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Irish 3/14: Wings In Spring  
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13273 posts, RR: 34
Posted (2 years 3 months 6 hours ago) and read 30256 times:

Good afternoon folks and welcome to our third thread of 2014; we seem to be running at one thread per month!

Just a quick resume of what has happened in February:

- BA announces DUB/BHD flights to use T5 at LHR, from October
- Lufthansa increases DUB-MUC service in Summer
- All three of EI's 757s now repainted (well, two and a half, strictly speaking!)
- BE increasing services to BHD; also, DUB-EXT to get E-195.
- EI-BYO, oldest passenger airliner on the Irish register, damaged in wind related incident at SNN; likely w/o?
- FR announces DUB-LED for April
- Aer Lingus announces operating profit of €61m for 2013
- A350s now deferred to 2018-2020  
- More industrial action threatened over St. Patrick's weekend, due to ongoing EI/DAA pensions issue
- EI Regional pax up to 23% for January
- Ryanair again touts very low t/a fares; also, aims for 200m pax per annum. Says that only limit to growth in Irish tourism market is availability of aircraft
- SIA to close DUB office

So, with Summer only around the corner and the evenings getting longer, let's hope that 2014 will be another good year for Irish aviation, with passenger numbers creeping upwards and new positive new developments

225 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30077 posts, RR: 59
Reply 1, posted (2 years 3 months 5 hours ago) and read 30168 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
So, with Summer only around the corner

Well we need Spring to arrive here first   Its icy cold at night ! Hopefully as soon as the Shamrock shakes start flowing next week we will get some milder weather  
Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
- A350s now deferred to 2018-2020  

Yeah shame about that. Its like a finish line that keeps moving !!


SIPTU furious over Aer Lingus threat to freeze staff payments

AER Lingus has upped the ante in the ongoing pensions dispute by threatening to freeze productivity payments to staff.

Management has warned that the payments, which average €1,200-1,400 per employee, will be withheld until the row has been resolved.

The move sparked a furious response from SIPTU, which this week served Aer Lingus with strike notice for the eve of the St Patrick's weekend.

However, union officials have been strongly condemned for "targeting" the St Patrick's weekend and were accused last night of "using people for leverage".

Hundreds of thousands of passengers face the prospect of travel chaos if the four-hour strike, scheduled for March 14, goes ahead.


If a strike goes ahead and EI loose EUR10-15 Million could they not just deduct that from the money being offered to the pension fund?

User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 29850 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 1):
If a strike goes ahead and EI loose EUR10-15 Million could they not just deduct that from the money being offered to the pension fund?

Exactly! If SIPTU want to take the nuclear option here, maybe it is time to stand up to this b*llsh*t for once and for all. I think everybody is sick of this from the unions every time. Sickening...

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 29584 times:

A United Airlines 757-200, operating flight UA133 (Munich-Washington) has just landed at DUB; a medical diversion I suspect. The flight is expected to continue on to IAD within the next 90 minutes according to Flight Status & Information on United.com.

I wonder what factors pilots consider when choosing a diversion airport. This flight turned around over Co. Donegal and BFS would seem closer than DUB...

User currently offlineshamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 530 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 29554 times:

Quoting kaitak (Thread starter):
- FR announces DUB-LED for April

Where was this formally announced? They have approval for Ireland - Russia flights but Ryanair have not publicly announced or confirmed a start date.

User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 29528 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 3):

My guess would be that they have ground staff at DUB and do not at BFS.

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 29510 times:

Quoting legacyins (Reply 5):

They have groundstaff at BFS too (UA flies daily on BFS-EWR).

User currently offlineEirules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 1177 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 6 hours ago) and read 29494 times:

Hey all, quick question, OA260 you'll probably know. If I book DUB to YYC with EI can I get star alliance miles for the non EI operated leg? EI offer UA connections thru ORD or AC connections thru YYZ

Next Flights: EI DUB-LHR A320, BA LHR-SFO B744, UA SFO-LAS A320, BA LAS-LHR B744, EI LHR-DUB A320
User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 29428 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 6):

Thanks, I stand corrected. I thought it was only seasonal summer to BFS.

User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13273 posts, RR: 34
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 29363 times:

Quoting shamrock104 (Reply 4):
Where was this formally announced? They have approval for Ireland - Russia flights but Ryanair have not publicly announced or confirmed a start date.

Sorry, I thought it had already been announced.

I have heard that the Russian authorities have recently announced their approval of non-refundable fares.

They have some guy called Yanukovich or something looking after their PR campaign; says he wants a new day return service to Kiev. "Fares so low it'll be a crime(a) not to fly" (is just one of the straplines that won't be used).

