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Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence  
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 20584 times:

Good evening folks and welcome to our fifth thread of 2013.

In the last thread, we saw some interesting developments:
- Ryanair's order for 175 737s - and a possible MAX order to come
- More meat on the 757 rumour, with the possibility of a 321NEO order on the way (unfortunately in place of the 350s?)
- RO returning to Dublin
- US carriers extending their summer season of flights
- Aer Lingus schtum on SFO flights
- Weather!
- Announcement of government policy on air transport (submissions invited, June deadline)

Irish 4/13: The St. Patrick's Day Special (by kaitak Mar 17 2013 in Civil Aviation)

We're now in the Summer season at last (though you wouldn't think it, with the cold! SAS has started using 717s to Dublin and from next month, we should see the arrival of EI Regional ATR72-600s.

So, over to you folks; dive in - no running, jumping or piddling in the shallow end ...

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User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 1, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 20466 times:

I was going to suggest
Irish 5/13 Gathering together for heat but you beat me to it.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 2, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 20427 times:

Thanks for the new thread Kaitak. My iPhone 5 says thanks too it was getting a bit much for it  

Was a lovely day for spotting at BHD . I was not spotting but was at Holywood exchange.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/163C304C-C7C9-483D-835E-3F57424AE8E2-575-000000391B5AA0A9_zps8525b931.jpg

Quoting dstc47 (Reply 1):

Thats a nice title maybe the next one? It will be warmer by then please god.

Looking forward to a Summer of new flights/aircraft etc...


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 3, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 20418 times:

Aer Lingus have just had their first arrival into JetBlue's T5 at JFK, hopefully everything runs smoothly! The JetBlue guys have been tweeting a few photos of the preparations and arrival today, the approach they have to social media is very good and it's nice to see Aer Lingus moving towards it as well.

[Edited 2013-04-03 11:01:48]

User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5127 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 20418 times:

Interesting article today in The Irish Examiner, continuing the discussion after last weeks CEO of Cork based EMC complained about lack of routes to and from Cork, something businesses really need.

In short the article suggests for Cork:


* Bringing weekly direct long-haul flights to and from the US by targeting services from existing Boeing 757 operators while future planning for Airbus A321 NEO and Boeing 787 equipment.

These aircraft are all capable of operating on the Atlantic from Cork’s main runway;

* Assessing the benefits of a strip taxiway that can remove the inefficiency of aircraft backtracking on the main runway;

* Targeting a twice daily service between Cork and Dublin that connects with transatlantic travel. This would be assisted by eliminating the air travel tax but must primarily target business travellers and support of industry in the Cork region.

What are your thoughts about this?


source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/busines...t-airport-flying-again-227161.html


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 20315 times:

Ryanair have just started charging 89c per issue to view their inflight magazine, "Let's Go" on their iPad app. Now I never minded paying any of FR's extra fees (hidden or not) when flying with them but this is taking the absolute p*ss! They are basically charging me to read pages and pages of advertising?

And their iPhone app has gone up to €3.59 now and you can't even check-in/generate mobile boarding passes/book flights! Surely they're only losing revenue with this carry on? Or are they just waiting for a newspaper to pick up on this madness so they'll run a story on it and get free press?

This is only thing about FR that irritates me (probably a good complaint...).

Quoting KL911 (Reply 4):
Bringing weekly direct long-haul flights to and from the US by targeting services from existing Boeing 757 operators while future planning for Airbus A321 NEO and Boeing 787 equipment.

I can't see any airline offering transatlantic services from ORK in the medium term. Any ORK operations would only dilute revenue gained from well-established SNN services and cause a fall in passenger numbers there. All major IRL-USA carriers with the exception of AA serve SNN and I can't see AA opening a route to ORK. Also as noted here on many occasions, SNN offers a number of advantages over ORK such as the US preclearance, unrestricted runway, and (particularly with the upcoming completion of M18/N17 road infrastructure), a wider catchment.

[Edited 2013-04-03 12:19:03]


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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 6, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 13 hours ago) and read 20251 times:

I tend to agree with AmericanShamrok about the possibility of direct flights from ORK to the US, at least in the short to medium term; that said, there should be enough of a Corkonian diaspora in the US to support flights to one city, especially with 739ERs or A321NEOs.

I do agree that there should be a connection from DUB to ORK, to connect it to US and other flights.

However, companies like EMC can make these comments, but will they put their money where their mouths are; i.e. get together (EMC presumably isn't the only one) and say "look, if you put an ATR42/72 on this route, we'll take about 20-30 seats on it per day".


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 20203 times:

Quoting KL911 (Reply 4):
* Assessing the benefits of a strip taxiway that can remove the inefficiency of aircraft backtracking on the main runway;

I think this was part of a previous master plan for ORK, after the new terminal opened there were plans for a new pier to be extended towards where the current cargo area is, basically starting where gate 7 & 8 currently is. It's likely that this plan is long dead but the parallel taxiway from runway 35 would make sense in the long run and is still possible but isn't exactly a pressing issue.


User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 20135 times:

I'm actually amazed nobody has tried DUB-ORK since the withdrawal. The motorway has definitely damaged traffic but its still long enough time wise (and longer again by train) that equivalent journeys in other countries still usually have feeder traffic.

If RE could hang on to a 42 or two... I'd be on it frequently enough, its the most common work journey I used to fly, more often than any I still have to too.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 9, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 19973 times:

Quoting EIDL (Reply 8):

I'm actually amazed nobody has tried DUB-ORK since the withdrawal.

An airline with a few F50s who already operate out of DUB  


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 10, posted (1 year 4 months 3 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 19784 times:

Working on Sir Humphrey's old adage, "Never believe something until it's been officially denied", the Indo has this piece on EI's return to SFO:

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...an-francisco-service-29170397.html

A major US maintenance operator, NAAS, will open in SNN, after having acquired a local maintenance firm:

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...ices-firm-sets-up-hq-29170396.html


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 19641 times:
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Just to be an annoyance....the rumour that says the A350 order will be swopped for A321NEO's is just that.
I have read it on 3 fora at this point (including this one) Basically it started with a discussion on forum #1 re the B757 plan, and how this could lead on to an A321NEO order..........then someone chimed in with how this could undermine the A350 order.....2 days later I see this discussion being quoted on forum #2. The day after that it appears here.

While I agree that the logic is sound I can't see how there is any actual evidence backing it.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 12, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 19587 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 11):
I have read it on 3 fora at this point

Thats why Im very selective on what forums I read and more and more private groups are a better reliable source of information as its not public and people dont feel so apprehesive to post.

---

Fear of flying courses in conjunction with EI out of BHD :

Fear of flying: can new Belfast course cure phobia?

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/li...t-course-cure-phobia-29162503.html

[Edited 2013-04-04 04:09:07]

User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 13, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 19416 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 11):
Just to be an annoyance....the rumour that says the A350 order will be swopped for A321NEO's is just that.

Good. I don't think ordering the A321neo in favour of the A350 would be a good move in the long run, the neo family obviously has a place in the future fleet of Aer Lingus but it's no 757 replacement and definitely not a suitable A350 alternative as the A330s can only last so long. Quite a way down the road a fleet of A350s, A330s and subfleet of A321neos makes sense and wouldn't be too complicated a fleet.

Definitely think we'll hear the result of these rumours when the 757 deal materialises, whenever that may happen!


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 14, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 19294 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 11):
Just to be an annoyance....the rumour that says the A350 order will be swopped for A321NEO's is just that.

You're never an annoyance ... particularly when you shoot down rumours no-one particularly welcomes! I think EI's interest in the A321NEO is understandable and I think we will see such an order, but if the t/a hub at DUB is to work and grow, they need something of slightly larger capacity. I accept CM's point (indeed, it was made here long before he came to EI!) the 350 is not an ideal aircraft for starting up new routes, so I see the 350 and 333 in the fleet together for quite a while, along with 321NEOs. The latter will be a useful vehicle for starting routes to some peripheral destinations.

You can see from this range ring that the 321NEO can cover quite a good swathe of the US and Canada from DUB:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=3650nm%40DUB


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 15, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 19273 times:

Aer Lingus has started their advertising campaign for LGW again. Seemed like every bus was plastered with these adverts yesterday. Still good to get awareness of the route and refresh peoples minds.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/MISC/Image_zps1bad0080.jpg


User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4094 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 19207 times:

hello everyone!

I will be on 136 Boston-Dublin tomorrow the 5th and Dublin-Boston on Saturday the 13th. The question I have is about the -200 versus the -300. Does Aer Lingus always use the -200 for the flight I'm on, or are the types interchangeable?

Thank you!


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 17, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 19091 times:

The first Aer Arann ATR72-600 will be delivered on April 23rd and enter service on the 25th.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishAero/status/319878119051886592

I hope it arrives in full Aer Lingus Regional livery and not that white livery with EIR titles that half the fleet currently appears in.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Aer Lingus has started their advertising campaign for LGW again.

Doing the same in London with those electronic advertising screens at train stations. No mention of LHR but pushing the LGW route a lot, clearly battling on against Flybe but the cancellation of the 4th daily rotation this summer probably shows that Aer Lingus aren't willing to lose much more money on the route. Unless Flybe are about to keel over I don't see a future for EI on this route, focusing on LHR and developing European routes from BHD would be a wiser move.


