EI787
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Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:11 pm

Here's a short article about it:

http://www.rte.ie/news/2006/0328/aerlingus.html

A great day for EI . . . hopefully, the start of many similar route launches!!  Smile
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:27 pm

Does EK already operate this route?
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:29 pm

isnt VS starting today as well?

Regards

Came in the local newspaper here in Singapore
Hmmmmm....
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Tue Mar 28, 2006 5:38 pm

Quoting Lordanmol (Reply 2):
isnt VS starting today as well?

Virgin Atlantic started flying to DXB yesterday.
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:56 pm

That's great! I wish we could know more about the codeshare with EK on ten other routes. Being a partner with EK would be great for EI.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Tue Mar 28, 2006 7:59 pm

Quoting Sunshine79 (Reply 3):
Virgin Atlantic started flying to DXB yesterday.

I think it is today if I remember reading correctly. But I also think that EI starts tomorrow?
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Tue Mar 28, 2006 8:08 pm

It's a 7 or 8 hour flight so EI-DAA better have been used on the first flight. I would not like to fly on the first flight with no PTV. I heard EI-LAX was getting PTVs, any news on that?
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 2:15 am

Any word from Kaitak?

I was expecting all sorts of words of wisdom from hime about this, Marty Cullen's stand against SIPTU and all that.
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:25 am

EI102 touched down at Dubai International Airport at 21:15 local time.

[Edited 2006-03-28 19:37:54]
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:41 am

Will AA codeshare on this flight with EI?
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:45 am

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 ...
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 3:48 am

Quoting FXramper (Reply 9):
Will AA codeshare on this flight with EI?

I haven't heard anything on this. It's an interesting thought.
I hope the flight went well and I can't wait to see pictures of an EI A330 at DXB.
 
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 4:44 am

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 11):
I hope the flight went well and I can't wait to see pictures of an EI A330 at DXB.

It's only here at night  
Remember it gets dark early, even in summer, at 19:00 local time.

That reminds me to ask, was there any spectacular launch event for Virgin in DXB? I saw nothing in the media, but usually there is.
I liked Virgin's mockery billboard of EK "Keep discovering... until you find the best". Also quite daring for Dubai, "Extra inches where they count".

[Edited 2006-03-28 20:50:08]
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 5:12 am

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 10):
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 ...

I am sure there are those who will find it unbelievable, that I, the Dr Doom and Gloom of the A380, might suggest EI stay with the A 350. Why? Communality with their present fleet. EI has a serious cash problem and one of the strengths of FR is their one aircraft fleet. Mixing A 330s with 787s makes less sense than 330's and 350s.

However, I assume DM is smart enough to know all that and will make the right decision, even if it turns out to be 787.

As for:

Quoting Kaitak (Reply 10):
Because SIPTU is throwing a hissy fit. Oh yes, Halpenny was on the media today breathing fire. "There was no meaningful consultation",

Well, that's what happens when you tell DM you don't want him to talk to your members before getting them to vote for a strike.
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RE: Aer Lingus To Dubai - Starts Today!

Wed Mar 29, 2006 6:01 am

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 6):
It's a 7 or 8 hour flight so EI-DAA better have been used on the first flight. I would not like to fly on the first flight with no PTV.

It's no different to flying to the eastern US.