Review of Aer Lingus flight Paris Dublin in Economy

Airline Aer Lingus
Flight EI521
Class Economy
Seat 26F
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:45
Take-off 12 Jul 15, 10:20
Arrival at 12 Jul 15, 11:05
EI   #108 out of 113 Airlines A minimum of 10 flight-reports within the past two years is required to appear in the rankings. 80 reviews
nicobcn
By GOLD 2448
Published on 28th July 2015
Hi everybody, welcome on my first FR in English!

Why in English? Because I was there to study it, so it's a good idea to practice it writing this report. To join Dublin, there are four Airlines: Aer Lingus (CDG), Cityjet (CDG), Transavia (ORY) and Ryanair (BVA). Transavia was the cheapest, but the outbound flight land at 19h20, too late. But it's ok for the return flight. Ryanair was also a good option, but Beauvais Airport is very far from Paris. Aer Lingus was less expensive than Cityjet, with five daily flights.

To join CDG Airport, I chose the Roissybus, a bus between Opera and CDG Airport. The ticket costs 11€, but it's free during holidays for students with the Navigo Imagine R Card.
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Only 30 minutes after, I was at Terminal 1. Traffic was very good this Sunday morning on the motorway.
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The bus stop was just near the Aer Lingus check in.
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At Paris, there is no Aer Lingus staff but it's Swissport's staff.
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My baggage weighed 21.1 kg and no 20.0kg, so I had to pay 10€!! For just 1 kg is unacceptable. Aer Lingus is a low cost company, like Ryanair… But their prices are not low cost!! I was very angry.
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Now, I have to go to the Border Police and the PIF. CDG 1 is a very old terminal, with six different boarding zones.
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There was not any queue at the Border Police
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Few luxury shops
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And the access to my boarding zone.

This boarding zone is comfortable, but there is not any shop.
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Fortunately, I was just in front of the two runways of CDG. Spotting time!
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A318 Air France
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A310-300 Air Transat
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A321 Air France
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B757-200 Delta Airlines
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A320 Brussels Airlines to… Brussels!
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A320 Vueling Airlines
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A319 Air France
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A380 Air France
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A330-300 American Airlines (ex US Airways)
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A310-300 Air Transat
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B777-200ER Air France
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B757-200 American Airlines
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A321 Turkish Airlines
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A330-200 SriLankan
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A318 Air France
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A330-300 Delta Airlines
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A380 Emirates
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A320 Lufthansa with a Star Alliance livery
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B777-200 United Airlines
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B737-300 Air Baltic
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B757-200 La Compagnie from New-York
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An Air France 747-400 is landing!
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F-GITJ, Air France 747's fleet will be retired in March 2015…

EMB190 Helvetic Airways
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Another A380 of Air France
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B777-300ER Air Canada

A330-200 Air Transat
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A321 Finnair
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And my aircraft from Dublin, an A320
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Boarding will shortly start on Gate 37.
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Boarding started on time. My A320, EI-DEF, 8 years old.
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The crew was very unfriendly. Nobody was here to welcome the passengers, they were talking in the galley. I said Hello to the CCP, and nobody answered me! My seat, the 26F.
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B737-300 Europe Airpost, a charter flight.
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1h20 of flight, and an arrival early said the captain.
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B777-200 United Airlines and A380 Thai.
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The Concorde
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A340-300 Kuwait Airways to Kuwait City via Roma
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B737-500 Air Méditerranée
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EMB190 Hop!
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And take off at 10h25.

Flight was full and also very cloudy
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A last view of France before crossing the Channel

The cabin, with a good pitch.

Winglet
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In Aer Lingus Flight's, there is no catering. You have to pay everything, like Ryanair or Easyjet which are low cost companies. But Aer Lingus doesn't say that she is a low-cost airline! Furthermore, the cabin crew was terrible. No smile, there were in the aircraft just to sell BOB and Duty Free.
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We are now flying above the UK
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Descent started at 11h21.
Porthmadog in the UK
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Irish Sea

Clouds again…
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Howth
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Malahide
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And landing at 10h46

B737-800 Blue Air
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B737-800 Ryanair
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A320 Aer Lingus
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A330-200 Aer Lingus
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We arrived at 11h01, 4 minutes early. photo P1070509 (Copier)photo P1070510 (Copier)
Nobody was here to say Goodbye at the passengers!
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My plane
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The queue was very short at the border police, but it took ten minutes for the baggage claim.
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To go to Dublin, I took the bus 747 for 6€ and 30 minutes. Comfort was very good with a free wifi connection.
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And finally I took the DART at Connolly Station to Bray, 25 km at the South of Dublin.
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Thank you for reading this FR and I hope that my English was easy to understand!

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Verdict

Aer Lingus

3.0/10
Cabin7.5
Cabin crew1.5
Entertainment/wifi0.0
Meal/catering3.0

Paris - CDG

7.6/10
Efficiency10.0
Access9.0
Services3.5
Cleanliness8.0

Dublin - DUB

7.6/10
Efficiency6.5
Access8.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.0

Conclusion

This Aer Lingus' flight was very bad. Cabin was ok and flight was on time. But the crew was very bad, there weren't any newspaper or magazine, and the catering was expensive.
Aer Lingus is a low-cost airline, with a bad staff. I don't recommend Aer Lingus. Their value for money is too bad!
Next time, I will take Cityjet for a similar price but a best service.

Thank you for reading this FR!

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6 Comments

  • Comment 145090 by
    marathon SILVER 9604 Comments

    Could't you remove 1.1 kg from your luggage and put it in a carry on luggage ? It is always safer to have some space in it, just in case, when you fly low cost (but then, you had not realized that EI is basically a LCC).
    Nice plane spotting; too bad that the weather was so-so.
    This report will do nothing to improve Aer Lingus's image. Thanks for sharing !

  • Comment 145318 by
    NGO85 1622 Comments

    Thanks for taking the time to share a report in English with us!

    CDG looked like a ghost town when you were there. Great spotting at CDG, do you know what the TK special livery was?

    I haven't seen an EI report in a long time, they really do look like they are following IB into the realm of LCC. Do they charge for drinks as well? I thought IB at least did complimentary drink service. Overall, EI leaves a lot to desire. The cabin looks okay, but the crew and service sound abysmal. At least your flight was on-time :)

    Really like the DUB approach shots.

    • Comment 324092 by
      nicobcn TEAM GOLD AUTHOR 4838 Comments

      It's a pleasure to wright in English!
      For TK livery, I don't know what is it about...

      In EI you have to pay everything, also drinks but in IB is the same... Booth are low-cost compagnys...

      Thank you for your comment!

  • Comment 145637 by
    KévinDC TEAM SILVER 5361 Comments

    Thanks for sharing your first report in English! Aer Lingus has such a weird business model with low-cost model on intra-European flights, but full-service on Transatlantic flights. Were you allowed to bring one bag for free? Usually LCCs make you pay for all bags, so if it was free, I guess that's positive (except for having to pay for overweight, but that's different). Thanks for sharing!

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