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by kaitak
Mon Jun 24, 2019 4:05 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 201
Views: 21663

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

If EI gets the A33Neo, don't expect to see the A338 figure in its plans; the A321(X)LRs knock the A330-200 out of the water, so expect any future fleet plan to include just the A330-300/A330-900Neo and A321LR/XLR.

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by kaitak
Thu Jun 20, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019
Replies: 408
Views: 90963

Re: Boeing 787 Production/Delivery Thread - 2019

Quick question: does El Al still have 788s on order, or did they convert them all to 789s. (I presume still no -10s on order?)

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 18, 2019 3:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread
Replies: 310
Views: 85581

Re: Paris Air Show 2019: Boeing News and Orders Thread

Great (and very surprising news); I am wondering which airlines in the IAG group will operate it. BA has pretty much committed to the Neo; IB is an Airbus carrier; Vueling likewise; I can't see EI operating short haul Boeings in the near or medium term (though they need to renew their short haul fle...

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by kaitak
Tue Jun 18, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 201
Views: 21663

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

The "range ring" for the A321XLR is very interesting; at 4,600nm, practically the whole of the continental US (and ANC, if they were so inclined) and Canada is included. http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=4600nm%40DUB There's also some interesting potential if EI were to look east. Quite a formi...

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 4:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 201
Views: 21663

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Swiss will add extra x2 weekly flights on DUB-ZUR over winter 2019/20 bringing overall freq up to x9 weekly. Extra Flights Mon and Fri ZUR-DUB 16.30-17.50 DUB-ZUR 18.35-21.40 Welcome news and good connection opportunities to late night LX departures from ZRH. However, I'm surprised that LX hasn't y...

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 15, 2019 11:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 201
Views: 21663

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... nc-458894/
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Flybe changes flap check procedures after E-175 takeoff with incorrect flap setting at DUB, last August:

https://www.flightglobal.com/news/artic ... nc-458894/

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point
Replies: 59
Views: 8752

Re: Brown Bear Walks Through Airport Security Check Point

Pyrex wrote:
Well, I saw chickens roam around the airport in Kauai, so I guess this is not totally unique...


Come to Dublin Airport and you'll see hares; indeed, Aer Lingus may well be one of the few airlines in the world to have suffered a harestrike (no, seriously!)

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by kaitak
Fri Jun 14, 2019 7:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)
Replies: 164
Views: 3310

Re: JAL takes delivery of its 1st Airbus (A350)

Oh, I seem to have stumbled into pedants.net. Anyway, congratulations to JAL on taking delivery of their first Airbus A350. I hope that's OK for everyone? :sarcastic: Yes, I think we'd better stick with that! Leaving aside the A300, which was quite different technology from the A350, this must be a...

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by kaitak
Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?
Replies: 37
Views: 4211

Re: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?

I remember a humorous book I got few years ago, the Uxbridge dictionary. It had unusual definitions for common words ... the one for "piccaninny" (pick a ninny) was "the election of a new Tory leader" and given the field, it could hardly be more apt. I'm glad that Esther McVey wa...

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by kaitak
Thu Jun 06, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: TAP and the A340
Replies: 18
Views: 4040

TAP and the A340

I had thought that TAP had stopped flying the A340, especially with the A330Neo now entering service. However, on checking a flight on their website, for late July, I see that they have one flying from LHR to LIS. Is this correct?

When are they planning to retire them?

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by kaitak
Thu Jun 06, 2019 8:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KLM's first 787-10 Dreamliner (PH-BKA) is out
Replies: 31
Views: 9546

Re: KLM's first 787-10 Dreamliner (PH-BKA) is out

Any indication of what config it will have ?

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by kaitak
Sat Jun 01, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?
Replies: 37
Views: 4211

Re: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?

And now, of course, Donny Boy has to put this two cents in, by backing Boris. https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-48478706 Boris is probably having minor surgery to have his palm removed from his face. This level of interference can only harm Boris - "Trump's man" ... it help him in certain parts ...

