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Irish Aviation 13/09: Lucky Flying!  
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12565 posts, RR: 35
Posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 12575 times:

Good morning folks! It's a fine day down here in Jersey. Here goes 13/09!

Maybe it's just the good weather, but the constant stream of bad news seems to be dying away ... or maybe I'm just not bothering to read the papers anymore. I've always believed in being an "independent" thinker!

Anyway, with the sound of a departing Flybe 195 ringing in my ears, let's get this thread flying ...

It's good to see the new EI base at LGW starting reasonably well; let's hope that continues, but of course, the news most of us await is what decisions are going to be taken about long haul; I'm surprised that decision seems to have been put on the long finger, but maybe it's because Summer bookings look better than in past years. If they have to take action, and I think we all agree that they do, let's just hope it's something innovative and imaginative.

The upcoming by-elections and European elections mean that the campaigning for the next election may under way and let's hope, for once, that this will include some realisation of the importance of aviation as a catalyst for economic growth. Far too often, it's an also ran - an "imperfect storm" of disinterest at government level, with a complete absence of policy, and a weak opposition, failing to highlight the failure to have policies.

Well, enough said I think: here comes 13/09. Let's make it lucky!

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User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 12462 times:



Quoting Nibog:
Also can anyone tell me if the SFO flight does the pre clearance?.

I flew EI to SFO last August and we boarded from Pier B but there was no pre-clearance. I think there is still no pre-clearance now for SFO unfortunately!


User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 12398 times:



Quoting Phen (Reply 1):
I think there is still no pre-clearance now for SFO unfortunately!

Thanks Phen,I thought so but wasn't 100% sure, I think they are bursting at the seams,pity you didn't have a trip report from last Aug, going by that excellent report from April !!!!


User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 12354 times:

Have to share my experience today. Was operating in/out LHR. Ticked quite a box in a spotters list. Whikle taxiing out as EI153 we passed the SQ A380 on a hard stand (think it was 595). Lovely day for flying,very bright and smooth. Returned to LHR a little later. This time was in the jumpseat to get some pics. On apprach to LHR the f/o noticed an aircraft that seemed a bit close to us in the turn, it wasn't too close it was just bigger than normal. It was the EK A380, we were following it and a BA A320 into land on RWY 9L. As we taxiing onstand the A380 was waiting menacingly for us to clear the taxiway. It dose have a brooding front aspect. That was my day done, we got on the bus to bring us into London, as we left the LHR area the QF A380 overflew the road (think its the A4) at approx 500-1000ft


3 A380s, 3 operators, one airport, one day, Nice.


Have pics of the EK. Had deleted the SQ as it was out of focus, the QF is't great as the underside was in shadow.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Reply 4, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 1 day ago) and read 12315 times:



Quoting Bramble (Reply 3):
QF A380 overflew the road (think its the A4) at approx 500-1000ft

Yep A4 Great West Road. My old school is just down the road from there. The A/C flying over were always a distraction lol...

Quoting Bramble (Reply 3):
3 A380s, 3 operators, one airport, one day, Nice

Nice great spotting day done. Looking forward to the pics of EK.


User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 12272 times:



Quoting Phen (Reply 1):
Quoting Nibog:
Also can anyone tell me if the SFO flight does the pre clearance?.

EI 147 does not pre clear in Dublin. All formalities are done at SFO.



John@SFO
User currently offlineKaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12565 posts, RR: 35
Reply 6, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 12266 times:



Quoting Bramble (Reply 3):
On apprach to LHR the f/o noticed an aircraft that seemed a bit close to us in the turn, it wasn't too close it was just bigger than normal. It was the EK A380, we were following it and a BA A320 into land on RWY 9L

Just out of interest, what kind of distance was between you and 380? Did you experience any wake turbulence?


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Reply 7, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 12235 times:

At last some value in Dublin Airport

The store, which is located in Pier D, is managed by Therese Gilligan and has staff of 40 made up of both full and part time positions. Products available in the store reflect customers travel requirements including a large sunshop and travel health section as well as a variety of cosmetic brands including No.7, Max Factor and L’Oreal. With increasing luggage weight restrictions becoming an issue for passengers the store’s wide range of mini sized toiletries will offer a great saving on valuable space in suitcases.


Those wishing to enjoy a quick snack on the flight can avail of the great meal deal selections available at Boots. A combination of drink, sandwich or salad and snack will cost a holiday budget friendly €3.99.

http://www.boots.ie/news.asp?nid=94


User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 318 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12138 times:



Quoting Nibog (Reply 2):
pity you didn't have a trip report from last Aug, going by that excellent report from April !!!!

Alas I didn't have enough pictures to do a proper report! Thanks all the same!

Quoting Legacyins (Reply 5):
EI 147 does not pre clear in Dublin. All formalities are done at SFO.

The Terminal at SFO is very nice, spacious and immigration is a breeze really. The baggage hall is cavernous too. The Immigration Officer asked me "what part of the UK are you from?" to which I quickly responded "I'm Irish!!". I then said to her "what part of Canada are you from?" to which she responded "touché!!!".


User currently offlineShamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4211 posts, RR: 12
Reply 9, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12125 times:



Quoting Phen (Reply 8):
The Immigration Officer asked me "what part of the UK are you from?" to which I quickly responded "I'm Irish!!". I then said to her "what part of Canada are you from?" to which she responded "touché!!!".

