Good evening from Dublin’s Fair City. Or rather the outskirts of it as I’m in an airport hotel.
A quick wrap up from my first flight – with Aer Lingus.
The Serviair team were in good form tonight, with the check in staff joking and chatty. Always a good sign. Even better when they offer you an window seat in an exit row.
Security was its usual BHX self – not annoying, but functional, along with the usual gauntlet of going through duty free.
Meanwhile BHX has seemed to target itself more for the holiday flyer, with fashion chains taking up residence.
Whilst it looked like a jetbridge, it was a case to exiting the tarmac and up again. Still, it’s nice to get a wiff of Jet1A in the evening.
A slightly newer Airbus cabin greeted me, with the newer style overhead panels. Interesting, slimline seats have been installed, and they’re not bad.
They’re even better in the exit row (from the first set of two on an A320). Whilst there was no recline in this row, it isn’t needed for a 40 minute flight.
And of course Aer Lingus’s biggest asset – it’s crew. And in all my flights with Aer Lingus, I still haven’t found a duff crew. All friendly, talkative whilst knowing to keep respectful distance and delivering great service to passengers. And this is where Air France falls down compared to Aer Lingus on a similar length leg – the honest warmth of the crew.
It changes a “meh” flight into something remembering.
That and the flight was early into Dublin with a 40 minute leg. What more can you ask for?
More tomorrow. Including some rather worrying hotel photos, and a few more legs…