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Irish 4/13: The St. Patrick's Day Special  
User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12396 posts, RR: 37
Posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 20438 times:

Good morning and a very happy St. Patrick's Day to you all!

Here's the previous thread:
Irish 3/13: Winging It ... (by kaitak Feb 26 2013 in Civil Aviation)

It's been quite an interesting few weeks and the previous thread saw a number of interesting developments:
- Ryanair's bid to buy out EI officially/formally rejected by EU
- Aer Lingus's proposal to acquire 757s for transatlantic operations
- New routes: Dublin - Bremen (FR) and Amsterdam to Belfast (KL)
- Ryanair to buy 200 more 738s
- Government launches consultation on new national aviation policy
- SAS flying 717s to Dublin

The Summer season starts within the next fortnight, so we should see a significant increase in new flights, if not a significant increase in sunshine!

There is (apparently) a significant routes-related announcement due today, according to Routesonline; hopefully something significant ...

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User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1943 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 20433 times:
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Lets start the new thread with a rather funny story

'Did he have his passport? Arizona bound dog put on flight to IRELAND!'

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/arti...ght-IRELAND.html?ito=feeds-newsxml



Next Flights: 27/06/14 CX 178 MEL-HKG; 28/06/14 CX 830 HKG-JFK; 04/07/14 EI 134 BOS-SNN
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26793 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 20328 times:

Lá Fhéile Pádraig sona daoibh! / Happy St Patricks Day everyone.  

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A nice video of the events at Dublin Airport over the last few days. They really did put on a good show. Obviously the best was in T2 with T1 being the place that it is they did their best but its really tired looking.

http://youtu.be/ClrbENiprCI


User currently offlineKL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 3, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 20221 times:

Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all from Cork!

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
SAS flying 717s to Dublin

What??? Where did they get them from?? Hope to see one at Cork if there will ever be a diversion  



Next trip : DUB-AUH-CGK-DPS-KUL-AUH-CDG-ORK :-)
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26793 posts, RR: 58
Reply 4, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 20195 times:

Quoting KL911 (Reply 3):
Happy St. Patrick's Day to you all from Cork!

Agus tu fein.

Quoting KL911 (Reply 3):
What??? Where did they get them from?? Hope to see one at Cork if there will ever be a diversion  

From the last thread I posted that Blue1 will be operating some of the SK flights from the 1st April. They use the B717 so great news for DUB.


User currently offlineKL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 5, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 20172 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 4):
From the last thread I posted that Blue1 will be operating some of the SK flights from the 1st April. They use the B717 so great news for DUB.

Ok, thanks, that makes sense. Good news.

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
There is (apparently) a significant routes-related announcement due today, according to Routesonline; hopefully something significant ...

I guess it is Dublin? Although of course I keep my fingers crossed for Cork  



Next trip : DUB-AUH-CGK-DPS-KUL-AUH-CDG-ORK :-)
User currently offlineirishair98 From Ireland, joined Dec 2011, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 18758 times:

As of flight radar 24 a world airways md-11 has just taken off from DUB with an unknown destination N271WA is the reg . Can anyone explain this ??


Next Flights: DUB-MAN, MAN-MCO, MCO-MAN, MAN-DUB, DUB-CFN,
User currently offlinecallbell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 18299 times:

Looks like it is heading to IAD.

User currently offlineirish251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 964 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17731 times:

Quoting irishair98 (Reply 6):
As of flight radar 24 a world airways md-11 has just taken off from DUB with an unknown destination N271WA is the reg . Can anyone explain this ??

It arrived on the morning of the 17th and departed that night to IAD and IND - no doubt connected with St. Patrick's Day festivities.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26793 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 17713 times:

Quoting irish251 (Reply 8):
It arrived on the morning of the 17th and departed that night to IAD and IND - no doubt connected with St. Patrick's Day festivities.

Maybe a charter. There were some quite large bands some with over 200 at the DUB parade.


User currently offlineKL911 From Ireland, joined Jul 2003, 5113 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 17550 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 9):
Maybe a charter. There were some quite large bands some with over 200 at the DUB parade.

On that topic:

How did the Mayor of San Fransisco fly into Ireland for the Cork parade?



Next trip : DUB-AUH-CGK-DPS-KUL-AUH-CDG-ORK :-)
User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2042 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 17429 times:

Quoting KL911 (Reply 10):

The Mayor was in New York before Ireland so there are a few options.



