Welcome to my latest trip report, documenting a trip I took to Lanzarote in the summer of 2012. This trip report documents the outbound leg, flying form Dublin to Lanzarote.
I checked-in and chose my seats online the previous day, therefore on arrival to Terminal 2 at DUB I made my way straight for security. After security I had a look around the impressive shopping area in T2 before heading to Pier E to get some Lavazza coffee.
Pier E was largely quite at this time of the day; the major rush is typically between 6am and 12pm with the first flows of European and US departures. At the end of Pier E there are nice views of the main runway 28/10 at Dublin.
The timing of EI778 meant that also on stand at that time would be EK162, the Emirates 77W which operates the daily DXB-DUB route.
I also caught a video of the pushback, see here:
After EK161 taxiied away my own flight had began boarding directly opposite the EK gate. I was hoping for an Airbus A321 aircraft as it usually made sporadic appearances on the route, however I was not in luck this day.
There was a full load for this day's flight, but there was no delay and soon we were taxiing to runway 28.
Here's a video capturing the takeoff and inital ascent:
Ascending through the clouds provided nice views of Ireland.
As always, the Aer Lingus bar service began shortly afterwards. On offer were buy-on-board drinks and snacks. We opted for a pasta meal and goats cheese salad. As a note, the Aer Lingus SkyDeli menu has since been significantly revamped and now offers excellent pre-order meals for both short- and long-haul networks.
Both dishes were of very reasonable quality for their price,. I particularly enjoyed the goat's cheese salad.
Not long afterwards we began to encounter some turbulence, and I managed to capture some of it on camera:
Despite this little excitement, the remainder of the flight was uneventful, passing over the Algarve, Portugal and then eventually reaching the Canaries.
Guess which airline!
Lining-up for landing at Lanzarote with the beaches of Corralejo, Fuerteventura in the background.
I took a video of the landing:
The aircraft was quickly disembarked upon arrival at the stand at ACE, with the groups of holidaymakers all eager to reach their respective resorts!
Dublin - DUB
Lanzarote Island - ACE
This flight experience were very pleasant and it was a much more comfortable experience than flying the route with Ryanair would've been. Ryanair has however been making a number of specific improvements to its customer service offering, which really is challenging the premium pricing strategy which Aer Lingus typically employs. I look forward to trying other pre-order meals from Aer Lingus.
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