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Irish 7/13: Airborne Dreaming

Wed May 22, 2013 4:20 pm

Due to length of the previous thread, it has been archived and part two opened up here.

Previous thread: Irish 6/13: Airborne Dreaming (by kaitak Apr 21 2013 in Civil Aviation)
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 4:51 pm

Thanks for the new thread.  

Flybe to mark 30-year milestone

Flybe marks 30 years of operations in Northern Ireland on Monday by flying in dignitaries from five key destinations for a special visit.

Originally known as Spacegrand Aviation, it provided air links from what is now George Best Belfast City Airport to Blackpool and the Isle of Man.

It has grown to become the largest schedule airline at the airport, offering 15 connections throughout the UK.

Regional manager Andrea Hayes said: "Flybe has been providing vital business and leisure links between Belfast and the rest of the UK for 30 years.


http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/ne...ark-30year-milestone-29279231.html

30 Years of Flybe in Northern Ireland. You cant take it away from them they have been loyal and dedicated to the NI market. Hopefully despite issues at Flybe they can maintain this going forward in the future.
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 5:32 pm

Might make more sense to go to 7/13, although we'd need a new name for that... has anyone seen kaitak?
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 5:56 pm

Quoting EIDL (Reply 2):
Might make more sense to go to 7/13, although we'd need a new name for that... has anyone seen kaitak?

Not sure . Normally a new thread would be done by now so maybe on hols? The un written rule used to be a new thread every 200 posts. After that it gets difficult for many who access this on phones/tablets etc... So a new thread was welcome but Im sure if a new title is requested then it would be amended or maybe let it be and think of one for the next thread.
 
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Irish 7/13: Airborne Dreaming

Wed May 22, 2013 10:36 pm

Apologies for my inattention; yes, I should have opened a new one at the 200 mark. We'll just press ahead with this one and the next one will be 8/13.

Sorry about this; things have been pretty hectic at work and elsewhere, so I have had to take my eyes off the ball a bit.

Anyway, normal service will be resumed next time.
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 10:50 pm

The Aer Arann announcement was a little bit of a letdown, was hoping for some route news but the new jobs and growth plan is great to see. I'm sure now that the growth plan has had its photo call with Mr Varadkar the exact details of where the Aer Lingus Regional brand will be expanding can't be far behind.

I don't see any of Stobart's plans with SEN working with the Aer Lingus Regional brand, they mention replicating it at SEN so maybe another franchise deal for Aer Arann is in the works.
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 10:53 pm

Saw the An-225 takeoff from SNN this evening, bang on 22:00 and still quite bright out. 150-200 people gathered at the RWY24 threshold and the Traffic Corps had to direct cars on the way out! I was expecting a big crowd but not that big. Most were curious members of the public as opposed to avid planespotters. Great to see the interest.
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 10:53 pm

Quoting EIDL (Reply 2):
Might make more sense to go to 7/13, although we'd need a new name for that... has anyone seen kaitak?
Quoting OA260 (Reply 3):
After that it gets difficult for many who access this on phones/tablets etc... So a new thread was welcome but Im sure if a new title is requested then it would be amended or maybe let it be and think of one for the next thread.
Quoting kaitak (Reply 4):
Apologies for my inattention; yes, I should have opened a new one at the 200 mark. We'll just press ahead with this one and the next one will be 8/13.

I changed the title to stay in sync with the previous threads. Sorry about that.
 
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Wed May 22, 2013 10:53 pm

To answer Nightfox365:
"Did he say that the AN-225 that landed was the only one ever built? As far as I know at least 2 were built, but there is only one that is airworthy, as the other one is used for spare parts."

Only 1 AN-225 was ever built. There is another in crates in the Antonov facility, it was designed to have a single vertical stabiliser. The engines were takn and used for AN-124's. However in Combat Aircraft 2 months ago they had a feature on the Antonov operation....their spokesman said they only ever get 1-2 uses per month from the AN-225, so they do not think they is a viable market for another AN-225.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 7:56 am

Looks like EI won the LGW BHD battle, with FlyBe selling all their Gatwick Slots.
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Thu May 23, 2013 7:58 am

Shame to see the E Jets off BHD-LGW. Maybe this will give a boost to the EI loads.

