kaitak
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Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 1:48 am

Aer Lingus CEO, Willie Walsh (a former 737 captain with the airline) has been speaking at a Reuters business lunch today and said the following:

the airline's transatlantic traffic numbers were up 19% in the first four months of this year while European traffic grew by 35%, compared with the same period last year. He also said that the airline has set targets to add 18% more seats on its transatlantic routes and 17% more capacity on European routes by the end of the year.

Significantly, he also said that a decision on the acquisition of a single fleet type would be made in September. He didn't give any numbers, but rumours in the Irish media (not always accurate!) suggest a deal for about 30-40 aircraft worth about $/EUR1.6b. It will be the airline's biggest ever order.

The airline is also optimistic about the rest of the year and WW said that many American travellers haven't yet made up their minds about European travel and there was still a market to be won.


 
Shamrock1Heavy
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 2:31 am

Good news, I suppose, they really need to do something about their customer service though. I also wonder who the order will be to Airbus or Boeing? hmmmm...A nice green A346 or B744 would be nice to see  Big thumbs up

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Airbus Lover
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 3:05 am

Nah I dont think they will ever require the capacity of A346 let alone B744.

And their upcoming order is for narrowbody i believe.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 3:39 am

"And their upcoming order is for narrowbody i believe."

That is correct, EI is looking to increase its presence as more of a "discount airline" around Europe, and this impending airline order will reflect that. Either B737s or A320s.
 
AMSMAN
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 3:49 am

Speaking of EI A340's, I just downloaded an EIA342 and it looks FANTASTIC. Imagine seeing that beauty on final into LAX.

Sheer heaven.

AMS
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EIPremier
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 4:05 am

Anyone know why their traffic is up so much? Is it mostly attributable to fare sales?

[Edited 2003-05-13 21:06:13]
 
CX747
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 5:15 am

I was unaware of any A340 operating for Aer Lingeus. If my memory serves me correctly, they operate the A330.
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Shamrock1Heavy
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 5:18 am

CX747 - AMSMAN is surely talking about Flight Sim.

My earlier comments on a 744 or an A346 for EI was just hopeful/wishful thinking...But it sure would be amazing to see a 747 in the EI colors once again

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Shamrock_747
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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 14, 2003 7:13 am

I think that the narrowbody order could go either way. As for the long haul fleet, I expect that EI will stick with the A330s, though 767s could be quite nicely suited to the transatlantic routes.

However, I wouldn't complain if they returned the 747-100s to flight  Smile

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RE: Aer Lingus Surging Ahead!

Wed May 21, 2003 3:52 am

Ya, guys, its only on Flight Sim....
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