I've been a big supporter of BA charging a bit more for a better product. I refuse to fly airlines like W6, who frankly don't care about their customers and you are lucky if they even have the plane to take off, but anything less than 30" moves into budget airline territory and DOES inhibit on...Jump to post
Would a Lagos route need govt approval first? It would and from both sides. Unfortunately Nigeria is a very difficult business environment for any overseas company to launch into. The set up costs would be phenomenal and there is a lot of political red tape to get around (and bribe around too) that...Jump to post
https://www.businesspost.ie/news/no-need-for-third-terminal-at-dublin-airport-head-of-daa-says/ No plans for T3 at Dublin. Expecting passenger numbers to hit 40 Million. Perhaps they can manage that but just beyond security check area at T1 is thronged already so I don't know how they plan to funne...Jump to post
National carriers have always been established to enable trade and commerce flourish for their nations. Membership of the likes of the EU obviously now makes that a difficult game to play as it is often perceived as anti-competitive for governments to have active interests in state carriers but als...Jump to post
How many flights they operate? Malta is small, yeah? Do they need their own airline? Would the market not come in and fill the gap? Malta is a small island on the outskirts of Europe with little strategic advantages. The problem is if you leave the market to fill the gaps you lose the ability to pr...Jump to post
BTW, a question: Of all the Asian markets BA flies to, why is India the only market outside the USA they turn a profit on the most compared to BA's other Asian destinations which don't usually work out too well? I don't exactly remember why, but IIRC, it has to do with the fact that BA has the adva...Jump to post
I'm surprised EI are moving to Terminal 7. Their website says they use the Terminal 5 lounge until 23 April, then the T7 lounge from 27 April - https://www.aerlingus.com/prepare/airport-information/airport-lounges/ Since T7 is supposed to be being demolished, is this just temporary? I also imagine ...Jump to post
IrishTexan wrote:Lots of people arrived at DFW and discovered their luggage had gone on the earlier AA DUB-PHL flight in error.
The ridiculous idea of Flybe 3.0 is officially dead. Let's hope LDY-LHR can become a reality. I would think Loganair is in pole position to put their hands on at least some of the vacated Heathrow slots. https://www.standard.co.uk/business/flybe-wound-down-complexities-rescue-deal-administration-fl...Jump to post
BA has not operated CLT in over 20 years and back then it was operated by US Airways, on US Airways metal painted in BA colours. It was also flown on BA' s own 777s for a few years It was also flown on BA’s own 767 too. I did many trips there from LGW Nope, that was a US painted in BA colours with ...Jump to post
Well CLT isn't gonna happen. Not with the metal neutral JV and the AAnouncement today of a THIRD daily from April 15th to LHR. I believe it will eventually, like (almost) all other destinations are spilt. It’s just that BA have a huge deficit in long haul aircraft right now due to their shortsighte...Jump to post
Personally , I think the new Club Suite is a great seat, but a poor bed. Old Club seats preferable for sleeping. Couldn’t agree with you more. The old seat was a far better sleep. Genuinely, what makes it better? More padding/comfortable? Wider? Better lighting? More space? There’s a few reasons. T...Jump to post
The club suite has no storage space. I think it's way better than the old business class, but it's crazy to me there is no good place to put your laptop away while in the suite other than holding it. Also, I miss the shoe drawer the old one had. Last grievance is that it's all very dark... I wish t...Jump to post
TUGMASTER wrote:Personally , I think the new Club Suite is a great seat, but a poor bed. Old Club seats preferable for sleeping.
concordeforever wrote:March 23rd, I believe.
Reading the Business Traveller article on this I noted that they are using a blend of recycled polyester which is neither comfortable nor brathable. You're right. Doesn't look like they learned a lesson from the whole AA uniform debacle. It must be comfortable given 1500 people were wearing it for ...Jump to post
planemanofnz wrote:EI321 wrote:... Assuming it was the ex-Qatari aircraft.
