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Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:15 pm

Introduction:-
There are many different types of trip report here on Airliners.net. These range from First Class long haul travel with exotic airlines, to short hops on rare Russian aircraft and everything in between. As for this one, well this is simply about a challenge I set myself some months ago... to fly six sectors to and from LHR in one day.

More specifically, my aim was to fly a round trip between each of the three Aer Lingus ( EI ) bases and LHR.

Looking at the EI schedule for March 2009 I saw it was indeed possible to do this, so taking advantage of an online ticket sale available at the time, I booked the relevant flights and the challenge was set!



Booked Itinerary:-

21st March 2009
0640 0805; DUB - LHR; EI 152
0955 1110; LHR - ORK; EI 711
1150 1305; ORK - LHR; EI 712
1510 1630; LHR - BFS; EI 35
1725 1850; BFS - LHR; EI 36
2045 2200; LHR - DUB; EI 179



Flights:-

Dublin - London Heathrow
Date:- 21st March 2009
Flight:- EI 152
Sch Dep:- 06.40
Act Dep:- 06.42
Sch Arr:- 08.05
Act Arr:- 07.58
Aircraft Type:- A320-200
Registration:- EI-DEC
Seat:- 20F
Load:- 95%

Additional Information
60th flight on an A320-200
3rd flight on this aircraft



The Patton Flyer ( http://www.thepattonflyer.ie ) was my choice of transport this morning, taking the 04.15 bus from Monkstown across town to the airport. This bus service is quite reliable and only costs %u20AC14 for a round trip, via the port tunnel. As usual, traffic at that time was very light and I arrived at the airport bus park at around 04.50. After picking up a few small items at the newsagents in the car park, I was in the terminal by 05.00.

EI flights to the UK, Germany and Italy are handled in Area 14, which is located below the Arrivals level, rather than the upper Departures level. I had actually checked in for three of the flights online the night before, but elected to collect my boarding passes from a Fast Pass kiosk at the airport, rather than printing them out... I prefer to keep the stubs. Unfortunately, when I tried to print my three passes from the kiosk, only the first flight printed. After a few minutes explaining the situation to one of the customer service agents, she printed the remaining two passes and I was on my way.

Security was crowded, but it moved quite quickly and I was through by 05.30. While in the queue for security, I got a call from one of my colleagues who told me he was further back in the queue with two of my other work mates. They were all flying to Bristol with FR for the Wales vs. Ireland rugby match in Cardiff that evening. We decided a quick tea/coffee was in order, so headed to the Butlers Chocolate Cafe on "The Street" as the DAA (Dublin Airport Authority) call it. The main shopping area was very busy at that hour, with plenty of rugby fans making their way to Cardiff through various UK gateways.

Teas and coffees out of the way, I said goodbye to the guys from work and walked to Pier A for my first flight of the day. I was in the boarding area by 06.05, with boarding called on time at 06.15. As the "A" gates do not have airbridges, it meant walking out into the chilly morning air, but boarding via steps always makes up for it. Boarding was completed relatively quickly, with a nice friendly EI cabin crew on board.

The doors were shut on time and we were soon pushing back for the short hop to LHR. According to the captain, we were expecting a flying time of 55mins, with smooth flying conditions en route.

We taxied out to Runway 28, via Link 3, F1 and E1. Unfortunately the visibility was quite poor, so there was limited spotting on the way out to the active runway.


Number one at the hold as a Ryanair B737-800 taxies into position
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Lining up on Runway 28
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Recent METAR - EIDW 210600Z 26007KT 0300 R16/0600N R28/0650N R10/0550N FG SCT002 BKN007 03/03 Q1031 NOSIG

We took off at 06.58

Video - Takeoff from Dublin


After takeoff, the aircraft followed the standard LIFFY2A departure, crossing the coast just south of Rush and routing east towards Anglesey and Liverpool. The captain made another PA announcement over the Liverpool area and informed us we were now expecting to land at 08.00 and be on stand by 08.05. The remainder of the route would take us south of Liverpool, over Birmingham before landing on one of the westerly runways at LHR.