Hehe.. it would have been even better had it been a canadian official, and you asked what part of the states are you from... although that probably would have risked your entry to the country!!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 7):
Those wishing to enjoy a quick snack on the flight can avail of the great meal deal selections available at Boots. A combination of drink, sandwich or salad and snack will cost a holiday budget friendly €3.99.

Clearly, Ryanair's next public spat is going to be with Boots, who "are illegally profiting" from Ryanair's policy of charging high prices for food and beverages.

Quoting Kaitak (Thread starter):
Maybe it's just the good weather, but the constant stream of bad news seems to be dying away ... or maybe I'm just not bothering to read the papers anymore. I've always believed in being an "independent" thinker!

Yes,indeed the endless stream of doom seems to have abated somewhat. Long may it continue.



Flown EI,FR,RE,EIR,VE,SI,TLA,BA,BE,BD,VX,MON,AF,YS,WX,KL,SK,LH,OK,OS,LX,IB,LTU,HLX,4U,SU,CO,DL,UA,AC,PR,MH,SQ,QF, EY, EK
User currently offlineCOEI2007 From Vanuatu, joined Jan 2007, 1912 posts, RR: 5
Reply 10, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12116 times:

Just on what Bramble said in the last thread about the Indo's ''jounalism''. FR is one of the Indo's biggest advertisers, so the Indo will always print negative articles about EI and limit the amount of good articles. Pax numbers were down in March as Easter fell later, but articles never mentioned this. Good news at EI is never publicised greatly, only the bad stuff!!

Quoting Phen (Reply 8):
Quoting Legacyins (Reply 5):
EI 147 does not pre clear in Dublin. All formalities are done at SFO.

Immigration at SFO is fine. Its quick, as long as the flight isnt delayed getting into SFO


User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12093 times:

Hi everyone

Just on SFO ;
I have a question for our crew,both SFO and MCO must be the longest sectors covered by both flight crew and cabin crew.I think I am correct in saying that there is an extra crew member brought along,does the same apply to the cabin crew or do thew get extra breaks during the flight? What would be the normal day for crew on the likes of the SFO flight and how long of a layover do they get in SFO before the return leg back to DUB.I always say that as a passenger we get to sit to our destination whereas the cabin crew have to walk to it!!!


User currently offlineLegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2135 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12085 times:



Quoting Phen (Reply 8):
The Immigration Officer asked me "what part of the UK are you from?" to which I quickly responded "I'm Irish!!". I then said to her "what part of Canada are you from?" to which she responded "touché!!!".

great story. Amazing how some individuals are geographically challenged.  Yeah sure

Quoting COEI2007 (Reply 10):
Immigration at SFO is fine. Its quick, as long as the flight isnt delayed getting into SFO

Very true. If your off by thirty minutes, you will come in with 1000 + other passengers.



John@SFO
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2984 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 12084 times:



Quoting Nibog (Reply 205):
Happy Birhday AmricanShamrok



Quoting Toulouse (Reply 206):
Happy 1st a.net birthday Amricanshamrok!

Thanking you...

I see EI's DUB-ALC is not bookable for the winter and it did operate 3 times weekly last winter so maybe my SNN-ORD paranoia is unnesessary?



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3926 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12066 times:



Quoting COEI2007 (Reply 10):
Immigration at SFO is fine. Its quick, as long as the flight isnt delayed getting into SFO

I have found immigration at SFO to be a joy, by US Immigration standards, at least! Maybe it's a West Coast thing, but the agents are a lot more laid back and chatty. It's very swift to get through and baggage delivery is swift as well. SFO is defiantly head and shoulders above the arrival experience of JFK, IAD and BOS, in my experience.

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 offlineShamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 524 posts, RR: 1
Reply 15, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12050 times:



Quoting COEI2007 (Reply 10):
Good news at EI is never publicised greatly, only the bad stuff!!

To be honest there never seems to be that much good news in EI of public interest - DM's contribution (or lack of) to EI's development has been discussed at length here, I would suggest this is to blame. I also disagree that there is an 'anti-EI' bias in the media. Bad news generally makes the headlines that good news. Anyway, I think its crazy to suggest its because Ryanair are a big advertiser in the Independent - there is plenty of advertising space shared between airlines in all the papers.

Quoting Shamrock604 (Reply 9):
Clearly, Ryanair's next public spat is going to be with Boots, who "are illegally profiting" from Ryanair's policy of charging high prices for food and beverages.

I guess you're being sarcastic, although generally they pick fights with direct suppliers who are ripping the public off - i.e. governments, airports and compeditors.


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 12021 times:

When DUO and DUZ first arrived, there was an article in the Indo about how EI were moving onwards and upwards in terms of product offering (two years later and they've finally stated to follow up on that).
The "bad image" that EI have at the moment, I'll agree, has to do with DM. Mainly IR issues, but also PR. The SNN-LHR and BFS thing that nearly led to all out strike, plus there were some actual strikes, then there were several strike threats giving the public the image that EI were unstable, and not really reliable. The 5EUR Premier seats thing spent several days heating up until EI, after being quite hot headed, gave in and let the pax have Y seats, also ruined their image, and gave FR the opportunity to launch a 5EUR sale across the network. When you add in the seat and baggage charges (which just kept going up) and the fuel surcharge thing, you can see how EI are portrayed badly.
No one cares when there's a bad story about FR in the news cause we all love to hate FR and MOL, but secretly we still choose to fly with them cause they're cheap.
EI has that reputation of being the people's airline, and when things go arse ways the shit hits the fan.

Does anyone know if DM is staying in Ireland, maybe return to his native Sligo, or will he head back East?



