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41st Airborne: More Irishness In The Air.  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12408 posts, RR: 37
Posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 13818 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 ...

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User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 13780 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter):
grey and wet Sunday, I thought I might as well open the next chapter of our aeronautical journey.

Morning all. Well its a different story up here. Its freezing cold bright and sunny and everywhere is white with frost. Id say the de icers were out at some airports this morning.

Just an interesting article I read this morning :

http://www.independent.ie/national-n...to-northern-el-dorado-1558323.html

I wonder with the cheap fares at the BFS Aer Lingus base would people be tempted to travel North to fly out for their trips?


User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3916 posts, RR: 9
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 13760 times:

Morning all,

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?

Brian.



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)
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2873 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13728 times:

Afternoon.

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?

Quoting Oa260 (Reply 1):
Oa260 From Ireland, joined exactly 2 years ago today!

Happy anniversary  tongue 



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13698 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!


User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7081 posts, RR: 57
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 13687 times:

Some good news for Shannon airport, by 2011 the airport will be 20 minutes closer to Galway.

http://www.nra.ie/News/PressReleases/htmltext,15888,en.html

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”



The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineCelticMech From Ireland, joined Oct 2008, 216 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13604 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!

User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13593 times:



Quoting CelticMech (Reply 6):
.EI's next A330 off the production line..MSN 0985 EI-EAV will be named St. Ronán.

Was the last A/C to have that name a BAC-1-11?


User currently offlineEIJFK From Ireland, joined Jul 2008, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13593 times:

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!

And it's a cold, sunny Sunday here in the Midlands.  cold 


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13588 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.


User currently offlineCelticMech From Ireland, joined Oct 2008, 216 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13589 times:



Quoting Oa260 (Reply 7):
Was the last A/C to have that name a BAC-1-11?

Sorry lad, Dont have a clue! I just seen the engineering drawings from MSN 0985 so thats how i knew about it being named St Ronan.


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13586 times:



Quoting Oa260 (Reply 7):
Was the last A/C to have that name a BAC-1-11?

I think it was EI-CDH a Boeing 737-500.


User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13569 times:



Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 3):
Happy anniversary   

Thanks and also to the others for the PM's , much appreciated.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 11):
I think it was EI-CDH a Boeing 737-500.

So how often do they recycle the names then ?


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13564 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.


User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 13560 times:



Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 13):
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.

They should name them after Irish cities also. Dublin , Belfast,Cork,Galway, Derry etc...


User currently offlineEIJFK From Ireland, joined Jul 2008, 119 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13539 times:

I miss the 747 cabin being divided into provinces. I was young when I flew them, so I don't remember what cabin was named what, but I was always stoked to be in my own, Leinster.

And on a side note, I suppose it'll be ages before I get to fly the new planes!


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13540 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.


User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13525 times:



Quoting EIJFK (Reply 15):
I miss the 747 cabin being divided into provinces.

Really , I never knew that . Did they have pictures etc....?

OA did the same on theirs and I loved them .



Does anyone have any photos of the EI interior B747 cabins?


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13503 times:



Quoting Oa260 (Reply 17):
Really , I never knew that . Did they have pictures etc....?

Sadly photos are rare but I think the walls had different patterns representing each province.

There is this video that has shots from all the cabins of an EI 747 but it's hard to see the wall patterns.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=QnzDFos6gR8


User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12408 posts, RR: 37
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13503 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.


User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 20, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13494 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 19):
Sts. Cathal and Kevin were the names of Viscounts which crashed in the 1960s and have not been re-used since.

St. Kevin is currently EI-CVD but I don't think Cathal is used at the moment.


User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 21, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 13492 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 19):
Kevin



Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 20):
St. Kevin is currently EI-CVD

I thought it was St Mark . lol.....


User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7081 posts, RR: 57
Reply 22, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13470 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 ... " ?



The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineShamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6321 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13455 times:



Quoting BestWestern (Reply 22):
Werent Ryanair aircraft onetime called "spirit of ... " ?

At the end of this advert you can see one aircraft named, "The Spirit of Tara"

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=u8HNxIukhVk


User currently offlineOa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26853 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (5 years 8 months 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 13450 times:



Quoting BestWestern (Reply 22):
"spirit of ... " ?

Scrooge .  Wink Im surprised they dont have an auction on Ryanair.com to bid to have your name on his A/C. More revenue making ideas lol.....


