frostyj
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Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:06 am

Hi.. This is my first and pretty simple trip report. We were going to Florida for five weeks so I tried to fly from Belfast but the price was £1000 more so we settled on Dublin.

Day was 23rd June 2014 and flight left at 12:55 so we had to leave at 5am in order to get there in time. It was a pretty sunny morning.
I live 150 miles from Dublin airport so its a very long journey.


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We arrived a little early at 8 so I was a raging at that but what can you do. The earlier United plane was leaving an hour after we arrived annoyingly. Our flight is UAL131. My aunt dropped us off at the terminal one adamant that she was right so we just shut our mouths but ended up having to walk for ages. We checked in at the end of T2 and tried to use the premier access and were denied. I would not recommend buying this because people pushed in front of us at boarding.

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Afterwards it was 2 hours in the terminal. Here are a few pictures
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Then at I believe 10:30 we were sent to the preclearance facility. This was my first time using this so I was excited to see how it went. It was nice, we were down there for about 60 mins and the process was went fairly swiftly. They send you down escalators and then through an American security system and then to immigration. The officer was so MUCH nicer than the officers in Newark.. Didn't even ask us much and even had small talk.

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After that we sat there for ages, about an hour. I think they send you down there way too early. Anyway there was bathrooms down there and one shop with sweets and food. They called us for boarding at 12:00 again a little too early. Premier access people were called first after business, we were pushed out of the way and alot of people got ahead of us, I wouldn't recommend this. Our aircraft was N33103 and below is a picture of it. (All I got)

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We got on about 12:05 and sat there for an hour while they looked at a problem with the flaps (I think). Quite worrying but told myself they had to get here.

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So after sitting in the plane for well over an hour we took off at 1:20z. The flight time was 6.5 hours which was pretty good. The plane was full, the load was pretty much majority American.. Mainly people from New Jersey and alot of them being old ladies. Anyway, southern Irish people are different and seem to only use Aer Lingus.. I enjoy United. From Belfast it is mostly Northern Irish people who use the service.

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Was pretty cloudy throughout the middle of the atlantic and quite bumby. My only complaint would have to be the American passengers and their reclining! What is up with them?? Every single flight they recline, they can't wait and their seats are as far back as they can get! I know its a "long haul" flight but goodness they don't need to fling the seats back when i'm watching the tv. Definitely a difference in attitudes compared with British/Irish people.

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About 4 hours later ice was seen so clearly Canada was not far. It always fascinates me how the ice can last into the summer in Canada.

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Lunch was served around 2 hours after departure and consisted of pasta, salad, bread, butter, coke and some sauce. I believe they gave us a brownie for desert. I have to say the pasta was great but the portion sizes were small. The coke was a laughing stock, they actually gave us a cup of coke and when I say a cup of coke it was a small plastic quarter cup..I am shocked that United had the audacity to give us a quarter cup for a transatlantic flight, we are not peasants.

Anyway not much else happened after that. About two hours later descent started over Albany and we had nice views of upstate NYC (alot more underpopulated than I remember). We arrived into Newark(EWR) just before 3pm.. Pretty hazy there I must say, I could clearly see the impact of the fires in Canada.

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Overall, I would rate the flight 6.5. Was pretty nice departure time and avod was more than enough, however, I would prefer not to sit on the plane for so long. I was offended at the coke thing.. It really felt like a domestic flight. Lovely flight attendants and it was nice to see that the airport was updated with new signage. The new uniforms are goreous especially the light blue ones.

I had a fantastic time in Dublin airport, its just a pity its so far away. The journey added 8 hours onto what it would be from Belfast and as the customs and Newark is quite quick it is not worth it for us. I doubt we will fly from there again. I am planning to use United again this summer and look foward to flying them from BFS. I am so sorry about my appalling English, its not my best subject I have to say, I know my trip report is rather mundane so I will let the pictures speak lol.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:06 am

I was investigating the bus from Belfast to Dublin Airport and noticed it only takes 2 hours and costs 10 pounds.

I prefer Aer Lingus. Way better than United.

Did you not get a snack before landing?
 
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:51 am

Quoting lychemsa (Reply 1):

Heya. I don't live in Belfast but the road is pretty good from there, I think its motorway the whole way.
Never used Aer Lingus, this was the first time I went to Dublin airport.

I think we did get a snack before landing but it was like a wrap or something.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:14 pm

Quoting Frostyj (Thread starter):
My aunt dropped us off at the terminal one adamant that she was right so we just shut our mouths but ended up having to walk for ages. We checked in at the end of T2 and tried to use the premier access and were denied. I would not recommend buying this because people pushed in front of us at boarding.

Oh my god. I would have killed me aunty if she did this to me.

I'm a bit confused, did you book premier access or something?

Quoting Frostyj (Thread starter):
Anyway, southern Irish people are different and seem to only use Aer Lingus..

I've crossed the pond three times and am yet to use EI.

