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Irish 27/10: 50th Anniversary Of Irish Jet Flights  
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 13737 times:

This thread marks a very important and special anniversary. On the 14th December 1960, EI-ALA, an Aerlinte Boeing 720-048, carrying Sean Lemass and many other dignitaries, conducted the first scheduled jet flight by an Irish airline, as EI/IN 105 to SNN and IDW (Idlewild, before it was JFK ... who was at this time drafting his inaugural address, prior to his famous speech the following month).

Over those fifty years, we've seen many different aircraft, from long haul types like the 707, the A330, 767 and of course, the greatest of them all, the dear old 747. We've seen the BAC111 introduced on short haul and a forty year relationship with the 737, which began with the entry into service of EI-ASA in April 1969, and which of course continues to this day with Ryanair.

And happily, the one thing we have not seen is a single fatality involving a jet operated by an Irish airline. Long may that record continue.


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Yes, of course, things are fairly grim now, but the past few years have also seen some grim times in Irish aviation, what with the oil crisis of the early 1970s and the recession of the 1980s and 1990s. Sure, we've seen the highs and we've seen the lows, but we should be proud of what Irish aviation has achieved and raise a toast to all of those men and women who have contributed so much to making Irish aviation as safe and reliable as it is today. As the saying goes, "safety is no accident".

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User currently offlinewexfordflyer From Ireland, joined Jun 2009, 550 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 13659 times:

What a great opening post and nice photos to have a look at there too.


Come with me, there's a place I want you to see, where the leaves are dark, I've got a hiding place in central park.
User currently offline330guy From Ireland, joined Nov 2010, 453 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 13584 times:

Wonderful opening, Great photos and a great day for Irish Aviation.


Aircraft flown: a300/10/20/21/30/40, b727/37/47/57/67/, DC9, MD80-90, l1011, f50, atr42/72, shorts360, pc12
User currently offlineEIBusiness From Ireland, joined Feb 2010, 640 posts, RR: 7
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 13483 times:

Fantastic opening Kaitak! There's a career for you in literature!

It's wonderful to see how Irish aviation has progressed so much in the last 50 years.

Whilst the interim EI lounge at LHR is nothing short of an unsanitary detention centre as discussed on the last thread - there is one positive! My new GC cards arrived today complete with new Gold Circle branding - they look very impressive compared with previous versions.

It also appears that we are very near now to seeing an overhaul of the program, certainly during 2011.

EIBusiness



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User currently offlineViscount724 From Switzerland, joined Oct 2006, 25125 posts, RR: 22
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 13426 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
conducted the first scheduled jet flight by an Irish airline, as EI/IN 105 to SNN and IDW (Idlewild, before it was JFK

Minor correction -- code before JFK was IDL.


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days ago) and read 13373 times:

Thanks, Viscount 724!

Some unexpected (good) news today: Aer Lingus is launching some new routes to DUB from the end of March, including its first route to Turkey:

http://www.aerlingus.com/travelinfor...d=829df5d002ffe8297b40592b890153b3


User currently offlineneutral From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 309 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 13353 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Some unexpected (good) news today: Aer Lingus is launching some new routes to DUB from the end of March, including its first route to Turkey:

Yes nice to hear some positive news on the route front,not sure we'll hear the same from news from Ryanair after their reaction to the drop in airport tax.


User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 13348 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
On the 14th December 1960, EI-ALA, an Aerlinte Boeing 720-048, carrying Sean Lemass and many other dignitaries, conducted the first scheduled jet flight by an Irish airline, as EI/IN 105 to SNN and IDW (Idlewild, before it was JFK ... who was at this time drafting his inaugural address, prior to his famous speech the following month).

Hey Kaitak nice intro and pics. Nice to have a flash back from the past.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Aer Lingus is launching some new routes to DUB from the end of March, including its first route to Turkey:

Thats also great news , Izmir will do well , I can see some of the Irish Tour Operators taking seats on that for sure.

Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 3):
It also appears that we are very near now to seeing an overhaul of the program, certainly during 2011.

Will be interesting to see what finally happens after being told constantly for the last few years ''its being overhauled''. We will see if it will be something worth having rather than a mickey mouse operation that it is now. Also the ability to choose a fare which earns miles whithout having to pay 80% more for Y Flex is a must if they are to be taken seriously.


User currently offlinegosimeon From Ireland, joined Jan 2008, 663 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 13338 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Some unexpected (good) news today: Aer Lingus is launching some new routes to DUB from the end of March, including its first route to Turkey:

Brilliant news for a Tuesday morning   Good to see new routes coming from Aer Lingus, here's hoping they go great.


User currently offlinethediplomat From Ireland, joined Jun 2006, 382 posts, RR: 6
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13316 times:

Stuttgart is an old Lufthansa route, so I'm pleased they will be flying it. This is the kind of route that could be flown year round if the correct aircraft was available.

Izmir is a summer only route, but perhaps TK's onward connections at IST make that route impossible to compete on.


User currently offlinethediplomat From Ireland, joined Jun 2006, 382 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13314 times:

One thing - how many typos can an advert have

Two of the four cities are spelt in two ways in the advert.
The Travel dates are wrong
Fares not eligible for the accrual of Gold Circle Points - although no fares are mentioned.
They mention three cities and more... why not mention and Palma - one more letter - people dont fly to "and more..."


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 13298 times:

Great opening post Kaitak!

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Some unexpected (good) news today: Aer Lingus is launching some new routes to DUB from the end of March, including its first route to Turkey:

Well that's a nice surprise, Aer Lingus haven't been in expansion mode from DUB for a while so I hope these do well, especially Izmir.


User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13274 times:

Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 3):
Whilst the interim EI lounge at LHR is nothing short of an unsanitary detention centre as discussed on the last thread - there is one positive! My new GC cards arrived today complete with new Gold Circle branding - they look very impressive compared with previous versions.

I did notice the redesigned cards in the GC statement. Looking good. Hopefully the actualnprogramme will be revamped soon, and/or EI join an alliance. I agree that the LHR temporary lounge looks awful, I think the main issue is presentation. They could have done a much better job with the catering stations, which look dreadful, all the carpet and furniture is clearly taken from the old lounge and has seen better days.

Quoting thediplomat (Reply 10):
They mention three cities and more... why not mention and Palma - one more letter - people dont fly to "and more..."