25 EICVD : Could be wrong but do you mean me? Im no saint LOL Happy 2nd a.net birthday btw.
26 Shamrock350 : I'd pay money to have them paint "Aer Lingus are better" on all the fleet!
27 Oa260 : Haha yes I meant you . I know your no Saint. Saints dont go clubbing in Santa Ponsa and corrupting Polish girls in Dublin. LOL.... I doubt EI would d
28 Kaitak : Actually that aircraft, EI-CSZ , has now been withdrawn from use, so we can now say "Arrivederci, Arrivederci Alitalia"!!
29 Smokeyrosco : looks like CO might be moving from servisair although I know they they've been wanting to move for a few years. The only reason they stayed with them
30 Post contains links Oa260 : Nice photo of Aer Lingus on the ground at ACE here : http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/137937/
31 Post contains links Smokeyrosco : Was just floating around youtube and I came across the Meteor ad that I'm sure we've all seen by now. I think it's very good.... But while watching it
32 Bramble : I beleive it was. I have a list of old B737/Bae146 regs, will check tomorrow. Got it while bored at an EI computer during quiet periods at work. Muns
33 Post contains links Smokeyrosco : Ryanair makes fresh bid for EI http://www.rte.ie/news/2008/1201/aerlingus.html Bargin!!
34 Shamrock350 : MO'L should save himself the time and money but he's probably enjoying being in the spotlight again. Aer Lingus were the center of attention for too
35 COEI2007 : EI apparently have big plans for the 75th anniversary, so should be interesting to see what they do! Free publicity at a time when airlines are strug
36 Shamrock350 : Exactly and if the bid fails Ryanair still gain much needed publicity and it gives them the chance to have a few digs at Aer Lingus. Lets hope so, th
37 ClassicLover : The stuff on the takeover looks good... Increase the short haul fleet, keep the brand, more long haul, and so on. Does anyone think it will go through
38 Post contains links Oa260 : Aer Lingus rejects Ryanair takeover bid The Board of Aer Lingus has announced it has rejected a €748m offer by Ryanair to buy the airline. In a stat
39 Kaitak : Well, there's a shock! Still, I think FR will just play a waiting game; in a slowing economy, FR can turn the screws on EI; they can start a new t/a
40 EIJFK : There could be some family photos somewhere, we spent an awful lot of time on those planes! It was a rather small sign, over the aisle near the bulkh
41 Post contains links Oa260 : Great if you dig them out and scan them Im sure we would all appreciate them. ----------------------------------------- Belfast flights targeted by l
42 EIJFK : " target=_blank>http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=u8HNxIukhVk The sad part about that video is that's the FIRST I've seen of the holy grail, the EI 747 u
43 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : Well it's official: the US is in recession. Could we see any gloomy news from the transatlantic side of things in the foreseeable future? http://www.a
44 Bramble : Looks like Mick has been listening to what DM has been meaning to do......this type of presentation could have been put together by a college busines
45 OA260 : Just here at DUB airport waiting for BCN flight. Wish it was day light to take some detailed pics of T2! Its well on compared to last week. theres als
46 Post contains links OA260 : Ryanair boss wants to mother 'homeless and unloved' airline Tuesday December 02 2008 HE may own racehorses, but Michael O'Leary insisted yesterday tha
47 Smokeyrosco : Well the formal bid of 140 hasn't been made yet and it's already at 136 a share so that goes without question.
48 EIEGAA : Does anyone know when exactly the cabin upgrades to the 330s will begin? Which aircraft is first for the overhaul?
49 AirFinglas : Headed to IAD for the weekend. Travelled on the EI119/28 Nov. Pax total 175. Flight time 7 hours 20 minutes. Came back last night, EI118/01 Dec. This
50 Bramble : The shares are low as the stock is not liquid and therfore not a good buy for investors. The actual worth of the company (according to the IT today)
51 COEI2007 : Thanks god they are upgrading the IFE!
52 JWMD123 : I heard MO'L spout on that the current EI management have presided over the value of the shares fall by over 60% since the high. Errrrrrr, excuse me
53 Aerlingusa330 : I did the IAD-DUB trip 11/21 and return to IAD 11/26 I had a very similar experience - eastbound we made it in 6 hours as well (very happy, given the
54 OA260 : DM in this months (Dec) Cara Mag. says '' I am pleased to say that we have embarked on an upgrade programme of our existing long haul Airbus A330 air
55 Lasno : CSA are scrapping the Dublin/Prague route from January 12th 2009. Staff in their Dublin office will be made redundant.
56 Kaitak : That's a real pity; I guess competition from FR and EI can't have helped. PRG was a particularly good hub for Eastern Europe. With MA doing pretty bad
57 BestWestern : Thats terrible. I've used this flight loads of times over the last few years (always in transit), and I will really miss PRG. This route has gone fro
58 Shamrock104 : What source What source do you have on this? - I have a load of bookings on this route and onwards from March 09 and haven't heard a thing. Flights ar
