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Irish 3/14: Wings In Spring  
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 28043 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

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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 1, posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 27954 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 !!


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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.

http://www.independent.ie/irish-news...reeze-staff-payments-30051937.html

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, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (4 months 3 weeks 2 days 9 hours ago) and read 27637 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, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 27371 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...



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineshamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 27341 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, 2050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 27315 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 3):

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



John@SFO
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 27297 times:

Quoting legacyins (Reply 5):

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



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineEirules From Ireland, joined Aug 2007, 745 posts, RR: 10
Reply 7, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 27281 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, 2050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 27215 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 6):

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



John@SFO
User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 9, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 27150 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, 4158 posts, RR: 13
Reply 10, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 26941 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.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 11, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 26926 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, 287 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (4 months 3 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 26904 times:
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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.

http://youtu.be/UdLQhHgA0F0



aka thebigjd (member since Sept 2001)
User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 13, posted (4 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 26653 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, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 14, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 26114 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, 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 15, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 19 hours ago) and read 26018 times:
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I'll just leave this here:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=581786968577520&set=a.356943141061905.87283.356935764395976&type=1&theater

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

User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 16, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 17 hours ago) and read 25904 times:

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

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 25764 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.


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 25679 times:
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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, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 25636 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, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (4 months 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 25569 times:

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

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151892942705146&set=a.416005475145.198009.369603635145&type=1



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 21, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 25226 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 20):
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10151892942705146&set=a.416005475145.198009.369603635145&type=1

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, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 25040 times:

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

http://www.aerlingus.com/travelinfor...oufly/flightdisruptioninformation/

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, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 23, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 24975 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, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 24, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 24962 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.


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 25, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 25015 times:

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 23):
There is no place for an union like this in the modern world.

Sadly, I 110% agree with you.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Yep its been causing a lot of extra work for everyone!

I can imagine.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
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.

Very true. It just goes to show the arrogance and selfishness on these people.



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 26, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 24872 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 24):
Lets hope BA can pick up some of the LHR EI refugees.

Hopefully the DAA don't follow with their own strike action somewhere down the line because nobody will be going anywhere if that happens.


User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25084 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 26):
Hopefully the DAA don't follow with their own strike action somewhere down the line because nobody will be going anywhere if that happens.

The DAA are striking at the same time as EI are.


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 28, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 25043 times:

Quoting EIDL (Reply 27):
The DAA are striking at the same time as EI are.

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?


User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 29, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 24989 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 28):
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?

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 modern airport tenders, they can't use the DAA ones or else the bolshier union members will refuse to touch them afterwards, which would at least allow incoming craft to land and possibly have some basic ground handling done - but it is definitely going to have an impact.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 30, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 24727 times:

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 a year earlier.

The 3.8 per cent decline on the mainline route came despite a 7 per cent rise in long haul travellers to 46,000 for the month.

Passenger load factor was also lower, declining to 67.3 per cent from 68.3 per cent a month earlier.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...s-down-passenger-figures-1.1714801


User currently offlineRandWkop From Ireland, joined May 2012, 43 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (4 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 24641 times:

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.


User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 32, posted (4 months 2 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 24618 times:
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Quoting RandWkop (Reply 31):
Why would there be such a high no show rate for flights? 10% seems a lot.

Any number of reasons....weekend trip booked but due illness did not travel. Maybe used insurance rather than contact airline for taxes.

Other pax may have been delayed/disrupted and miss their original flight but get rebooked by airline and aren't aware that they can get taxback.

I know of one businessman who prebooks several FR flights months in advance at special offer prices. He knows that he will use 50% of them as he needs to travel to the UK and back.

This 'no-show' rate allows the number crunchers in some airlines to overbook flights, they rely on the 'no-show' rate to allow them to have high load factors even with no-show's.


User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 33, posted (4 months 2 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 24542 times:

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-LGW for pretty much every Brighton home game that happened during the periods of the year that the last EI LGW-DUB flight operates - to allow a day trip over. More often than not I didn't actually use them - work commitments, the stadium selling out, used the outbound and not the return as I stayed over, etc.

I would estimate the LCC noshow rate is far, far higher than legacy airlines and could easily exceed 10%.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 34, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 24043 times:

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 Dublin Airport as a potential transatlantic hub despite unsuccessful efforts to broker a partnership with with Aer Lingus two years ago, according to its chief executive, Dr Temel Kotil.

The airline is preparing to increase its existing service from Dublin to Istanbul from eight to 12 flights a week on April 1st, and Dr Kotil indicated that it could ultimately increase this to four times daily.

He said that Turkish Airlines, ranked 10th in the world on the basis of international passengers, aims to operate four flights a day on all the routes which it operates.

He added that his company regarded Dublin Airport as a potential “gateway to the entire Atlantic”.

He confirmed that two years ago, the airline began talks with Aer Lingus regarding a possible partnership that would involve Turkish feeding passengers to transatlantic services operated by the Irish carrier.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...tial-gateway-to-atlantic-1.1715510

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Abu Dhabi airline Etihad has increased its stake in Aer Lingus to just over 3pc.

A filing with the stock exchange shows that Etihad passed the 3pc threshold on February 28 and notified the market this week of the change.

Etihad declined to comment beyond confirming that it had raised its holding in Aer Lingus.

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...r-lingus-to-over-3pc-30070526.html


User currently offlinegeorgiabill From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 577 posts, RR: 0
Reply 35, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 23945 times:
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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 Belfast and or Cork to KBOS or KJFK? Or would they look at additional routes from SNN or DUB?

User currently offlinerichcandy From UK - England, joined Aug 2001, 718 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 23862 times:

Quoting georgiabill (Reply 35):
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 Belfast and or Cork to KBOS or KJFK? Or would they look at additional routes from SNN or DUB?

Is there enough demand to support two services to New York from Belfast?

Alex


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 37, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 23836 times:

Quoting richcandy (Reply 36):
Is there enough demand to support two services to New York from Belfast?

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 for EI with such an aircraft but otherwise its not economical. A sizeable amount still take the 24 hour express bus down to DUB for TATL travel.


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 38, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 23788 times:

Quoting georgiabill (Reply 35):
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 Belfast and or Cork to KBOS or KJFK? Or would they look at additional routes from SNN or DUB?

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 as you can see from the attached map, covers most of the Eastern seaboard, though of course it takes no account of Winter headwinds. Still, there is potential for a lot of growth.