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by kaitak
Fri May 31, 2019 9:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

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The new thread for June is now up and running:

viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1423725

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by kaitak
Fri May 31, 2019 9:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 201
Views: 21663

Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Good evening folks and welcome to our latest thread in 2019. It's been an interesting month, with some good and positive developments: - DAA commits to €40m spending plan for ORK - Air Baltic to make DUB-RIX year-round - First EI A321Neo breaks cover, now with engines. EI to put it on SNN-US this wi...

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by kaitak
Thu May 30, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Iran Threat Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 10674

Re: The Iran Threat Thread

It just goes to prove "one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter". The problem for Israel, particularly, is that for the people in Gaza and other occupied territories, there is no alternative. If the Israelis could prove to them (if they had the respect or interest to do so) tha...

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by kaitak
Thu May 30, 2019 3:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 15580

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

There wouldn't be any at DL, because their -100s were retired about 40 years ago. There are probably a fair number at UAL, because their last classics were only retired after 9/11. No conversion from the -100 to -200 is necessary (probably only a very short "differences" course for the SP,...

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by kaitak
Tue May 28, 2019 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Forgive my ignorance, but is "green diesel" for use only in agricultural vehicles?

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by kaitak
Tue May 28, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?
Replies: 83
Views: 15580

Re: What happened to the Delta and United 747 pilots?

I would imagine most, if not all, FOs, got their commands, as they would have been quite senior in the FO lists?

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by kaitak
Mon May 27, 2019 8:56 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau
Replies: 1405
Views: 81089

Re: Brexit part 6: Encore un moment Monsieur le Bourreau

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-48417228 Reading the BBC News website this morning, two things jump out at me: 1) Although the headline news is that the Brexit Party won 37-38% of the vote and was therefore the single biggest winner, anti-Brexit parties came out with 40% of the vote. The Greens...

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by kaitak
Sat May 25, 2019 6:33 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?
Replies: 37
Views: 4211

Re: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?

The whole Brexit thing makes me think of that part of the Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where they discover that the answer to Life, the Universe and Everything is 42 - and they have to build an even bigger computer (Earth) to find out what the question was. Here we have an answer (yes to Brexi...

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by kaitak
Sat May 25, 2019 8:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Yes, EI-LRA.

I thought we'd already seen it in full colours a few weeks back, just without engines.

Looking forward to it! Has EI announced any further conversions or options for it. I keep losing track. Possibly they're waiting for a firmer spec from Airbus on the new extended range LR model.

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by kaitak
Fri May 24, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Was 28 operating with a displaced threshold last night? I was on the apron at about 7.30-8 and noticed a number of aircraft, including the EK 777, landing quite long. Any idea of why this might have been?

Also, I see an AC 788 on the ground - which flight is this operating?

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by kaitak
Thu May 23, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Here's an anniversary we missed - and a pretty significant one too. 25 years of nonstop t/a links from Dublin to North America: https://www.rte.ie/archives/2019/0322/1037997-dublin-to-new-york-direct/ March 27th was the actual date. It was a hard fought battle and rivalries between govt parties and ...

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by kaitak
Wed May 22, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Iran Threat Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 10674

Re: The Iran Threat Thread

No one is saying that the regime in the Islamic Republic are saints, far from it, but the attitude of successive Republican administrations towards Iran has been "stick, stick, stick" - no carrot. You can't treat a country like this and expect to get positive results, especially not a coun...

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by kaitak
Wed May 22, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Does anyone happen to remember a flight from Dublin to a destination in South Africa? Can't find anything online but have been told it used to exist. Slatterys Travel chartered LTU to run the flights. It was a good service to have back when DUB Longhaul was very much limited to the USA. IIRC the ow...

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by kaitak
Wed May 22, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Why did CO choose EWR as their TPAC Gateway instead of IAH?
Replies: 19
Views: 3223

Re: Why did CO choose EWR as their TPAC Gateway instead of IAH?