User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4374 posts, RR: 12
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 29154 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 6):
They have groundstaff at BFS too (UA flies daily on BFS-EWR).

It could be a case where they have just their handling agent at BFS - they most likely have an "Ireland" station manager, who more than likely is DUB based, and this would probably be invaluable in a situation like that.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30077 posts, RR: 59
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 29139 times:

Quoting Eirules (Reply 7):

Yes you can as even on one ticket make sure your UA number or whatever program in Star your crediting to is in the booking and check your UA BP says it too. Just check the class your booked in is elligable for accural in the program you are depositing them in.

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 10):

That indeed would be correct .

User currently offlineshamrocka330 From Ireland, joined Sep 2005, 302 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 29117 times:

Found this interesting video on YouTube of an Aer Lingus promotional movie from 1971!

Not sure if it has been posted before but definitely worth a look.


aka thebigjd (member since Sept 2001)
User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1609 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 4 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 28866 times:

Good news for one regular Dublin visitor.

Etihad Airways has posted a 48% leap in profits for 2013, some performance!

User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3186 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 28327 times:

Afternoon! Parents were picking me up from DUB around 11am today and they said there was a UA flight being sprayed with foam by the fire brigade? I didn't get to see myself. Any ideas?

Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 2418 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 7 hours ago) and read 28231 times:

I'll just leave this here:


[Edited 2014-03-04 07:45:18]

User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 13273 posts, RR: 34
Reply 16, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 28117 times:

Hallalujah! Civilisation has returned ... Aer Lingus is bringing back the chicken and stuffing sandwich!

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 27977 times:

A minor detail but I know it came up here some time ago; it appears the K for St Keeva has been capitalised on EI-DAA.

User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 2418 posts, RR: 6
Reply 18, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 27892 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 17):
A minor detail but I know it came up here some time ago; it appears the K for St Keeva has been capitalised on EI-DAA.

My OCD kicked in everytime I saw that aircraft

User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 768 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 27849 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 16):
Hallalujah! Civilisation has returned ... Aer Lingus is bringing back the chicken and stuffing sandwich!

Only one more thing left to bring back - the spaghetti/meatballs they briefly had - and I'll be sorted.

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 3346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 27782 times:

EI-DCL (the FR 738 in the Boeing Dreamliner livery) has been repainted with a slightly new scheme:


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 3186 posts, RR: 9
Reply 21, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 27439 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 20):

I don't like the tail! I think this was one of the few non-yellowfied cabins..hope they haven't changed this aswell...a lot easier on the eyes at 5.40am!

Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2762 posts, RR: 56
Reply 22, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 27253 times:

Have you seen the revised timetable at EI for March 14th?


Loads of cancellations, and some major re-scheduling, for example the 592 to Madrid that usually leaves around 6.20am is now scheduled for 6pm. Fair play to EI for such advance notice.

And what a disgrace how SIPTU are affecting the traveling public on the first really important holiday weekend of the year. Very bad for impression of Ireland in general. I'm sick and tired of that shower of puppets. And I'd say they will loose a lot of public support (if they have any at this stage) if all this is publicised by the media.

Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 522 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 27188 times:

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 22):
And what a disgrace how SIPTU are affecting the traveling public on the first really important holiday weekend of the year. Very bad for impression of Ireland in general. I'm sick and tired of that shower of puppets. And I'd say they will loose a lot of public support (if they have any at this stage) if all this is publicised by the media.

There is no place for an union like this in the modern world.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 30077 posts, RR: 59
Reply 24, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 27175 times:

Quoting Toulouse (Reply 22):
Have you seen the revised timetable at EI for March 14th?

Yep its been causing a lot of extra work for everyone! The damage has been done even if its called off last minute. The major connections to LHR/AMS/FRA will cause a mess purely because you are dealing often with two more flights after if its down to OZ.

Its sad to think that these people deliberately chose the most important word wide known Irish cultural event in a year where the Irish tourism industry is trying to pick itself up from a major downturn. But then again this isn't just an airline its Aer Lingus   We have all been here many times before over the last two decades...

Lets hope BA can pick up some of the LHR EI refugees.

