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Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread  
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12476 posts, RR: 37
Posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 19934 times:

Good morning folks, on this bitterly cold Friday morning (and 71st anniversary of Pearl Harbor); I had hoped that we might stretch the last thread into 2013, but as we're at the 220+ mark, I thought it best to move on!

Here's the link to the last thread and there have been a fair few developments:

Irish 14/12: Is Feidir Linn! (by kaitak Nov 10 2012 in Civil Aviation)

- EU Commission looking increasingly likely to red-flag FR's plan to buy Aer Lingus
- Separation of Shannon and Dublin, and merger of SAA with Shannon development.
- Aer Lingus deal with Virgin over operation of domestic UK routes
- and quite a few other things I can't quite recall at this hour of the morning!

May I take this opportunity to wish all of the participants in the Irish threads a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2013, and let's hope next year is a very good one for Irish aviation.

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User currently offlinebestwestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7152 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 19862 times:

I had the pleasure of reading the Clare People this week. The excitement of the Shannon task force is amazing. I really hope that they can live up to their plans, as they claim companies are lining up to employ people in the region, and are just waiting for the new airport authority to take over. Let's hope that Shannon has a bright future.

Secondly, Varadkar has ruled out an unsustainable deal with Ryanair - O'Leary has to realise that his bullying and negativity regarding irish aviation has a nefative effect on his airline.

I note that Transaero has launched a second direct service to Miami from Vnukova airport. No sign of this stopping in the west.



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User currently offlinedebonair From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2430 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 19806 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
- Aer Lingus deal with Virgin over operation of domestic UK routes

Any news on this subject? Still no press release from EI: http://corporate.aerlingus.com/mediacentre/pressreleases/


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27000 posts, RR: 57
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 19757 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
May I take this opportunity to wish all of the participants in the Irish threads a very happy Christmas and all the very best for 2013, and let's hope next year is a very good one for Irish aviation.

The same to you and thanks for all the threads in 2012 .
----

Good news for Belfast :

Bombardier in Belfast stands to gain from another major order for aircraft.

Delta Air Lines has placed a firm order worth more than £1bn for 40 CRJ900 NextGen aircraft which also includes an option for a further 30.

If the options are converted to firm orders the total value will be more than £2bn.

Bombardier Belfast is responsible for the design and manufacture of the centre fuselage, engine casings and composite wing components for the jet.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-20630140


User currently onlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 19586 times:

The Ryanair smartphone app has gone up from €2.99 to €3.59...and it still doesn't even have mobile check-in! Most airline apps are free and include all this!


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1944 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 19400 times:
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Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 4):
The Ryanair smartphone app has gone up from €2.99 to €3.59...and it still doesn't even have mobile check-in! Most airline apps are free and include all this!

Yes but remember that FR still don't apply fuel surcharges  



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User currently onlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 19358 times:

Good news: The cession of Shannon-Liverpool by Ryanair is only a seasonal closure and will return for Summer 2013 with 3x weekly rotations - no change in frequency. The route is one of five of FR's seasonal "old reliables" to return - the others being Málaga, Nantes, Palma de Mallorca and Tenerife

Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 5):
Yes but remember that FR still don't apply fuel surcharges

Mmm, this is true...   



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 259 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 19021 times:

Nice shot of Hilary Clinton's ride into BFS:

http://www.belfastairport.com/en/news/



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User currently offlineVCy From Cyprus, joined Dec 2012, 236 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 19013 times:
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I was just wondering, isn't there enough market between Cyprus and Ireland for a few weekly flights? Aer Lingus could also take advantage of connecting passengers to the US.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27000 posts, RR: 57
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 18847 times:

Quoting VCy (Reply 8):

There used to be a number of flights both scheduled and chartered. Helios ran some of them before their demise. Eurocypria the rest. Im surprised that CY or EI have not picked up at least once a week but the charters still run via the Tour Operators. The demand has also dropped over the last four years according to stats. Maybe thats what puts off any new service.


User currently offlinecaptainmeeerkat From Russia, joined Aug 2010, 388 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 18698 times:

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...o-up-aer-lingus-stake-3319805.html

Etihad wants to up its stake in EI if the FR takeover bid fails at EU levels.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27000 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 18619 times:

A recent poll with regards to preference in Airports out of BFS/BHD

63% of air passengers prefer to use Belfast City airport, says poll

More than six out of 10 people in Northern Ireland would rather fly from George Best Belfast City Airport than its rival Belfast International Airport, according to an opinion poll.