St. Flannan/ Fhlanain- She took off to find the footlights, And I took off for the sky
User currently offlineCallBell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 223 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 11969 times:



Quoting Nibog (Reply 11):
Just on SFO ;
I have a question for our crew,both SFO and MCO must be the longest sectors covered by both flight crew and cabin crew

SFO flights carry an extra FO and one extra cabin crew. MCO however carry 2 flight deck and only 8 (minimum safety) cabin crew.

Layover in SFO can be 48 hrs/ MCO 22hrs but as neither flight is operated daily, layovers are longer.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Reply 18, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11914 times:



Quoting Shamrock604 (Reply 9):
Clearly, Ryanair's next public spat is going to be with Boots, who "are illegally profiting" from Ryanair's policy of charging high prices for food and beverages.

LOL... It will hit them . If I was flying FR I would certainly get the Boots meal deal to take onboard. I have been saying for years that we needed a Boots at DUB. Glad its finally arrived. Its great if you want to buy things over 100ML and deodrants for your destination but dont want to be ripped off.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 13):
EI's DUB-ALC is not bookable for the winter and it did operate

Maybe they are not doing ALC. Who knows. Might come in at last minute along with SNN-ORD but it seems a bit late for SNN-ORD for any advanced bookings.


User currently offlineNeutral From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 11892 times:

Quick question I'm flying to Malaga via Madrid from Dublin with Iberia next month arrival into Madrid at 21.40 and leaving for Malaga at 22.40 both flights showing at T4 Madrid.I'll have checked through at Dublin to Malaga and bag as well Malaga flight shown at gate K73 and Dublin at H3 are these gates close enough.

Thanks,
Neutral


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27251 posts, RR: 60
Reply 20, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 11774 times:

Air traffic movement in Irish skies declines

AIR traffic flows throughout Irish skies are showing a continuing and significant decrease so far this year, according to the Irish Aviation Authority which yesterday announced a “satisfactory” performance for 2008.

http://archives.tcm.ie/irishexaminer/2009/05/09/story91325.asp

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Economic clouds won't stop JetBird from taking off

An Irish-based, low-cost executive jet airline is all set to launch this September, reports CIARAN HANCOCK

IN AVIATION parlance, JetBird chief executive Stefan Vilner has “pushed back” and is about to begin his taxi to the runway.

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...nance/2009/0511/1224246252573.html

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User currently offlineShamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1610 posts, RR: 1
Reply 21, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 11635 times:

Neutral, IB3184/3183 is always late, at least by half an hour, if its that sort of delay you will make it with no problem, late evening is a very busy time at MAD. Worse case scenario would be your baggage not arriving until the following morning but IB will have it delivered to you.

Dont be overly worried about it, if it does go wrong it will be sorted quickly enough.


User currently offlineRonBurgundy From Ireland, joined May 2007, 11 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 11563 times:

Neutral, I did Iberia last year, Dublin to Valencia via Madrid. Madrid was the easiest transfer I have done. There were alot of connecting passengers on that flight and before we arrived at the gate, the cabin crew made an announcement telling all transfer passengers where our next flight would depart from. Once off the aircraft we showed (flashed) our passports to the Police checkpoint at the top of the jetway, turned right and walked about 100 metres to the gate of our connecting flight. All very simple. (And we were delayed about 30 mins leaving Dublin with just over an hour transit time)

User currently offlineNeutral From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 11539 times:

Cheers, thanks for the replies

neutral


User currently offlineBramble From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (5 years 6 months 3 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 11472 times:



Quoting Kaitak (Reply 6):
Just out of interest, what kind of distance was between you and 380? Did you experience any wake turbulence?

Offhand cannot remember. I think it was initially about 5miles when we spotted it,closing to 3-4 as we lined up behind it. We initially saw it heading from left to right,we were instructed to turn in behind it. Lost it in cloud. We followed a long left U-turn to line up on RWY 9L, it seemed to take a tighter turn (pic will show this) came out of the cloud to find ATC had slotted a BA A320 in front of us. So while the flight crew were prepared for possible wake turbulence, (they included it in their landing checklist) it wasn't an issue. I thought the big wing would mitigate some of the wake vortex caused by the aircraft size.


