge next to the Diamond Class lounge in the transfer hotel. However this was initially standing room only and the food and drink offerings were poor. This was mainly down to the number of people in the lounge, but there were also dirty (finger marked) drinking glasses etc. which did not do much for the image. The sooner the new EY lounge opens the better.

The new Etihad Business Class Lounge at AUH Terminal 1 opened yesterday. I had a look around it the night before and it looked very nice.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 11):
Re not waking you for breakfast, I'd be annoyed not to be woken as you had asked to be.

I agree. It is pretty lazy on the part of the cabin crew to not serve a breakfast that someone has pre-ordered because they happen to be sleeping. Can you imagine a hotel that did not serve someone room service breakfast because they thought they'd be asleep?  Wink
 
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Fri Aug 07, 2009 11:13 am

I recently uploaded the videos I recorded of the landing in AUH on the way out and also the landing in DUB on the way home.

I am just adding these here for completeness.

Video - Landing in Abu Dhabi

Video - Landing in Dublin
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Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:28 am

Thanks for sharing this TR-EY certainly does know how to put on a show. Glad that the service was good, although the main on DUB-AUH was sparsely presented.

Quoting EIDAA (Reply 4):
The UAE is just an awesome country!

It certainly is! That was my third time in Dubai in the last 3 or 4 years. The city changes so quickly! This was my first time there in the summer time though and I must say it is not as comfortable as December or February time of year which is when I last visited. It just does not cool down enough in the evening time!

Haha...it changes so much! But the weather was pretty reasonable when you were there-sometimes we get sandstorms that last nearly a week before it fully subsides. At least you did a decent bit of spotting!

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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue Aug 11, 2009 1:40 pm

I noticed the arrival time on the return flight to Dublin is scheduled at 0745 and the flight back to Abu Dhabi leaves at 2110. Does anyone know if this plane actually sits in Dublin for 12 plus hours waiting to return to AUH? If so, this seems like a very big waste of an aircraft for all those hours.
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Tue Aug 11, 2009 2:23 pm



Quoting Directorguy (Reply 14):
Glad that the service was good, although the main on DUB-AUH was sparsely presented.

Service was good, but as you say the main course could have been a little better.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 14):
Haha...it changes so much! But the weather was pretty reasonable when you were there-sometimes we get sandstorms that last nearly a week before it fully subsides. At least you did a decent bit of spotting!

I really liked the weather during the winter time, but summer would just be too hot and uncomfortable for me to live there. Fantastic place to visit though!

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 14):
Thanks for sharing

Thank you!

Quoting Flaps30 (Reply 15):
I noticed the arrival time on the return flight to Dublin is scheduled at 0745 and the flight back to Abu Dhabi leaves at 2110. Does anyone know if this plane actually sits in Dublin for 12 plus hours waiting to return to AUH? If so, this seems like a very big waste of an aircraft for all those hours.

The schedule varies from day to day, with early and late departures on alternate days.

I forget what the schedule was exactly last year, but the currently timetable is as follows:-

Monday, Wednesday and Friday

AUH - DUB 02.40 07.15
DUB - AUH 08.45 20.10

Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

AUH - DUB 09.15 13.50
DUB - AUH 19.55 07.20

I believe the 4x weekly daytime flight from AUH to DUB was recently changed to an earlier departure time out of AUH to improve connections, so on those days the aircraft does sit on the ground in DUB for 6 hours. When I flew with them last year, I think the flight arrived some time after 7pm, departing again just after 9pm.
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RE: DUB-AUH-DUB (EY Business Class) W/Pics

Sun Aug 16, 2009 8:34 am

I flew EY business class on the LHR-AUH-SYD route and no complain's exept the seats weren't very wide!!
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