25 Toulouse : Sadly, I 110% agree with you. I can imagine. Very true. It just goes to show the arrogance and selfishness on these people.
26 shamrock350 : Hopefully the DAA don't follow with their own strike action somewhere down the line because nobody will be going anywhere if that happens.
27 EIDL : The DAA are striking at the same time as EI are.
28 shamrock350 : Blimey I thought it was just EI for the moment, bad enough with that but the DAA strike will surely lead to disruption across all airlines?
29 EIDL : It will. It might be reduced in so far as the ATC aren't striking SIPTU and the Aer Corps may be able to provide fire cover - they have their own mod
30 Post contains links OA260 : Passenger figures at Aer Lingus fell by 1.2 per cent in February as the number of people flying on the airline’s short haul routes fell compared to
31 Post contains links RandWkop : http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...ssengers-who-did-not-fly-1.1699223 Why would there be such a high no show rate for flights? 10% seems a lot.
32 Eagleboy : Any number of reasons....weekend trip booked but due illness did not travel. Maybe used insurance rather than contact airline for taxes. Other pax ma
33 EIDL : I was one of the reasons for that. Back when I had more spare cash (pre-mortgage basically!) I used to book EI and very occasionally FR tickets DUB-LG
34 Post contains links OA260 : Interesting article on TK and its talks with EI . Shame nothing became of it. Also up to 4 x daily would be amazing !! Turkish Airlines still regards
35 georgiabill : If EI buys the A321NEO and it has the range to fly non stop on routes across the north atlantic would they consider expanding their service from Belfa
36 richcandy : Is there enough demand to support two services to New York from Belfast? Alex
37 OA260 : In one word NO. We are lucky we have one and that was nearly axed. Only the tax reduction saved it. If UA pulled out then there would be an opening f
38 Post contains links kaitak : I think there will certainly be new routes considered; obviously it depends on what the range is. The published range is 3,650nm, or 4,200mi, which a
39 Post contains links kaitak : Tissues out, violins at the ready. FR has lost. They will need to sell the majority of their shareholding in EI ... http://www.rte.ie/news/business/20
40 Post contains images OA260 : Already dismissed at 1630 !
41 Toulouse : OMG, so is the end of it??!! Or can FR try to fight it again and continue to needlessly drag this out. While I am, very much to my own amazement, los
42 captainmeeerkat : I'd say FR are probably relieved at the chance to offload part of the industrial relations basketcase of an airline that EI continues to be.
43 Post contains links shamrock350 : Well Ryanair are appealing the decision on the appeal so they don't seem relieved at all. They could offload it at any time if they wanted. "Followin
44 aerdingus : Ha! Been hit with my first strike while flying (as a passenger, God knows French ATC have had their fun with me while working). Going on FR to BVA nex
45 Post contains images shamrock350 : Here's a drawing of the new Gold Circle lounge at Heathrow T2, Aer Lingus are due to move in July. Source: https://twitter.com/SeanFionn/status/441994
46 OA260 : During the strike next week Titan will operate for EI with a B767 DUB-LHR EI 162 and 174 are down to operate 14/3 .
47 Post contains links and images Phen : View Large View MediumPhoto © Trevor Mulkerrins Great photo of what will be EI-LBT at SNN yesterday on the front page. Looking very sharp I must say,
48 shamrock350 : At least it's on the front page today! Looks great.
49 Post contains links and images OA260 : Indeed it looks great now its been done properly. I saw a media publication the other week and all of the inaugural photos and presentation plaques w
50 Post contains links OA260 : Great to see LH performing well and also that MUC will be an alternative this Summer for connections. 5 weekly is pretty decent. The number of passeng
51 AmricanShamrok : I see the DUB-JFK leg of today's AA291 is being operated by a 763. When did they upgauge from the 752? Is this a permanent change?
52 Post contains links OA260 : Only until the 31st March looking at the flights. Still its nice for those spotters at DUB , something different for a few weeks. ------ My latest TR
53 Post contains links EIBoston : Delighted with this High court ruling..... http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0312/601718-siptu-ruling/
54 OA260 : Excellent news indeed. There should be a law that anyone connected with aviation should be banned from striking. ---- On another note the Dept of For
55 AmricanShamrok : Does this mean there will be no disruption at Aer Lingus and Shannon either (i.e. not just the DAA)?
56 EIBoston : Not sure but I thought Ryanair were involved in seeking an injunction that covered all 3 airports.
57 OA260 : From the 2nd June Tunis Air will be operating into DUB on behalf of new start up Just Sunshine Dublin 15:30 Arrive Monastir 19:50 Tunis Air Monastir 1