25 COEI2007 : Its strange that all altantics are loaded, including SFO and IAD which are rumored to be cut, yet SNN-ORD isnt. I would highly doubt it will be loade
26 Post contains links EISHN : Was anyone listening to Morning Ireland this morning? At around 7:50 they were talking to someone from the midlands, who was talking about building a
27 Kaitak : It's fine up to a point, but if the govt were to invest in aviation infrastructure, shouldn't it focus on existing infrastructure - and get that righ
28 EISHN : I don't think anyone in any political party would have the foresight to invest much in aviation anywhere in this country. I agree with the statement
29 AmricanShamrok : That's all well and good building an airport in the midlands but EI and FR have already said they will not use it, RE is undecided and I think Kaitak
30 Kaitak : If only they'd have done that at DUB! The thing I don't understand is, they're going to be resurfacing the main runway at DUB sometime over the next
31 Irish251 : The rubber deposits are removed on a periodic basis to ensure that the braking qualities etc. of the runway surface are kept up to scratch. Typically
32 CelticMech : Its last revenue flight was today as the EI-147/146. upon return tomorrow, it will be sent on a positioning flight to be painted in the UK i think. B
33 COEI2007 : Which means no more old EI interior to the west coast anymore!!! At last!!! lol
34 EISHN : It's only taken 10 years! CelticMech, any idea as to what the config of DAA and LAX is now? I checked EI.com but I got a map with 225 in Y, and I'm n
35 Post contains links Bramble : Looking at this you can see that the A380 was 2.5 miles away as it turned tighter than us. Assume about 4-5 miles seperation before it started the la
36 OA260 : Cool pics , thanks for sharing those. Love the head on one with the EK A380.
37 Nibog : Am I glad to hear that !!! Fantastic shots Bramble,great air/air and love that head on of the A380,what a span!!!
38 CelticMech : DAA is 24J and 243Y. DUO is 24/248. LAX has the current Pre C-Check config against it currently os 22/235 but would hazard a guess it will be almost
39 EI564 : Yes, a minister can do this. In fact, this is what happened for Pier D and T2 (but not the second runway). The Regulator could still stop such a proj
40 TravelGuy : a central main airport for all of Ireland near Athlone would have been a great idea 60-70 years ago. Such a centralized air service would have preven
41 Pilot21 : Saw this being reported on the wires - not unexpected. May 12 (Bloomberg) -- Aer Lingus Plc will suspend half of its services at Belfast International
42 Aer Lingus : I just noticed Aer Lingus have the "banner" ad on the front page of the New York Times website. It being very green compared to the rest of the page (
43 BrianDromey : I suppose that means at least 5 aircraft for LGW over the winter then? Perhaps some of the EI guys on here could clarify if BFS crew can transfer dow
44 Post contains links OA260 : DAA to begin talks over cuts Tuesday, 12 May 2009 07:25 The DAA will today begin negotiations with unions on a cost-cutting programme that could inclu
45 Shamrock321 : Does anyboy possibly OA260 know what tour operator does the S4 flights and packages to FNC? Also I was looking at booking a night in the Rennaisance a
46 OA260 : I think its Panorama / Sunworld and Sunway. They are also selling it as a scheduled flight in the CRS. I have just booked a normal room and asked for
47 EIEGAA : I believe the hotel is running a day package for spotters. Access to the hotel lounge and unlimited soft drinks for (i think) around £10. There was
48 OA260 : Some interesing figures :: Biggest falls in interest of summer holiday destinations: 1. Prague, Czech Republic (-15%) 2. Cork, Republic of Ireland (-1
49 Shamrock350 : The winter schedule from Gatwick has appeared today, previously no booking could be made after October 24th but this is the schedule so far after that
50 EISHN : Thanks for the info CelticMech. Will DAA and LAX have the same large and modern looking lavs that the other planes have? Or is the cabin set up the s
51 Kaitak : Just shows - you learn a new thing every day! I never noticed any difference in the o/h bins; how much are they different? More capacity, or is it ju
52 Shamrock350 : Great photos! The A380 is such an impressive aircraft and those are great views of Heathrow just before landing. EasyJet added daily flights to MUC,
53 EISHN : The 'current' bins that Airbus that are offered on all new aircraft are more rounder in their shape, with cupped handles for opening, as well as bein
54 EIDAA : Great photos, thanks for sharing Bramble! Well, the ACARS report below shows EI-EWR has indeed now left for the UK, (Filton again as with EI-CRK), so
55 Post contains links OA260 : Aer Lingus suspends Belfast routes Tuesday, May 12, 2009 Chris Gray EasyJet and Ryanair claim Aer Lingus will be forced to scrap new routes at Gatwick
56 Shamrock350 : Ryanair has made some cuts at Shannon for the winter, any idea what routes are actually gone and what reductions have been made to remaining routes?
57 Bramble : With DM gone, EI have no loyaltyto BFS, no personal pride to be lost by reducing the base there. They have worked together. For exampl LGE base did t
58 COEI2007 : -ORD got no crew rest. Its just how the cabin is re-fitted. You would need to see it to see why they lost 4 J seats! The 332's gained 2 J seats as th
59 Nibog : Forgive my ignorance,LDCRM has something to do with crew rest,in fact is it lower deck crew rest module ??!!! Always thought over the years that this
60 OA260 : They are figures from the UK. Turkey is supposed to be booming this year. Non Euro countries are attracting the Brits this year due to the strength o
61 Nibog : [quote=OA260,reply=60]Biggest rising summer holiday destinations: . Los Angeles, USA (+170%) 5. Orlando, USA (+158%) Boy i knew that the USA was up,bu
62 CelticMech : To be picky..its actually a LD-MCR...Lower Deck Mobile Crew Rest. It can be installed and removed as required. Its loaded into the Aft Freight Hold.
