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Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!  
User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4717 times:
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Here's a short article about it:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/0328/aerlingus.html

A great day for EI . . . hopefully, the start of many similar route launches!!  Smile

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User currently offlineRICARDOAB From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2004, 175 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

Does EK already operate this route?

User currently offlineLordanmol From India, joined May 2005, 441 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4696 times:

isnt VS starting today as well?

Regards

Came in the local newspaper here in Singapore



Hmmmmm....
User currently offlineSunshine79 From UK - England, joined Jan 2006, 1760 posts, RR: 30
Reply 3, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 4679 times:

Quoting Lordanmol (Reply 2):
isnt VS starting today as well?

Virgin Atlantic started flying to DXB yesterday.



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 4, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4584 times:

That's great! I wish we could know more about the codeshare with EK on ten other routes. Being a partner with EK would be great for EI.

User currently offlineJoKeR From Serbia, joined Nov 2004, 2245 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4581 times:

Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 3):
Virgin Atlantic started flying to DXB yesterday.

I think it is today if I remember reading correctly. But I also think that EI starts tomorrow?



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User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 6, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 4567 times:

It's a 7 or 8 hour flight so EI-DAA better have been used on the first flight. I would not like to fly on the first flight with no PTV. I heard EI-LAX was getting PTVs, any news on that?

User currently offlinePoitin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 4353 times:

Any word from Kaitak?

I was expecting all sorts of words of wisdom from hime about this, Marty Cullen's stand against SIPTU and all that.


User currently offlineEI787 From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1513 posts, RR: 21
Reply 8, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4278 times:
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EI102 touched down at Dubai International Airport at 21:15 local time.

[Edited 2006-03-28 19:37:54]

User currently offlineFXramper From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 7323 posts, RR: 85
Reply 9, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 4249 times:
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Will AA codeshare on this flight with EI?

User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12565 posts, RR: 35
Reply 10, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4238 times:

Kaitak is here, Poitin, never fear!

I've been busy uploading some photos to Jetphotos.net (sod all chance of getting any accepted to A.net!)

Anyway, good news for EI and a new start. It's also positive that the minister has today announced that proposals for the privatisation of dear old EI will be coming to cabinet either next week or the week after and they will be aiming for a June privatisation.

You'll probably have heard that the Oireachtas cttee on Transport is to publish ads in the national media (the IT, the Indo and "De paper") about this; although the decision appears to have been taken at govt level, I think it's important to make a submission; thankfully, the govt seems to be making the right decision. And how do we know that?

Because SIPTU is throwing a hissy fit. Oh yes, Halpenny was on the media today breathing fire. "There was no meaningful consultation", for which the correct translation is "You dared to make an aviation policy decision without our permission ... pestilence, plague and endless repeats of East-Enders on you and your descendents".

Joking apart, this is a very important day. Not just because of the Dubai route, but because it marks a serious commitment to unshackle Aer Lingus from the various regulations; it will be able to react to and take advantage of regulatory changes in exactly the same way as other companies, particularly FR. It is sad that, despite SIPTU's abhorrence of MO'L, the effect of their intentions for EI would be to put it at a serious commercial disadvantage against FR. The question now is, will SIPTU have its bluff called? They threatened industrial action. Will they proceed. There are still a lot of obstacles facing EI, but I am optimistic.

I am, incidentally, even more optimistic about the fleet choice. Boeing's imminent launch of the 787-10 is going to be of significant interest to EI. Here's hoping and remember, with state ownership out the window, there'll be no protectionism to force EI to buy the plane they really want ...


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6363 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 4226 times:

Quoting FXramper (Reply 9):
Will AA codeshare on this flight with EI?

I haven't heard anything on this. It's an interesting thought.
I hope the flight went well and I can't wait to see pictures of an EI A330 at DXB.


User currently offlineFly-K From Germany, joined May 2000, 3158 posts, RR: 51
Reply 12, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4146 times:
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Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 11):
I hope the flight went well and I can't wait to see pictures of an EI A330 at DXB.

It's only here at night  
Remember it gets dark early, even in summer, at 19:00 local time.

That reminds me to ask, was there any spectacular launch event for Virgin in DXB? I saw nothing in the media, but usually there is.
I liked Virgin's mockery billboard of EK "Keep discovering... until you find the best". Also quite daring for Dubai, "Extra inches where they count".

[Edited 2006-03-28 20:50:08]


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User currently offlinePoitin From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 4096 times:

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 10):
I am, incidentally, even more optimistic about the fleet choice. Boeing's imminent launch of the 787-10 is going to be of significant interest to EI. Here's hoping and remember, with state ownership out the window, there'll be no protectionism to force EI to buy the plane they really want ...

I am sure there are those who will find it unbelievable, that I, the Dr Doom and Gloom of the A380, might suggest EI stay with the A 350. Why? Communality with their present fleet. EI has a serious cash problem and one of the strengths of FR is their one aircraft fleet. Mixing A 330s with 787s makes less sense than 330's and 350s.

However, I assume DM is smart enough to know all that and will make the right decision, even if it turns out to be 787.

As for:

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 10):
Because SIPTU is throwing a hissy fit. Oh yes, Halpenny was on the media today breathing fire. "There was no meaningful consultation",

Well, that's what happens when you tell DM you don't want him to talk to your members before getting them to vote for a strike.


User currently offlineGreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 962 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (8 years 8 months 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 4036 times:

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 6):
It's a 7 or 8 hour flight so EI-DAA better have been used on the first flight. I would not like to fly on the first flight with no PTV.

It's no different to flying to the eastern US.


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