Flybe axes Belfast to Gatwick flights

Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 08:16 AM

Budget airline Flybe today announced it had dropped direct flights from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick.

The company confirmed it had sold all of its Gatwick arrival and departure slots to rival Easyjet for £20m (€23.4m).

http://www.irishexaminer.com/breakin...ast-to-gatwick-flights-595276.html
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:13 am

One thing I find unusual is they are keeping the flights till the End of march. I presume that EZY cant take over the slots till then. How seasonal is BHD to LON?
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:17 am

So technically they built two, but one never actually flew. It remained in boxes, and used for parts for other aircraft.
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:21 am

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 11):
How seasonal is BHD to LON?

I'm pushed for time, but in terms of passengers, August and January, and for LGW-BFS/BHD-LGW:

Aug 2012: 58,296
Jan 2012: 39,529

Aug 2011: 59,037
Jan 2011: 38,240

So quite seasonal!

[Edited 2013-05-23 01:23:24]
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:21 am

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 11):

I see a situation where EZY is the only carrier between Belfast and Gatwick. Unless loads improve BHD-LGW EI will follow suit. BHD-LGW is not so much seasonal its too many seats by various airlines that have swamped the market and dilluted the profits.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:27 am

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 9):

Seems EI will be the only ones on the BHD-LGW after the winter. Can't help but wonder if U2 will ramp up frequencies to BFS, or even launch BHD from LGW.
Speaking of U2, could RE expansion at SEN be linked to a franchise with them? I'm not entirely sure how you square easyJet and a prop like the ATR, but I can't see another obvious choice for a franchise type operation, unless Stobart plan to use their own brand, maybe?
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:33 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 14):
I see a situation where EZY is the only carrier between Belfast and Gatwick. Unless loads improve BHD-LGW EI will follow suit. BHD-LGW is not so much seasonal its too many seats by various airlines that have swamped the market and dilluted the profits.

If FlyBe drop the route, EI's loads and Yields will improve.
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Thu May 23, 2013 8:59 am

Just read that Ryanair are going to bid for Flybe's 25 LGW slots.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 9:16 am

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 17):
Just read that Ryanair are going to bid for Flybe's 25 LGW slots.

Seems that they have now been sold to EZY (subject to BE's shareholders agreeing).

[Edited 2013-05-23 02:28:34]
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Thu May 23, 2013 9:52 am

Quoting BestWestern (Reply 16):
If FlyBe drop the route, EI's loads and Yields will improve.

Not guaranteed. It depends on what the response from EI is in terms of fares. They might see this as a opportunity to hike them. Also If EZY up their frequencies and launch an aggressive fares war against EI they may loose the battle.

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Thu May 23, 2013 10:46 am

Quoting nightfox365 (Reply 12):
So technically they built two, but one never actually flew. It remained in boxes, and used for parts for other aircraft.

Technically they built 1, the parts for another were never assembled and are currently stored crated up in the Antonov factory. The engines that were stored for the AN-225 were used for existing AN-124s.
Approx 50 AN-124's were built, only 26 are currently flyable. Antonov would like to restart production of an improved version (AN-124-) but they need Russian Air Force to make an order to kickstart production, they say there is demand for 40-60 civilian versions worldwide. But no civilian operator will commit funds to restarting production.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 1:42 pm

AER LINGUS has today announced its Winter 2013/14 schedule from George Best Belfast City Airport, which continues to offer the two key routes for business, leisure and transfer traffic, in and out of London Heathrow and London Gatwick.

There will be three return flights daily to each airport with 84 weekly departures and arrivals, amounting to over 12,000 seats each week.

Commercial Manager for Aer Lingus in Northern Ireland, Valerie Abbott said; “I am delighted to announce the winter 2013/14 schedule and to reassure Northern Ireland’s travelling public that the vital London connections are secure with Aer Lingus.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 3:43 pm

I wasn't aware Davina Pratt was the Chief Operating Officer at Aer Arann, here's a good interview with her by ATR on the new aircraft deliveries.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bb9t_Co4TZE

In the video she mentions being an A330 pilot, where does she find the time?!
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 5:22 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 22):
In the video she mentions being an A330 pilot, where does she find the time?!

I presume she's no longer a pilot at all? Obviously she was a 330 captain when at EI.

edit: Although she does definitely say "currently". I would have thought flying for another airline would have been a massive conflict of interest for a COO?