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 18, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 19078 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 17):

I hope it arrives in full Aer Lingus Regional livery and not that white livery with EIR titles that half the fleet currently appears in.

I'd be very surprised if they arrived in white; I guess (and I'm very much open to correction) that those acft in the white livery are (like EI-BYO) not long for this world and it was judged not economically sensible to repaint them in full colours.

The new ATR72 will be registered EI-FAS.

Anyone know which of the current ATRs will be the first to go?


User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 19061 times:

I'm surprised they're not using the remaining EI-REx registrations. EI-REQ (wreck) might be a bad idea but there's precisely 8 left after that (EI-REX is gone). EI-FAx is just an in-order registration block it seems.

Used the pre-order for EI shorthaul food for the first time for my next two flights, slightly hoping I'm *not* about row 16 and blindingly obvious when they bring it out going on trip reports of being served first!


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 20, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 19029 times:
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Quoting chrisnh (Reply 16):
I will be on 136 Boston-Dublin tomorrow the 5th and Dublin-Boston on Saturday the 13th. The question I have is about the -200 versus the -300. Does Aer Lingus always use the -200 for the flight I'm on, or are the types interchangeable?

EI plan the -200's and -300's on certain flights. The JFK routes are usually -300's. The -200's generally operate 1 rotation to BOS and from SNN.

However on the day both types are interchangeable.


User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1944 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 18712 times:
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Quoting kaitak (Reply 6):
However, companies like EMC can make these comments, but will they put their money where their mouths are; i.e. get together (EMC presumably isn't the only one) and say "look, if you put an ATR42/72 on this route, we'll take about 20-30 seats on it per day".

I think the proof of the need (or lack thereof) such a service is the fact that it did once exist but has been pulled presumably because it either didn't have enough demand or RE/FR practically had to pay people to fly the route to fill the planes. If transatlantic access to ORK is as a major concern as it is being made out to be, then a less obvious but ultimately a more sensible option in the longer term would be to lobby for the completion of the M20 to link it to Limerick. It would put Cork within an hours driving distance of SNN which has said transatlantic services as well as having the wider benefit for those in the world that don't think access to air services is the single most important concern in the worls (Hard for some of us to grasp I know!).



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 6 days ago) and read 18688 times:

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 16):
I will be on 136 Boston-Dublin tomorrow

Your flight will be operated tonight by EI-DUO which is a -200 .


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 18524 times:
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Posted on another forum........EI traffic stats for March:
Aer Lingus mainline passengers 757,000 up 2.9% LF of 79.9 up 4.1

Short Haul-- 675,000 up 1.7 from March 2012. L/F 77.3%

Long Haul-- 83,000 up 13.7% from March 2012. L/F 84.4% up 2.4

Overall Capacity up 9.7% from March 2012.

EI regional --- 87,000 up 19.2% from March 2012.

Total
844,000 up 4.3% from March 2012.

Loadfactors of 77% and 84% seem like pretty good numbers in March,while traditionally a strong month for Irish markets definitely a good start to the usually busier March-Oct season.

Do FR publish monthly stats too?


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18478 times:

The early Easter would have boosted those figures nicely. Still good to see growth.

Ryanair post monthly stats as well, think they announced March numbers yesterday with passengers down 1% to 5.4m and load factor up 1% to 79% as previously guided apparently.


User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 25, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18626 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Your flight will be operated tonight by EI-DUO which is a -200 .

Speaking about the 330's, I see that the DUB-AGP 584/585 is now operated daily by a 330. Is this just for the Easter period or it this for the summer schedule? Is there such demand to Malaga still?


User currently offlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 26, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18578 times:

Its a daily service for the summer as it has been for the last few years.

User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 27, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 18742 times:

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 26):
Its a daily service for the summer as it has been for the last few years.

Thanks, wasn't aware that it was daily previously. Always thought it was only used at busy times for trips to Malaga and Faro.


User currently offlineshamrock321 From Ireland, joined May 2008, 1597 posts, RR: 1
Reply 28, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18721 times:

Its made ad hoc trips to FAO and the Canaries during busy times but its been solid daily during the summer to AGP for quite a while, it normally does DUB-JFK-DUB-AGP-DUB-JFK over 2 days. I believe it used to go to NCE during the summer aswell.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 29, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18692 times:

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 25):
Speaking about the 330's, I see that the DUB-AGP 584/585 is now operated daily by a 330. Is this just for the Easter period or it this for the summer schedule? Is there such demand to Malaga still?

Yes been around for ages now at least 3-4 years. AGP is always a good money spinner. Also with 3 flights on a Tuesday it seems demand is still high for this year.

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 23):
Posted on another forum........EI traffic stats for March:

Aer Lingus passenger traffic rises

Traffic at Aer Lingus rose by 4.3 per cent in March, with both short and long haul passengers showing a rise over the year, the airline said today.
A total of 844,000 passengers flew with the Aer Lingus mainline and Aer Lingus Regional services last month.
On the mainline services, 757,000 passengers flew during the month, a rise of 2.9 per cent. Some 83,000 were on long haul services, which showed a 13.7 per cent change compared with 2012. Short haul routes added an additional 11,000 passengers year on year, at 674,000.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...-passenger-traffic-rises-1.1349986


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18667 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Yes been around for ages now at least 3-4 years. AGP is always a good money spinner. Also with 3 flights on a Tuesday it seems demand is still high for this year.

Even a lot longer than that. At least 10 years for the A330 down there! But not necessarily daily in the early years.

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 25):
Speaking about the 330's, I see that the DUB-AGP 584/585 is now operated daily by a 330. Is this just for the Easter period or it this for the summer schedule? Is there such demand to Malaga still?

Malaga is by far the biggest volume holiday destination from Dublin and has decent demand too outside the peak season. In fact it's the number 3 busiest route for Malaga and it's in the top 10 for Dublin.
A lot of property owners, disgraced former bank CEO's, Marbella brigade, retired people and golfers etc.

[Edited 2013-04-05 06:28:02]

User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 31, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 18626 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 30):
Malaga is by far the biggest volume holiday destination from Dublin and has decent demand too outside the peak season. In fact it's the number 3 busiest route for Malaga and it's in the top 10 for Dublin.
A lot of property owners, retired people and golfers etc.

Thanks for the info. I must be gone too long from home.


User currently offlinerojam From Ireland, joined Nov 2007, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 32, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 18638 times:

From the last thread (4/13)

Quoting Jambost (Reply 181):
KLM to BHD and April 1st looming...

Umm, April the 1st you say....sometimes it's about having fun (and without having to poke a jab at competitors!).

[Edited 2013-04-05 06:45:19]


Glad to be down from the sky for an extended period.
User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 18583 times:

Quoting rojam (Reply 32):

Very funny!   A visual image of what some inbound tourists was expecting from EI on St Patricks day!   



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User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 34, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 18239 times:

Aer Lingus is to take delivery of two new A320s - leased from GECAS; delivery is due this month!

http://irishaviationresearchinstitut...al-aviation-services-gecas-to.html


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2826 posts, RR: 15
Reply 35, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 18224 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):

I wonder if they'll come with winglets. Anyone know?

Sorry, bit winglet obsessed.....  



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 36, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 18163 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 35):
I wonder if they'll come with winglets. Anyone know?

Sorry, bit winglet obsessed.....  

Yes Im the same they look amazing on the LX ones.


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 37, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 18091 times:

Had another good flight with Aer Lingus this evening, my checked bag was a little overweight but the agent let me off, noting my gold circle status and saying "they" had become very strict since the start of the year but on arrival I noticed a lot of bags had a heavy tag attached so it looks like she let quite a few off. On board I tried the beef preorder meal which was very nice and the crew did a grand job with such a busy cabin.

How long have Aer Lingus been boarding at DUB with a zone system? I was in Zone B so boarded in the second group of passengers but there was still a short wait in the air bridge as everyone filtered through the cabin. I think the previous way of boarding the rear of cabin first works better as the aisles remain relatively clear but that's just from this experience, it may work well on other flights.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):
Aer Lingus is to take delivery of two new A320s - leased from GECAS; delivery is due this month!

Are these new for Aer Lingus or are they the two aircraft designated to Little Red, one of which is already delivered with the other due this weekend. It could be a late announcement by GECAS.


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 38, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 18078 times:
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Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 37):
Are these new for Aer Lingus or are they the two aircraft designated to Little Red, one of which is already delivered with the other due this weekend. It could be a late announcement by GECAS.

I would guess the article refers to the Little Red aircraft. I assume they are currently enroute from Singapore


User currently offlineMichaelEI From Ireland, joined Jan 2011, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 18066 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):
Aer Lingus is to take delivery of two new A320s - leased from GECAS; delivery is due this month!

I'm going to guess that's EI-EZV/EZW. They are registered to Celestial Aviation Trading. I searched for them and found they are based in Co. Clare, so maybe it's another name for GECAS? If not then I haven't heard anything in work about new A320s. If they are completely new ones, not for the VS routes, then it's very good news! A huge amount of flights are booking up quickly. Routes like FCO, CTA, MAD, etc. are all going at full or near full. I was on an early DUB-LHR flight there recently, and there were a good few people, around 10, who were going to FCO but couldn't get on EI402 as it was overbooked, and it was operated by an A321. I'd imagine that if the A320s were for EI, in addition to the two from Celestial, then it'd be to boost capacity.