59 Toulouse : That's awful to hear! Where did you hear this? Is it definitely true? Flights can still be booked on their website. Just tried DUB-PRG return leaving
60 Post contains links Lasno : Afraid it is true. Saw it here... www.ttglive.com/ttgbusiness
61 OA260 : It was on the cards since they messed around and changed the connections. Re protections to be on AF where possible for destinations Via PRG. Also SU
62 Toulouse : " target=_blank>www.ttglive.com/ttgbusiness Thanks for the link Lasno! Is that a reliable source? If true, CSA better take the flights off their syst
63 DavecFlyer : This is terrible news. I flew twice with them to PRG and both times the service was fantastic and a hot meal was served. Its been a few years since I
64 OA260 : TTG is the official newspaper of the trade so 100%. Travel Weekly is the 2nd. Also just checked my work email and have an email from another source.
65 Shamrock104 : Sad indeed - I did enjoy their direct service and the onboard quality was pretty good. Wonder if if i'll be getting a call from them so - pretty poor
66 EI320 : What a shame! That's the second major route closure within a few weeks, first BA, now CSA. And so the number of full-service carriers at DUB continue
67 OA260 : That has been leaked somehow as faxes are going out to trade tomorrow apparantly. SU have already removed from their site.
68 COEI2007 : A big reason why FR shoudnt get its hands on EI. FR has said they will reduce route and allow competition in if they get EI, but nobody is going to c
69 COEI2007 : Flexi fares are now on LGW/BHX/GLA/EDI/MAN, so they must be selling well. I'm sure other routes with 2 daily flights or more, will have them soon like
70 Humberside : RE are starting Blackpool-Dublin in January[Edited 2008-12-03 06:15:37]
71 Post contains links N272WA : Aer Lingus flight diverts to NY after technical fault Wednesday December 03 2008 An Aer Lingus flight from the US to Dublin has been forced to divert
72 Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus had a strong on time performance in November, best of the year. Novemeber: On time - 83% Within 60 minutes - 97% aerlingus.com ------------
73 Bramble : To be correct the flight had 80 pax and closed up at STD -2. The senior cabin crew member was actually the best Aer Lingus have.............and quite
74 COEI2007 : I wasnt working today, and i'm not a Senior yet! lol! They only have BA, BD, IB, TK and EY I think.And BA are pulling out nezt year, so thats about 1
75 Shamrock104 : Not entirely - their service to LCY will still operate.
76 DavecFlyer : This is at least a bit of good news. With RE announcing redundancies etc last week it shows that they still have some fight in them. Cue FR going tri
77 Post contains links Kaitak : Interesting article in FT: Govt interested in selling EI stake and will consider FR's offer very carefully: http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/a28ae590-c166-11
78 COEI2007 : They went to large business' in Ireland and tried to see if they wanted Premier brought back onto Europe flights, and what they really wanted was fle
79 ClassicLover : I imagine all the flights that were not on time were the ones to GLA... I flew DUB-GLA and GLA-DUB over the weekend... Saturday morning flight delaye
80 DavecFlyer : I often think as well that they should give a free sandwich or drink to Gold Circle members or even a number of vouchers that could be used as you se
81 BrianDromey : Are these flights not usually operated by flightline, who have closed up shop today. Flightline operated 3 146/Rj's for BA at LCY as I understand it.
82 Smokeyrosco : Just wondering why they would wait until march?
83 BestWestern : Welcome Lanso to the never ending a.net! Perhaps not... The loads on LCY with BA are simply terrible, not helped by the collapse of the banking market
84 Shamrock321 : Just arrived back in DUB tonight on BD133 after a day training with bmi in London and return to find out Aviance are pulling out, just when I tought t
85 Post contains links Kaitak : MO'L met Dempsey last night, in what was described as a listening exercise. A meeting with Finance minister Brian Lenihan (which will be a lot more im
86 OA260 : I couldnt access Anet yesterday from Spain for some reason. Sorry for the delay. Yes those details seem to match up to my itinerary LOL... Crew were
87 OA260 : A copy of a email that a mate of mine sent to me :: Czech Airlines have decided to cancel its Dublin - Prague route, resulting in the redundancy of th
88 BrianDromey : Now now....self praise is no praise! My guess would be at a window in row 29.... I hope you guys will find something. It must be horrible when someth
89 Post contains links OA260 : Aer Lingus to consider viability of cost-cutting plan AER LINGUS will today set out whether it considers the new deal it has reached with trade union
90 BrianDromey : I thought united travel were around for years?
91 COEI2007 : I was told AMS, CDG and BCN werent doing that great, but they wanted to stick with the routes. CDG and AMS because they carry business pax, and they
92 Shamrock104 : That was a nice email. CSA are still taking bookings on their website, pretty bizarre if you ask me, you'd think they'd have put a stop to that by no