58 Post contains links shamrock350 : 30-Second Interview – Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, Stephen Kavanagh http://www.anna.aero/2014/03/13/30-s...mmercial-officer-stephen-kavanagh
59 EIDL : Can't see this going any way other than 320/321NEO at all. Wonder if Airbus would be willing to dig up some earlier 321NEO slots for them if they wer
60 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : They also have those 30-second interviews with RE (from last year) and FR. WX missing though. http://www.anna.aero/2013/05/09/inte...hief-commercial-o
61 dstc47 : As is reported elsewhere, one victim of the helicopter accident in Norfolk is Mr Edward Haughey, (Lord Ballyedmond) of Norbrook Laboratories fame, sug
62 OA260 : Yes it seems so. Very well known around this area in the border counties. One of my colleagues knows the Family well.
63 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : Aer Lingus now suing SIPTU for damages http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0314/602...aer-lingus-sues-siptu-for-damages/
64 Post contains links OA260 : Finally ! BHD gets free wifi . Belfast City airport offers free wifi Passengers using George Best Belfast City airport will now be able to access free
65 aerdingus : So I flew on Friday the day of the averted strikes. Saw a few EI flights canx and counted about 6 a/c parked behind T1. Security took about 15-20 mins
66 Post contains images shamrock350 : Well done Ireland winning the Six Nations today! Aer Lingus have this on their homepage: I suppose they'll be flying the team home. Aer Lingus had a T
67 Post contains images aerdingus : Ufffff! Titan must commission these strikes
68 Post contains links OA260 : IAA to trial air traffic control services for Northern Ireland Move is part of an initiative between Irish and British jurisdictions for better co-ope
69 shamrock604 : Well, seeing as they already fly to MCO, we can take it they are looking at Miami. Another east coast gateway - it would really have to be Philly, I
70 dstc47 : If they cant make BWI work twice and IAD work then PHL, closer to NYC by fast train and motorway and with a competitor really does not look like a so
71 AmricanShamrok : How about teaming up with UA and offering an afternoon EWR flight? In my opinion EI should start looking away from the US market now. It's probably c
72 321neo : Saturated, yes, however I think they're holding out to see the effects of the US-AA merger on DUB routes. The US-AA routes to CLT, PHL, JFK and ORD w
73 aerdingus : I see Air Contractors are recruiting for cabin crew (amongst other positions) for a Boeing 737-300. Didn't realise they bought Europe Airpost! I think
74 SURFER : Air contractors have had a 737-300 operating in Europe Airpost colour s the last 4 years or so.Often see it doing a lot of Summer charter work from Ir
75 OA260 : They would loose money on Caribbean routes. There is not the market to support a dedicated flight IMHO. Charter companies tried it in the boom times
76 Post contains links shamrock350 : East coast could also mean Canada, we know there were rumours of Halifax with an A320 and it's possible something like that is still on the cards. The
77 Eagleboy : I'll bring us back to present with a view inside the EI hanger at DUB that I saw posted up elsewhere: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ufmSHGUr0MA[Edit
78 shamrock350 : They probably should have picked a busier time, unless that's how busy it gets! That must be the damaged ATR sitting in the corner?
79 EISHN : Cool video of Hangar 6. I used to spend a good bit of time there as a kid when I dad worked there and, maybe it's because I'm older now, but I rememb
80 Post contains links and images OA260 : Some pics of the new BA lounge at BHD. Aer Lingus Gold Circle passengers also have access to this lounge. A big improvement from the old BMI IKEA loun
81 Post contains links shamrock604 : Ryanair to announce significant Dublin expansion today: http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...o-expand-dublin-services-1.1731293 Given that traffic t
82 OA260 : Shame to see the Aer Arran name go. IMHO the new name is boring.
83 clydenairways : I think the biggest threat to capacity is the poor choice of location of T2. We can already see daily congestion due to the fact that it was shoe-hor
84 Post contains links OA260 : Interesting new Winter routes from FR BSL OTP CGN LIS NCE PRG http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-...ir_s_Expanded_Winter_Schedule.aspx[Edited 2014-03
85 dstc47 : Hard to remember where FR fly to now, with such frequent starting and dropping of routes, but was not NCE served before and perhaps PRG also? I wonder
86 vfw614 : Attacking the double daily EI to DUS with full blast. Doubt that the area can sustain close to 700 seats to DUB daily (plus the seasonal Germanwings
87 OA260 : Indeed with FR targeting main Airports and introducing a business friendly product they will be head to head with Aer Lingus in more areas. Interesti
88 Callbell : When FR say 2 flights daily, do they mean one flight in each direction or 2 round trips? Any ideas of timings yet?