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 37):
How long have Aer Lingus been boarding at DUB with a zone system? I was in Zone B so boarded in the second group of passengers but there was still a short wait in the air bridge as everyone filtered through the cabin. I think the previous way of boarding the rear of cabin first works better as the aisles remain relatively clear but that's just from this experience, it may work well on other flights.

At least three weeks. I've noticed it on some flights, but not on others. It still seems to work out that pax for the rear of the plane still get on first, or near first. Either way, there is still going to be something or someone who block the aisle,without fail.


User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 40, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 18071 times:

Another new route with FR from SNN, Montpellier showing on the website, also showing from DUB.

Edit it looks like its for Muster match if they win on Sunday.

[Edited 2013-04-05 18:15:23]

User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5127 posts, RR: 12
Reply 41, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 17857 times:

Quoting Jamie2k9 (Reply 40):
Another new route with FR from SNN, Montpellier showing on the website, also showing from DUB.

Edit it looks like its for Muster match if they win on Sunday.

Wouldn't Cork be more logic then DUB or SNN though?


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 42, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 17840 times:

Increase at DUB:

Almost 1.6M Passengers Used Dublin Airport in March

April 04 2013

Just under 1.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in March, an 8% increase over the same period last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 14% with more than 780,000 passengers travelling to European destinations.

http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-..._Used_Dublin_Airport_in_March.aspx


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 43, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 17806 times:

Quoting MichaelEI (Reply 39):
I'm going to guess that's EI-EZV/EZW. They are registered to Celestial Aviation Trading. I searched for them and found they are based in Co. Clare, so maybe it's another name for GECAS? If not then I haven't heard anything in work about new A320s. If they are completely new ones, not for the VS routes, then it's very good news

D'oh! You're right; they are the two ex-Meridiana ones - totally forgot about them.


User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 44, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 17654 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 43):
D'oh! You're right; they are the two ex-Meridiana ones - totally forgot about them.

Indeed and the existing A320s EI-DEI and EI-DEO which are going to Little Red will be replaced by two A319s due to arrive soon, so overall the short haul fleet will have had a small reduction in capacity.


Aer Lingus [Virgin Little Red] A320 'EI-DEI' by 'Longreach' by Jonathan McDonnell, on Flickr



EI-DEO A320 Virgin Atlantic by corrydave, on Flickr


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 45, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 17570 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 35):
Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):

I wonder if they'll come with winglets. Anyone know?

Sorry, bit winglet obsessed.....

I have to say I don't agree with the look of "sharklets" on the A32x. Aircraft are becoming increasingly generic-looking and one of the major elements of being able to distinguish the A32x from the 737 at a distance was the wingtips. The wingtip fences of the A32x family are quite unique with only the A300 and A310 also having them built in.

Aer Arann are seemingly playing with the idea of expansion through offering themselves to major European airlines as a regional franchise partner, much like the current Aer Lingus Regional setup. Obviously this is a good way away from happening as the A76s are only replacing the AT4s and A72s in the fleet.



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 46, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 17053 times:

Great to see BFS being used for this and Im sure delighted spotters   A380 touch and go's anyone ?   
Two nice pics in the article.

BA 747 uses Belfast International Airport for training

A British Airways 747 recently touched down at Belfast International Airport (BFS) to conduct a series of training runs.

http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/ba-747-u...national-airport-for-training.html


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 17008 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 46):
A380 touch and go's anyone ?

Come on EK you know you want too!
I only recently discovered that the A380 performed a flyover at LCY back in 2009, I do not recall any hype about it.

Great heavy activity for BFS, their facebook page also shows a few shots of the Antonov.

I also noticed TNT have 2 737's instead of the usual A300, is this a new or temporary arrangement?



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User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 48, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 16654 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 37):
I was in Zone B so boarded in the second group of passengers but there was still a short wait in the air bridge as everyone filtered through the cabin

If you have a Gold Circle card, you can board at any time - so yeah, something to note for the future perhaps.

In other news, I flew DUB-AMS-DUB on EI this weekend. I had the chicken meal outbound and the beef back - they've changed the utensils from the bendy ones to standard ones, plus the pineapple was bigger in the chicken meal. All good, too much lettuce in the beef, but that potato salad is delicious. I was the only passenger each way who pre-ordered a meal.

Only faults on the flights were the return sector - the crew waited until they came to me with the trolley to serve me. The crew member tried to give my voucher back. After that when I asked for tea, he tried to charge me and I said it was included - and his response was, "Oh, it's fine, I'm not bothered" ... !!! Anyway, the crew still aren't across it and if no-one is ordering the meals that is not too surprising.



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User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 49, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16445 times:

Typo meant to state LDY in my above post.


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User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 50, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 16419 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 48):
If you have a Gold Circle card, you can board at any time - so yeah, something to note for the future perhaps.

I didn't fancy it to be honest, by the time I'd arrived at the gate from the lounge there was already a crowd surrounding the desk and I decided just to board in my group rather than squeeze past everyone!

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 48):
Only faults on the flights were the return sector - the crew waited until they came to me with the trolley to serve me. The crew member tried to give my voucher back. After that when I asked for tea, he tried to charge me and I said it was included - and his response was, "Oh, it's fine, I'm not bothered" ... !!! Anyway, the crew still aren't across it and if no-one is ordering the meals that is not too surprising.

Agree about the beef, way too much lettuce but the potato salad is lovely! I was offered a drink with my meal and I asked whether it had to be tea or coffee and the crew member laughed and said, "not at all, it's any drink you like" so I took a Coke.

Seems the service still a needs a bit of getting used to for crew.


User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 51, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 16360 times:

Jet 2 have suspended all Belfast Int flights due to safety concerns with runway works taking place. Flights operating from BHD however that is not possible for all routes ie TFS and ACE so possible stop in DUB if its not resolved. Very bad news for BFS managment.

http://www.jet2.com/new/status

[Edited 2013-04-07 16:45:30]

User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 52, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 16261 times:

Quoting Jamie2k9 (Reply 51):

Has the relations between BFS and LS broken down recently? I find it strange that only LS has been affected as it seems to be business as usual for everyone else.

A huge blow to BFS, but who is truly at fault remains unclear.

BHD must be loving the new splash of colour!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 53, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 16125 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 52):
Has the relations between BFS and LS broken down recently? I find it strange that only LS has been affected as it seems to be business as usual for everyone else.

Yes indeed why have other carriers not suspended their flights UA / EZY etc...

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Good news for the EI/EY USA codeshare :

Etihad Airways and Aer Lingus codeshare gains US regulatory

Etihad Airways, the national airline of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), has received approval from the United States (US) Department of Transportation to put its 'EY' flight code on Aer Lingus' transatlantic services out of Dublin, Ireland.

From today Etihad Airways will offer ten weekly codeshare flights via Dublin to Boston, eight to Chicago, 12 to New York and bookings can now be made.

http://www.zawya.com/story/Etihad_Ai...US_regulatory-ZAWYA20130408083546/

[Edited 2013-04-08 02:16:24]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 54, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 16030 times:

Not a good day for Jet2 . First they switched to BHD and now an aircraft with the same passengers onboard are stuck at BHD due to technical difficulties. Then another flight from LBA to FAO was over an hour into the flight when it had to turn back to LBA for technical issues also.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 55, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15930 times:

UTV have a statement from the MD :

Safety fears prompt Jet2 to leave airport

Low-cost airline Jet2 has revealed it is leaving Belfast International Airport over fears the current runway system is unsafe.

http://www.u.tv/news/Safety-fears-pr...-bd598ca42c88#.UWKhapwYFIN.twitter


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 56, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15909 times:

What is going on in LS?

Rumour on another forum suggests FOD incidents has repeatedly damaged their aircraft.

Perhaps their BFS base is losing money therefore deciding to leave in a huff with a bonus claim?

The only theory that could possibly make sense in my opinion so far.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 57, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 15903 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 56):
What is going on in LS?

An interesting bit in this article :

Jet2 stops flying from Belfast International Airport

"We can confirm that we are engaged in an extensive runway re-surfacing project at Belfast International, but the unseasonal weather has prevented any substantive work taking place for almost three weeks," it said.

"During this down-time, one Jet2 aircraft has been reported as exhibiting engine-related problems on three occasions.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-22063816


User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 58, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15849 times:

Certainly events on the night of the 4th wouldn't have helped matters;BFS was closed from 22.00hrs to 22.30 in relation to works on the runway.This resulted in 4 aircraft in the hold,3x Easyjet and 1 from Jet2,and after an extensive hold, 3 flights landed,the ESY38BY returned back to EDI with a possible fuel issue.As the 3 aircraft were landing,the EDI flight was on short finals to land back in EDI.All in all a poorly handled operation in this day and age!!! What with a certain summit coming up lets hope all is sorted by then!!!!!!

[Edited 2013-04-08 04:53:52]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 59, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15838 times:

Quoting Nibog (Reply 58):
.All in all a poorly handled operation in this day and age!!! What with a certain summit coming up lets hope all is sorted by then!!!!!!

Certainly seems so . Maybe something to be investigated and for those in charge at BFS to answer to the carriers and the customers alike.


User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 60, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15831 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 59):
Maybe something to be investigated and for those in charge at BFS to answer to the carriers and the customers alike.

