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Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Wed Apr 03, 2013 4:15 pm

Good evening folks and welcome to our fifth thread of 2013.

In the last thread, we saw some interesting developments:
- Ryanair's order for 175 737s - and a possible MAX order to come
- More meat on the 757 rumour, with the possibility of a 321NEO order on the way (unfortunately in place of the 350s?)
- RO returning to Dublin
- US carriers extending their summer season of flights
- Aer Lingus schtum on SFO flights
- Weather!
- Announcement of government policy on air transport (submissions invited, June deadline)

Irish 4/13: The St. Patrick's Day Special (by kaitak Mar 17 2013 in Civil Aviation)

We're now in the Summer season at last (though you wouldn't think it, with the cold! SAS has started using 717s to Dublin and from next month, we should see the arrival of EI Regional ATR72-600s.

So, over to you folks; dive in - no running, jumping or piddling in the shallow end ...
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:34 pm

I was going to suggest
Irish 5/13 Gathering together for heat but you beat me to it.
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 5:56 pm

Thanks for the new thread Kaitak. My iPhone 5 says thanks too it was getting a bit much for it  

Was a lovely day for spotting at BHD . I was not spotting but was at Holywood exchange.

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Quoting dstc47 (Reply 1):

Thats a nice title maybe the next one? It will be warmer by then please god.

Looking forward to a Summer of new flights/aircraft etc...
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:01 pm

Aer Lingus have just had their first arrival into JetBlue's T5 at JFK, hopefully everything runs smoothly! The JetBlue guys have been tweeting a few photos of the preparations and arrival today, the approach they have to social media is very good and it's nice to see Aer Lingus moving towards it as well.

[Edited 2013-04-03 11:01:48]
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 6:02 pm

Interesting article today in The Irish Examiner, continuing the discussion after last weeks CEO of Cork based EMC complained about lack of routes to and from Cork, something businesses really need.

In short the article suggests for Cork:


* Bringing weekly direct long-haul flights to and from the US by targeting services from existing Boeing 757 operators while future planning for Airbus A321 NEO and Boeing 787 equipment.

These aircraft are all capable of operating on the Atlantic from Cork’s main runway;

* Assessing the benefits of a strip taxiway that can remove the inefficiency of aircraft backtracking on the main runway;

* Targeting a twice daily service between Cork and Dublin that connects with transatlantic travel. This would be assisted by eliminating the air travel tax but must primarily target business travellers and support of industry in the Cork region.

What are your thoughts about this?


source: http://www.irishexaminer.com/busines...t-airport-flying-again-227161.html
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:00 pm

Ryanair have just started charging 89c per issue to view their inflight magazine, "Let's Go" on their iPad app. Now I never minded paying any of FR's extra fees (hidden or not) when flying with them but this is taking the absolute p*ss! They are basically charging me to read pages and pages of advertising?

And their iPhone app has gone up to €3.59 now and you can't even check-in/generate mobile boarding passes/book flights! Surely they're only losing revenue with this carry on? Or are they just waiting for a newspaper to pick up on this madness so they'll run a story on it and get free press?

This is only thing about FR that irritates me (probably a good complaint...).

Quoting KL911 (Reply 4):
Bringing weekly direct long-haul flights to and from the US by targeting services from existing Boeing 757 operators while future planning for Airbus A321 NEO and Boeing 787 equipment.

I can't see any airline offering transatlantic services from ORK in the medium term. Any ORK operations would only dilute revenue gained from well-established SNN services and cause a fall in passenger numbers there. All major IRL-USA carriers with the exception of AA serve SNN and I can't see AA opening a route to ORK. Also as noted here on many occasions, SNN offers a number of advantages over ORK such as the US preclearance, unrestricted runway, and (particularly with the upcoming completion of M18/N17 road infrastructure), a wider catchment.