View of North Wales
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Busy airspace over the UK
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Passing over BHX
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Approach over London
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Final Approach to Runway 27R
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Recent METAR - EGLL 210620Z VRB03KT 7000 NSC 01/M01 Q1031

We landed at 07.55

Video - Landing in London Heathrow


Braking and vacating...
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9V-SKA - Singapore Airlines A380-800
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A6-EHE - Etihad Airways A340-600
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VT-JEG - Gulf Air B777-300ER (Leased from Jet Airways)
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9M-MPK - Malaysia Airlines B747-400
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After a short taxi, we parked on Stand 184. One flight down, five to go...



London Heathrow - Cork
Date:- 21st March 2009
Flight:- EI 711
Sch Dep:- 09.55
Act Dep:- 09.55
Sch Arr:- 11.10
Act Arr:- 11.05
Aircraft Type:- A321-200
Registration:- EI-CPG
Seat:- 08F
Load:- 95%

Additional Information
25th flight on an A321-200
5th flight on this aircraft



On arrival from Dublin, I didn't want to waste any time getting into the terminal. Although I had almost two hours of layover before my next leg, the procedures have changed in recent months for arrivals from the Republic of Ireland. Previously, you could arrive at one gate in the pier and head straight to the next, (or the lounge). However, arriving passengers are now separated from departing passengers with the use of glass/perspex wall and sliding doors and it is necessary to proceed through arrivals and back through a security check in order to connect. This did however give me a chance to check out the new and improved Terminal 1 check-in area. I must say I was impressed - definitely an improvement over the old layout.

After going through security, I waited in the main departures lounge for a gate to be assigned to the Cork bound flight. There is a nice variety of shopping available here, along with restaurants and bars. At 08.40, "Gate 82" appeared on the screens, so I headed for the boarding area.

After a short time spotting the various aircraft landing on Runway 27R, boarding commenced and went quite smoothly, despite being a very full load. An announcement was made prior to boarding that hand baggage would be restricted to one item per passenger as the flight was very full.

Doors were closed at 09.45, ten minutes ahead of schedule. However, the captain made a PA to inform us of a 10 or 15 minute delay due to congestion at the holding point. As I had a window seat on the right side, I was content with watching aircraft vacating Runway 27R while we waited. This short delay actually resulted in me adding N759AN to my log, the AA Breast Cancer awareness jet, so I can't complain.

We pushed from Stand 182 at 09.55, on time. The taxi to Runway 27L provided some more spotting opportunities, taking us around T1 and T2, with views towards T3 and T5 on the takeoff roll.


EI-DEB - Aer Lingus A320 waiting for its flight to BFS
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G-MIDL - BD A321 in Star Alliance Livery (parked all day)
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5B-DBT - Cyprus Airways A330-200 pushing back for the flight to LCA
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We lined up on Runway 27L at N2W behind G-BUSK.


Lining up on Runway 27L as G-BUSK gets airborne on its way to NCL
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BA and LH wait their turn...
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Recent METAR - EGLL 210920Z 27006KT 9000 NSC 07/01 Q1031 NOSIG

We took off at 10.10

Video - Takeoff from London Heathrow


After takeoff, the aircraft climbed out on a typical departure to the west, with nice views and smooth conditions en route.


Shortly after takeoff...
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Windsor Castle
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Legroom seemed a little tight on this flight
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The usual on board service commenced shortly after departure. This time I decided to have a cup of tea and a muffin. Sorry, no photo of this, but it was quite tasty!

The flight progressed as normal routing out over Wales, the Irish Sea and along the south coast of Ireland towards Cork. At 10.50, the seatbelt sign was turned on, along with the 10 minute warning for the cabin crew. Unfortunately the weather was not ideal, so the views on approach were limited.