Totally agree with you,ask any passenger on that Easyjet flight that had to return to EDI after a short hop over to BFS,all due to work on the runway which surely could have been held back until all inbounds were sorted and before the night freight flights start.


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 61, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15817 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 57):

Cheers, I was pretty slow to submit last my post.

LS seem confident that BFS runway maintenance is responsible.

Assuming that BFS are not responsible, does this tell us that LS days in BFS are numbered? Or is it just harsh safety first publicity?,

Just observing the last few posts I cannot help to think that BFS deserve this kick up their backside.

[Edited 2013-04-08 05:18:34]


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User currently offlineNibog From Ireland, joined Apr 2009, 329 posts, RR: 0
Reply 62, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 15797 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 61):
Assuming that BFS are not responsible, does this tell us that LS days in BFS are numbered? Or is it just harsh safety first publicity?

I wonder how Easyjet feel,they are by far the biggest customer @ BFS?.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 63, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15777 times:

Statement from BFS :

Statement from Belfast International Airport regarding Jet2.com

We can confirm that we are engaged in an extensive runway re-surfacing project at Belfast International, but the unseasonal weather has prevented any substantive work taking place for almost three weeks.

During this down-time, one Jet2 aircraft has been reported as exhibiting engine-related problems on three occasions. No other airline, nor indeed any other Jet2 aircraft or aircraft of this type, has reported any similar issue. A full investigation is underway to assess what actually occurred. At this stage, there is no conclusive evidence connecting these reported problems with the runway maintenance at Belfast International Airport. Despite this, and indeed the implementation of additional precautionary measures by the airport in the meantime, the airline has decided to withdraw all flights.

http://www.belfastairport.com/en/new...nal-airport-regarding-jet2com.html

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Also heard that in the mean time some flights will operate from LDY with bus transfer.


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 64, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15758 times:

Quoting Nibog (Reply 62):

I imagine U2 will sit back and enjoy the show and even possibly state that none of their flights are disrupted unlike LS.

However if they do have similar concerns I imagine they are discussing the matter to be resolved behind closed doors to maintain a good relationship with BFS management. The relationship between BFS and U2 is what some could say is keeping FR away  



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 65, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15751 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 64):

I imagine U2 will sit back and enjoy the show and even possibly state that none of their flights are disrupted unlike LS.

Indeed and apparantly LS are looking compo from BFS !

Such a shame as its over shadowed their new route announcements.


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 66, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15730 times:

I just imagine FR with these events and remind myself that it is LS,

Does anyone know what their load factors are like in general?
If LS are losing money through their BFS base, would they use this as an exit strategy with some possible compensation on the way out?

Again sounds like something FR would do but not LS so probably pointless mentioning such a theory.

Will be interesting to see what they say about their international flights, can the runway at LDY support flights to the Canaries?



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User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 67, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15732 times:

Reported on PPRUNE that stones were found in one of the aircraft engines at Belfast...

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 68, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 15727 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 66):
Will be interesting to see what they say about their international flights, can the runway at LDY support flights to the Canaries?

AFAIK yes because some major UK Tour Operators have these types of flights in the Summer.


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 69, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15309 times:

I'm a regular on the LGW-DUB route and I've noticed that air fares leaving on a Friday returning on a Monday have doubled compared to this time last year and that's for both FR and EI. I used to be able to get a £55-75 return ticket but now it's more like £110-120. Obviously this is good for both of them as I've yet to be on a flight that's not even close to under 80% full. Has anyone else noticed a drastic increase in their regular fares?

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 70, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 15259 times:

Quoting Aer Lingus (Reply 69):
I'm a regular on the LGW-DUB route and I've noticed that air fares leaving on a Friday returning on a Monday have doubled compared to this time last year and that's for both FR and EI. I used to be able to get a £55-75 return ticket but now it's more like £110-120. Obviously this is good for both of them as I've yet to be on a flight that's not even close to under 80% full. Has anyone else noticed a drastic increase in their regular fares?

Yes totally. I used to be able to get flights to LGW for EUR65-70 and now its EUR110-130 so I have certainly noticed it.


User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1469 posts, RR: 3
Reply 71, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 15153 times:

Interesting story about the possible impact of climate change on N Atlantic air journeys from the BBC today.
It is somewhat appropriate to the theme heading of Irish 5/13.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-22063340


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 72, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 14974 times:

Anyone know what name A320 EI-CVG had?


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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 73, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 14963 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 72):
Anyone know what name A320 EI-CVG had?

St . Flannan IIRC


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 74, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 20 hours ago) and read 14942 times:
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Handy page to bookmark, names, age, and config of all the current EI fleet:

http://corporate.aerlingus.com/companyprofile/fleet/index.html


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 75, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14895 times:

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 72):
St . Flannan IIRC

The name that EI-DVG has now? ... you're right if it were DVG, but I am looking for CVG. I have it in Flight Memory but it's the only Aer Lingus aircraft I never took the name down for.

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 74):
Handy page to bookmark, names, age, and config of all the current EI fleet:

http://corporate.aerlingus.com/compa....html

Oh, I use that all the time!

EI-CVG is no longer in the fleet, which is why I was asking.

My next flight on Aer Lingus is my 100th flight with them and it will be a nice milestone to pass   276 flights so far in my life, fun!



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User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 76, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 14848 times:
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Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 75):
The name that EI-DVG has now? ... you're right if it were DVG, but I am looking for CVG. I have it in Flight Memory but it's the only Aer Lingus aircraft I never took the name down for.

Are you sure that was the reg? I have a rough list of EI historic flight, can't find that reg. What aircraft type?
Could it have been EI-CPG or EI-CDG?

[Edited 2013-04-09 06:32:53]

User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 77, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14929 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 76):
Are you sure that was the reg? I have a rough list of EI historic flight, can't find that reg. What aircraft type?
Could it have been EI-CPG or EI-CDG?

Definitely an A320 - maybe it should be DVG and I took it down incorrectly or typed it in to Flight Memory incorrectly. Entirely possible!



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User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 78, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14926 times:
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Must have been.
First 4 EI A320 were EI-CVA..B..C..D, Next deliveries were all EI-DEx series, last few are EI-DVx.
-CPG is St.Aiden and -CDG was St.Molling (B735)


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 79, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 14920 times:

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 78):
Must have been.

Perfect, thanks for that   Solves a little mystery for me!



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User currently offlinePenPusher From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 80, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14743 times:

Quoting dstc47 (Reply 71):
possible impact of climate change

More Climate Model junk science, best ignored


User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 81, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 14681 times:

Quoting Aer Lingus (Reply 69):
Has anyone else noticed a drastic increase in their regular fares?

   I try to fly back to Ireland frequently but the gradual increase in fares generally has begun to put me off, especially on LGW-NOC which is handy for me. Fares on this route are frequently downright extortionate. I dislike flying FR but their fares are more steady and I usually end up booking with them because the previous small premium I was prepared to pay to fly EI is no longer that small!


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 82, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14432 times:

Jet2 will return services to BFS from Wednesday,

Quote:
Update re: Flights scheduled to operate from Belfast International from Wednesday 10th April 2013

Following our decision to temporarily suspend operations at Belfast International Airport, due to safety concerns during the current maintenance programme on the main runway, we have today come to an agreement with the airport that we will now operate all our flights using the alternative North/South runway. This will take effect from Wednesday 10th April, until further notice. This decision follows close consultation with the airport and a detailed safety assessment conducted today. All our customers due to travel from Belfast International this week should go to the airport as normal.

We would like to apologise for the inconvenience this has caused however the safety of our customers is of paramount importance and we will not operate from Belfast International Airport%u2019s main runway until the resurfacing has finished.

Rather cobwebs choking their engines than stones!   
Perhaps they see now how much their tantrem has truley cost, plus a damaging image would only push some of their potential PAX towards their direct and indirect competitors.



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User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 828 posts, RR: 16
Reply 83, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 14104 times:
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Afternoon all. I had my first flights with Aer Lingus Regional yesterday on the DUB to SEN route. I flew out on the early morning flight and then back in the evening on the last flight out of SEN. While the flights were fine, both on EI-EHH, I must say the loads were particularly light. We had 13 passengers in the morning and only 9 on the way back!

Still, nice to get in a couple of ATR flights again.



Most Flown:- G-BUVA (20 Flights), EI-DEB (12 Flights), EI-JFK (11 Flights)
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 84, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 13891 times:

Quoting EIDAA (Reply 83):
I must say the loads were particularly light. We had 13 passengers in the morning and only 9 on the way back!

It's down to six weekly for next winter which isn't very encouraging but I believe February was its second best month since it started and the winter schedule probably still needs to be finalised so it could have a chance.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 85, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 13817 times:

Quoting EIDAA (Reply 83):

Thats not good on a business day and if thats the kind of numbers its getting on other days too.


User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 86, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 13759 times:

The reduced EIR schedules for next winter are for early T/A bookings via DUB, it won't be June until EIR confirm their schedules but I do think that DUB-SEN will be dropped by summer 2014.

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 87, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 13588 times:

Quoting EIDAA (Reply 83):

I flew KIR-DUB and back on Saturday and both flights good loads. The morning one in particular was packed with just two or three empty seats on the AT4. I had EI-BYO outbound and EI-CPT inbound; two different crews. I paid €95 for the return journey.