[Edited 2013-04-03 12:19:03]
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:24 pm

I tend to agree with AmericanShamrok about the possibility of direct flights from ORK to the US, at least in the short to medium term; that said, there should be enough of a Corkonian diaspora in the US to support flights to one city, especially with 739ERs or A321NEOs.

I do agree that there should be a connection from DUB to ORK, to connect it to US and other flights.

However, companies like EMC can make these comments, but will they put their money where their mouths are; i.e. get together (EMC presumably isn't the only one) and say "look, if you put an ATR42/72 on this route, we'll take about 20-30 seats on it per day".
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 7:40 pm

Quoting KL911 (Reply 4):
* Assessing the benefits of a strip taxiway that can remove the inefficiency of aircraft backtracking on the main runway;

I think this was part of a previous master plan for ORK, after the new terminal opened there were plans for a new pier to be extended towards where the current cargo area is, basically starting where gate 7 & 8 currently is. It's likely that this plan is long dead but the parallel taxiway from runway 35 would make sense in the long run and is still possible but isn't exactly a pressing issue.
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 8:15 pm

I'm actually amazed nobody has tried DUB-ORK since the withdrawal. The motorway has definitely damaged traffic but its still long enough time wise (and longer again by train) that equivalent journeys in other countries still usually have feeder traffic.

If RE could hang on to a 42 or two... I'd be on it frequently enough, its the most common work journey I used to fly, more often than any I still have to too.
 
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Wed Apr 03, 2013 9:45 pm

Quoting EIDL (Reply 8):

I'm actually amazed nobody has tried DUB-ORK since the withdrawal.

An airline with a few F50s who already operate out of DUB  
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:59 am

Working on Sir Humphrey's old adage, "Never believe something until it's been officially denied", the Indo has this piece on EI's return to SFO:

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...an-francisco-service-29170397.html

A major US maintenance operator, NAAS, will open in SNN, after having acquired a local maintenance firm:

http://www.independent.ie/business/i...ices-firm-sets-up-hq-29170396.html
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 10:15 am

Just to be an annoyance....the rumour that says the A350 order will be swopped for A321NEO's is just that.
I have read it on 3 fora at this point (including this one) Basically it started with a discussion on forum #1 re the B757 plan, and how this could lead on to an A321NEO order..........then someone chimed in with how this could undermine the A350 order.....2 days later I see this discussion being quoted on forum #2. The day after that it appears here.

While I agree that the logic is sound I can't see how there is any actual evidence backing it.
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 11:04 am

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 11):
I have read it on 3 fora at this point

Thats why Im very selective on what forums I read and more and more private groups are a better reliable source of information as its not public and people dont feel so apprehesive to post.

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Fear of flying courses in conjunction with EI out of BHD :

Fear of flying: can new Belfast course cure phobia?

http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/li...t-course-cure-phobia-29162503.html

[Edited 2013-04-04 04:09:07]
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 2:18 pm

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 11):
Just to be an annoyance....the rumour that says the A350 order will be swopped for A321NEO's is just that.

Good. I don't think ordering the A321neo in favour of the A350 would be a good move in the long run, the neo family obviously has a place in the future fleet of Aer Lingus but it's no 757 replacement and definitely not a suitable A350 alternative as the A330s can only last so long. Quite a way down the road a fleet of A350s, A330s and subfleet of A321neos makes sense and wouldn't be too complicated a fleet.

Definitely think we'll hear the result of these rumours when the 757 deal materialises, whenever that may happen!
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:20 pm

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 11):
Just to be an annoyance....the rumour that says the A350 order will be swopped for A321NEO's is just that.

You're never an annoyance ... particularly when you shoot down rumours no-one particularly welcomes! I think EI's interest in the A321NEO is understandable and I think we will see such an order, but if the t/a hub at DUB is to work and grow, they need something of slightly larger capacity. I accept CM's point (indeed, it was made here long before he came to EI!) the 350 is not an ideal aircraft for starting up new routes, so I see the 350 and 333 in the fleet together for quite a while, along with 321NEOs. The latter will be a useful vehicle for starting routes to some peripheral destinations.