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

I would like to think that ORK can one day get a t/a flight; even a flight to a hub like BOS, where it can feed into a major regional network, such as B6's, should help.

Incidentally, is it EI's plan to use the A321neo solely on t/a flights, or can we also expect to see it on busy short haul routes?

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Heads up ... we should be hearing very shortly about the result of FR's appeal against the British Competition Authority's ruling, directing it to sell its stake in EI. The announcement is due imminently ...


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 39, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 23790 times:

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/2014...00829-ryanair-competition-britain/


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 40, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 23794 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 38):
Heads up ... we should be hearing very shortly about the result of FR's appeal against the British Competition Authority's ruling, directing it to sell its stake in EI. The announcement is due imminently ...

Already dismissed at 1630 !  


User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 41, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 23771 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 39):

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/2014...00829-ryanair-competition-britain/

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, losing my long held grudge against FR, I would still never like to see them get their hands on EI, and if the above is the end of it, well I could actually cry from joy!!



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlinecaptainmeeerkat From Russia, joined Aug 2010, 386 posts, RR: 1
Reply 42, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 23738 times:

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.


my luggage is better travelled than me!
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 43, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 23673 times:

Quoting captainmeeerkat (Reply 42):

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.

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.

"Following today's announcement, the airline said it noted the ruling and has instructed its lawyers to take the case to Britain's Court of Appeal."

http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2014...00829-ryanair-competition-britain/


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 44, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 23556 times:

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 next Friday, the day of the DAA strike. It's actually not too bad, if anything it means I have an extra hour in bed and less sitting around in BVA waiting for the GRO flight! I just feel bad for people who actually do have tight connections or plans destroyed.


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User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 45, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 11 hours ago) and read 23476 times:

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/441994020349571072

Similar style to the DUB, BOS and current LHR T1 lounge, like the consistency there and loving the big windows and views of the runway. I'll have to book a flight out of T1 before they move, sounds odd but I'm rather fond of the green mile.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 46, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 23323 times:

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 .


User currently offlinePhen From Ireland, joined Oct 2007, 316 posts, RR: 0
Reply 47, posted (4 months 2 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 23018 times:


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © Trevor Mulkerrins


Great photo of what will be EI-LBT at SNN yesterday on the front page. Looking very sharp I must say, this is what should have been on the front page a few weeks back 


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 48, posted (4 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 22964 times:

Quoting Phen (Reply 47):
Looking very sharp I must say, this is what should have been on the front page a few weeks back

At least it's on the front page today! Looks great.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 49, posted (4 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 22663 times:

Quoting Phen (Reply 47):
Looking very sharp I must say, this is what should have been on the front page a few weeks back 

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 will be a forever historic memory that the 1st one was not done right. Call me picky but I just like things done right with attention to detail.  

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DAA seeks injunction to avert planned strike action
Siptu is planning four-hour work stoppage at three airports on Friday next

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has been granted leave to seek a High Court injunction against Siptu’s planned strike action at Dublin and Cork airports next Friday.
The DAA claimed it had no choice but to take legal action after the trade union declined to “respond positively” to two separate communications calling on it to lift the threat of industrial action.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...rt-planned-strike-action-1.1716450

Hopefully they get it.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 50, posted (4 months 2 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 22072 times:

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 passengers travelling on Lufthansa’s two routes to Dublin rose 5.6 per cent last year, according to figures given to The Irish Times by Christian Schindler, the airline’s general manager for the UK and Ireland. This compared with a 1 per cent increase in Lufthansa’s group-wide traffic last year.
Mr Schindler said Lufthansa carried 370,000 passengers on routes to Dublin from Frankfurt, which runs all year round, and Munich, which is a seasonal service during the summer.
The airline has decided to increase the number of flights on the Munich-Dublin route this year to four times a week from the end of this week and five times a week during the peak summer season starting in July.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...ent-to-370-000-last-year-1.1715502


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 51, posted (4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 21328 times:

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?


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 52, posted (4 months 1 week 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 21456 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 51):
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?

Only until the 31st March looking at the flights. Still its nice for those spotters at DUB , something different for a few weeks.

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My latest TR is up for anyone interested. A nice way to get from Dublin to Athens !

Turkish Airlines J Class DUB-IST-ATH+Lounges (by OA260 Mar 10 2014 in Trip Reports)


User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 53, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 21231 times:

Delighted with this High court ruling.....

http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0312/601718-siptu-ruling/


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 54, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 21215 times:

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 53):
Delighted with this High court ruling.....

Excellent news indeed. There should be a law that anyone connected with aviation should be banned from striking.

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On another note the Dept of Foreign Affairs Ireland has issued a statement to advise against travel to Sharm El Sheikh. Falcon have been forced to cancel the program and flights DUB-SSH-DUB.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 55, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 19 hours ago) and read 21205 times:

Does this mean there will be no disruption at Aer Lingus and Shannon either (i.e. not just the DAA)?


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 56, posted (4 months 1 week 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 21192 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 55):
Does this mean there will be no disruption at Aer Lingus and Shannon either (i.e. not just the DAA)?

Not sure but I thought Ryanair were involved in seeking an injunction that covered all 3 airports.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 57, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 20816 times:

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 11:50 Arrive Dublin 14:10 Tunis Air

Flights will be every Saturday.


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 58, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 20595 times:

30-Second Interview – Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, Stephen Kavanagh

http://www.anna.aero/2014/03/13/30-s...mmercial-officer-stephen-kavanagh/

- Looking at Florida and possibly another east coast gateway for 2015.
- A330-200s now "too small".
- Issue a RFP for up to 40 short-haul aircraft to replace A320s and grow the fleet.
- RFP will also include a 757 replacement.
- Alliance? Nope. Far East? Nope.

Lots of info in such a brief interview!


User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 59, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 20566 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 58):
- Issue a RFP for up to 40 short-haul aircraft to replace A320s and grow the fleet.
- RFP will also include a 757 replacement.

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 were going to the first to use them TATL - although its not going to have the certification requirements the 330 had for ETOPS what with it being a modification of an existing frame.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 60, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 20430 times:

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-officer-aer-arann/
http://www.anna.aero/2014/03/06/davi...officer-ryanair-flights-russia-us/

Note that FR have effectively ruled out Ireland-Russia flights for the time being.

[Edited 2014-03-13 13:27:44]


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 61, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 20148 times:

As is reported elsewhere, one victim of the helicopter accident in Norfolk is Mr Edward Haughey, (Lord Ballyedmond) of Norbrook Laboratories fame, suggesting that this may be his personal helicopter based in N.I.

