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Dublin (by Chris Smith & Rob Smith)

EI-DWL - Boeing 737-8AS/W - Ryanair - by Rob Smith

EI-EFC - Boeing 737-8AS/W - Ryanair - by Rob Smith

EI-EKA - Boeing 737-8AS/W - Ryanair - by Rob Smith

EI-ELA - Airbus A330-302 - Aer Lingus - by Rob Smith

EI-ESR - Boeing 737-8AS/W - Ryanair - by Rob Smith

N156DL - Boeing 767-3P6/ER - Delta Airlines - by Rob Smith

N723TW - Boeing 757-231/W - Delta Airlines - by Rob Smith

TC-JPO - Airbus A320-232 - THY Turkish Airlines - by Rob Smith

I'd long been planning on searching out some heavily reduced flights once the January sales began, but unfortunately the only reasonably-priced ones were Ryanair to Dublin.

I mentioned it the advertisement for the trip that it's probably a little cheesy nowadays compared to two-three years ago, but we still decided it would be worth it. The aim for me was to catch up with a few Ryanairs, while Rob wanted a lot of good photos, yet I was left very surprised by how much Ryanair have reduced the base to the point where Aer Lingus now easily outnumber them. In fact, I was surprised at how quiet Dublin was as a whole.

So it was up at 3am then off to pick Rob up before heading to Leeds/Bradford where we arrived at 5.30am, we passed through the airport like sh*t through a Goose as we went straight to security and once through there we were immediately called to board. EI-EKS was our aircraft.

The outbound flight left dead on time at 6.45am, making up 10 minutes en-route, arriving in Dublin at 7.30am. First order of business was the biz ramp, the only opportunity to nail this is between leaving the aircraft and passing through security. We then made the long walk to the popular mound that overlooks the runway with the intention of staying here until the light started to fade, but despite weather on the day being fine, the wet grass that you can't avoid walking on got into our shoes and the temperature was dropping making this spot very uncomfortable. We decided to stay until we'd built up a reasonable collection of photos then we made our way back to the terminal using the courtesy bus that goes from the long stay car park located behind the mound.

Once inside the terminal we passed back through security and then had a bite to eat before making our way to a gate to log from. It wasn't too long before LoCo syndrome kicked in - the same few aircraft returning time and time again. There was still enough new stuff to keep us interested mind and once the light started to fade I opted for a well-earned kip while Rob continued logging. Once dark we tried to log but it proved impossible so we just made notes of anything that wasn't Aer Arann, Aer Lingus, Cityjet or Ryanair with the intention of tracing it later. We then mooched around the shops for a bit and had a look at the Aer Lingus pier before making our way to our gate where we soon discovered the b*st*rds had sent us the same aircraft to go back in despite having a near 300-strong fleet! A nice (or in a way not-so-nice) surprise was just before we boarded seeing a Spanair Airbus A321 EC-HPM pass by, presumably to enter storage and it was a little eerie to see it pass by also-stored-following-impounding Malev Boeing 737 HA-LOI.

The return flight was again smooth but time was getting on so the departure was very rushed, we left five minutes late at 9.20pm but again we made back some time and arrived in Leeds dead on time at 10.10pm. A confusing moment occurred during roll-out at Leeds when the passenger next to me very genuinely asked another passenger, "Where are we going?" to much laughter from the passengers in the immediate area!

We didn't make too much of an effort to log what was left at Leeds and just made our way back.

Leeds/Bradford Int'l
13-02-2012 0530 - 0645

EI-DHX Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EBW Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EKS Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair Our flight
G-KKAZ Airbus A320-214 Thomas Cook Airlines  
G-CELD Boeing 737-33A  
G-CELU Boeing 737-377 Now sporting "Scotland" billboard titles
G-GDFF Boeing 737-85P Jet2 Holidays Allegiant Air-style colours
G-LSAM Boeing 757-204 Jet2 Holidays Allegiant Air-style colours
PH-KZC Fokker 70 KLM Cityhopper  
SX-MTF Boeing 737-329 Gainjet Aviation / Multiflight  