And don't forget that, back in the late 1980s, a charming gentleman by the name of Frank Lorenzo was in control of Continental; it took over People Express, which by then had started an EWR-LGW service with 747s and this was continued by CO, which also operated LGW-DEN (and for a time, LGW-MIA). Wit...

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by kaitak
Mon May 20, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Iran Threat Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 10674

Re: The Iran Threat Thread

Apart from the Saudis (and the Gulf acolytyes) and Israel, who else wants to see Iran destroyed. From what I am seeing, everything is being manufactured, i.e. the tension is being artificially driven. My big fear is that in the background, Mossad (in particular) and other Israeli govt agencies are w...

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by kaitak
Sun May 19, 2019 1:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Iran Threat Thread
Replies: 175
Views: 10674

Re: The Iran Threat Thread

[ Yea I know Israel doesn't have the right to defend themselves. It's ok Sympathizing with terrorists isn't that becoming you know?[/quote] Deflect much, Nik? This is not, I repeat: NOT about Israel. YOUR orange god decided Iran is a threat. After Iran had played by the rules. After all our (former)...

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by kaitak
Sun May 19, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Austrian Government Collapses over Russia Scandal
Replies: 30
Views: 2632

Re: Austrian Government Collapses over Russia Scandal

Is there a suspicion that the Russians (i.e. the government or agents tied to the govt) tried to destabilise the Austrian govt? I'm guessing, being right wing, the Russians wouldn't have thought too highly of the Austrian govt?

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by kaitak
Fri May 17, 2019 6:40 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Who will be running for the next UK prime minister?
Replies: 37
Views: 4211

Re: Will Theresa May be re-elected as the UK prime minister?

May's deal with Labour is necessary to pass the Brexit deal and Boris has said that he'll sink that as soon as he gets in, so there's really little likelihood that the deal will pass. The only positive thing is that he will probably need to get a popular mandate, which will mean an election before t...

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by kaitak
Fri May 17, 2019 6:33 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89
Replies: 9
Views: 1377

Re: Former Australian prime minister Bob Hawke dies aged 89

A giant of Australian politics and what a legacy to leave. His successor, Paul Keating, wasn't liked anything like as much as he was (he had a wicked, often very caustic, way with words). It's true that the current batch of Aussie leaders haven't really measured up to him, though in fairness, not ma...

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by kaitak
Thu May 16, 2019 6:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2019
Replies: 36
Views: 5238

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

I'm interested in a cruise right through the Panama Canal; I know Princess Cruises does some cruises from Florida (Ft. L & Miami) to Los Angeles/San Diego and they would probably be my first choice, but are there other companies that do this - thinking of not longer than 2 weeks. Kaitak - my fi...

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by kaitak
Mon May 13, 2019 10:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

EI321 wrote:
I see Emirates EK164 that departed Dublin tonight was a 777LR, is that regular?


No, that's quite rare - nice catch! I think they've only brought in a 77L on two or three occasions before.

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by kaitak
Sun May 12, 2019 5:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airbus A330 Delivery/Production Thread - 2019
Replies: 37
Views: 10633

Re: Airbus A330 Delivery/Production Thread - 2019

For info, Aer Lingus will take two of the last A330 Ceos, both -302s, in November this year and March of next year, MSNs 1950 and 1951. (I think MSN 1951 will be "parked" through the winter, so that legal delivery can take place in time for the summer season). These will replace two A330-2...

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by kaitak
Sun May 12, 2019 4:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Climate change: looking for a word/phrase
Replies: 7
Views: 919

Climate change: looking for a word/phrase

With all the talk about climate change and political parties taking their stance, it occurred to me that there isn't (as far as I'm aware) a word for what the Republicans are doing at the moment (yes, you can call it opportunistic and irresponsible, but I had something else in mind). The Republicans...

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by kaitak
Sun May 12, 2019 4:32 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

I haven't heard of Irish Rail doing something like that; they seem to run a pretty reliable operation. We'd certainly have heard about it in the media if they breeaking down all over the place. The option of going from KIR and getting a plane down seems good enough (I'm assuming you mean the DUB-KIR...

