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Belfast Welcomes Aer Lingus New Base/Photo&video  
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27162 posts, RR: 60
Posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 8729 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 !!!

http://i244.photobucket.com/albums/gg11/aerlingus2007/mapbig.gif

Daytime view of BFS.





FLIGHT : EI 22
ROUTE : BFS-AMS
DATE: 10/DEC/07
A/C: A320-214
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 .



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FLIGHT : EI 29
ROUTE : AMS-BFS
DATE: 10/DEC/07
A/C: A320-214
REG: ????
SEAT: 1C

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 !!!!

Comments appreciated as usual.


Nollaig Shona

26 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineTonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1949 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 8563 times:
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Great TR as always OA260. Love the pictures & the videos  bigthumbsup 

BFS looks like a really nice airport.



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6347 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8510 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.

I'm glad you liked my festive A320!

Regards,
Shamrock350


User currently offlineJWMD123 From Ireland, joined May 2006, 867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 8502 times:

Great TR (As Always)

Nice to see EI with the few touches of free breakfast and snack on the way back.


User currently offlineEireRock From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 301 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 8438 times:

Another great TR OA260, thanks for sharing. Great to see EI in BFS and hopefully they prosper there, it now gives me great choice as i live halfway between both BFS and DUB!!!

User currently offlineBFS From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 743 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

Great report - nice to some some expansion at BFS that isn't orange!!

Good luck Aer Lingus!


User currently offlineBHD From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2005, 282 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 8352 times:



Quoting BFS" class=quote target=_blank>BFS (Reply 5):
Great report - nice to some some expansion at BFS that isn't orange!!

Agreed - great TR, nice to see one's local airport feature for a chnage  Smile

Craig


User currently onlineDALCE From Netherlands, joined Feb 2007, 1706 posts, RR: 7
Reply 7, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8225 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.
Just great!
Thanks for sharing the report of this inaugural flight!
Keep up the good work!

Cheers,
Joost ( D-ALCE )



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User currently offlineJrfspa320 From Australia, joined Sep 2005, 253 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 8192 times:



Quoting DALCE (Reply 7):



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


User currently offlineAirbuseric From Netherlands, joined Jan 2005, 4275 posts, RR: 51
Reply 9, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8096 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?

Cheers,
Eric  wave 



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User currently offlineBFSBHD From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Jul 2006, 78 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 8086 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  Smile.

[Edited 2007-12-11 09:23:46]

User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 11, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7976 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!

Michael



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User currently offlineFLIEGER67 From UK - England, joined Sep 2003, 5176 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 7948 times:

Kalispera, Philip,

a real interesting "premiere" story and pix also.
It seems EI does a good job on your trip to AMS.

Some more possibilitys for a trip to Northern Ireland, still missing in my log till now.

Regards,
Markus (FLIEGER67)



Next: London City connections!.
User currently offlineContact Air From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 1154 posts, RR: 13
Reply 13, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7819 times:

Hi OA260,

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.

Regards
Christoph


User currently offlineEIRules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 802 posts, RR: 10
Reply 14, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7760 times:

Top class as always OA260, well worth the wait.

Glad to see you had such a good trip and with some of the old EI class, you'd never see FR doing something like this on the launch of a new route. Long may EI's expansion at BFS and beyond continue.

Well done again Phil



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User currently offlineSemsem From Israel, joined Jul 2005, 1779 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 7733 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.

User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 7682 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.


User currently offlineAlangirvan From New Zealand, joined Nov 2000, 2106 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7623 times:

A great report - it will be good when they start the Heathrow service as well. I hope that Qantas passengers into LHR will connect onto EI for BFS.

User currently offlineBoeing743 From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 406 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 7544 times:

Very good report and I am hoping that I would be able to fly on Aer Lingus sometimes soon. Glad that everything is going well with new base at Belfast.

User currently offlineLHRBFSTrident From UK - Northern Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 657 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7455 times:

Excellent as always, OA260

Great occasion - and a trip down memory lane for me with all those pics of BFS...


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2759 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 7438 times:

OA260 an A1 trip report as usual. Personnally I award you my award as the top TR reporter in 2007 on a.net!

Great to see EI went the extra little bit to mark this inaugural flight from it first base outside the ROI (Republic of Ireland) and that AMS also seemed to do it fair bit for the celebrations.

As usual loved the photos and videos.

LONG LIVE AER LINGUS AND GOOD LUCK TO THEM AT BFS!!!!!!!!!



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27162 posts, RR: 60
Reply 21, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 7186 times:



Quoting BFS" class=quote target=_blank>BFS (Reply 5):
BFS that isn't orange!!

Here,here .....

Quoting EISHN (Reply 11):
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.

Yours will be just as good if not better. You always do good TR/s

Quoting EIRules (Reply 14):
Top class as always OA260, well worth the wait.

Thank you , maybe you should cash in 10,000 BA Miles for a trip from BFS  Wink

Quoting Semsem (Reply 15):
Maybe I am wrong but the Belfast based crews do not give that impression in the pictures.



Quoting Bramble (Reply 16):
I think first day nerves were to blame.

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
 Smile  Smile


User currently offlineBA319-131 From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2001, 8563 posts, RR: 54
Reply 22, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 7099 times:
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Great TR as always!  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
After take off the crew announced that we would be getting complimentary hot Breakfast and a free bar.

- So, was this a 1 off due to the 1st flight or will it be a standard feature? - I note a meal/snack on the return flight too...

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
A/C: A320-214
REG: ????

- No reg!!, bugger, that would drive me mad!

Regards

Mark



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27162 posts, RR: 60
Reply 23, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 6975 times:



Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 22):
- So, was this a 1 off due to the 1st flight or will it be a standard feature? - I note a meal/snack on the return flight too...

It was just for the inaugural but normally you pay but the prices are not too bad. GBP5 for a full breakfast !!! Not bad at all.

Quoting BA319-131 (Reply 22):
- No reg!!, bugger, that would drive me mad!

Well I only show the Reg's for you and Markus LOL..... Im not a Reg man myself but I know you guys like to see them so I accomodate LOL....


User currently onlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17084 posts, RR: 10
Reply 24, posted (6 years 10 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 6937 times:

Excellent TR OA260.

The pics and videos are great.

Really nice that EI offered you food on flight, felt like the old days.

I wish EI the best luck in BFS.


Thank you for sharing

B747forever.



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25 Post contains images SXDFC : Nice TR OA 260!!! I love the reaction on some of the PAX's faces when you took pictures They seemed to enjoy it - maybe they are on a-net too!
26 OA260 : HAHA they probably think , ''whats this freak doing '' ....But I dont care .....
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