63 Shamrock321 : Just bagged my cheapest flight ever day trip with FR to MAN for €12 all in!
64 OA260 : Yes I was looking yesterday and they had 0.00 flights and 1.00 no taxes flights to loads of UK destinations. I think DUB-ORK was also only €19 all
65 Shamrock321 : Some nasty charter delays in DUB today. Reus Jetx GX314 12-05-2009 14:30 Delayed 0130 Palma Tui TOM1273 12-05-2009 21:05 Delayed 0425 Altough we are o
66 TravelGuy : Out of curiosity, who published these figures? Are they collated from UK transport authorities' figures, or maybe put out by a tour operators' organi
67 Post contains links OA260 : LOL... they are the worst. We had a long delay once at Olympic and it was a priest who swore at me. I noticed BMI are doing quite a few charters this
68 Aer Lingus : in fairness having gone as a helper on these pilgrimages a lot of these peole are very sick, they can't help it if they're not able to disembark the
69 COEI2007 : Wow, I only booked a holiday with Thomas Cook about 10 days ago on Earl street. I wonder what will happen with there staff. That shop was always very
70 OA260 : Yes true. Alot of special needs passengers and I guess its not your normal run of the mill flight. When there are delays etc... it must make it hard.
72 Nibog : Aer Lingus, happy 9th birthday Seems the usual story,pity those landlords wouldn't reduce the rents,and try and keep the business there.
73 Aer Lingus : cheers didn't even notice it. 9 years... wow can't believe i've been around here that long!
74 SHAMROCK321 : Aer Lingus, I never disclosed the reason why I dislike looking after Lourdes flights, its certainly not the passengers I've got problems with! Unfortu
75 Aer Lingus : Try reassembling the electric ones on the LDE side when the patients arrive at the hospital, nightmare!
76 BrianDromey : Just in regards to EI's cost cutting and BFS/SNN bases; I wonder if DM's original plan was just to move the entire operation at SNN up to BFS in terms
77 AmricanShamrok : I wonder how SNN-LHR is doing. The 2 daily flights have been switched to A321s so hopefully the loads have improved.
78 EISHN : That's a great time but the prices are unbelievable for economy (lowest fare). I checked out SNN-CDG-AMS-CDG-SNN and the price came to EUR779! I noti
79 AmricanShamrok : I know yeah they're ridiculous I was checking for ORD ( ) and prices were over double EI's.
80 BrianDromey : Yes, they tend to be very dear for intra-europe flights. As I have said, in Ireland we have been spoilt by low-cost flights by EI, WW and FR. Mind yo
81 OA260 : Yes they have special fares Via Tour Operators and agents etc... actually there is a sale on at the moment. (Just dug it out of my trash ) I get tons
82 Post contains links CelticMech : "SR Technics to be sold by owners" Latest news on the Dublin Facility just released on RTE News. Hopefully more might become apparent within the next
83 OA260 : Thats terrible news. People keep saying that Ireland is going to come out but to be honest we have not seen the worst of this recession yet. There ar
84 PenPusher : Here is the text of a letter sent to the unions to-day concerning the sale of the APU and Landing Gear business. Quote... On behalf of SR Technics, t
85 TravelGuy : Realistically ORK t/a service is not going to come online (if it does at all) unless there is a substantial reduction in competing service ex-SNN. Th
86 BrianDromey : I agree with you completely. I do think it is one or the other for most airlines and with SNN having pre clearance for Customs and Immigration that c
87 Post contains links OA260 : Ryanair to charge €40 for boarding cards RYANAIR customers who arrive at the airport without their own pre-printed boarding card will face a €40 c
88 COEI2007 : Europe schedule ex DUB seems to be in the process of being loaded. ALC has been loaded, and AGA has been increaded from weekly to 2x weekly. GLA and E
89 Kaitak : That's very poor; proof, as if it were needed, that EI needs to review its short haul operation. Really sad to hear about SR Technics; this is the fi
90 Post contains links OA260 : NI confirms first swine flu case 151 passengers and crew on board the man's return Easyjet flight (EZY 737) from London Gatwick to Belfast Internation
91 Sawtooth : Someone was asking how EI NOC - LGW was going in the last thread. UK CAA provisional stats for April are out. load approx 67% - 5867 pax for the first
92 EIEGAA : Kaitak, have you got your copy of "Shamrocks from Seattle"?
93 AmricanShamrok : Delta's SNN-JFK-ATL is year round.
94 Kaitak : No; sorry, haven't ordered it yet, although I do intend to! It's just that I have a lot on at the moment. Not a lot of time for leisure reading!
95 Dejmurph : Folks Can anyone tell me which A330 operated the Dub MCO route today, EI 121? Thanks
96 Shamrock350 : I've just been told by someone who flew NOC-LGW-NOC this week that each flight had a Belfast crew member on board and the return flight today had a pa
97 Shamrock321 : EI-DUB operated the MCO flight today.
98 OA260 : Etihad Airways are offering J class 2 for the price of one. €3520 for both tickets to SYD. Not bad.
99 Goldcrest : BFS crew on board until all LGW crew have completed line integration ( on board training after ground school), this process will be completed by the w
100 Shamrock350 : Thanks for the information Goldcrest.
101 Bramble : Spot on. ALL new crew must operate their first flights under restriction/supervision. EI used DUB crew to perform the Line Integration at BFS last ye
102 Dejmurph : thanks for the info Shamrock, do you know if DUB is one of the refitted A330s?
103 CallBell : No EI-DUB is not retro-fitted with AVOD. It and JFK will remain as is as they are slated to leave the fleet next yr.
104 AerLingus747 : Does anybody know what happened to the DUBLIN sign on top of the terminal as it seems to have disappeared.
105 AmricanShamrok : I hope its not being gotten rid of. I always thought them DUBLIN, SHANNON & CORCAIGH signs on the terminals were cool. The DUB-YUL service operated b
106 EIASJ : No EI-DUB is not retro-fitted with AVOD. It and JFK will remain as is as they are slated to leave the fleet next yr. I am hoping to fly EI JFK - DUB
