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Best way to get to Ireland

Post by Brah » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 2:04 pm

Thanks to SE and others I have all the links for the various travel sites, just wanted to get actual personal experience or recommendations - thanks in advance.

This will be my first trip, and it will be self-funded so will fly cattle class, and as there's two of us $ is a factor, but not at the expense of comfort. Economy+ flights would be better, if only up to London. I'm just not sure of all the possible connection options.

Am not planning to spend any time in London but it's one of the obvious transfer hubs.

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Post by revhappy » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 2:24 pm

Try Air Asia. But KL is their hub, from there you go pretty much anywhere in the world, for cheap, like Paris, London, Tokyo, Christchurch, Seoul or even Tehran :lol:

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Post by Brah » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 10:57 pm

Thanks. Funny before I read your post a friend suggested the same thing.

An AA Business class seat would be cheaper than an Economy seat on UA or SQ.

But they fly A320s all the way to the UK, odd as it's referred to as a "short- to medium-range" aircraft. I'd think the distance would be pushing the limit on the word 'medium', and it's only got 2 engines. Makes me a little nervous.

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Post by ecureilx » Fri, 22 Apr 2011 11:21 pm

Brah wrote:Thanks. Funny before I read your post a friend suggested the same thing.

An AA Business class seat would be cheaper than an Economy seat on UA or SQ.

But they fly A320s all the way to the UK, odd as it's referred to as a "short- to medium-range" aircraft. I'd think the distance would be pushing the limit on the word 'medium', and it's only got 2 engines. Makes me a little nervous.
A little word of caution :D Tony F maybe crazy, but he is not mad .. his long haul is on A 330 and A 343s .. not sure who told they fly 320's to UK !

Well, to add on, some airlines, line TG and even condor, at one time, used to fly very long legs on B 737s .. and Condor did one stop flights to Male'

As for the 2 engine thingy, the worlds longest commercial service airliner B 772L is only flying with 2 engines :D

Cheers

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Post by Brah » Sat, 23 Apr 2011 10:35 am

ecureilx wrote:
Brah wrote:But they fly A320s all the way to the UK, odd as it's referred to as a "short- to medium-range" aircraft. I'd think the distance would be pushing the limit on the word 'medium', and it's only got 2 engines. Makes me a little nervous.
A little word of caution :D Tony F maybe crazy, but he is not mad .. his long haul is on A 330 and A 343s .. not sure who told they fly 320's to UK
I originally got the 320A info from the AirAsia website when I was booking the flight.

After re-checking, I see that you're right, thanks for pointing it out. It says 340B, which is a four-engine aircraft (built by Saab???). The 320 is on the SIN-KUL leg, both which make sense.

http://blog.airasia.com/index.php/bring ... delivery-o

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Post by vozzie » Sun, 24 Apr 2011 9:42 am

No, the A340 is built by Airbus

P.S. Just be aware that your AA flight will land at London Stansted ... not London Heathrow.... for when you book your onward flights to Ireland.

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Post by ecureilx » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:25 pm

Brah wrote: After re-checking, I see that you're right, thanks for pointing it out. It says 340B, which is a four-engine aircraft (built by Saab???). The 320 is on the SIN-KUL leg, both which make sense.
Well, GDS have their own coding for the 'equipment' and may or may not match what the rest of the world uses ..

Yes, if I had seen 340B, I too would have thought of the Saab 340B :D

now, with the Boeing 747-800 possibly being marked 748, it makes one's head spin if it is HS 748, or BAe 748 or ..

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Post by carteki » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:40 pm

vozzie wrote:No, the A340 is built by Airbus

P.S. Just be aware that your AA flight will land at London Stansted ... not London Heathrow.... for when you book your onward flights to Ireland.
Very important point :)

But that means that you'll be perfectly situated to book your onward journey with Ryan Air (gleefully rubs hands in wait for the responses...)

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Post by carteki » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 12:51 pm

Brah wrote:An AA Business class seat would be cheaper than an Economy seat on UA or SQ.
Speak to a travel agent and check out the http://www.zuji.com.sg to see what they have there. It costs you nothing and gives a good idea as to what is available. Currently for flights to Ireland in June (don't know when you're traveling) the cheapest flight on zuji - with Emirates - is $1.4k, while the flight to London on Air Asia is $1.5k (NOT the premium option). Also, I'm not sure what "freebies" you get on the Air Asia flight. Do you still have to pay for luggage, drinks and meals? You need to factor that in too.

Unless you leave in the next couple of weeks, don't travel until after mid August when tourist season is over if you're being budget conscious. There are people everywhere and the prices are also reflected in this.

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Post by ecureilx » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 1:34 pm

vozzie wrote:P.S. Just be aware that your AA flight will land at London Stansted ... not London Heathrow.... for when you book your onward flights to Ireland.
You mean American Airlines ? :D :D

Oh ... AK/D7 (I like the callsign of AirAsia X- Xanadu)

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Post by Saint » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 2:29 pm

Singapore Airlines are currently doing a promotion to London, min 2 to travel for $1,498 each

http://www.singaporeair.com/saa/en_UK/c ... /index.jsp

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Re: Best way to get to Ireland

Post by manutdfan » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 4:15 pm

Brah wrote:Thanks to SE and others I have all the links for the various travel sites, just wanted to get actual personal experience or recommendations - thanks in advance.

This will be my first trip, and it will be self-funded so will fly cattle class, and as there's two of us $ is a factor, but not at the expense of comfort. Economy+ flights would be better, if only up to London. I'm just not sure of all the possible connection options.

Am not planning to spend any time in London but it's one of the obvious transfer hubs.
As discussed Air Asia via KL will get you to Stansted where you can get Ryanair flights.

The other UK options are London Heathrow (Air Lingus and British Midland fly on to Dublin - BMI are Star Alliance if you care about air miles) or Manchester (Ryanair used to do Dublin from there).

Other options in Europe for a single change are Amsterdam, Frankfurt and Paris.

This all assumes you want to fly to Dublin of course. If you're flying to other destinations such as Cork or Shannon you may find a more limited choice of interchange points or having to get coaches between London airports.

Note that if you fly through the UK you will have to clear British immigration.

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Post by aster » Mon, 25 Apr 2011 9:49 pm

I would go to the British Airways web site and try some dates. BA happen to codeshare with Air Lingus so you'll find searching for tickets very easy.

Now I'm not sure what dates you're looking at, but I just tried two random dates and the cost all the way to Dublin and back came out to: S$1,743

And if you look carefully at the various flight options, you can even choose to be on the Qantas A380 for the SIN-LHR-SIN legs. :)

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Post by Brah » Tue, 26 Apr 2011 8:08 pm

Thanks everyone, will let you know how it works out.

Still up in the air if we will leave from here or combine it with a trip to Tokyo and leave from there.

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Post by Edroche » Thu, 28 Apr 2011 12:25 am

Brah wrote:Thanks everyone, will let you know how it works out.

Still up in the air if we will leave from here or combine it with a trip to Tokyo and leave from there.
If they are still flying the route: Sin - Abu dhabi - Dublin. Etihad - airbus with double seats along windows for you and partner, not triple. Layover breaks trip more or less in half, is so so but not too long. Avoid LHR at all costs. KLM are a crap carrier on that route. Cheapest is about s$1400. Air France via Paris also ok, good experience.

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