theobcman
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Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Tue Oct 17, 2017 4:41 pm

It was time to try another widebody around Europe & this time it was Aer Lingus A330 DUB to Malaga in J cabin. Aer Lingus does not offer Business Class on anything in Europe so this ticket is booked as economy and then by choosing a 'Premium Seat' on seat selection will get you into EI's long haul biz cabin on this daily A330 to Malaga. But you will NOT get lounge access, champagne at your seat, free food / drink. Everything is BOB.
Total cost one way around 120.00EUR booked about three months ago.

BUT a few days out the reports starting coming about Hurricane Ophelia was on its way and will hit Ireland on Monday 16th (Flying Day). This was not ideal of course and did not want to be stuck at DUB for a day or two with the cancellations that were going to happen. It was looking like the big hit was coming mid/late morning so my 0700 departure I thought would be good. So in the name of trip reporting I positioned to DUB & hoped for the best.

Arrived DUB on Monday 16th at 0500. It was foggy/murky/drizzly but no strong winds or rain. I (Rather selfishly) hoped it would stay thay way.

DUB was good - clean, efficient with plenty of places to eat & drink.

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Luckily my flight was leaving and on time. Did not get a shot on my aircraft on stand. Todays ride was EI-DUZ a 10.4year old A333.
Entered and found my seat.

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My seat - Non Throne !

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Seat controls :

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Like the logo at the front :

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Lining up :

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After take off & breaking through the cloud we were greeted to a lovely sunrise. I has escaped the hurricane :

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Other seat & cabin views :

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Breakfast was BOB. 7.50EUR for a cheese/ham melt with coffee was reasonable (ish).

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IFE was good with plenty of selection :

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Progress :

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Over the baron lands of northern Cordoba.

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Nice views on approach into Malaga :

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Arrived :

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VERDICT : My excitement & ethusiasm was somewhat drained as I learned people had died in the hurricane & RIP to all concerned.

As for the flight - it was a nice day out. I enjoyed the EI Long Haul cabin could easily do a DUB > USA in here. It's another to add to my ever growing list. Next up for me : BA B789 LHR>MAD in Club World cabin.
 
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aerdingus
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Tue Oct 17, 2017 6:01 pm

-DUZ is my favourite EI A330 because she has the same name as me "Aoife"! This is a jaunt I would love to do one day. Was it bumpy during take off? Lucky you got out during Ophelia and indeed tragic that 3 people have died.
Cheers
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theobcman
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Wed Oct 18, 2017 2:50 pm

aerdingus wrote:
-DUZ is my favourite EI A330 because she has the same name as me "Aoife"! This is a jaunt I would love to do one day. Was it bumpy during take off? Lucky you got out during Ophelia and indeed tragic that 3 people have died.
Cheers


Think I'm right in guessing you are DUB/Ireland based you really should. A good way to try EI long haul product (Without the service). It was bumpy for first 15min and then fine. Good luck ! Cheers.
 
evank516
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Wed Oct 25, 2017 8:38 pm

Wow, DUB is a beautiful airport. Great report!
 
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Sat Oct 28, 2017 8:50 pm

Great review. I agree, DUB looks like an excellent airport. And those views from the plane - wow! Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
 
theobcman
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Tue Oct 31, 2017 10:01 pm

Thanks for the comments & yes it a very enjoyable day. The best way to get to southern Spain ! Cheers
 
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:41 pm

Always fun to be in a legit premium cabin when flying economy :D
Aer Lingus has a pretty decent product it would seem. Thanks for sharing this, awesome pics of you leaving the Hurricane behind!
 
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Robisintheair
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Fri Nov 03, 2017 10:55 pm

The J Cabin of EI looks fantastic! never thought that they fly to Malaga with an A330 :D
 
theobcman
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Re: Trying to beat Hurricane Ophelia : Aer Lingus A330 DUB > AGP in J cabin.

Mon Nov 06, 2017 9:59 pm

Robisintheair wrote:
The J Cabin of EI looks fantastic! never thought that they fly to Malaga with an A330 :D


This is just one of the wide bodies available around Europe ! A good way to try long haul product on short routes. It’s one of many I have flown & have more booked.

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