Initial approach to Runway 35 at Cork
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Recent METAR - EICK 211100Z 35015KT 6000 BKN007 09/07 Q1034 TEMPO 2000

We landed at 11.00

Video - Landing in Cork


The old terminal building in Cork
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After another short taxi, we parked on Stand 9 at 11.05. Two flights down, four to go...



Cork - London Heathrow
Date:- 21st March 2009
Flight:- EI 712
Sch Dep:- 11.50
Act Dep:- 11.50
Sch Arr:- 13.05
Act Arr:- 13.08
Aircraft Type:- A321-200
Registration:- EI-CPG
Seat:- 12A
Load:- 90%

Additional Information
26th flight on an A321-200
6th flight on this aircraft



My layover in Cork was quite short, as I would be departing on the same aircraft back to Heathrow. This was my first time in the new terminal building, so I decided to take a few quick photos and then make my way back to Departures upstairs.


Views of the new terminal building in Cork
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Overall, I was left with a very good impression of the new terminal. Although I didn't need to use the check-in area, it all seemed fine and a great improvement over the old terminal.

The departure area provides a nice view over the apron and runway.


EI-BYO - Aer Arann ATR42
EC-HBM - Air Europa B737-800

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EI-CPG - Aer Lingus A321 waiting for the flight back to LHR
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EI-REP - Aer Arann ATR72
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G-LSAE - Jet2 B757-200 taxiing out for departure
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The flight boarded on time and again, there were no delays despite a relatively full flight. Doors were closed and the flight pushed back on schedule at 11.50.

We taxied out to the holding point for Runway 35, where we waited for a few minutes for other arriving and departing traffic.


G-TOYG - bmi Baby B737-300 on stand as we taxi out to Runway 35
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The new terminal building with its single airbridge
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I like this one...
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The "CORK" sign on top of the old terminal
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The control tower at Cork
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EI-KJC - Hawker 850XPi... maybe heading for Cardiff
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HA-LKD - Travel Service B737-800 lands on Runway 35 as we hold short
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The active runway...
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EI-BYO - Aer Arann ATR42 gets airborne off Runway 35
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Following the departing Aer Arann ATR, we made a standard backtrack and lined up for departure on Runway 35.


Recent METAR - EICK 211130Z 34015KT 8000 SCT010 10/07 Q1034 NOSIG

We took off just after 12.00

Video - Takeoff from Cork


Shortly after takeoff, we made a right turn out to the east and joined the standard routing to London. As with the previous two flights, the cabin service was routine, offering Sky Cafe and Sky Shopping.


High altitude traffic passes as we route over Wales
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The captain gave a brief PA as we left the Ockham hold following a single orbit. He informed us that we had 10 minutes to go and expected to be on stand around 13.10, with nice weather for the approach.


View of Heathrow as we join the initial approach to Runway 27R from the OCK hold
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Recent METAR - EGLL 211120Z 26008KT 220V280 CAVOK 12/02 Q1030 NOSIG

We landed at around 13.05

Video - Landing in London Heathrow


Following a very short taxi, we parked on Stand 184 at 13.08. Three flights down, three to go...



London Heathrow - Belfast
Date:- 21st March 2009
Flight:- EI 35
Sch Dep:- 15.10
Act Dep:- 15.01
Sch Arr:- 16.30
Act Arr:- 16.12
Aircraft Type:- A320-200
Registration:- EI-DEB
Seat:- 07F
Load:- 40%

Additional Information
61st flight on an A320-200
6th flight on this aircraft



On arrival from Cork, I went directly to the Aer Lingus check-in area in Terminal 1 to collect the boarding passes for my remaining flights. Unfortunately I was unable to check in for the Dublin flight at this time, but I was given boarding passes for the LHR-BFS and BFS-LHR legs. It would not be a problem to check in for the last flight on arrival back in LHR from BFS in a few hours.