And more than half think that growth at the City Airport is important to Northern Ireland’s future economic growth.

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...ty-airport-says-poll-16247196.html


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 14
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 18206 times:

Virgin Atlantic Names Aer Lingus as Short-Route Partner

Quote:
Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd. chose Aer Lingus Group Plc (AERL) to operate U.K. routes feeding its long- haul services, the carrier’s first domestic flights, to help replace traffic lost when British Airways bought partner BMI.
Using aircraft carrying the U.K. airline’s brand, Dublin- based Aer Lingus will run a combined 24 flights a day linking Manchester, England, and two cities in Scotland with London Heathrow airport, Virgin Atlantic said today in a statement.
http://mobile.bloomberg.com/news/201...lingus-as-short-route-partner.html

Not much info on the Aer Lingus side of things, can probably expect more in the morning.


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 18190 times:
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Seems like a very hastily written article, badly worded.

Perhaps EI were waiting on VS to let the news out?


User currently offlinebx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 679 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 18057 times:

Just looking at CH Aviation's newsletter, they confirm that EI is to operate VS flights from LHR to MAN, ABZ, EDI and one I hadn't heard before NCE. L'Avion Express was originally to operate the flights.

Other news concerned Air Contractors who are taking delivery of an Airbus A300-600 EI-OZJ ( c/n 770) ex JAL. This could replace the one that suffered the nose-wheel collapse, which I believe is to be withdrawn.

I have also heard a rumour that RE are to sign the agreement for the new ATR72s this week. Rumour has it that the 42s are to be withdrawn first.

[Edited 2012-12-10 03:10:18]

User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1836 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 17997 times:
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One wonders with the EI/VS wet lease if they will lease 4 new A320 or utilise some of there existing fleet. The agreement is for 3 years initially. Perhaps EI are looking at using that cash pile to make some 'easy money (thats a relative term in aviation)

User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12476 posts, RR: 37
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 17788 times:

I had understood by this that VS was wet leasing four of EI's existing fleet; that's quite a chunk out of the fleet for what will be the Summer season. It's not impossible that they could source A320s elsewhere (like Runway 11/29 at DUB!), but that's not exactly wet leasing them from EI, even if they use EI crews.

I still think that EI will be looking at any A319s which IB proposes to sell, to have commonality with the existing A319 fleet.


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 17773 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 16):
I had understood by this that VS was wet leasing four of EI's existing fleet; that's quite a chunk out of the fleet for what will be the Summer season. It's not impossible that they could source A320s elsewhere (like Runway 11/29 at DUB!), but that's not exactly wet leasing them from EI, even if they use EI crews.

I still think that EI will be looking at any A319s which IB proposes to sell, to have commonality with the existing A319 fleet.

I would really doubt if EI will take out four aircraft and the equivalent number of crew from their current operation.
I just don't see where they have such resources just lying around.
I think it's more likely that additional aircraft and crews will be contracted just for the duration of the VS contract.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 27000 posts, RR: 57
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 17741 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 16):
I still think that EI will be looking at any A319s which IB proposes to sell, to have commonality with the existing A319 fleet.

Yes that seems to make sense IMHO.


User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4175 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 17737 times:

Some A320's were due to come off lease this year, to be replaced by the remaining A319's. The leases on those units could simply be extended for the VS contract.


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User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1477 posts, RR: 3
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 17255 times:

Came in yesterday on united from Washington. A good load in business but plenty of space in economy. Pity Iad is so unfriendly to transit passengers, long corridors and no moving walkways,.

When your inbound flight is over an hour late it does not lead to a relaxed experience. Must be good for cardiac doctors in the DC area as you run like mad from one end to the other.


User currently onlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2903 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17208 times:

I flew home from Manchester last night and on the climbout while looking out the window a green laser was pointed at the aircraft from the ground for a few seconds. The exact same thing happened again a while later just before leaving the coastline...are these incidents becoming more common now?


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4175 posts, RR: 12
Reply 22, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 17186 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 21):

Yes, i'm afraid they are alarmingly common now.



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 offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6338 posts, RR: 14
Reply 23, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 17051 times:

Aer Lingus has a new inflight experience page on their website, looks like they're finally showcasing their product properly! The pre-order menu is available as well, you can guarantee that Irish breakfast by printing off a voucher and then handing it to the crew.

