There’s gotta be a oneworld way – When Irish Eyes are Waking up…
In this epic:
- OTAs: I really hate them…
- To Heathrow, BA Galleries South
- BA485 Heathrow to Madrid
- The Spanish Solution? Run dear fellow…
- IB6275 Madrid to Chicago
- Radisson O’Hare
- Evening Photographic Test: Apple iPhone 7
- Hyatt Regency O’Hare
- Lunch with RenesPoints
- Back to O’Hare
- AA710 Chicago to Dublin
- When Irish eyes are waking up
- BA4465 – Dublin to London City Airport
- Adventures home
- One World?
To say I was half asleep as I got off the plane would be an understatement of the week. But I got off the plane in one piece, and headed into the terminal following the signs.
This would be a rarity for – normally when I change planes at Dublin, I normally exit and change terminal by leaving the airside area (normally because this idiot is on separate tickets). This time, I would be changing airside.
So let’s follow the signs!
Thank you A330!
This way I take it…
Yup. This way. And it’s another journey. Because everyone loves journeys.
Instead of heading straight through to immigration, you turn left and head through to connections.
Once past here, its time for a document check and security check. With those formalities out-of-the-way, done in a friendly way, it was time to find the lounge… or a place to get a morning drink (caffeine related drink).
Helpfully, there’s a guide to see how long you have to hike to get to your gate.
With my flight departing from the 300 gates, I just followed the signs.
Eventually, I was spat out near the security zone at Terminal 1 – near the DAA lounge. That’s what you call perfect positioning and timing.
All the A330s!
The lounge is easy to find – just look behind you. See. I was waking up slowly.
The DAA Executive Lounge
I was welcomed and blipped in for my lounge stay. There’s two options when you get to this lounge – turn right or left. Right is the old Anna Liva lounge, whilst turning left leads you to the old BMI lounge.
Both of course have been refurbished.
Pasties and cereals
Biscuits and Rice Cakes.
I settled in to wake up. And I slowly woke up as the world was busy around me. Sometimes, its nice to head to a lounge and just rest, rather than bang out emails, tweets or whatever I’m trying to type before getting back into the office the next day. Rather, it was a nice place to be waking up to.
However, I wasn’t fully awake, as I was checking the BA App… and finding out the plane was going to be late.
It seems I wasn’t the only person asleep that morning.
Eventually the service was delayed 50 minutes – an annoyance, but it allowed me to keep waking up.
I left the lounge early – mainly because I wanted to get some more Kinder Eggs with A330s to give away (check about 1pm on today – 9th December 2016), and also because the views… were sub-optimal.
Heading to the 300 gates, I could see I was not the only person asleep in the terminal.
I also took the opteruntity to get myself an Irish snack…
When in Ireland one eats Tayto Crisps. Trust me. From the company that introduced flavoured crisps and the joy of Cheese and Onion crisps….
Meanwhile around the terminal, there’s little improvements in passenger experience – with Free WiFi comes the need for juice… and there are points around the terminal to charge devices. A great thing to see.
Arriving at the gate, I could see the queues forming already… with the plane not even arrived. The joy of travel
Eventually, the little Embraer E-170 taxied to the gate without a care in the world.
G-LCYD arriving and docked.
Meanwhile, I saw British Airways were continuing to polish their silver status.
Get out of the lane you lowly silver!
Eventually, the gate was opened. I joined a queue, and headed to the boarding pass scan area. With my boarding pass approved, I headed down the jetway for the final flight of this trip.
Its seems I was still waking up.
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