F.pier From Italy, joined Aug 2000, 1527 posts, RR: 9 Posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4866 times:
I was looking at the airplanes stored in Mojave and I was astonished when I realized that a barely new A330 has been stored there since 20 april 2002.
Why doesn't Aer Lingus use it? Isn't it dispatchable?
If it is and Aer Lingus doesn't need it, why doesn't it sell that beauty?
I'm absolutely sure that lots of airlines would like to purchase it at a good price.
AAMD11 From UK - Wales, joined Nov 2001, 1063 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4799 times:
I beleive the a/c was leased from someone.
Soon after 9/11 Aer decided to slash capacity.
Hence some of the A330s were returned.
Of course they aint the only ones cutting back, so placing an almost new A330 with someone is a tricky prospect.
It will return to service once the economy is better.... who with is anyones guess.
Mcmahonsmr From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 1 month 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 4787 times:
I flew on that bird on March 7, 2002 just before they sent it out to the desert. ILFC owns it...and Aer Lingus I believe are still the registered airline that owns it......It might be coming back to service in the foreseeable future as Aer Lingus are looking to expand their US destinations - the Irish Times have been quoted as saying they want to fly to Denver, San Francisco, St. Louis and some other US cities. The problem is of course the bi-lateral agreement between USA/Ireland and the SNN stopover....once that mess is cleared up - it could be soon?! - you will see EI-SHN back in the air.
Do I think DEN, SFO, and STL are good moves? NO....not at all..... Irish travellers are big into sun destinations right now....Aer Lingus have opened up so many new routes over the past year to BCN, AGP, ALC, FAO, NCE, and just the other day announced PMI.....I think that MCO/MIA/Carribean routes could sustain twice/thrice weekly services and be profitable.
EI-SHN will be back though....in the green....or maybe that awful new aerlingus.com scheme