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 88, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13531 times:

Quoting Jamie2k9 (Reply 86):
but I do think that DUB-SEN will be dropped by summer 2014.

Well hopefully we will see DUB-LPL in it's place. Long overdue.


User currently offline321NEO From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 89, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13514 times:

Hi there! I've been following this thread for the past 3-4 years so I've decided to at last sign-up as a member!  

The thread is always good fun to read and now I hope to join in. I've an interest both in the 'spotting' and commercial sides of aviation, and hope to get some Trip Reports up too!


Regards, 321NEO 
_______________

By the way, here's my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/ShamrockGoldCircle



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User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 90, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 13470 times:

Quoting 321NEO (Reply 89):
I've decided to at last sign-up as a member!

Welcome! Hope you enjoy posting and get stuck in with the discussion!

Some great videos you have too  


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 91, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks ago) and read 13218 times:

Some interesting figures from Aer Lingus and others :

Aer Lingus staff costs still among highest in the European industry

AER Lingus still has the fifth-highest costs per employee among European airlines, despite pay cuts and freezes in the past four years.

A survey by international aviation group CAPA said the cost per employee at Aer Lingus was €74,818 on average, way above the average at Ryanair, where the average is €49,182.

The most expensive employees are at the troubled Scandinavian airline SAS, where the average is €104,342.

British Airways is at number nine, at €66,851. That is lower than Easyjet, where the average is €70,472.

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...he-european-industry-29188671.html

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Quoting 321NEO (Reply 89):
By the way, here's my YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/Shamrock...ircle

Welcome. Some nice videos there. Must fire them up on the Apple TV later and watch in HD


User currently offlineClassicLover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4634 posts, RR: 23
Reply 92, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 13097 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 91):
AER Lingus still has the fifth-highest costs per employee among European airlines, despite pay cuts and freezes in the past four years.

I read that - it was quite surprising really - after pay cuts and freezes it's still that high!



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineThrottleHold From South Africa, joined Jul 2006, 657 posts, RR: 1
Reply 93, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 13030 times:

Article on EY-EI codeshare tie up from the Gulf News.

http://gulfnews.com/business/aviatio...ingus-codeshare-gets-nod-1.1167996

More interestingly, I noticed the following paragraph...

....Commenting on the deal, aviation analyst, Andrew Charlton of Aviation Advocacy, told Gulf News: “This will be a very attractive service for many of its [Etihad’s] customers, because of the pre-clearance of US Customs that can be done in Dublin. It opens a very welcome route to the US for many, and for Etihad it gives them a huge competitive advantage against Emirates and Qatar Airways.
“The question, however, is for how long? Ireland has been debating the application from Emirates for sixth freedom flights (ie, Emirates flights that go Dubai-Dublin-NYC) for some time. To date, it has refused them but this would seem to indicate that it will now be forced to concede them.”...

First I've heard of EK looking for 6th freedom rights out of Ireland.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 94, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 12989 times:

Quoting ThrottleHold (Reply 93):
(ie, Emirates flights that go Dubai-Dublin-NYC) for some time

It wouldn't surprise me if EK did want them from Ireland and in fact eventually get them. The thing is what impact it would have on Aer Lingus.

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Runaway deer sparks airport alert

D’oh! A deer, a runaway deer sparked a major security alert at Cork Airport yesterday.
The bizarre incident triggered a full-scale deer hunt, which was still under way around the airfield perimeter last night, to ensure the animal can’t gain access to the airfield again.

The wild animal, believed to be an adult male, somehow found its way on to the airfield yesterday afternoon.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...r-sparks-airport-alert-228006.html

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Airline defends rugby flights price rise

Soon after the final whistle was blown in Munster’s quarter-final clash with Harelquins on Sunday, the airline started selling seats from Shannon to Montpellier for the Apr 27 semi-final fixture against Clermont Auvergne.

However, since then, the cost has increased by €150, from €355.98 on Sunday to €505.90 last night, and Ryanair has confirmed the prices will rise even more. A similar flight from Dublin cost about the same yesterday.


http://www.irishexaminer.com/ireland...gby-flights-price-rise-227991.html

Thoughts on this ? Its a case of supply and demand I guess. I wouldn't pay EUR505 though that's for sure.
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Ryanair wants airline bid Vat refund

Ryanair claims it should be refunded €770,000 in Vat for professional services related to its unsuccessful 2006 bid to take over Aer Lingus, the High Court has heard.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/busines...airline-bid-vat-refund-228039.html

Thoughts? Should they get a refund?


User currently offlinefinnishway From Finland, joined Jul 2012, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 95, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 12861 times:

The newest Airliner World states that Air Contractors is planning to wet-lease three B757s to Aer Lingus. All of these coming from Finnair.

User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 96, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 12788 times:

Quoting finnishway (Reply 95):
The newest Airliner World states that Air Contractors is planning to wet-lease three B757s to Aer Lingus. All of these coming from Finnair.



Yep.
They probably got their info from this site anyway.  
Quoting OA260 (Reply 91):

British Airways is at number nine, at €66,851. That is lower than Easyjet, where the average is €70,472.

While i am quite surprised to see how high the averages are, comparing one airline to another is not really valid as it doesn't take into account outsourced functions which could dilute the others figures.
With this BA versus U2 example, you probably see BA's average watered down by the fact that they have 1000's of ground handling staff on their own books which form a large percentage of overall employees. These staff tend to be unskilled and earn lower salaries than Pilots and Engineers.
For Easyjet, you probably have a lot of these jobs outsourced so not appearing in their figures.

On the SAS example, as far as i know all their handling/customer service is a separate company SGS. Again probably not reflected in the figures.

But i'm still surprised by the EI figure as they have still got quite a lot of lower paid catering/customer service/handling staff on their own books, so i would expect a lower average. It must mean there are a lot of people earning over 100k in EI!


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 97, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 12718 times:

Quoting ThrottleHold (Reply 93):
“The question, however, is for how long? Ireland has been debating the application from Emirates for sixth freedom flights (ie, Emirates flights that go Dubai-Dublin-NYC) for some time. To date, it has refused them but this would seem to indicate that it will now be forced to concede them.”...

First I've heard of EK looking for 6th freedom rights out of Ireland.

Me too! I am surprised that EK would want them, given that they could reach most cities in the US from DXB; I know they are doing MXP-JFK. I wonder if the reason for the refusal is that they are looking at cities already served directly from DUB. If they were to serve new cities, like MIA, PHX or LAS, perhaps there would not be such a problem?

I think the issue is that if they were to give EY these rights (and why are we talking about sixth freedom rights - I thought these would be fifth?) , I guess they'd have to do the same for EK. If they can get different carriers to do different routes, it would be very good for tourism.

I was working on some timetables today and it occurred to me that if EY were to extend their morning flight (for example) to the US, the return flight from the US could be schedule to coincide with the current departure from DUB to AUH, e.g.:

Currently:
(0220-0730) AUH-DUB
(0920-1950) DUB-AUH

You could fit (for example) a DUB-MIA service in there, departing at c.08.50, arriving MIA at 12.50 (assuming 9h) and then, leaving at 18.30 and arriving into DUB at about 07.30-08.00.) Of course, not great for hub connections on the outbound, but still, worthy of consideration.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 94):
D’oh! A deer

A female dear?


User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 98, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12693 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 97):
(and why are we talking about sixth freedom rights - I thought these would be fifth?)

If you take the "classic" meaning of fifth, they'd have to be, say, MIA-DUB-AUH flights, albeit with the ability to buy sectoral tickets. Sixth seems to get used to refer to being allowed operate flights entirely unconnected to your home country. Although the worlds least accurate encyclopaedia claims that that should be called seventh freedom!


User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 99, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12645 times:

Quoting finnishway (Reply 95):

Will be very interesting to see how EI configures the cabins and the choice of seats/IFE



ShamrockGoldCircle
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 100, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 12654 times:

Quoting finnishway (Reply 95):
The newest Airliner World states that Air Contractors is planning to wet-lease three B757s to Aer Lingus. All of these coming from Finnair.

Yes we have been discussing it here over the last few threads. Interesting times.  
Quoting clydenairways (Reply 96):
It must mean there are a lot of people earning over 100k in EI!

Would be interesting to know what positions and if they are all warranted these days.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 97):
If they were to serve new cities, like MIA, PHX or LAS, perhaps there would not be such a problem?

MIA would do well if a big operator like EK was to operate DXB-DUB-MIA. Not only would you have the pax from DXB's hub but you would have a good deal of IRL-MIA traffic. If they teamed up with the big cruise lines it could really benefit them especially if the flights were operating the day before the cruise ships sail. At the moment Irish cruise vacationers seem to go via LHR on VS/BA or on the DL US UA flights from DUB via ATL JFK PHL EWR.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 97):
A female dear?

Ray- a drop of golden sun    


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 101, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 12629 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 100):
MIA would do well if a big operator like EK was to operate DXB-DUB-MIA. Not only would you have the pax from DXB's hub but you would have a good deal of IRL-MIA traffic. If they teamed up with the big cruise lines it could really benefit them especially if the flights were operating the day before the cruise ships sail. At the moment Irish cruise vacationers seem to go via LHR on VS/BA or on the DL US UA flights from DUB via ATL JFK PHL EWR.