John@SFO
User currently offlineconnector4you From Canada, joined May 2001, 932 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17295 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
The Summer season starts within the next fortnight, so we should see a significant increase in new flights,

Here's one:

Tarom Romanian starting May 01, three weekly Wed Fri Sun, Bucharest-Dublin B737

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Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Pieter-Jan Van De Vijver



OTP 21:30 – 23:30 DUB
DUB 00:20 – 6:05 OTP


User currently offlineORKCC From Ireland, joined Mar 2013, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17283 times:

Any announcement by FR yet with regards to the new order?

User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2142 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17258 times:

Quoting connector4you (Reply 12):

Nice to see RO back in DUB.


User currently onlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12396 posts, RR: 37
Reply 15, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17210 times:

Quoting eicvd (Reply 14):
Nice to see RO back in DUB.

Yes, not that we'll be doing much "seeing" at that hour; I mean, I know they come from a country that includes Transylvania (and linking with the home town of Bram Stoker), but that's a poor excuse for some very unsocial hours of flying! Are they afraid their cabin crews will turn to dust if they see daylight in Dublin!?


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26793 posts, RR: 58
Reply 16, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17180 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 15):
Yes, not that we'll be doing much "seeing" at that hour; I mean, I know they come from a country that includes Transylvania (and linking with the home town of Bram Stoker), but that's a poor excuse for some very unsocial hours of flying! Are they afraid their cabin crews will turn to dust if they see daylight in Dublin!?

LMAO   That was very funny.  

Indeed RO back and EI gone off the route. Still nice to see err or imagine RO metal at DUB  


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17152 times:

UA will invert the flight numbers of its EWR services to SNN and DUB from 7th June. BFS gets a new pair of flight numbers. There will be no changes to the ORD-SNN and IAD-DUB flight numbers as of yet.

- UA22 (EWR-DUB) switches to UA23 and vice versa
- UA24 (EWR-SNN) switches to UA25 and vice versa
- UA94 (EWR-BFS) becomes UA77 and UA95 (BFS-EWR) becomes UA76



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 170 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 17004 times:

Quoting ORKCC (Reply 13):

14.15 tomorrow...


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1221 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16923 times:

1st visit to DUB of an A320 with Sharklets
http://www.irishairpics.com/photo/10...-AIZP/Lufthansa-LH--DLH/?&sid=&sp=


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26793 posts, RR: 58
Reply 20, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16910 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 19):
1st visit to DUB of an A320 with Sharklets
http://www.irishairpics.com/photo/10...=&sp=

Nice . Reminds me of a TU-204  


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2867 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 16884 times:

UA accidently send a dog bound for Phoenix to SNN:
http://edition.cnn.com/2013/03/15/us/new-jersey-dog-gone



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineirishair98 From Ireland, joined Dec 2011, 87 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 16796 times:

Did EI do an extra DUB - BOS flight today as EI138 operated by DAA is this just for the saint Patrick's weekend ?


Next Flights: DUB-MAN, MAN-MCO, MCO-MAN, MAN-DUB, DUB-CFN,
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26793 posts, RR: 58
Reply 23, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 16637 times:

So here it is :

Ryanair has signed a deal with Boeing to buy 175 new Next Generation 737-800 airplanes.
The airline said that when finalised, the deal will be worth nearly $15.6 billion at current list prices.
Ryanair said the purchase will allow its airline to grow to more than 400 airplanes.

http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2013...deal-to-buy-175-new-boeing-planes/

Also Boeings statement on the order :

NEW YORK, March 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) is delighted that Ryanair has announced a commitment today to order 175 Next-Generation 737-800s for the airline's fleet expansion. When finalized, the agreement will be worth $15.6 billion at list prices and will be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website as a firm order.
"This agreement is an amazing testament to the value that the Next-Generation 737 brings to Ryanair," said Boeing Commercial Airplanes President & CEO Ray Conner.

http://www.sys-con.com/node/2583664

Congrats to both FR and Boeing. Always nice to see a big order like this.

[Edited 2013-03-19 03:01:13]

User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4153 posts, RR: 13
Reply 24, posted (1 year 3 months 3 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 16516 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 23):

Wow! Well, let the speculation begin then as to where these new aircraft will be going in terms of new bases?

Scandinavia to take on DY has to be a contender, as well as rumoured new Russian services?