You can see from this range ring that the 321NEO can cover quite a good swathe of the US and Canada from DUB:

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=3650nm%40DUB
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 4:34 pm

Aer Lingus has started their advertising campaign for LGW again. Seemed like every bus was plastered with these adverts yesterday. Still good to get awareness of the route and refresh peoples minds.

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Thu Apr 04, 2013 5:15 pm

hello everyone!

I will be on 136 Boston-Dublin tomorrow the 5th and Dublin-Boston on Saturday the 13th. The question I have is about the -200 versus the -300. Does Aer Lingus always use the -200 for the flight I'm on, or are the types interchangeable?

Thank you!
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:23 pm

The first Aer Arann ATR72-600 will be delivered on April 23rd and enter service on the 25th.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/IrishAero/status/319878119051886592

I hope it arrives in full Aer Lingus Regional livery and not that white livery with EIR titles that half the fleet currently appears in.

Quoting OA260 (Reply 15):
Aer Lingus has started their advertising campaign for LGW again.

Doing the same in London with those electronic advertising screens at train stations. No mention of LHR but pushing the LGW route a lot, clearly battling on against Flybe but the cancellation of the 4th daily rotation this summer probably shows that Aer Lingus aren't willing to lose much more money on the route. Unless Flybe are about to keel over I don't see a future for EI on this route, focusing on LHR and developing European routes from BHD would be a wiser move.
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:28 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 17):

I hope it arrives in full Aer Lingus Regional livery and not that white livery with EIR titles that half the fleet currently appears in.

I'd be very surprised if they arrived in white; I guess (and I'm very much open to correction) that those acft in the white livery are (like EI-BYO) not long for this world and it was judged not economically sensible to repaint them in full colours.

The new ATR72 will be registered EI-FAS.

Anyone know which of the current ATRs will be the first to go?
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:35 pm

I'm surprised they're not using the remaining EI-REx registrations. EI-REQ (wreck) might be a bad idea but there's precisely 8 left after that (EI-REX is gone). EI-FAx is just an in-order registration block it seems.

Used the pre-order for EI shorthaul food for the first time for my next two flights, slightly hoping I'm *not* about row 16 and blindingly obvious when they bring it out going on trip reports of being served first!
 
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Thu Apr 04, 2013 7:48 pm

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 16):
I will be on 136 Boston-Dublin tomorrow the 5th and Dublin-Boston on Saturday the 13th. The question I have is about the -200 versus the -300. Does Aer Lingus always use the -200 for the flight I'm on, or are the types interchangeable?

EI plan the -200's and -300's on certain flights. The JFK routes are usually -300's. The -200's generally operate 1 rotation to BOS and from SNN.

However on the day both types are interchangeable.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:01 am

Quoting kaitak (Reply 6):
However, companies like EMC can make these comments, but will they put their money where their mouths are; i.e. get together (EMC presumably isn't the only one) and say "look, if you put an ATR42/72 on this route, we'll take about 20-30 seats on it per day".

I think the proof of the need (or lack thereof) such a service is the fact that it did once exist but has been pulled presumably because it either didn't have enough demand or RE/FR practically had to pay people to fly the route to fill the planes. If transatlantic access to ORK is as a major concern as it is being made out to be, then a less obvious but ultimately a more sensible option in the longer term would be to lobby for the completion of the M20 to link it to Limerick. It would put Cork within an hours driving distance of SNN which has said transatlantic services as well as having the wider benefit for those in the world that don't think access to air services is the single most important concern in the worls (Hard for some of us to grasp I know!).
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 8:19 am

Quoting chrisnh (Reply 16):
I will be on 136 Boston-Dublin tomorrow

Your flight will be operated tonight by EI-DUO which is a -200 .
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:13 am

Posted on another forum........EI traffic stats for March:
Aer Lingus mainline passengers 757,000 up 2.9% LF of 79.9 up 4.1

Short Haul-- 675,000 up 1.7 from March 2012. L/F 77.3%

Long Haul-- 83,000 up 13.7% from March 2012. L/F 84.4% up 2.4

Overall Capacity up 9.7% from March 2012.