Sky Dine has been launched on long haul with an enhanced economy meal, presentation looks very nice.

http://www.aerlingus.com/inflight-experience/

Shamrock350


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 16870 times:

http://www.aerlingus.com/inflight-ex...mfort-and-entertainment/shorthaul/

"Business Class seat on a selection of our European flights"..... say again? Something they want to tell us?


25 Post contains links eirbus06 : Speedbird 17V diverted to DUB this morning en-route from DEN to LHR. I don't know the reason why though. Doubt it was medical as he circled for quite
26 VFRontop : Good spot, I missed that one myself. That would certainly be an interesting development. Looking to challenge BA on the DUB-LHR premium traffic. Then
27 EagleBoy : I would guess that this is a reference to the summer A330 flight to AGP, if it was planned to add to LHR flights we would see an upgrade price noted.
28 shamrock604 : Another 5% increase in pax numbers at DUB for November. Every route sector grew, except Domestic. Europe up 4%, UK up 1%, TATL up 11% and other long h
29 Post contains links shamrock604 : It's now been officially confirmed that EI will be among the first to move to LHR's new Terminal 2 when it opens in 2014. Virgin's Domestic operations
30 Post contains images shamrock350 : Aer Lingus will also add 2 new meals to the menu on short haul flights from next month, Beef & Potato Salad or Chicken Noodle salad. The beef and
31 Post contains links EagleBoy : EI have confirmed that Wi-Fi will be installed on the A320 fleet starting next year: http://www.independent.ie/business/w...es-to-have-net-access-3325
32 Post contains links VFRontop : "Ryanair criticised as families of ill children forced to repack overweight luggage" http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1212/fam...dren-forced-to-repack-lugg
33 Ire2008 : Its Ryanair, like honestly should we expect any compassion? NO, just fly another airline, problem solved. The pope wouldnt get special treatment. Thes
34 EagleBoy : I agree. The organisers should have known what to expect and informed the parents of the kids. I assume that each family received flight info and bagg
35 OA260 : Im looking forward to that and the results in terms of passenger numbers who will use it and the pricing structure of the package(s). Im sure it will
36 LGWflyer : Yes I believe it was fog related.
37 ei2ksea : Its time for my annual trip home tonight with an EI BOS-SNN leg, which Im looking forward to. I decided to crank things up a notch this year in terms
38 Post contains links OA260 : A nice idea by Dublin Airport to bring some festive cheer to the Terminals : Dublin Airport Christmas Entertainment Programme Dublin Airport Launches
39 kaitak : And a nice treat for us next Summer, from AUH ... Etihad's morning flight, EY 45/42, (arrives 06.40, leaves c.9am) will be a two class 77W ! The after
40 shamrock604 : Wow! Totally did not see that one coming! One wonders if the EI codeshare is generating extra traffic to warrant this, with people foregoing Heathrow
41 BrianDromey : Not necessarily. I believe the so called "green mile" is to remain, but be connected to the new T2, that is what previous renderings showed, but that
42 ClassicLover : That is what I heard as well - but it will be demolished when the rest of T1 goes though. However once T2 opens, that is what I heard the plan was.
43 shamrock321 : Seems BA will continue LHR-DUB next summer but with quite a reduced schedule, down by 3-4 daily flights it seems!
44 kaitak : Makes me wonder if they want to carry it on; it's just one step from that to zip; they've probably already marked those slots for long haul (there's
45 shamrock604 : Yup, just checked in Amadeus - 5 flights daily. Disappointing after WW's waffle - interestingly, BHD is only at 5 a day too, despite the big promises
46 EI320 : Indeed; their days on DUB-LHR would appear to be numbered. We're seeing a distinct lack of investment in their DUB-LHR product - the former BD lounge
47 shamrock604 : I doubt they will pull the route completely - EI are getting very close to Virgin now, and BA may find it loses the feed completely. Best to maintain
48 EagleBoy : On the other hand EI may be happy to keep the status quo, as in sending DUB-LHR pax to BA and DUB-LGW pax to VS. Remember that this is just a 3 year
49 shamrock604 : Well, it appears not only are EY putting the 773 on the morning DUB-AUH service, they are also adding two extra frequencies, making the evening servic
50 Post contains links aerecosse : re EY increase .... was their always an arrival @14.25 into DUB or is this a new one? Been on the 7.30 arrival on a number of trips & used both mo