I had a two hour layover this time in Heathrow and wanted to have a quick lunch before catching my next flight. The Sky Cafe selection on Aer Lingus is good, but I needed a proper meal at this stage.

After a stroll around the departures area beyond security, I settled on "Giraffe" for lunch. The restaurant has a large sit-down area and was very busy, but the service was friendly and the food tasty. If you are looking for a place to eat next time you are in Terminal 1, it's worth a try.

After lunch, I went to the gate area for the flight to Belfast.

The load was quite light for this leg, at 72 passengers. As a result, boarding was completed very quickly and we were ready to go well ahead of our 15.10 scheduled departure time. The captain gave us a standard PA prior to leaving the gate and told us we would be on our way to the northern runway for departure shortly.

We pushed back at 15.01 and quickly taxied out to Runway 27R for departure. As usual, the departing/arriving runways switched at 15.00, hence the departure from 27R.


Traffic at the holding point for Runway 27R
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Recent METAR - EGLL 211450Z 34006KT 290V020 CAVOK 15/03 Q1029

We took off at 15.15


The departure was quite smooth, routing to the north of London and climbing to our cruise altitude of FL320.

The captain again made a passenger announcement during the cruise, providing information on the routing and the weather in Belfast.


Routing over the Isle of Man
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Ramsey in the Isle of Man
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Carrickfergus
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The approach to Runway 25 at BFS

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Recent METAR - EGAA 211450Z 33013KT 9999 FEW030 SCT045 12/05 Q1034

We landed at around 16.10

Video - Landing in Belfast


After landing we taxied to our parking position and we were on stand at 16.15. Four flights down, two to go...



Belfast - London Heathrow
Date:- 21st March 2009
Flight:- EI 36
Sch Dep:- 17.25
Act Dep:- 17.12
Sch Arr:- 18.50
Act Arr:- 18.25
Aircraft Type:- A320-200
Registration:- EI-DEB
Seat:- 13A
Load:- 25%

Additional Information
62nd flight on an A320-200
7th flight on this aircraft



As with my visit to Cork earlier in the day, I would have a relatively short time on the ground in Belfast. I had not been to BFS before, so it was nice to be able to add a new airport to my log.

I took a look around the Arrivals and Departures areas, but elected not to buy anything and rather head through security and wait for the flight to Heathrow.

The boarding area was very quiet, with our flight being the only flight departing from this part of the terminal. It seemed to be almost a temporary structure, rather than the main terminal building. However, with only 40 passengers flying out to London, there was plenty of room to spread out while we waited.

This time, boarding started quite early and was complete shortly after 17.00. Again, we had the same crew as the inbound leg.

Doors were closed just after 17.10 and we pushed back for the short flight to LHR. According to the captain, the expected flying time was 50mins.


Proof of being in BFS...
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We waited at the holding point for Runway 25 as an easyJet B737-700 landed
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Recent METAR - EGAA 211650Z 34013KT 9999 FEW030 10/04 Q1034

We took off at around 17.20

Video - Takeoff from Belfast


The departure was quite sporty thanks to the light load. With some good visibility, the views were impressive on the climb out of Belfast.


Looking back at BFS shortly after takeoff
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I was lucky enough to have been assigned an exit row on this flight, so a little more comfort than normal. The light load made this quite an easy and relaxing flight.


Legroom
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The city of Belfast
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We had a few minor bumps during the climb out to cruise altitude, but nothing of note. Everything smoothed out nicely after we left the Isle of Man on our south easterly routing.

The first officer made a passenger address over the Liverpool area advising of the routing and the weather in London. We were cruising at FL310, with a good tailwind and the route would take us from the Liverpool area towards Birmingham, north west London before making a right turn in over the London Eye to land on the westerly runways. We were expecting to be on the ground at approximately 18.15.

The remainder of the flight was standard, with a normal descent and approach over London. Seatbelts were turned on at 18.00.