Quoting Frostyj (Thread starter):
I am shocked that United had the audacity to give us a quarter cup for a transatlantic flight, we are not peasants.

I thought ye said ye liked UA?   

Some nice photos. Glad ye enjoyed DUB. Of course it'd be more convenient for ye to go from BFS.

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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 2:40 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 3):

Um my aunt has been there before and she was starting to argue with us about how we were wrong so we just said nothing because we didn't want a row. Um, yes I did book premier access but the check in girl just ignored us, at boarding premier access people were called and we went upto the desk but a lot of people just skipped ahead of us.

I am sure you have done so but reading online and what I seen on the plane there weren't very many people from ROI on the plane, similar in the airport most of the workers were foreigners.

Yes I do love UA but the quarter cup was taking the piss lol. I a trying to fly from Belfast in order to support our local route.

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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 3:19 pm

Quoting Frostyj (Reply 4):
Um, yes I did book premier access but the check in girl just ignored us, at boarding premier access people were called and we went upto the desk but a lot of people just skipped ahead of us.

That's weird. I'm not familiar with this premier access. Was it booked with UA or the airport itself? If you were treated wrong you should make a complaint, that's not fair.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 4:24 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 5):

Ugh it doesn't matter. Its a facility that you pay for were you can use the business class check in and also the number 2 boarding group.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:26 pm

Doesn't seem like a particularly great offering. No booze on TATL these days in unacceptable and UA's food is pretty bad compared to Euro carriers. I'd say fly Aer Lingus next time.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 5:35 pm

It kind of felt a bit like a domestic flight.

I don't mind though, it wasn't a very long flight and the entertainment was quite good.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:04 pm

Nice report. I am not sure if this had to do with the maintenance delay, but it looks like the wing was missing a flap canoe. It's visibly missing in one of your pictures, and you can see the actuator. (14th photo.) Glad your delay wasn't too long!

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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 8:42 pm

Quoting Frostyj (Thread starter):
Every single flight they recline, they can't wait and their seats are as far back as they can get! I know its a "long haul" flight but goodness they don't need to fling the seats back when i'm watching the tv

Never understood why people have an issue with reclining. If everyone reclines, all passengers have the same amount of space and everyone is able to fly more comfortably. I also don't find it to be an 'American' issue. I fly all over the world and have not observed Americans 'flinging' back their seats any more than other nationalities.

Anyway, despite my comments really enjoyed your report. Thanks for posting!
 
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:37 pm

Quoting boilergo (Reply 9):

Yes it is the bit with the cone missing.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 9:38 pm

Quoting LHUSA (Reply 10):

Well I am a British citizen and I have travelled a bit and the reclining feature is not used very much in my country. You will see the odd person with it back but most people don't.

When I went to America literally every seat was reclined and it was even done on short flights. It was rude because they did it before we took off and also did it while I was eating and watching the tv.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 08, 2015 10:16 pm

Hi Frostyj

A good first trip report if I may say so, not over the top with unrelated rubbish! 
 
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 09, 2015 3:15 pm

The FA will give you an entire can if you ask for it. If you don't ask, they only give you a cup. The cups are approximately a half can. You also can ask for a second drink too at the same time.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 09, 2015 6:32 pm

Um I don't even know why we are debating this? Its a disgrace that any airline would have the audacity to provide us with a half cup on a transatlantic flight.

When I flew on them when they were continental the service was much better, we had constant food and the flight attendant gave us a tone of ice cream and nibbles to eat throughout the flight.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:06 am

Quoting Frostyj (Reply 15):
When I flew on them when they were continental the service was much better, we had constant food and the flight attendant gave us a tone of ice cream and nibbles to eat throughout the flight.

What's odd is you told this to a subsidiary Continental flight attendant. And most of UA is run by CO upper managment anyway. They changed UA around to be just like CO -- so I'm not sure what your point is. You should be overjoyed UA is still run like CO behind the scenes -- including this flight you reported on.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Sat Jan 10, 2015 7:12 pm

Quoting Frostyj (Thread starter):
I live 150 miles from Dublin airport so its a very long journey.

I'm sure this gave some American a laugh.

150 miles is a fair bit in Irish terms but nothing in American terms.

Quoting Frostyj (Reply 12):
Well I am a British citizen and I have travelled a bit and the reclining feature is not used very much in my country.

You mention a lot in other forums that you fly with EasyJet and Ryanair who don't offer reclining features. I have witnessed many British on long haul flight reclining shortly after take-off.

Have you ever flown in China? On the dozens of flights I have taken to, from and around China I have noticed that people recline almost instantly after taking their seat. They put it back upright when the FA asks and then back again when they walk away. It infuriates me!
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:06 pm

This whole report is full of sweeping generalisations about particular groups of ethnicities.

People from ROI tend to only use EI transatlantic? Really? Then why do AA, DL, UA, US etc advertise in Ireland, offer fare sales through irish travel agents and indeed offer some 50 flights per week to DUB alone in the Summer months?