Well palma is served from Dublin already, so they probably did not want tot give the impression they were starting DUB-PMI. good to see new routes from EI, and there is a mix of holiday routes and business destinations.



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 offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13252 times:
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Quoting thediplomat (Reply 10):
One thing - how many typos can an advert have

Oh dear......a simple "could you look over that for me?" could have prevented this mistake.

Lets hope that these routes are the first of many from EI/FR/RE etc to avail of the new DAA incentives.............


User currently offlineEIBusiness From Ireland, joined Feb 2010, 640 posts, RR: 7
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13245 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Some unexpected (good) news today: Aer Lingus is launching some new routes to DUB from the end of March, including its first route to Turkey:

This is very interesting and welcomed news! Moreover - these routes, which were obviously already in the pipeline can be used as ''anecdotal proof'' that EI have responded positively to the reduction in the Departure Tax - clever timing of the announcement in my opinion.

Regarding Izmir - That will be a long day on an A320! Around 3 Hours 50 Minutes flying time each way I make it to be? Small PTVs on the newer A320s would go down a treat on routes such as these. Onboard Wi-fi etc would be a great ancillary revenue generator.

Quoting oa260 (Reply 7):
Will be interesting to see what finally happens after being told constantly for the last few years ''its being overhauled''. We will see if it will be something worth having rather than a mickey mouse operation that it is now. Also the ability to choose a fare which earns miles whithout having to pay 80% more for Y Flex is a must if they are to be taken seriously.

Quite true. Although - I have seen a marked improvement recently with many non-flexible Y fares now being eligible for the accrual of points. Saying that however - I dropped back a tier this year, despite my flying increasing overall - as a result of many sectors not earning points.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 12):
I did notice the redesigned cards in the GC statement. Looking good. Hopefully the actualnprogramme will be revamped soon, and/or EI join an alliance. I agree that the LHR temporary lounge looks awful, I think the main issue is presentation. They could have done a much better job with the catering stations, which look dreadful, all the carpet and furniture is clearly taken from the old lounge and has seen better days.

Indeed - they look rather nice (Although the picture is not very clear). The engraved re-branded Gold Circle Club wording is very impressive. I feel that this rebranding is certainly in anticipation of an overhaul of the program. We can be certain that changes will be rolled out during 2011.



Very much agreed also on the LHR ''lounge''. My concern also was - what was that large black bin liner doing in a fridge containing beverages? It was filled with something - with exactly what I'm not certain but it looked truly awful. Speaking with the ground staff - I'd also be VERY surprised if free Wi-Fi is available in the new lounge at LHR!

EIBusiness



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User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 15, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 13208 times:

Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 14):
Speaking with the ground staff - I'd also be VERY surprised if free Wi-Fi is available in the new lounge at LHR!

Service was provided by BTOpenzone last time I was in LHR. It's the same story in the Star and BD lounges, although they will give you an access card, if requested. EI could do the same, if they wanted to.



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 offlineEIBusiness From Ireland, joined Feb 2010, 640 posts, RR: 7
Reply 16, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 13189 times:

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 15):

Service was provided by BTOpenzone last time I was in LHR. It's the same story in the Star and BD lounges, although they will give you an access card, if requested. EI could do the same, if they wanted to.

Absolutely Brian. In 2010/2011 - it's really not up to par when free Wi-Fi access it not provided, especially in the LHR lounge - considering the importance of the route. I do wish Wi-Fi was more freely available across airports though in general. In the States a few months back - it was free in SLC, MCO and DTW. It would be nice to see such initiatives rolled out more widely across airports.

Aer Arann/Aer Lingus extend franchise service

http://www.rte.ie/news/2010/1214/aerarann-business.html

A strong focus on feeding the Long Haul network again which is very good to see:

Aer Arann and Aer Lingus are adding a sixth plane to their fleet as part of its franchise agreement.

The new plane will be used to launch two new routes between Dublin and Bristol and Aberdeen from March, with onward connections from to Dublin to Aer Lingus trans-Atlantic services.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, will fly three return flights six days a week and two return flights on Saturdays between Dublin and Bristol.

The Dublin flights will connect Aer Lingus' New York, Boston, Chicago and Orlando services to and from Bristol, which currently has no direct services to the US.

The new Dublin-Aberdeen services will operate every day except Saturday. The Scottish airport also has no direct services to the US.

The new routes increases the total number of Aer Lingus Regional routes to 15, with passenger numbers expected to grow to 750,000 next year.

'The additional aircraft and routes demonstrate the confidence of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus in the franchise flying model that matches capacity and frequency requirements to demand,' commented Aer Arann's chief executive Paul Schutz.

Finally: Here is an extract from Flyertalk regarding a recent passenger experience in C class on the MAD-IAD route:

Quote:
I was on MAD-IAD in C 10 days ago. The Recaro business seats are no match for the new C seats on United. They are lie flat but slanted. They have an IFE system similar (same movies) to UA's but with smaller screens. I must have been really tired because I managed to sleep about 4 hours despite the seats. Be very careful with any personal items of value as these seats tend to gobble up loose items when you change the seat position. It took me 10 minutes to free up the power cord for my MacBook Pro. (Although there are AC outlets for each seat, my Mac's 85W power supply overwhelmed the circuit instantly.) My headphones (fortunately, EI's not mine) disappeared near the end of the flight; only the plug end of the cable was visible and despite my best effors, I was unable to extract the rest.

It's quite impressive, not necessarily in a good way, how much the Recaro seats move when you switch from one seat position to another. It's easy to get your leg jammed between the foot rest and the foot-end of the pod while the seat is going through its motions to change positions. Really made me appreciate UA's new C seats; had UA chosen these seats instead, I am certain there would have been disparaging FT threads of record-length.

The FAs on my flight were IAD-based. They were friendly but did not that seem all that well trained. Drinks were not well timed with meals, or just forgotten. Same with desserts. The FAs apparently forgot about returning the C passengers' coats until after we landed at IAD. Then they couldn't leave their seats until we arrived at the gate. It made for more than the usual let-me-off-the-plane scrum.

Regards,

EIBusiness



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User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 13128 times:

Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 16):
Finally: Here is an extract from Flyertalk regarding a recent passenger experience in C class on the MAD-IAD route:

Seems that the rate of churn at the IAD base is still causing problems. The IAD base is not brand new, so there should be a certain fluidity and polish to the service at this stage. This is more of the "twill do" attitude.

Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 16):
Aer Arann/Aer Lingus extend franchise service

This is a positive development. Nice to see EI back in BRS, their original route and one which struggled with an A320. That makes 3 aircraft at DUB (Serving ABZ, BLK, BRS, CWL, EDI, GLA, EDI) 2 at Cork (BHX, BRS, EDI, GLA, JER, MAN) and 1 at SNN (BHX, MAN, EDI, GLA)?



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 offlineCOEI2007 From Vanuatu, joined Jan 2007, 1912 posts, RR: 5
Reply 18, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13029 times:

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 17):
Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 16):
Finally: Here is an extract from Flyertalk regarding a recent passenger experience in C class on the MAD-IAD route:


Seems that the rate of churn at the IAD base is still causing problems. The IAD base is not brand new, so there should be a certain fluidity and polish to the service at this stage. This is more of the "twill do" attitude.

Well theres more new IAD crew starting soon, so that wont help things. It takes experienced crew showing new crew the service and tips/tricks, particularly in the Business cabin, to make make the service run smoothly, and ensure attention to detail is present.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 17):
Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 16):
Aer Arann/Aer Lingus extend franchise service


This is a positive development. Nice to see EI back in BRS, their original route and one which struggled with an A320. That makes 3 aircraft at DUB (Serving ABZ, BLK, BRS, CWL, EDI, GLA, EDI) 2 at Cork (BHX, BRS, EDI, GLA, JER, MAN) and 1 at SNN (BHX, MAN, EDI, GLA)?

Great to see the EI regional service expand. BRS has just lost their CO service, so this gives them another option other than KL via AMS.

The new services brings the EIR operation up to 6 aircraft, and they had recently said it would go up to 7, so I wonder where the 7th will be based, and what routes it will operate?

Quoting neutral (Reply 6):
Quoting kaitak (Reply 5):
Some unexpected (good) news today: Aer Lingus is launching some new routes to DUB from the end of March, including its first route to Turkey:

Great to finally hear some positive news!

New EI routes:

DUB: Izmir, Stuttgart, Perpignan, Bristol, Aberdeen
ORK: Palma
SNN: Gatwick
BFS: Gran Canaria

Plus increased frequencies on ORK-AMS, ACE, TFS, FAO and DUB-BRU, AMS, DUS, MXP, ZRH, MRS, BUD, BOJ and BOS.


User currently offlineEI747SYDNEY From Ireland, joined Oct 2005, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12988 times:

Has anyone got any pictures from their own collections of the EI L10-11 tristar and the MD-11?

I know of the pics on the database but if any are out there gathering dust Im sure we would all like to see them.

Thanks in advance

Robbie  



''Live life on the edge, Live each and every day like it's your last, Hell you only live once''
User currently offlinethediplomat From Ireland, joined Jun 2006, 382 posts, RR: 6
Reply 20, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 12959 times:

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 13):
a simple "could you look over that for me?"

Well, EI have changed the advert to make up from the mistakes- mostly - still spelling Perpignan wrong in one location though. The terms and conditions are also still innacurate.

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 17):
This is more of the "twill do" attitude.

Many many years ago i remember walking into the EI office in Dun Laoghaire to tell them the huge huge poster in the window had Stanstead spelt incorrectly.


User currently offlinethediplomat From Ireland, joined Jun 2006, 382 posts, RR: 6
Reply 21, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12954 times:

No sign yet of the Dublin - Southend service, nor the anticipated switch of LDY and CFN services to EI logos either - both routes expected to survive the PSO culls.

User currently offlinebx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 678 posts, RR: 3
Reply 22, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12932 times:

Quoting thediplomat (Reply 20):
Many many years ago i remember walking into the EI office in Dun Laoghaire to tell them the huge huge poster in the window had Stanstead spelt incorrectly.

I spotted the deliberate mistake  

The GC lounge in LHR is not a good image for the airline to promote and is a shame to see.

Regarding the flight time to Izmir, I would reckon that it would be nearer to 4hrs 45mins, making it one of, if not the longest EI short haul flight. Any news of the rumoured expansion out of IAD.


User currently offlineEIBusiness From Ireland, joined Feb 2010, 640 posts, RR: 7
Reply 23, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 12914 times:

Quoting bx737 (Reply 22):

Regarding the flight time to Izmir, I would reckon that it would be nearer to 4hrs 45mins, making it one of, if not the longest EI short haul flight. Any news of the rumoured expansion out of IAD.

Oops!! Typo there on my part Bx737! Well spotted.

However - I've just loaded the program into an RC download that I have and it states 3hrs 55mins @ economical A320 speed at cruising altitude of 37,000 FT, including climb and descent times...

It would probably be a little more than that surely.. Especially on the return with headwinds generally persisting heading Westbound.

4hrs 45mins would be very difficult on a 320!

EIBusiness



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User currently offlineoa260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 12874 times:

Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 14):

Quite true. Although - I have seen a marked improvement recently with many non-flexible Y fares now being eligible for the accrual of points. Saying that however - I dropped back a tier this year, despite my flying increasing overall - as a result of many sectors not earning points.

But is it still the situation that you cant book your desired class to earn miles and it still forces you to buy the cheapest even though you would be happy to pay an extra EUR10-20 to earn miles?

Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 14):
I'd also be VERY surprised if free Wi-Fi is available in the new lounge at LHR!

