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by VFRonTop
Sun Jul 05, 2020 11:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 33548

Re: Irish 7/20

Just to clarify, SYD is the only international airport in NSW. There are regional airports served by Dash 8s and Saab 340s of course. Those people have to travel to SYD to go abroad. ??? Australia is over 100 times larger than Ireland, with a large domestic network and the its closest neighbour cou...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jun 29, 2020 5:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36810

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

I would have to disagree as many of the major tour operators have announced a substantial increase in bookings in the past week compared t previous.Yes, this of course is relative, but to say that the appetite from the public just isn't there is somewhat erronous. What 'polls' are you citing? I cer...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Jun 24, 2020 10:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36810

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

iRISH251 wrote:

Its flying life is over.


Ah I misunderstood. Thanks for clarifying

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by VFRonTop
Wed Jun 24, 2020 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36810

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

EI321 wrote:
What sort of ground training would the Aer Corps be using EI-RJZ for exactly, fire fighting? Seems like an unusual acquisition.


Most likely will be used as transport aircraft and potentially patrol work.

Article:New transport aircraft for the Irish Air Corps?

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by VFRonTop
Fri Jun 19, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG to buy Air Europa for €1 billion
Replies: 357
Views: 61656

Re: Air Europa might stay independent. Aw

Exactly!! Its people like skipness there who defend constantly the horrid, one sided, elitest behavior, while 99.9% likely , this is of zero value to them personally. BA is a terrible airline to fly! They have made their "partners" much worse to fly than they were prior to purchasing them...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Mar 31, 2020 4:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AA's PHX Hub in Jeopardy?
Replies: 198
Views: 27354

Re: AA's PHX Hub in Jeapordy?

AA's PHX is in no way in jeopardy, PHX is one of the fastest growing cities in the US and is already one of the largest and and the most tourism in the US outside of Florida and Vegas. ... Finding it difficult to believe that PHX lags only behind Las Vegas and Florida in tourism. PHX gets about 22m...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Mar 25, 2020 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37403

Re: Irish 3/20

Alitalia are apparently to operate a number of DUB flights tomorrow to repatriate people from both countries. I wonder why not EI or FR since they’d normally have flown the routes These repatriation flights will have been organised by the government(s) and with Alitalia now fully nationalised I exp...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Mar 12, 2020 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stobart Air in trouble
Replies: 36
Views: 11039

Re: Stobart Air in trouble

My understanding is that most, if not all, of the franchise flying for EI is at Stobart's own commercial risk. EI do sales, marketing and customer service, but it is not an ACMI agreement, as I understand. Yes you're right EI only acts as an agent, Stobart operate the flights (and own the risk). Th...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Financial Discussion 2020
Replies: 432
Views: 60249

Re: Boeing in Crisis

Burning that $43bn cash pile on a share buy-back spending spree may not have been the best of ideas.

FT Article on Boeing and the siren call of share buybacks

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by VFRonTop
Thu Mar 12, 2020 9:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Stobart Air in trouble
Replies: 36
Views: 11039

Re: Stobart Air in trouble

to get back on topic I think the announcements that Stobart have made are being rolled out across the vast majority of carriers both large and small, BA, EasyJet, Virgin, Lufthansa, Cathay, Malaysia, Swiss Austrian have all announced versions of unpaid leave, pay freezes, training cancellations, rec...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Mar 12, 2020 8:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37403

Re: Irish 3/20

Ireland is also excluded. All European countries EXCEPT Ireland and the UK. That’s not entirely correct. It’s all Schengen Area countries, which includes non EU countries (Norway and Switzerland) and excludes other EU countries (Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Ireland and Romania.) The UK a non-EU and n...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Mar 09, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UK to leave European Aviation Safety Agency
Replies: 73
Views: 11498

Re: UK to leave European Aviation Safety Agency

Does this mean that UK participation in EUROCONTROL and the ECAA are also under review?