89 shamrock104 : Can't see EI maintaining a daily PRG now that FR are going double daily. Full on onslaught. The EI is usually full.
90 vfw614 : It is one daily return flight: DUB 1700 - 1945 CGN 2010 - 2055 DUB (IIRC)
91 Callbell : So the PRG flights isnt double daily? Just one round trip per day?
92 Post contains images shamrock604 : None of Ryanair's announced frequencies are double daily, or triple daily, or whatever they are claimed. when they say 2 x daily, it just means one ro
93 cipango : That is true, but there is the potential to claim Pier B as Terminal 2 and possibly expand to add an extra 4-6 aircraft stands? ------ Does anyone kn
94 shamrock604 : I was referring mainly to the planning "triggers" which stipulate that the new runway not proceed before peak year traffic of 23.5 million is again a
95 Aer Lingus : That's a bit exagerated and a false nomer. The 1989 concrete surface was given a 20mm asphalt overlay four years ago in all likelihood because the su
96 OA260 : I heard they were trialing them so hopefully not too far away.
97 Post contains links and images shamrock350 : Etihad edge closer to a 5% stake in Aer Lingus... Etihad spends millions buying 5% stake in Aer Lingus Gulf airline Etihad is understood to have splas
98 Post contains links VFRonTop : As mentioned by clydenairways on a seperate thread, Stobart Air RE has announced a new franchise deal with Flybe. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/
99 EIBoston : When does EI-LAX return to EI. I assume any day soon with the TA schedule really picking up next week(SFO starts up again). When aircraft go out on a
100 cipango : No the interior didn't change, would be too expensive to change it and it also takes a considerable amount of time to refit the interior of an aircra
101 EIBoston : Thanks. I think it has to come back this week. I just checked the EI timetable and it looks like they need 7 330's from next week on. (JFK x 2, BOS x
102 Post contains links and images OA260 : A nice day for spotting at ACE today. The 778 was operated by EI-DEB . and the 876 was operated by EI-DEK .
103 Post contains images aerdingus : Nice pics. So just looking on Skyscanner for J class flights BCN - DUB in Nov for the craic....and EI comes up...what?!..and apparently only €138
104 OA260 : LOL they are probably throwing in a chicken and stuffing sandwich that everyone gets moist about
105 Post contains images aerdingus : Hahahaha, throw in a prosecco and it's a no brainer!! Now I'd get really freaked if FR showed up in the same thing hahaha
106 cipango : I just had a thought... Would there be any chance that Pegasus might begin SAW-DUB flights? If it were to happen I don't think it would be for another
107 OA260 : The only way I can see them coming in would be in conjunction with tour operators such as Wings Abroad if they were to ditch Onur Air or more like fo
108 masit : I see Easyjet were doing some training at Shannon yesterday. Two A319's . Do they do much of there training at Shannon. First time I have seen this.
109 Post contains images AmricanShamrok : Pity. A small consolation will be that Aer Arann Islands will retain its name. Yes, at one stage Easyjet had two A319s doing touch-and-gos simultaneo
110 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : From Sunday, all CityJet flights between DUB and CDG will no longer operate on a franchise basis with Air France, instead it will be a simple codeshar
111 masit : Seen some airlines doing training in Shannon but first time I seen Easyjet. I remember been down at Shannon years ago leaving back some relatives. My
112 Post contains links and images OA260 : I used to live under the flight path to LHR and around 6pm every night it roared over and never got tired of it ! --- Flew Thomas Cook Airlines for t
113 PenPusher : EI-LAX is due back from Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon April 1st
114 Post contains images Jambost : Very pleased to see the improvements on board. I was much younger and half the height when I last seen the overhead screens in use [The days of Airto
115 shamrock604 : DUB-CDG and all routes out of CDG by cityjet remain AF franchises. Only LCY routes now feature the WX code with AF simply codesharing.
116 AmricanShamrok : Yes but as per the article, does this not change from tomorrow?
117 classiclover : Flew four sectors on BA over the weekend... DUB-LHR-AMS-LHR-DUB (all in J apart from AMS-LHR in Y). Managed to get another two Dove aircraft, and had
118 Toulouse : From what I can see, if you look at the cityjet website, you'll see they have NO flights from CDG for example on their booking list, yet they do now
119 EIBoston : And straight into service April 3rd. Thx for the info.
120 kaitak : Ryanair is apparently planning to introduce 737-400s to add capacity from DUB during the Summer. Interesting move, though clearly a stopgap. FR is to
121 Aer Lingus : Alaska Airlines have a number of 737-400s that are late production models. A quick search online quotes a variety of sources saying these are due to l
