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by alancostello
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:42 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 82
Views: 8041

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

Somebody seems to have been a touch over-zealous on EI's Wikipedia page editing the A332 out of the fleet entirely and stating they were all retired in 2020. As far as I know just one was leaving from EI? At the very least it wasn't confirmed they were all leaving EI.

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by alancostello
Fri Jul 31, 2020 3:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/20: Angst in August
Replies: 82
Views: 8041

Re: Irish 8/20: Angst in August

klm617 wrote:
Aer Lingus has also ended DUB-MSP


Not particularly surprising right now given they hardly want to send an A330 there and an A321LR can't reach it from DUB with the current runway. We may see it make a return in a year or two when the new runway opens and travel hopefully recovers somewhat.

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by alancostello
Wed Jul 29, 2020 5:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production
Replies: 152
Views: 22351

Re: Boeing Confirms 747 Production Will End in 2022, Delays 777X Entry to 2022, Reduces 787/777/777X Production

It's not right or wrong, its acknowledging uncertainty. Anyone who wants to build a solid business plan based on global vaccination by Q2 2021 should probably ask themselves where the vaccine for HIV is. It's much safer to make a business plan with too little capacity then it is to make one with to...

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by alancostello
Wed Jul 29, 2020 12:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

Apparently AC will use 737 MAX on YUL-DUB for next summer I believe they sell the domestic business cabin as Premium Economy on this route too (with basically the same hard product as American Airlines in Domestic First/International PE). Not a bad little number for what is essentially a 5 hour fli...

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by alancostello
Tue Jul 07, 2020 9:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 7/20
Replies: 347
Views: 32982

Re: Irish 7/20

Not for the first time lately, one of my posts was deleted on here. Announced earlier that the DAA operated lounges in DUB won’t reopen until the start of October I've had this happen at least twice recently too, only for the same info I post to be posted by someone else a few hours later, no idea ...

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by alancostello
Mon Jun 15, 2020 5:47 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

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

United Airlines are pulling SNN-EWR route and will not return in 2021. https://www.limerickleader.ie/news/home/550635/breaking-united-airlines-won-t-resume-daily-service-to-new-york.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook Their most recent plan was to retire their international-configured 7...

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by alancostello
Thu Jun 11, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/20: The behemoth reawakens ...
Replies: 281
Views: 36584

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

I believe the An-225 was offered runway 24 but opted for 06, which presumably necessitated the backtrack to reach the designated parking position. Especially given that SNN is currently full of stored airliners, I imagine that the whole operation was carefully planned and choreographed. 24 would've...

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by alancostello
Mon Apr 27, 2020 12:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

On another note, it appears when AA return in the PHL-DUB route in Oct it’ll be operated by 788 versus 332 Interesting, where are you seeing that? I’ve read that they’re shifting PHL-LHR to 788 but nothing about DUB. I’m booked on AA DUB-PHL in early January and it’s still showing as A332, though I...

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 17, 2020 5:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

I was just about to ask if EI might extend the Stobart arrangement by a few years or put the regional operation out to tender? Not sure there is now anyone who can compete with Stobart, assuming it's not in court next week! I wouldn't be entirely surprised to see EI operate Regional as an owned sub...

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by alancostello
Sun Apr 12, 2020 4:00 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express
Replies: 28
Views: 6636

Re: Questions about JAL's B747-200 Executive Express

44F! Obviously a different time and a very different product marketed as F than today but still something that caught my attention as there is nothing flying with more than 11F seats today (if I am not mistaken). I'd imagine today's lie-flat J seats are probably an equal or superior hard product th...

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 10, 2020 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

… Emirates, as a full service airline carry over the required safety numbers so can afford to reduce cabin crew numbers. My point in raising the situation with Emirates is that they are potentially operating 77Ws (a 10-door plane) with only 4 cabin crew, and likely never more than 6 or 8 as the pla...

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by alancostello
Thu Apr 09, 2020 8:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

Not sure what's EI's policies are but Emirates have introduced reduced crewing capacity based on number and location of passengers: https://onemileatatime.com/emirates-flight-attendant-staffing/ Going by their numbers it looks like you need at a minimum enough cabin crew to sit at all exits immediat...

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by alancostello
Mon Apr 06, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

I'm not sure if this has been reported, but EI is considering retiring some A330's due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One would assume DAA/LAX would be the ones to go as they are the oldest in the fleet. https://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/news/88461-iag-looks-to-retire-bas-b747s-iberias-a340s?utm_source...