51 shamrock321 : The 1425 arrival has been around quite a while! By the time it arrives the EKms scheduled to have departed however.
52 shamrock321 : The 1425 arrival has been around quite a while! By the time it arrives the EK scheduled to have departed however.
53 bestwestern : Isnt the new Anna Livia lounge taking over both the DAA and the Bmi lounge? The green mile is located to the 'north'-ish of Terminal 1, whilst Termin
54 eicvd : I think the evening departure always arrived at that time.
55 cipango : When the EK flight departs, EY lands usually directly after/before. They also use the same gate in Terminal 2 and do a simple gate swap.
56 AmricanShamrok : BA is now codesharing on the BE/LC Donegal-Dublin route allowing through-bookings from CFN to LHR and beyond...
57 shamrock604 : So they are! Who'd have thunk it! It's actually very good now that the smaller regional airports in Ireland such as KIR, NOC, WAT and CFN are now in
58 irishair98 : the demand is there for the CFN - LHR path the amount of people in my area near CFN that are heading off to London to work is rediculous and many peo
59 AmricanShamrok : Back to the DUB terminal/pier issue for a minute - is this how things look at the moment? I assume charter flights are divided between the three T1 pi
60 shamrock604 : It would be able, yes, but it would be a bloody long journey in a prop. I'd nearly suggest a well timed connection in DUB would be faster!
61 irishair98 : to DUB from CFN would be a half hour. it would be around a 2 hour journey and would be much faster than DUB.
62 shamrock604 : A few Corrections: TERMINAL 1 Pier A Aer Lingus Regional/Aer Arann Air France/CityJet Flybe/Loganair Pier B Aer Lingus AirBaltic Air Canada Air Moldov
63 AmricanShamrok : Thanks for that. Why is SAS at Pier D? Would they not prefer to use the airbridges? In ORK news, W6 will discontinue VNO, WRO and WMI just months aft
64 shamrock604 : Good question. I can only guess it's because they often have 3 aircraft on the ground at the same time, that there were concerns that Pier B may be f
65 EIDL : This was obviously planned for a while, because the check-in desk (all one of them) in CFN has had BA logos on it alongside the Flybe ones since Janu
66 shamrock604 : That's exactly the crux of the matter. Costs on a prop spread over so few passengers are high, and that has to be compensated for by fares. Up agains
67 tonymctigue : Doesn't exactly come as a surpise to any of us. We all predicted this when FR announced they were going to serve these destinations from ORK. I am su
68 EIDL : Don't think anyone from Letterkenny ever uses CFN - LDY is much closer. Its effectively just used for the Rosses really. Hence there likely being dema
69 irishair98 : In all honesty it's 45 minutes In normal weather I take that route about once a week and Is always 40 minutes and the roads are getting done all the
70 dstc47 : Not according to the letter from a Wizz official in yesterday's Irish Times. Always struck me as strange that ORK had service to some Polish cities n
71 OA260 : Indeed I always forgot about the Wizz Air services from ORK . Such random routes!
72 Post contains links aidansnn : In my view, the erosion of Wizzair services was inevitable following Ryanair's latest commencement of routes, I just didn't expect it to be so soon. H
73 OA260 : Although quite good for him to take the time to put his side of the story which is most professional IMHO . But if we are to believe the content of t
74 shamrock350 : Almost sounds like they didn't want people to think Ryanair had defeated them. I would find his claim that Cork to Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw have a
75 shamrock604 : Yeah, that's exactly how I read that letter too. Just a "Ryanair didnt beat us, we're just being fiscally responsible" rant.
76 Post contains links OA260 : Some welcome news for RE : 17DEC2012: Stobart to acquire another 40% of Aer Arann Regional Aer Arann Regional (RE, Dublin International (DUB)) can get
77 Post contains links EIBoston : http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1217/aer-lingus-pensions-business.html Classic line in the pension dispute. "Asked whether staff had any chance of preserv
78 bestwestern : Do wealthy billionaires include the staff who own part of the airline?
79 tonymctigue : Not to mention the possibility other private pension funds that may have invested in Aer Lingus shares in which their beneficiaries have invested mil
80 EagleBoy : Ok...I'll bite...... staff have 15% of a company with 1bn in the bank......so that makes that 15% worth approx 150M......divide by almost 4000 (I thi
81 Post contains links OA260 : Congrats to DUB on this award. Dublin Airport has won a major international award for its innovative use of social media.Dublin Airport’s Twitter ac