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
25 Jamie2k9 : Not to sure about that, it would be SK more so than DY and Scandinavia in general is a hard market to crack if your not based there. I expect some of
26 OA260 : Id expect Greece/Cyprus and North Africa over time.
27 EagleBoy : Well the press release quotes 100 million pax rather than the previous FR number of 120M......so perhaps Russia and/or Israel are of the table? Or ma
28 Post contains images KL911 : According to local news the San Fransisco mayor wants to have a direct flight between Cork and California. The only direct link I can see in the futur
29 dstc47 : All those markets seem fairly weak at present and into the near future, so it will be interesting to see where FR can place any new aircraft. Doubtle
30 EIBoston : They might want to see if they can get an East coast service going first. Doubt anyway if any current aircraft can do it direct given the runway leng
31 KL911 : Not new bases, but when announcing the Eindhoven and Maastricht bases last year MOL told the press that there were many more routes researched and ap
32 Post contains images OA260 : On the flip side of the coin for some airlines its a buyers market. Ideal time to do deals.
33 shamrock604 : The Dutch do love a bargain, and I'm frankly very surprised that Ryanair dont have a very substantial base in the country somewhere. It would make th
34 EagleBoy : I doubt that pax faciities would deter FR......."overblown shopping malls" I believe is the MoL term for modern airport terminals
35 Post contains images shamrock604 : MST is so "bijou", it would possibly cause delays if there were any more than 2 aircraft there at once. Delays are something that MOL cares about Tha
36 KL911 : EIN is expanding rapidly, with a large terminal expansion well underway, with on top of the terminal a hotel with 120 rooms almost ready. HV has a ba
37 shamrock604 : It's a very well equipped airport, but a bit of a pain in the ass to deal with at times.
38 BestWestern : It seems like the Mayor of San Fransisco has the same airline acumen as our friends over on the Cork Thread on anotherr forum.
39 EagleBoy : Low blow there BW............. .....not that it aint the truth though.
40 Post contains links OA260 : Good news for BFS . Hopefully they can maintain this kind of traffic for 2013. Also interesting article about Indian carriers. European airports woo I
41 Jamie2k9 : DUB-CLT route will now operate until 6 October. SNN-PHL route will now operate until 5 October. Both were due to stop early September. Good News!
42 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : Great news! US seem to have the most competitive prices on transatlantic from Shannon so far for this summer. Glad to see it's working for them and a
43 EireRock : I saw these rumours on an earlier thread I think, seems unfounded TBH, the CLT flight always seemed to be doing well during the summer months, lots o
44 Jamie2k9 : It was the US Airways CEO who make the comments last year, the problem is they expected more O&D traffic, its flights had good loads but fares we
45 dstc47 : Ryanair seem to be the only game in town for new continental routes for SNN. Hope this relationship does not sour as quickly as past arrangements. Be
46 Post contains links OA260 : AF / Cityjet have launched a new fare DUB-LCY with a min 2 night stay for EUR109 all in including taxes. Thats a bit more like it . --- Ulster airport
47 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : Aer Lingus recently added Shannon-Faro... Alicante is a great addition to the continuing success of SNN's new routes for 2013. That's five new routes
48 KL911 : The weather in Cork has been terrible all afternoon, after rain in the morning the wind picked up, with some rally nasty gusts.
49 Post contains links OA260 : Yep same here also . Supposed to last over the weekend. Im sure it will disrupt some flights especially in the North. Weather alert - Northern Irelan
50 EIBusiness : I suspect that flight diversions are possible in the coming hours. Currently - a deep depression is centred WSW of Ireland while pressure remains ver
51 clydenairways : Some flights diverting from SNN EI 387 on approach to DUB now.
52 Post contains images OA260 : Thanks for the very detailed information as always. Certainly would not surprise me Im expecting a power outage here the lights have been flickering
53 irishair98 : this evenings Loganair flight from DUB - CFN was cancelled due to strong winds up here.
54 tonymctigue : One is SNN's biggest weaknesses has beeo continental Europe with sun destinations being the backbone of any European routes. Good to hear more expans
55 Post contains links OA260 : As expected some disruption at BHD : STATEMENT RE. WEATHER DISRUPTION FRIDAY 22ND MARCH 06:30 Friday 22 Mar 2013 While the airport remains open, Georg
56 dstc47 : Not only is BHD closed, but 18,000 homes in N.I. are without power . Not too wonderful down here Dublin this morning, with heavy driving rain. I do ho
