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Irish 3/13: Winging It ...  
User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12321 posts, RR: 35
Posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 18337 times:

Good evening folks and welcome to our third thread of 2013. Here's the link to the last one, in case anyone wants to refer back.

Irish 2/13: February Made Me Shiver ... (by kaitak Feb 1 2013 in Civil Aviation)

We've seen quite a few interesting developments over the past few weeks, not least among them the rejection by the EU of Ryanair's takeover plan for EI; unfortunately for Aer Lingus, Ryanair will be appealing, so it will be a while before the threat is completely removed and even still, it remains a shareholder.

As the evenings become brighter and the Summer season approaches (only a month from now), we're still seeing some new routes being announced, with FR having announced DUB-Bologna only very recently.

We also saw what is probably the worst kept secret in the aviation industry - the merger between US and AA - which is expected to take effect from the third quarter; we won't see any major changes this year, but years to come should see some interesting developments, particularly with larger types; what hubs will stay? What will replace US's 757s and 767s, etc etc.

There have been persistent rumours in recent weeks about the possibility of EI acquiring 757s for some of its thinner t/a routes, with Finnair being seen as the source (it is expected to retire its 757s in the near future). AY currently has six, ranging in production years from 1997 to 2002 and configured for 227, all Economy. It's amazing that nearly a decade after production ended, the 757 still has no real replacement, although from an Irish perspective, the A321NEO should be able to do all that's required of it in our market.

The government has been doing good work in focusing on the ability of aviation to contribute to growth, which has been something sought for many years on this forum - and something in which the previous government had almost no interest. One area being focused upon is aviation financing, which should hopefully help the IFSC, which has several aviation leasing agencies based there. The government also maintains its commitment to abolishing the €3 levy, if there is movement on new routes and capacity:

http://irishaviationresearchinstitut...t-targets-aviation-sector-for.html

Well, folks, here's to the next thread; over to you!

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User currently offlineDublinspotter From United Kingdom, joined Jan 2011, 123 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 18084 times:

Hi,

On a slightly separate note, there were rumours about EIR coming to Belfast, so how likely are we able to see EIR coming to BHD with the presence of BE? Would it be at all possible to start new routes because flybe have been there for donkeys, so they are quite a presence in the household to the local consumer, would EIR have a real chance? I see EI are trying to make head on competition with BE so is it a possibility in the near future? And would they take any routes head on or try out a Route which is not served like Bristol?

I am just really curious as i would pick the ATR any day!

Dublinspotter  



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26481 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 18074 times:

Thanks Kaitak for a new thread.  

I have finally put together my TR showing the BA CE experience from DUB-LHR for those interested. I know a few have flown it already.

British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA (by OA260 Feb 26 2013 in Trip Reports)

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
unfortunately for Aer Lingus, Ryanair will be appealing, so it will be a while before the threat is completely removed and even still, it remains a shareholder.

Well lets hope soon EI can finally get this thorn from its side and concentrate all its efforts on its future without take over threats or strikes.

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
The government also maintains its commitment to abolishing the €3 levy, if there is movement on new routes and capacity:

I wonder how long they can keep doing that while proposing new domestic taxes on roads and other things etc... Soon enough people will question it. Im against it but others feel there should be tax hikes elsewhere including aviation to reduce the hikes on new toll roads and public services etc...



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26481 posts, RR: 58
Reply 3, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 17784 times:

Cork Airport have launched a new advertising campaign.

Cork Airport has announced a new advertising campaign to promote direct routes from Cork for 2013.

According to those behind it, the 'Better Still' campaign aims to cement Cork Airport's status as the No 1 airport in the south of Ireland.

Niall MacCarthy, airport director, Cork Airport, said: "This is an exciting new advertising campaign showcasing all the reasons why it's so easy and convenient to fly direct from Cork Airport. This campaign will naturally resonate with those living in Cork city and county but this campaign is also designed to reach our customer base throughout Munster and further afield".

http://www.businessandleadership.com...m/39797-cork-airport-launches-new/

Have to say I hope it works well for them. I quite like ORK as airports go .



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User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1933 posts, RR: 9
Reply 4, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17748 times:
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
According to those behind it, the 'Better Still' campaign aims to cement Cork Airport's status as the No 1 airport in the south of Ireland.

Pardon the cync in me, but I think effectively being the only airport in th South of Ireland is already pretty concrete. Not unlike SNN's claim to be the #1 (and only) Gateway to the Midwest. Don't get me wrong, it is good to see the secondary airports stepping up their marketing but I wish they could refrain from making ridiculous clichéd claims like these. You could also claim that KIR is the #1 airport in County Kerry, CFN is the #1 airport in County Donegal or Inverin Airport is the #1 airport in Connemara. Please use your imagination when marketing rather than claiming you are the #1 something in an area carefully you carefully selected such that you would be the #1.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26481 posts, RR: 58
Reply 5, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17709 times:

Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 5):
CFN is the #1 airport in County Donegal

Speaking of which some welcome news regards BA connections.

BA sign deal with Loganair to provide Donegal – London link

Passengers using Donegal Airport will soon be able to buy an inclusive ticket from Donegal to London.

British Airways has confirmed a codeshare agreement with Loganair that will link Donegal Airport to London Heathrow via a connection in Dublin.

http://www.highlandradio.com/2013/02...ir-to-provide-donegal-london-link/

The luggage allowance and through tickets are a welcome addition.



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User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1445 posts, RR: 3
Reply 6, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 17636 times:

As you may have read elsewhere, the Ryanair bid is, as expected, blocked by the EU Commission

Press release is @ http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-13-167_en.htm

And a longer version @ http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-13-144_en.htm

[Edited 2013-02-27 04:39:45]

User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12321 posts, RR: 35
Reply 7, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 17400 times:

The basic press release says "no". The extended version reads "Hell, no!"

Anyway, good to hear this at last, but of course, it's far from the end of the story, because FR will be spending all our speedy boarding, food, bus ticket and other charges on legal action which is almost guaranteed to be thrown out.