82 EIBoston : I dont think get it at all. I am so sick of this attitude. The union days should be over...
83 EagleBoy : I agree that EI is now a private comapny and so is beholden to deliver value for money and profits for its shareholders. I agree that EI cannot just
84 Post contains links shamrock350 : Happy Christmas from Aer Lingus. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ti1rjOhdjBw Nice little video. Shamrock350
85 kaitak : Just looking at the thread about Pegasus's order for A320NEOs, which now takes total orders to about 1,650. I don't know what EI's current plans are,
86 Post contains images kaitak : The Minister for Transport has just announced that the govt has decided not to accept FR's offer to buy its 25% stake in Aer Lingus.
87 Post contains links EagleBoy : Here's a link to that statement: http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1218/var...offer-for-aer-lingus-business.html Thats this takeover attempt scuppered....FR
88 OA260 : Great news for Irish Aviation . It would be a disaster if it was allowed to happen.
89 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : FR will launch a seasonal weekly flight between NOC and AGP beginning 4th April. This is in addition to the ALC, BRS, EMA, FAO, GRO, LPA, ACE, LPL, LT
90 ei2ksea : Im just back home in Limerick after my little jaunt over the past week: BOS-SNN (EI), DUB-LHR (BA) and LGW-BHD (BE). All the flights were very enjoyab
91 OA260 : Indeed over the last 4 weeks I have done numerous flights DUB-LHR in Club Europe and BHD-LHR in Y and the service has been great.
92 Post contains images ClassicLover : Any ideas on what service you get on LHR-DUB on a 9pm departure in Club Europe? The reason I ask is due to BA revenue management. I booked LHR-DUB fo
93 Post contains links and images OA260 : I got this on a 6pm LHR-DUB . Was very nice especially the dessert. This is classed as dinner from 17:00 to 23:59 so you should get similar.
94 EIRules : If you book BA DUB-LHR (or v/v) in economy and then upgrade it, then which class do you earn miles in?
95 OA260 : Tier Points and miles would be CE as per upgraded fare Class.
96 Post contains links EagleBoy : FR will be very mad, first screen scrapping, now this.............. FR tickets are available on ebay: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...01307&
97 tonymctigue : Can you even do this? I would have though FR would fleece you if your tried to change the name on the ticket.
98 kaitak : Norwegian to serve HEL twice weekly from DUB, next Summer! Helsinki – Dublin eff 12APR13 2 weekly DY5824 HEL1700 – 1810DUB 73H 15 DY5825 DUB1840
99 shamrock350 : Aer Lingus are going 6 daily to BHX from June 1st with the introduction of 3 Aer Lingus Regional services in addition to the 3 mainline flights. Wonde
100 Post contains images ClassicLover : Oh, now that looks great - right up my alley! Looks like it's time to upgrade that ticket! As OA260 said, you get the Club miles/tier points.
101 Post contains links tonymctigue : Just noticed this on Yahoo homepage Ryanair: Airline Bottom Of Which? Survey http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/rya...rline-bottom-survey-050830612.html
102 kaitak : I found it funny that it only included airliners that it only considered airlines that got 30 or more references ... Aer Lingus, Swiss Turkish all ha
103 Post contains images OA260 : Indeed very acceptable I saw that on Sky News too. I do agree with the comments on LX and TK though as thats my experience on their flights too espec
104 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : An unruly passenger was removed from one of yesterday's BA LCY-JFK flights during the stopover at SNN; the flight arrived on-time at JFK and the capta
105 shamrock604 : A very effective schedule too, with EI operating on days 2 and 6. It gives people extra options on that route and I would think DY will get quite a f
106 rineanna : Just landed back in Ireland after the epic trip from down under. Flew EK all the way through from AKL, which included my first trip on an A380 (eeek -
107 BrianDromey : Flying into ORK from MAN tonight and checked out the EI app. Interestingly you can now check-in FROM ORK to most destinations across the network, but
108 EagleBoy : Ah the usual excuse of precribed medication and alcohol..........at this point this should no longer be a defense. LCY-SNN is approx 1 hours, the cap
109 Jambost : Some great feedback, and promising load factors. There was rumours that a Chinese carrier was sniffing around with the government visits in the past,
110 clydenairways : A380 compatibility is being looked into already.
111 Jambost : Relieved & glad to hear it, sorry if I missed that before.