57 OA260 : 40,000 without power is the latest but BHD just re opened the runway but lots of delays.
58 AmricanShamrok : RE3721 (MAN-ORK) was diverted to KIR this morning due to crosswinds. Passengers on the turnaround to BRS were bussed to KIR, causing knock-on delays t
59 KL911 : Thanks for the update, I was already wondering why every flight is delayed into Cork tonight, up to 4 hours. Since two Aer Lingus flights are now to
60 Post contains links shamrock350 : The Aer Lingus 757 rumour seemed to go very quiet recently but was revived today, same rumours of 757s at SNN, Toronto from DUB and back to the west c
61 kaitak : It's been reported that a deal is in the making between Boeing, Southwest and Ryanair, whereby FR will take some of WN's early delivery slots, while W
62 tonymctigue : Wow! I knew WN were big but I had no idea they were that big. It would surprise me if WN were involved in the new FR order. They did teach MoL alot o
63 OA260 : Yes they are an amazing set up . I used to fly them from my local airport BUR in the early part of the 90's . They really have come a long way. I nev
64 Post contains images KL911 : FR is making much more profit than WN, thats all that count Good to know. I am actually surprised about the very short runway. Can they make ACE etc
65 EagleBoy : The only parts of the WN business model that FT took onboard were single aircraft type and rapid turnarounds.
66 PenPusher : And nearly everything else I reckon was copied from the way Walmart treats its staff and suppliers.....
67 kaitak : Apparently, the plans for the 757s have been confirmed to EI staff in a briefing by CM this week. Aer Lingus will be acquiring three 757s this Winter
68 SXDFC : Where will these 757s be coming from?
69 AmricanShamrok : So two of the 757s will be based at SNN as expected, fantastic! Looking forward to the official announcement with details of schedules, seat configur
70 shamrock350 : I wonder if this will be the start of code sharing with Air Canada, the interline agreement announced last year was said to be a preliminary step tow
71 OA260 : Id expect to see SNN-BOS/JFK B757 loaded into the CRS systems and EI.COM around Mid May to June.
72 EIDL : Finnair, to be owned/operated by Air Contractors but cabin crewed by EI seems to be the most likely suggestion.
73 EireRock : Might have to catch you on a technicality there Kaitak....those 767's that EI operated for a short while were PW4000 powered if im correct. Although
74 EagleBoy : B767's were operated briefly in '90 or '91 I believe. The plan was to start West Coast ops but the Gulf War killed off that idea.
75 EireRock : So you are indeed correct Kaitak, forgive my input!! Thanks for clearing that up EagleBoy!
76 Jamie2k9 : I don't think that EI will operate JFK and BOS daily from early Jan to mid March. Yes a smaller aircraft helps but that time of year is still weak and
77 OA260 : That indeed was a shame. When you look over the years EI have had lots of things that have set them back outside of their control. Foot and mouth was
78 kaitak : I think it was something even more dangerous than the Gulf War ... Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, the minister at the time, rejected plans submitted by EI to
79 EagleBoy : Makes sense.....I would see the double daily B757 ops to be Summer only. Indeed the 3/4 split with a B757 may well allow EI to keep SNN year round. W
80 tonymctigue : Fantastic news! This is without doubt the biggest shake up in EI long haul strategy since they acquired the A330s. It will certainly be a huge boost
81 kaitak : EI-DEO was transferred to SNN yesterday (22/3) to be repainted in "Little Red" colours, to start its new life flying domestically from LHR. Which one?
82 Post contains links BestWestern : Great article in the Irish Times on Etihad crew training http://www.irishtimes.com/sky-high-service-1.1335217?page=1 Aubrey Tiedt, Etihad Airways vice
83 Post contains links and images OA260 : Weather still effecting flights due to the bad weather. Liverpool Ryanair FR443 22 Mar 20:40 Delayed 02:30 ( Bet they wont be playing the trumpet on t
84 ClassicLover : Especially the salary of €40,000 annually tax free!
85 Post contains images KL911 : Guys, I know there is a whole story about EI being forced to operate via or from SNN. But now with open skies the goverment can not force airlines to
86 EagleBoy : Nice article about EY. Seems very positive, more like a recruitment advert. I like this quote "So how can an airline that doesn’t cut corners make m
87 KL911 : Ok, I get the tourism part, but can a transatlantic route be viable with just low yield tourists and O&D ? Is there subsidy for those routes?
88 EIDL : No. High emigration + some business still in the Free Zone + misty eyed Irish Americans to whom Shannon has always been seen as the gateway to Irelan
89 OA260 : From friends working in EY both FA's and Pilots they do seem to be the better of the Gulf carriers in terms of treatment. It does have its bad points
90 Post contains images KL911 : Thanks guys, Im getting it, kind off .