The lights of Twickenham Stadium - (England beat Scotland here earlier on)
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Recent METAR - EGLL 211650Z 31008KT 280V340 8000 NSC 15/04 Q1028 NOSIG

We landed on Runway 27L at 18.19

Video - Landing in London Heathrow


9M-MPQ - Malaysia Airlines B747-400
B-HXC - Cathay Pacific A340-300

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We taxied from Runway 27L to Terminal 1 and parked on Stand 178 at 18.25. Five flights down, one to go...



London Heathrow - Dublin
Date:- 21st March 2009
Flight:- EI 179
Sch Dep:- 20.45
Act Dep:- 20.38
Sch Arr:- 22.00
Act Arr:- 21.48
Aircraft Type:- A320-200
Registration:- EI-CVB
Seat:- 24A
Load:- 90%

Additional Information
63rd flight on an A320-200
3rd flight on this aircraft



On arrival from Belfast, I was starting to get tired and really just wanted to get home. For the third time that day, I went through Arrivals into the check-in area of Terminal 1. Using a Fast Pass kiosk I printed my boarding pass for my last flight of the evening and proceeded to security.

This time I had in the region of two hours to wait, so I picked a comfortable chair in the departure lounge and made a few calls. By this stage I was getting updates on what was proving to be a very exciting end to the 6 Nations Championship in Cardiff. Ireland had a chance of a Grand Slam and I really wanted to see it happen.

Finally, after checking lots of TVs throughout the terminal, I found one that was showing the game. By this stage, there was a crowd gathering, Irish, Welsh, passengers and crew... the atmosphere was great! In the end, Ireland won the match and there were cheers around the terminal... a great result! No doubt my work colleagues from earlier this morning would be in for a late night in Cardiff!

Towards the end of the game, there had been a number of passenger calls for people on the 19.45 flight to Dublin... who knows if they made the flight... it was clear to see where their priorities lay!

I decided to make my way to the Gold Circle lounge to wait for my flight... strangely, this was the first time I had visited the lounge today, despite already having flown in and out of LHR five times!

The Gold Circle lounge at LHR is fine. There are no views of the apron or runways, but the space is comfortable and the food/drink was satisfactory for the short layover. Everything was beginning to wind down for the evening anyway.

Boarding was called early at 20.10 and once again, we were ready to go ahead of schedule. We pushed back from Stand 184 at 20.38.

The captain had informed us that the expected flight time was again around 50mins, so this would be yet another quick flight. We taxied out to Runway 27R via Link 12 and Alpha.

From the holding point, I saw A9C-KA, a Gulf Air A330 begin its takeoff roll, but this was subsequently aborted and he vacated left and rejoined the queue for departure. The next aircraft in line was VT-VJN, a Kingfisher A330 to Mumbai. They were held in position for a few minutes while a ground vehicle checked the runway, before finally being released. I wonder what had caused the Gulf Air to abort the takeoff...

Following the Kingfisher A330, A6-ECD, an Emirates B77W departed for Dubai... we were next.


Recent METAR - EGLL 212020Z 32007KT 4200 HZ NSC 10/06 Q1030

We took off at 20.56


As with the previous flights, the departure was standard, this time via Compton to the west. Shortly after takeoff the seatbelt signs were turned off and the cabin crew carried out the standard in-flight service.

The flight progressed quite quickly and we soon had another PA from the captain. We were just passing north of Cardiff, "where there must be one hell of a party going on for anyone in a green shirt"! His comment was met with smiles and laughter... a great day for Irish sport.

The descent and landing were standard, with an approach again to Runway 28.


Recent METAR - EIDW 2120000Z 31008KT 9999 FEW030 06/03 Q1036 NOSIG

We landed at around 21.40


We parked on Stand 13A at Pier A shortly before 21.50. Six flights completed

So in the end, I completed the 6 legs as planned in 15 hours of travelling. I was quite tired towards the end, hence the lack of photos/videos on the final leg, but it was a fun way to spend the day and the weather was very kind, giving great views and a comfortable ride on all flights.