An earlier helicopter of his was involved in a fatal crash some years back in the border region when he was not aboard.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 62, posted (4 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 20118 times:

Quoting dstc47 (Reply 61):
As is reported elsewhere, one victim of the helicopter accident in Norfolk is Mr Edward Haughey, (Lord Ballyedmond) of Norbrook Laboratories fame, suggesting that this may be his personal helicopter based in N.I.

Yes it seems so. Very well known around this area in the border counties. One of my colleagues knows the Family well.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 63, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 20055 times:

Aer Lingus now suing SIPTU for damages

http://www.rte.ie/news/2014/0314/602...aer-lingus-sues-siptu-for-damages/



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 64, posted (4 months 1 week 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 19920 times:

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 unlimited wifi.

Sponsored by Ulster Bank the wifi can be accessed from any device throughout the airport.

Belfast City’s CEO Brian Ambrose said people now expect to access the internet wherever they go.

“Whether they are travelling for business or leisure, an unlimited connection at the airport will no doubt make their journey more productive and enjoyable,” said Ambrose.

http://buyingbusinesstravel.com/news...fast-city-airport-offers-free-wifi


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 65, posted (4 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 19469 times:

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 but staff were friendly and helpful. Saw a Titan 757 aswell, I presume it operated for EI.


Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 66, posted (4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19431 times:

Well done Ireland winning the Six Nations today!

Aer Lingus have this on their homepage:



I suppose they'll be flying the team home.

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 65):
Saw a Titan 757 aswell, I presume it operated for EI.

Aer Lingus had a Titan Airways A320, 757 and 767 and a HiFly A310 operating for them. No surprise they're taking SIPTU to court, must have cost them an awful lot!


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 67, posted (4 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 19411 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 66):
Aer Lingus had a Titan Airways A320, 757 and 767 and a HiFly A310 operating for them. No surprise they're taking SIPTU to court, must have cost them an awful lot!

Ufffff! Titan must commission these strikes  



Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 68, posted (4 months 1 week 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 18988 times:

IAA to trial air traffic control services for Northern Ireland

Move is part of an initiative between Irish and British jurisdictions for better co-operation and improved safety
The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is to provide air traffic control services in Northern Irish airspace on a trial basis.
The move is part of an initiative between Ireland and Britain under the the UK-Ireland Functional Airspace Block (FAB) – a joint air traffic agreement signed by Irish and British governments in 2008.
The agreement is aimed at managing the air traffic between and over both islands more efficiently so as to improve safety and reduces costs, particularly fuel burn.
The IAA will take command of airpsace over a portion of Northern Ireland and further north for three specific trial periods under the initial plan.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...ces-for-northern-ireland-1.1721989

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Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 66):
I suppose they'll be flying the team home.

Yep EI -DES flew them in and a water cannon from the Fire brigade on arrival with Irish flags etc... pics doing the rounds on other forums . Operated as EI2523 .


User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4158 posts, RR: 13
Reply 69, posted (4 months 1 week 14 hours ago) and read 18560 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 58):
30-Second Interview – Aer Lingus Chief Commercial Officer, Stephen Kavanagh

http://www.anna.aero/2014/03/13/30-s...mmercial-officer-stephen-kavanagh/

- Looking at Florida and possibly another east coast gateway for 2015.
- A330-200s now "too small".
- Issue a RFP for up to 40 short-haul aircraft to replace A320s and grow the fleet.
- RFP will also include a 757 replacement.
- Alliance? Nope. Far East? Nope.

Lots of info in such a brief interview!

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 guess!



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User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 70, posted (4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 18251 times:

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 69):
it would really have to be Philly, I guess!

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 sound bet.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 71, posted (4 months 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 18223 times:

Quoting dstc47 (Reply 70):

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 69):
it would really have to be Philly, I guess!

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 sound bet.

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 close to saturation. Mexico and teh Caribbean are surely being looked at by EI, especially given the success of its MCO leisure route.

[Edited 2014-03-18 06:41:20]


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 72, posted (4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18127 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 71):
In my opinion EI should start looking away from the US market now. It's probably close to saturation.

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 will hardly all remain at their current levels of service to DUB post-merger, or will they?



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User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 73, posted (4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18120 times:

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 it's a summer contract only but good to see jobs going.


Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlineSURFER From Ireland, joined May 2008, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 74, posted (4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18108 times:

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 Ireland then flying for them in the winter months aswell as ad-hoc charters.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 75, posted (4 months 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 18094 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 71):
It's probably close to saturation. Mexico and teh Caribbean are surely being looked at by EI, especially given the success of its MCO leisure route

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 and couldnt make it work. There is a huge difference between MCO and Caribbean destinations.

EI should certainly and have been looking at MIA . They have been guaging interest from the cruise companies too and what demand there would be.


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 76, posted (4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17800 times:

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 'Look up! It's Aer Lingus' advert is on YouTube:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zUQgUVPBJHU

Such a cheesy but catchy jingle!


User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 77, posted (4 months 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 17904 times:
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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

[Edited 2014-03-18 16:02:16]

User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 78, posted (4 months 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 17823 times:

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 77):
I'll bring us back to present with a view inside the EI hanger at DUB that I saw posted up elsewhere:

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?


User currently offlineEISHN From Ireland, joined Feb 2007, 1509 posts, RR: 7
Reply 79, posted (4 months 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 17766 times:

Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 77):

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 remember it being bigger. Thought it could handle three wide bodies at once. I remember the first time I went in the late nineties and there was a Virgin Atlantic 747 classic in there. Went for a wander about on a Sunday afternoon. There was also a 727 in there at the time. Good memories of the place!



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 80, posted (4 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 17659 times:

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 lounge !


http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/0AC87C0A-5B74-4C9D-A5DB-D32CFD48A177_zpsowvreh3a.jpg
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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/8F149DC5-4AD1-41B8-8A60-25992C83B4DD_zpsxejicuey.jpg

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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/F75CF1B6-F7FE-456D-9BE3-40FD17738B35_zpswywrdtij.jpg

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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/BBA63B2B-796E-404D-A4DD-F135760D0CD8_zpszd5lfqam.jpg

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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/FA868D84-5C48-42CA-9387-C7ED07A1529E_zpsajghjma3.jpg

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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/DF06D94C-3FDD-4639-888A-4E305D2FCBD7_zpswvkqslur.jpg

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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A6B9D4EC-2E41-467F-87FD-DA12927D22D7_zpsbzcmxv9t.jpg


User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4158 posts, RR: 13
Reply 81, posted (4 months 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 17193 times:

Ryanair to announce significant Dublin expansion today:

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...o-expand-dublin-services-1.1731293

Given that traffic this year is likely to exceed 21.5 million on current growth pattern (thats even before this annoucement), how long will it be until peak 23.5 million is achieved? (This is point where the parallel runway project can be re-started).

