grimey
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EI and St. Patrick's Day

Fri Mar 17, 2006 11:10 pm

Happy Paddys Day to all you a.nutters all around the world, just wondering does EI ever do anything special for St. Patricks day or does any airline give anything special for flying to Ireland on Paddys day?

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Braybuddy
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EI and St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:00 am

I've never heard of them doing anything out of the ordinary, and with the low-cost model adopted now I doubt if they will. You probably get an extra beannacht when you board, that's about it.
 
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EI and St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:29 am

The F/A's are always more cheerful when I fly on St. Patricks day, probably because they are all looking forward to a good party.
 
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EI and St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:32 am

Have a good one you boys. And I hope a victory at Twickenham puts the lid in it for yez.

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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 1:40 am

Ryanair have only said "We beat EI on all UK-Ireland routes for Saint Patricks day" so that's their celebration  grumpy 
 
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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:02 am

I actually flew EI-ASI ("St. Patrick") on St. Patrick's Day exactly 30 years ago today, back in 1976.


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The aircraft had flown a charter to Tehran, and was due to deadhead back to Ireland. That morning, we were headed back home to NY on home leave however PA111 was cancelled due to strikes in Rome. An IR flight to London was also cancelled that morning due to mechanical problems. The two airlines arranged with EI to reprotect all passengers and fly the aircraft from THR to LHR. Neither airline had the cabin plans for EI's configuration, just a total seat count, so it was open seating on a fully loaded 747. What an experience! Those poor F/A's didn't know what hit them! It was like a stampede to find an open seat. Once we got airborne, the service was absolutely fantastic.

When we got to LHR, PA was full to JFK, so they endorsed us over to BA, and we got to fly one of the last VC10 flights before they retired from transatlantic services. An altogether excellent St. Patrick's Day!


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Yikes! 30 years ago - today!!!

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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 3:42 am

I'll be wearing my green AerLingus A330 shirt today!!

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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 4:20 am

Quoting Grimey (Thread starter):
Happy Paddys Day to all you a.nutters all around the world, just wondering does EI ever do anything special for St. Patricks day

Yes it does - increase fares significantly!
 
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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:09 am

dont know if its for this reason but all flights to bhx today are larger than normal - A321's instead of the normal A320.

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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Sat Mar 18, 2006 6:37 am

BHX increased capacity is explained by Cheltenham. It is very popular with punters in Ireland. Extra capacity is needed. Usually an A330 ends up going to BHX at some stage to pick up the crowds.
 
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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:49 am

Quoting Bx737 (Reply 9):
BHX increased capacity is explained by Cheltenham. It is very popular with punters in Ireland. Extra capacity is needed. Usually an A330 ends up going to BHX at some stage to pick up the crowds.

Was there a A330 sent to london yesterday for the rugby?
 
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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Mon Mar 20, 2006 8:53 am

Quoting HS748 (Reply 7):
Yes it does - increase fares significantly!

Was going to say the same thing. A month in advance, a return to Cork for St Patricks day was little under £100. Very popular time for travel to Ireland so the prices go up very quickly.
 
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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Mon Mar 20, 2006 11:01 am

Slightly off topic but regarding the price increases...it was the same when the Irish Euro 2008 date was released for Ireland V Germany. Prices went up nearly 4 times the norm minutes after the draw was made!
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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Mon Mar 20, 2006 4:49 pm

Where's the game on? and when?
 
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RE: EI And St. Patrick's Day

Tue Mar 21, 2006 2:44 am

Similar to Arsenal's footy match against Juventus. easyJet's fares to Turin for the 5th April went sky high just a couple of hours after the draw.

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