On what basis is the appeal? I realise that a govt wouldn't dream (I hope!) of influencing an ECJ decision, but what about the commission? Would they have even felt the need to lobby the commission, given the paucity of FR's plans and this nonsense with BE? Is this anything more than MO'L throwing his toys out of the cot because his plan has now failed and FR is left with shareholding worth half of its original value (well, much less certainly), not to mention the MILLIONS the airline must have spent on legal action. I wonder if he is coming under serious board/shareholder pressure.

Some time ago, EI lost a case to force FR to sell its shareholding, but I wonder - given the failure of this third bid - is it time for legislators to look at this issue. You have a clearly hostile and bitterly competitive shareholder, which adds/contributes nothing constructive to the company in which it holds shares; now that it has lost a third and final bid has failed, it can effectively be said to have no further reason to have a shareholding. Should this now become grounds to force a sale?

(Of course, we await the decision of the British OFT, which may decide to require a sale, but I would much prefer to see our own legislature do this.)

If nothing else, I would like to hear MO'L's view on why FR should continue to hold a shareholding and why it believes it is in the consumer's interests for it to do so.


User currently onlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 17374 times:

The new JetBlue Airspace Lounge will open at JFK T5 in May and will replace the Oasis Lounge used by EI in T4:

http://blog.jetblue.com/index.php/20...6/lounge-to-open-at-jfk-t5-in-may/



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26481 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 17341 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 8):
The new JetBlue Airspace Lounge will open at JFK T5 in May and will replace the Oasis Lounge used by EI in T4:

Yes it will be a great improvement so look forward to seeing it  



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User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 149 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17310 times:

Ryanair will resume a 3 weekly service between Dublin and Bremen from 18 September. They will also resume a 3 weekly service between Dublin and Bologna from 12 June.

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4598 posts, RR: 24
Reply 11, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17308 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
There have been persistent rumours in recent weeks about the possibility of EI acquiring 757s for some of its thinner t/a routes, with Finnair being seen as the source (it is expected to retire its 757s in the near future). AY currently has six, ranging in production years from 1997 to 2002 and configured for 227, all Economy. It's amazing that nearly a decade after production ended, the 757 still has no real replacement, although from an Irish perspective, the A321NEO should be able to do all that's required of it in our market.

Oh, I didn't realise that Aer Lingus might acquire the 757s from Finnair. They're at least guaranteed a very well maintained fleet, and 1997-2002 means they are still fairly young. I'll be interested to see what the EI configuration is, and if they lease them from AY or buy them outright. Very interesting times ahead if this goes forward!

Quoting OA260 (Reply 2):
British Airways Club And Cunard's Queen Mary 2 TA (by OA260 Feb 26 2013 in Trip Reports)

What a report! Very impressive - though the burnt breakfast on BA looked a bit rough. A friend flew on a breakfast flight on Friday and said the breakfast was godawful. Who is doing the catering for BA in Dublin? Same company as Aer Lingus or someone else? Certainly looked poor.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 5):
British Airways has confirmed a codeshare agreement with Loganair that will link Donegal Airport to London Heathrow via a connection in Dublin.

That's very good news.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 8):
The new JetBlue Airspace Lounge will open at JFK T5 in May and will replace the Oasis Lounge used by EI in T4:

I was quite pleased when I saw this actually. That totally makes sense... I'm looking forward to going to JFK again sometime on EI.

Thank goodness the Ryanair bid was shot down too really. I really enjoyed reading the rationale behind the decisions - it all sounds quite logical and well researched. I don't think FR have a prayer in any appeal to be perfectly honest. Hopefully that will mean the end of all of those shenanigans - I couldn't believe the millions it was costing Aer Lingus every time Ryanair made a bid.

I'll be interested to see what happens with the Ryanair shareholding (presumably after the appeal). I guess if EI sort out the pensions thing this year, there'll be serious movement in the share register shortly afterwards. I still think IAG should take a stake, though I imagine Etihad getting a serious percentage would be much more likely.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26481 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 17292 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 11):
What a report! Very impressive - though the burnt breakfast on BA looked a bit rough. A friend flew on a breakfast flight on Friday and said the breakfast was godawful. Who is doing the catering for BA in Dublin? Same company as Aer Lingus or someone else? Certainly looked poor.

Thanks   It was a fab trip . Interesting to hear about your mates perceptions too. I thought it was just me but it used to be alot better. Id actually go as far to say the EI BOB breakkie is better. One reason the last 4 flights have been from BHD as being Gold I get row 1 and alot of the time middle seat is free. I get the extra luggage allowance also so the cost between CE and Domestic out of BHD is just not worth it. BHD has direct boarding from the lounge too which is a bonus. I buy a breakfast roll or similar at Obriens at BHD and take it into the lounge and get a cappuchino and orange juice and bobs your Uncle . Sorted. !  
Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 11):
That's very good news.

Yes it certainly gives that area of the country a lifeline to a much wider network with the perks.



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User currently onlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 17157 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
Cork Airport have launched a new advertising campaign.

I noticed a billboard promoting ORK in Limerick city today too!



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User currently offlinestyles9002 From United States of America, joined May 2007, 526 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 17028 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 8):
The new JetBlue Airspace Lounge will open at JFK T5 in May and will replace the Oasis Lounge used by EI in T4:

The Airspace Lounge is not owned or operated by JetBlue Airways, only that it is located in the JetBlue terminal at JFK. At present, there are also two other Airspace Lounges (in BWI and CLE) and they are open to the general public upon paying the entrance fee.

I'm sure JetBlue will earn some sort of commission on entry sales or some other sort of compensation for directing its passengers to it. Beyond that, I'd imagine EI and HA will probably organize a net rate for their premium passengers to use the lounge and then have Airspace bill them monthly on it while non-premium passengers can pay their own way in.

Airspace Lounge is a separate firm specializing in airport lounge development and they have contracted Swissport to operate the lounge at JFK as well as BWI and CLE.