I hope you enjoyed this report, even though it didn't focus too much on the on board service, more the flying itself.

As always, comments are much appreciated!

EIDAA

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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 2:38 pm

One word .... ''mad'' lol.... I bet you were wrecked. Mind you I guess the LX day trips to ATH and SKG are equally as tiring and mad lol...

Well you made your challange. Congrats !!

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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 5:25 pm

Great report!

Nice to hear all six flights with Aer Lingus went well, must have been fun but I'm not surprised you were tired towards the end. I see Belfast is still suffering some very poor loads, makes for a very comfortable flight though!

I was actually on EI 724 ORK-LHR later that day, only had 39 passengers but we had similar comments from the captain and cabin crew about the party going on in Cardiff. There was a great atmosphere on board.

Thanks for posting!

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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:04 pm

Hi EIDAA
Brilliant report, some great photos aswell.
My next flight will probably be to LHR in August & after reading this the excitement levels are building.
Thanks for posting.
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:05 pm



Quoting EIDAA (Thread starter):
Booked Itinerary:-

21st March 2009
0640 0805; DUB - LHR; EI 152
0955 1110; LHR - ORK; EI 711
1150 1305; ORK - LHR; EI 712
1510 1630; LHR - BFS; EI 35
1725 1850; BFS - LHR; EI 36
2045 2200; LHR - DUB; EI 179

I would faint if I did that!  faint  That is a long, long day!
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One

Wed Jun 17, 2009 6:25 pm

Great report, and congrats on the achievement EIDAA!

The pics were excellent, particularly the ones at ORK. I'm flying from ORK for the first time in a couple of weeks so I'm looking forward to it after seeing these pics. The terminal seems small enough, but very modern and tidy looking.

Just regards the legroom in row 8, it does seem tighter than usual. I'm almost sure I've had the same problem with R8 before and it's not very comfortable.

You must have been exhausted, the most I've ever done is 5 in a day and I was nearly dead after it!

Thanks for posting,

EI320
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 7:30 pm

Whoah - talk about a busy day!! Well done though - a great report and fantastic pictures! Brilliant videos - and I see you've some great EI A330 videos on your channel too! bigthumbsup 
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 8:11 pm

Fantastic, a real result, well done, superb!

I have to try something like this.

Cheers

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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Wed Jun 17, 2009 10:41 pm

A very interesting trip report
Very pleasant to read, good pictures and videos

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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 18, 2009 9:58 am

First of all, thanks to everyone for posting replies - it's always nice to read your comments, questions and suggestions!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
One word .... ''mad'' lol

That just about sums it up, doesn't it! Madness, but good fun!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Mind you I guess the LX day trips to ATH and SKG are equally as tiring and mad lol...

Indeed they are... and you know that more than anyone! I have photos and videos from my trips to both ATH and SKG last winter, so I must get cracking on those trip reports too.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
Well you made your challange. Congrats !!

Thanks Philip.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
Great report!

Thanks Kevin.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
I see Belfast is still suffering some very poor loads

Sadly yes. It was quite evident comparing those legs to the DUB and ORK flights. As you say, it makes for a comfortable flight, but I would prefer to see more passengers and the route being successful! On a 174-seater aircraft, loads of 72 and 40 are not great at all.

Quoting EICVD (Reply 3):
Brilliant report, some great photos aswell.

Thanks Mark.

Quoting EICVD (Reply 3):
My next flight will probably be to LHR in August & after reading this the excitement levels are building.

LHR is a great airport for aviation nuts... enjoy your flights in August!

Quoting AirframeAS (Reply 4):
That is a long, long day!

It sure is!

Quoting EI320 (Reply 5):
Great report, and congrats on the achievement EIDAA!

Thanks Colm.

Quoting EI320 (Reply 5):
The terminal seems small enough, but very modern and tidy looking.

It is not the biggest terminal around, but it certainly seems to fulfil the needs. I don't know what it's like during a morning rush, but it was nice enough in transit.

