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by Phen
Wed Jul 22, 2020 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A320/321NEO features
Replies: 4
Views: 1401

Re: A320/321NEO features

One could make an argument that the center cabin is louder - the center tank fuel pumps under the floor really howl. But it’s constant, so less noticeable. Latest NEO s/ns delete the cockpit side console ashtray (which nicely held a phone). Early NEOs still had it. The engines themselves take forev...

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by Phen
Mon Jul 20, 2020 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

Its clear that Ireland is going to remain cautious, which is not a bad thing in itself. A surge in cases is the last thing we need. The increase in cases over the last couple of weeks is a warning sign. But there is a middle way between closing down completely and opening up completely. Since this ...

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by Phen
Mon Jul 20, 2020 1:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

I imagine in that case, they are happy to use them on some short haul routes that are more heavily booked to allow some spacing out between pax? Certainly keeping aircraft active could be part of it but this morning's LHR legs weren't overbooked (from a 320/1 perspective) so a 330 wasn't necessary ...

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by Phen
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

The latest details on travel rules are: - green list of countries to be announced Monday where it is deemed safe to travel to - BUT non-essential travel will discouraged It is not clear if the greenlist means all people arriving from those places do not need to quarantine, or if it means returning ...

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by Phen
Tue Jul 14, 2020 9:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

Fliplot wrote:
minimum staff working and yet it takes 5 months for a refund

Erm I think you’ve answered your own query there. Makes a lot of sense that it takes a long time to do refunds if the staff are all working from home and working only 30-50% of their normal hours.

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by Phen
Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

Whilst OA260's comment is a generalised one, the sentiment is not inaccurate. I appreciate you have recently travelled domestically and have first hand experience (I don't) but surely you can't deny that the situation in the US has, on a national level, been handled very poorly compared to the EU. T...

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by Phen
Fri Jul 03, 2020 11:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

I am intrigued about the effect social distancing, masks and screens have on the transmission of the virus - I think it might be better than we think. Indeed the latest figures show that there were only 9 cases in Ireland in the last 24 hours with 8,000 tests completed in the same 24h period. I was...

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by Phen
Fri Jul 03, 2020 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33023

Re: Irish 7/20

Restricting travel abroad and mandatory 14-day quarantines indefinitely as a solution to keep the case positivity and R rates down is not realistic. My own view is that people need to learn to live with the disease, accept the risks if they travel and the government needs refine and expand on the m...

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by Phen
Tue Jun 30, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36594

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

He said if the Government is advising the consumer not to travel abroad, then it should cancel all flights and ensure people are refunded. Possibly the most ridiculous suggestion I've heard to date. If Government has not already grounded airlines outright by now then it certainly isn't going to do ...

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by Phen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 3:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36594

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Indeed the treatment of airline employees in IAG but BA in particular has been reprehensible. I hope you are right in that management are overstating the severity of the downturn for their own causes and that a recovery will begin soon so that these cuts and job losses can be exposed for what they a...

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by Phen
Mon Jun 29, 2020 12:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36594

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Fliplot wrote:
The levels of devastation announced by airlines is starting to smell fishy

Do you mean to say that you think they are exaggerating how serious this downturn is?

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by Phen
Sun Jun 28, 2020 11:39 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36594

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Not when the majority of their fleet is leased. Every hour sat on the apron is more money lost forever. There is no evidence to suggest that demand is back to significant levels and money is being missed out on. Just because other carriers are operating flights does not mean these flights are full ...

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by Phen
Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36594

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

As if aviation didn't have enough to contend with, I'm hearing that Eamon Ryan, the Green Party TD, is likely to head up a new Department of Climate and Transport... It is very worrying indeed. However, the Greens are only one of 3 parties in government and they are the smallest one at that. It is ...

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by Phen
Thu Jun 11, 2020 9:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36594

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

Maybe taxiways E/D2/D1 are unable to handle an aircraft of that size? It had a fairly swift deceleration from watching the video so if it had landed on 24, it should have made taxiway A without having to backtrack I’d have thought. Open to correction though. The winds at time of arrival yesterday (...

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by Phen
Wed Jun 10, 2020 1:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36594

Re: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...

To any sensible person 'commercial reality' should play very little, to no, part when dealing with a worldwide pandemic. As seems usual nowadays, too many businesses are only concerned with their own profits, and nothing else. Going forward in any major situation, businesses can/will adapt and if t...