And MIA is AA's major hub for LatAm. It's amazing that EK serves so many cities in the US - JFK, IAD, SEA, SFO, LAX, DFW and IAH; there aren't many not served and then when you add BOS, MCO and ORD, served by EI, then it doesn't leave that many to pick from! DTW is an option, because it has a strong Arab population, but - how can one put this tactfully ... the airport is probably the best thing about it!

Maybe MEX might be a possibility? It would be particularly important to have a stop on the way back, because I'm not sure any acft could fly from MEX n/s to DXB, due to MEX's high altitude. DUB would be as good an intermediate stop as any. Not sure if we have a bilateral with Mexico, but I doubt if it would be a major obstacle if we didn't.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 102, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 12529 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 100):
Ray- a drop of golden sun    

And here it is :


700,000 Extra Seats To And From Dublin Airport This Summer

700,000 Extra Seats To and From Dublin Airport This Summer17% Growth In Transatlantic Capacity Dublin Airport will have an extra 700,000 airline seats this summer, with overall summer capacity up 4% this year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA).Dublin Airport’s airline customers are introducing eight new services this year and adding extra flights to almost 30 existing routes.“This is a significant increase in available seats for the summer months at Dublin Airport,” said DAA Chief Operations Officer, Robert Hilliard. “The growth in available seats and flight numbers is positive news for both leisure and business travellers, as it provides additional choice and flexibility for passengers,” he added.The transatlantic market will see the greatest expansion at Dublin Airport this summer, as all of the airlines serving Dublin from the United States and Canada are adding capacity. Overall, there will be an extra 200,000 seats on North American routes during the summer, which is a 17% increase compared to last year.

http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-...om_Dublin_Airport_This_Summer.aspx

Quoting kaitak (Reply 101):
then it doesn't leave that many to pick from! DTW is an option, because it has a strong Arab population, but - how can one put this tactfully ... the airport is probably the best thing about it!

I have only transited through it and from the air it didnt look like the tourist route  


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 254 posts, RR: 0
Reply 103, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 12328 times:

From my experience flying EK from MEL - DXB, I was very relieved to have a couple of hours stop over in SIN. I do not believe I could have coped on the direct non stop flight. So if I was travelling DXB - North Americas, I would welcome such a stop over with the added bonus of U.S pre clearence.

Is what EK are seeking to do any different than what AI were debating in the past?

757 ,767, 330 or 777 from DUB to America is quite impressive. Just maybe they can all survive together? If not I know which one I would not entirely miss. Do not worry you can see them in SNN and BFS   and with luck ORK in the future.

Exciting times ahead.



1APR14 Ireland Direct, 3 A380-9LR,Equiped Irish Bar & Casino. All Y+ seating. Serving DUB-PER-SYD/MEL
User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7117 posts, RR: 57
Reply 104, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12246 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 103):


Is what EK are seeking to do any different than what AI were debating in the past?


AI isn't a threat to the incumbent services, whilst EK or EY would be. What would be wonderful if we could convince the likes of EY to operate to un-served cities, such as YUL, SFO, LAX, SEA, MIA, etc, also feeding the EI hub in Dublin.



The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 105, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 12242 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 104):
What would be wonderful if we could convince the likes of EY to operate to un-served cities, such as YUL, SFO, LAX, SEA, MIA, etc, also feeding the EI hub in Dublin.

Unfortunately we dont know what the EY master plan is, but hopefully something like that, although it could be a long shot.

Only possibility in my opinion would be some flights to Canada due to the UAE restrictions.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 106, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12121 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 104):
AI isn't a threat to the incumbent services, whilst EK or EY would be.

Mr Hogan said in an interview that in the next few weeks there will be three more codeshares announced that will surprise the world. I wonder what they could be.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 107, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12107 times:

DOUBLE POST ANET SERVER ISSUES

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[Edited 2013-04-12 03:15:30]

User currently offlinefinnishway From Finland, joined Jul 2012, 308 posts, RR: 0
Reply 108, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 12102 times:

Quoting 321neo (Reply 99):
Will be very interesting to see how EI configures the cabins and the choice of seats/IFE

I haven't been following this discussion, so I would like to know why are they leasing these B757s? Where are they going to fly with them?


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 109, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12097 times:

Quoting finnishway (Reply 108):

I haven't been following this discussion, so I would like to know why are they leasing these B757s? Where are they going to fly with them?

For routes such as SNN - JFK / BOS where the loads cant always justify an A330.


User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1944 posts, RR: 9
Reply 110, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 12060 times:
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Quoting OA260 (Reply 109):
For routes such as SNN - JFK / BOS where the loads cant always justify an A330.

                    

And may I also add to try out some addittional thinner routes from DUB, maintain year round services from SNN, improve the frequencies from SNN and test the water with a leased narrowbody that American carriers have proven ideal for long, thin routes before committing a massive investment in ordering the A321NEO



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, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 111, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 11971 times:

Some good news for Dublin with Minoan Airlines.

Effective 01 June Minoan increases its frequencies to London Oxford

Dublin- twice daily Monday-Friday plus daily Sunday

It came to me in an email HTML so cant link it here.

Screenshot attatched.


http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/minoan_zpsaa9a80a9.jpg


User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 112, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 11855 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 111):
Dublin- twice daily Monday-Friday plus daily Sunday

Wow, twice daily! I am really surprised by this. Does anybody know how it's doing?


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 113, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 11699 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 105):
Only possibility in my opinion would be some flights to Canada due to the UAE restrictions.

That's probably a major motivator behind the planned EI route to YYZ next Summer. They're currently talking about 757s on this route, though I hope they'll move up to 332s.


User currently offlineIRISH251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 114, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 11551 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 112):
Quoting OA260 (Reply 111):
Dublin- twice daily Monday-Friday plus daily Sunday

Wow, twice daily! I am really surprised by this. Does anybody know how it's doing?

It is already twice daily on Wednesday and Friday (the weekdays that it operates). Here is this evening's departure:

SX-BRV Fokker 50 by Irish251, on Flickr


User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 115, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 11536 times:

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-0...r-international-airline-links.html

'' “We’d love to see something non-stop to Cork” in Ireland, Barger said.''

Perhaps the strongest indication yet that Cork-NYC is seriously being considered?

[Edited 2013-04-12 14:22:48]


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User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 317 posts, RR: 0
Reply 116, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 11506 times:

Well when you read around that sentence about Cork it says:

The relationship could further grow if Aer Lingus expands its network, he said. “We’d love to see something non-stop to Cork” in Ireland, Barger said. JetBlue is not interested in taking an equity stake in the Irish carrier, he said.

Sounds more like he wants EI to start ORK-NYC, not that he wants B6 or someone else to start flying there. But we know on this side of the Atlantic that EI from ORK not going to happen for a long time if ever at all. EI are cautious about starting DUB-SFO/LAX again and these are routes which have performed in the past. TA ops from ORK will take a lot more gumption than west coast USA from DUB.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 117, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 11315 times:

Quoting IRISH251 (Reply 114):
It is already twice daily on Wednesday and Friday (the weekdays that it operates). Here is this evening's departure:

Great pic and thanks for pointing out the map of Crete   Never noticed that before !!


User currently offlineBestWestern From Hong Kong, joined Sep 2000, 7117 posts, RR: 57
Reply 118, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 11196 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 117):
thanks for pointing out the map of Crete

Crete? Well, I just thought that the paint was flaking!

What ever happened to the Aer Lingus Fokker 50's?



The world is really getting smaller these days
User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 119, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 11184 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 118):
What ever happened to the Aer Lingus Fokker 50's?

I'm pretty sure that some of them are flying for Cityjet via VLM?


User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 120, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 11142 times:

Quoting Phen (Reply 116):

Dependant on how the 757s get on from SNN and the number of A321 NEOs EI order I think transatlantic from Cork could be possible with the A321NEOs. It would be the right size and be fairly comparable with the OEOs currently in the fleet and based at Cork. I think a lot would depend on the economy and any block booking/revenue guarantee EI could secure from the likes of EMC, Pfizer, Apple, etc. There would be opportunity for connections as well, but obviously no US pre clearance.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlinebx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 678 posts, RR: 3
Reply 121, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10938 times:

Quoting BrianDromey (Reply 120):

I would agree with you, but I am just wondering can Terminal 5 in JFK deal with international flights or would this result in a situation of having to use both Terminal 4 and 5 in JFK


User currently offlineirishair98 From Ireland, joined Dec 2011, 89 posts, RR: 0
Reply 122, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 10927 times:
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does anybody have pictures on the web of EI in terminal 5 at JFK yet?


Next Flights: CFN-GLA-BHX, BHX,DUB,CFN
User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 123, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10877 times:

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...eholder-in-aer-arann-29070625.html

Interesting article here on the precise ownership situation regarding RE at the moment.

Something which interested me was the following; '' Aer Lingus has taken a 33pc equity stake in a company that will acquire eight aircraft that will in turn be leased to Aer Arann. Aer Lingus will pay an initial $14.2m (€10.5m) for its stake in the firm and may boost that if a further two aircraft are acquired.''

Could this mean that RE have taken options for 2 further ATRs?



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User currently offlineBrianDromey From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3920 posts, RR: 9
Reply 124, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 10794 times:

Quoting bx737 (Reply 121):

not at the moment. But PANYNJ and B6 are building those facilities as we speak. A project called T5i, I believe.