Sit outside the BMI lounge  


25 shamrock604 : Anyone know why a US Airways A330 put in an appearance at Terminal 2 today? It wasnt the regular PHL as that departed about an hour before I saw the A
26 Humberside : SNN aircraft operates MAN, BRS and BHX. GLA is a w pattern with an ORK based aircraft. EDI-SNN is currently unserved
27 thediplomat : With FR having dropped EDI SNN, there is a market there, but obviously there is no free aircraft for the service. If RE were to bite the bullet and g
28 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : We certainly have had a very healthy safety record. Although the Tuskar Rock air disaster involving Aer Lingus flight EI712 in 1968 killed 61 passeng
29 shamrock321 : DUB-ADB is great news but it is not a summer only route, EI could make this 1 weekly like FUE was last winter and make it work.
30 bx737 : Perpignan (EI take note as thediplomat so correctly pointed out) is a good access point for Northern Spain (Girona) as well as for parts of France we
31 kaitak : Ah, but that wasn't a jet aircraft. Of all the major carriers that started jet operations in the late 50s/early 60s, only three - Finnair, Qantas and
32 COEI2007 : Not yet. Presumably operating with a LGW aircraft. Hopefully CDG will perform well, and go daily, which could lead to a second based 320 in SNN. It c
33 AerLingusA330 : When the first talk of an EI openskies route (MAD-IAD in particular) started, I feared this very thing. This route is not indicative of typical Aer L
34 Post contains links tonymctigue : I stumbled across this on YouTube just there. I'm sure most of you have seen this before but just in case. My God, how things have changed. http://www
35 Post contains images oa260 : Ive never seen that ! Certainly is an ocean away from now. They were probably good back then in J also
36 AmricanShamrok : It would certainly seem that way given the amount of bad reports being posted. I wonder just how significant the financial gain is for EI operating t
37 Post contains links and images eirbus06 : Hi there, Check out this site, Some excellent old pics! Irishairpics
38 thediplomat : If that was FR today, the aircraft would be called "the spirit of the M3 Bypass"
39 Post contains links gosimeon : A bit of negative press for T2 today. According to the Indo: "Yesterday there were almost as many staff as passengers inside. Departures was a veritab
40 Post contains images PM : Thanks for this, kaitak. My own first jet flight was on an Aer Lingus 1-11 45 years ago next month: January 1966. I had no idea that was just a few ye
41 Post contains links Eagleboy : But spot on. Seems mad to have the opening on Nov 19th and then only EY fully operating from T2. Apparently the airline preference was to have US fli
42 EIBusiness : To be honest, its all a little farcical at this point. It was also only a matter of time before the situation grabbed media attention. I do love the
43 tonymctigue : It wouldn't be in the Indo if it wasn't tabloid-style negativity. While T2 has officially been opened, it will not be fully up and running until well
44 wexfordflyer : Exactly! I don't see what all of the fuss is about. Of course it would be great if T2 could have opened up in full swing straight away but this isn't
45 EireRock : Couldn't agree more, a few months wait isn't going to kill anybody and it gives all staff a chance to get used to the new building and its nooks and
46 shamrock321 : DL177 to ATL was cancelled today due ATL being snow closed! Flight rescheduled to MSP, one of the benifits of having multiple US hubs! No problem for
47 wexfordflyer : The news on new routes from EI and EIR are great. It's great to hear some good news when all we are hearing these days is doom and gloom. Great to see
48 oa260 : I guess when EI move all their operations it will be a different story and will look like it should do. This is only a transition period.
49 330guy : there was a US Airways 330 diverted to Shannon with a medical emergency yesterday, maybe it had something to do with that. It's on AV Herald, I can't
50 tonymctigue : Exactly. For once, an Irish organisation took note of past mistakes and took steps to avoid doing the same and of course, an Irish media ogranisation
51 kaitak : I always regret never having flown on an Aer Lingus One Eleven; I missed a few other types, such as the Saab 340 and the 707 too. It's amazing how mu
52 tonymctigue : I was too young to remember, but I think I just may have flown on an EI 707 when I was very, very young. My mother always gives this description of f
53 kaitak : A little update on the next batch of Aer Lingus A320s; LN 4572 will be EI-EVK. The next one will be LN 4678; the may well go for EI-EVL, unless they'r
54 EIBusiness : Certainly agree with the negative tone of the INM group through their various media outlets. That said however - initially, the perception was given
55 thediplomat : There were, and they live in Washington. From what I understand from someone who worked on the T2 project - the CBP issue is nothing to do with the D
56 airfinglas : Hi Shamrock604 I was on the Lufty flight to Frankfurt yesterday and I noticed the US Airways A330 parked on a gate in T2. At about 12:30 it was towed
57 shamrock604 : I have the same feeling - although I have noticed there seem to be a few more EI flights now using T2, with WAW, MAN, BHX, ALC and GVA flights using
58 Post contains images PM : Alas, no. I was ten.
59 EIBusiness : I think that you should be ok AirFinglas.. The winds are initially N/NW'ly in nature.. The latest TAF calls for a less than 50% chance of light to mo
60 Post contains images oa260 : Cool im flying in today albeit a day late due to Greek ATC on stike yesterday, still gave me an extra days vacation I heard the snow was coming back,
61 shamrock604 : Its looking more likely that there will indeed be some snow this afternoon at DUB according to the latest forecast, not Just DUB but most airports ac
62 Post contains links kaitak : MO'L talks about FR becoming more like Tesco (Tesco's views on this are not mentioned!) Not that I'd wish to cross swords with Ireland's leading busin
63 Post contains images shamrock604 : To be fair, MOL has spoken of enhancing the product on previous occasions. To my mind, the single biggest improvemnt would be to abolish the scrum bo
64 EIBusiness : I can't see the risk of extensive snowfall in DUB today though? There may be back edge snowfall as the cold front clears southwards, along with snow
65 shamrock604 : Latest Forecast is: TAF EIDW 160500Z 1606/1706 26022G33KT 9999 SCT015 OVC024 TEMPO 1607/1615 3000 -RADZ BKN010 BKN020CB BECMG 1610/1612 34015G26KT TEM
66 Post contains links sawtooth : This site had some airport snow predictions yesterday: http://www.irishweatheronline.com/20...-forecasts-for-irish-airports.html