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by Phen
Fri May 22, 2020 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29852

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Your impression would be incorrect though. The quarantine does not apply to any travel, air or ferry, between the UK and Republic of Ireland My apologies then - it seems RTE's Sean Whelan is clearly misinformed in that case. https://www.rte.ie/news/coronavirus/2020/0522/1140009-travel-to-ireland/ (...

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by Phen
Fri May 22, 2020 6:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29852

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

Eirules wrote:
Oh and let’s not force anyone arriving from the UK to quarantine even though their R number is infinitely higher than ours.

I was under the impression passengers arriving to Ireland from the UK by air will be required to quarantine. They are not exempt.

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by Phen
Fri May 22, 2020 10:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.
Replies: 45
Views: 10716

Re: Ryanair back to all Boeing, cancelling leases for Airbus A320s.

VSMUT wrote:
(But more than one pilot has told me that Ireland isn't a developed country either)

What makes them/you say that?

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by Phen
Thu May 21, 2020 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29852

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

I think you may be misinterpreting our point. Of course we know leaving the middle seat empty is ineffective and largely pointless but IF load factors are likely to be low initially then it may be to the airlines' advantage to 'play-along' with the middle seat empty idea for a while to appease the m...

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by Phen
Wed May 20, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...
Replies: 250
Views: 29852

Re: Irish 5/20: April dragged, but May flies ...

As to the keeping of the middle seats empty, I know it's been said here that this is ineffective, but it also occurs to me that LFs are going to be fairly low when things get back and running and I wonder if this might be part of the "confidence rebuilding" stage, even for the first month...

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by Phen
Thu May 07, 2020 12:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary
Replies: 66
Views: 13191

Re: IAG Post Covid Fleet Plan Summary

https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2020/0 ... jobs-cuts/

I'm not sure about Iberia, Vueling and Level but Aer Lingus has said it is in talks with unions about cutting up to 900 jobs (around 20% of workforce).
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https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2020/0 ... jobs-cuts/

I'm not sure about Iberia, Vueling and Level but Aer Lingus has said it is in talks with unions about cutting up to 900 jobs (around 20% of workforce).

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by Phen
Sat Dec 21, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21569

Re: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!

Excuse my ignorance, but why can EI not make Scandinavia, the Baltics or Poland work? I would say its not necessarily the case that they can't make it work, its just they likely reckon they can make more profitable use of the aircraft elsewhere. They probably could make a profit on ARN or CPH (as t...

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by Phen
Wed Sep 04, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27601

Re: Irish 9/19

Passenger flight diverted to allow Pence plane depart A United Airlines aircraft that turned back from its Atlantic crossing yesterday due to a technical fault was sent out over Dublin Bay as a delaying tactic rather than landing immediately in Dublin Airport. The manoeuvre was to facilitate the de...

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by Phen
Thu Mar 21, 2019 6:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 25870

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

And Murcia. Indeed the older and originally military airport MJV was replaced by a new one further west, RMU, in January. There may have been handling or other issues arising from the switchover which could have encouraged EI just to drop the route altogether. It is a shame; loads last summer were ...

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by Phen
Sun Feb 10, 2019 1:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Video of BA 787 attempting rough landing at LHR before going around
Replies: 48
Views: 13306

Re: Video of BA 787-9 attempting rough landing at LHR before going around

The surprising thing was how long they kept the gear down. Well after positive climb acheived. In addition to the great explanations about this already posted; I would add that go-arounds are completely normal and planned for/briefed/discussed on every approach. Go-arounds are common in the broad s...

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by Phen
Thu Jan 17, 2019 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 95880

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

https://scontent-dub4-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/50442318_2318995951721864_2269001874965266432_o.jpg?_nc_cat=106&_nc_ht=scontent-dub4-1.xx&oh=de5de765046f785b11226aaa7ac0d4fd&oe=5CC4D915 Definitely looks better on the A320. (Image by Ändrzej Liigä of Dublin Airport Spotters)

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by Phen
Mon Dec 10, 2018 11:52 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/18: December Dreaming ...
Replies: 188
Views: 23414

Re: Irish 12/18: December Dreaming ...

ClassicLover wrote:
It's the end that gets me, where they say the rumour is that the famous green will be replaced by a much whiter scheme.

