For a recent flight to Dublin we tried the Irish flag carrier Aer Lingus. We were glad we did.
We fly often for our work, and usually look to the big American air carriers and their extensive route networks to fill our travel needs. However, on this occasion we were in Connecticut writing about luxury accommodations, and our next destination was Ireland for more of the same.
We were finishing up in Southern Connecticut at the Delamar in Greenwich, and were very close to New York City, so decided to check out flights from JFK. We wanted a late afternoon flight to Ireland that would get us into Dublin early the next morning.
The early morning arrival idea came to us after we talked about renting a car at Dublin airport. The thought of driving on the left side of the road with some non-commute time practice was appealing. The Aer Lingus schedule was perfect for our purposes.
Aer Lingus flight 104 departed JFK as planned at 5:45 p.m., and arrived on time at 5:15 a.m., early enough to collect our Sixt rental car (www.sixt.ie) and be on our way out of the city before the serious morning traffic hit the road.
We were not able to take advantage of the on-line check-in before the flight, so were pleasantly surprised to find that the Aer Lingus check-in at JFK was efficient, highly automated and uncomplicated.
The Aer Lingus counter agents were helpful and friendly and before we knew it, our bags were checked and we were having a casual snack with plenty of time before our flight.
The Aer Lingus aircraft fleet is new and clean, and all economy seats have seat-back video monitors for passenger enjoyment. We managed to squeeze in three free movies between JFK and DUB.
The complimentary in-flight dinner was restaurant quality, and we had a great conversation with one of the flight attendants who gave us several noteworthy tips about driving in, and attractions to see in Ireland.
The attendant’s name is Tom and he is a 23-year veteran with Aer Lingus. It was easy to tell that he enjoyed his work, and liked his employer.
After deplaning in Dublin, our baggage was available in record time, and we sped through early morning Immigration and Customs without a fuss.
Everyone loves an efficient airline, and our first flight on Aer Lingus will not be our last.
For more information about Aer Lingus and their schedule and routes check out www.aerlingus.com