|Quoting Dutchjet (Reply 11):|
1. I assume that this flight will operate with A332 equipment?
2. Does the DUB-LAX flight still operate and/or will it be effected by the new SFO service?
3. Whats the deal with the SNN stopover on the new SFO-DUB flights??
Good morning, Dutchjet:
1. I think so. There is a new A330-300 on order, but that (for reasons best known to EI
) is also a -301 model, so it won't have the range for DUB
certainly does operate still and indeed, it is being increased for the Summer. It remains to be seen what effect DUB
has on this; we probably won't know until next Summer, although I expect DUB
to be the more popular route.
3. With the coming into force of the new Open Skies regime, a special "phase-out" period applies to the SNN
stopover, which means that from October, the stopover drops from the current 1:1 (i.e. one flight from SNN
for every one, n/s, from DUB
) to 3:1, which effectively means that EI
can treble the number of n/s flights from DUB
without increasing capacity ex-SNN
. This is based on the total number of flights, not by route, so EI
can fly to SFO
without introducing any extra flights ex-SNN
The "3:1" arrangement only lasts until 2009, whereupon we will have full Open Skies!
|Quoting AH332 (Reply 9):|
I'd love to see EI here at MIA! But do you think the route will really be profitable?
I think that in time, we may well see EI
; however, I expect that the first Florida service will be to MCO
, to which EI
operated before it cut the route and flew to DXB
. The MCO
route was very popular, but it had to be operated as a charter and with the SNN
stopover regulations still in force, it was messy; they landed in SNN
, but just to satisfy regulations, not to pick up pax. It was silly!
In time, I would expect someone to fly to MIA
; could be AA
; I was thinking - and this is purely speculation on my part - that both flights could be codeshares, with AA
flying the MIA
route and EI
, to DFW
has a huge hub at MIA
, which would add to its attractiveness and many Irish people have second homes in Florida.