A3204eva From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 1060 posts, RR: 5 Posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7288 times:
I haven't been on a FR732 in a while, so I was hoping someone here could help me.
When I was at BLK with the FR flight to STN (the morning one 732 - evening one 738) The FA's were complaining about the 200 series - they said things were falling off it and cracks were appearing around the doors and windows.
Has anyone noticed this? Is this dangerous?
I know FR is replacing it's 200 fleet soon, but not for another year (I think).
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PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11502 posts, RR: 62 Reply 1, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 7080 times:
Stress cracks have been found in the skin of some of the 732's after their latest respray, so it will probably be only these that are withdrawn. As I understand it, the whole 732 fleet is due to be withdrawn by March 2005.
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Horus From Egypt, joined Feb 2004, 5230 posts, RR: 61 Reply 3, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 7040 times:
Deviating (quite a bit) from the main thread, but I was planning to go to Copenhagen in the end of the summer and wanted to book flights early (for the best deal). Easyjet offer return flights (Stansted-CPH) for £40 inlcuding taxes. Do Ryanair have flights to Copenhagen or one of those 'nearby' airports?
Boysteve From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 915 posts, RR: 0 Reply 5, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 6979 times:
Ryanair fly to Malmo which is actually in Sweden not Denmark. However don't be put off, the transit time from Malmo airport to Copenhagen city centre is just 40 minutes by dedicated link. This can be quicker than the transit time from LHR or LGW to central London
PlymSpotter From Spain, joined Jun 2004, 11502 posts, RR: 62 Reply 6, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6947 times:
Yeah, it will be a shame to lose the 732`s, but I suppose it is what's called "progress". Still, we'll just have to make the most of them whilst we can, I think they are used the most on UK-Ireland, or other short hops such as DUB-BRS. Even the best of pictures don`t do them justice!
Snnams From Ireland, joined Apr 2004, 288 posts, RR: 1 Reply 7, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6922 times:
Yup, they are great little aircraft and they look great, but being honest, methinks it's time for them to go allright. They are just too noisy for starters and there have been a run of minor tech issues lately.
The aircraft being disposed of now, as plymspotter pointed out, were damaged during a respray where unapproved tools were used by the maintenance contractor. Many are now at Prestwick I believe having been flown at low altitude and unpressurised from Dublin.
Craigy From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2001, 1118 posts, RR: 0 Reply 13, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6576 times:
From what I remember reading in this forum, Ryanair were in the process of replacing the 732s when the cracks were found. The damaged aircraft were all retired immediately and some aircraft were leased in to replace these aircraft until their planned replacement.
Snnams From Ireland, joined Apr 2004, 288 posts, RR: 1 Reply 14, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6582 times:
Most of the remaining ones are still based at DUB. So, it's likely if you fly Ireland-UK, or Ireland-Charleroi, Girona, Malaga, Faro, Reus or Murcia, you'll fly on one.
All SNN services except CRL also use them, and there are a couple left at STN I believe, but I'm not sure of all the routes they are used on, but I think one of the two daily rotations to Kerry here in Ireland is on a 200.
Greenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 934 posts, RR: 1 Reply 15, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 6576 times:
I'll be glad when those things are gone. Every flight I fly out of DUB with FR is on one of those noisy and scruffy aircraft. I feel sorry for the people who fly down to Faro and the south of Spain on them.
Toddy333 From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2004, 81 posts, RR: 0 Reply 17, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 6475 times:
hi guys... i am pretty sure i flew STN-Turin on a 200 in april so not just the shortest routes....it was old and horrible, nothing worked properly, the PA system screeched whenever an announcement was made, the seats and toilets were in a bad state. bring on the new planes!
Jofa From Sweden, joined Apr 2002, 320 posts, RR: 16 Reply 19, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 6229 times:
There are no trains between Sturup and the city of Malmö, so your choices will have to be bus or taxi. Then from Malmö to Copenhagen there are busses/trains and whatnot =)
However, on Sturups homepage they advertise something called "Gråhundbus" and it's a direct buslink between Sturup and Copenhagens central station, twice a day in connection with Ryanairs movements. It takes 50 minutes. I don't know the price.
LVZXV From Gabon, joined Mar 2004, 2041 posts, RR: 38 Reply 22, posted (9 years 5 months 4 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 5783 times:
Although Ryanair's 732s are all of relatively young '80s-build, their airframe hours are high and the abusive LCC operations accelerate ageing through short fllights and rapid turnarounds. Above all, as far as latest noise regulations are concerned, FR's 732s have to be the worst offenders in Western Europe. I'm surprised so many were found to have cracks, given that Lufthansa are supposed to maintain them, aren't they?