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by VFRonTop
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22704

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

DUB never had a stand-alone service as it was part of the ADD-LAX-ADD service. It's hard to see a non-stop being viable unless the level of traffic doubles or maybe triples from its current levels. True, but it was direct/non-stop, which is more attractive than a tag service from BRU/MAD/VIE/GVA. D...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Feb 25, 2020 5:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22704

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

Ethiopian still seems to be via Vienna from March until July. One wonders what’s going on with ET, that’s Madrid, Brussels, Vienna and now Geneva as intermediate stops. Madrid even had 5th freedoms which is generally quite unusual for ET. Indeed wish they would make up their mind. Wish they would j...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22704

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

Eh hang on a sec. what's that now? There are strong rumours that Hainan may very soon be taken over by the CN government and either wound-down, chopped up and sold off, or absorbed into one of the state carriers. Have these not been swirling for a period of time now? or have they gathered steam aga...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Feb 19, 2020 4:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22704

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

Being reported on twitter in the last few minutes that Hainan are gone bust so seems a definite nail in that coffin Eh hang on a sec. what's that now? There are strong rumours that Hainan may very soon be taken over by the CN government and either wound-down, chopped up and sold off, or absorbed in...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Feb 12, 2020 2:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22704

Re: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...

I bet they’re going really really cheap ,,, they’d be stupid not to take a look and kick the tires , even they were previously hoping to go all A330-300 Best decision ever by EI to stick withA330,,, so much availability everywhere It's definitely a buyers market at the moment for widebodies. Those ...

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by VFRonTop
Fri Jan 24, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

Cathay's return on March 28th confirmed, 4x per week: https://www.irishtimes.com/business/transport-and-tourism/cathay-pacific-to-resume-dublin-hong-kong-flights-in-march-1.4149416 Wonderful news. I hope they have a great summer season. CX are due a break, with the ongoing political situation and t...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jan 20, 2020 4:34 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100
Replies: 32
Views: 2101

Re: Flights still using Avro RJ85/RJ100

You can have a look here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_BAe_146_operators Or use airfleet database Cross reference the registration numbers and look them up on flightradar24 Your best bet in North America is Summit Air Registrations: C-FERJ C-FXRJ C-GZRJ operates between Yellowknife and Edmon...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

Flybe is on the ropes once more. Under a deal that completed last March, a consortium comprising of Virgin Atlantic, Stobart Group, and Cyrus Capital Partners acquired Flybe's operating assets. The consortium had pledged to pump £100m into Flybe's turnaround plan, with the airline being rebranded as...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jan 13, 2020 10:11 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

I'm talking primarily about: 1. Frequencies (e.g. in New Zealand, SQ has up to 6 flights a day, compared to EK's 3, QR's 1 and EY's nil). 2. Destinations (SQ Group can take you to places like OOL, CNS, DRW, WLG etc, that an ME3 simply can't). Both points are valid, though I'd still wager that one d...

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by VFRonTop
Sun Jan 12, 2020 4:15 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

O&D would not be the main market with SIN - DUB though - it would be transits, particularly passengers to Australasia. ... SQ Group has a big advantage in both Australasia and Southeast Asia over the ME3 I’d be curious to read your thoughts as to what advantage SQ have over the EU3 and ME3 in c...

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by VFRonTop
Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

Is it likely there'll ever be a DUB-BKK direct route? East has always been difficult for Dublin, while BKK is a popular destination with around 60k+ bi-directional O&D that is barely enough for a 2 weekly service. BKK is primarily flown by leisure traffic that is very price sensitive and theref...

