Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12176 posts, RR: 35 Posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13107 times:
Good morning folks and on this pretty grim, grey and wet Sunday, I thought I might as well open the next chapter of our aeronautical journey.
So, what's new? Not a lot really; thankfully, the EI situation seems to have calmed down, but there's really not a lot happening as 2008 enters its final month. You can't say it's been a great year, but hopefully there'll be some light at the end of the tunnel in 2009. Can't see much growth happening and I expect that it'll be a year of consolidation, in which we'll be lucky to see any growth at all.
However, as Mr. Idle would say, "always look on the bright side of life" ... at least fuel is a lot cheaper than it has been during the year (although EI is still chargin pretty hefty surcharges for next Summer); hopefully with the US election out of the way and some confidence returning to the US economy, we can hope to see some growth in that market during the coming year.
Enough waffle for the moment: welcome on board and let's roll ...
BrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3896 posts, RR: 9 Reply 2, posted (5 years 2 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 13049 times:
Some papers this morning are reporting that flyBe are sniffing around at TinyTown, with a view to acquiring both WW and bmiRegional. While none of the three airlines concerned are Irish WW does have a significnat presence at ORK and NOC. If this more than just silly season rumor flyBe will have quite the UK operation, probably replacing the ERJs at regional with Q400 and the 737s at Baby with E-195s. flyBe went through such a rough time with the BA Connet purchase that I wonder if they would be willing to do it all over again? More interestingly would LH be interested in taking a stake in the airline, perhaps BA's 15% and making them a regional *A member?
Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
Bramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 4, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 12987 times:
Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 3): Is it true the termination of the EI/AA codeshare was changed at the last minute and now AA are codesharing on a limited number of EI flights?
This could refer to some DUB-LHR flights. Up to recently both AA and BA were codeshare partners on these flights.Crew have been instructed that United codeshare on 'selected' LHR flights,however have not yet seen a list of thes flights,have asked though!
Mr Noel Dempsey TD, Minister for Transport today (Friday, 14 November 2008) turned the sod to formally commence work on the new N18 Gort to Crusheen road project. This new road scheme, due for completion in 2011, will be just over 23km of dual carriageway in length and will cost €207.5 million to build.
• It is estimated that a time saving of 20 minutes or more can be attained on journeys between Ennis and Galway during peak hours.
• This road will bypass the town of Gort and the village of Crusheen in County Galway.
Speaking today Minster Dempsey said:
"This new road will eliminate one of the worst bottlenecks along the Atlantic corridor. The Gort to Crusheen project is one of the strategic links along the entire Atlantic corridor. This project emphasises the importance of investing in the road infrastructure so that business and regional economic hubs such as Limerick, Shannon and Galway can compete in this ever demanding national and global environment. The key benefits will be three fold, a safer road, direct regional economic investment and easier access for visitors. For the people of Gort and Crusheen it will give them back their towns by dramatically reducing through traffic”
CelticMech From Ireland, joined Oct 2008, 216 posts, RR: 3 Reply 6, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12893 times:
For anyone who takes an interest in it...EI's next A330 off the production line..MSN 0985 EI-EAV will be named St. Ronán. Just seen the color scheme it will be painted in also.its the usual bog standard one! Nothin special to note!
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6205 posts, RR: 14 Reply 9, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12877 times:
Quoting EIJFK (Reply 8): How many of the new A330s are now in use, and what flights are they operating? I'm flying DUB-JFK for Christmas, but I'm not getting my hopes up!
Just the two, EI-DUO and EI-DUZ are still the only aircraft with the new cabins and it will remain that way until early next year when retrofits start. EI-DUZ seems to mainly operate the ORD flight only and EI-DUO is usually seen on the SFO route but moves around more freely than 'DUZ so chances of getting one of the new aircraft is quite slim unfortunately.
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6205 posts, RR: 14 Reply 13, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12853 times:
Quoting Oa260 (Reply 12): So how often do they recycle the names then ?
I'm not sure how they do it or if there is even any system anymore. A lot of the newer aircraft have taken the names that were once worn by BAe146s and Fokker 50s so maybe they've moved onto the 737s now.
Shamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6205 posts, RR: 14 Reply 16, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 12829 times:
Quoting Oa260 (Reply 14): They should name them after Irish cities also. Dublin , Belfast,Cork,Galway, Derry etc...
I thought they may have done that for the Belfast base but I suppose if they were going to name one aircraft after a city they would want to do the rest. Maybe when Aer Lingus opens another base they could start using cities.
Kaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12176 posts, RR: 35 Reply 19, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12792 times:
Quoting Oa260 (Reply 12): So how often do they recycle the names then ?
I guess that with a growing fleet, they need more saints; won't be long before they're petitioning the Vatican to add a few more. I think the last canonisation of an Irish saint was Charles of Mt. Argus (last year), but he hasn't been elevated to being named after an EI aircraft yet!
I think (and I stand to be corrected on this) that they have not re-used names of aircraft that have been in accidents; Sts. Cathal and Kevin were the names of Viscounts which crashed in the 1960s and have not been re-used since.
Quoting Oa260 (Reply 17): Does anyone have any photos of the EI interior B747 cabins?
Not sure about photos, but you can see footage of the original 747s on you-tube.
Quoting CelticMech (Reply 6): For anyone who takes an interest in it...EI's next A330 off the production line..MSN 0985 EI-EAV will be named St. Ronán
I think it's already built; MSN 984 (MEA) and 986 (SIA) are already out and I think there was reference to 985 with the std EI tail. Frankly, I don't think we can expect anything new until the A350s come out. EI's 75th anniversary is in 2011 and a retro livery (based on the original 1960s BAC111/737 livery) would be great, but then, imagination is not one of EI's strong points.
BestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 6784 posts, RR: 57 Reply 22, posted (5 years 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 12759 times:
May sound bizarre, but I have a lucky Aer Lingus plane - Papin - today an A320, previously a Fokker 50.
The catholic church are relieved that FR don't name their aircraft after saints, or Michael would be having a rant at the slowness of the pope coming up with beatifications to name their next batch of option conversions. As Ryanair call their aircraft "bye bye baby" and "arriverderci Alitalia" the only problem they have is if the airlines actually go bankrupt...
Werent Ryanair aircraft onetime called "spirit of ... " ?