67 EIBusiness : Indeed Sawtooth, Although - they are just using the MetE TAFs issued at SNN as guidance. Seems that there are quite a few weather sites out there. Wh
68 sawtooth : TheAirDB.com today showing FlyBe starting NOC-EDI. Bookable on the Flybe site from March.[Edited 2010-12-16 03:31:04]
69 shamrock604 : Good news, yet I suspect FR will not suffer this incursion on its territory for very long!
70 Post contains links EIBusiness : Interesting that EI are still recruiting for various positions, with a few more having been advertised in the past week... Here's an interesting choic
71 shamrock604 : Hehe... priceless! Perhaps they should also require the same of whomever updates the website?
72 Eagleboy : I notice that the pic were taken landside. So looks like a journo took a drive out to the terminal and went looking for a story. Maybe if he had of t
73 330guy : I found a really interesting item today when I was going trough some old stuff in my parents house, A book called "Flight of the Iolar" Its a history
74 kaitak : Yes, a really good book; it was published to coincide with the 50th anniversary. I found it fascinating, some really good anecdotes. Wish there were
75 Post contains links kaitak : A Dublin based leasing company, Avalon, has ordered eight A320s with Sharklets: http://atwonline.com/eco-aviation/ne...dn&YM_RID=johnfitz190969@GM
76 oa260 : BFS and BHD closed this morning , the snow hit overnight up here. They are reviewing the situation at around 10am, hopefully the airports will re open
77 thediplomat : Snow from 6am in Knock EIKN 170500Z 1706/1806 29008KT 9999 SCT010 SCT018CB TEMPO 1706/1806 1200 SHSN BKN004 BKN016CB Snow from 9am in Shannon EINN 170
78 Eagleboy : This is the reason I rely on A.net (plus another weather site) for my forecast. RTE usually don't even have an updated radar chart....... Just had a
79 330guy : There may be with the 75th Anniversary in 2011, If not an updated version maybe a whole new book itself.
80 shamrock321 : 1050 now at DUB and we have a blue sky! Hope it stays!
81 EIBusiness : We are in a Northerly arctic, veering Northwesterly polar flow.. Unlike the last spell which was a direct Easterly flow, Eastern and Southeastern are
82 AmricanShamrok : Sun shining bright with not a cloud in the sky all morning here in Limerick city.
83 Post contains images al2637 : Snow is coming down heavily in AMS now. Schiphol has been closed most of the morning. First EI flight in and out cancelled, the rest have no status ye
84 gosimeon : I think that'd be a good idea, is there a spare widebody lying around DUB today for them to use? Hope you make your flight!
85 Post contains images shamrock604 : 7 per day! You forgot the Cork Flights! Thought I'd warn you in advance, as when the rebels see that statement, they wont be happy! Still beautiful b
86 shamrock350 : Well there was quite a sudden and heavy snow shower at LHR an hour or so ago, most of west London avoided the snow during the last cold snap a few wee
87 Post contains images al2637 : Ops.. meant to say routes EI have 7 (all) cancelled flights from AMS today. I've rebooked for tomorrow afternoon, but it looks like more heavy snow t
88 AmricanShamrok : Just starting to snow here at SNN now. LHR flights running between an hour and two hours late, otherwise no delays/cancellations.
89 thediplomat : Did the first CDG operate today?
90 Post contains images shamrock604 : Still waiting here in DUB! Just put up one last set of outdoor lights, so im actually hoping for just a wee bit of (non disruptive) snow... I really t
91 Post contains links kaitak : I agree, up to a point. It's all a question of timing; I really don't think EI can wait until 2013/14; I don't think WX could either. As for RE, I th
92 callbell : An A330 (EI-ORD) was sent to FRA this evening to help with the backlog. All AMS flights were canx. The shooting happened at the back of the airport, w
93 EIBusiness : Sounds very serious. Whatever about shotguns, I can say for certainty that the area parallel to 28 is no stranger to less than savoury activity. I wa
94 eicvd : Thats were that car-jack/murder happened a few years ago. I never go there late in winter (or when its dark in summer either), fellow "spotters" are
95 shamrock604 : WX can certainly wait - the RJ85's are recent additions to their fleet and have many years left in them yet. Ah, the worst they are up to is either a
96 330guy : I seen a DHL 757 today parked up with the DHL A300 at T2, Iv never noticed it before was this just an extra flight for christmas mail or is it usually
97 shamrock321 : Indeed ORD went to FRA, DUS up to A321 nothing to amazing there! LH sent the normal A320 quess its hard for them send anything biggert with so many pr
98 oa260 : BHD and BFS still closed its hit the North really badly. I guess at least some will have the chance to change their flights and rebook out of DUB whil
99 Post contains images airfinglas : I thought Dublin might have been my problem but it turned out my travel sting in the tail came in Frankfurt. Managed to get out of Milan on Thursday
100 SURFER : With LHR and LGW closed ,diversions are starting here in SNN,first in is DAL10(ATL-LHR 767-400) just landed and is going to depart again at 1500 provi
101 EI320 : Seems to be another 3 Speedbirds on the way in. Things could get quite hectic down there soon!
102 Post contains images eicvd : Oh I wouldnt be nervous or worried, id just rather not be near those sort of people
103 SURFER : BA68(767) from toronto,BA114(747) from JFK and BA98(767) from PHL.Just heard the 3 captains say to the handler on the radio to start looking for hote
104 AmricanShamrok : It did indeed. A 30 minute delay departing SNN and arriving at CDG. I laughed out loud at that!! Nice. If the roads weren't so dodgy I'd head out the
105 al2637 : 4 hour checkin queues at AMS, a lot of EI pax missing flights Finally on board, just hope we make it away before the snow starts again
106 shamrock350 : BBC News just reported that all easyJet and Aer Lingus flight's are grounded at LGW for the rest of the day. No doubt Aer Lingus at LHR will be the sa
107 shamrock604 : No less than 2 ba 747's, 2 AA 777's and a DL 767 parked up at terminal 2 here in DUB also!
108 david_itl : There's 2 or 3 more VS flights heading for SNN
109 eirbus06 : Vir901 from tokyo heading to SNN, also Vir652 from lagos. Both A340-600's
110 eicvd : & it looks like a VS A346 from PVG is heading in to DUB.
111 Post contains images al2637 : Arrived in DUB Only 24 hours late. Lots of empty seats on the flight, even tho there still seems to be a large backlog in AMS. Fair play to the girl a
112 shamrock604 : If it's the same girl at the AMS ticket desk who has helped me out so many times in the past, she is an absolute credit to Aerlingus!!