What's the deal with these leases/wet leases from QR - are they just for a few months? Seems to have not been a great move.
Certainly be a good addition for Knock on the London front. However, my concern would be that the premium that will need to be charged to operate ex LHR will be great and with so many VFR passengers on the Knock routes, they may just not be willing to pay the premium. If the thinking is connections...Jump to post
What’s Hawaiians arrivals procedures onboard? Do they make an announcements 30mins out that seatbelt signs will be switched on by 20mins to landing or anything like that? I believe the seatbelt sign goes on at top of descent or earlier if conditions warrant. In my experience, HA tends to leave the ...Jump to post
Email from Aerclub advertising a new ''To Go Dublin lounge breakfast. ''. Eligible tiers/classes can go into the lounge grab a Barista coffee and pastries and take to the gate. Available 7 days a week from 0415-11am. Also there is a link to a preview sale of 4 million seats 25% off Europe and EUR17...Jump to post
What’s Hawaiians arrivals procedures onboard? Do they make an announcements 30mins out that seatbelt signs will be switched on by 20mins to landing or anything like that?Jump to post
Is this a scheme to pay BA intra-Europe crew lower wages? Yes[/quote] NO! At present EuroFlyer crew are all based in LGW paying UK taxes. As it so happens mainline BA has just opened MAD and BCN bases who work alongside LHR based crew on shorthaul flights from LHR. So thats where the EU wages are b...Jump to post
The HNL route has been “Crew-moured” for decades…literally decades!!!! Along with the 22 day HNL-AKL trip!Jump to post
A lot of you seem to have forgotten that Qatar and Malaysian are in T4…..Also Oneworld airlines!Jump to post
No mention of the A350’s but, in any case, I assume the planned and actual figures are very close. The Capital Markets day slides include an estimate of 34 A350s by the end of 2022 . According to planespotters.net BA and IB currently have 31 A350s in operation - a shortfall of 3 compared to the 210...Jump to post
Flight Radar is making for some very entertaining viewing over DUB right now.Jump to post
So IAG is : Aer Lingus EI British Airways BA BA CitiFlyer CFE Iberia IB Iberia Express I2 Level Vueling VG At least 7 AOCs in there, imagine throwing in the three easyJet ones as well! In all seriousness, easyJet UK operates almost identically to BA anyway with the A320s having little difference fo...Jump to post
Spent a couple of years operating on the A300-600. Nice planes, the A330 was clearly an upgrade but enjoyed them nonetheless….except for those bizarre lav layouts at the rear with the strange side aisles beyond the galleys and swing out crew seats.Jump to post
Statement from EI regarding the BHD-LHR route: “Aer Lingus is very keen to continue operating the Belfast City - Heathrow London service, which we have been operating since 2007. "We are engaging with the relevant authorities in order to allow us to continue to serve this route into the future...Jump to post
Forgive my ignorance, but each suite seats one, yes? I read the part about sitting "on an ottoman" to allow for travel partners to sit together to dine, but are you essentially telling me I would need to sit alone in my little box for 10-12 hours watching movies while my wife sits in her ...Jump to post
I was in it yesterday and Pier D seems to be doing most of the heavy lifting. That is the most productive real estate they have in the whole complex. I arrived very early and went off in the direction of 200-300 gates until my gate was assigned and there appeared to be more staff over there hanging...Jump to post
Unless BHD-LHR is burning cash, and there is no reason to believe it is, I cannot think of any reason the route would be axed. There is no imminent requirement for LHR slots or aircraft elsewhere. Something doesn’t quite add up here. My understanding is that domestic U.K. routes will imminently req...Jump to post
Fliplot wrote:A tunnel? From where to where? If under the new runway why not do preparation works while it was being built? Interesting!