The only issue I have is the single airbridge. I guess with a large number of LCCs there, they did not need to install more, but I would have thought the main EI route (i.e. LHR) would have used it.

Quoting EI320 (Reply 5):
Just regards the legroom in row 8, it does seem tighter than usual.

I am not sure if this is an actual issue with Row 8, or just perception, but it just seemed tighter than other rows. Just thinking about it now, I believe there was a cabin crew jump seat immediately behind seat 08F, so that may have reduced the pitch slightly.

Quoting Phen (Reply 6):
Well done though - a great report and fantastic pictures!

Thanks Patrick.

Quoting Phen (Reply 6):
Brilliant videos - and I see you've some great EI A330 videos on your channel too!

Cheers. I have been uploading a lot of my recordings over the last few weeks, with more yet to add. As these have been going up I have started working on other trip reports and plan to include the video links as I post the finished reports.

I think there are a view decent A330 clips on the channel alright... but one of my more interesting ones was this one. Departing Dublin in very strong winds on board EI-DUO... a bumpy ride.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
Fantastic, a real result, well done, superb!

Hi Mark, thanks very much for that.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 7):
I have to try something like this.

If you do, be sure to write a report on it. I thoroughly enjoy reading your TRs, so please keep them coming!

Quoting Aer Lingus (Reply 8):
Very pleasant to read, good pictures and videos

Thanks for that.

Cheers,
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 18, 2009 11:29 am

Thanks for the TR!
You made that look easy; now that SNN is back in the equation maybe you could try 8 in 1 day Big grin
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 18, 2009 12:42 pm

Wow...talk about a mileage run. This is even crazier!

Kudos to you for doing what you want, and congrats for being able to face the challenge and make all 6 flights. Well done!
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 18, 2009 1:45 pm

Nice!

I would love to know what would have happened if you had encountered some sort of delay?  Wink

But, nevertheless, a cool experience  Smile



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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 18, 2009 3:49 pm



Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 10):
Thanks for the TR!

Thanks Kevin.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 10):
now that SNN is back in the equation maybe you could try 8 in 1 day

No chance! Six in a day was plenty for me. I might do four in a day including SNN now that it's back, or maybe pop down on an A330 and fly back to DUB via LHR. Glad to see SNN back... I just hope it performs well.

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 11):
Wow...talk about a mileage run. This is even crazier!

It's just a shame that they were all sale fares and I didn't get any frequent flyer points/miles... that was purely for the sake of flying!

Quoting Directorguy (Reply 11):
Well done!

Many thanks.

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 12):
I would love to know what would have happened if you had encountered some sort of delay?

Any delay would really have ruined my plans! They were booked as four separate tickets - DUB-LHR-DUB, LHR-ORK, ORK-LHR and LHR-BFS-LHR. I guess I would have either been on a bus home from ORK, a train home from BFS, or spent a few extra hours spotting at LHR!

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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 18, 2009 5:11 pm

Great TR - fly EI a lot to visit relatives in Dublin, but prefer BD these days
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 18, 2009 8:12 pm

Well I didnt think you'd do it but well done Andrew.

Very hectic and all that time in LHR might drive me round the bend, I dont think I could spend that much time in Wetherspoons! But a very enjoyable read. Next up you have to fly to all of the WX or RE bases in a day, or maybe all the FR ones ha

Well done again
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Thu Jun 25, 2009 5:30 pm

I wouldn't dream of doing something like that. But good job there are people who would do it so we can get great trip reports like this.