113 Greenjet : VS024 from LAX is now also heading to SNN. G-VMEG.
114 oa260 : Nice photo ops at DUB and SNN it seems. Looking at the pics on Sky News LHR looks amazing. There is a real North South split in the weather here in Ir
115 EI2KSEA : Arrived in on the 136 from BOS on Thursday morning. Thankfully managed to dodge weather on the other side and this side too! I must say that the EI se
116 eicvd : Im not long home from DUB, tried to get a photo or 2 but the camera died on me! Terminal 2 certainly looked like it was well used anyway! A few other
117 Post contains images oa260 : Thats the last time I send you out on a mission Shame it would have been cool to see T2 with the BA metal.
118 grimey : I took a drive around DUB earlier and T2 looked great with all those wide bodies. How are they going to move the VS A346? Does DUB have the correct to
119 grimey : BA B747 - JFK BA B747 - HOU VS A346 - PVG AA B777 - ??? AA B777 - ??? Any ideas where the 2 AA aircraft came from? Grimey
120 eicvd : The AA & DL departure times are listed on the DAA website.
121 CelticMech : Yes they have the correct towbar in Dublin. Its the exact same fittings on the A330/A340 (-200/300). The only thing that would be ( if even) differen
122 330guy : Does anyone have any ideas when all these heavies will be leaving DUB at, I'm guessing tomorrow morning sometime?
123 eicvd : London-LHR American Airlines AA116 19/12 09:30 London-LHR American Airlines AA98 19/12 11:15 London-LHR Delta Air Lines DL9859 19/12 08:30 No info on
124 Greenjet : AC868 from YYZ to LHR is also being diverted to DUB.
125 grimey : There is a risk of some snow overnight in DUB so they could be there a little while longer, although I don't think the snow will be too heavy to do th
126 Post contains images 330guy : Cool, it's my birthday tomorrow so a nice pressie would be to see some heavy metal.... Also I can't help but think that this can only be a win for the
127 BrianDromey : I might as well add my travel story to the board! Two hour delay on EI3729 to cork from MAN tonight. T1 is like a ghost town, just the 70 ish Cork str
128 shamrock604 : Must say T2 more closely resembles LHR T5 than Dublin this evening with the selection of BA, AA and VS widebodies!
129 kaitak : Good news for A330 fans: DL will be operating 330s to DUB during the months of June, July and August next year; all other types will be 767s. Just fro
130 shamrock321 : Just finished a 17 hour shift! Was involved with all the diversions, busy busy day! VS251 was the only problem, bulk hold froze, had to send some pass
131 Post contains images al2637 : @shamrock321 I don't know who you are or what you do, but from today I suddenly have a lot of respect for airline employees who go out of their way to
132 Post contains images planemanofnz : Oh god, another 330 service! Already there's Aer Lingus, Etihad and Air Transat flying them to DUB! Why won't anybody fly the 777 into Ireland? I'd l
133 Post contains links Eagleboy : The DAA should ensure MoL knows that DUB T2 was at max capacity so soon after the opening!!!!! Absolutely. And as T2 is 'designed to make arriving as
134 psimpson : Can anybody confirm that Aer Lingus no longer operate Airbus 321 EI-CPC?
135 shamrock104 : Missed connected to LED during the cold snap two weeks ago. Have to say the KLM agents in Schiphol were the rudest people I have ever dealt with. 1 i
136 Post contains links Eagleboy : I can remember a bad snow dump in AMS about 6-7 years ago. AMS closed due to blizzard. KLM just fell apart. We were stuck on the aircraft as the KLM
137 Post contains images oa260 : Happy Birthday Very true its certainly a good practice for any future handling. Looks fab with those BA 747's Very nice , will be nice to see them. W
138 psimpson : Thanks Eagleboy for your reply regarding Aer Lingus A321 EI-CPC. I certainly this not see this coming i.e. Aer Lingus disposing of its A321s. I see th
139 airfinglas : An early Christmas present for GC members arrived from Aer Lingus this week. A Tipperary Crystal bowl and an Aer Lingus 2011 Calendar entitled 'Aer Li
140 oa260 : EI-CPH is stuck at T1 LHR , just seen it on Sky News. Looks like it will be there for quite a while.
141 Eagleboy : Juat looking at the DAA website. All the EI flights to LHR are showing cancelled. Looks like all those diversions are staying out for a while The Iris
142 Post contains links IRISH251 : The Dublin photographers were busy today, recording the diverted aircraft. Lots to look at here: http://www.flickr.com/search/?q=eidw&ss=1&s=r
143 Post contains links and images oa260 : Brilliant link and some really nice photos. Every cloud has a silver lining it seems, well for spotters anyway For anyone interested here are some pi
144 shamrocka330 : Are the diverted aircraft still in DUB?
145 Post contains links Eagleboy : Been looking at www.dublinairport.ie and seeing the 2 AA and DL not departed yet, no mention of the VS, AC or BA flights. I love these 2 images: http
146 Post contains images 330guy : Thier all still there, T2 looks great with 74's parked up.... the Air Canada flight is parked over by the tower... I think it's a 777 but I didn't get
147 Post contains images oa260 : My fav , DAA should use this in future marketing. After getting the rights of course
148 auntie : I notice some of the EI aircraft now have the last 2 letters of the reg on the top of the tail. Is this due to new regulations or something? (Apologie
149 IRISH251 : Air Canada is a 767-300, C-FMWP. It was on flight AC868 from YYZ to LHR.
150 Post contains links oa260 : A landing video at DUB I took the other day , T2 looks a bit different than yesterday and today : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_wIDws6_QOE
151 kaitak : Just a question about aircraft which are diverted. It's probably a fair guess that there will be a few Irish passengers on these flights; if they end
152 oa260 : I wondered that myself but what about baggage and customs etc? Are they allowed to off load baggage on a diversion just for a few passengers? If you
153 grimey : Even if they are put up for 2 nights in Dublin. There must be around 2000 people stranded in DUB at the moment, does each person get their own hotel
154 CaptainMeeerkat : Would the airline take off, knowing that there are more bags than passengers who own them? Yes it is not lawful from origin to destination for an air
155 Post contains links AuleyAir : I found some better picture of the diverted Flight on Boards.ie http://www.boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055093842&page=90 I was up in DUB
156 CaptainMeeerkat : I will be damned if I can remember details but I'm sure a Virgin A346 diverted to DUB sometime in the distant past. And Turkish sent a few A340s to D