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by kaitak
Sat May 11, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Curious that he said that ORK doesn't/couldn't support a WB aircraft, but most of the growth EI seems to be planning is based around A321LRs. I don't think there is "no" chance, but I suspect that if there is a service, EI/IAG will play hardball with ORK, and indeed with SNN for further se...

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by kaitak
Thu May 09, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cruise Ship Thread 2019
Replies: 36
Views: 5238

Re: Cruise Ship Thread 2019

I'm interested in a cruise right through the Panama Canal; I know Princess Cruises does some cruises from Florida (Ft. L & Miami) to Los Angeles/San Diego and they would probably be my first choice, but are there other companies that do this - thinking of not longer than 2 weeks. How does Prince...

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by kaitak
Wed May 08, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Biman Bangladesh Q400 accident at Yangon
Replies: 19
Views: 4408

Re: Biman Bangladesh Q400 accident at Yangon

Yes, more than duct tape needed there.

Third hull loss this week ... not a good one for air safety!

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by kaitak
Wed May 01, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20629

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

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Hello folks! Thread 5/19 up and running: here's the link ...

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by kaitak
Wed May 01, 2019 8:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25379

Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Good morning folks and welcome to our fifth thread of 2019! April saw some interesting developments - First Aer Lingus A321LR breaking cover; confirmation of two more A330s for later this year/early 2020. - Pax numbers up at DUB - 737 Max issues still causing headaches; ORK and SNN appear to be losi...

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by kaitak
Sat Apr 27, 2019 8:21 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20629

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Weren't they talking about some further A330s after these two? Where will they get others if they need them (assuming they're not going for Neos)?

Qatar Airways?

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 19, 2019 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: New Catholic abuse excuse: swinging sixties!
Replies: 90
Views: 5616

Re: New Catholic abuse excuse: swinging sixties!

It seems like we've drifted quite a bit from the original story, which was in relation to Pope Benedict blaming the sexual revolution of the 1960s for child sexual abuse. Personally, I find it sickening that he would suggest such a thing. Child (or indeed any other) abuse is nothing to do with openn...

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by kaitak
Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20629

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Disappointing to see "other" long haul traffic decline. EY having only one daily and EK reducing traffic due to runway work at DXB might have had something to do with it, but still not a healthy development.

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?
Replies: 2198
Views: 107597

Re: Brexit part 5:Bye England! See you soon Scotland ?

From @Left_of_London: The year is 3038. Parliament enacts the weekly ritual of voting down "Theresa May's Deal". No one can remember how this ancient tradition started or what it means. That is pretty funny :spit: Maybe Brexit was the question from the hitchhikers guide to the galaxy. The...

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by kaitak
Fri Apr 05, 2019 4:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20629

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Are Lingus seem to have no intention of taking any A350s at the moment. Surprusing that they havent ordered the A330NEO yet. As much as I would love the see the A350 at EI, I can see why it isn't coming for the next while. The A330 has served EI incredibly well, can perform all current routes, and ...

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by kaitak
Mon Apr 01, 2019 4:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Transition from current to "Neo" models, A320/330?
Replies: 0
Views: 655

Transition from current to "Neo" models, A320/330?

I was just wondering if Airbus has set a date beyond which A320CEO (and non-Neo A330s) will not be produced? This relates to Toulouse/Hamburg only, not Mobile or Tianjin.

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by kaitak
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20629

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Thanks for a new thread. With regards Apple Pay people are still having issues with it. Hopefully its sorted soon as it is a handy method to have. CX mentioned they want to increase DUB-HKG according to one of their Sales execs recently interviewed. The demand for the CX route has exceeded expectat...

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by kaitak
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24001

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

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Hello folks!
Here's a link to our new thread. Enjoy!
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by kaitak
Sun Mar 31, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20629

Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

"Tell me more, tell me more, like did he have a plane?" Sorry, got carried away there for a moment! Anyway, welcome to our fourth instalment for 2019. It's been a busy, though not a very happy month. The month was dominated by the tragic loss of ET 302 and the resulting grounding of all 73...

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