It certainly starting to look like 2015 will see traffic fully recovered.



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User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 82, posted (4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 17124 times:

Shame to see the Aer Arran name go. IMHO the new name is boring.

User currently offlineclydenairways From Ireland, joined Jan 2007, 1224 posts, RR: 0
Reply 83, posted (4 months 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 17125 times:

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 81):
Given that traffic this year is likely to exceed 21.5 million on current growth pattern (thats even before this annoucement), how long will it be until peak 23.5 million is achieved? (This is point where the parallel runway project can be re-started).

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-horned into a cul-de-sac. This will become a massive problem before runway capacity gets maxed out.
ATC procedures have improved since the days when the original capacity study was carried out, so i reckon the current runway setup as it is can handle a good bit more than what was originally projected.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 84, posted (4 months 5 days ago) and read 17051 times:

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 2014-03-20 03:28:21]

User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 85, posted (4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 16971 times:

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 how Marrakesh will fare, given the effect of the Arab spring on traffic to the Magreb region where tourist business has been very soft indeed.

Stobart Air hardly trips off the tongue. Perhaps UK Channel 5 viewers might identify with it.

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 83):
We can already see daily congestion

Yep, ground related congestion is again a real problem at DUB. Perhaps EI might spring for some trips to LGA or LGW to help to develop better procedures to maximise limited resources and handle aircraft with runway and taxiway constraints.


User currently offlinevfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3954 posts, RR: 5
Reply 86, posted (4 months 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 16975 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 84):
Interesting new Winter routes from FR CGN

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 service from CGN).


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 87, posted (4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 16705 times:

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 86):

Indeed with FR targeting main Airports and introducing a business friendly product they will be head to head with Aer Lingus in more areas. Interesting times ahead !


User currently offlineCallbell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 88, posted (4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 16657 times:

When FR say 2 flights daily, do they mean one flight in each direction or 2 round trips? Any ideas of timings yet?

User currently offlineshamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 89, posted (4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 16646 times:

Can't see EI maintaining a daily PRG now that FR are going double daily. Full on onslaught. The EI is usually full.

User currently offlinevfw614 From Germany, joined Dec 2001, 3954 posts, RR: 5
Reply 90, posted (4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 16576 times:

Quoting Callbell (Reply 88):
When FR say 2 flights daily, do they mean one flight in each direction or 2 round trips? Any ideas of timings yet?

It is one daily return flight: DUB 1700 - 1945 CGN 2010 - 2055 DUB (IIRC)


User currently offlineCallbell From Germany, joined Mar 2008, 222 posts, RR: 0
Reply 91, posted (4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 16566 times:

Quoting vfw614 (Reply 90):
Quoting shamrock104 (Reply 89):

So the PRG flights isnt double daily? Just one round trip per day?


User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4158 posts, RR: 13
Reply 92, posted (4 months 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 16528 times:

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 round trip.

Thus, divide all these frequencies by two to get the real number.

Utterly ridiculous pr.

But glad to see the new frequencies of course!  



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User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 583 posts, RR: 0
Reply 93, posted (4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 16317 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 83):
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-horned into a cul-de-sac. This will become a massive problem before runway capacity gets maxed out.

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?


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Does anyone know when the mobile boarding passes will be available on FR?



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User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4158 posts, RR: 13
Reply 94, posted (4 months 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 16311 times:

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 83):
ATC procedures have improved since the days when the original capacity study was carried out, so i reckon the current runway setup as it is can handle a good bit more than what was originally projected.

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 achieved.

DAA do have an incentive to proceed asap - it is believed major remedial / reconstruction works are required to 10/28 which will necessitate it's closure. This can only occur with a new 10L/28R open.



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User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 95, posted (4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 16282 times:

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 94):
DAA do have an incentive to proceed asap - it is believed major remedial / reconstruction works are required to 10/28 which will necessitate it's closure. This can only occur with a new 10L/28R open.

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 surface condition was deteriorating, not a structural deterioration. Nothing unusual on concrete runways. The airport has an upcoming rehabilitation project in the works which will probably involve a structural asphalt overlay in the region of 150mm to give it a surface life of about 15 years and a structural life for potentially more than that. I'm assuming those figures based on other projects i've been involved with but it all depends on the structural analysis, predicted traffic figures and current pavement condition index of 10/28.

All these works can be done at night over a 4-6 month period of night closures, during which 16/34 would be called into action. We just finished doing this to LHR's southern runway last year and are about to start the northern runway rehabilitation in a month's time; take possession at 10.30pm and hand back by 5.30am. Heathrow's runways are founded on 70 year old concrete. Heck Frankfurt dug up one of their runways overnight for about two years or something, completely reconstructing it bit by bit, changing it from a concrete runway to an asphalt one.

Anyway the point i'm getting at is that DUB wouldn't have to commission 10L/28R before rehabilitating the current runway.


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 96, posted (4 months 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 16269 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 93):

I heard they were trialing them so hopefully not too far away.


User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 97, posted (4 months 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 15621 times:

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 splashed out millions of euro to boost its stake in Aer Lingus again, just days after informing the stock exchange on St Patrick's Day that it owned more than 4 per cent of the Irish carrier.

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...-stake-in-aer-lingus-30116395.html

It had all gone very quiet on Etihad/Aer Lingus front but things seem to have livened up over the past two weeks. We know they can't take over Aer Lingus but an increasing stake could definitely lead to a closer operational relationship.

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In other news the second Aer Lingus 757 entered service on SNN-BOS last week and on the very same day EI-LBR was off to Maastricht for her full livery.


EI-LBT Boeing 757-2Q8 Air Contractors/Aer Lingus by eigjb, on Flickr

Shamrock350


User currently offlineVFRonTop From Ireland, joined Oct 2012, 38 posts, RR: 0
Reply 98, posted (4 months 1 hour ago) and read 15018 times:

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/...egroup-brief-idUSFWN0MF00E20140325

* Franchise agreement with Stobart Air serving new routes into London Southend airport
* Stobart Air (formerly Aer Arann) will operate new routes from London Southend airport in partnership with Flybe
* Franchise operation will commence on June 5 to destinations in Benelux and Northern Europe


User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 99, posted (3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14987 times:

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 short term lease like this does the interior get changed by the new operator? I would guess not in this case.