Airspace Lounge is also a member of the American Express Lounge Access Program, providing complimentary entry for Platinum and Centurion card members.

One thing I would be concerned about from EI or HA's perspective is that these lounges tend to get very busy and crowded (especially when operations are disrupted) and it may actually be a turn-off to the premium passengers. $20 or so for entry with a free drink is a good deal and may entice a lot of JetBlue leisure passengers to pay the fee. I've flown on B6 out of JFK several times and the terminal can be a zoo at the best of times with the crowds. It is a lovely terminal but with all the Caribbean/Las Vegas/Florida flights they do, it can get crowded.



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User currently offlinetonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16999 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 11):
What a report! Very impressive - though the burnt breakfast on BA looked a bit rough. A friend flew on a breakfast flight on Friday and said the breakfast was godawful. Who is doing the catering for BA in Dublin? Same company as Aer Lingus or someone else? Certainly looked poor.

Truth is BA just don't do breakfast very well. Even on its Longhaul flights it tends to be overly greasy with poor ingredients and just way too much egg which if not served within seconds starts to dry out and turn to a sponge. Then there are the "green" eggs!

On the DUB route I generally prefer to pass on breakfast onboard. As for the catering, it's a round tripped catering ex LHR however I'm not 100% sure about the overnight aircraft other than the food is the same as the morning flights ex LHR so I assume they either keep them chilled overnight onboard or someone stores them in DUB.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26481 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 16974 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 13):
I noticed a billboard promoting ORK in Limerick city today too!

Good stuff  

TK did a good job on the Air Coach. I saw a fully branded one today just outside Belfast. Air Coach have re introduced the route Dublin Airport - Belfast but sadly not stopping in Newry like they used to . I found it a great service.

Quoting Reply 14):
One thing I would be concerned about from EI or HA's perspective is that these lounges tend to get very busy and crowded (especially when operations are disrupted) and it may actually be a turn-off to the premium passengers. $20 or so for entry with a free drink is a good deal and may entice a lot of JetBlue leisure passengers to pay the fee.

Thats what I thought also . Its a free for all so will not be exclusive but who knows maybe at evenings after the rush hour it might be ok for the EI passengers.



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User currently onlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2807 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 16628 times:

The completion of the M18 motorway (linking Galway to Shannon Airport) has been approved by the government so this may prove a more convenient option down the line than Galwegians travelling on the M6 to DUB:

http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/...eland/2013/0228/1224330607055.html

If only they would upgrade the N18 dual carriageway between Limerick and SNN to motorway standard. That 100km/h speed limit doesn't do it any justice  
Quoting Reply 14):
One thing I would be concerned about from EI or HA's perspective is that these lounges tend to get very busy and crowded (especially when operations are disrupted) and it may actually be a turn-off to the premium passengers. $20 or so for entry with a free drink is a good deal and may entice a lot of JetBlue leisure passengers to pay the fee. I've flown on B6 out of JFK several times and the terminal can be a zoo at the best of times with the crowds. It is a lovely terminal but with all the Caribbean/Las Vegas/Florida flights they do, it can get crowded.

The EI departure times from JFK this summer will be at 17:30, 18:20 and 21:15. Just out of interest I pulled the flights departing T5 an hour before the EI ones to see how many departures are facilitated for a random day in July. It does indeed appear crowded at times:

16:30-17:30
16:45 B6918 Boston
16:49 B689 San Diego
16:55 B637 Santiago, Dominican Republic
17:00 B6408 Portland, Maine
17:00 B6803 San Juan
17:00 B61119 Charlotte
17:00 B61516 Syracuse
17:05 B686 Rochester
17:15 B6415 San Francisco
17:20 B6167 Oakland
17:20 B61185 Raleigh/Durham
17:30 B6263 Seattle
17:30 EI104 Dublin

17:31-18:20
17:45 B61407 Washington-Dulles
18:00 B6201 Fort Lauderdale
18:00 B6351 Cancún
18:00 B6359 Burbank
18:15 B6153 West Palm Beach
18:20 EI110 Shannon

20:15-21:15
20:25 B6915 San Francisco
20:32 B6135 Phoenix
20:45 B61295 Austin
20:50 B6165 Portland, Oregon
20:50 B6775 New Orleans
20:59 B6523 Los Angeles
21:00 B6109 Santo Domingo
21:00 B6237 Santiago, Dominican Republic
21:00 B61103 San Juan
21:10 B6702 Buffalo
21:15 EI108 Dublin



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User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 364 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16584 times:

Apologies if this was in the previous thread but I'm not sure it was - there was apparently some vague references to a GC points earning credit card appearing soon in an EI communication to holders, at least going on what was said on another forum. Anyone know if this actually is the case?

That we don't have *any* airline cards available to Irish euro accounts is very odd, and I'm surprised that one of the other airlines operating here hasn't tried to get in on the market.

If they bring one in, it'd also be very handy if they could get a points deal going with a hotel chain - I can and have in the past thrown Carlson points on to my TK card but it is EI I use more than any other airline still.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26481 posts, RR: 58
Reply 19, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 16520 times:

Quoting EIDL (Reply 18):
Apologies if this was in the previous thread but I'm not sure it was - there was apparently some vague references to a GC points earning credit card appearing soon in an EI communication to holders, at least going on what was said on another forum. Anyone know if this actually is the case?

That we don't have *any* airline cards available to Irish euro accounts is very odd, and I'm surprised that one of the other airlines operating here hasn't tried to get in on the market.

I have wondered why they have not tapped into the market also. If there was one available I would certainly get one as it would rack me up alot of points if its anything like the other programs.



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User currently offlineshamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 16443 times:

Looks like EI-EAV had a technical problem today operating the Boston flight from Dublin.

It departed at 14:30 but had to turn back. Fortunately the problem was fixed and the flight left again at 17:30.

Does anyone know what the problem was?



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User currently offlinetonystan From Ireland, joined Jan 2006, 1394 posts, RR: 2
Reply 21, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 16319 times:

Quoting shamrocka330 (Reply 20):

It was a medical diversion it would appear!!!!



