LH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 53 Posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1132 times:
Hello, Aer Lingus is currently in a small growth period, but I was wondering what they are planning for future. They have bought (and received new A330-200's for routes the to LA and Boston) and new A321-211's for Europe, and seem to be beginning a fleet modernisation and rationalisation, but what else is in the "Shamrock's" future.
P.S. What are the reggies of the new A330-200? I know -300's (being EI-SHN, EI-DUB, EI-CRK, EI-ORD, and EI-JFK, all, obviously, after airports), but I haven't seen the new -200's registrations.
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Pilot21 From Ireland, joined Oct 1999, 1421 posts, RR: 2
Reply 2, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1071 times:
Sp-deluxe, I don't know why you think the link with the OneWorld alliance isn't good. If it's the particular alliance, well I don't like it, but it makes the most business sense from Aer Lingus point of view. They feed thousands of people into BA's routes at LHR and finally people can be rewarded for that by gaining frequent flyer miles on both airlines. The STAR alliance has better airlines in certain areas (my opinion) but trying to feed Frankfurt or Copenhagen traffic from a small base is useless. If your comment was about Aer Lingus joining an alliance fullstop, then I don't think you understand how small Ireland is. We have a total population of about 4.5 million North and South,and only about 3.5 million in the south who will use Aer Lingus the most. Trying to grow an airline with that customer base is hard, so their only option was to connect with an alliance and feed traffic to other larger carriers. It means to Aer Lingus though that they will get any business that is going.
In response to LH423's questions about the Aer Lingus fleet. Aer Lingus have 5 A330-300 aircraft in operation (reg's in your post) 1 A330-200 EI-LAX, and another A330-200 on order for delivery next year with reg EI-EWR. They have 6 A321's in service mainly on the DUB-LHR route, and they have ordered A320's to replace the B737's as their leases come up for renewal. I think it's either next year or 2001 before the A320's will start to arrive.
Hope this helps!!!
Teahan From Ireland, joined Nov 1999, 5346 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1062 times:
The future of Aer Lingus lies in flights to Australia via Asia. If they had 2 Md 11's combi (half cargo and freight) they could fly to Sydney 4 times a week. Twice via Hong Kong and twice via Singapoure. Their is a large market for cargo flights between Ireland and Asia.
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
Dstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1553 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (15 years 9 months 2 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1056 times:
One other thing EI is doing is getting rid of the Fokker 50's used on domestic & UK routings, - two are already gone and EI are replacing them with an expanded fleet of BAe 146's. As a consequence they are now off the route Dublin/Sligo, which is now being operated by Aer Arann with a Shorts 360.