91 BestWestern : Considering the huge losses the airport makes - nobody is paying a sustainable rate. In summer SNN has more US frequencies than larger cities, such a
92 Post contains links OA260 : Some more recruitment opportunities from EY : Etihad offering 50 jobs ETIHAD Airways is to recruit at least 50 cabin crew, food and beverage managers
93 Post contains links shamrock350 : It has been 45 years since the tragedy at Tuskar Rock where Aer Lingus flight 712 from Cork to Heathrow crashed into the sea. RTE just tweeted a video
94 dstc47 : Tuskar Rock seems more recent than 45 years, perhaps due to the conspiracy theories keeping it in the media. Nice to see the old footage. Better news
95 Jambost : Just under a week to go before EI launch AGP and FAO from BHD with PMI starting soon after. FAO daily and AGP six weekly, I do hope they are selling e
96 Jamie2k9 : Why would they not have AGP and FAO at daily and 6 weekly, there has being no capacity change to these destionations apart from a Belfast Airport. Je
97 OA260 : PMI should do well. Falcon are buying seats off EI . They certainly need the travel trade behind them to help put bums on seats so this should work o
98 Post contains links and images AmricanShamrok : Nice to see SNN rolling out (pun intended) some advertising of its long haul services around Limerick:
99 kaitak : Coincidentally enough, I was reading a book my a gentleman called Mike Reynolds (a sea captain) about the investigation carried out by a French compa
100 Post contains links shamrock604 : As we speculated, Pier B at DUB getting a well needed update http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-...C1M_To_Improve_Boarding_Gates.aspx I suspect user
101 Post contains images OA260 : Its great that it will be completed before the Summer season. Certainly needed it. Also needs AC for heating in Winter and cool air in Summer ( when
102 shamrock604 : They need lighter floors both in arrivals and up at check in. Simple thing, but it would sort the place right out. There seems to be a gradual program
103 shamrock350 : FAO started a little early with a service on Saturday before the schedule launches properly this weekend. The theory of a bird strike is also covered
104 styles9002 : An unfortunate choice of words and one which I think is nearly completely inaccurate. It amazes me how some Irish people treat the Diaspora with cont
105 tonymctigue : I would suspect that the losses at SNN are more to do with the underuse of the facility in general than anything to do with than carriers operating t
106 tonystan : Steady on! Not sure this sypnosis is at all real or fair!
107 dstc47 : While the second enquiry does give a lot of credit to a theory that the aircraft engaged in peculiar movements for a long period, the witness reports
108 IRISH251 : I must say I agree with dstc47. How a large transport aircraft could have been successfully recovered from a high-speed uncontrolled descent at all,
109 ClassicLover : Meanwhile, it seems pre-order meals are not available on Aer Lingus flights to the Canary Islands. Gutted! Looks like I'll be pre-eating in the lounge
110 shamrock604 : LOL....seems a bit daft given they are the longest short haul sectors. Probably saving the galley space for duty free fags!
111 Post contains images OA260 : Well you can always pre dine at the Chocolate lounge More like the booze! I have had the pleasure or should I say experience of those charter type ro
112 Post contains images ClassicLover : Haha - I thought so too - looks like it'll be 4.5 hours of looking out the window hoping the flight will end! Don't even get me started on the 150 Go
113 Post contains images OA260 : And not to mention the amazing new perk for Elites of an extra 2KG of baggage allowance !
114 ClassicLover : Oh, my heart is all a-flutter at that! lol...
115 kaitak : I plan to test that theory next week; I'll be very scientific about it and report my findings!
116 Jamie2k9 : - Are you sure about that as BCN has airlines covering 10 cities and North American and Canada + they have larger aircraft than SNN which will be all
117 Post contains links shamrock350 : Aer Lingus CEO appointed chair of An Post Christoph Mueller will remain CEO of Aer Lingus. Busy man! http://www.irishtimes.com/business/e..._source=dl
118 Post contains images KL911 : Dont worry, I fly to Lanzarote 2x a year on Ryanair, often 4 hour flights and indeed my next one is from Cork. But in my experience its fine if you e
119 Post contains images dergay : Bring the ham sangers, and buy a bag of Tayto and a bottle of pop in Boots!
120 Post contains links aidansnn : Note sure why this is being made into an issue, wasn't it always the case? Later Heathrow flight will disrupt business: O’Dea BUSINESS is facing dis
121 EagleBoy : Willies was always the man to spot a good bandwagon to jump onto to.......
122 OA260 : Well I guess some might think that it needs to be earlier in the Summer to make onward connections especially on the BA network where alot of flights