User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 583 posts, RR: 0
Reply 100, posted (3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14981 times:

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 99):
When aircraft go out on a short term lease like this does the interior get changed by the new operator?

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 aircraft.

I do believe its coming back to Ireland in the next few weeks.



Next Flights: DUB-KEF-DUB, DUB-DXB-MEL-DXB-DUB, DUB-MAN-DME-MAN-DUB, DUB-CDG-KUL-CAN-HKG-KUL-CDG-DUB
User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 101, posted (3 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 14979 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 100):
I do believe its coming back to Ireland in the next few weeks.

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 2, ORD x 1, ORD/MCO x 1 and SFO x 1.)


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 102, posted (3 months 4 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 14838 times:

A nice day for spotting at ACE today.

The 778 was operated by EI-DEB

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/7574775D-0960-4970-831D-FB9085DDD25D_zpswg9iilk8.jpg
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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/B3C370D7-9F60-48FF-A980-2BCB55B79004_zpsmfvzb4nx.jpg

and the 876 was operated by EI-DEK

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A6F192D5-0A04-419C-8955-74D80E6F173E_zpsfgoax5jx.jpg
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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/A694F0F6-410B-4372-9AE7-E0DD529F239F_zps3nve8fve.jpg


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 103, posted (3 months 4 weeks 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 14635 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 102):

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  



Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 104, posted (3 months 4 weeks 1 day 2 hours ago) and read 14472 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 103):

LOL they are probably throwing in a chicken and stuffing sandwich that everyone gets moist about


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 105, posted (3 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 14292 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 104):
LOL they are probably throwing in a chicken and stuffing sandwich that everyone gets moist about

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  



Cabin crew blog http://dolefuldolegirl.blogspot.ie/
User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 583 posts, RR: 0
Reply 106, posted (3 months 4 weeks 18 hours ago) and read 14205 times:

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 few years, but do you think there is any chance at all?



Next Flights: DUB-KEF-DUB, DUB-DXB-MEL-DXB-DUB, DUB-MAN-DME-MAN-DUB, DUB-CDG-KUL-CAN-HKG-KUL-CDG-DUB
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 107, posted (3 months 4 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 14126 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 106):

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 forced to replace OHY! Then the route would be DUB-ADB. There is not a large enough market for DUB-SAW . TK has the IST and onward transit to its global hub covered.


User currently offlinemasit From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 108, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 13634 times:

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.

User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 109, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 13484 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 82):
Shame to see the Aer Arann name go. IMHO the new name is boring.

   Pity. A small consolation will be that Aer Arann Islands will retain its name.

Quoting masit (Reply 108):

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.

Yes, at one stage Easyjet had two A319s doing touch-and-gos simultaneously, along with one of the government jets (Gulfstream IV) down from Baldonnel. Many airlines use SNN for circuit training during winter downtime. Earlier in the week there was also a Monarch Airlines A321 doing circuits and it's not uncommon to see the odd EI A320 down for training as well.



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 110, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 13300 times:

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 codeshare between the two airlines. All flights will carry the WX code instead of AF (this has been the case on DUB-LCY for a while now). This of course due to the changing of hands of WX from Air France KLM to Intro Aviation.

I presume this also means that all AF-liveried aircraft will be changed to the WX scheme. According to Jethros Fleet Listings, there are seven RJ85s in the AF livery.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...tyjet-to-be-signed-today-1.1740851

Could we eventually see AF bring their own metal to CDG-DUB, perhaps Hop!?

[Edited 2014-03-28 16:10:43]


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlinemasit From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 111, posted (3 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 13141 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 109):

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 father and I went around the back of the airport for a look. There was a large crowd there so we asked what was going on.
Low and behold Concord was over doing some training . I remember when the plane was lining up for take off the captain most of stood on the brakes for a extra few seconds with the engine spooled up. As my father said" for the crowd"
The noise and vibration was shocking , never forget it.

[Edited 2014-03-29 01:25:38]

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 112, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 13043 times:

Quoting masit (Reply 111):
The noise and vibration was shocking , never forget it.

I used to live under the flight path to LHR and around 6pm every night it roared over and never got tired of it !

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Flew Thomas Cook Airlines for the first time ever the other day. Have to say they really impressed me for a Charter. Actually beat many traditional scheduled carriers. They do not get much of a mention around here but thought they deserved it. They have a small but effective and well run base at BFS. Also the new aircraft being based there are great to fly on. I flew G-TCDB which along with G-TCDC do the charter runs.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/C640E325-BD11-41D6-B15A-EFACEF089CC6_zpsvgvzaswk.jpg

The seats actually were very comfortable and legroom was great. I know they may not look it but after 4 hours on one I can safely say they were fine.


http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/F18E6B70-D6DD-441D-9DBD-2907D3718180_zpsdya2gaqm.jpg

They also excelled on the BOB options. I had taken the seat/luggage/meal deal for a EUR10 discount. The meal was one of the best I have had in Y for a long time.


http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/91C2330A-BE94-4EA4-9CC1-5F21FB4B891F_zpsr3j2ymno.jpg
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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/B33A4A1D-6AD2-4383-A6A4-97F5B56D8435_zpspiqfg73w.jpg

Lastly after the movie ''Gravity'' had finished the moving map was played for the last part of the flight which was for me great   We made our way up from Cork over Newry and into BFS.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/22A7C1CE-2694-4E62-900F-7EDCBDCE0A21_zpszauvoilt.jpg

The loads were around 95% mostly people on all in package. I was one of the few flight only passengers. We landed 20 mins early approx. Pilot came on and gave us lots of info which was great. All crew were from around the BFS area. The crew were 100% and really had the craic and interacted with the passengers. Seated at the exit a crew member was next to me for take off and landing. We had a really good chat and I have to say all the crew were a credit to TCX.

BFS was the only downside. Its so dull and aged.They need to either do a major overhaul and brighten up the place or knock it down and build a new Terminal. It has not changed much in the near two decades I have been using it.

I know a few of our Northern members have used the TCX flights a few times and had positive experiences. Its a shame we dont see them down South and in recent TC developments in the Republic we are unlikely to ever see them. Still for a alternative out of the North its a decent operation!


