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EI and St. Patrick's Day  
User currently offlineGrimey From Ireland, joined Jun 2005, 449 posts, RR: 5
Posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2823 times:

Happy Paddys Day to all you a.nutters all around the world, just wondering does EI ever do anything special for St. Patricks day or does any airline give anything special for flying to Ireland on Paddys day?

Grimey

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User currently offlineBraybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5616 posts, RR: 32
Reply 1, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2779 times:

I've never heard of them doing anything out of the ordinary, and with the low-cost model adopted now I doubt if they will. You probably get an extra beannacht when you board, that's about it.

User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6317 posts, RR: 14
Reply 2, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

The F/A's are always more cheerful when I fly on St. Patricks day, probably because they are all looking forward to a good party.

User currently offlineScotty From UK - Scotland, joined Dec 1999, 1875 posts, RR: 3
Reply 3, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2776 times:

Have a good one you boys. And I hope a victory at Twickenham puts the lid in it for yez.

Slainte


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6317 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2762 times:

Ryanair have only said "We beat EI on all UK-Ireland routes for Saint Patricks day" so that's their celebration  grumpy 

User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1986 posts, RR: 24
Reply 5, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2653 times:
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I actually flew EI-ASI ("St. Patrick") on St. Patrick's Day exactly 30 years ago today, back in 1976.


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The aircraft had flown a charter to Tehran, and was due to deadhead back to Ireland. That morning, we were headed back home to NY on home leave however PA111 was cancelled due to strikes in Rome. An IR flight to London was also cancelled that morning due to mechanical problems. The two airlines arranged with EI to reprotect all passengers and fly the aircraft from THR to LHR. Neither airline had the cabin plans for EI's configuration, just a total seat count, so it was open seating on a fully loaded 747. What an experience! Those poor F/A's didn't know what hit them! It was like a stampede to find an open seat. Once we got airborne, the service was absolutely fantastic.

When we got to LHR, PA was full to JFK, so they endorsed us over to BA, and we got to fly one of the last VC10 flights before they retired from transatlantic services. An altogether excellent St. Patrick's Day!


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Yikes! 30 years ago - today!!!

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User currently offlineILSApproach From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 410 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 2586 times:

I'll be wearing my green AerLingus A330 shirt today!!

Mike @ MSP


User currently offlineHS748 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 2482 times:

Quoting Grimey (Thread starter):
Happy Paddys Day to all you a.nutters all around the world, just wondering does EI ever do anything special for St. Patricks day

Yes it does - increase fares significantly!


User currently offlineThomsonfly From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 229 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2375 times:

dont know if its for this reason but all flights to bhx today are larger than normal - A321's instead of the normal A320.

Mark


User currently offlineBx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 675 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 2350 times:

BHX increased capacity is explained by Cheltenham. It is very popular with punters in Ireland. Extra capacity is needed. Usually an A330 ends up going to BHX at some stage to pick up the crowds.

User currently offlineEI321 From Iraq, joined Jul 2009, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2172 times:

Quoting Bx737 (Reply 9):
BHX increased capacity is explained by Cheltenham. It is very popular with punters in Ireland. Extra capacity is needed. Usually an A330 ends up going to BHX at some stage to pick up the crowds.

Was there a A330 sent to london yesterday for the rugby?


User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 11, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2171 times:

Quoting HS748 (Reply 7):
Yes it does - increase fares significantly!

Was going to say the same thing. A month in advance, a return to Cork for St Patricks day was little under £100. Very popular time for travel to Ireland so the prices go up very quickly.


User currently offlineAMSMAN From Ireland, joined Jan 2002, 1016 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2104 times:

Slightly off topic but regarding the price increases...it was the same when the Irish Euro 2008 date was released for Ireland V Germany. Prices went up nearly 4 times the norm minutes after the draw was made!


Aer Lingus, Proud to be Irish.
User currently offlineTailfin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 2006 times:

Where's the game on? and when?

User currently offlinePlanesarecool From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2001, 4119 posts, RR: 11
Reply 14, posted (8 years 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 1812 times:

Similar to Arsenal's footy match against Juventus. easyJet's fares to Turin for the 5th April went sky high just a couple of hours after the draw.

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