107 Post contains links Bramble : EI105/4 is supposed to always get a good aircraft as its the 'flagship'. EI109/8 is the last flight of the day and can often be left with an older A3
108 Shamrock321 : EI109/109 is more often than not EI-EAV. Unfortunatley I think its a little hard to succesfully avoid the older 2, its simply luck! Thankfully the odd
109 Post contains links OA260 : Irish airlines told to make fares clearer on websites ALL three of Ireland's airlines have fallen foul of requirements to make their prices fully tran
110 Post contains links EISHN : Someone wasn't impressed with Premier, even with the new product. http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/aer_ling.htm
111 AmricanShamrok : Finally maybe they might stop with the automatically-ticked boxes - like on aerlingus.com with the travel insurance & email offers. note to Indo: Ire
112 OA260 : Shame. I wouldnt pay for Premier at full wack either. Whilst EI are good for European I think they have lost the battle on longhaul even with the upg
113 EIDAA : Disappointing review, but I bought the optional upgrade to Premier from BOS to SNN / DUB over Christmas and slept most of the way... on my side in fac
114 Kaitak : " target=_blank>http://www.airlinequality.com/Forum/...g.htm Looking down through the various different reviews, the general tone seems to be: good o
115 COEI2007 : I'm hoping that that isnt the full schedule. As all long-haul's are still bookable, the schedule isnt finished, so hopefully BHX and MAN arent comple
116 Dejmurph : Hi Shamrock, can I ask were you get such information or is there a site were you can go to check details such as this to avoid me having to bother an
117 Bramble : Never let facts spoil a good story! Surprised the Indo didn't have a headline saying ""three quarters of Irish airlines mislead passengers!" Well it
118 COEI2007 : I've done MCO a good few times, and we normally get extra soft drinks loaded. But, passengers are constantly up in the galley looking for drinks out
119 BrianDromey : In the next few weeks I should be able to provide just such a report, although no Zlotys were paid! Im planning on Y outbound and J inbound, both fli
120 Kaitak : I wonder if there are any statistics available to show the most commonly used commercial aircraft flying into/out of DUB? I'm fairly certain that the
121 ClassicLover : Just arrived back to Dublin from Shannon... got the EI106 in, and I was on board EI-EAV... the aircraft was a state from the long flight, but that's t
122 Kaitak : Some nice flying there! I'm doing JER-MAN and MAN-AMS-DXB on Friday, with Bmibaby and KLM; really looking fwd to that. Coming back from DXB with AF,
123 COEI2007 : At least its back for the winter! SNN-ORD is bookable for the winter, but its via DUB on EI132/133, or via JFK with B6. And well done to our Eurovisi
124 Shamrock604 : Hello all! Long time since i've been on.. lots happening....! Did a two day trip to ZRH last week, im very pleased to advise that my Swiss flight over
125 Aer Lingus : and George Lee is on a reporting hiatus from RTE... surely not coincidental
126 Shamrock604 : Oh, of course not! Ha ha... But that said, I would vote him in as leader of the country any day!
127 COEI2007 : ''DUB/ALC 2 adults and two children. An excellent experience, very clean aircraft, on time arrival and a good price as well. Following my previous rev
128 Shamrock604 : It was the responsibility of the check in agents at MAN (who would have been the same company who boarded the flight) to do a Visa check as they chec
129 EISHN : I hear that FR have stopped play that song of theirs (the one from their in-flight service) and now play classical music during boarding and landing.
130 OA260 : Oh well like they say ''dont give up the day job''. She will be back selling Irish Breakfasts at 33,000 feet next week.
131 Shamrock604 : Pity really. Aside from the 30 million cost to RTE, the country could really have done with a good old Eurovision for advertising purposes.
132 OA260 : You know Ireland had its time , plenty of times and I think such expense would not be welcome right now. I guess it does bring alot of tourism in and
133 Shamrock604 : I'm sure given the PR benefits to be accrued to Aer Lingus, they would have come to some arrangements. Then again, it is EI we are talking about!
134 OA260 : Im surprised MOL didnt offer free flights for her not qualifying lol...
135 EISHN : Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová? A perfect way to sum up modern Ireland, whilst showing Europe that we've still got it. Plus you'd get the Czech v
136 Shamrock604 : Exactly.. but I think Marketa is Polish! I often wonder why we cant get some of our actual talent into eurovision, instead of this dire process where
137 OA260 : I didnt see any this year. I saw one last year but I think this year people went online and got their show tickets then went onto airline websites an
138 Aerdingus : I don't think so. A few friends of mine went, and they just took S7. They were on the telly & all after the Irish entry! Hope they come back with loa
139 TravelGuy : Meant to say seasonally adjusted services, to reflect the summer/winter timetables
140 EISHN : No, I'm 100% confident that she' s Czech! Did S7 add any extra flights to Moscow?
141 OA260 : No theyd be lucky enough to fill what they got last time I heard ! On another note I was thinking about Milstreet 1993 and remember back then the foo
142 Post contains links Kaitak : That was something of a golden time in Ireland; between the three consecutive Eurovision wins and of course, Riverdance, which came from an interval
143 Bramble : I read this one and have to say that often there is no milk. There is milk onboard but only 2 pints, after a couple of sectors its usually gone,espec
144 COEI2007 : Thats a bit harsh!! I dont think she will be flying for long! I think she did great, and represented us well!!. But Eurovision is a joke now. Bring b
145 Shamrock321 : The Irish entrant is back in DUB already, the y arrived on BD131 from LHR after transferring from a UN flight from DME, they had more luggage wows! Ub