User currently offlinePenPusher From Ireland, joined Oct 2000, 81 posts, RR: 0
Reply 113, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12998 times:

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 101):
I think it has to come back this week

EI-LAX is due back from Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon April 1st


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 114, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 12995 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 112):

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 Airtours and My Travel]

Well done to Thomas Cook and their superb crew. An airline that listens   

Thanks Phil for images and feedback,

- James



1APR14 Ireland Direct, 3 A380-9LR,Equiped Irish Bar & Casino. All Y+ seating. Serving DUB-PER-SYD/MEL
User currently offlineshamrock604 From Ireland, joined Sep 2007, 4158 posts, RR: 13
Reply 115, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 12738 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 110):

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.



Flown EI,FR,RE,EIR,VE,SI,TLA,BA,BE,BD,VX,MON,AF,YS,WX,KL,SK,LH,OK,OS,LX,IB,LTU,HLX,4U,SU,CO,DL,UA,AC,PR,MH,SQ,QF, EY, EK
User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 116, posted (3 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 12630 times:

Quoting shamrock604 (Reply 115):

Yes but as per the article, does this not change from tomorrow?

Quoting Irish Times:
Today’s move also means that from Sunday CityJet will revert to using its original “WX” code, which it swapped for “AF” after Air France KLM took it over.



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineclassiclover From Ireland, joined Mar 2004, 4626 posts, RR: 23
Reply 117, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 12314 times:

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 a standard BA interior on the LHR-DUB flight. It was a nice surprise compared to the usual ex-BMI flights.

Great crews, I was always addressed by name which I hadn't had for a while. The flight was extremely full in Y back to DUB, 7/12 in J. Outbound on Friday the aircraft was also quite full.

I am very interested to see how long the BA and EI codeshare lasts. I was pondering that and wondered if it would be dropped from October when the Ireland flights move in to T5.



I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
User currently offlineToulouse From Switzerland, joined Apr 2005, 2758 posts, RR: 58
Reply 118, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 12247 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 116):
Yes but as per the article, does this not change from tomorrow?

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 have DUB-ORY (not direct)! So to fly AF CDG-DUB you have to book through AF website and flights are "operated by Cityjet"



Long live Aer Lingus!
User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 119, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11880 times:

Quoting PenPusher (Reply 113):
EI-LAX is due back from Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon April 1st

And straight into service April 3rd. Thx for the info.


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 120, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 11890 times:

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 receive 11 more 734s between September this year and March 2015.

A few questions:
- Where might they get 734s? BA, perhaps?
- Likely impact on punctuality and reliability?
- Presumably wet-leased?


User currently offlineAer Lingus From Ireland, joined May 2000, 1560 posts, RR: 0
Reply 121, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 11686 times:

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 leave the fleet in the 2016-2017 time frame but that this could potentially change to earlier dates. Alaska and Ryanair are strong Boeing customers. Might make sense having Boeing take the 734s off their hands as the 739s come online and flipping them over to FR, thus appeasing both customers.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 122, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11550 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 114):
Very pleased to see the improvements on board.

Yes Charters have most certainly changed if thats anything to go by !

Quoting Jambost (Reply 114):
I was much younger and half the height when I last seen the overhead screens in use [The days of Airtours and My Travel]

Weren't we all LOL... I actually never flew with them but I flew the LCC My Travel Light which was a spin off company and used to operate BFS-BHX back in the day...

Quoting Jambost (Reply 114):
Thanks Phil for images and feedback,

Your welcome glad you liked . Im sure I will have some more TCX feedback in future  

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Looking forward to seeing these at DUB. I have to say I love the new livery. Very unique .

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/beq400_zps130581b5.jpg


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Interesting routes that EY are to codeshare with EI on. MCO YYZ SOU PMI .


User currently offlineaerdingus From Ireland, joined Dec 2006, 2814 posts, RR: 15
Reply 123, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 11521 times:

I wonder if that FR rumour is an April Fool's!


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User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 124, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11399 times:

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 123):
I wonder if that FR rumour is an April Fool's!

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 pipeline fleet-wise as they state what craft are intended to be used.

[Edited 2014-04-01 01:23:16]

User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 125, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11383 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 122):
Interesting routes that EY are to codeshare with EI on. MCO YYZ SOU PMI .

SOU ?



ShamrockGoldCircle
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 126, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 11374 times:

Quoting 321neo (Reply 125):
SOU ?

That indeed should have read SEN !

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A new Tour Operator is to launch in Ireland to fill some of the gap that TC left. It will fly from DUB,ORK,SNN,KIR with its own leased aircraft. It will concentrate on Greece,Spain,Italy.


User currently offlineJambost From Ireland, joined Jun 2010, 250 posts, RR: 0
Reply 127, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 11391 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 112):
BFS was the only downside. Its so dull and aged.They need to either do a major overhaul and brighten up the place or knock it down and build a new Terminal. It has not changed much in the near two decades I have been using it.

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 simple design with a viewing gallery opened to the public!
I recently traveled through TRN and was stunned with how modern but small scaled the airport was. I now know it was built to host the fifa world cup but still a good example of what BFS could be if the investment was there.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 122):
I flew the LCC My Travel Light which was a spin off company and used to operate BFS-BHX back in the day...

I do remember that service, shame it did not work out. I was a fan of the My Travel livery.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 122):
Im sure I will have some more TCX feedback in

I look forward to it, I am not a summer holiday person so I doubt I will be flying with them anytime soon.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 122):
Looking forward to seeing these at DUB. I have to say I love the new livery. Very unique

Glad they decided to resist the euro white trend, my only criticism is the white FlyeBe title, apart from that I think its great. BHD will become very colorful.



1APR14 Ireland Direct, 3 A380-9LR,Equiped Irish Bar & Casino. All Y+ seating. Serving DUB-PER-SYD/MEL
User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 128, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 11339 times:



Just seen this on Instagram. Overhead oxygen masks accidentally deployed during the landing sequence of flight EI110 JFK-SNN this morning operated by 757 EI-LBS.



ShamrockGoldCircle
User currently offlinegreenjet From Ireland, joined Aug 2001, 951 posts, RR: 1
Reply 129, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 11328 times:

Quoting PenPusher (Reply 113):
EI-LAX is due back from Stockholm on Tuesday afternoon April 1st

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 flight overnight to OSL and ARN.


