OA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27543 posts, RR: 60 Posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 9105 times:
Failte!!!! Well back in August I went online and booked my place on the inaugural flight of Aer Lingus's 1st Base outside of the Republic of Ireland. There were alot of obstacles along the way but 10th December finally came and I took my seat !!!
Daytime view of BFS.
FLIGHT : EI 22
ROUTE : BFS-AMS
REG: EI-DVE (ST. AIDEEN)
SEAT: 10A CHANGED TO 5A
I arrived at check in and was very impressed. 6 self service check in kiosks (SSK) and 4 check in desks. It was around 0445am and people were arriving. The ground staff at the kiosks and the check in desks all looked smart in their new uniforms. It was really nice to see Northern irish people in Aer Lingus attire.
After collecting my boarding card from the SSK I went to have a look at the viewing gallery.
There she is !!!!
Plenty of Irish gifts....
I then headed to the boarding gate and saw Aer lingus's cheif Mr Dermott Manion who was getting ready to cut the Green ribbon .
The ribbon was cut and we boarded.
Logo stamped onto the seatbacks
After take off the crew announced that we would be getting complimentary hot Breakfast and a free bar. This was a very nice touch and it was a nice atmosphere onboard.
The flight went really quickly and soon it was time to land .
We were welcomed by an arch of water by the AMS fire service.
After that we disembarked and the crew posed for a photo .
As we got off and entered the terminal we were all given a tulip .
At around 1730 I went to the KLM self service machines to get my boarding card.
After that time to go to the KLM Business lounge
The lounge was nice with a good selection of drinks and snacks
At around 1945 I headed to the gate .
Two Belfast based crew and a Dublin based instructor were at the front of the cabin. After take off announcements were made and again all food and drink was complimentary.
I just chilled for the rest of the flight and soon it was time to land in BFS. We landed 10 minutes early. I thanked the crew and wished them good luck for the new base. They were very cheerful and were enjoying their new jobs.
Aer lingus goodie bag!!!
So thats it guys ..... I will end by showing you this festive picture designed by our very own Shamrock350 !!!!
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6378 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 8886 times:
It's fantastic to see Aer Lingus in Belfast and thanks for a great TR OA260!
The photos and videos were nice, it was good to hear the Northern Irish accent on EI and how they introduced everyone by name. I haven't see EI advertising in AMS before so that's a welcome development. The check in area and ticket desk looks good in BFS.
DALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1744 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 8601 times:
Superb Trip report! Good to see EI expanding at AMS. Slowly and steadily they grow. First we only had some 320's ex DUB at AMS. The DUB flights are now frequenty operated by 321's. Now a new destinations with BFS.
Thanks for sharing the report of this inaugural flight!
Keep up the good work!
Quoting DALCE (Reply 7): Good to see EI expanding at AMS. Slowly and steadily they grow. First we only had some 320's ex DUB at AMS. The DUB flights are now frequenty operated by 321's. Now a new destinations with BFS.
EI have served AMS from ORK for long time now, so its not the second route.
Lets hope EI can make it at BFS
Airbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4281 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8472 times:
After ORK and DUB another EI destination at AMS. Just great!
I love this airline, although it's a shame they went into kind of loco-structure some years back. I really loved flying them in Premier-class once. All my other flights were on Economy...
OA260, thanks for sharing this event with us. Good to see the special treatment for passengers on this first day of operation. And very nice to see the present you got on your return flight. It's also given to you by the Amsterdam Airport Authorities, as their name is shown on the bag too.
How was your day in AMS?
"The whole world steps aside for the man who knows where he is going"
BFSBHD From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Jul 2006, 78 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 8462 times:
Super trip report OA260!! You managed to get a great shot my entire class at the SSKs . With me in the black leather jacket mastering it . Was great to get all that free booze and all that free room in the cabin on the way back!!
Was EI-DVE on the way back too. I see you missed that .
EISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 8352 times:
Excellent, excellent, excellent TR pal!!!!!
As usual, you have delivered a detailed report, with tonnes of great pics. I hope I can come somewhere near as good as this when I do SNN-LHR-BFS-LHR-ORK in January, for the last SNN flight, and the first BFS flight.
Once again, just excellent!
St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
Contact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 8195 times:
great trip report and a fantastic series of pictures and videos! Must be an interesting experience to be on an inaugural flight, and it seems like EI has celebrated the event a bit with the green ribbon, free meals and the nice goodie bag.
Semsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 8109 times:
I noticed when I was in Geneva Aer Lingus were advertising flights to Belfast at very low fares. I think Easyjet recently dropped the route. On the 4 Aer Lingus flights I took the Dublin based crews were very smiley smiley. Maybe I am wrong but the Belfast based crews do not give that impression in the pictures.
Bramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (7 years 1 month 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 8058 times:
Quoting Semsem (Reply 15): On the 4 Aer Lingus flights I took the Dublin based crews were very smiley smiley. Maybe I am wrong but the Belfast based crews do not give that impression in the pictures.
I think first day nerves were to blame. The BFS-DUB had one of the top EI cabin crew supervising and the return flight was supervised by their training instructor so didn't want to mess up in front of him. I have meet the BFS crew during training at DUB and they are all well experienced and enthusiastic.
Exactly , pictures are a moment captured when they may not be smiling at that second in time, thank god people dont photograph me as I rarely smile LOL..... I have to say the crew were excellent and maybe im a bit biased but I think BFS/BHD crew on BMI and EI are sometimes better craic than the DUB/s .....The Ulster folk are very warm and welcoming people
Quoting Toulouse (Reply 20): Personnally I award you my award as the top TR reporter in 2007 on a.net!
Im humbled .....especially coming from someone of your high esteem . Thanks