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User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1933 posts, RR: 9
Reply 22, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 16110 times:
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Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 17):
The completion of the M18 motorway (linking Galway to Shannon Airport) has been approved by the government so this may prove a more convenient option down the line than Galwegians travelling on the M6 to DUB:

Yes, it is fantastic news. It will also improve travel time from Galway to NOC. The existing N17 from Ballindine to Charlestown is generally of a pretty good standard albeit single carrigeway. Once the M17/M18 is completed, there will only a relatviely short section of bad roadway left from Tuam to Ballindine. It will also make SNN more attractive for those living in towns located along the M6 (assuming there are services from SNN people want to use). Either way, this project can only be good for both SNN and NOC.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 17):
If only they would upgrade the N18 dual carriageway between Limerick and SNN to motorway standard. That 100km/h speed limit doesn't do it any justice

In fairness, it is but a minor inconvenience. Besides, think of the lost all the lost revenue from non-locals getting caught at the speed checks located just past the Shannon interchange where the limit drops from 120 to 100 kph. Kidding aside, it will be nearly impossible to upgrade that section of road to motorway standard without completely rebuilding and re-aligning it. Technical challenges include driveways that exit directly onto the southbound side, inadequate sight disdances, bend radii that are too sharp, inadequate crossfalls, entry-exit ramps that are too short with turns that are too sharp to name but a few. The road is more than adequate for the current levels of traffic and the money that it would cost to upgrade wouth be far better spent upgrading the horrible Limerick to Cork road which is nothing short of a national disgrace.

I remember when that road was built, they simply built a new road parallel to the existing single carrigeway N18. The current southbound side was the original N18 when it was still a single carrigeway (hence the driveways exiting onto it).



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4598 posts, RR: 24
Reply 23, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15984 times:

Quoting EIDL (Reply 18):
That we don't have *any* airline cards available to Irish euro accounts is very odd, and I'm surprised that one of the other airlines operating here hasn't tried to get in on the market.

I'd jump on something like that pretty quick smart. Surprised BA haven't done anything like that in Ireland really considering how many people have Executive Club cards.



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User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3901 posts, RR: 9
Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 15977 times:

Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 22):

Agreed Tony, the Cork Limerick road is a nightmare. The travel time between limerick and cork should be in the region of an hour, rather than the current two+ hours. The distance isn't much more than 60 miles, IIIRC. To be honest, it's easier to drive to DUB than SNN from Cork and most of the subarbs. At least it's motorway all the way - other than a short stretch around newlands cross, even this has been improved greatly since they replaced the mad cow roundabout with an interchange.

I've seen an interesting post on another forum


Quote:

"Aer Lingus’s choice
Aer Lingus have selected Air Contractors as their preferred supplier for the provision of Wet Lease transatlantic services. Discussions, subject to contract, are underway with the intention of concluding arrangements for an initial period of four years. The concept is that Air Contractors will operate two/three 757 ER aircraft from Shannon and Dublin 7 days/week. Destinations are to be confirmed but will include New York and Boston. This development underscores the confidence Aer Lingus have in Air Contractors and our ability to provide cost effective, tailored solutions operating to the highest possible levels of customer service and reliability. The opportunity is testament to the great reputation that Air Contractors have developed with blue chip companies and is recognition of the hard work, commitment and professionalism displayed by the Air Contractors team."

It would seem there is some substance to the 757 rumour. I haven't been able to find this from air contractors themselves, their new section is currently down/empty. Seems to be a four year contract for 2/3 757s, which seems a pretty major commitment. Interestingly, Air Contractors don't operate the 757 as far as I can see, so they are hardly an obvious choice.
I'm honestly not sure how I feel about this development. On one hand it demonstrates EI are looking at new way of tackling old problems. On the other, does it demonstrate an inability, or unwillingness to invest in the fleet long-term. I can't help but recall the rate at which BD leased out frames (especialy the A330s) and wet-leased in frames to backfill (usually 757s). I hope this is a stopgap until A321 NEOs come available, but if EI do want them for 2017 they need to get a move on.