EI regional --- 87,000 up 19.2% from March 2012.

Total
844,000 up 4.3% from March 2012.

Loadfactors of 77% and 84% seem like pretty good numbers in March,while traditionally a strong month for Irish markets definitely a good start to the usually busier March-Oct season.

Do FR publish monthly stats too?
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:06 pm

The early Easter would have boosted those figures nicely. Still good to see growth.

Ryanair post monthly stats as well, think they announced March numbers yesterday with passengers down 1% to 5.4m and load factor up 1% to 79% as previously guided apparently.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:10 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 22):
Your flight will be operated tonight by EI-DUO which is a -200 .

Speaking about the 330's, I see that the DUB-AGP 584/585 is now operated daily by a 330. Is this just for the Easter period or it this for the summer schedule? Is there such demand to Malaga still?
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:22 pm

Its a daily service for the summer as it has been for the last few years.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:34 pm

Quoting shamrock321 (Reply 26):
Its a daily service for the summer as it has been for the last few years.

Thanks, wasn't aware that it was daily previously. Always thought it was only used at busy times for trips to Malaga and Faro.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:39 pm

Its made ad hoc trips to FAO and the Canaries during busy times but its been solid daily during the summer to AGP for quite a while, it normally does DUB-JFK-DUB-AGP-DUB-JFK over 2 days. I believe it used to go to NCE during the summer aswell.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 12:57 pm

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 25):
Speaking about the 330's, I see that the DUB-AGP 584/585 is now operated daily by a 330. Is this just for the Easter period or it this for the summer schedule? Is there such demand to Malaga still?

Yes been around for ages now at least 3-4 years. AGP is always a good money spinner. Also with 3 flights on a Tuesday it seems demand is still high for this year.

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 23):
Posted on another forum........EI traffic stats for March:

Aer Lingus passenger traffic rises

Traffic at Aer Lingus rose by 4.3 per cent in March, with both short and long haul passengers showing a rise over the year, the airline said today.
A total of 844,000 passengers flew with the Aer Lingus mainline and Aer Lingus Regional services last month.
On the mainline services, 757,000 passengers flew during the month, a rise of 2.9 per cent. Some 83,000 were on long haul services, which showed a 13.7 per cent change compared with 2012. Short haul routes added an additional 11,000 passengers year on year, at 674,000.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/s...-passenger-traffic-rises-1.1349986
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:11 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 29):
Yes been around for ages now at least 3-4 years. AGP is always a good money spinner. Also with 3 flights on a Tuesday it seems demand is still high for this year.

Even a lot longer than that. At least 10 years for the A330 down there! But not necessarily daily in the early years.

Quoting EIBoston (Reply 25):
Speaking about the 330's, I see that the DUB-AGP 584/585 is now operated daily by a 330. Is this just for the Easter period or it this for the summer schedule? Is there such demand to Malaga still?

Malaga is by far the biggest volume holiday destination from Dublin and has decent demand too outside the peak season. In fact it's the number 3 busiest route for Malaga and it's in the top 10 for Dublin.
A lot of property owners, disgraced former bank CEO's, Marbella brigade, retired people and golfers etc.

[Edited 2013-04-05 06:28:02]
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:30 pm

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 30):
Malaga is by far the biggest volume holiday destination from Dublin and has decent demand too outside the peak season. In fact it's the number 3 busiest route for Malaga and it's in the top 10 for Dublin.
A lot of property owners, retired people and golfers etc.

Thanks for the info. I must be gone too long from home.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 1:41 pm

From the last thread (4/13)

Quoting Jambost (Reply 181):
KLM to BHD and April 1st looming...

Umm, April the 1st you say....sometimes it's about having fun (and without having to poke a jab at competitors!).

