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by ClassicLover
Wed Nov 30, 2022 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022
Replies: 27
Views: 2139

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - December 2022

I disagree. The short haul on board experience in Australia is far superior in Business Class to any of the major European carriers. Australian Lounges are better, food is comparable and the seat is superior. However is it worth the large price discrepancy? No it is not. QF Is charging what it can ...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Nov 29, 2022 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2022
Replies: 322
Views: 54063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2022

Both BA and LX (and almost all other European legacy carriers sell a Y class seat as J, simply keeping the middle (in a three seater) or neighbouring (in a two seater) seat empty for domestic/European flights. To even compare this to the QF domestic J (an actual short haul J seat) is preposterous, ...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Nov 28, 2022 6:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2022
Replies: 322
Views: 54063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2022

The issue you have with long tenured CEO's is that eventually they stifle innovation and new thought processes for the business. Project Sunrise, while a headline grabber, isn't particularly innovative and the QF onboard experience, the lounge experience and the International network all need new t...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Nov 27, 2022 2:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2022
Replies: 322
Views: 54063

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - November 2022

Whilst I don’t completely agree with some of the business ethics QF engage in I do think overall Alan Joyce has done a pretty good job in the role turning QF from a bloated former public enterprise into a lean and profitable operation that can effectively compete with the low cost focused foreign o...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Nov 23, 2022 10:51 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: LHR-JFK (w/pics + vid)
Replies: 5
Views: 2763

Re: Virgin Atlantic Upper Class: LHR-JFK (w/pics + vid)

Thanks for the kind comments! One thing I forgot completely about once onboard was the Loft area at the back of the Upper Class cabin...I had seen it on my way in, meant to try it out and it wasn't until disembarkment that I remembered it! A rookie mistake - would be like someone flying Qatar Airwa...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Nov 22, 2022 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?
Replies: 50
Views: 8819

Re: Have BA and Iberia fallen out?

Who cares? AA is in terminal 3 and sends a very healthy portion of its traffic to BA for connections, and they all have to connect from Terminal 3 to Terminal 5. Been that way for years. If AA pax can do it, IB can too I care, that's why I asked. BA and AA care, which is why even mid pandemic, AA m...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Nov 20, 2022 7:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

I do question whether the DAA does indeed have a plan for the lack of stands. They’re already fighting an uphill battle and if EI implements any kind of TATL growth plan it will only get worse. Permanent stand capacity will take a while to deliver and will be costly in the current inflation environ...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Nov 20, 2022 2:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A few A380's returning to service?
Replies: 27
Views: 9762

Re: A few A380's returning to service?

- QF is already deploying 4 out of 11 on their most busiest routes to LAX and LHR (via SIN); ... and are planning on 10 of 12 to be returned to service, with the other two parted out and scrapped. Apparently it takes four months to bring each one out of storage, which is why it's taking them so lon...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Nov 20, 2022 2:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

https://www.routesonline.com/airports/2412/dublin-airport/news/298990/dublin-airport-passenger-profile-q3-2022/ Q3 stats for Dublin Airport passenger profiles. https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/dublin-airport-slot-capacity-up-just-74pc-despite-new-runway-42155860.html synopsis: Slot capacit...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Nov 20, 2022 12:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA Has Begun Terminal Move at JFK, More Airlines To Follow
Replies: 93
Views: 21190

Re: BA Has Begun Terminal Move at JFK, More Airlines To Follow

skipness1E wrote:
Doesn't BA actually own/lease T7? So it's coming down next summer.


Yes, it was the BOAC terminal originally. It's all going now, of course.

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by ClassicLover
Thu Nov 17, 2022 5:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

nickya340 wrote:
A few new routes have been loaded for next summer,
All Ryanair:
DUB-ARN (Ending the SAS monopoly)
DUB-BOJ
SNN-NAP


Nice, I'll be interested to see what SAS prices do after this. It's always been too expensive to get to ARN.

Great news!