112 rineanna : Forgive my ignorance, but wouldn't that require a runway extension, which was blocked the last time the idea was proposed?
113 kaitak : I don't think runway length is an issue; DUB-DXB is not a long trip for an A380; the big issue would be whether the exits and taxiways would be wide e
114 clydenairways : Nope, just need to look at things like taxiway turns, wingtip clearances and such. Then you need to modify a gate to accomodate it. I don't know the
115 OA260 : Indeed people always play the medication card and its not acceptable anymore. If they are on that then don't drink. Not rocket science. He and others
116 EagleBoy : And as the marketing manager of a 'high profile company' he should be aware of the need to follow the instruction on the medications.......ie "do not
117 BrianDromey : Had a lovely trip back to ORK yesterday with EIR. It seems there are quite a few regulars on the route, with a few passengers being welcomed by name b
118 Post contains images OA260 : Indeed. Sometimes its these so called ''high profile'' managers and intellectuals that seem to be the worst. On another note seems the airports are b
119 Post contains links and images OA260 : Mr An Post just arrived with a nice gift from Aer Lingus. Very nice I must say .
120 Aer Lingus : Yes it's Code F compliance we are looking for, which is a 55m width clear of anything higher than 330mm off the ground. The minimum pavement width re
121 Post contains images ClassicLover : Oh very nice indeed, Mr Elite Tier
122 OA260 : Yes its a nice thing to get . Better than some of the junk Airlines normally send out. Ironically BA is getting my business at the moment. They just
123 EIRules : I see DL are putting the A330 back on ATL-DUB for selected summer flights starting in June. Good news indeed. With the 777 from EY and the new AA serv
124 tonymctigue : It really is great to see long haul doing so well again at DUB and indeed at SNN. It makes such a difference not only to the country but for those wh
125 bestwestern : Firstly, happy Christmas to everyone. I haven't posted that much here this year due to work pressures - but then at least I have a job. This year star
126 kaitak : Some very interesting predictions there! I hope some do come through (EK for example), but many f the others, I hope not! If EI does end up in foreign
127 EIRules : I can see some of those predictions coming to pass for sure! I cannot see IB (or whatever guise they are now in) continuing to DUB. Their token presen
128 dstc47 : Arthur Quinlan, the news reporter, who covered so many Shannon stories in its golden age for RTE has died aged 92.
129 Post contains images OA260 : Yes certainly seems to be heading in that way . Agree there too. They have already done it . Yes probably the most intetesting of the lot IMHO. I kno
130 bestwestern : Any reason to CO 757s were parked on the B pier today.? The departure screens had a flight to Washington at 3 and a Newark at 6.
131 ClassicLover : I have to say, I am the same way. I was all prepped and set to get my 2400 points to maintain my Gold Circle for another year, but then I magically p
132 al2637 : I'd settle for anyway to get flying blue miles to Ireland. It really is a strange setup with KL/EI. The flight is not bookable under the KL number (o
133 IRISH251 : N17122 was parked at stand 39 during the morning. It had arrived as UAL22 and departed this evening as the return UAL23 to EWR. N17133 arrived in the
134 neutral : Just to wish everyone in Irish aviation a very Merry Xmas and Happy new year in 2013 here's to more good news in 2013.
135 irishair98 : A380 compatibility is being looked into already. And where did you get this information from ?
136 Post contains links OA260 : No fly zone over Dublin Castle to be introduced : The airspace around Dublin Castle will be a no-fly zone – with surface-to-air missiles and patrols
137 BrianDromey : The question is, do KL need a direct service into DUB. Countless carriers have come and gone, really only LH to FRA and SK into CPH have really been
138 Post contains images OA260 : As is the tradition DAA announces the arrival of Santa
139 Post contains images shamrock604 : Some interesting predictions there, Bestwestern: Anyway, some predictions for 2013... EI to be in the hands of new foreign owners by end 2013 (I agree
140 shamrock604 : It appears reports of the death of DY's DUBCPH service were somewhat premature - the route is back in booking systems again - so along with the new HE
141 kaitak : A very happy Christmas to all participants in the Irish aviation threads; hope you and your families have a very pleasant, relaxing day!
142 Post contains images OA260 : The same to you . Wishing all Irish Anetters a great day with their Families. No snow sadly but you cant have everything