[Edited 2013-04-05 06:45:19]
My 1000th flight: WVB-CPT on SW, Feb 2016....no Aer Lingus or Air France or DUB or LON or ZRH
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 2:25 pm

Quoting rojam (Reply 32):

Very funny!   A visual image of what some inbound tourists was expecting from EI on St Patricks day!   
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:35 pm

Aer Lingus is to take delivery of two new A320s - leased from GECAS; delivery is due this month!

http://irishaviationresearchinstitut...al-aviation-services-gecas-to.html
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 9:40 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):

I wonder if they'll come with winglets. Anyone know?

Sorry, bit winglet obsessed.....  
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 10:26 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 35):
I wonder if they'll come with winglets. Anyone know?

Sorry, bit winglet obsessed.....  

Yes Im the same they look amazing on the LX ones.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:45 pm

Had another good flight with Aer Lingus this evening, my checked bag was a little overweight but the agent let me off, noting my gold circle status and saying "they" had become very strict since the start of the year but on arrival I noticed a lot of bags had a heavy tag attached so it looks like she let quite a few off. On board I tried the beef preorder meal which was very nice and the crew did a grand job with such a busy cabin.

How long have Aer Lingus been boarding at DUB with a zone system? I was in Zone B so boarded in the second group of passengers but there was still a short wait in the air bridge as everyone filtered through the cabin. I think the previous way of boarding the rear of cabin first works better as the aisles remain relatively clear but that's just from this experience, it may work well on other flights.

Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):
Aer Lingus is to take delivery of two new A320s - leased from GECAS; delivery is due this month!

Are these new for Aer Lingus or are they the two aircraft designated to Little Red, one of which is already delivered with the other due this weekend. It could be a late announcement by GECAS.
 
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Fri Apr 05, 2013 11:57 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 37):
Are these new for Aer Lingus or are they the two aircraft designated to Little Red, one of which is already delivered with the other due this weekend. It could be a late announcement by GECAS.

I would guess the article refers to the Little Red aircraft. I assume they are currently enroute from Singapore
 
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Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:13 am

Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):
Aer Lingus is to take delivery of two new A320s - leased from GECAS; delivery is due this month!

I'm going to guess that's EI-EZV/EZW. They are registered to Celestial Aviation Trading. I searched for them and found they are based in Co. Clare, so maybe it's another name for GECAS? If not then I haven't heard anything in work about new A320s. If they are completely new ones, not for the VS routes, then it's very good news! A huge amount of flights are booking up quickly. Routes like FCO, CTA, MAD, etc. are all going at full or near full. I was on an early DUB-LHR flight there recently, and there were a good few people, around 10, who were going to FCO but couldn't get on EI402 as it was overbooked, and it was operated by an A321. I'd imagine that if the A320s were for EI, in addition to the two from Celestial, then it'd be to boost capacity.

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 37):
How long have Aer Lingus been boarding at DUB with a zone system? I was in Zone B so boarded in the second group of passengers but there was still a short wait in the air bridge as everyone filtered through the cabin. I think the previous way of boarding the rear of cabin first works better as the aisles remain relatively clear but that's just from this experience, it may work well on other flights.

At least three weeks. I've noticed it on some flights, but not on others. It still seems to work out that pax for the rear of the plane still get on first, or near first. Either way, there is still going to be something or someone who block the aisle,without fail.
 
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Sat Apr 06, 2013 12:20 am

Another new route with FR from SNN, Montpellier showing on the website, also showing from DUB.

Edit it looks like its for Muster match if they win on Sunday.

[Edited 2013-04-05 18:15:23]
 
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Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:06 am

Quoting Jamie2k9 (Reply 40):
Another new route with FR from SNN, Montpellier showing on the website, also showing from DUB.

Edit it looks like its for Muster match if they win on Sunday.

Wouldn't Cork be more logic then DUB or SNN though?
 