[Edited 2013-05-23 10:24:08]
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 5:32 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 22):
I wasn't aware Davina Pratt was the Chief Operating Officer at Aer Arann, here's a good interview with her by ATR on the new aircraft deliveries.

She is doing that for two years with the agreement of Aer Lingus as she has been seconded.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 7:15 pm

Hi All - after being away for over a year from this forum, it is good to be back. My new local airport is now ORK,
so I am hoping to be able to provide some info from the Real Capital. Hi to all my old friends from here and I see a lot
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Thu May 23, 2013 7:28 pm

Quoting n272wa (Reply 25):
Hi All - after being away for over a year from this forum, it is good to be back. My new local airport is now ORK,
so I am hoping to be able to provide some info from the Real Capital. Hi to all my old friends from here and I see a lot
of new members too! Looking forward to re-contribute on here again!
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Welcome back; we've missed your contributions!

Quoting EIDL (Reply 23):
I presume she's no longer a pilot at all? Obviously she was a 330 captain when at EI.

I would assume that since the relationship between EI and RE, that she can still maintain currency on the A330 while doing her job; she says quite clearly in the video that she is (not was) an A330 pilot.
 
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Thu May 23, 2013 10:51 pm

They had the parts to make two but only built one of them.
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Fri May 24, 2013 10:28 am

Pictures from the inaugural US SNN-PHL flight yesterday, operating again after a five-year hiatus:

http://i42.tinypic.com/5l7uyu.jpg



The flight operates onwards to PIT:
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 10:54 am

Following on from the incident at LHR this morning; my brother and his wife are currently at LHR, they flew in on BA012 from SIN at 5am and were due onto EI153 to DUB and bags were tagged to DUB from SIN. He arrived at the gate with his wife to be told they were not on the flight, despite BA checking their bags to DUB! Were then told that QF made a mistake on their PER-SIN leg and were sent by EI staff all the way to T3 to "sort it" with QF. When they got there, there was no QF staff on the desk. They eventually got speaking to someone and who phoned EI and then the QF and EI staff started the blame game. EI then alleged that they were LATE for the flight and that that they have no seats left out of LHR to DUB today (which I find hard to believe). Eventually, they have now got a standby for BA836 departing hopefully at 1:30pm.... This was part of a RTW BA/EI/QF/LA itinerary. Rediculous from EI... very easy to pass the blame and do nothing.
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 12:13 pm

Quoting N272wa (Reply 30):

Following on from the incident at LHR this morning...they have now got a standby for BA836 departing hopefully at 1:30pm

It looks like BA have cancelled all shorthaul flights up to 16:00

http://www.britishairways.com/travel...lightops/public/en_gb?p_faqid=4696
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 12:24 pm

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 31):
It looks like BA have cancelled all shorthaul flights up to 16:00

Seems quite drastic for a single aircraft incident. Protecting the longhaul schedule perhaps?

Quoting N272wa (Reply 30):
they flew in on BA012 from SIN at 5am and were due onto EI153 to DUB and bags were tagged to DUB from SIN. He arrived at the gate with his wife to be told they were not on the flight, despite BA checking their bags to DUB! Were then told that QF made a mistake on their PER-SIN leg and were sent by EI staff all the way to T3 to "sort it" with QF.

Bags checked on EI-153 means booked on it ot me......why else would BA do that. And sending a pax to another terminal when you could phone or look at the itinery on your workstation? Who would rock up to check-in after a 24 journey pretending to be on a flight? Very dodgy customer service by Menzies on behalf of EI.

Quoting Aer Lingus (Reply 28):
Semi built

Thanks for that.....I looked last night but I must have thrown the magazine out. It was a Feb issue and the article on Antonov definitely said it was in boxes,maybe there were referring to the spares taken from the 2nd airframe....... Personally I like that there is only 1, makes it more special.
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 1:15 pm

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 29):
Pictures from the inaugural US SNN-PHL flight yesterday, operating again after a five-year hiatus:

Call me a spoil sport but that cake looks gross . Lets hope it tasted better lol..  
Quoting Eagleboy (Reply 32):
Seems quite drastic for a single aircraft incident. Protecting the longhaul schedule perhaps?