User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1944 posts, RR: 9
Reply 130, posted (3 months 3 weeks 2 days ago) and read 11310 times:
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Quoting greenjet (Reply 129):
Just seen this on Instagram. Overhead oxygen masks accidentally deployed during the landing sequence of flight EI110 JFK-SNN this morning operated by 757 EI-LBS.

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 passengers. I suppose we will hear more details later on including the altitude it occurred at and whether or not it was an actual loss of cabin pressure or just a bug in the system. One would imagine that if it was during the landing sequence then it happened at a relatively low altitude and was a false alarm. I presume that this means the aircraft will not be available for at least a few days until the cause is determined and I presume that the masks require replacement once they have been deployed?



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 offlinemasit From Ireland, joined Dec 2005, 18 posts, RR: 0
Reply 131, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11187 times:

EI-LAX just after landing back in DUB

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 132, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 11169 times:

Quoting Jambost (Reply 127):
In a perfect world they would install the rail link

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 only took 10 mins and dropped me right outside. So its not the worst. From there I took the train via Central.

Quoting Jambost (Reply 127):
Glad they decided to resist the euro white trend, my only criticism is the white FlyeBe title, apart from that I think its great. BHD will become very colorful.

Yes I agree. I do like the tail though.

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/flybe1m_zps78c09f2d.jpg


User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 133, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 11029 times:
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Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 130):
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 passengers.

Apart from the lady getting her overhead luggage of course


User currently offlineSURFER From Ireland, joined May 2008, 168 posts, RR: 0
Reply 134, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 11005 times:

Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 130):

Friend of mine was on the flight this morning happened just as they pulled on stand.


User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2145 posts, RR: 4
Reply 135, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 10971 times:

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.

User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 136, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 10889 times:

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 inflight Wi-Fi, the rest of the Airbus fleet have been cleared for the use of electronic devices from tomorrow as well.

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 137, posted (3 months 3 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 10596 times:

Some pics from today EI SFO launch :

http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/73F05D1F-303B-464B-84CD-F4E2970EE6A8_zpsry7q6hip.jpg
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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/FECA47A5-2775-4048-961D-E9251F6E276B_zpspbx8tkin.jpg
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http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/58773BE2-D032-49D1-A8CC-53610B99BAE3_zpsuktbbsip.jpg

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On a sader note according to an email I got it seems the Windavia DUB-FNC service is cancelled. This will be quite dissapointing.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 138, posted (3 months 3 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 10498 times:

Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 130):
I presume that this means the aircraft will not be available for at least a few days until the cause is determined and I presume that the masks require replacement once they have been deployed?

'LBS is operating today's AG111 to JFK so it looks like it was just a minor issue...maybe a few screws needed tightening!



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineshamrock104 From Ireland, joined Sep 2000, 523 posts, RR: 1
Reply 139, posted (3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10250 times:

Quoting OA260 (Reply 137):
Some pics from today EI SFO launch :

That actually looks really low budget IMO.


User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 140, posted (3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10252 times:

Now that SFO has restarted, does a A332 have to operate the route? Or can one of the A333's now make this journey?

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 141, posted (3 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 10226 times:

Quoting shamrock104 (Reply 139):
That actually looks really low budget IMO.

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 EI have never been an airline to go all out for route launch celebrations. They do tend to have a certain budget that most certainly is adhered to.

Still more important is that they continue to market it in a way that gets EU-DUB-SFO traffic that it needs to keep it going !!
Transit traffic could make or break this new route.


User currently offlineQantas59 From Australia, joined May 2013, 26 posts, RR: 0
Reply 142, posted (3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10171 times:
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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 the inaugural?
Best of wishes for the new service!
Cheers.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 143, posted (3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10186 times:

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, CDG and AMS that have nice short connection times both ways.



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 144, posted (3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10182 times:

Quoting Qantas59 (Reply 142):
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 the inaugural?
Best of wishes for the new service!
Cheers.

It is EI-DUO today. The DAA is for Dublin Airport Authority I believe.

[Edited 2014-04-02 11:37:45]

User currently offlineEIBoston From Ireland, joined Sep 2006, 448 posts, RR: 1
Reply 145, posted (3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10159 times:



User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 146, posted (3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10152 times:

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 drinks or cake, some seemed to have those 'Scents of Ireland' candle gift sets that Aer Lingus sold on board but not sure if everyone got one of those. The 'Sky Shopping' has been replaced by 'Boutique' which is now referred to as luxury shopping at discount prices.

I did see on twitter that they had the new business class seat on display, there appeared to be four of them that people could sit in and try out. Good idea as the SFO route will probably be the first to see the new seat.


User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 147, posted (3 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 10194 times:



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 ! 



ShamrockGoldCircle
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 148, posted (3 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 10006 times:

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/TravelExtra/photos_stream

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TravelExtraIre/status/451442460695080967/photo/1

Seats will be manufactured in Northern Ireland by Thompson Aero.

Shamrock350


User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 583 posts, RR: 0
Reply 149, posted (3 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9898 times:

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 148):
The new Aer Lingus business class seat will be in a 2-2-1 configuration.

2-2-1? I don't think any one else has it like this? Correct me if I'm wrong...



Next Flights: DUB-KEF-DUB, DUB-DXB-MEL-DXB-DUB, DUB-MAN-DME-MAN-DUB, DUB-CDG-KUL-CAN-HKG-KUL-CDG-DUB
User currently offline321neo From Ireland, joined Apr 2013, 47 posts, RR: 0
Reply 150, posted (3 months 3 weeks 12 hours ago) and read 9869 times:

Quoting cipango (Reply 149):
2-2-1? I don't think any one else has it like this? Correct me if I'm wrong...

AY does, LX does to some extent also...



ShamrockGoldCircle
User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 151, posted (3 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 9880 times:

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]


John@SFO
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 152, posted (3 months 3 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 9847 times:

Quoting 321neo (Reply 150):
LX does to some extent also...

I love that config on the LX ( 333 ) , for solo traveller the single seat is great.

Quoting legacyins (Reply 151):
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.

Thanks for the pics . Looks nice in the Cali. Sun   Yes it operates as EY7879. Hopefully it will be beneficial to EI in attracting some business.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 153, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 9664 times:

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 we will ever see DUB-LAX return. Maybe UA?



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlinecipango From Ireland, joined Jul 2009, 583 posts, RR: 0
Reply 154, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9343 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 153):
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 we will ever see DUB-LAX return. Maybe UA?

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. Obviously there is no space for two carriers on the SFO route.

UA have a shot at the LAX market however. It wouldn't surprise me if they announced the route for S15.