157 grimey : Great pictures and if you look at the VS A340 you can see VS luggage containers lined up beside the aircraft so they must have taken all the pax lugg
158 Post contains images oa260 : Im not sure I guess they could request people to do so. Its a tricky one sharing with a stranger but sometimes if your delayed you get chatting to so
159 bx737 : DUB-SNN flights operated by Aer Lingus Commuter were EI-08x with the odd flights going to SNN and even flights routing to DUB, so EI2089 was probably
160 capicuuu : Hi guys! Always see you guys on about Dublin and had the pleasure of being on AA116 (11:40pm JFK-LHR). Was quite interesting to see the 2 AA birds and
161 shamrock321 : There was no immigration problems for any of the diverted passengers, and they all have their own hotel room spread across the city! AA do have staff
162 oneworld77 : Been on a few diversions over the years. On a short diversion - you're not allowed to off load yourself. This happened me in CWL a few years ago when
163 Post contains links oa260 : I remember that happened in SNN once to a SVO-SNN-HAV and some didnt turn back up and they were glad to give up their passports lol... A news article
164 Post contains links gosimeon : All this talk of old Aer Lingus literature reminds me of a dusty old brochure I found in the college library last year. It was from the early 80's I
165 neutral : Just looking at some of the photos of pier E with the wide body aircraft can they have 6 wide body aircraft parked on the side that faces pier B there
166 bx737 : Have that book too (spot the nerd). It called "Story of an Airlines Saints". It is not dated and it lists the EI fleet as follows: BAC1-11: EI-ANE, A
167 330Guy : You'll probably find that its likely that exact aircraft has been to DUB several times, FLS used to do maintanaince for Virgin and thier A340's. Befo
168 capicuuu : So AA116 is gone now? Hmm well I would have made it on time after all :/ Now just need to check and see if they will reimburse any money from my other
169 shamrocka330 : At the airport now, AA 777 and US Airways A330 departed over the last 30 minutes. There's still 2 BA 744s, an AA 777 and the Virgin A346 on pier E.
170 tonymctigue : I took a quick spin down to SNN there yesterday. It was like a parking lot. There were at lease three VS A340's there, two BA B747's and Two BA B777's
171 shamrocka330 : DL 764 about to take off at DUB with Air Canada 767 being towed from the parking area beside the tower over towards the stands. EI A320 has just retur
172 eicvd : The VIP A346 VP-CCC was a visitor for maintanaince aswell.
173 shamrocka330 : Heavy snow at DUB now, can't even see the planes landing or the planes parked at the gates!
174 Post contains links gosimeon : My new desktop background: http://twitpic.com/3hs3a0 Dublin Airport sure looks nice!
175 EIBusiness : Two distinct snow streamers have developed from the Isle of Man downward on the approach to DUB! They are separated laterally by no more than ten naut
176 neutral : Its belting down snow now and I'm only about 3 miles away from Dublin Airport
177 shamrock321 : Im also about 3 miles from DUB and there is a blue sky here!
178 EIBusiness : Neutral - you are north of DUB and S321 you are South? That's how narrow the shower bands are but they are locally heavy...
179 EIBusiness : Contamination now exceeding 20MM on the centerline... Looking at the latest Radar imagery - this area of snow is really developing over the Irish Sea
180 Post contains links CaptainMeeerkat : Is there anything moving there now? Departures board on www.dublinairport.com shows little movement since around 4pm..
181 EIBusiness : Most aircraft are returning to stand or not moving at the moment - the depth of contamination is not acceptable for them. There are quite a few aircr
182 eirbus06 : EI205 diverting to SNN, 4 in the hold waiting for DUB to open it seems. EDIT: FR505 & FR1113 seem to be diverting to ORK[Edited 2010-12-20 09:53:1
183 eicvd : I guess thats why the EI flight from MAN did a go-around & then a few laps over Kells.
184 EI320 : EI635 BRU-DUB FR555 MAN-DUB Both diverting to SNN
185 CaptainMeeerkat : SNN is pretty full no? On Flightradar24, seems like they heading in the direction of Cork??
186 Post contains images gosimeon : I'm starting to get worried now! Flying home from FRA to DUB Thursday and both airports are struggling with the weather right now. Anyone wanna specu
187 eirbus06 : Both are on the ORK boards.
188 Post contains images 330Guy : I'm not too far north of DUB and it's extremely bad here, on a lighter note, my just planes 777 DVD arrived today.. but I have to wait until Xmas to w
189 Post contains images EI320 : Of course, my mistake. London is ready to take the BA68 and BA98 from SNN so both will be departing very shortly. The BA98 is to take off 10 mins beh
190 viv : I was at DUB to watch EI-ALA land after its delivery flight from Seattle. On landing, it burst five tyres!
191 CaptainMeeerkat : EI 553 from Lyon going to MAN EI609 from AMS going to SNN
192 EIBusiness : Listening to the ATC frequency... The outbound BA was about to pushback when the airport was closed in DUB. They are really putting on the pressure -
193 DavecFlyer : Dublin ATC reported that SNN could not accept any more diverts. SK2537 diverted to BFS. The EI553 looks to be inbound to MAN and the LH978 is returnin
194 EIBusiness : The very latest Weather Model guidance indicates the following: - Embedded shower activity developing west of the Isle of Man on an intermittent basi
195 Post contains links Eagleboy : Now that is a lot of heavies in SNN. Pity the photo guys don't seem to be as active down there. EDIT: after looking at those SNN pics I retract my st
196 EI320 : That's terribly unfortunate - it must be very frustrating for both the crew and passengers alike to be dealt a blow like that on the last minute. The
197 Post contains links and images LUPOR1D : From Malcolm Nason's Flickr... http://www.flickr.com/photos/shanair/5274482422/sizes/l/in/contacts/
198 EI320 : Absolutely fantastic pics, what a sight! Shannon at it's finest. Fair play to Malcolm Nason, he never lets us down.
199 kaitak : Which one did you get; was it the AC one? Apparently, they're bringing out a 772LR DVD with AC next year, featuring YVR-SYD and YYZ-HKG. That's going
200 shamrock321 : Im north of DUB, Snow now is unreal much worse than at anytime lat week! My friend was crew on EI202/203/204/205 today they went tech in MAN this morn
201 Post contains links kaitak : Er ... about 1960! This was EI's first 720 - on its delivery flight! Incidentally, FR is on the warpath again! We may see Indian AF Su-27s strafing t
202 EIBusiness : Its very localised but is developing all down the east coast. There is easily the potential for 20CM in the next while as a cumulative total in parts
