Right, point one: the transport minister, Mr. Cullen, has effectively put the kibosh on any airline operating the new terminal. The DAA will operate it, but after five months of messing about, no firm decision has been made as to where it should be. Incredible!
A319s are sweet. Let just leave it at that.
Long haul: I think there is a much better chance here for Boeing than most people realise. The A330 has been good for EI
, but the 330-300s are past it (not so much age - they're not that old - but performance limitations in particular). EI
has been looking at both the 350 and 789 and I feel that the 789 is likely to be the winner, with Boeing providing 772s as an interim solution. However, if the 777 is particularly successful, they might well stick with 777s and convert the 789 orders to 773s (just bog standard, not ERs). A lot depends on how quickly and effectively it can expand at DUB
; part of the problem is the difficulty in getting new routes to the US, but hopefully, a new EU/US deal can be done by the end of the year.
The new EI
CEO, Dermot Mannion, due to start next month, has already hinted at Asian routes, but EI
will need to beef up its long haul service product quite considerably if EI
is to have any success there. There has not been investment in it for some time and crew/staff morale is also an issue.