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by VFRonTop
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1441
Views: 343679

Re: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread

I keep seeing reference to a "Comair scenario" but I'm failing to make the connection? Comair was a regional carrier owned by Delta operating flights under the Delta Connection brand. At one time they had a fleet of 170+ regional aircraft. When Delta emerged from Chapter 11 they began the...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14640

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

It has been discussed many times – one would think that LH might be able to merge at least two or even three flights to one widebody flight (as they used to do, by the way, with their A300, e.g. FRA-HAM vv.). But the reality is that it’s more efficient for LH to cover the demand with narrowbodies o...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Jan 07, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23555

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

richcandy wrote:
This is just a question....Do you think we will ever see BA operate BHD-LCY?

Alex


Not unless Flybe drop their current 6 daily rotations.

BHD provides BA with connecting traffic into LHR, they may not be interested in O&D into LCY.

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by VFRonTop
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: LH Group's German domestic network is massive
Replies: 126
Views: 14640

Re: LH Group's German domestic network is massive

Despite Greta Thunberg Germany's seven top cities are connected to each other with up to 25 flights daily! To which connection are you referring to? That would be equal to one flight every hour all day long. Perverted. Considering a curfew at one of the two cities, even more flights per hour. So wh...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Dec 18, 2019 5:13 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Dublin Airport welcomes today’s announcement from United Airlines that it is to operate a new, year-round, daily nonstop service between Dublin and its hub at San Francisco from next summer. The airline will operate its new route with a Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner from June 6, 2020. The new daily servi...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 16, 2019 11:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

CGI Image and some details of the forthcoming McEvaddy proposal for Terminal 3: https://www.independent.ie/business/irish/mcevaddy-group-offers-to-pay-for-50m-airport-link-38785549.html Personally I think there are some serious logistical flaws with the plan, mainly around ownership of land. Much o...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Dec 11, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Great flight with Swiss ZRH-DUB on the A220. First time flying on the aircraft and it was a generally positive experience. Loved the large windows and mini overhead screens. Certainly a type Aer Lingus should be seriously looking at. Flight was full and mostly connections which is what I was also d...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Dec 10, 2019 10:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

My guess is that the Jet Airways planes might not be in the best condition, need a significant amount of work to bring them up to scratch or, worse, have a lot of incomplete/missing paperwork. Jet2 took a Jet 737 and that spent months in the hangar, for example. That's not good news, if the paperwo...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 09, 2019 4:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Are these two new ones on top of EI-EIM/EI-EIN or are those the aircraft it's referring to? As far as I know the first one EIM was delivered last week and flown to Brussels to be fitted with business class seats with EIN to be delivered presently. I had thought EIM/EIN were supposed to be the final...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Not sure if this was reported in the past but... Aer Lingus revealed as customer for two more A330s Great news, they definitely need the extra capacity. I've always wondered why EI/IAG didn't take on the ex-Jet Airways A330s. There are four of them, all less than 8 years old with the GE CF6-80E1A4 ...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Thanks Alex, I'm well aware of how it works, I worked in this business for over 40 years. The Swiss website.ch showed EUR 1059 from DUB to PVG vv. but never mind, I have no intention of flying to PVG anyway. But it shows again, if you depend on feeding, you can fill the back of an aircraft as often...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Thanks Alex, I'm well aware of how it works, I worked in this business for over 40 years. The Swiss website.ch showed EUR 1059 from DUB to PVG vv. but never mind, I have no intention of flying to PVG anyway. But it shows again, if you depend on feeding, you can fill the back of an aircraft as often...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Thanks Alex, I'm well aware of how it works, I worked in this business for over 40 years. The Swiss website.ch showed EUR 1059 from DUB to PVG vv. but never mind, I have no intention of flying to PVG anyway. But it shows again, if you depend on feeding, you can fill the back of an aircraft as often...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 09, 2019 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

SRGVA67 wrote:
I don't know where you find LX for 450-500 euros, the cheapest I can find on their website is 1059 euros for a return trip in APR 2020. From ZRH to PVG it's even about 1500 euros.


Have a play with Google Flights, LX can be found for €430 on dates from Feb through to May.

