Review of Aer Lingus flight Dublin London in Economy

Airline Aer Lingus
Flight EI168
Class Economy
Seat 15A
Aircraft Airbus A320
Flight time 01:05
Take-off 08 Jan 16, 14:15
Arrival at 08 Jan 16, 15:20
EI 80 reviews
AviationEagle32
Published on 30th January 2016
Airline: Aer Lingus
Aircraft: A320-214 EI-DVH (8.2 years old)
Flight: EI168 Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW) to London Heathrow (LHR/EGLL)
Date: 08/01/16
Flight time: 1hr 5 minutes
Departed: 14:15 (5 minutes late)
Arrived: 15:20 (5 minutes late)

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The flight path

The return leg of my first trip of 2016. Today I was using Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport. I made my way through security to the departure lounge with ease. The departure lounge in Terminal 2 is much like many other new terminals at other airports with high ceilings and large windows. Amenities at the airport are plentiful with a large food court upstairs above the departure lounge. There are also a number of shops including an Ireland souvenir shop. With 3 hours before my flight I decided to do some planespotting and photography from the terminal. There is a spot at the end of the Terminal 2 concourse which has good views of the Runway 28 threshold. However, one downside of this spot is that it is facing into the sun which is not great when the sun is strong and low.

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Aer Lingus A320-214 EI-DEO (Irish Rugby livery) taxiing
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CityJet RJ85 EI-RJY (New livery) coming in to land
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Iberia Express A320-214 EC-LKH coming in to land
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Emirates B777-31HER A6-ENM

At around 13:30 my gate was opened and I made my way to it. Unfortunately it was at the other end of the concourse and so about 5 minutes to get there. I joined the queue and within 5 minutes boarding had begun. For this journey I believe our plane was about 95% full and so boarding did take some time. My seat was 15A for this journey which gave me a good window view. We pushed back from stand 400R at 14:10 which had been our scheduled departure time. After the usual safety briefing and checks we began our taxi to Runway 28. Takeoff was good with a view of the sun setting over Dublin. We continued straight out before banking right during our climb out of Dublin. We levelled out just north of the airport. Our cruising altitude was 33,000ft

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My aircraft A320 EI-DVH
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The airport sign above Terminal 1
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A320 EI-DVH
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The wing view from seat 15A
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Pushing back from stand 400R

As we crossed over the Irish Sea, a drinks and snacks service (non-complimentary) was served. I bought the adult snack box and a can of orange juice. The snack box consisted of crackers, a cheese spread, a small chocolate bar and tex mex crisps with a bruschetta dip. It was ok. The interior was fairly standard although the seats were quite comfortable. We continued over to Wales before heading over the West Midlands.

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The snack box and my orange juice
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Contents of the snack box
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View during the flight

We began our descent into London as we passed Luton Airport. Just Northwest of Greater London we joined a holding pattern for approach into Heathrow. We only circuited once before being given permission to proceed. Our approach initially took us east over North London at a fast pace. The aircraft then proceeded to bank right to line up with runway 27R, just north of Canary Wharf. Finals into Heathrow Airport was pretty smooth although landing was a bit rough. We vacated the runway and began our taxi around Terminal 3 which took a few minutes. We pulled onto stand 221L at Terminal 2. Disembarkation was relatively quick for a full flight. Terminal 2 was no effort to get through and I soon began the journey home.

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London Luton Airport overhead
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London City Airport
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Landing on Runway 27R
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Virgin Atlantic A340-642 G-VFIT
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Turkish Airlines A330-203 TC-JNH
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Terminal 2 baggage hall
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The now close Terminal 1
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The Slipstream sculpture Terminal 2.

Below is the video of the flight

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Verdict

Aer Lingus

7.0/10
Cabin9.0
Cabin crew8.0
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering6.0

Dublin - DUB

7.9/10
Efficiency9.0
Access6.0
Services8.0
Cleanliness8.5

London - LHR

7.8/10
Efficiency8.5
Access7.5
Services7.5
Cleanliness7.5

Conclusion

Dublin Airport Terminal 2 was very good. It had plenty of amenities and provided some good planespotting. If I were to use Dublin again I would look at using a lounge which on this occasion I did not use. My flight went pretty smooth, I had no problems. The flight itself was pretty cheap at around £40. My flight was lucky in not having to wait long to get into Heathrow and I easily made my public transport connection. The Airbus was a good aircraft and the seats were comfortable. Cabin crew were nice and I had a good trip.

Unfortunately I have missed out one or two things such as pictures of Terminal 2, aircraft interior, etc. which I forgot

If there is anything I could improve on then your comments would be appreciated.

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2 Comments

  • Comment 156540 by
    NGO85 1622 Comments

    Thanks for sharing this FR!

    Great shot of the EI in special livery! Nice spotting shots.

    How much is the snack box?

    Very interesting route they took. Any reason why they flew to Liverpool before turning selsh airspace restricted for EI?

    A nearly on-time arrival into LHR is always a feat.

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