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25 Post contains links Jamie2k9 : http://avherald.com/h?article=45e803ee&opt=0
26 ei737ng : I assume that the 757's will be painted in the EI livery?
27 AmricanShamrok : Say for argument sake EI leased three 757s. They'd probably base two at SNN during the summer for daily JFK and BOS services. That would leave the rem
28 clydenairways : This is a very interesting development and it certainly seems now to be more than just a rumour. If it's true, then i think this is one of the first
29 kaitak : It's a very interesting development right enough; are we looking at a 2013 start, or 2014? This move will mean that apart from the 727, 777 and 787, A
30 Post contains images clydenairways : Well technically they are not operating the 757. ACL are. But i would expect it would be painted in full EI colours and have EI seat covers if the co
31 rufusisgod : Quick Question for someone in the know at ACL. Anyone know what is happening with EI-STA the 737-300 used for charter work. It's sitting with at least
32 Post contains images OA260 : Yes I could have done the BA one at my UK address but was not worth the hassle and juggling accounts etc..So hopefully we see something in future. If
33 dergay : Have EI operated the 717?
34 Post contains images EIDL : Boeing in sticker-over-the-MDname only
35 tonymctigue : And will the cabin be fitted with the EI seats and IFE system?
36 Post contains links kaitak : I would be very surprised if EI did not have a common service level between the 757 and A330. Here's a piece from the Indo on the British OFT investig
37 ClassicLover : It would be, without a doubt. There would be no reason not to do this especially if the aircraft is coming from another airline - it would have to be
38 styles9002 : I don't understand what you consider innovative about this potential announcement? Is it the fact that Aer Lingus might be leasing aircraft to operat
39 EagleBoy : I think the meaning here Styles is that its refreshing to see EI spotting a problem and leasing in B757's to deal with the problem, while at the same
40 tonymctigue : May I also add (assuming this announcement is true) that it vindicates those who claimed all along that SNN does in fact have a role to play in the E
41 shamrock604 : It's certainly a very interesting development, and I think people should take heary that under CM's reign, Aer Lingus has looked to exploit opportuni
42 OA260 : These have and always will be on the list. Various reasons . Plenty still prefer to connect to a superior product from LHR . Plus the fares are often
43 Post contains images shamrock604 : I'm assuming many of these would be J or F class pax? There's not much in it service wise in Y that would make me add up to 4 or more hours to my jou
44 BrianDromey : Some routes will always be on the list, as you say NYC and Orlando are sure to be in the list, for a variety of reasons, BA often do good fares, as y
45 shamrock604 : They still do HEL, it's just seasonal and only twice a week. DY are starting it this summer too, which means a decent schedule if you combine one way
46 dstc47 : From my experience on the old Luxair service, this is heavily business traffic with an "in one day, back the next, or the day after" traffic. The con
47 EIDL : I'm surprised to see BLL on that list, and so high up at that (despite having been one of those connecting pax last year, on SAS, luckily the CI fligh
48 shamrock604 : Cimber operated it for a while too using a CRJ, and any time I saw it arrive, it always seemed to have a decent load, but you have to wonder if it wa
49 Post contains links and images OA260 : No Y class . You would be surprised how many opt for one stop rather then non stop. It can be the Family of 4 who would rather spend the extra EUR300
50 EIDL : I can remember the media being certain that the end of EU duty free was the guaranteed death of Aer Rianta and that we'd be selling the airports for p
51 irishair98 : So I'm heading to BHX from DUB on Friday and was never in the gold circle Lounge in T2 and was just wonder should I bother spending €25 to visit the
52 shamrock350 : The lounge is well worth a visit, I wouldn't spend that amount of money regularly but every now and then it's fine. It has all the trimmings you'd ex
53 EIBoston : Yes the EI fares are high from BOS. Travelling back twice this year with family of 4. Not looking like I will be going with EI for either. BA and UA
54 Post contains links OA260 : If you can get a few hours in there and take advantage of the bar and snacks then yes worth it once in a while. Certainly is. ---- Congrats to EY on
55 shamrock604 : BOS needs a good, old fashioned fares war alright. I'm amazed that still no US carrier has seen fit to challenge EI's monopoly on the Boston route. A
56 EIBoston : Agreed. EI really have this one all to themselves in terms of direct service. Yes AA and DL do operate TATL service out of BOS. However in AA's case,
57 dstc47 : Did someone smile at you in DUB today for no good reason? A syndicate of 17 Dublin airport authority employees have won last Saturday's €6.4 million
58 OA260 : That's great . Fair play to them. I love it when syndicates at a work place win the lotto. Great to see it shared by many who will all benefit and ho
59 shamrock604 : Yup, there was a palpable buzz in Terminal one on sunday, with one Spar employee saying "it's not you then?" as I paid for my purchase. Dare I say if
60 Post contains links and images kaitak : Nice photo of 'ELA on the front page, landing in BOS: View Large View MediumPhoto © Tony Printezis A hugely welcome development today from the Dept o
61 Post contains images Phen : A new subliminal advertising campaign by FR? What next - "Don't fly EI"?
62 irishair98 : im in northwest Donegal and its a pain in the ass getting to DUB could i book lounge access at Check in with EI ?
63 ClassicLover : I think you can walk in and pay for it at the lounge desk if I am not mistaken.
64 Post contains links OA260 : Yes you can pay at the lounge reception. ---- Good news for Waterford ! Regional carrier Flybe is to launch a new service between Waterford and Manch
65 EIDL : Very good news for WAT, even if it starts quite late in the season. Is there any indication of whether it's seasonal or not? They really need to recov
66 AmricanShamrok : Just looking at CAA traffic figures for SEN and the WAT-SEN route carried around 30,000 passengers in 2012; just 6,000 less than DUB-SEN (operated at
67 EIDL : SEN had significantly lower pax than LTN had, from what I've heard. Slightly more awkward location and very little chance of connecting traffic.
68 shamrock350 : SEN is probably still finding it difficult to convince London and the rest of the South East that it's a suitable alternative, it's only been about a
69 tonystan : I ended up in SEN in January following a diversion on an AGP-LCY flight because of the snow. I was trying to get to my other halfs place in South Lond
70 Post contains links and images aerdingus : The Urbus link between Blanchardstown/Castleknock to DUB/Swords has ceased since 1/3/13. Very sad, it was a great link between D15 & the airport,