I've heard from different sources that this will indeed be the case - green tail and engines. Everything else white. :(

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by Phen
Wed Dec 05, 2018 7:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/18: December Dreaming ...
Replies: 188
Views: 23414

Re: Irish 12/18: December Dreaming ...

bhxdtw wrote:
Any updates on that UFO over the west coast... I heard the ATC recordings and it sounded very interesting. Was it a United and Speedbird or Aer Lingus that was stating they saw it ?

I didn’t hear anything since but it was Speedbird, Virgin and Norwegian who all said they saw it.

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by Phen
Sat Nov 17, 2018 2:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28171

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

Interesting range ring for the A321XLR, currently under development by Airbus and being considered by EI: http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=4700nm%40DUB This would bring significantly more cities into consideration for Aer Lingus. I would take such published ranges with a large pinch of salt. When you l...

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by Phen
Tue Nov 06, 2018 2:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28171

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

the first four (CVA-D) date back to 2000 EI-CVD is no longer in the fleet and appears to be flying with Allegiant now. Indeed EI-CVA to C are all pushing on a bit now but EI-CVB in particular badly needs a repaint. There seems to be very little if any appetite for European expansion at the moment w...

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by Phen
Fri Nov 02, 2018 7:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain
Replies: 221
Views: 28171

Re: Irish 11/18: Sciathain na Samhain

I wonder if they would consider those passengers flying the whole route to stay onboard or at the gate with luggage remaining to make it easier. Interesting idea but I imagine they would be marketing CBP at DUB as a reason to book with EI in the first place; so getting off the plane would make more...

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by Phen
Sat Sep 29, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh
Replies: 521
Views: 95880

Re: Aer Lingus Announces Upcoming Brand Refresh

Personally I wish they’d get rid of the shamrock but they’d be listening to complainers for months to come To be objective here, be it a Shamrock or whatever they choose as a logo, it would be very foolish to ditch it after decades of close association with the Aer Lingus brand. It would be akin to...

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by Phen
Thu Sep 13, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation
Replies: 367
Views: 35190

Re: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation

Do you think they will use them on training flights though? It's not -really- a new type being introduced into the fleet... I mean, an A320/A321ceo is not that huge a difference from a pilots perspective than a neo you wouldn't think. There will certainly have to be training flights and I wouldn't ...

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by Phen
Fri Sep 07, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation
Replies: 367
Views: 35190

Re: Irish 9/18: Autumnal aviation

Instead of being able to extend it they have to find sonewhere else and probably create Terminal 3 - an airport the size of DUB does not require three terminals! Everything seems to be a plug and fix! Agreed - indeed its a shame that Terminal 2 was built where it is at all - it should have been bui...

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by Phen
Thu Jul 26, 2018 7:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!
Replies: 270
Views: 29111

Re: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!

in my experience it’s where staff who’ve been there longer take advantage of staff who haven’t...and it’s strongly associated with poor customer experience and dysfunctional organisations . The staff are often bored, bloated and privileged and don’t look for new opportunities because of seniority ....

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by Phen
Wed Jul 25, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!
Replies: 270
Views: 29111

Re: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!

Seniority is poison...It’s toxic in US airlines where all the lazy flight attendants get to cherry pick routes Like it or not, seniority is very widespread in the entire industry and won’t go away any time soon. And you can’t compare American FA’s with Irish pilots. Seniority is very fair where I w...

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by Phen
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!
Replies: 270
Views: 29111

Re: Irish 7/18: Heatwave madness!

Goodness And with a 15 minute window I remember being beratted for suggesting Dublin Airport was less than perfect Had a 7pm flight on Friday last. Airport was busy, tables were filthy, toilets were smelly and flight departed an hour late I am amused that Aer Aer Lingus is classed as a four star ai...

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by Phen
Fri Apr 13, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/18; Aviating in April
Replies: 209
Views: 22542

Re: Irish 4/18; Aviating in April

Fórsa – Third Dublin Airport Terminal A Blow To Shannon And Regional Development It’s claimed a third terminal at Dublin airport would be blow to Shannon and regional development. Delegates to Fórsa’s Services and Enterprises Conference have heard that less than 15 percent of air traffic coming int...