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by ClassicLover
Wed Nov 16, 2022 8:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

There are some seriously cheap business class deals to the USA from BUD and CDG if anyone is interested. It's to JFK and IAD for around €1,200 return for dates January to October. I'd be in at this rate for sure... if I earned BA Executive Club status for the flights. Alas... Is this with American ...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Nov 09, 2022 12:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

It available July & Aug… Thank you :D Any update on BA refurbing their lounges at LHR ? Currently in the South lounge and its very tired and dull. The lack of plug sockets at most seating areas is so 1990 ! The Aer Lingus lounge at T2 is far nicer if only we could bring the BA food to it . None...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Nov 09, 2022 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

There are some seriously cheap business class deals to the USA from BUD and CDG if anyone is interested. It's to JFK and IAD for around €1,200 return for dates January to October. I'd be in at this rate for sure... if I earned BA Executive Club status for the flights. Alas... If you’re just looking...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Nov 08, 2022 11:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

There are some seriously cheap business class deals to the USA from BUD and CDG if anyone is interested.

It's to JFK and IAD for around €1,200 return for dates January to October.

I'd be in at this rate for sure... if I earned BA Executive Club status for the flights. Alas...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Nov 06, 2022 3:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria
Replies: 50
Views: 17418

Re: ATR crashes into Lake Victoria

Caleo wrote:
Death Toll risen to 19 per BBC news :(


It also says the pilots may now be among the dead - the original article said they were trapped in the cockpit but had spoken to rescuers.

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by ClassicLover
Wed Nov 02, 2022 6:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

Aer Lingus website now offering AAs routes to DFW / CLT. Thats good news. I wonder if a further announcement on the extension of the codeshare will be made. Unfortunately EI transatlantic flights are not for sale on AA website (as per today) and EI isnt an AA partner on their page either even thoug...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Nov 01, 2022 5:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...
Replies: 202
Views: 31405

Re: Irish 11/22: Oh, the weather outside is frightful ...

Ryanair warns passengers to work around app maintenance in November, or face €55 check-in fee https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/travel-news/ryanair-warns-passengers-to-work-around-app-maintenance-in-november-or-face-55-check-in-fee-42110889.html Next Tuesday the website and App with be down fo...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Nov 01, 2022 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG looks to snap up rivals
Replies: 109
Views: 26219

Re: IAG looks to snap up rivalse

But it seems to me that that chiefly occurs because because of BA’s hugely profitable operations, which are underpinned by continually squeezing costs at BA. The other brands contribute, but only marginally. IAG have had *YEARS* to fix various issues in the group - reliability of ops and service le...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Oct 31, 2022 9:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022
Replies: 795
Views: 207204

Re: British Airways News and Discussion Thread - 2022

On Twitter, a user called @tofly_totravel reports sources inside BA have confirmed that the 787s will begin to be refitted with Club Suites from early next year.

Also that the A380s will also get the seat.

The tweet is here - https://twitter.com/tofly_totravel/status/1586986289370374145

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by ClassicLover
Mon Oct 24, 2022 7:07 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming
Replies: 371
Views: 48375

Re: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming

planemanofnz wrote:
What's the hold up?


I haven't a clue, I wasn't really in a position to ask that question at the time.

It is still being worked on. My guess is that maybe they have some kind of contract with UA and are waiting for it to lapse, perhaps. Who knows!

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by ClassicLover
Sun Oct 23, 2022 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming
Replies: 371
Views: 48375

Re: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming

Will the Aer Lingus JV with AA ever kick off in a serious way just like Finnair BA etc have? 3 years later and AA don’t even have EI listed as their partner on their website however aer lingus is selling the Shannon Chicago flight with United… DOT approved the JV with AA and no full use in place… I...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Oct 21, 2022 5:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming
Replies: 371
Views: 48375

Re: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming

https://www.aerolopa.com/ei-32n I see the EI A320N seat map is now on aerolopa I live for aeroLOPA, it's such a good site and it is very accurate I've found. A fantastic resource for seating plans! I agree it’s brilliant. Won’t be using that seatguru again. Doesn't have the EI 32N or even FR max 82...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Oct 21, 2022 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming
Replies: 371
Views: 48375

Re: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming

nickya340 wrote:
https://www.aerolopa.com/ei-32n

I see the EI A320N seat map is now on aerolopa


I live for aeroLOPA, it's such a good site and it is very accurate I've found.

A fantastic resource for seating plans!