71 kaitak : Aer Lingus figures (traffic) were marginally down - just by 1.5% - on last year, a fact put down to the leap year (last Feb having one extra day). Any
72 OA260 : Yes very true . Its excellent for areas such as Stratford/Olympic Village and Central parts of London but for West London and down to Surrey its a lo
73 shamrock350 : Wizzair pulling out of Cork from April/May with three routes dropped: Katowice-Cork Poznan-Cork Gdansk-Cork Seems Ryanair have done the job they set o
74 OA260 : Was only a matter of time. There is only so much capacity it can sustain from ORK . Still with a record number of seats on offer to other destination
75 rufusisgod : Evening, Did Minoan Air start their Oxford service today? i see it listed on the dublin aiport website.
76 Jamie2k9 : AA will be operating DUB-JFK 4 weekly in winter effective 27 October. Aer Lingus Feb traffic very good considering capacity down 9.7% (SH) and 3.4% (L
77 Post contains links Aer Lingus : Metroliner accident at DUB this morning. Looks like nose gear failed. http://www.broadsheet.ie/2013/03/07/meanwhile-at-dublin-airport-16/[Edited 2013-
78 Post contains links EIDAA : It seems there was an incident at DUB within the last 30 minutes. Photos on broadsheet.ie show what appears to be a Metroliner (?) with a collapsed no
79 Aer Lingus : EI124, EI151 diverting to SNN along with two FR flights from EDI and BHX. It looks like various a/c are now intitiating approaches to Runway 16.
80 clydenairways : I think they are opening runway 16 now. Has it been confirmed a metroliner? Operator?
81 clydenairways : Looks like those flights ran out of time and had to divert. A steady flow of arrivals now heading for 16 on flightradar.
82 OA260 : Bound to have an effect on all flights today .
83 Post contains links and images EIDAA : Looks like Binair's D-CAVA to me, which has been to DUB before. View Large View MediumPhoto © Nik Deblauwe
84 Post contains links anfromme : Some news about the UK Competition Commission's investigation of Ryanair's near 30% share in Aer Lingus. Not a big news item, so I'm putting it into t
85 Post contains links clydenairways : Clearer pic here http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/breaking/2013/0307/breaking12.html
86 OA260 : I think this was already mentioned in the previous thread but EI is rumoured to be close to the B757 deal to use on SNN-BOS/JFK which will then free u
87 Post contains links shamrock350 : It does seem to be gathering more momentum and doesn't just seem like wishful thinking/rumours. http://www.ittn.ie/bulletins/aer-lin...pand-flights/#
88 Post contains links and images aerdingus : Binair...kind of appropriate name... It does seem to be gathering more momentum and doesn't just seem like wishful thinking/rumours. http://www.ittn.
89 anfromme : Would be interesting indeed. Any word on whether the 757s would be limited to SNN only, or if there'd be any chance of some transatlantic routes from
90 eirbus06 : EI715 currently diverting to SNN after circling ORK. Any idea's?
91 shamrock350 : Low visibility being the reason reported on Twitter.
92 f1eddie : Anyone on here have any idea when the WIFI will be activated on EI. Im flying out to MCO on Tue to hour build... Cant wait.
93 EIBoston : May 2013 is the start date with the A330 fleet. I think the widebody fleet is been configured with the infrastructure to support this currently.(last
94 eicvd : 100% certain they will.
95 styles9002 : Load factor is not a good measure to judge how well or poorly an airline is doing as it gives no indication of how profitable the carrier is at trans
96 tonymctigue : It certainly does seem to be gathering momentum. Still no word on whether this will see a return of year round EI transatlantic services from SNN. Ho
97 Post contains links OA260 : I guess a fair reward for a job that has been quite hard? Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller saw his combined pay, bonus and pension rise by
98 Phen : He has s tough job and has clearly been leading EI in the right direction so he does deserve to be rewarded. The amount however is large but I suppos
99 BrianDromey : The current rumours seem to suggest the fleet will be deployed SNN-JFK SNN-BOS DUB-YYZ DUB-SFO is the speculated use for The freed up A330 capacity.
100 BestWestern : I presume in an All Y config. From Shannon, i wonder if they could use the 757 to operate a sector down to Spain or over to Heathrow from Shannon, fr
101 OA260 : No I would expect two class. Im sure they would. How long was the lease on the MD11'? When they used to operate BFS-SNN-JFK?
102 tonymctigue : Clearly the man has done a remarkable job turning EI around and deserves his due reward for doing that. However, with the whole pensions row still no
103 tonystan : Plan is to have 12 Business Class seats with some form of hand held IFE unit to be provided. Apparently IFE in Economy at this moment in time will co
104 ClassicLover : Surely they can rent out iPads or something like some low cost carriers do. Pre-loaded. It's a boring old flight with no IFE and I'd choose to fly fr
105 OA260 : Well I guess large LCD overhead is better than nothing and if it saves a SNN route in Winter then I guess people can pre load and take their own iPad
106 BestWestern : considering EI has spent so much time and effort in improving the onboard experience, this will set them back. They cannot be any worse than the old
107 ClassicLover : Oh, he said mainscreen - which I equate to "the big screen at the front of the cabin" - old school style. It didn't cross my mind they'd be flip down
108 Post contains links and images OA260 : These are the ones that AA had on their B757s last year. Id expect them to be similar or should I say hope
109 tonystan : Well still early days I suppose. But you throw up an interesting discussion. I know from my own experience "up there" that these days on flights oper
110 BestWestern : When did CO start flying to Dublin using the 757 - 16 years ago? Well, I still think that EI should have gone the frequency route with the 787, which
111 Post contains images clydenairways : There are a few pics in the db of the Finnair interiors which show small dropdown monitors every few rows. You can also see the seats which i would ex
112 OA260 : Indeed. Those are not too bad and if it had wifi it would be acceptable I think. J would need rebranded though.
113 ClassicLover : They'd have to have the current EI J seat you'd think. For a few rows per aircraft, the cost, even on a 4 year lease would be worth it. Especially si
114 OA260 : Yes much easier to do it in J with the numbers involved than Y . The ones similar to what UA have would be suitable. I found a few pics of when I fle
115 kaitak : I think another factor to consider is that EI will want to keep cabin crew to 4, which means that they'll need to have less than 200 seats, which sugg
116 BestWestern : Does the EI seat fit onto a 757?