93 OA260 : They were and still are until its official. But the future is not looking good. And they are still loaded on the CRS and ticketable. But stupid reall
94 Shamrock350 : Ryanair have a presentation for the planned take over which includes Aer Lingus load factors from Belfast between December 07 and October 08. I'm not
95 BrianDromey : Do you think? I don't see FR closing any of the current bases, FR is all about expanding and growing and new bases are part of that. I would guess th
96 Shamrock350 : Ryanair has been very critical of the move, maybe that's just MO'L getting a few more digs in at Aer Lingus but I wouldn't be surprised to see BFS-LH
97 Bramble : Well there is at least 1 American gentleman currently staying in an airport hotel who has been meeting with EI managers, He has been receiving financi
98 Post contains links Kaitak : FR improves sales pitch for EI: - Will recognise EI unions - Will reinstante SNN-LHR route - Will protect other EI LHR slots http://hosted.ap.org/dyna
99 Kaitak : Here's the full text of the FR statement: Update on Cash Offer by Coinside Limited a wholly owned subsidiary of Ryanair Holdings plc for Aer Lingus Gr
100 AmricanShamrok : I think that statement is very convincing and I think the FR/EI takeover would be a good idea. The two airlines would still compete as normal and it s
101 BrianDromey : Its a big steaming load of horse shite, in my opinion. MOL and FR have created a political hot potato of stunning proportion with this offer, I expec
102 Oa260 : Totally agree. You are 100% correct. Its total BS. Much of the reason why Im not paying too much attention to it. Wont happen IMHO.
103 EIBoston : Brian to be honest, your reply sounds more of a emotional one than a rational one. I don't post here too often but read the posts all the time. And I
104 EI320 : A very clever move by FR to bring SNN/LHR into this. They know this will be music to the Government's ears and I'd expect a lot of people, particular
105 Kaitak : I was thinking that, but if you look at the wording FR uses, it's actually quite "Ryanairesque" in that it does rub the govt's face in the mud a bit.
106 Post contains links Oa260 : Aer Lingus believes Sitpu deal 'viable' on THU, 04 DEC 2008 20:21:41 Aer Lingus believes that the deal reached with the trade union Siptu as an altern
107 COEI2007 : Considering the base only opened in DEC, I wonder what the average lads would look like if they took them from May to Oct 08? I would say a lot highe
108 BrianDromey : Im not that bothered who ends up owning EI, my primary concern is that FR would control so much of the Irish market. Look at what happened to U2 and
109 Aer Lingus : I think desperate times call for desperate measures. Two years ago I would have personally given the two fingers to MOL but now I'm not so sure. If, a
110 ClassicLover : So many other airlines are the only airline in their country and there is no problem here... I think people need to get real and realise that an EI F
111 AmricanShamrok : But how is it? They can't say all this and not go thorugh with it later - they'd have to stick to the conditions. Mayor of Clare, us Limerick folk do
112 Oa260 : I take your point but who is to say MOL would not push them out like he did with other airlines on competing routes? Dublin will be a very ugly airpo
113 COEI2007 : Exactly. FR would effectively control ORK, SNN and DUB, and have a large presence in the Belfast market! Thats different when Ireland is an Island na
114 JWMD123 : I like the way MO'L says he will recognise the unions!!!!!!!! I guarantee you though if they threaten to strike or even strike he would just sub FR st
115 EI564 : Exactly.
116 JWMD123 : A bit of good news and bad news for EI I would think the point is vaild about the IR issue that affected some bookings but not all. With capacity redu
117 EIDAA : Good post. This paragraph in particular makes a very valid point. When you compare the fleet size, route network and especially the staffing levels/c
118 JWMD123 : EI shares hitting €1.51 today. Kind of makes the FR bid already redundant!!!!!
119 Oa260 : Sell sell sell LOL...... ( Your shares ).
120 Smokeyrosco : I think MOL is more patriotic then people give him credit for.... that’s all I'm going to say on that one. Also the November figures for EI where hi
121 Oa260 : I was standing in the que in Sainsburys this morning with a couple from Dublin and whilst waiting we got chatting. They went to New York last year bu
122 ThrottleHold :
123 Post contains links Oa260 : Aer Lingus confirms Siptu deal will save €25m on FRI, 05 DEC 2008 16:38:02 Aer Lingus has confirmed that a deal reached with union Siptu as an alter
124 DavecFlyer : Quick question folks... I have just got word of a last minute business trip to Abu Dhabi next Thursday. I will be flying with GF through LHR and my qu
125 Kaitak : I have flown on GF and found them very good (are you flying J or Y Class - I flew Y, but their J class seats looked very good). Can you check with you
126 F1eddie : Well i just checked flight number BD130 (which is an evening flight) and i got all the codeshares for it. Codeshares: This flight is marketed as a cod