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by ClassicLover
Wed Oct 12, 2022 8:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming
Replies: 371
Views: 48375

Re: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming

I took a trip on EI - NSA today LHR - DUB . 152 passengers . I was in row 1 Aerspace and have to say the big advantage is the far superior legroom for Aerspace passengers . The seat itself is not as bad as I have been reading but the lack of padded headrest is an issue. For < 2 hours its ok but wou...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Oct 07, 2022 5:30 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming
Replies: 371
Views: 48375

Re: Irish 10/22: Winter is coming

Also, the SNN-LHR route guarantee with IAG has now expired after the seven years as part of the negotiations of sale from the government to IAG. That route guarantee was always nothing. It was only put in to play politics and give the politicians a "win" regarding the sale that they could...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Sep 30, 2022 6:07 pm
Forum: Trip Reports
Topic: Riding the Qatar Airways Airbus A380 in business class from Doha to Sydney (including the bar!)
Replies: 3
Views: 4902

Riding the Qatar Airways Airbus A380 in business class from Doha to Sydney (including the bar!)

For all the pictures that go with this report, please click here! This trip came about by accident, as I was supposed to fly Dublin-London Heathrow-Tokyo Haneda-Sydney with British Airways and Japan Airlines. Due to a bunch of flight cancellations, the whole itinerary was thrown out and it took me 7...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Sep 30, 2022 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Being reported that EI have finally been integrated into the TA joint venture https://www.headforpoints.com/2022/09/30/earn-british-airways-tier-points-when-flying-aer-lingus/ I'll wait for the official announcement on dates etc, but it was always going to happen - it was just a matter of when. Hop...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Sep 29, 2022 6:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Aer Lingus announce DUB-CLE
Replies: 57
Views: 10494

Re: Aer Lingus announce DUB-CLE

If Aer Lingus stays only as long as the incentive dollars last (hello, Hartford), they will develop a reputation, possibly, for doing this sort of thing. The A321 certainly does have better economics than Hartford’s 757 did, which would suggest a better outcome and a longer-duration service pattern...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Sep 28, 2022 7:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 1356
Views: 181254

Re: Cleveland Aviation Thread - 2022

^I agree that its totally doable; however, it would be even more doable if it were daily as it could attract more business travelers. Business travel needs daily flights. A company is not going to spend an unwanted 24 hrs (+food and hotel costs) in a place after business is done just to get the nex...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Sep 25, 2022 8:57 am
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: BA World Tail Images that never flew (1:200)
Replies: 10
Views: 1687

Re: BA World Tail Images that never flew (1:200)

Following on from the thread in the Civil Aviation forum - https://www.airliners.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1473535 here are my interpretations planned tail designs that never made it onto actual aircraft, along with representations of other images that were not included in the original thre...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Sep 25, 2022 8:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: The BA World Images that never were...
Replies: 51
Views: 15905

Re: The BA World Images that never were...

I managed to get hold of additional images of 747 designs that were not published in this thread or in the referenced article. I do not have permission to post them, but for those who are interested - I created a thread in Aviation Hobby with photos of models based on the designs shown here as well...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Sep 22, 2022 11:44 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alliance (Australia) retires the F50
Replies: 31
Views: 6331

Re: Alliance (Australia) retires the F50

For those interested, VH-FKZ left ADL earlier today and is not far away from landing in BME. First leg to BME took around 6 hours and 22 minutes. Its the first aircraft to be ferried to Panama. Air Panama bought the 5 Alliance F50s - 3 of them will fly to Panama whilst 2 of them will be broken up f...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Sep 20, 2022 1:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA reveals new interiors for 787-9 and A321XLR
Replies: 136
Views: 21046

Re: AA reveals new interiors for 787-9 and A321XLR

Continental767 wrote:
Notably, no mention of Flagship First in the press release. 77Ws will get 70 of the new suites, surely replacing First..


Definitely gone then, it's been rumoured for the past while.

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by ClassicLover
Tue Sep 20, 2022 10:54 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

I see Aer Lingus have extended their flexibility to 31 January 2023 now. That means you can swap for a voucher if you're on anything other than a Saver fare, plus unlimited free changes (though you do have to pay a fare difference, if any). Not sure when this was extended, but it's on the main websi...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Sep 18, 2022 7:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

PhilipBass wrote:
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It's been like that for a bunch of hours now. Not great!

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by ClassicLover
Tue Sep 13, 2022 6:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

hi, quick question. If I book via ba.com and one of the legs is operated by Aer Lingus(LHR->SNN->BOS), do I receive Aer Club Tier Credits? Or does it have to be booked on EI? Thx You'll only earn AerClub Tier Credits if you book via Aer Lingus. You would still get Avios though, booking via BA.

