Kaitak is here, Poitin, never fear!
I've been busy uploading some photos to Jetphotos.net (sod all chance of getting any accepted to A.net!)
Anyway, good news for EI
and a new start. It's also positive that the minister has today announced that proposals for the privatisation of dear old EI
will be coming to cabinet either next week or the week after and they will be aiming for a June privatisation.
You'll probably have heard that the Oireachtas cttee on Transport is to publish ads in the national media (the IT
, the Indo and "De paper") about this; although the decision appears to have been taken at govt level, I think it's important to make a submission; thankfully, the govt seems to be making the right decision. And how do we know that?
Because SIPTU is throwing a hissy fit. Oh yes, Halpenny was on the media today breathing fire. "There was no meaningful consultation", for which the correct translation is "You dared to make an aviation policy decision without our permission ... pestilence, plague and endless repeats of East-Enders on you and your descendents".
Joking apart, this is a very important day. Not just because of the Dubai route, but because it marks a serious commitment to unshackle Aer Lingus from the various regulations; it will be able to react to and take advantage of regulatory changes in exactly the same way as other companies, particularly FR
. It is sad that, despite SIPTU's abhorrence of MO
'L, the effect of their intentions for EI
would be to put it at a serious commercial disadvantage against FR
. The question now is, will SIPTU have its bluff called? They threatened industrial action. Will they proceed. There are still a lot of obstacles facing EI
, but I am optimistic.
I am, incidentally, even more optimistic about the fleet choice. Boeing's imminent launch of the 787-10 is going to be of significant interest to EI
. Here's hoping and remember, with state ownership out the window, there'll be no protectionism to force EI
to buy the plane they really want ...