122 Post contains links and images OA260 : Yes Charters have most certainly changed if thats anything to go by ! Weren't we all LOL... I actually never flew with them but I flew the LCC My Tra
123 aerdingus : I wonder if that FR rumour is an April Fool's!
124 EIDL : Heard it last week elsewhere but didn't see any proof so I doubt it is an April Fool. ACLs slot lists often give away information on what's in the pi
125 321neo : SOU ?
126 OA260 : That indeed should have read SEN ! ---- A new Tour Operator is to launch in Ireland to fill some of the gap that TC left. It will fly from DUB,ORK,SN
127 Jambost : I do wonder what the new owners think. In a perfect world they would install the rail link and as you suggested rebuild the terminal to a modern but
128 Post contains images 321neo : Just seen this on Instagram. Overhead oxygen masks accidentally deployed during the landing sequence of flight EI110 JFK-SNN this morning operated by
129 greenjet : As an aside, I saw EI-LAX overflying Sligo yesterday enroute to Puerto Plata from Scandinavia. Its last flight for Novair was presumably the return f
130 tonymctigue : Well at least we know that system is working. Looks like EI-LBS got caught up in April fools! On a serious note, it must have been unnerving for the
131 masit : EI-LAX just after landing back in DUB
132 Post contains links and images OA260 : Well that has been thrown about for years and I doubt we will ever see it. I actually used the bus from outside the Terminal to Antrim station and it
133 Eagleboy : Apart from the lady getting her overhead luggage of course
134 SURFER : Friend of mine was on the flight this morning happened just as they pulled on stand.
135 eicvd : Never got a glimpse of the DY 787 that was in DUB the last few days but seeing that DHL 727 arriving about 20 minutes ago certainly made up for it.
136 shamrock350 : Well tomorrow is the start of DUB-SFO and Aer Lingus have announced the flight will have gate-to-gate in-flight entertainment, full PED usage and infl
137 Post contains links and images OA260 : Some pics from today EI SFO launch : . . ---- On a sader note according to an email I got it seems the Windavia DUB-FNC service is cancelled. This wil
138 AmricanShamrok : 'LBS is operating today's AG111 to JFK so it looks like it was just a minor issue...maybe a few screws needed tightening!
139 shamrock104 : That actually looks really low budget IMO.
140 EIBoston : Now that SFO has restarted, does a A332 have to operate the route? Or can one of the A333's now make this journey?
141 OA260 : The photo ops would have looked better in locations in T2 for sure. The cake was ok but the one they had at ORK with EIR was a lot better IMHO. Still
142 Qantas59 : Was the "daa" on the cake a reference to the aircraft being utilized on the DUB-SFO inaugural (EI-DAA)? If not, does anyone know the registration for
143 AmricanShamrok : The A333s can make the journey comfortably. EI is just choosing to use A332s on the route. In terms of transit traffic; it's really only the UK cities
144 EIBoston : It is EI-DUO today. The DAA is for Dublin Airport Authority I believe.[Edited 2014-04-02 11:37:45]
145 Post contains images EIBoston :
146 shamrock350 : Those photos appear to be from the press launch of the route, held in the DAA VIP area whatever/wherever that is! Looks like passengers got the usual
147 Post contains images 321neo : Here's a pic I found of the EI 757 PTV on Instagram. Screen quality looks good and it has a USB charger too - top noch !
148 Post contains links shamrock350 : The new Aer Lingus business class seat will be in a 2-2-1 configuration. Photos from Travel Extra's facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/TravelExtr
149 cipango : 2-2-1? I don't think any one else has it like this? Correct me if I'm wrong...
150 321neo : AY does, LX does to some extent also...
151 Post contains images legacyins : Here are a couple of pics from the arrival of EI 147 into SFO today. On a side note, EY is code sharing on this flight. [Edited 2014-04-02 16:48:30]
152 Post contains images OA260 : I love that config on the LX ( 333 ) , for solo traveller the single seat is great. Thanks for the pics . Looks nice in the Cali. Sun Yes it operates
153 AmricanShamrok : Why isn't UA codesharing on DUB-SFO? Maybe it just isn't set up yet. UA have also pulled their codeshare on SNN-BOS, SNN-JFK and DUB-MCO. I wonder if
154 cipango : If memory serves me correctly, UA strongly hinted of operating their own SFO-DUB flights shortly before EI announced their re-entry to the route. Obv
155 shamrock350 : Speaking yesterday after the SFO arrival, Christoph Mueller said there were around 200 on board with 95 from Ireland and the rest from Amsterdam, Pari
156 Post contains links legacyins : BAT (Bay Area Traveler) had a short story on yesterday's arrival of EI 147 into SFO. http://thebat-sf.com/2014/04/03/aer-...+B.A.T.+%28Bay+Area+Travel
157 Post contains links OA260 : March figures in from Aer Lingus : Aer Lingus passenger numbers fell sharply in March due to the timing of Easter this year. The airline said it carri