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by ClassicLover
Sun Sep 11, 2022 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Friend on EI105 to JFK yesterday is saying zero bags weŕe loaded on the flight and passengers werent told, 18hrs later and still nothing on bags... was yesterdays issues preventing bags being loaded too i assume? rookie mistake, and he is no rookie, but there was medication in the checked bags that...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Sep 11, 2022 9:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

I agree with the sentiments above regarding insufficient CAPEX and a need to upgrade IT systems. EI cannot persist forever with the current IT infrastructure. The foregone revenue opportunities will eventually exceed the cost savings and the operating risks associated with complex legacy systems wi...

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by ClassicLover
Sat Sep 10, 2022 2:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Astral has, up until recently, avoided major outages like this but has now experienced two in recent months. I posted last week how Aer Lingus desperately needs an IT overhaul as it’s falling behind others in its capabilities at a time when digital is king. The app is dated, opportunities are misse...

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by ClassicLover
Sat Sep 10, 2022 12:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

The airports using Astral will be most impacted, which broadly covers Ireland, the UK, and US. Departures ex Europe should be somewhat easier. The situation at DUB looks like a cluster****. I suspect EI no longer have the resources to revert to manual procedures in an effective manner. In years pas...

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by ClassicLover
Fri Sep 09, 2022 4:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Eirules wrote:
CLE in January will be cold as hell


You're not wrong there! I have friends there and other friends in DEN who are likely to move to MIA, so I can go to CLE, visit the first ones, then fly CLE-MIA on AA and back to see the others.

Either that or hide in a warm hotel all the time! :)

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by ClassicLover
Fri Sep 09, 2022 8:49 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Some great business class fares on offer from DUB with AA AY BA IB . LAX is around €1399 return for Jan Feb . Due to the JV some nice routings also . You can get CLE for €1,309 for example, routing DUB-PHL-CLE and CLE-JFK-LHR-DUB. I'm booking on this sale, this is as cheap as it gets, even if it is...

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by ClassicLover
Wed Sep 07, 2022 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2022
Replies: 406
Views: 65926

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2022

Here’s me as a Qantas customer going to myself Jetstar and Qantas are owned by the same company. How can you not work with each other? No doubt this is the same thing going on in many peoples minds right now flying either airline. This is no different to dealing with the IAG airlines, Aer Lingus, B...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Sep 06, 2022 11:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2022
Replies: 406
Views: 65926

Re: Australian Aviation Thread - September 2022

Here’s me as a Qantas customer going to myself Jetstar and Qantas are owned by the same company. How can you not work with each other? No doubt this is the same thing going on in many peoples minds right now flying either airline. This is no different to dealing with the IAG airlines, Aer Lingus, B...

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by ClassicLover
Tue Sep 06, 2022 11:19 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

Really? I thought that light green/jade box was very smart. Well thought out and just the right size for all the various things you got with the actual hot food (if I recall correctly there was the bread, butter, orange juice and cutlery?). And then afterward it was handy to put everything inside f...

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by ClassicLover
Mon Sep 05, 2022 5:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

In typical Aer Lingus fashion the ‘new and improved Irish breakfast’ is promoted on the front cover of the latest Bia menu but doesn’t actually feature inside or exists on flights. https://www.aerlingus.com/media/pdfs/bia.pdf Hopefully that means it's coming back... hopefully not in that very waste...

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by ClassicLover
Sun Sep 04, 2022 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

I guess it is unlikely EI will upgrade Aer Space to compete with the competition? The hard product, when using the A330 or the A321LR, is better with some exceptions but the soft product is poor and that includes lounge, boarding, food and crew experiences! Nothing wrong with AerSpace as a premium ...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Sep 01, 2022 9:22 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

How does DUB plan to use the two runways? Will one be for take-offs and the other landing or will T1 airlines use the new one and T2 flights the old one? I think it will be mixed mode, where both can be used for take-offs and landings as required. They may use the LHR model of one for take-offs, on...

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by ClassicLover
Thu Sep 01, 2022 7:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...
Replies: 276
Views: 38242

Re: Irish 9/22: New runway, new potential ...

The 2nd runway at DUB was needed for a long time. When it fully operates it will give a great capacity boost and open up more slots. With a longer runway it means further destinations can be served. Maybe Asia will be served again in the future? Think I read somewhere that SQ was interested in flyi...

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