Next flights: MAN-ORK-LHR(EI)-MAN(BD); MAN-LHR(BD)-ORK (EI); DUB-ZRH-LAX (LX) LAX-YYZ (AC) YYZ-YHZ-LHR(AC)-DUB(BD)
User currently offlineRandWKOP From Ireland, joined May 2012, 45 posts, RR: 0
Reply 125, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10793 times:

Willie Walsh sticking his nose into EI business again.

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...has-aer-lingus-stake-29193401.html


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 126, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10716 times:

Quoting RandWKOP (Reply 125):
Willie Walsh sticking his nose into EI business again.

To be fair to Walsh he was probably just asked a question and he answered it but we all know he has his own agenda and it was clear that he wouldn't bat an eyelid if EI were to disappear so long as his airlines got their hands on some slots.

Quoting irishair98 (Reply 122):
does anybody have pictures on the web of EI in terminal 5 at JFK yet?

Not a photo but a video of 2 Aer Lingus A330s parked at their gates at T5.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fbTgsnk_YV4

Also something from the JetBlue blog.

http://blog.jetblue.com/index.php/20...g-aer-lingus-into-jfks-terminal-5/

Shamrock350

[Edited 2013-04-13 11:27:01]

User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 127, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10780 times:
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Quoting irishair98 (Reply 122):
does anybody have pictures on the web of EI in terminal 5 at JFK yet?
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tearbringer/8645282539/in/photostream

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 126):
To be fair to Walsh he was probably just asked a question and he answered it but we all know he has his own agenda and it was clear that he wouldn't bat an eyelid if EI were to disappear so long as his airlines got their hands on some slots.

I would agree. WW wants an airline to be completely privately owned so that they are free from all interference from Govt. Although as we have seen in the EI situation the Govt plays no role in the running of the airline. I suppose from the point of view of shareholder/market price driven CEO's, a Govt just sitting on a chunk of equity does nothing to assist their plans for the airline. EG. Herr Mueller obviously wants to grow the EI share price but he is stymied as the Govt owned 25% and the FR 29% prevent any movement in shares as would happen in a 'wholly private' company. That's my non-financially educated guess.

[Edited 2013-04-13 12:05:41]

EI-EPT-----Thats a new name for EI.


[Edited 2013-04-13 12:06:48]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 128, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 10774 times:

Quoting RandWKOP (Reply 125):
Willie Walsh sticking his nose into EI business again.

http://www.independent.ie/business/i....html

Im not in favor of governments owning airlines. Whats more interesting is which IT system EI will go for ie: maybe Sabre PSS.


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 129, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10752 times:

Third A319 for Aer Lingus, EI-EPT arrived today, looks like it's named Ruadhan.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/elevationair/8646345884/sizes/l/

One of the new A319s is meant to be based at LGW I think.


User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5127 posts, RR: 12
Reply 130, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 10702 times:

Furty gusty winds around Cork caused FR905 from Stansted to enter a holding pattern east of Cork. Has been there for a while now. Take offs continue, with both FR and W6 having just taken off.

See flightradar24.com for details.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 131, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10668 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 109):
SNN - JFK / BOS where the loads cant always justify an A330.

I don't think it's a case of the loads not being able to justify the A330 but to increase flexibility in the SNN market by offering a daily service to JFK and BOS as opposed to 3/4 weekly which is about the frequency the A330 can sustain successfully.

Quoting RandWKOP (Reply 125):
Willie Walsh sticking his nose into EI business again.

This was exactly my first thought when I read that article this morning. I know he was just asked a question but he always seems to be attracting media attention with his EI comments. No other airline CEO seems to have this much to say about it (understandable maybe given his past affiliation with EI).



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 132, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 10661 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 129):
Third A319 for Aer Lingus, EI-EPT arrived today, looks like it's named Ruadhan.

Looks nice. Like the name also ''Rowan'' in English , one of the 12 Apostles of Ireland. I love the way EI still name their aircraft. Nice to keep tradition.


User currently offlineIRISH251 From Ireland, joined Nov 2004, 968 posts, RR: 4
Reply 133, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 10482 times:

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 118):
Quoting OA260 (Reply 117):
thanks for pointing out the map of Crete

Crete? Well, I just thought that the paint was flaking!

Yes, it does look like that at first. The company is headquartered in Heraklion.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 134, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 10092 times:

I read that Aer Lingus Regional have carried approx 50K passengers in 11 months on the SEN route. Im wondering how many seats over 11 months would have been available?

User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 135, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9983 times:

A few sums and I have come up with a rough figure of 90,000 seats over that period.

User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4094 posts, RR: 2
Reply 136, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9989 times:

Was aboard EI 136 to Boston yesterday, A330-200 EI-DAA. Of the three -200s in the fleet, FAs told me its their favorite. I took EI-DAA over to Dublin on Friday the 5th. Least favorite is EI-DUO, which they dubbed the 'SORRY!' aircraft. They explained that the galleys are all in a different configuration on that one, very tight, so that when FAs need to squeeze bye each other they say 'SORRY! SORRY!' two of them did a little dance for me explaining their disdain for that one. We were a bit late out of DUB because mechanics had to come out and deal with a malfunctioning AC valve. We departed from Gate 411. Flying time was 6.5 hours. I was in Premiere Class, 24 seats and only 7 occupied. I was in 4F.

Here are a few pictures from yesterday. Once we burned fuel we camped out at 40,000. I gave my camera to Maeve up front who clicked a whole bunch of shots for me.

40,000 feet over Newfoundland on the way to Boston on EI 136


Descending into Boston

EI-DAA (A330-200) decending into Boston on EI 136


Here's Maeve, who did the flying from the right seat.

Maeve handled the controls from the right seat on EI-DAA to BOS


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12428 posts, RR: 37
Reply 137, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 9952 times:

Sounds like you had a great trip! It's nice the way crews have different names for different aircraft! I remember, years ago, when EI had the 747s, one of them - EI-ASJ - used to be notorious for long delays; the crews referred to it as "Sweet Jesus", because every time it had a big delay, people would mutter that under their breath!

I heard that the EK 777 had some trouble landing today and had to go around twice, on 16. Did it divert? Was it winds?


User currently offlineEagleBoy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 138, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9935 times:
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Quoting kaitak (Reply 137):
I heard that the EK 777 had some trouble landing today and had to go around twice, on 16. Did it divert? Was it winds?

Into MAN after encountering 20 knot windshear.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 139, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 9872 times:

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 136):
Here are a few pictures from yesterday. Once we burned fuel we camped out at 40,000. I gave my camera to Maeve up front who clicked a whole bunch of shots for me.

Great nice to hear you had a good experience.   Nice pics .


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 140, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 9851 times:

Surprising there was little or no disruption to RE flights today. A tornado warning remains in effect for the country:
http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin...-under-tornado-warning-591284.html



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineMichaelEI From Ireland, joined Jan 2011, 146 posts, RR: 0
Reply 141, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9610 times:

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 136):

Agreed with the favourite/least favourite thing. I personally don't like -EDS/-EDP, the galleys on them are really awkward, and the slots for the carts are slightly narrower so to get out a cart at the back, you have to take out the two beside them. Sometimes you'd need to take out 3 or 4 other carts to get at the one you want!

Looks like you had a great time though, awesome pictures  


User currently offlineteahan From Germany, joined Nov 1999, 5293 posts, RR: 61
Reply 142, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 9594 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 140):
Surprising there was little or no disruption to RE flights today. A tornado warning remains in effect for the country:
http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin....html

An RE flight into Kerry was cancelled.



Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4094 posts, RR: 2
Reply 143, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 9579 times:

I have some good 'spotter' friends in Boston. They took these videos:

Here we are taking off April 5 on EI-DAA:

http://youtu.be/-d8o40wqu3w

Here we are landing April 13 on EI-DAA:

http://youtu.be/CnT0e4wnIvQ

Sharp eyes will spot the all-white 787 in the background during the April 5 footage. That plane is JAL's and they 'unwrapped' it this morning so it again looks resplendent in its JAL livery. Soon to return to Narita once the FAA gives the all-clear for JA829J to do so. By the way, our departure from Logan apparently caused a missed approach on a crossing runway. I saw it from my seat, and Jen heard it on ATC.

[Edited 2013-04-14 17:07:54]

User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6331 posts, RR: 14
Reply 144, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9358 times:

Well today marks 77 years since Aer Lingus was founded by the Irish government, RTE posted this video of the inaugural 747 flight.

http://www.rte.ie/archives/2013/0415...gus-boeing-747-from-dublin-to-jfk/

I wonder how much more footage of the old 747s are sitting about somewhere. I still hope the 'Look up, it's Aer Lingus' advert appears one day.

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 143):
I have some good 'spotter' friends in Boston. They took these videos:

Great videos and thanks for sharing your photos, hope you enjoyed your flights!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 145, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 9313 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 144):
I wonder how much more footage of the old 747s are sitting about somewhere. I still hope the 'Look up, it's Aer Lingus' advert appears one day.

Im sure there are lots of old film reels even taken on old cine cameras that could be in roof spaces in Ireland or the USA. Very hard to trace though. Im sure there are some gems. Sometimes these kind of things dont turn up until someone sadly passes away and Family are sorting through things etc...