203 Post contains images gosimeon : Thanks for that. Airfield closed until 23:00 at least, BA pilot sounds fed up! ATC said that the van working on the runway has gone to refuel, and ge
204 shamrock321 : Read further kaitak, viv says EI-ALA a new FR 738 enroute from BFI busrt 5 tyres on landing today wondering if anyone knows what time it was at?
205 EI320 : Not exactly aviation related, but just to remind everyone that tomorrow, Tue 21 Dec, is the Winter Solstice and we'll have a total lunar eclipse just
206 Post contains images Phen : Yes I thought that too on first reading, but viv is indeed referring to EI's first 720. Google EI-ALA and you'll see it was a 720, not a new 738 Edit
207 OA260 : Fingers crossed you will be ok . Around North Louth its very bad icy / black ice on roads and un melted snow from previously. Its going to be a bad n
208 330Guy : Yeah it's the AC one, it's like being a kid again, I was torn between that and the Citybird MD11, I'll get that eventually tho. The snow has stopped
209 Post contains images eirbus06 : Seven diversions on the tarmac at ORK so far 3 FR and 4 EI. 3 pics of ORK so far,sorry about the quality,taken on my nokia,got to the airport with my
210 Post contains links tonymctigue : Great pics. You'd swear that SNN-LHR was one of the busiest routes in the world from looking at the SNN departures board. http://www.shannonairport.c
211 CaptainMeeerkat : EI679 inbound to DUB from BUD at 35000ft above MAN, will it descend towards DUB for an 2317ETA?!?! EI779 from Lanzarote due at 2245, any sign of it??
212 shamrock321 : Another friend crew down in ORK says they are about to have ago at ORK-DUB.
213 EI320 : Awaiting results on the braking action tests, but looks as if the airport will be re-opening shortly. BA196 is ready for pushback (again!) Airport re-
214 eicvd : Im looking at the DUB area radar website now, the AA 777 has departed, a few a/c are landing (looks like the few that diverted to ORK & the BUD fl
215 Post contains links OA260 : December 21 2010 Dublin Airport is fully operational today, Tuesday 21st December, 2010.Our snow and ice clearing crew worked throughout the night as
216 DavecFlyer : Just reported on Irish Spotters email list that a Stansted - Kerry Ryanair flight had a landing incident in the snow at Kerry about an hour ago. At le
217 clydenairways : From Kerry Radio 21 Dec 2010 Stansted Kerry flight makes emergency landing at Kerry Airport The 9 o'clock Stansted Kerry flight had to make an emergen
218 EIBusiness : Another area of snowfall is now developing and moving onshore imminently.. Expect an ongoing risk of disruption. Towards the late afternoon rather hea
219 Post contains links CaptainMeeerkat : Updated news from Radio Kerry The Air Accident Investigation Unit says it's awaiting a report from mechanics regarding the emergency evacuation of the
220 DavecFlyer : DUB closed till 17.00 at least. Still snowing quite heavily
221 EIBusiness : I can see the airport being closed possibly for the remainder of the day. Towards 16.00-18.00, a low of 1003 HPA will be centred some 50 NM southeast
222 Post contains images gosimeon : Are you Martin King in disguise? Seriously though, great to have someone on here that knows their stuff weather-wise! A workmate of mine has a brothe
223 Post contains images CaptainMeeerkat : O' Leary is in the phone-box Superman-style as we speak!
224 Eagleboy : Looking at RTE.ie weather updates: "AFP are reporting that The European Commission has blasted the 'unacceptable' travel chaos caused by heavy snowfal
225 Post contains images EIBoston : Yes the updates are great even if I hate the fact that they are right! Flying home on EI134 tonight to SNN. Looking ok for now as the inbound 135 is
226 EIBusiness : LOL! No problem. On a serious note, DUB will not be opening tonight again - I'd put 90% confidence in that assertion. The latest Weather Model guidan
227 CaptainMeeerkat : As you predicted EIBus., DUB is in trouble this evening... "Flight operations have been suspended at Dublin Airport until 20.00 at the earliest, Tuesd
228 Post contains images gosimeon : There's an indication of the level of snow at DUB right now. RTE reported that there are barely any taxies, and many bus services have stopped, so th
229 kaitak : Looks great in the snow! I'm starting to panic now ... coming home on Thursday and snow is forecast in Jersey. My flight was supposed to be at 4pm wit
230 gosimeon : I'm worried as hell too! FRA to DUB on Thursday with EI, three very poor combinations right now!! BA182 from JFK to London is still around according
231 Post contains links kaitak : More info on the FR incident at KIR: http://avherald.com/h?article=434f6da7&opt=0 The aircraft was EI-ENB, which is a fairly new machine.
232 shamrock321 : Left work about 12, and live a short drive from DUB, in my 23 years ive never seen anything quite like the amount of snow we have and its still fallin
233 dstc47 : I am a lot older than that and have never seen snow like we have in S Dublin today, almost unrelenting. Hope you all get in somehow. Kaitak, We starte
234 kaitak : OK, well, I guess that's my cue to start 28/10!
235 Eagleboy : Well EIBusiness was saying to expect an historic snow event.....think we have it. My back has the same snow in 24 hours that it took 3 days to drop at
236 Post contains links thediplomat : Interesting stats from the airport "Every inch of snow accumulated on the airfield equates to approximately 15,000 tonnes of snow that has to be clear
237 Post contains images OA260 : Yikes , and 40 mins up the road its just ice/black ice and some un melted snow. Hope we dont get it overnight. Indeed kudos for EIBUSINESS for the pr
238 EIBusiness : Ah but they didn't really..! Their forecast for upwards of 40CM of snow related to the period up to today and included all of the weekend when the Ea
239 wexfordflyer : RTE news reported that EI are getting in extra capacity tomorrow. Anyone any idea who they are leasing aircraft from??
240 BrianDromey : Apparently they are having "larger" aircraft and also RE doing extra flights to the UK.
241 thediplomat : wonder if the A330s will be pressed into service. I also presume that the RE flights to and from NOC and SXL will be cancelled put onto UK-Regional r
242 Post contains links kaitak : 28/10 is now ready for boarding; wrap up well and hot toddies on the house! Irish 28/10: Oh, The Weather Outside Is Frightful (by kaitak Dec 21 2010 i
243 EIBusiness : Fully agreed in that regard.. However - Met Eireann did mention the possibility of extreme cold on the broadcasts from Friday night the 10th of Decem
244 EI2KSEA : Is it the lone spare A330?
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