117 tonystan : What I mean is its an exciting concept for EI!!!! And I forgot its already 2013, it's something RI should, have implemented in the late 90s of not ea
118 ClassicLover : Presumably!
119 OA260 : Could be an issue with width and weight so would probably need to be the UA type version.
120 BrianDromey : I think the seat EI use is the CL6510 from Recaro. AA use a lightly customised version of this seat in their 757s, so it should fit. I would hope EI
121 tonymctigue : I would say that (presuming this arrangement comes to pass) that this will be the most radical shake up in EI's long haul route strategy since the A3
122 EagleBoy : I'm with Brian, while I would like to think that EI would maintain their hard product.....I feel that the stopgap nature of this deal will result in
123 Post contains links and images AmricanShamrok : I think people will get over the lack of seat-back audio/video on demand if inflight WiFi is available - does anyone know if this will be the case? M
124 rufusisgod : Minimum crew on EI reg for 757 is 5 regardless of the 1:50 rule. For anything of 2 class service most airlines use 6 cabin crew.
125 tonystan : Incredible array of 737s and MDs in DUB this afternoon. I initially thought it was for the Rugby but when I saw a LOT thrown in to the mix I got a lit
126 eicvd : The LO was a rugby charter, arrived yesterday from CDG.
127 BestWestern : Could EI do something radical eastbound with the 757, like CAI, TLV, or even south to Lagos - all (somehow???) feeding the DUB trans-Atlantic services
128 OA260 : I doubt it no demand for those to the extent of a dedicated flight. It would have been hard enough in the boom days. Only thing I could see is EI tea
129 EIDL : DUB's website is having some trouble with the codes for the rugby charters leaving, listing flights as being operated by Proteus (gone for over a deca
130 Jamie2k9 : Would EI's A321 not be able to fly DUB-SSH? ZB use them from MAN and BHX etc but I think they have some work done to make it possible.
131 tonymctigue : God I really hope this B757 plan goes ahead. There are going to be so many disappointed members here if it doesn't![Edited 2013-03-09 14:10:37]
132 EIDL : EI's A321s are comparatively very, very old - although ZB have some similar age ones most of their fleet is much newer. There's presumably been a lot
133 Post contains links Jamie2k9 : An nterview with EY CEO and his "plans" for EI: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/n...rt/9919835/Etihads-Irish-plan.html
134 Post contains images OA260 : Some of the charters out of DUB today :
135 EIBoston : So according to the EI timetable, tomorrow was to see EI starting up SNN t/a operations again and also start extra t/a fligths from DUB. The timetable
136 tonystan : The EI139 doesn't start till 31st Mar. EI133 still operating as scheduled according to AerLingus.com Only the SNN-BOS operates tomorrow, no JFK servi
137 Post contains images AmricanShamrok : SNN have started marketing their three new routes both on the website and at the airport itself. I presume (and hope) a wider marketing campaign will
138 Post contains links EagleBoy : Good morning all, pretty old day here in Dublin, Just heard that that dusting of icing sugar is causing delays from DUB. (Well its a mere dusting in t
139 OA260 : Well Im not sure what its like in DUB but further North along the border its terrible. One hour to do a car journey normally 20 minutes and quite a f
140 ORKCC : The first of the new ATR 72-600's for EIR are due for delivery from May. What ATR's are due to leave the fleet? Will they keep the 42's for the KIR-DU
141 BrianDromey : I don't think it's been confirmed yet. I do seem to recall the frames leased from Air Cntractors were for a period of 3 years. The leases are coming
142 ORKCC : Yes I agree there. The reliability issues are unbelievable at this stage. It will be good to get some fresh metal into the fleet.
143 AmricanShamrok : Lots of diversions into SNN this morning (which also took a dusting of "icing sugar"): - FR153 (LBA-DUB) - US722 (PHL-DUB) - EI149 (LHR-DUB) - BA832 (
144 clydenairways : Very expensive sugar indeed.
145 EIBoston : Anyone know what happened EI137 today? Looks like it went back to DUB. The return EI136 seems to be cancelled.
146 shamrock604 : Dublin actually did pretty well this morning. Out of nowhere, it got a heavy burst of snow accompanied by gusts over the course of about 40 minutes, w
147 OA260 : Although it was reported on the news and weather 24 hours before so they knew it was coming.
148 shamrock604 : LOL! Sorry, should have made myself clearer! It had been expected all night, but failed to materialise until the morning rush. I remember being outsi
149 rufusisgod : Question for those in the know @ EI. I'm trying to book a flight from JFK to DUB on 23rd March. There is a flight EI2016 on that day operated by Air Z
150 Jamie2k9 : Its an extra flight due to high demand. They had planned to operate it with the spare A332 but I am guessing its due to some aircraft in France havin
151 Post contains links and images AmricanShamrok : EI's seasonal return to SNN-BOS and SNN-JFK was celebrated today with a cake. Photo taken next to Gate 109 shortly before the departure of EI135: http
152 ORKCC : Story on tomorrow's Irish Indo stating Ryanair to announce new Boeing deal for 200 a/c next week
153 shamrock604 : Interesting! any indication if for replacement and / or expansion?
154 Post contains links Jamie2k9 : EI 137 DUB-BOS yesterday had flaps problem. http://avherald.com/h?article=45f0905a&opt=0
155 EIBoston : That may present a problem tomorrow given that EI have 6 scheduled t/a flights tomorrow and only 4 planes(assuming EI-LAX is still tech tomorrow).
156 shamrock604 : LAX was back in service today and operated to Boston.
157 tonymctigue : Good to see them making a bit of publicity about the return of the summer transatlantic services. In years gone by, they just sort of started with li
158 ORKCC : Some fleet replacement but mostly expansion. Can they still buy 737NG or does it have to be 737Max?
159 EIBoston : Yes it did operate the 137 but had to return to DUB with flap issues. Doesn't look like any of the t/a flights are cancelled today though. So I am gu
160 EIDAA : Air Zambezi (defunct since 2002) previously used the IATA code ZT, which is now used by Titan. This is obviously another of those IT issues with old
161 OA260 : God love anyone on those . Not the nicest product .
162 EIBoston : So EI-LAX is back in service today operating the 105. Still short one plane for today.
163 clydenairways : There have been rumours about a lot of things over the years but usually you can find holes in their story, this one sounds a bit more credible to me
164 tonystan : Currently in DUB T1 catching my flight to LHR and can't help but notice that gates 312-313 in Pier B are all blocked off and undergoing a significant
165 EIBoston : That would make sense. What happens to J passengers in this instance? I am assuming that the Titan 757 doesn't have the same business class seats etc
166 OA260 : Indeed . Im sure they offer a compensation cert for future travel or upgrade cert. , when BA use Titan they do something similar.