123 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : Ryanair hopeful for new Shannon Airport deal: http://www.limerickleader.ie/news/bu...new-shannon-airport-deal-1-4933475
124 BrianDromey : Hopefully these will prove to be sustainable services that will help to support the future of SNN and not undermine it.
125 Post contains links OA260 : FR staff to get 10% pay rise. Not many getting that kind of a raise these days . Ryanair Agrees to 10% Cabin Crew Pay Increase Over Four Years Ryanair
126 EagleBoy : Good to see them getting that. God knows they deserve it. As for the 'home every night roster'.....haven't they always had that? Even if their 'Home
127 ClassicLover : Not sure if you guys know, but I am Australian and have been living in Ireland since 2005. I received my citizenship on 11 March - so now I'm Irish to
128 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : "Shannon may now be on the radar for Middle East-based carriers such as Turkish Airlines and Qatar" - aviation analyst. http://www.routes-news.com/new
129 Post contains links and images OA260 : Conrats to you. I am entitled to one also but the EUR1000 fee puts me off Especially as a UK passport is just as handy. Of course for NZ/OZ citizens
130 tonymctigue : I'm not so sure about TK or QR but there are smaller airports than SNN that are served by EK and given that the DUB-AUH and DUB-DXB routes by enlarge
131 Aer Lingus : Had a very cattle truck experience last night with a certain airline culminating in the aircraft pushing back, engines starting and flaps set all the
132 EagleBoy : Not at all. All pax must be seated, O/H lockers closed and aircraft commander informed of this before the aircraft can commence its pushback.
133 Post contains images OA260 : ''Shannon may now be on the radar for Middle East-based carriers such as Turkish Airlines and Qatar, said an aviation analyst familiar with the marke
134 kaitak : Disgraceful on so many levels - not just the flagrant abuse of the rules (I can't think of any regulatory authority which would permit this); it also
135 clydenairways : It would be a great coup if they got one of the ME carriers but i just don't think the catchment area is big enough. Isn't the bulk of their pay base
136 Jamie2k9 : No disrespect to SNN but we need to get real here SNN-Middle East flights - come on people....the future of SNN lies for Irish going to the sun, UK ro
137 OA260 : The thing that is stopping TK growth in Ireland is the visa issues for Turkish nationals. This has been stated numerous times and more recently in an
138 Post contains links and images AmricanShamrok : OK, I will then on both of my BA flights last summer (my first with BA) the aircraft departed (as in pushed back from the gate) while passengers were
139 tolmachevo : This is more to do with the CTA then the EU, although currently Turkish citizens who hold a valid UK visa can visit Ireland visa-free for up to 90 da
140 Post contains images KL911 : He is my boss , and what he means is that the train INCL transport from and to the airport is taking to long for our clients who travel to Cork via D
141 OA260 : If someone flies IST-DUB and holds an Irish visa only why should it effect the CTA? Plenty of people hold Irish visas but cant travel to the UK. Well
142 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : EI109 (DUB-JFK) will preclear US Customs and Border Protection formalities at DUB from 3rd April: http://www.aerlingus.com/travelinfor...n/usimmigrati
143 CarbHeatIn : Typical FR propaganda. The bases mentioned have 2-5 actual FR employee pilots. The vast majority are contractors, and are excluded from any 'positive
144 tonymctigue : I don't think anyone here is getting too carried away just yet. The target market for any ME flight to anywhere in Ireland is the huge Irish emmigran
145 shamrock604 : I personally believe there IS indeed a market to be served from an ME airline from the west and south. There will soon be 2 773 and one A332 flight a
146 tonymctigue : Also, and this is not intended to spark and 'East vs Whest' argument but it is a fact that in times of economic hardship, the west half of the countr
147 EIBoston : That is bad news. So the DUB-BOS flights baggage will no longer be on belt 3(domestic). Back to the days of lining up to get thru immigration and cus
148 Jamie2k9 : The 11.30 flight can't do it because there is not enough USPC gates, all in use at that time. The BOS and ORD in the afternoon must be down to not en
149 AmricanShamrok : You could always just take the EI135 from SNN - that flight will preclear as normal. That's a bit astonishing when you think about it. When the US im
150 shamrock604 : Which would lead me to think the refurbishments at Pier B are being done so that more traffic can be shifted over from Pier E, thus giving more space
151 Jamie2k9 : Work at Pier D and only in T2 as a passenger most of the time, will be flying in the next 2 weeks so will look out for it. Now using extra gates need