British & Irish people don't recline their seats as much as Americans? Seriously how can you even back that up with any fact?
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 15, 2015 1:50 am

Quoting Frostyj (Reply 15):

Um I don't even know why we are debating this? Its a disgrace that any airline would have the audacity to provide us with a half cup on a transatlantic flight.

It's a money-saving technique, but I've never seen a passenger denied a second (or third, or fourth, etc.) cup of soda, or a whole can if asked.

Quoting EIRules (Reply 18):
This whole report is full of sweeping generalisations about particular groups of ethnicities.

People from ROI tend to only use EI transatlantic? Really? Then why do AA, DL, UA, US etc advertise in Ireland, offer fare sales through irish travel agents and indeed offer some 50 flights per week to DUB alone in the Summer months?

British & Irish people don't recline their seats as much as Americans? Seriously how can you even back that up with any fact?

I got a similar vibe from reading this report. While a very good report, it was full of generalizations.

Quoting Frostyj (Reply 4):
Um my aunt has been there before and she was starting to argue with us about how we were wrong so we just said nothing because we didn't want a row. Um, yes I did book premier access but the check in girl just ignored us, at boarding premier access people were called and we went upto the desk but a lot of people just skipped ahead of us.
Quoting Frostyj (Reply 6):
Ugh it doesn't matter
Quoting Frostyj (Reply 15):
Um I don't even know why we are debating this?

One piece of advice I have for your next report (hopefully you will continue with them   ) is to not get so offensive-sounding when people ask questions or give advice. They're not usually trying to fight, or doubt you in any way, they're just offering constructive criticism or tips to help enhance your travel experience for next time.

Overall, good report and I hope to see more from you!
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 15, 2015 4:28 am

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 19):
offensive-sounding

TYPO: Meant to say defensive-sounding
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Thu Jan 22, 2015 5:34 pm

Quoting MesaFlyGuy (Reply 19):

I'm not offended at all. You don't understand my Northern Irish dialect, thats the way we talk.

The last time I flew with them to America they gave us a full cup with the can so I expected the same this time, I didn't see anyone asking for a full can. I did see people with the tomato juice getting a full can, I guess I thought they were being discriminatory.

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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 23, 2015 2:36 am

Quoting frostyj (Reply 21):

You are seriously pissed about not getting a full can of soda? What is this -- 2003?

How about UA (CO) being the only US airline to charge for alcohol on a TATL flight?
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 23, 2015 3:26 am

Thanks for your report. Sorry to hear you didn't have that great of an experience with UA. My wife and I flew them in September 2013 between Newark and Milan, and didn't find them that bad. Service was pretty good, and crews were friendly.

Quoting Frostyj (Thread starter):
We checked in at the end of T2 and tried to use the premier access and were denied. I would not recommend buying this because people pushed in front of us at boarding.
Quoting Frostyj (Thread starter):
Premier access people were called first after business, we were pushed out of the way and alot of people got ahead of us, I wouldn't recommend this.

I'm confused. Did you purchase Premier Access? If you did, you shouldn't have been denied their services at all, and should have been able to board as soon as Business First was on-board. If you didn't have Premier Access showing on the boarding pass, then they would deny you of this service at boarding.

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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 23, 2015 10:15 am

Quoting frostyj (Reply 21):
I guess I thought they were being discriminatory.

Discriminatory is a fairly strong word to use here. Not hiring a person because of the colour of their skin or their sexual orientation is discrimination, not the lack of a full can of coke.

I would use the term inconsistent.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:08 pm

Quoting tommy767 (Reply 22):

Yes i am. I paid £2,000 for the flights I expect a service thanks.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 23, 2015 1:10 pm

Quoting 767747 (Reply 23):

Well I did have a good time , I just didn't like the coke thing.

What are you confused for? We were called after the business people but the people in the lower boarding group were pushing in front of us.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 23, 2015 6:50 pm

Quoting frostyj (Reply 25):

Well:

1. You got ripped off by flying UA in Y to EWR for that price.

2. The service and value would have been better flying DL DUB to JFK -- they wouldn't have stinged you out of full can of soda and you would have got some free beer, wine, & spirits.

3. Even AA to JFK might have been slightly better at this point.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Fri Jan 23, 2015 8:15 pm

United have the best product in economy on any route to NYC. I am trying to build up miles aswell.
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RE: Dublin To Newark

Sat Jan 24, 2015 3:10 am

Quoting frostyj (Reply 28):

Really? How do you explain that? Is it the fact in Y they charge for booze, have constant delays out of EWR, divert to Canada on 757s during the winter? You are complaining about your UA flight even though it was operated by CO crew and pilots and somehow it's not as good as it when it was CO? All over the place here. I appreciate your report but you got a love hate with UA and CO no doubt.

Do yourself a favor and start trying other carriers. Your expectations are way too low.
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