Next Flights: DUB-KEF-DUB, DUB-DXB-MEL-DXB-DUB, DUB-MAN-DME-MAN-DUB, DUB-CDG-KUL-CAN-HKG-KUL-CDG-DUB
User currently offlineshamrock350 From Ireland, joined Mar 2005, 6319 posts, RR: 14
Reply 155, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 15 hours ago) and read 9346 times:

Speaking yesterday after the SFO arrival, Christoph Mueller said there were around 200 on board with 95 from Ireland and the rest from Amsterdam, Paris and various UK cities like Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham. The welcome was held in the aviation museum at SFO and Aer Lingus gave an A330 model with the registration EI-SFO and named St. Francis, nice touch.

Mueller also said that SFO will be the first to get the new business cabin later this year.


User currently offlinelegacyins From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 2050 posts, RR: 0
Reply 156, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 9100 times:

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+Traveler%29%29



John@SFO
User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 157, posted (3 months 2 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 8997 times:

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 carried a total of 703,000 people in March, a 7.1% drop on the same month last year.

Its short haul passenger numbers fell by 6.8% to 628,000 from 674,000 the same month last year, while its long haul numbers were down 9.6% to 75,000 from 83,000

Aer Lingus also said its load factor - how many seats it fills on each flight - fell by 5.2% to 74.7% in Mach 2014 from 79.9% in March 2013.

http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2014/0404/606603-aer-lingus-stats/


User currently offlineKIRFlyer From Ireland, joined Dec 2013, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 158, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 8680 times:

How many seats are there in an Aer Lingus Regional aircraft? More specifically EI-REL?

Cheers


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 159, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 16 hours ago) and read 8597 times:

Quoting KIRFlyer (Reply 158):
How many seats are there in an Aer Lingus Regional aircraft? More specifically EI-REL?

I believe its 72 on that Reg . could be wrong.


User currently offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 160, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 8488 times:

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 fonts of the RYANAIR typeface previously which made the branding very inconsistent I thought.

http://www.ryanair.com/ie

On the "Routes" page from Ireland it shows "Milan Malpensa" under DUB and NOC...hmmm
http://www.ryanair.com/ie/destinations/routes/from-ireland/

[Edited 2014-04-04 14:03:09]


Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineeicvd From Ireland, joined Mar 2008, 2145 posts, RR: 4
Reply 161, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 8207 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 160):

MXP is temporary, BGY is closed for a few weeks/months due to maintenance


User currently offlinewidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 162, posted (3 months 2 weeks 5 days ago) and read 8168 times:

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 know what a European one-way would earn on a Plus fare?!

User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 163, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8137 times:

Quoting widebody (Reply 162):
Would anyone know what a European one-way would earn on a Plus fare?!

150 sometimes you need to do a retro claim as they log as no earning even though you selected Plus! Your right its brutal.....


User currently offlinewidebody From Ireland, joined Aug 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 8
Reply 164, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 7901 times:

Cheers thanks. Stick with BA I think!

User currently offlineEagleboy From Niue, joined Dec 2009, 1794 posts, RR: 2
Reply 165, posted (3 months 2 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 7866 times:
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Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 148):

The new Aer Lingus business class seat will be in a 2-2-1 configuration.

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.


User currently offlinetonymctigue From Ireland, joined Feb 2006, 1944 posts, RR: 9
Reply 166, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 7262 times:
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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 Shannon'

http://www.shannonairport.ie/gns/abo...route_to_Bristol_from_Shannon.aspx

Also a good interview with Neil Pakey in this week's Clare Champion

'Shannon CEO Pakey Sees Many Positives'

http://www.clarechampion.ie/shannon-neil-pakey/

Note the tone of this articles does not include any four letter words such as 'stopover', 'entitled', 'compelled' or any 'contributions' from local political representatives. Seems like the new SAA are squarely focused on growing the airport with a sensible, viable business plan. Good to hear that bookings on SNN-PHL are up 20% on 2013 figures and that EI are happy with bookings on the new and improved transatlantic schedule. Hopefully some of those bookings are feed from the expanded EIR services which in turn will help retain those services. Also interesting to hear that he predicts 'some positive developments in 2014'. There were rumours of a new US city not currently served from SNN on this thread a few weeks back but nothing more was said. Let the speculation recommence!



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 offlineAmricanShamrok From Ireland, joined May 2008, 2870 posts, RR: 0
Reply 167, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6922 times:

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 representation of the State? Something more on par with our neighbours listed below:

Belgium - A332 & A321
Germany - A343 & A319CJ
Romania - A310
Spain - A310
France - A332
Czech Republic - A319CJ
Italy - A319CJ
Bulgaria - A320



Shannon-Chicago
User currently offlineEIDL From Ireland, joined Apr 2012, 413 posts, RR: 0
Reply 168, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6904 times:

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.

Lizzy arrived over here on a rented BAe 146 as it happens!


User currently offlineOA260 From Ireland, joined Nov 2006, 26844 posts, RR: 58
Reply 169, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 6852 times:

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 167):
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 representation of the State? Something more on par with our neighbours listed below:

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 foreigners working here paying tax for many years. You could get an A319 but I guess closing a few more hospitals or reducing more respite care for Families of disabled kids would be needed. I know which I would rather .


User currently offlinekaitak From Ireland, joined Aug 1999, 12407 posts, RR: 37
Reply 170, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6835 times:

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*** off the media, don't go at half throttle!

Seriously, though, I agree with EIDL; the media would have kittens and those kittens would nervous breakdowns. The Gulfie is around 20yrs old now and it is coming to the end of its life, but any talk of new aircraft would be rejected out of hand; we will just have to work with what we have for the foreseeable future.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 167):
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 representation of the State? Something more on par with our neighbours listed below:

Belgium - A332 & A321
Germany - A343 & A319CJ
Romania - A310
Spain - A310
France - A332
Czech Republic - A319CJ
Italy - A319CJ
Bulgaria - A320

There are other European countries which don't have any VIP aircaft ... Austria, Finland, Sweden, Norway ... they usually come in on leased executive aircraft.


User currently offlinedstc47 From Ireland, joined Sep 1999, 1461 posts, RR: 3
Reply 171, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 6649 times:

Quoting kaitak (Reply 170):
Sweden

Used to have a Saab 340, strangely enough, perhaps they still do.


User currently offlinebx737 From Ireland, joined Sep 2001, 678 posts, RR: 3
Reply 172, posted (3 months 2 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 6587 times:

I