158 KIRFlyer : How many seats are there in an Aer Lingus Regional aircraft? More specifically EI-REL? Cheers
159 OA260 : I believe its 72 on that Reg . could be wrong.
160 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : FR's new website is now live. Have to say I like how they're bringing back the harp logo to the website and advertising. You'd find many different fon
161 eicvd : MXP is temporary, BGY is closed for a few weeks/months due to maintenance
162 widebody : Just trying to get to grips with GC for the first time after 15 years, my God its brutal. I suppose its not the traditional FF program. Would anyone k
163 OA260 : 150 sometimes you need to do a retro claim as they log as no earning even though you selected Plus! Your right its brutal.....
164 widebody : Cheers thanks. Stick with BA I think!
165 Eagleboy : That matches up with the "80% aisle access" I heard recently. 24/30 = 80%. So 6 rows of 5 then. Seems liked that will be a good product to market.
166 Post contains links tonymctigue : The new and improved EIR schedule from SNN today kicks off with the (re)launch of SNN-BRS. 'Aer Lingus Regional launches new route to Bristol from Sha
167 AmricanShamrok : Watching the news this evening of Michael D's departure to London in the Government jet got me thinking, wouldn't an A319CJ or BBJ be a nicer represen
168 EIDL : Media would have kittens if they even considered it - getting the Learjet as backup to the GIV was difficult enough in far better financial times. Liz
169 OA260 : A better representation of the state of the country would be sending all of them on FR !!! The politicians have shafted the Irish people and foreigne
170 kaitak : I heard Prince Alwaleed has decided not to take that A380 he bought ... wouldn't it look great with a harp on the tail! Well, if you're going to p***
171 dstc47 : Used to have a Saab 340, strangely enough, perhaps they still do.
172 bx737 : In the Irish Air Corps museum in Baldonnel they have a model of an A319 in Air Corps livery. I think it was thought of a few years ago.
173 Post contains links OA260 : Services firm challenges loss of €25m Dublin Airport contract Judge grants application by Dublin Airport Authority to fast-track the hearing of the
174 dstc47 : While there are many valid criticisms of DUB, it has always been kept very clean, well except for the windows in old Pier B, where the glass seemed pr
175 Phen : Indeed I did a Google search just now but couldn't find a reference to it, but I definately remember the Government talking about buying an A319CJ an
176 Post contains images Jambost : An EI or EIR bird to me would satisfy my national pride on the apron. Imagine the price to pay to get FR to fly into LHR , I reckon a second hand Air
177 Post contains links and images OA260 : LOL... or do what FR are doing and lease a B734 from Air Explore --- Leo Varadkar in veiled swipe at Aer Lingus boss Mueller's pension Transport Mini
178 Post contains links and images AmricanShamrok : I see EI is facilitating 35-minute connections at SNN for travellers between BOS and MAN: Similarly a 45-minute connection to BHX. Definitely manageab
179 eicvd : Does anyone know anything about FR's plans to lease some FZ aircraft during the summer to be based at STN? I've seen it mentioned on a few websites bu
180 kaitak : Did you mean FlyDubai? I hadn't heard anything about that. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
181 Post contains images OA260 : Could have been it was TFS-MAN and landed in DUB. Landed in MAN 3 hours delayed. Seems it was yesterday though. Looking forward to that Im getting fe
182 AmricanShamrok : This was announced back in December and was actually last operated by Aer Lingus Regional in 2012. The first flight of the new SNN-BRS schedule start
183 Post contains images classiclover : Yes, I am pleased about this too! For the reason below... Me too! I do wonder what the new interiors will be like - no more converter seats but even
184 shamrock350 : Slimline seats aren't they? I know most say they're as comfortable as other seats but I just don't like how they look, a bit too exposed for my likin
185 Post contains images OA260 : I keep getting G-DBCC out of BHD . Seems its gone to LGW and doing BCN/TXL/HAJ/RAK etc... Another one that kept following me around out of DUB and BH
186 Post contains links OA260 : The new ones can be seen here : http://flight-report.com/fr/report-5875.html Certainly slimline but not as slim as others. Take for instance the TCX
187 shamrock350 : They do look quite nice, good bit of back support anyway and I'm pleased to see they've kept headrests. Ryanair's new cabin will be interesting to se
188 AmricanShamrok : A random thought as I watch the TAROM 73G climbing out over the Irish Sea on Flightradar24; how haven't so-called "red-eye" flights become popular wit
189 Eagleboy : I think both companies use the night shift for their daily maintenance on the fleet considering that they get so little downtime during the day. And
190 Post contains links and images OA260 : I think these would suit EI the ones Aegean are introducing to the A321's . I think they should go back to Green similar to the ones on the A330s. I