127 Bramble : They get a chunk of public support for themselves and make FF politicians coinsider their own popularity. Indeed. I fear for the short sightedness of
128 Oa260 : Ironically they have a deal with EI for LHR/CDG/FRA/AMS , not a codeshare but an interline and connecter deal.
129 F1eddie : Yeah but they also have this deal with BMI to LHR. Actually anytime i price SQ the BMI flights are always greyed out, untill i choose a E50 dearer ti
130 ClassicLover : You missed the fact that I am Australian? This is precisely why this is important. You need a strong national carrier to fly internationally... hello
131 COEI2007 : Australia also has SQ, TG, EK, BA, UA etc flying multiple flights per day ex Australia, plus Virgin Blue is a large domestic competitor to QF. Irelan
132 F1eddie : I hate to ruin your point here but you have a motorway from Brisbane running all the way down to melbourne, and maybe over to adelaide. If we need be
133 ClassicLover : Australia is also a much larger country than Ireland, considering Sydney has the same population as all of Ireland, so your point is moot really. I w
134 Shamrock104 : Which brings me to think - why didn't EI start their base in BHD Totally agree.
135 F1eddie : That was one example. I work for a company which is worldwide. Our headquarter is in the UK although we have an outlet here. But everthing has to be
136 CallBell : I dont think the runway is long enough at the moment for european operations.
137 Post contains links OA260 : The United Kingdom is just over an hour away on the new motorway and Newry offers all the main stores that can be found in many other UK cities. For
138 Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus Scoops Top Magazine Award Cara celebrating its 40th year in publication The Aer Lingus US site looks very smart, there is a Tourism Ireland
139 EI564 : Always dangerous to think you are thinking clearly. Why did the EU reject completely the last attempt if a takeover was such an obvious choice? What
140 ClassicLover : I can see why people would be concerned about this, but I think a lot of that is a reaction to Ryanair's belligerance. Just look at their press relea
141 DavecFlyer : I'm flying Y unfortunately. If my company was big enough and rich enough then I would have gone J class with EY on the direct flight. But such is lif
142 AmricanShamrok : Interesting list. Where did you get that info? Other codeshares with BMI to LHR: (AC) Air Canada (NZ) Air New Zealand (OS) Austrian Airlines (TP) TAP
143 CelticMech : Yeah just seen him on The late Late there tonight. Indeed he does make some good points (allbeit many of them repeated over and over!). Ok in the "ID
144 ClassicLover : Right with you, and I believe it will be.
145 Post contains links OA260 : That line sums up my thoughts exactly . I dont trust him. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- On a
146 Post contains links F1eddie : I just saw on the TV Newry is actually advertising..... Wonder are the business owners happy with that??? Did you see OA260, on another thread about
147 OA260 : Well their T/A on the A330's are in need of an upgrade and are getting it in the New Year , I have the brochure and it looks amazing. So that is true
148 Kaitak : I was looking at LX for Dubai from DUB; not great outbound, but very good inbound, because the departure from DXB connects nicely with the flight to
149 CelticMech : I can confirm they are taking delivery of MSN 0985..due for delivery in Feb. Also taking Delivery of MSN 1025 next year...scheduled for June. The num
150 Kaitak : Many thanks, Celtic Mech! Just reading a thread about the US "ASAP" program, which was a voluntary safety reporting program; I know that EI has a safe
151 OA260 : Has anyone done a day return to any European destination recently and checked in at a SSK at DUB and got their return boarding card ?
152 EI564 : So you think the EU Competition Authority was irrational also? You should read their judgement. Its available on the net. Rather stark reading. That'
153 Shamrock321 : When I did day return to LHR, FRA AMS and DUS I got my return boarding card, when I did BRU and SXF I didnt.
154 Post contains links Irish251 : Well said, EI564. Does anyone seriously believe that the current essentially parallel services and timeables to destinations like BHX or MAN would be
155 ClassicLover : Ryanair competes with EI at LHR? Oh really? I stand corrected, however in the greater context of amount of destinations FR serves, it's not a high pe
156 OA260 : Oh ok. Maybe it depends on if they have OLCI activated also not sure. In my case it will be DUB-BCN-DUB.
157 Shamrock104 : Just spoke to CSA - have to say their reservations people are really nice, professional and helpfull. They re-routed me DUB/CDG/SVO/MSQ, a bit round a
158 OA260 : Belavia would be nice to go on . Something different.
159 Kaitak : Yes, but let's look at it in the context of the international economic situation; I wouldn't like to see EI having much more than that on order; all
160 Aer Lingus : not recently but last time I used the EI SSKs doing DUB-DUS-DUB day return I got my return boarding card but did not get to choose my return seat. it