Short haul usually takes the brunt of cancellations in these situations. L/H is protected at all costs.
 
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Fri May 24, 2013 5:11 pm

Aer Lingus recommended to put €110m into pension scheme

The Labour Court has recommended that Aer Lingus inject a once-off lump sum of €110 million to help plug the €750 million deficit in the joint Aer Lingus/DAA pension scheme.

The recommendation is aimed at resolving a long-standing row over how the pension entitlements of Aer Lingus pensioners, employees and former employees can be best protected as the pension fund is no longer sustainable.

http://www.rte.ie/news/business/2013/0524/452478-aer-lingus-pension/

You can bet Ryanair won't be happy at this, it is firmly against Aer Lingus paying into the pension scheme. Aer Lingus will want something in return for anything they pay.
 
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Sat May 25, 2013 12:36 pm

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 34):
You can bet Ryanair won't be happy at this, it is firmly against Aer Lingus paying into the pension scheme. Aer Lingus will want something in return for anything they pay.

Of course Ryanair won't be happy with it - you can bet Aer Lingus management don't like it either. They would see it as essentially throwing €110 million down the drain as the company apparently has zero obligation to pay anything extra whatsoever.

In other articles (Irish Times, Irish Independent) apparently the employees will have to agree to a pay freeze through to December 2016, but they get a payment of just over €5,000 over 4 years to compensate for this pain. Also increments due for the past 3 years will be paid.

Looks like the court is trying to give both sides what they want - however, it's all just a recommendation from the court isn't it? None of this is binding until the unions agree and so on, one would think.
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Sat May 25, 2013 11:40 pm

Ryanair's dream to be grounded: Watchdog poised to order Michael O'Leary to halve carrier's stake in Aer Lingus

Michael O'Leary, the outspoken Ryanair boss who has harboured dreams of owning Aer Lingus, will be told this week to sell around half of the budget airline's stake in Ireland's national flag carrier.

Ryanair has long pursued Aer Lingus, and has a 29.8 per cent shareholding, worth about £210m. However, attempts by Mr O'Leary, pictured, have been knocked back three times at European level, most recently in February, while the Competition Commission (CC) is due to issue its initial findings into whether holding such a significant minority stake in a rival distorts the airline market.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/bu...s-stake-in-aer-lingus-8632271.html

The final report is due in July.
 
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Sun May 26, 2013 10:06 am

Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 36):
Ryanair's dream to be grounded: Watchdog poised to order Michael O'Leary to halve carrier's stake in Aer Lingus

That is welcome news if true. This issue has been going on for way too long.
 
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Quoting shamrock350 (Reply 36):
Michael O'Leary, the outspoken Ryanair boss who has harboured dreams of owning Aer Lingus, will be told this week to sell around half of the budget airline's stake in Ireland's national flag carrier.

I'd be interested to see how fast Etihad picks up that 15%. After that, I imagine we might see something happen with the Government's stake as well.
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Thomson apologises to NI travellers

The holiday firm Thomson has apologised after 57 holidaymakers from Northern Ireland were unable to return home from Lanzarote for two nights.
"The Thomson flight left Belfast International later than planned on Thursday 23 May which meant that the aircraft couldn't carry out the inbound journey, flight number TOM1473, as there wasn't enough crew hours, so the passengers had a one night stop," Thomson said in a statement.

"On Friday 24 May the plane developed a technical fault which required the passengers to stay a second additional night.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-22667942

I more shocked at the load ! 57 Passengers.  Wow!
 
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Mon May 27, 2013 9:23 am

Cork Airport goes Dutch

A Dutch airline has launched a new sun charter service from Cork to a number of Mediterranean destinations this summer.

ArkeFly, a wholly owned subsidiary of travel company, TUI Group, is to make 32,000 seats available for passengers departing Cork to Lanzarote, Malaga, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca and Reus from Friday, June 7th to August 30th. In addition to the sun charter service, ArkeFly will also provide an additional 3,700 seats into Cork this year, with Dutch specialist inbound tour operator KRAS, also part of the TUI Group.

The holiday packages via a charter service from Amsterdam to Cork will operate weekly departing on Friday and returning on Monday.

http://thecorknews.ie/articles/cork-airport-goes-dutch-10832

Positive trends for Cork this Summer. If the rumoured seasonal TATL gets the green light for next year then it will only add to the good news.
 
