EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 1, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2263 times:
The commuter wing of EI was dropped when EI became a 'LCC'. At the time the airline wanted to drop all non core activities and concentrate on mainline routes. This included using a single type on all short haul routes (A32X).
Several of the comuter routes were Irish PSO's (Public Service Obligation) which were given subsidies by the govt but the airline did not consider them worth keeping, so they were awarded to Aer Arann. Also, several of these regional Irish airports cannot accomidate an A320. Increased compitition from FR was also one of the main reasons that most UK routes which had been served by the EI commuter fleet (146s/F50s) were dropped.
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6203 posts, RR: 14 Reply 5, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2224 times:
Richard William Creagh set up Aer Lingus commuter he is now with Ukraine International Airlines and left commuter because he felt Aer Lingus' future was uncertain and he left soon before commuter disappeared.
EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 7, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
''But the commuter routes were flown by Aer Lingus a/c after EI Commuter, weren't they''
I guess it depends which ones. After the restructuring, all of EI's internal Irish routes (except DUB - SNN) were dropped, along with most of the thinner UK - Ireland routes, but some of the commuter branded aircraft, such as the 146s had always been used on some of the mainline flights to the continent also. Eg the 146s served DUB - LCY which was dropped, as was DUB/ORK - Rennes with the fokker 50, but the 146s were also used on routes like DUB - AMS, or DUB - CDG etc which remain.
EI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0 Reply 9, posted (8 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2163 times:
EI do still operate DUB-SNN but only because the SNN stopover rule forces them to. Its not a proper route of its own. I remember my first ever flight was from DUB to SNN on one of the old EI 741s. On the return leg there was a BAC-111 used!