191 Aer Lingus : Malev used to do a BUD-DUB-ATH-DUB-BUD red-eye utilising the over nighting 737-600. Think they did it in 2005/6 but it didn't last and used to go tec
192 OA260 : Indeed and as much as I liked Malev that route was never going to work at those times. Also that was at the time where things were a lot better in th
193 BestWestern : Red eyes are a killer on crew productivity also. In markets like Romania where crewing is easier and airlines are not efficient it may make more sense
194 OA260 : Indeed they do and for LHR it works and has always worked. OA had the same flights similar to what BA has now with the 634/633. Aegean have the simil
195 eicvd : I see FR are advertising their new 'no hassle website' on Dublin bus now aswel.
196 classiclover : Yes, both my flights were on flights with the new seat covers. Much nicer on the eyes than the previous seats and a hell of a lot more comfortable as
197 Post contains links and images OA260 : Good to see EI - LBT ready for its first flight tomorrow ! https://www.facebook.com/TransaeroEngineeringIreland
198 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : I was out at SNN today actually, saw 'LBT parked there and wondered when it would enter service. Good to know. On the topic of lounges at LHR T2 - UA
199 dstc47 : Two differing FR ads ran on Channel 5 yesterday, one offering a second carry on, the other the improved website.
200 clydenairways : When is YYZ starting?
201 OA260 : Monday I believe and the flight for the inaugural is nearly sold out. Although thats made up of trade/media/staff and of course normal pax! The fligh
202 BestWestern : Is Toronto historically an inbound or outbound strong route for Ireland?
203 EIDL : They've been advertising the route quite heavily... three carriers on it over summer and two year-round might be a bit of a push.
204 Post contains links Phen : Came across a fantastic video of EI-LAX taking off from Cancun, really worth a look; http://youtu.be/C9TRpHbUVsc
205 cipango : Nice! Thank you! 14th April - So next Monday.
206 Phen : Just a question about the 757s; does anybody know if the crew are doing manual safety demonstrations or have they got a '757 version' of the A330 safe
207 Post contains links shamrocka330 : Story in today's Irish Independant in relation to an EI flight which had to divert to Valencia due to fog at Alicante. Difficulties arose when paying
208 tonystan : They don't even have an A330 version of the video at the moment! Lol. Sorry I don't know the answer but I would assume it is a manual demo for now. T
209 Post contains images Phen : Fascinating , do you know what was wrong with it?
210 Post contains links AmricanShamrok : CityJet will begin a multi-million euro fleet renewal next year: http://www.independent.ie/business/i...e-standalone-airline-30179123.html What can we
211 Post contains images OA260 : Either of those would be fantastic . One can live in hope
212 tonymctigue : A nice bit of pre-flight entertainment at the SNN check in area Shannon Airport Flashmob https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zv96XV2oOp4
213 irishair98 : It look like US have started sending the A332 to DUB it looks like they've been sending the A330 to DUB for the last week or two but was this route no
214 cipango : Nope had been planned for March 30th since late last year/early this year.
215 SURFER : BYO is fully restored but is remotely parked here in SNN.All titles except registration removed so maybe she has come to the end of her life on the I
216 Post contains images OA260 : German Wings to offer DUB-CGN this Winter. Flights on sale on their website. It will be interesting to see who wins between them and FR ! Still a welc
217 Post contains links and images OA260 : A nice day for the YYZ launch . In keeping with the Canadian theme BFS wants their service back ! Arlene Foster wants more Northern Ireland direct fli
218 Post contains images Callbell : Nice pics OA260. Were you at the launch too?
219 Post contains images OA260 : No lol... just a few that are doing the rounds on the usual places A mate of mine is on the flight though so might get more if and when they send.
220 Post contains links Jambost : On the subject of route launches, Links air launched DSA - BHD http://www.linksair.co.uk/new-arriva...-ireland-with-doncaster-sheffield/ Always a plea
221 BestWestern : The 757 looks great in the Aer Lingus livery.
222 Post contains links Callbell : Great view o YouTube http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=urervOp-vv4&feature=youtu.be
223 Post contains links shamrock350 : Love those little behind the scenes videos Aer Lingus have been doing recently, they uploaded an official video celebrating the Toronto inaugural. htt
224 OA260 : Yes saw that a while back. Interesting route and nice to log that A/C but it's long term viability I would question.
225 Post contains links wilco737 : Please continue here: Irish Aviation 4/14: Clear Skies And Contrails (by kaitak Apr 15 2014 in Civil Aviation) Thanks.
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