146 OA260 : Acch Im joking lol... I actually would have liked it to get thru. I know how she feels. Hate that when it happens Have to head now Greece is on lol..
147 Shamrock321 : Just some points/updates. Monarch actually have 3 A321s based in DUB over the weekend this summer. They position out on Sundays nights one each to EDI
148 OA260 : BD 7763 DUB 0755 VRN 1125 BD 7764 VRN 2030 DUB 2210 Every Saturday. ----------------- BD 7675 DUB 0715 FAO 0955 BD 7676 FAO 1130 DUB 1420 Every Sunda
149 Shamrock321 : Thats good info OA260, can I ask where you got it?
150 OA260 : A mate of mine works for the Tour Operator that has chartered the A/C.
151 Post contains links OA260 : Aer Lingus bankruptcy claims dismissed The Chairman of Aer Lingus, Colm Barrington, has dismissed claims by Ryanair chief executive Michael O'Leary th
152 Shamrock604 : Meh.....Heard it all before...... but on a serious note: If anyone is any doubt about FR's real intentions for Aer Lingus, they should read this. I w
153 Aer Lingus : anyone (CelticMech?) tell me what a/c is sheduled for the 105 this thursday 21st may and then the 108 28th may? thanks
154 CelticMech : Its currently scheduled for EAV on 21sts EI-105 and EI-DUB on the return 108 on 28th
155 Aer Lingus : Cheers mate. looks like a book is in order for the return. the EI seat plan has been showing an upgraded A333 on it since I booked and one of the new
156 Toulouse : Hi all, Well had a nice week in Dublin last week. Flew EI533 TLS-DUB on Sunday 10th, flight arrived into TLS about 10 minutes late but we got into DUB
157 Bramble : I thought I saw an OnurAir A321 at DUB yesterday. Would this have been a different destination? That explains the 2 BD aircraft parked up near the to
158 Post contains links OA260 : Protest over second runway plan at Dublin Airport A number of people are protesting at Dublin Airport this lunchtime against the opening of a second r
159 Shamrock321 : The OnurAir A321 in DUB on Sunday morning was going to ADB. On Saturday night I was waiting on a later flight than normal to arrive, so I took a walk
160 Toulouse : Just one quick correction to my post 156, return load factor I believe I heard was 167 and not 177!! (don't worry they had no pax in the lavs or on th
161 Bramble : EI have standard 'daily rosters' for their aircraft. There is one for eaxh day of the week. The night before each aircraft is allocated a particular
162 Toulouse : Of course you all are Bramble! Funny one thing to strike me, I remember chatting to an EI girl in the GC lounge last year about her job, and then cha
163 Shamrock350 : Same thing happened on both my fights in March. The first time an announcement was made and they carried out the headcount but I thought this was bec
164 CallBell : An announcment is usually made, just to get people to stay in their seats to avoid double counting etc. On lightly loaded flights the crew could proba
165 ThrottleHold : It's actually an IAA requirement now.
166 CelticMech : From what you heard from Cockpit, id imagine it was something to do with the GPWS (Ground Proximity Warning System). The guys in the cockpit were mos
167 Toulouse : Thanks for that ThrottleHold. Thanks CelticMech. I explained it to my wife, an engineer with Airbus, and she guessed the same as you. Was just checki
168 Shamrock321 : I was in work on Friday night and noticed the delayed inbound flight from TLS. Also the Friday evening flight to MXP was delayed by about 3 hours! Wit
169 EISHN : I saw an ad in yesterdays Tribune with Emirates advertising flights Asia, via a connecting flight with Aer Lingus at Gatwick. It's good to see they fi
170 Kaitak : "Plane barking", "plane ignorant" and - yes - "plane stupid" ... didn't anyone tell them that the new runway has been deferred. That's interesting; i
171 Post contains links COEI2007 : Its a pain! Often the crew can do it without people knowing, so it seems like we do it sometimes, and other times we dont. Its annoying to do on the
172 Nibog : Great to see this,operating from Oct using a B777,so no more 2/3 stops to get to LAS.I used BA last year to MCO,which worked a lot cheaper that the E
173 Shamrock350 : I think it's great to see British Airways start this route, if it is offered to Irish customers through the Aer Lingus code share it will be even mor
174 BrianDromey : I dont see any reason why it would not be. All BA destinations are combinable with EI code-shares from ORK, DUB, SNN & BFS. Even UK domestics such as
175 Bramble : Well -EWR has already left. EI would not be keen to offload -DUB and -JFK as they are wholly owned by EI so keeping them increases the 'profit' EI ge
176 F1eddie : Has anyone read any rumors about MOL on the net. I am watching Vincent Browne ( TV3 political talk show ) and he reviews the newspapers front pages fo
177 Post contains links and images OA260 : Maybe . The article in the Telegraph back in March featured a photo where he didnt look his best :: Ryanair boss O’Leary blames recession for his w
178 AmricanShamrok : I saw that too! A huge shock if true...
179 COEI2007 : I have been hearing that for weeks. As much as many people dislike his style of business and his media antics, it would be terrible if its true
180 F1eddie : Yeah his business styles are mad, but it would be awful if this was true.....
181 BrianDromey : That would be terrible if true. Ireland would loose a very important and generally respected "straight-talker". Im more interested in the Star's sour
182 Post contains links OA260 : INM director joins Aer Lingus board Businessman Leslie Buckley has been appointed to the board of Aer Lingus as a non-executive director. Mr Buckley i
183 EIEGAA : Has anyone flown LGW-LAS with VS? The other half and I have are heading to Vegas for our honeymoon later this year and was wondering what to expect. N
184 Post contains links OA260 : Upgrades very rare to get so dont be too hopefull unless the flight is overbooked. You could book the V room as a treat to start your trip :: http://