161 Oa260 : LOL.... well good chance there will be a row of 3 all to myself next trip. I got an all in deal for EUR66 return. You wouldnt get to Cork for that. I
162 Irish251 : I must say I doubt it and in any case my point is that there is a significant risk of curtailment; the company as a whole will do whatever makes best
163 EI564 : I did explain in my last post how I thought FR competes with EI at LHR. I wouldn't do so again. I don't think that matters. What does market is how I
164 Oa260 : Is Santa coming to DUB?? North Pole Aer Lingus EI4952A 06-12-2008 19:15 Hopefully he has my 40'' Sony Bravia Full HDTV
165 Aer lingus : Seems to be a bit early for Santa coming to DUB. The arrival time seems very unusual indeed. I remember that the arrival time is 24th @ 23.59 or 25th
166 Aer Lingus : Seems to be a few flights arriving from the North Pole today and one tomorrow O_o Origin Airline Flight Scheduled Time Status North Pole Aer Lingus EI
167 Post contains links Oa260 : I just remembered its the Lapland charters LOL.... http://www.canterbury-tales.com/html/1_day_lapland_extravaganza.html
168 Post contains links Oa260 : No more Irish Breakfasts on EI from tomorrow ?? Toxic Fears Over All Irish Pork A recall of all Irish pork products has been ordered because of the di
169 COEI2007 : 1,00 new jobs will be created? After how many are cut? I cant see him keeping the current level of EI staffing Nobody will enter DUB and compete with
170 Post contains links Oa260 : Ryanair breaking EC laws Sunday, December 07, 2008 By Kieron Wood Ryanair is failing to comply with European laws banning pre-checked boxes for flight
171 Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus is guilty of this, the layout is much clearer but you still have to opt out of the travel insurance.
172 Post contains links Kaitak : I had the same issue with Easy; I booked a ticket from JER to LTN and back and thought I'd opted out of insurance, but when I paid for the ticket, so
173 Oa260 : Yes I hate that also . I think they charge EUR6 , well thats at least what it cost when I was booking my BCN flight last week. I guess im used to it
174 Post contains links Shamrock350 : Similar to last years is it? http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=RAG4QJoLYjg I suppose I can look forward to seeing it this time next week. Hopefully with
175 Oa260 : Exactly that but prices now EUR29.99 !!
176 Shamrock350 : I wish they'd spend some time doing new adverts but if the old ones help fill seats, they've done the job. The fares they advertise haven't dropped a
177 ClassicLover : The A350s really don't count as they're not due for several years... buying other airlines? Who are EI planning to buy, eh? The long haul upgrade is
178 Shamrock350 : Well I always thought they'd be interested in Aer Arann but apparently they are looking further afield than that so I think they're looking for an ai
179 Bramble : INdeed it was a sad day....I was looking forward to mine this morning....I try to stick to one a week as they are pretty fattening... They were looki
180 Oa260 : Could they source them in the UK or is it not worth it ? I guess in a week things will be back to normal.
181 Post contains links Kaitak : Ryanair is about to begin taking delivery of 738s again, after a near three month delay due to the strike. EI-DYR and 'DYS (LN 2734, 2735) will be del
182 Bramble : In the Sindo today MoL was talking about EI cutting routes and cutting capacity......assume he is referring to EI ending their summer routes in favour
183 BestWestern : Classic O'leary
184 EI320 : That's the way to do it. I'm sure the SAA won't have any problem giving EI a nice discount, in return for services to key european airports such as L
185 Shamrock350 : A brave move if true, Ryanair can't make a profit from Shannon so I wonder what makes Aer Lingus think they can. Even with a better deal I'd say it w
186 BrianDromey : Interesting comments. If EI were serious about SNN then why don't the SAA and EI thrash out a new deal right now to supersede the current one? EI sho
187 Post contains links Kaitak : Does FR need EI more than EI need FR? FR facing serious losses this year: http://www.jethros.eu/fleets/fleet_listings/ryanair_on_order.htm
188 Post contains links Oa260 : Aer Lingus fuel charge an affront Monday December 08 2008 I note that crude oil prices are at their lowest level for three years, yet Aer Lingus conti
189 Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus fares have been so low this winter, they are probably lower now than they were when the surcharge was first introduced but I understand wh
190 Post contains links Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus cabin crew in favour of new cost-cutting agreement http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/br...ostcutting-agreement-14099043.html It was close w
191 Post contains links Oa260 : Funny you should say that !! Takeover could pull Ryanair back into black... but O'Leary kept quiet on that http://www.independent.ie/business/i...ry-
192 AC747 : Not sure if this has been mentioned, but thought I'd post it anyway: As per 04DEC08 Amadeus timetable display, SATA Azores' service to Dublin will be