13-02-2012 0730 - 2120

A6-EKX Airbus A330-243 Emirates  
A6-EYN Airbus A330-243 Etihad Airways  
D-AIDO Airbus A321-231 Lufthansa  
D-AIDQ Airbus A321-231 Lufthansa  
D-IAAZ Cessna 404 Titan ACH Hamburg  
EC-HPM Airbus A321-231 ILFC ex-Spanair
EC-JTU Bombardier CL-600-2D24 CRJ-900ER Air Nostrum (Iberia Regional)  
EI-CBK ATR 42-300 Aer Lingus Regional  
EI-CJD Boeing 737-204/Adv Fire trainer Fire trainer - ex-Ryanair Eircell logojet
EI-CPE Airbus A321-211 Aer Lingus  
EI-CPG Airbus A321-211 Aer Lingus  
EI-CPH Airbus A321-211 Aer Lingus  
EI-CPT ATR 42-300 Aer Arann Regional  
EI-CVB Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEA Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEB Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEC Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEE Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEF Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEG Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEH Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEI Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DEL Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DER Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DET Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DHM Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DHO Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DHS Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DLE Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DLG Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DLJ Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DPE Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DUO Airbus A330-202 Aer Lingus  
EI-DVG Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DVI Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DVJ Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DVK Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DVL Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-DWF Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DWL Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DWX Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DYI Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-DYW Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EAV Airbus A330-302 Aer Lingus  
EI-EBF Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EBG Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EBN Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EBS Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EBY Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EDP Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-EDS Airbus A320-214 Aer Lingus  
EI-EDY Airbus A330-302 Aer Lingus In service despite a chunk missing from the vertical stabiliser!
EI-EFC Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EFT Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EKA Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EKS Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-ELA Airbus A330-302 Aer Lingus  
EI-EMN Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EPF Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-ESR Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-ESV Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-MED Cessna 550 Citation II Corporate  
EI-MES Sikorsky S-61N Sea King CHC Ireland  
EI-OZF Airbus A300B4-203F Air Contractors DHL livery
EI-REH ATR 72-201 Aer Arann Regional  
EI-REP ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) Aer Lingus Regional  
EI-RJF Avro RJ-85 Cityjet  
EI-RJI Avro RJ-85 Cityjet  
EI-RJN Avro RJ-85 Cityjet  
EI-RJR Avro RJ-85 Cityjet  
EI-RJS Avro RJ-85 Cityjet  
EI-RJT Avro RJ-85 Cityjet  
EI-SLN ATR 72-212 Aer Lingus Regional  
EI-SPB Cessna T206H Turbo Stationair Private  
EI-WXA Avro RJ-85 Cityjet  
EI-WXP Raytheon Hawker 800XP Westair Aviation  
F-GIUD Boeing 747-428ERF Air France Cargo  
G-ECOH Bombardier DHC-8-402Q (Dash 8-Q400) Flybe  
G-JECE Bombardier DHC-8-402Q (Dash 8-Q400) Flybe  
G-JECX Bombardier DHC-8-402Q (Dash 8-Q400) Flybe  
G-LGNA Saab 340B Loganair Flybe livery
G-MEDF Airbus A321-231 bmi British Midland International  
G-MEDK Airbus A320-232 bmi British Midland International  
HA-LOI Boeing 737-7Q8 Malev Hungarian Airlines Stored following impounding
HB-IJB Airbus A320-214 Swiss International Airlines  
LN-NOC Boeing 737-81Q/W Norwegian Air Shuttle  
LN-RRR Boeing 737-683 SAS Scandinavian Airlines  
N10HZ Dassault Falcon 900EX Corporate  
N156DL Boeing 767-3P6ER Delta Airlines  
N246AY Boeing 767-201ER US Airways Arrived on full emergency
N723TW Boeing 757-231/W Delta Airlines  
N730FD Airbus A300F4-622R FedEx Express  
N21108 Boeing 757-224/W United Airlines  
OO-TNP Boeing 737-45D/F TNT Airways  
SE-DMK McDonnell Douglas MD-87 SAS Scandinavian Airlines  
SE-DIP McDonnell Douglas MD-87 SAS Scandinavian Airlines  
TC-JPO Airbus A320-232 THY Turkish Airlines  
ZS-SMG Boeing 737-3Y0/F Europe Airpost  

Leeds/Bradford Int'l
13-02-2012 2210-2215

EI-DHX Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EBW Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
EI-EKS Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair  
G-CELU Boeing 737-377  
G-RJXH Embraer ERJ-145EP bmi British Midland Regional  
PH-KZW Fokker 70 KLM Cityhopper  
SX-MTF Boeing 737-329 Gainjet Aviation / Multiflight  

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