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:36 am

Increase at DUB:

Almost 1.6M Passengers Used Dublin Airport in March

April 04 2013

Just under 1.6 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in March, an 8% increase over the same period last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 14% with more than 780,000 passengers travelling to European destinations.

http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-..._Used_Dublin_Airport_in_March.aspx
 
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sat Apr 06, 2013 10:59 am

Quoting MichaelEI (Reply 39):
I'm going to guess that's EI-EZV/EZW. They are registered to Celestial Aviation Trading. I searched for them and found they are based in Co. Clare, so maybe it's another name for GECAS? If not then I haven't heard anything in work about new A320s. If they are completely new ones, not for the VS routes, then it's very good news

D'oh! You're right; they are the two ex-Meridiana ones - totally forgot about them.
 
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sat Apr 06, 2013 1:53 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 43):
D'oh! You're right; they are the two ex-Meridiana ones - totally forgot about them.

Indeed and the existing A320s EI-DEI and EI-DEO which are going to Little Red will be replaced by two A319s due to arrive soon, so overall the short haul fleet will have had a small reduction in capacity.


Aer Lingus [Virgin Little Red] A320 'EI-DEI' by 'Longreach' by Jonathan McDonnell, on Flickr



EI-DEO A320 Virgin Atlantic by corrydave, on Flickr
 
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sat Apr 06, 2013 2:49 pm

Quoting aerdingus (Reply 35):
Quoting kaitak (Reply 34):

I wonder if they'll come with winglets. Anyone know?

Sorry, bit winglet obsessed.....

I have to say I don't agree with the look of "sharklets" on the A32x. Aircraft are becoming increasingly generic-looking and one of the major elements of being able to distinguish the A32x from the 737 at a distance was the wingtips. The wingtip fences of the A32x family are quite unique with only the A300 and A310 also having them built in.

Aer Arann are seemingly playing with the idea of expansion through offering themselves to major European airlines as a regional franchise partner, much like the current Aer Lingus Regional setup. Obviously this is a good way away from happening as the A76s are only replacing the AT4s and A72s in the fleet.
 
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:18 am

Great to see BFS being used for this and Im sure delighted spotters   A380 touch and go's anyone ?   
Two nice pics in the article.

BA 747 uses Belfast International Airport for training

A British Airways 747 recently touched down at Belfast International Airport (BFS) to conduct a series of training runs.

http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/ba-747-u...national-airport-for-training.html
 
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sun Apr 07, 2013 10:43 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 46):
A380 touch and go's anyone ?

Come on EK you know you want too!
I only recently discovered that the A380 performed a flyover at LCY back in 2009, I do not recall any hype about it.

Great heavy activity for BFS, their facebook page also shows a few shots of the Antonov.

I also noticed TNT have 2 737's instead of the usual A300, is this a new or temporary arrangement?
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sun Apr 07, 2013 6:41 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 37):
I was in Zone B so boarded in the second group of passengers but there was still a short wait in the air bridge as everyone filtered through the cabin

If you have a Gold Circle card, you can board at any time - so yeah, something to note for the future perhaps.

In other news, I flew DUB-AMS-DUB on EI this weekend. I had the chicken meal outbound and the beef back - they've changed the utensils from the bendy ones to standard ones, plus the pineapple was bigger in the chicken meal. All good, too much lettuce in the beef, but that potato salad is delicious. I was the only passenger each way who pre-ordered a meal.

Only faults on the flights were the return sector - the crew waited until they came to me with the trolley to serve me. The crew member tried to give my voucher back. After that when I asked for tea, he tried to charge me and I said it was included - and his response was, "Oh, it's fine, I'm not bothered" ... !!! Anyway, the crew still aren't across it and if no-one is ordering the meals that is not too surprising.
I do quite enjoy a spot of flying - more so when it's not in Economy!
 
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RE: Irish 5/13: Climbing Through The Turbulence

Sun Apr 07, 2013 9:49 pm

Typo meant to state LDY in my above post.
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