Re­al­ity Check

The Business Travel Magazine - - Contents - andy hoskins

THE FLIGHT I trav­elled from Dublin to Mi­ami on Aer Lin­gus flight EI141 de­part­ing at 15.00 and ar­riv­ing at 19.20 (lo­cal times). The flight was op­er­ated by an Air­bus A330-200. I'd ini­tially flown from Lon­don Gatwick to Dublin on EI233 in or­der to con­nect with the ser­vice.

THE TRAN­SIT On ar­rival in Dublin, a bus took pas­sen­gers from the air­craft to the ter­mi­nal and I fol­lowed the clear con­nec­tions sig­nage. Only one of two se­cu­rity lanes was open, mak­ing for slow progress, and from here it was a short walk to the main ter­mi­nal con­course. Next was US pre-clear­ance which com­prised an­other se­cu­rity check – and as a busi­ness class pas­sen­ger, I was more or less straight through – and then a short queue for US im­mi­gra­tion. In to­tal it took 45 min­utes from touch­down to the 51st and Green Lounge air­side of US im­mi­gra­tion. This was spa­cious, light and quiet, with a cof­fee and cock­tails bar plus self-ser­vice food.

THE SEAT I was in 5K, a solo seat at the back of the cabin which meant more pri­vacy and space. The 23 seats were in al­ter­nat­ing rows of 1-2-2 and 1-2-1, so the ma­jor­ity had di­rect aisle ac­cess. The seat con­verted to a 77-inch-long, 22-inch wide flatbed and had am­ple stor­age, sim­ple seat con­trols and IFE fea­tur­ing a rea­son­able se­lec­tion of new re­leases and clas­sic films. With no cen­tral over­head lug­gage bins the cabin felt par­tic­u­larly spa­cious.

THE SER­VICE An amenity kit and menu were laid-out on my seat and drinks were quickly of­fered af­ter board­ing, to­gether with codes for com­pli­men­tary wifi ac­cess. The din­ing was good, with a choice of starters and three mains (I chose the beef fil­let). Drinks were fre­quently of­fered and snacks were avail­able in the gal­ley through­out the flight. Af­ter­noon tea was served an hour be­fore land­ing.

THE VER­DICT The real boon of fly­ing to the US via Dublin is clear­ing US cus­toms and im­mi­gra­tion in Dublin, mean­ing you land as a do­mes­tic pas­sen­ger and avoid the same but

"The real boon of This ser­vice is Clear­ing u. s. im­mi­gra­tion in dublin"

of­ten in­ter­minably long pro­ce­dures on ar­rival in the US. So if you need to take con­nect­ing flights from your lo­cal air­port to reach your US des­ti­na­tion then look no fur­ther than this. Great ser­vice and friendly crew too.

THE DE­TAILS Aer Lin­gus flies three times a week to Mi­ami. Fares start from £899 one-way in busi­ness class and £219 in econ­omy. aer­lin­

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