User currently offlinebx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 678 posts, RR: 3
Reply 146, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 9229 times:

According to CH Aviation Arkefly will be operating charter flights from Cork and Shannon to Las Palmas, Palma, Lanzarote, Reus and Malaga. The flights will be subcontracted out to Air Explore and come about as a result of the difficulties of Orbest.

User currently offlineEIDAA From Ireland, joined Oct 2006, 828 posts, RR: 16
Reply 147, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 8978 times:
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Evening all,

I flew in to and out of JFK T5 with EI on Saturday and Sunday this weekend on a brief trip to the US. Both flights were on EI-ELA which has been operating the 105/104 rotation for a while now.

Overall impression of the terminal was positive, with a nice easy arrival and straight into a cab thanks to clearing customs and immigration in DUB and then a smooth enough passage on the way home. Once the GC lounge opens it will help, as the area around the gate was very crowded last night. We arrived into gate 10 on Saturday and departed from gate 11 yesterday. I didn't check out the "temporary lounge" at gate 1, so can't comment on that temporary fix. It is a nice modern terminal though, with plenty of natural light and good views of the airport to keep me occupied.

My only gripe was that the T5 ground staff don't seem to appreciate GC membership yet. There was a sign for the Business Class & Gold Circle Club fast track through security, but on presenting my boarding pass and prestige GC card to the B6 agent, I was sent around to the normal queue. I guess it was because she saw I was only travelling in Y and not J, but the card should have been accepted. It's only a minor comment though, as the overall experience was very positive.



Most Flown:- G-BUVA (20 Flights), EI-DEB (12 Flights), EI-JFK (11 Flights)
User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5127 posts, RR: 12
Reply 148, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 8819 times:

Quoting bx737 (Reply 146):
According to CH Aviation Arkefly will be operating charter flights from Cork and Shannon to Las Palmas, Palma, Lanzarote, Reus and Malaga. The flights will be subcontracted out to Air Explore and come about as a result of the difficulties of Orbest

Great, I'm moving to Cork and Arkefly just decides to follow me?  

I guess it will be their 738, but anyway, nice to have something else here.


User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 149, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8713 times:

Aer Lingus's T/A schedules will be affected tomorrow currently all flights at Boston have being suspended becausae of the security alerts in the city.

User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 423 posts, RR: 0
Reply 150, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8691 times:

Are any EI craft stuck on the ground in BOS?

edit: actually looks, from fr24, like its open again now anyway.

[Edited 2013-04-15 14:02:02]

User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 151, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8685 times:

16.15 out of DUB will be unable to land and the 18.15 out of BOS won't be able to depart while the 21.00 out will be cancelled.

User currently offlineKL911 From Czech Republic, joined Jul 2003, 5127 posts, RR: 12
Reply 152, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8692 times:

Quoting teahan (Reply 142):
Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 140):Surprising there was little or no disruption to RE flights today. A tornado warning remains in effect for the country:
http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin....html

An RE flight into Kerry was cancelled.

The MAN-ORK as well now. Not sure if it's RE though.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 153, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 11 hours ago) and read 8675 times:

Looks like the EI139 (operated by EI-DUO) will land on schedule on RWY4L/4R at BOS in a few minutes. The airspace immediately west of BOS has been restricted so arrivals are being directed in from the south and departures taking off to the east.


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 154, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 8587 times:

Hey guys!

Here's my first trip report, covering a recent trip made to MCO with EI.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...ums/trip_reports/read.main/236710/

Make sure to check out the meal served on the outbound !  



Regards, 321NEO
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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 155, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 8468 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 153):

Yep there were no issues with the two flights back either.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 156, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 8451 times:

For anyone interested in the wifi :



Im lucky to be onboard today and Ms Delaney Aer Lingus PR along with RTE News are filming a piece for broadcast on RTE. I turned down to be interviewed   Not ready for my TV debut yet lol...


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 157, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 8383 times:

So we are at cruising altitude and free wifi passes have been given to those seated in Premier cabin. RTE are doing interviews and free drinks being handed out  

The speed is not bad around 7MB . Normally free to Premier Class and EUR19.95 to Y for all you can eat data. I have to say its fair enough.

Some pics that I have taken and uploaded quite fast to Photobucket.


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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BE8DEC37-4DBB-4446-8C26-E8DC90DD1CC5-1857-000000E0071288A9_zpsc4dec9c8.jpg
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I have to say I think this service will do well. Congrats to Aer Lingus for giving us this product. Roll on the short haul fleet  


User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 158, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 8320 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 157):

Seems like a great product IMO! A good step forward for EI.  



ShamrockGoldCircle
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 159, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 8068 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 156):
For anyone interested in the wifi :

Thanks for this, I've been waiting to see how it work with pricing etc. This will make transatlantic flights even shorter now! Fair play to EI for being one of the first to implement transatlantic Wi-Fi...I believe DL are the only other carrier to offer it as of yet?



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 160, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8010 times:

Quoting 321neo (Reply 158):

Yeah great product and all you can eat for €20 on a TATL is great value. Hopefully you will be able to pre book it.
One interesting thing is I heard a guy say that C. Muller has been quoted as saying he is worried about the amount of new aircraft EI have on order. Any thoughts ?


User currently offlinechrisnh From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 4094 posts, RR: 2
Reply 161, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 8003 times:

I thought my Boston-Dublin-Boston flights were terrific, but my only quibble was with the 'local' Aer Lingus flights I was on, from Dublin to Paris and again from Heathrow to Dublin. On them, they wanted 2 pounds 50 for simple TEA...nothing else. Maybe that's the norm in Europe, but in the middle of my trip I flew CDG-LHR on BA and that wasn't the case.

User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 162, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 7991 times:

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 161):
but my only quibble was with the 'local' Aer Lingus flights I was on, from Dublin to Paris and again from Heathrow to Dublin. On them, they wanted 2 pounds 50 for simple TEA...nothing else. Maybe that's the norm in Europe, but in the middle of my trip I flew CDG-LHR on BA and that wasn't the case.

BA is a full service airline whereas EI short-haul is low-cost and food and beverages are at a charge.


User currently offlineJamie2k9 From Ireland, joined Jan 2012, 182 posts, RR: 2
Reply 163, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 7928 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 162):

I wouldn't call EI a low cost carrier, they have a good balance between full service and low cost which is why they are one of a few European airlines in profit and it suits the market they are competing in. AF, KLM, BA will/are all adapting a model like EI's short haul if they want to be profitbale and compete with loco's.


User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1812 posts, RR: 2
Reply 164, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 7796 times:
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Quoting chrisnh (Reply 161):
Maybe that's the norm in Europe, but in the middle of my trip I flew CDG-LHR on BA and that wasn't the case.

Its definitely the trend in Euro carriers nowadays. Quite a few US based pax don't realise that when they read the menus in the seat pocket or hear the announcement that mention price.
BA and LH among others, have the large longhaul network to offset costs on their shorthaul. Unfortunately for EI and some others they have to ensure that each and every flight/route is breaking even at a minimum. Hence the difference in service from longhaul to shorthaul.


User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 602 posts, RR: 0
Reply 165, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7720 times:

Quoting Jamie2k9 (Reply 163):
I wouldn't call EI a low cost carrier


EI Short-Haul is by definition "Low-Cost".

[Edited 2013-04-16 11:15:06]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 166, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 7731 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 165):

Yeah they are often referred to as a "friendly" LCC  


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2887 posts, RR: 0
Reply 167, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 7631 times:

Encouraging news from US Airways:

Quoting RTÉ News:
US Airways' Shannon Return due to Demand, Costs

The Vice President of US Airways has told business leaders in Co Clare that lower operating costs, the drop in fuel prices, as well as encouraging demand are the main reasons why they have decided to return to Shannon.

The company is due to start a new daily service to Philadelphia on 22 May, continuing until October.

Suzanne Boda, Senior Vice President for US Airways, said there is a strong business market based in the west and mid-west with many of the Fortune 500 companies there and they would hope to attract them as customers.

She said there is also particularly strong demand from leisure travellers to travel to the west of Ireland from the United States this summer, and pre-bookings on the new service are encouraging.



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1232 posts, RR: 0
Reply 168, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 7610 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 167):
Encouraging news from US Airways:

Good to hear. Hope it can be sustained for the coming years and not just a peak caused by the gathering marketing drive.

With types such as the 321NEO and 737MAX as future replacements, the economics of SNN T/A ops will only get better.


User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1944 posts, RR: 9
Reply 169, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 23 hours ago) and read 7307 times:
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Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 167):
Encouraging news from US Airways:

Certainly is encouraging! Any word on how SNN-ORD bookinga are going? It would be such a needed boost if these flights are in SNN to stay.

On a related note, any further updates re Transaero and Pakistan International Airlines? Things have gone awful quiet on both fronts of late. I did read a recent thread that PIA were recently subjected to a mass fleet grounding due to safety concerns so maybe that has caused a delay/cancallation of the plans of using SNN as a fuel stop.Their home page still lists SNN as a destination though.



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, 26912 posts, RR: 58
Reply 170, posted (1 year 4 months 1 week 22 hours ago) and read 7255 times:

Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 169):

Indeed was wondering that myself. Didnt I say from the start that I hope PIA's SNN aspirations went better than last time