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Flight from LHR to Shannon.

No delays listed at LHR, so I was expecting a prompt departure. This route, even on the first flight of the day ex LHR, tends to be lightly loaded – Shannon isn’t high on the business or leisure circuit outside of the holiday season. Load was around the 60% mark. Aisle seat 14D. Boarding was pretty quick. We were all seated and ready to go about 15 minutes before schedule. Pushed back early and took our place in the queue. Flight time was just over an hour.

Good bits. Cabin crew were smiley – but then it was early. Pretty efficient, but not overly in yer face.

Not so good bits. Cabin interior was definitely showing its age. Seats were slightly grimy and padding way beyond its squidge by date, Seat back pocket had some odd detritus in it. Carpets could have done with a deep clean. Plane was serviceable, just felt a bit tacky.

Arrived slightly ahead of schedule (by about 10 mins). Shannon was having a damp squally day (as usual) Why can’t they use an airbridge ? The walk from plane to terminal is pretty short, but on a wet day you can get drowned in the time it takes to cross about 100yds of tarmac.

Overall, bearable for a short flight, wouldn’t want to be in that plane for a longer stint though.

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