167 Post contains images EIBoston : I hope you are right
168 irish251 : It is not just a rumour but I don't think final decisions have been taken at this point.
169 eicvd : To be fair to Titan, purely being an ACMI & ad-hoc charter airline why would they need to a have a nice product or many J class seats. There just
170 EIDL : Have seen on here suggestions that there's likely a rather large hole in the order books for NG models during the Max rampup period due to most recen
171 OA260 : In fairness to EI they do look after their J class pax more often than not. If you saw there was a sub Im sure they would allow you to rebook if that
172 AmricanShamrok : Yesterday's Irish Examiner states that EI "have confirmed that they may lease out 757s for the SNN operation". So at least it's past the rumour stage
173 Post contains images irish251 : "A definite maybe", as they say.
174 EIBoston : I think their 767 is configured in all Y setup and therefore wouldn't suit EI's need as such. The 757 does have business class if required I believe.
175 Post contains images EIBoston : So with the FR announcement about getting ~200 new planes from Boeing coming on Sunday, what are the chances that they might surprise everybody with s
176 tonymctigue : FR are capable of anything but they did say that any long haul operation would be a fully owner subsidary and not FR themselves. Not to mention the h
177 Post contains links OA260 : Good news for cross border business for DAA . Dublin Airport Grows Northern Ireland Business by 15% in 2012 More than half a million Northern Ireland
178 shamrock604 : There's a major upgrade of Pier B going on currently. Gates 312 and 313 are closed currently as part of the first phase. It will apparently be a compl
179 Post contains links OA260 : Well T2 use this as the over flow for some time now so its not a surprise and was much needed. Lets hope they put some heaters/AC in there also. Duri
180 Post contains images aerdingus : Ah so that explains it! Was wondering why you didn´t go direct to DUB. Nice report
181 Jamie2k9 : Pier B is always s full in the summer in the mornings and evenings anyway. None of the US carriers can move over, EI already operate a large amount o
182 Post contains images OA260 : Yeah the A330 has a much superior product and even though I only paid GBP137 for the whole lot I still wanted the best product Heads up anyone wantin
183 BrianDromey : I think EK could move to Pier B, once the DAA are done with the old Gold Circle space above the B gates, cole EK take that space and use it for their
184 OA260 : Would make sense as EK certainly want their own lounge apparantly but would they want their passengers walking over to the B Pier?
185 Post contains images Dublinspotter : Hi Sounds great to see the B717, pretty rare in Europe do we know what times and what days the flights will be offered at? It will be a nice catch for
186 Post contains images OA260 : Certainly is Yes the flight will be the SK 538 DUB 1105 CPH 1415 SK 537 CPH 0905 DUB 1020
187 Post contains links shamrock350 : KLM Cityhopper are to start BHD from winter. http://www.belfast-travel.co.uk/main...ervices-from-belfast-city-airport/ No information on exact start o
188 Post contains images al2637 : I'm looking at DUB One day I'll get FB points for AMS-DUB without having to do the LCY run!
189 OA260 : Yeah great to see. They must have got a good deal from BHD. It will be great to have KLM metal in NI .
190 Post contains images Dublinspotter : Hi, GREAT NEWS!!! I know where I'm going for my bday present next year! A Fokker/ERJ will add to the colours at BHD, interesting development, they wer
191 OA260 : Indeed I flew back in the day when KLM UK flew it three times a day . Was a great service and was sad to see it go . Great to see it back at BHD thou
192 dstc47 : Good to see that KL are returning to Northern Ireland after many years, even though they ran services through a good portion of the "troubles".
193 Richcandy : When I was a travel agent, my first fam/educational trip was to AMS on NLM cityhopper from BFS! Alex
194 Post contains images aerdingus : Was that the price all in or just for an upgrade? Oh wow! I won´t be here but hopefully will see it from time to time passing through DUB
195 eicvd : With Vodafone ending their sponsorship of Dublin GAA, anyone think EK could take over? Im surprised that they still have not really got into sports sp
196 Post contains images OA260 : No it was the last BMI redemption. 17,500 miles plus GBP137 cash/taxes. Still an amazing finale before they closed down Yes it will be great. Not man
197 EIBoston : So today is the first day that 3 scheduled EI flights go to BOS. I believe that I correct in saying that this is the first time this has happened for
198 Miami : I hope Aer Lingus would fly to MIA. Study supports three weekly A330 (or equivalent) roundtrip passenger frequencies with 80% load factor potential. T
199 EIBoston : When EI were in OW, there were rumors of such a route starting up to DUB. I don't see it happening now.
200 bx737 : Last summer every Sunday there were three EI 330s in BOS, the EI133, 135 and 137.
201 AmricanShamrok : I'd envisage AA starting DUB-MIA before EI.
202 EIBoston : Last year the SNN rotation was the reverse of this year. SNN-BOS was Tue, Thurs, Sat.[Edited 2013-03-15 12:51:51]
203 AmricanShamrok : Last summer SNN-BOS also operated 4x weekly on Tue/Thu/Sat/Sun. It now operates Mon/Wed/Fri/Sun. So no change to the Sunday schedule on SNN-BOS.
204 Post contains images OA260 : Indeed and the sizeable cruise ship connecters would certainly warrant it to time in with the days or day prior to embarkation. I would expect a US c
205 Post contains images AmricanShamrok : SNN has also gone green for the weekend:
206 tonymctigue : Very nice indeed! Great to see our airports making a special effort to welcome St Patrick's Day visitors with something a little different. SNN looks
207 Post contains links and images shamrock350 : Cork and Dublin have done the same, I think Cork looks particularly good! Here's the video DUB has put together with both terminals and the original t
208 anfromme : So it does - I'm going to fly into Cork on Paddy's day itself, but unfortunately that's going to be during daylight hours, so I won't get to see it i
209 kaitak : Certainly something to look forward to; will the aircraft be in Blue1 or SAS colours? Haven't seen one in SAS c/s yet. As happy as I'll be to see it,
210 tonymctigue : I have to say I agrees that ORK looks particurarly good. I think it is just that the building itself lends itself well to being lit from below.
211 Post contains links and images OA260 : Also alot of buildings in Dublin City have also been given the green treatment. The GPO looked especially good. Temple Bar had a great buzz to it las
212 Post contains links kaitak : Follow the yellow brick link ... Irish 4/13: The St. Patrick's Day Special (by kaitak Mar 17 2013 in Civil Aviation)
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