Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Daytrip to Dublin trip report! [Part 1]

Dia duit!

At the end of my last trip report (return from Montpellier) I said 'Overall "Europes favourite airline" as they now call themselves were pretty good and if the price is right, yes, I'd continue to fly with them!' And so I did! As an A-level results reward trip, me and a friend decided to go on a daytrip to Dublin! I'd already been to Dublin previously (in 2009, report here: The decision to fly with Ryanair, rather than Aer Lingus, was based purely on Ryanair being cheaper (only marginally though). In fact, following some of O'Learys recent shenanigans, (e.g. suggesting passengers flying on his airline should be charged for being stupid, having a £60 fee for forgetting your boarding pass, and claiming he'd buy a dog if it was cheap enough - referring to aircraft), I've gone off him somewhat. Actually, on my first trip report for Dublin, I said: 'I'd choose Aer Lingus over the competitor any day'. But anyway. The trip report!

Birmingham (BHX/EGBB) to Dublin (DUB/EIDW) FR663
Boeing 737-800 EI-ENC
The online check in system does work exceptionally well but God help you if can't/don't realise you have to print off the boarding passes before you get to the airport. Yes, it states quite clearly you have to do so when booking, but a £60 fine for reprinting is frankly ridiculous. We however had no such problems and sailed through security, navigated the shops and walked back to Terminal 2, where our flight was already 'boarding' (queuing). On an early morning, business orientated flight like this, it felt like a different airline comapared to the noisy holiday flights to southern France. The Captain even noted this, asking people to pay attention to the safety demo even though they may be frequent flyers.

Pretty much on time we took the short taxi from Gate 2 to E1, RWY33. It was then a Whitegate 4D departure to the northwest which gave stunning views of Birmingham city center! The route was via WHI, crossing the coast near Liverpool, then directly west across the north coast of Wales before vectors for the ILS RWY28 at Dublin, arriving on-time (complete with fanfare...). Landing here:
So that was my 44th flight and 15th with Ryanair. Now for the day in Dublin! Stay tuned for part 2!

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