152 tonymctigue : Although the reasons why are clear, it still beggers belief that a solution cannot be found. What is the point in the DAA and EI using the pre-cleara
153 shamrock604 : I was referring more to the area where the actual CBP desks are located - you coudl expand that and add further lanes if that is where the pinch poin
154 dstc47 : Preparing for the Easter Parade flypast - it made multiple passes, in previous years we had the usual four ship rehersal.
155 Post contains links OA260 : Good news for the Aran Islands service : Aran Islands air service gets €1.8m lifeline The Government has thrown the three Aran Islands a lifeline by
156 EIBoston : I normally do to be fair. But it is bad for DUB.
157 EagleBoy : I have heard tht the EI CEO is pretty fed up with the intransience of the US authorities on increasing staff numbers at DUB. At present EI are unable
158 OA260 : Its often confusing for passengers though and EI* should clearly state what flight does and does not at time of booking. For some they may choose an
159 clydenairways : I'm still not convinced there is enough of a market as even the 3 most popular hubs AMS,CDG and FRA have not been able to sustain or attract viable c
160 KL911 : FYI, I was watching flightradar24.co : Jet2.com Flight 535 Newcastle to Cork has turned around just before reaching the Irish coast and is heading bac
161 Post contains links nightfox365 : Just for everyones information, I started a plane spotting club last year. We meet every month. The last Saturday of every month. We are meeting at Du
162 kaitak : Well, they have some of the eldest 737s in the business; most are from the mid to late 1980s, so if they're serious about staying in the lo-co busine
163 Jambost : I thought with the slight market change EI would have commenced with caution, I guess I focused too much on BHD 's negative factors. An ageing fleet
164 tonymctigue : Agreed. You can be sure it is something they are working on and I guess the only way anyone can ever be convined either way is to give it a go and se
165 EIBusiness : It's nice to see this wage increase being implemented by FR - whose employees have both facilitated and contributed directly to tremendous passenger
166 kaitak : Rumours circulating that EI is negotiating to swap some of its A350 production slots for A321NEOs, to be first to operate the latter on ETOPs flights.
167 BrianDromey : I think this makes sense. The 757s (as per rumours!) are for three years, I think. Introduction of A321 NEO in 2016 would tie nicely with that. As fo
168 shamrock350 : The NEO family makes perfect sense for Aer Lingus it's a natural replacement for the bulk of the short haul fleet while having the added bonus of comp
169 OA260 : Was just passing the airport and was a case of right time right place saw EI-DEO in full VS colours taking off to MAN as EI982 . Looked fab !
170 Post contains images eicvd : Some people have all the luck was hoping to see it yesterday when I was over there.
171 Jamie2k9 : The first A350 is due in sometime in 2016 and payments start in 2015.
172 Post contains links and images shamrock350 : New customer service initiatives from Aer Lingus?! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z08ovi2vcSY&feature=youtu.be Shamrock350
173 Jamie2k9 : Aer Lingus will drop the newly added fourth daily BHD-LGW from 28 April, DUB-LGW will increase to 7 daily as a result. Not a surprise the route is und
174 shamrock350 : It was a strange route to begin with, they should have concentrated on LHR and new European services from the beginning. LGW has never been a great a
175 Jamie2k9 : I agree but I can't see many European routes being viable from Belfast in general, EI have tried a lot. Loads of LGW have being very poor and yield ju
176 shamrock604 : The advantage of being at the city airport could prove useful though, with zero competition to Europe at the airport. They should give AMS and Maybe
177 Jamie2k9 : Indeed and with the A319 now instead of the A320 that was at BFS when they operated. I don't think EI will take the risk though. Will be intresting t
178 shamrock604 : I guess they would have had access to how BMIbaby did on their AMS route too. Hard to see how it wouldnt work though, but Belfast is an odd market li
179 Jamie2k9 : Aer Lingus take stats from Bmibaby, I would hope that Christoph Mueller and Co. would have more sense as decisions that don't wouldn't hold a bright
180 KL911 : And don't forget KLM will start AMS-BFS soon, no doubt stealing a lot of corporate traffic.
181 Jambost : KLM to BHD and April 1st looming.... I do hope that thought is wrong and certainly hope that KLM with smaller aircraft can succeed where others have f
182 Post contains links and images OA260 : Yeah I know thought I was seeing things. Had to look twice Seen a pic taken a few hours ago from the interior and the mood lighting looks cool. Weird
183 Richcandy : LHR-BHD seams to be on sale for December but LGW isn't. Hope they are still operating from Gatwick to Belfast in December, if not I will of missed th