193 COEI2007 : SNN base will be very small by 2010, so I couldnt see them having the crew etc, to operate the likes of MAD, AGP etc, but i'd say they could operate
194 Eiegaa : Have the procedures for flying to the US changed in the last few months? I last flew to the US during summer 2007 and all I had to do was go to the "m
195 Post contains links Irish251 : I hadn't heard before that the DAA intends to appeal certain of the restrictions imposed on the operation of the northern parallel runway, as describe
196 Oa260 : The non stop DUB-PDL could not survive with just PDL traffic. Loads were not what was expected but they didnt want to cut the route so FNC will allow
197 Dstc47 : Continental now have AVOD on all their 757s in Y class, nice for transatlantic passengers. The last one will be back in service before the end of the
198 Oa260 : My collegue flew DUB-EWR-MIA and said that also , really made the difference. Great to see CO offer this out of DUB. Cant wait til they join Star in
199 Post contains links EI320 : IMPACT vote 'milestone' - Aer Lingus Aer Lingus has welcomed the outcome of a vote by cabin crew workers to support a draft agreement reached between
200 Bramble : Absolutely Saw a flight a while back that was EUR125 one wway with 110 fuel charge! Better for PR impressions,same income level, still low compared t
201 JWMD123 : DM was on morning Ireland discussing the recent union decisons on the cost cuttting. Have to give him his dues in that he praised and complimented the
202 Post contains links Oa260 : 150 Aer Lingus crew for axe as staff take deal UP TO 154 Aer Lingus cabin crew are set to lose their jobs after staff voted in favour of a plan to pre
203 Bramble : Damn.................the media have got wind of the Irish plot to take over the world...............our campaign with Irish pubs in every city didn't
204 JWMD123 : I think the news that one or two had predicted has now come true
205 Oa260 : Yep unfortunately seems so . Sorry to the members on this board that work for them . I really hope that you can find something soon.
206 Post contains links N272WA : On a lighter note, the Austrian Airlines Christmas Factory Game is good fun!! Wish I could pass Level 4 http://www.aua.com/at/eng/Austrian/game/
207 Bramble : I overheard hat Aviance want to stay but it is just not viable at the moment. It seems the airlines are very happy with the service they get and woul
208 Oa260 : Lufthansa have one also . You have to guess the destination and pin point it on a map !! Im still waiting for my free tickets LOL.....
209 EICVD : I couldnt even make it to level 3 The LH game was more fun LOL
210 COEI2007 : Intersting, I wonder will that be ex Ireland or is it a new base? Hopefully reduce the loss by a good bit!
211 Post contains links Shamrock350 : Photos of the next Aer Lingus A330 at TLS can be seen on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/search/?w=all&q=aerlingus&m=tags Shamrock350
212 Oa260 : LOL.... you could always blame the power cut. Nice looking good as is the SU one behind.
213 Kaitak : They're up to LN 970 now; LN 969 is an A330MRTT for the RAAF; it has been ferried to Getafe (an air base near MAD, where CASA is based) for MRTT conve
214 Post contains links Irish251 : You can listen to today's programme here: http://www.rte.ie/news/morningireland/index_av.html The other main point I thought he got across was that m
215 Ire2008 : That OS game is the most annoying, addictive game ever! Ive got to level 7 but only to lose by 1 present!! So irratating Kevin
216 Post contains links Oa260 : Some pieces from December's CARA . http://caradec.keepandshare.com
217 Shamrock321 : Thanks for all the nice comments about Aviance, at the moment I work for a company heavily dependent on Aviance but we are quite optimistic that we ca
218 Oa260 : Another major delay for FR Malaga Ryanair FR7017 09-12-2008 16:05 Delayed 0100 Cityjet seem to be having issues also : Paris-CDG Air France AF5010 09-
219 Post contains links Kaitak : I think this one may have had a diversion to LTN. EI on growth (short haul) and UK football teams. It seems that both EI and FR agree that FR is Man
220 Post contains links JWMD123 : FR have confirmed there cancelling of all flights to FUE http://www.ryanair.com/site/EN/news....r=08&month=dec&story=rte-en-101208 Wonder what there l
221 COEI2007 : Possibly a new EI route ex DUB, as they had served the route until FR launched flights a few years back Anybody have access to BA or VS loads??? I ne
222 Post contains links Rojam : With the EU and Canada having accorded on an open skies policy (c.f. Bloomberg, Reuters, BizTravel & A.net), what are the chances of EI or AC, or inde
223 Post contains links and images Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus celebrate first anniversary at Belfast International Three-quarters of a million bookings and counting Tenerife added to scheduled services
224 Oa260 : I remember it well. Hopefully the base will continue to grow and flights get higher loads.
225 EIDAA : Congratulations to EI on the 1st Anniversary of launching operations at BFS. Great to see those passenger numbers... if only some of the fares were a
226 Shamrock350 : Staying at three aircraft I think but there might be further changes to the existing routes, AMS is down to four weekly and the future of BCN is in d