143 dstc47 : Dont know if you noticed but his return sector was also shown as "cancelled". Perhaps a good omen for Christmas and the New Year. Best wishes to all,
144 Post contains links and images Phen : Happy Christmas and new year to all on the thread, hopefully 2013 will be a prosperous one... I was just browsing through youtube, as you do on a Chri
145 shamrock321 : I believe this was during the EI crew work to rule, they got some other airlines to operate as full a schedule as possible.
146 teahan : Is there any Star Alliance lounge in Dublin airport usable by *Gold members these days?
147 Post contains links OA260 : Depending on your Airline the old EI GC lounge in Pier B is now a temporary lounge. http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-..._Passenger_Lounge_Opens_In
148 teahan : Thanks, OA260. Does a *Gold passenger flying Lufthansa Y qualify to use a contract lounge? I assumed not, just checked Lufthansa's and it seems to sa
149 OA260 : I would say yes due to the fact its *Gold you have and it says ''and other qualifying passengers''.
150 Phen : Thanks Shamrock, that makes sense. I bet it was strange for the passengers and crew to be boarding an FR aircraft like that!
151 Post contains images teahan : Thanks, I shall find out on Friday.
152 Post contains links and images OA260 : Your good to go with *G on LH . Was in the lounge this morning. The lounge is your normal DAA affair in terms of offerings. Not bad and plenty of spa
153 ClassicLover : It still looks better than the T2 DAA lounge, which I used before the Aer Lingus lounge had opened. I thought it was particularly boring and unfortun
154 shamrock604 : The DAA really, really do not do business lounges at all well. There seems to be zero appreciation for developments in lounge design and what custome
155 shamrock350 : The DAA lounge in T2 is very bland, I seem to remember a lot of white walls, standard seating and a limited amount of snacks. The temporary lounge in
156 shamrock604 : The simple fact is EI dont have enough check in desks in T2 for peak hours. 28 is less than they had back at T1.
157 Post contains images OA260 : Yes I agree its still more like the GC lounge than a DAA lounge. Even has the glass poetry wall Indeed although I suspect its to highlight it for fut
158 AmricanShamrok : Today's FR flight from LTN to KIR was diverted to SNN after attempting to land in strong crosswinds. The return sector was subsequently cancelled afte
159 al2637 : On the subject of DUB lounges, any idea what WX/AF use for Flying Blue members?
160 Jambost : About 6 U2 aircraft are strangely hanging around BFS, winds must be causing some havoc. EI and BA having no trouble at BHD, anyone got any inside info
161 kaitak : I see 16 is in use at DUB this evening; just watching FR 45 do a pretty long approach, heading as far north as Nobber and turning finals near Ardee* *
162 OA260 : Anna Livia which is still open opposite the old BA / BMI lounge.
163 EIRules : Hey all... Looking for a bit of advice. Im planning a trip to New York in November and gonna treat myself to Business. So here is the question... I ha
164 Post contains images ClassicLover : If you haven't flown EI in Business before, you should try it - especially with a name like EIRules I was pleasantly surprised by how good the cateri
165 Ire2008 : Hi all, I dont really post on here much, but do read here all the time. Jus quick question. Im going to NY tomorrow with EI and AA via LHR. Should I t
166 dstc47 : The transfer bus will wait, even if you are up the front. Make it known to crew but there are usually very many transfer passengers. However it can t
167 ClassicLover : I was in 3A once and they wait for all the passengers who are getting off to get off, then all the transfer passengers get off via the rear stairs. I
168 OA260 : The 107 109 139 still have a good few seats but the rest are jammers.
169 Post contains links kaitak : State papers from 1982 show Army annoyance over transport of troops returning from Lebanon: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...eland/2012/1231/122
170 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : Shannon Airport is now officially separated from the Dublin Airport Authority. 2013 will be an interesting year! http://m.rte.ie/news/touch/2012/1230.
171 lasno : DAA reference now removed.
172 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : Likewise SNN is removed from the DAA website: http://www.daa.ie/gns/home.aspx ...and this appearing on the SNN one: "Shannon Airport is part of Shann
173 Post contains links kaitak : Irish 1/13 is now open for business: Irish 1/13; Brave New World (by kaitak Dec 31 2012 in Civil Aviation)
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