185 JWMD123 : I flew LAS-LGW in late 2006 with VS and have to say it was the worst flight I have ever had. They use the old 744 equipment and also the plane was no
186 COEI2007 : They use the old 744, so I havent heard good reports. My sister flew with them and said it was a poor flight, and the crew just chatted about what th
187 EIEGAA : Cheers everyone. You could book the V room as a treat to start your trip :: I'm assuming that as we booked through Trailfinders and not Virgin Holiday
188 Shamrock104 : The V Room looks like a total scam if you ask me. 17 pounds for what? A few red chairs and fussball tables? Also, suprise surpise, alcohol costs extra
189 EISHN : It just says book on emirates.com
190 Neutral : From the DAA website Passenger throughput at Dublin Airport exceeded 1.7 million in April a 5% decline on the same period last year, according to the
191 AmricanShamrok : I don't get why people hate him, he has done great things for this country. His methods might be a bit...arrogant but he's just doing what he does be
192 OA260 : I personally would still book the V room just to try it once. £17 is not that much for a one off. See the email address on the link I gave. Send the
193 Post contains links Shamrock350 : Interesting Aer Lingus 747 video on YouTube. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1E-iMDMz8HM Some of it is already on YouTube but this has a little bit ext
194 Kaitak : That's a very impressive figure; it's probably fair to say that 100% of this is EY! They're now flying daily - were they daily in April ... just want
195 Neutral : Quote Kaitak Reply 194 Just out of interest - and I know I should by now - but when airlines refer to a figure of pax carried (such as the 21,000, abo
196 Kaitak : Many thanks for sharing this, Shamrock350; I love these old films. They're not just fascinating from an aviation point of view, but part of our histo
197 Kaitak : Thanks, although it's still a bit confusing; I wonder if another airline might have been included in this; 700 a day = 350 per flight = more than a 3
198 Neutral : I would say Aer Lingus Dublin to Agadir service is in the figures
199 OA260 : Great video ,the best I have seen so far. The AY Caravelle? At DUB is cool also. Are there any interior videos or shots of the cabins / seats just be
200 EISHN : Why do SR Technics do all push backs for EI at DUB? In SNN (at least, but I presume they do it in ORK as well) they do their own push backs and even h
201 PenPusher : Aer Lingus currently sub contract the line maintenance in Dublin of the A330 Fleet (except EI-DUZ) and the A320/A321 listed below to SR Technics. The
202 EISHN : Are 'A' checks done in the SR hangars, or out on the line? I thought that had all been exported.
203 PenPusher : Yes, SRT do the the 'A' checks on the contracted aircraft normally in Hangar 6.
204 BrianDromey : How was this situation ever allowed by the unions, surely it effectively amounts to "out sourcing" of EI jobs? It will be interesting to see wither t
205 Shamrock350 : I haven't seen the email's they send just before departure but the usual emails with their latest offers have always worked for me. The email I got t
206 OA260 : Etihad have a 5 day super sale on . AUH €150 BKK €250 + taxes . ---------------------
207 BrianDromey : Perhaps I should be clearer. the links work, but take you to the EI homepage, which is not what I expect when I click on "check-in". I've just reciev
208 Toulouse : Well talking about my beloved DUB-TLS service once again (sorry guys and girls!), Toulouse Airport has just today released their April statistics, and
209 CallBell : That would = a load factor of 74%. Not bad at all.
210 Post contains links Shamrock350 : Aer Lingus get into more trouble with the ASA thanks to EasyJet! Aer Lingus advert was ‘likely to mislead’ The Advertising Standards Agency has ru
211 Toulouse : Many thanks for that CallBell. Indeed, not a bad load factor. Pity it looks as though they're cutting it earlier than planned this year. I honestly j
212 Sawtooth : Maths not my strong point either (think it's a common Irish trait!) but this usually works for me: Aircraft Seats (A320) x Flights (total each way) =
213 Nibog : OA260 ,are these one way or return,mind you to go to AUH for that sort of money is pretty tempting,worry about the 45c when you get there!!!!. I also
214 OA260 : Yes they are return. Not bad at all. I would go but dont have the time and doing lots of DIY in the house incl new kitchen and appliances so thats wh
215 Post contains links and images Shamrock350 : Great to see the Toulouse route performing so well this year, hopefully it will continue to be a strong performer this summer. Strange to see it dropp
216 Kaitak : Thanks for sharing that, Shamrock350. I was wondering what became of the talks between EI and Airbus regarding the two A330s due for delivery next yea
217 CelticMech : This was discussed at the Board meeting at the start of this month. Apparently there is an AGM at the start of June and this is when the outcome of t
218 Bramble : Same as above. No-one knows what to expect on June 6th (D-day indeed!) Rumours are rife but atthey are definitely just that. Apparently Barrington doe
219 Toulouse : Many thanks for that Sawtooth, much appreciated! Indeed you may be right, using the calculations provided to me by Sawtooth, I've done the load facto
220 BrianDromey : Traditionally ORK has always had 5 daily LHR-ORK's, traditionally they have not been operated by A321, however. You have succinctly made a very valid
221 Post contains links PenPusher : www.nayak.aero have been looking around the SRT Line Maintenance Dept this week.
222 Bramble : Am not sure about the evening flight to/from SNN. But I can say that the EI381 is too early from LHR. Moving it back an hour or so may make it more a
223 Post contains links EI787 : Here is the information about EK and EI and their flight deals: http://www.emirates.com/ie/english/d...g_the_world_closer_to_ireland.aspx Notice that
224 Post contains links Kaitak : 14/09 is up and running ... http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/4418700/
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