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Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12522 posts, RR: 35
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1702 times:

Aer Lingus CEO, Willie Walsh (a former 737 captain with the airline) has been speaking at a Reuters business lunch today and said the following:

the airline's transatlantic traffic numbers were up 19% in the first four months of this year while European traffic grew by 35%, compared with the same period last year. He also said that the airline has set targets to add 18% more seats on its transatlantic routes and 17% more capacity on European routes by the end of the year.

Significantly, he also said that a decision on the acquisition of a single fleet type would be made in September. He didn't give any numbers, but rumours in the Irish media (not always accurate!) suggest a deal for about 30-40 aircraft worth about $/EUR1.6b. It will be the airline's biggest ever order.

The airline is also optimistic about the rest of the year and WW said that many American travellers haven't yet made up their minds about European travel and there was still a market to be won.




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User currently offlineShamrock1Heavy From Ireland, joined Nov 2002, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1653 times:

Good news, I suppose, they really need to do something about their customer service though. I also wonder who the order will be to Airbus or Boeing? hmmmm...A nice green A346 or B744 would be nice to see  Big thumbs up

-D



when in hell, we'll do shots at the bar
User currently offlineAirbus Lover From Malaysia, joined Apr 2000, 3248 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1627 times:

Nah I dont think they will ever require the capacity of A346 let alone B744.

And their upcoming order is for narrowbody i believe.


User currently offlinePmcdonald From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1606 times:

"And their upcoming order is for narrowbody i believe."

That is correct, EI is looking to increase its presence as more of a "discount airline" around Europe, and this impending airline order will reflect that. Either B737s or A320s.


User currently offlineAMSMAN From Ireland, joined Jan 2002, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1587 times:

Speaking of EI A340's, I just downloaded an EIA342 and it looks FANTASTIC. Imagine seeing that beauty on final into LAX.

Sheer heaven.

AMS



Aer Lingus, Proud to be Irish.
User currently offlineEIPremier From United States of America, joined Sep 2000, 1549 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1568 times:

Anyone know why their traffic is up so much? Is it mostly attributable to fare sales?

[Edited 2003-05-13 21:06:13]

User currently offlineCX747 From United States of America, joined May 1999, 4454 posts, RR: 5
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1514 times:

I was unaware of any A340 operating for Aer Lingeus. If my memory serves me correctly, they operate the A330.


"History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or timid." D. Eisenhower
User currently offlineShamrock1Heavy From Ireland, joined Nov 2002, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1515 times:

CX747 - AMSMAN is surely talking about Flight Sim.

My earlier comments on a 744 or an A346 for EI was just hopeful/wishful thinking...But it sure would be amazing to see a 747 in the EI colors once again

-D



when in hell, we'll do shots at the bar
User currently offlineShamrock_747 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1468 times:

I think that the narrowbody order could go either way. As for the long haul fleet, I expect that EI will stick with the A330s, though 767s could be quite nicely suited to the transatlantic routes.

However, I wouldn't complain if they returned the 747-100s to flight  Smile

Shamrock_747


User currently offlineAMSMAN From Ireland, joined Jan 2002, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 1386 times:

Ya, guys, its only on Flight Sim....


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