BA operated a 777 on two LGW shorthaul services in the past week. On 29AUG a 777 flew a LGW-VCE round trip. Yesterday (02SEP) a 777 was used on a LGW-AMS round trip. The 777 operated in place of an Iberia Express A320. Today (03SEP) a 777 is being used on another LGW-VCE service. G-VIIP was used fo...Jump to post
The why on earth in my question arises from the notable downgrade in hard product on services operated by EIK/EIL. The aircraft have been sitting inactive since 2020 and entered into service in April. Could a refit really not have been done before they entered into service? The downgrade for Y is o...Jump to post
https://www.rte.ie/news/business/2022/0823/1318439-new-320m-runway-at-dublin-airport-opens-today/ New Runway opens. Exciting. This means EK will have an option of using a 388 to DUB, and SQ will be able to do non-stop to SIN, right? Sadly no, the runway may be long enough but the rest of the infras...Jump to post
Do you know if any of the Shannon crew have bid to fly from Shannon now even though they are DUB based? It surely must be a inconvenience for DUB crew to have to stay an extra night away from home Im unsure about the flight crew but im pretty sure the cabin crew dont spend an extra night away. Frie...Jump to post
This comes after decades of poor pay, poor pay increases, poor working conditions, continued pressuring of staff to fit more duties into their already busy shifts as workforces are downsized, disgusting treatment of staff by management and the travelling public, all while benefits were slowly strip...Jump to post
I know this topic is regarding Long Haul capacity, but I'm surprised they didn't swap the stored A321ceo's for the A320ceo's they currently are flying in order to provide additional capacity? Unless that was to trim down the crewing establishment as the A321 needs the additional x1 Cabin Crew Membe...Jump to post
nonrev wrote:Also a rumour doing the rounds that a certain Middle Eastern carrier, whose state has an ‘interest’ in LHR, hasn’t been asked to reduce their schedules.
Flew in from FAO last night on the EI497 and was absolutely amazed to see a large enough queue of people already waiting for EI checkin to open at 0215 this morning. The first flight from T2 was at 0505 but it was still a bit of a shock.Jump to post
They’re not IB crew, they will be BA crew hired through a local recruiting agency. Nothing illegal with that, so I’m not sure what you mean by getting around employment laws? I’m more shocked they got it past the union, although that’s not what it once was. Well actually the union has perhaps got i...Jump to post
How are they getting around employment laws? IB crew based in MAD will work MAD/LHR and then one of a few patterns from LHR and back to MAD but will be on BA aircraft along side LHR based crew. I understand AY wet lease, their aircraft, their crew more or less their everything. They’re not IB crew,...Jump to post
Out of curiosity, does anyone know if the congestion is as bad at T2 as it is at T1? Most of the media reports seem to be only covering T1!Jump to post
Really no excuse for this. This step up of travel has been planned for months so there should have been enough time to recruit staff. The ID delay has also been flagged for quite a while so should have been factored in to lead times. Plenty of excuses available unfortunately. The world is short sta...Jump to post
Footage from inside Dublin Airport showing long queues at around 6pm to get through security, meandering the length of the departures area. The DAA has apologised and advised passengers to expect delays over the coming days and weeks https://twitter.com/fergalobrien_/status/1508149152378761224?s=21...Jump to post
Just got an advisory message from Ryanair saying there are security delays in T1 and to arrive 3 hours before the flight (I assume it’s DAA understaffed again) has anyone been through T1 in the evening recently? Surely it couldn’t be too busy at 7:30pm. On a Friday I would well believe it especiall...Jump to post
Fliplot wrote:Have Aer Rianta any Russian operations left? I thought they had finally been bought out (polite for pushed out)!
Do we have any understanding how the Russian sanctions are impacting Aer Rianta International and their Moscow operations?Jump to post
I'm flying to London on Monday with EI; delighted these last restrictions are now being lifted. I am only taking hand luggage; the option to take the bag on board was unavailable, possibly because it may be a full flight. However, as I will have my camera in my bag, I'd rather avoid checking it in ...Jump to post