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by VFRonTop
Mon Dec 09, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21679

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

Great bargain for passengers, but with a fare like this I can't see them staying around for too long once the subsidies run out. €440 is pretty average for an advanced fare on this (and similar) routes. Air France, KLM, Lufthansa, Swiss, BA and Turkish are all offering DUBPVG fares around the €450-...

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by VFRonTop
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24588

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

Hopes That Rail Link Between Shannon Airport And Limerick Would Boost Passenger Numbers It’s claimed putting a direct rail link between Shannon Airport and Limerick City in place would see passenger numbers at the airport soar. The National Transport Authority has confirmed a public consultation on...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24588

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

I don't get the backtrack argument - that's like saying AKL is a backtrack to Australia - are people not visiting DUB/Ireland, as they visit AKL/New Zealand? O&D China/Asia/Australasia - Ireland should be enough to sustain a flight? In terms of feeding AY at HEL, AY themselves fly HEL - DUB, so...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Nov 28, 2019 11:29 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24588

Re: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...

Why is Juneyao stopping in HEL to DUB, of all places? IMO, the stop renders the service sort of pointless and uncompetitive. I see they are launching KEF too - wouldn't a PVG - DUB - KEF flight have worked better? It continues to amaze me that DUB can't sustain Asian flights, despite growing trade ...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Nov 27, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 'Hub-busting' effect of A321(X)LR compared to 787
Replies: 84
Views: 14770

Re: 'Hub-busting' effect of A321(X)LR compared to 787

Hi there, I am trying to answer the question of how the introduction of the A321neo(X)LR is similar or not similar to the introduction of the 787 in terms of pure P2P flying or 'hub-busting' (which data strongly suggests the 787 hasn't done). Of course I am aware that the 787 came in much bigger nu...

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by VFRonTop
Mon Oct 21, 2019 11:40 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44669

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Dublin Airport to Tokyo may become one of world's longest direct flights as Ireland in talk with officials in Japan Ireland is in talks with Japanese officials about a direct flight from Dublin Airport to Tokyo. The flight, which would be almost 10,000km long, could become a reality in the "me...

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by VFRonTop
Fri Sep 13, 2019 9:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27966

Re: Irish 9/19

If EI want to loose millions then the best way to do it is fly East. The USA flights work for a reason and that is why EI concentrate on that. This is just a fact of life for EI, they will always look west. Best Dublin can hope for is eastern carriers competing with direct services against the ME3 ...

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by VFRonTop
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What is VFR?
Replies: 40
Views: 5999

Re: What is VFR?

I think I'm having an existential crisis :lol:

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by VFRonTop
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27966

Re: Irish 9/19

Maybe if the curtain is not supposed to be there then they will be landed with a bill for miscalculated APD ;) I wouldn't be too surprised if that's actually the case. EI management may have very well designed AerSpace to avoid APD but this may not have been explicitly communicated to Cityjet opera...

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by VFRonTop
Wed Sep 04, 2019 6:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27966

Re: Irish 9/19

If no curtain on the A320, then already an inconsistent product! Cityjet did not use a curtain!! The use of a curtain to separate cabins is pretty significant, especially if operating into/out of the UK, as it effects the amount of APD the carrier has to pay. Section 2.6.3 of Notice 550 Air Passeng...

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by VFRonTop
Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:36 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 39854

Re: Irish 8/19

I doubt it. If Star Alliance has not already opened one by now, they won't.! Never say never but the lack of space and cost involved all go against it at the moment. Star carriers at DUB are happy to keep it the way it is as DUB is not important enough to warrant the investment as it is not a hub f...

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by VFRonTop
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/19
Replies: 222
Views: 39854

Re: Irish 8/19

ORK is the real loser here as it will struggle to get another opportunity for a transatlantic service, which is a real shame. Agreed ORK will not get anything from EI even with the new aircraft. They have no commitment to it which is sad. The only thing ORK can hope for is if another LCC or US Carr...

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