Back in March, Aer Lingus invited TravelSkills along for the maiden voyage of a big green A330 outfitted with its new lie-flat business class seat and enhanced service. In our first Trip Report you find all you need to know about the hard product— what the best seats are, inflight entertainment, sleep quality, etc.
But today, let’s take a look at the food service, which I must say was some of the tastiest, most satisfying and beautifully presented business class fare I’ve had in a while. Highlights include big healthy portions, a nice express option for those who want to sleep, and some off-the-menu surprises, like the warm samosas pictured above.
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There’s very little negative news to report here… about the only thing that went wrong with the meal service was that hot towels came after appetizers were served… in both directions. Seemed odd to touch food with airport- dirty hands… but anyway…
Let’s take a look! First, the SFO-DUB leg (about 9.5 hours) was on a Friday evening (departing at 6:30 pm) and the mood was festive because many of us were flying to Dublin for St Patrick’s Day weekend. So the pre-flight champagne flowed freely.
But I wanted to get some sleep since I had meetings planned as soon as we landed, so I opted for an orange juice and the express meal, which was prompt, beautiful and delicious. That meant I got several hours of good sleep on the lie-flat seat.
Service was excellent with some nice touches that I noticed. For example, before placing a white linen table cloth on the tray table, busy flight attendants would ask, “May I dress your table?” or before pouring wine, “Would you like to try the Valpolicella before I pour?” This was all the more impressive because there were only two flight attendants hustling to serve the sold out business class section (23 seats). What was even nicer is the kind way that they worked together, saying things to fellow attendants like, “Can you fetch another bottle of fizzy water from the galley, darling.”
Best sure to read the first Trip Report about this Aer Lingus flight.
A fine selection of warm bread, oregano marinated chicken breast with a tomato alfredo sauce with a nice touch- sprigs of fresh oregano and ravioli.
One of the best parts about a trip to Ireland are opportunities to taste the country’s fine cheeses- flights on both directions provided several.
After my express dinner, I slept soundly for a few hours and awoke to a light continental breakfast (Bread, fruit, yogurt, coffee/tea) just before landing.
Okay, so that concludes the SFO-Dublin portion of the trip. Now let’s fly back to SFO and dine exquisitely!
Okay, let’s get onboard for the 11-hour flight back to SFO!
This is Part 2 of our Trip Report on Aer Lingus SFO-DUB. Best sure to read the first Trip Report about this Aer Lingus flight.
Disclosure: I was a guest of Aer Lingus on this roundtrip flight.