227 Oa260 : The break up of DUB ORK SNN maybe delayed due to current economic climate . Upto 3 years according to RTE.
228 EIDAA : Ok thanks. I suppose AMS is looking quite weak without the KL codeshare. Based on what OA260 has pointed out a number of times, the scheduling is not
229 Dstc47 : Yes RTE, seemingly on good information, suggests that the eventual separation of the three airports will now be delayed for up to three years. The fil
230 Irish251 : Ryanair 737-200s still feature regularly as well!
231 Post contains links Oa260 : Yes I saw that and the reg also !! N272WA , Mikey you missed it . -------------- Aviance workers consider rescue plan on WED, 10 DEC 2008 20:12:10 Wo
232 AmricanShamrok : Not as bad as TV3 - I think the only clip of EI they have is the black-nosed A330 taking off from DUB!
233 EIASJ : Hi my family and I are going to DUB (via SNN) next Weds night 12/17 on EI110. Can any of the EI crew advise; a) What plane we'll be on because my 10 y
234 Post contains images Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus have made some more changes at Belfast for summer 2009, Amsterdam is no longer bookable after March 28th so it seems to be dropped and Barc
235 OA260 : When I saw your post I thought GREAT!! But the times have gone from one extreme to another. Now out at 0630 and back at 10am. Still not as good as wh
236 Shamrock604 : Im not EI crew, but EI-DAA seems to be down in SNN a lot doing the 111/110. So you wont have the new system, but you should have PTV's. Finally, yes,
237 EI145 : Hey! I am crew and I was in Shannon about 2 weeks ago and they no longer allow pax off during the Shannon stopover on return flights onwards DUB... We
238 Neutral : Sign of the times More than 1.5 million passengers travel through Dublin Airport in November Passenger throughput at Dublin Airport exceeded 1.5 milli
239 CelticMech : The aircraft that is Scheduled to operate the EI-111 and EI-110 on Wed 17th December is EI-ORD.
240 EIBoston : Not sure where you get that info CelticMech but can you tell me what is operating the 133/132 on 19th Dec? Looks like the 330-200's have been doing t
241 COEI2007 : Its ORD for now, but thats easily changed, so could be ORD/ORK or JFK. That means no new IFE system
242 Shamrock604 : Mainly due to the FR cutbacks I suspect, as well as the charter operators Futura and XL going bust, and precious little other capacity taking up the
243 CelticMech : Heya EIBoston...i have this info sent to me in work in the form of an Etops Planner for the aircraft. It schedules all the maint work also on it for
244 Post contains links Kaitak : All the figures are bad news; however, focusing on the above for the moment, I wonder how much of the decease is caused by routes such as LTU's CPT s
245 EIBoston : Thanks CelticMech! It would have been nice if had been DUO or DAA but given that I will have my 10 month old girl with me I doubt if I would see much
246 Post contains links Shamrock350 : Hopefully this is the reasoning behind the change, it's a shame the times don't allow for longer stays but if they have a deal in place with a cruise
247 Kaitak : Can't see it happening on short haul; could possibly happen on long haul, but they'd need a much better long haul IFE service for it to be attractive
248 Shamrock604 : The IFE system on DUO and DUZ is top notch. There is much more that can be done with it than is being done at present. One way in which you could cha
249 Kaitak : I'm sure the system itself is good (is it Panasonic?), but do they get the best out of it. How many video channels are there? 8? 10? They'd need to o
250 EIBoston : Kaitak, Live tv is great on Jet Blue here in the USA. However they just fly domestically and don't run in issues with coverage or copyright/license.
251 Smokeyrosco : LiveTV wouldn't work over the atlantic... well yet anyway. Even internet coverage over the atlantic is weak in places. As for european routes I'm sure
252 Bramble : personally think this is a good way to go. Then EI are a definite alternative to FR. Panasonic EX-2 to be precise.
253 CelticMech : Spot on Bramble with the Ex2....The system Aer Lingus use is top quality, but its potential is nowhere near fully unleashed. We are not going to do i
254 Post contains links Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus chief to seek investor who will prevent Ryanair bid AER LINGUS chairman Colm Barrington has vowed to find a friendly investor who will take
255 EIASJ : Hi my family and I are going to DUB (via SNN) next Weds night 12/17 on EI110. Can any of the EI crew advise; a) What plane we'll be on because my 10 y
256 Kaitak : EI-ORD is one of the older A330s (indeed, one of the oldest flying, being the 59th 330/340 off the line). It'll have the old ceiling screen.
257 Post contains links Kaitak : The answer to life, the universe and everything: Thread No. 42: http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/4243643/
258 OA260 : They have been doing it for years even after 9/11 and now its a security breech ? Couldnt write it if you tired. lol.... Yes , Royal Caribbean do Bar
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