184 OA260 : The main codeshare routes are always loaded before the others. LHR AMS being a prime example. It doesnt mean a route is cancelled as EI often loads t
185 KL911 : I think you are right, I just found this quote online, from last week: "KLM has denied reports that is starting scheduled flights from George Best Be
186 Post contains links Jamie2k9 : Today was the first flight between Dublin and Corfu which diverted to Athens, passegners just left dumped while the return flight positioned back to D
187 shamrock604 : I get the impression EI have a very hard time getting handling agents to deal with their pax in these situations. Do you know why the flight diverted
188 kaitak : Could be a few infants in parents' laps, which could bring it to 179? Shockingly poor, I would say.
189 Jamie2k9 : Weather related Fog AFAIK but in general CFU tens to suffer from poor visibility. If that is the issue with ground handles then there should be a cus
190 shamrock604 : I agree, its absolutely not good enough. I can understand the operational decision to reposition the aircraft back to DUB - it is very possible an ex
191 OA260 : Well there is no reason for this as regular Domestics run and even EI could have chartered an aircraft from A3/OA at very short notice. Other airline
192 EagleBoy : I have witnessed the shoddy behaviour of handling agents for EI in several Spanish airports. In ALC for example both FR and EI are handled by Menzies
193 OA260 : Indeed as a regular passenger I see it from a customer point of view and I can tell you being top status doesnt always result in the advertised benef
194 EIBoston : See EI cancelled EI139 to BOS today. Flight status says it was cancelled for technical reasons. I guess that is one way of putting it as EI only have
195 irishair98 : AB are operating a flight from DUB - LAS flight number 1250 can anyone explain why ?
196 OA260 : Google staff convention.
197 Jamie2k9 : Think there may of being an air con issue on one of the A330's over the weekend, not sure may of being a short haul one, wasn't paying much attention
198 EIBoston : EI-DUO is still in France getting wi-fi installed but is due back over the few days. Got a detailed PM explaining what was going on here.
199 Jamie2k9 : Your looking for a row now, don't have exact numbers but if you realy want I will post a list of carriers than have left.
200 Post contains images Jambost : That settles it for me, another rumour dead and buried, I wonder what will surface next? Perhaps QR announcing BHD - DOH with an A319LR? or BA LCY -
201 Post contains images OA260 : You mean you didnt know Mind you I remember when the BFS base was rumoured and then it was denied by EI only to become reality later. You never know
202 Post contains images Jambost : I hope that is the case, I will disappoint myself now and hopefully be shockingly surprised if they announce a schedule down the line That reminds me
203 Jamie2k9 : Was there realy a need to pull me up on it......
204 OA260 : Been very quiet and nothing loaded. Maybe its in limbo or planned for the Winter. I was looking forward to seeing them back in DUB but nothing more h
205 Post contains links OA260 : A very worthy cause and kudos for MOL for making this donation : Ryanair boss gives €200k to fund for McNamara RYANAIR chief Michael O'Leary has don
206 tonymctigue : I know MoL draws his fair share of stick from many of us here but fair play to him for putting his hand in his own pocket to help out someone like th
207 EIBoston : So now that the EI l/h fleet have all been fitted with the infrastructure to support inflight wifi, does anybody have any details for cost etc. Accord
208 Post contains links shamrock350 : Had a nice flight with Aer Lingus on Monday, aircraft was nearly full but the LHR lounge was completely and I was in there for an hour, I suppose ther
209 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : It seems just three aircraft have so far been fitted with Wi-Fi (anyone know which three?) - the last one will be fitted in May: http://www.aerlingus
210 shamrock350 : I think you can tell by the large bump on the roof after the aircraft have been fitted, I saw EI-DUZ yesterday with one which it didn't have earlier
211 OA260 : I think if they charge around $25/EUR20 per flight it would be fair enough. I just hope that they dont have the crazy low MB allowance that some airl
212 Jamie2k9 : Wasn't the WIFI not supposed to be free on Long Haul flights are is that just for Business Class passengers. Delta charge around $14 for 24h pass so E
213 OA260 : There will be a charge for Y Class and free to Premier passengers. ( Unless thats changed since February ).
214 Post contains images EIBoston : All 7 330's have been in France over the Winter season. I think they are all ready to go for wi-fi now. (EI-DUO being in France twice - first for it'
215 Post contains links kaitak : Our fifth thread of 2013 is now open for business: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence (by kaitak Apr 3 2013 in Civil Aviation)
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