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Was impressed by the personal telephone call to warn of the delay – this has been minimised, seems we will now land at 1815, about an hour after schedule, despite the actual delay being 1h40m.
Much Twittering on board, we all seemed to be glued to iPhones and Blackberries at SNN and many in flight as well.
Liked the little lounge arrangement at Gate 24. Proper BA Galleries style chairs for 32 people exactly, and didn’t feel at all like the usual LCY “Pen”. Free wifi and a table of drinks, crisps and chocs with sandwiches arriving once the delay lengthened; personally I think there should be sandwiches delay or not, and perhaps a healthier spread such as crudités and dip, for instance.
Ayala champers was plentiful, of which I am becoming a fan.
Boarding when called was rapid, Mr Otley hardly being able to shut down his laptop in time!
Cabin is much more airy than appears in the photos, and I really like the new seat, which looks very smart and modern, encased in a Space 1999 style white plastic shell.
Flight about 85% full, a typical load factor these days. Bumped into a former schoolmate who happened also to be on the flight. Small world, indeed!
We pulled off from the gate and almost instantly in the air, a very spirited take off! Nice view of the Olympic site.
Delicious starter served en route to SNN – Welsh Carmarthon ham with Cox’s apple potato salad with pea shoot – though lack of corkscrew (someone in LCY catering has been take out the back and shot apparently!) meant we had to rough it with champagne only on offer. A tough life indeed.
Shannon was a steep approach after about an hour in the air.
Customs and Immigration takes place in a brand new, relatively large hall, officials very jokey and pleasant.
There is a small Duty Free office which is opened specifically for this flight; I requested some large bottles of ‘poo be brought over, as they only stocked miniatures and they said tomorrow they would have a wider selection for purchase, based on my feedback.
Onboard wifi is going OK, sometimes v fast, sometimes not, but I think this will be ironed out as the service beds in. Innovation always comes at a price!
Super fast WiFi in the holding area, which is similar in nature to the Gate 24 set up, but without refreshments today (there was champers yesterday). Hardly any time to set up though, as onwards we pressed…..
Back on board within 25 mins and on our way, with an even more aggressive take off, perhaps pilots practicing their steep take off. The closest I have been to a Concorde like take off in a long time…..
Lots of derelict aircraft littering SNN, quite a sad little airfield, though on my last visit I was impressed by the Irish breakfast offered in the little airport hotel; most satisfactory!
From a seatmap perspective, note that row 2 seems to be missing a window, and rows 5 and 6 have a restricted view due to being over the wing. Would not recommend row 1 as it is near the loos.
Rows 7 and 8 would be my preference, and Mr Otley has scored well on this front!
Lunch coming round now so will adjourn…