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by Phen
Tue Mar 20, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks
Replies: 236
Views: 28994

Re: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks

...is not precisely parallel to 28, according to a layout plan he had seen. Is it supposed to be? Is it still planned to designate it 28R/10L? Yes it should be parallel to the existing runway if it is to be used for mixed mode operations (ie landings and departures on both runways at the same time)...

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by Phen
Fri Mar 16, 2018 8:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks
Replies: 236
Views: 28994

Re: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks

Presumably a new livery will be brought in with the A321LR fleet .... going to be controversial whatever they do Not necessarily; I think from a management point of view, the redesign and rollout of a new uniform will bring significant costs. I can't see EI bringing in a new livery for a few years ...

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by Phen
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus announce new uniforms for Spring '19
Replies: 26
Views: 4901

Re: Aer Lingus announce new uniforms for Spring '19

kaitak wrote:
the new EI and ultimately, the new BA livery

I completely missed when this was announced - when are EI due to get a new livery??

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by Phen
Wed Mar 14, 2018 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks
Replies: 236
Views: 28994

Re: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks

Edit: ha you beat me to it! They have reaffirmed the importance of green so thankfully it does seem a generic IAG uniform is not going to happen! I can imagine it must be quite a logistical task getting all ground and cabin crew fitted out and stocked up. I wonder if it will be phased in or everyone...

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by Phen
Sat Mar 10, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks
Replies: 236
Views: 28994

Re: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks

Apparently there is a new BA uniform in the pipeline as well so perhaps a joint IAG thing? I heard the same thing - that a universal navy IAG uniform is on the cards. It may have some subtle details to reflect the individual airline but I really hope they don’t ditch the green completely. I know th...

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by Phen
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks
Replies: 236
Views: 28994

Re: Irish 3/18: Snowploughs and Shamrocks

Titan Airways B767 G-POWD enroute to DUB from ORD as EI124. Will then carry on back to STN.

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by Phen
Sat Mar 03, 2018 11:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dublin closed due to snow
Replies: 102
Views: 11983

Re: Dublin closed due to snow

You are course completely correct. Global warming is bringing big changes to the British Isles and we need to rethink how we deal with it in cities like Dublin. Hopefully the government will listen and Theresa May make the necessary changes. At the risk of helping this thread to descend into anarch...

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by Phen
Sat Mar 03, 2018 7:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dublin closed due to snow
Replies: 102
Views: 11983

Re: Dublin closed due to snow

Dublin Airport HAS been open and runways cleared during a lot of this bad weather. DUB does have a lot of snow clearing equipment, its not like they are completely unprepared. BUT a really big factor in the disruption that you're seeing is that staff cannot get to the airport to work. Airlines are t...

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by Phen
Wed Feb 28, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Dublin closed due to snow
Replies: 102
Views: 11983

Re: Dublin closed due to snow

Yes thats what Im hearing DUB-HAM just aborted take off and returning to gate as with some others too. I guess EI dont want aircraft away from base not knowing when they will be able to return. It could be 2 days ! The DUB-HAM flight had lined up on the runway alright but did not abort the takeoff ...

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by Phen
Sat Feb 24, 2018 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/18 : thrust set, speed building ...
Replies: 258
Views: 25468

Re: Irish 2/18 : thrust set, speed building ...

I have just booked Iberia DUB-MAD-JNB in July. Cheapest fare I could find and ET/QR/EY/EK were all much more expensive to Johannesburg which I couldn’t justify. What is Madrid like for connections? Are their A332’s decent? MAD T4 is a dream to transit and a lovely building in terms of architecture....

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by Phen
Tue Feb 20, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers
Replies: 69
Views: 14600

Re: British Airways Cabin Crew Behaving Very Badly During Layovers

Erm.. 'Are you likely to get drunk and get your breasts out if dared by your colleague?' 'No' 'Great; jobs yours, welcome aboard' :rotfl: I've heard stories of misbehaviour (perhaps not to the extent above) from crew in my own airline, but it usually doesn't make the papers. I think nowadays with c...

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by Phen
Sun Feb 18, 2018 2:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/18 : thrust set, speed building ...
Replies: 258
Views: 25468

Re: Irish 2/18 : thrust set, speed building ...

11% payrise for EI pilots - quite a bit more than what the general staff were awarded. Hopefully the airline will claw some of this back with the productivity increases that were mentioned in the article. Well in fairness to the pilots they took a 10% cut during Greenfield when the company needed t...

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