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Mon May 27, 2013 11:31 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 40):

Its noting new apart from offering packages from Amsterdam, they are just doing the regular charter flights as happens most years.
 
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Mon May 27, 2013 11:49 am

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 38):
I'd be interested to see how fast Etihad picks up that 15%. After that, I imagine we might see something happen with the Government's stake as well.

I think it's going to make things very interesting; I would not be surprised to see EY take up this shareholding. FR won't have a lot of room to make trouble, in that there will probably be a time limit imposed on this. While I am glad to see movement on this, I wish it had to come from our competition authority, or indeed some Irish authority; it sticks in the craw somewhat that it is imposed from abroad. Still, it'll be resolved one way or another.

The question is, apart from building the shareholding, what will EY bring to EI? I don't see EI flying to AUH; perhaps some of its own routes to the US (codesharing with EI), and additional EI routes (SFO/YYZ?). Perhaps even joint purchase of A320/321NEOs?
 
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Mon May 27, 2013 12:12 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 42):
The question is, apart from building the shareholding, what will EY bring to EI? I don't see EI flying to AUH;

I wonder is there any chance EI and EY would set up a joint venture on the DUB-AUH route where EI would fly their own metal on it? It would be a nice addition to the longhaul route network.
 
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Mon May 27, 2013 12:50 pm

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 43):
I wonder is there any chance EI and EY would set up a joint venture on the DUB-AUH route where EI would fly their own metal on it? It would be a nice addition to the longhaul route network.

I don't think that would be such a good idea. EY have built their product up and people like EY metal out of DUB . Coupled with a great lounge at DUB it might dilute the product.
 
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Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 43):

EY have to compete with EK and EI flying for EY just doesn't do it at all.
 
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Mon May 27, 2013 1:15 pm

Good to see RO back in town. Hopefully they will last longer than the last attempt. Flight times a bit weird but connects to a few Balkan routes.

Tarom Launches New Service To Bucharest

Romanian national carrier Tarom officially launched its new Dublin-Bucharest service at a reception in Dublin today.

Tarom is operating the direct service three times per week, and is also offering passengers onward connections from Bucharest to destinations such as Tel Aviv, Athens, Cairo, Belgrade, and Sofia. The state owned airline previously operated the Dublin-Bucharest route from late 1999 to 2001.

Tarom’s Chief Commercial Officer Silvia Columb said she was delighted to be formally launching the new service. “I was involved in the original decision to come to Dublin, and I am so happy to be back. We have had good revenues since we started the new Dublin service in early May and I am hopeful that we will eventually have daily flights between the two cities."

http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-...ches_New_Service_To_Bucharest.aspx
 
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RE: Irish 7/13: Airborne Dreaming

Mon May 27, 2013 2:06 pm

There is an interesting development, as a result of the acquisition of a further shareholding in Jet Airways (of India) by Etihad; 9W is expected to invest in a significant fleet of 777s (which presumably it plans to hold onto, this time!), while it will also lease some of its existing A330s to Etihad.

Might these be used on some new long haul routes; looking at some possible routes from AUH to the US and the Americas via DUB, MIA strikes me as being very likely, as does MEX, ATL and DTW (though QR is expected to go in there fairly soon). If EI were to add some more US and Canadian cities and beef up UK regional routes with its ATR72s, then the "DubHub" would get quite a boost. The A330s would not be able to make the US nonstop from AUH (though the 789s would); they could fly nonstop with A345s of course, but it looks as if they're trying to phase out the A340s to more peripheral routes and are only holding onto them because they can't find buyers.
 
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RE: Irish 7/13: Airborne Dreaming

Mon May 27, 2013 3:29 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 47):
DUB, MIA strikes me as being very likely

That would be the most obvious IMHO and I'm sure would do well. EY have a decent backing from the trade here in Ireland and also have the infrastructure in place to handle such flights. Staff-Sales team/lounge etc...
 
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RE: Irish 7/13: Airborne Dreaming

Mon May 27, 2013 4:02 pm

EI-EPU is due for delivery tomorrow.

Any sign of more A319s on the horizon? I would have thought that with IB getting rid of several narrowbodies (including A319s), that EI would be first in the queue.

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