Very interesting and well done.
and with that..cabin crew, seats for landing please.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Mon Jun 29, 2009 1:03 am

I only ever had one flight on EI: in Sept 2006 AMS-ORK. I commented to the FA's as I left the aircraft, that it was the best short haul flight I had ever been on. The BOB was excellent, and they did everything possible - with sincere cheerfulness - for a short flight.
Although I would not probably undertake a day like you had, if I had to do six short flights within a day, I can see that EI would likely be my first choice. I certainly hope to fly with them again. Very difficult to get to Ireland now with EI, from the West Coast of North America, though!
Thanks for the very interesting TR. Although I would have liked to hear a bit more about the inflight service, I can imagine it was consistently good, and I get that feeling from your TR. Every TR I have read in this forum about EI shorthaul, has consistently said the same things about EI service.
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Sun Jul 19, 2009 1:15 am

Wow that's some crazy flying! Thanks for the trip report.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Sun Jul 19, 2009 3:57 pm

Wow...must admire your detemination.I mean how did you even come up with this idea!

Secondly im intrigued,did the check in staff figure out what you were upto?Did you have multiple tickets or 1 with all these flights on it?

Very interesting TR!
 
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RE: Aer Lingus - 6 Flights Into/Out Of LHR In One Day!

Fri Aug 07, 2009 10:35 am



Quoting 36000feet (Reply 14):
Great TR - fly EI a lot to visit relatives in Dublin, but prefer BD these days

Thanks for posting. I have flown BD to LHR a few times over the last couple of years and have never really had any problems with them to be honest, but I have to say I do prefer the service on EI. The main benefit of flying with BD over EI is the frequent flyer program though... it beats EI hands down!

Quoting EIRules (Reply 15):
Well I didnt think you'd do it but well done Andrew.

Thanks Andy, appreciate the reply!

Quoting EIRules (Reply 15):
Next up you have to fly to all of the WX or RE bases in a day

Don't tempt me... at least WX and RE would be achievable... FR would take a hell of a lot longer!!

Quoting Babybus (Reply 16):
But good job there are people who would do it so we can get great trip reports like this.

Thanks Babybus. It's all a bit of fun and nice to be able to post a TR here from time to time. The more dedicated posters really do a great job in producing interesting reports for the rest of us, so I would definitely agree with you!

Quoting AY104 (Reply 17):
I commented to the FA's as I left the aircraft, that it was the best short haul flight I had ever been on.

I'm sure they appreciated that. Good to hear one of your best flights was on EI.

Quoting AY104 (Reply 17):
Very difficult to get to Ireland now with EI, from the West Coast of North America, though!

Indeed it is, now with SFO being dropped for the winter, the furthest west they go is ORD! Hopefully it will make a strong return next summer.

Quoting AY104 (Reply 17):
Thanks for the very interesting TR.

Thank you by the way.

Quoting AY104 (Reply 17):
Although I would have liked to hear a bit more about the inflight service, I can imagine it was consistently good, and I get that feeling from your TR.

Next time I will try to give a little more information on the in-flight service, but as you say, it was consistently good, despite the varied loads and the short flight time. The Sky Cafe menu is very good and reasonably priced. Thumbs up from me.

Quoting Paulmcgrath (Reply 18):
Thanks for the trip report.

Thanks Paul... all replies are appreciated!

Quoting KHI747 (Reply 19):
I mean how did you even come up with this idea!

I can't really remember how I came up with the idea. I guess I was just looking for an interesting day of flying and that together with the low fares available during the sale made it possible.

Quoting KHI747 (Reply 19):
did the check in staff figure out what you were upto?

No, not really. The check-in agent in DUB obviously saw that I was flying DUB - LHR - ORK - LHR on her boarding cards, but other than "You must really love flying"... I didn't get any comments or strange looks! If anyone had queried it, I would have given the simple honest answer, or maybe suggest it was a mileage run, but I had no issues.

Quoting KHI747 (Reply 19):
Did you have multiple tickets or 1 with all these flights on it?

I had four tickets booked covering the six flights:- DUB-LHR-DUB, LHR-ORK, ORK-LHR and LHR-BFS-LHR. Due to the tight turnarounds, it wasn't possible to book some of the flights as simple returns.

Quoting KHI747 (Reply 19):
Very interesting TR!

Thanks!
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