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by alancostello
Fri Apr 03, 2020 12:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...
Replies: 215
Views: 27824

Re: Irish 4/20: A bit of a dip ...

AA just announced reductions for their summer schedule, PHL-SNN and CLT-DUB are axed for this summer. ORD-DUB and PHL-DUB to resume from June 4th and October 7th, respectively. DFW-DUB from July 7th. (Though all of that is subject to further delays given what’s going). http://news.aa.com/news/news-d...

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by alancostello
Tue Mar 17, 2020 6:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37257

Re: Irish 3/20

Currently at DUB http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q493/travelpics2019/93C8A7CE-6667-4E70-9B32-032BFEF83463_zps4xahhxmx.jpg . http://i1160.photobucket.com/albums/q493/travelpics2019/8F997C83-B60F-4FA4-ABFC-B3795D3F8B44_zpsrrtahkzx.jpg Both of Nordwind's A330s are leased from FPG Amentum based in ...

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by alancostello
Mon Mar 16, 2020 5:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37257

Re: Irish 3/20

Side note but does anyone know why EI-EDY has had both nacelles partially replaced with white ones, were both damaged around the same time coincidentally? I never really liked how SAS has them painted in two tone. I noticed the same thing on the Boards.ie thread last week. It looks like they don't ...

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by alancostello
Mon Mar 02, 2020 12:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/20
Replies: 343
Views: 37257

Re: Irish 3/20

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A7-AEH (potential future EI-EIK for EI) is currently en route DOH-DUB https://www.flightradar24.com/data/airc ... h#2400bc24

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by alancostello
Sat Feb 22, 2020 5:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22623

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

Oops Sorry I asked about the EI uniform! Seems strange Louise would create such an unworkable monster, especially after staff involvement! She developed several versions through the process and almost every time they were rejected by EI for being too expensive to manufacture or for using fabrics th...

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by alancostello
Fri Feb 14, 2020 6:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22623

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

Interesting find on the Aer Lingus route map on their website. It shows routes from Cork to BRU and FCO. Are these expected to be launched soon? It also shows a connection from SNN to DUB? Is this the route map you're talking about: https://www.dynamicroutemaps.com/aerlingus-drm-2019/ ? The one tha...

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by alancostello
Thu Feb 13, 2020 3:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22623

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

There has been a lot of focus on the LR/XLR fleet and the A330s, but there has been no movement on the long-term replacement for the A330s or ageing A321ceo and -CVx A320s, especially. The A330 replacement strategy is 10+ years away, more than half the fleet is under 12 years old with 6 aircraft un...

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by alancostello
Thu Feb 13, 2020 1:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22623

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

It's only 8 A321LRs, three delivered, one imminent, and the other four I believe by the end of the year. Then 6 A321XLRs from 2023. So 14 overall, that will be quite the fleet! Can EI really go from 2 757s at DUB to 12 A321s? Are there that many route within the range of it? Absolutely they can, bu...

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by alancostello
Wed Feb 12, 2020 7:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22623

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

12 A321LRs is a lot, even with 2 based at Shannon. I’m sure there is a list of routes EI would like to serve, I’d be surprised if ORK, NOC and/or Belfast aren’t somewhere on that list. The order of the list is, of course, total conjecture. Sounds like it’s steady away for Cork, for now. EI clearly ...

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by alancostello
Wed Feb 05, 2020 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22623

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

Juneyao DUB-PVG no longer launching 29 March. Flights on sale from 26 April now. Cathay Pacific DUB-HKG on sale from July 1st. 4x Weekly Seriously?! Uh oh! I'm booked to fly April 8th to Australia via HKG, I was looking forward to trying CX's business class. Am I right in saying I'm just gonna be b...

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by alancostello
Sun Feb 02, 2020 10:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/20: February made me shiver ...
Replies: 194
Views: 22623

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

I’ve said something similar before but it bears repeating: EI don’t buy or lease planes for a year or two, they get them as part of 5-20 year strategies for growth and development of both the airline and the airport. The rumours about underperformance are so far just that, if they are true, it won’t...

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by alancostello
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23456

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

American will be upgrading to an A333 on the PHL route from 29MAR to 06MAY. More changes are possible; the airline is trying to transition this base to a 787, so we can expect to see more changes on the route. Also, some of the afternoon Swiss flights from DUB to ZRH will be operated by Helvetic, u...

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by alancostello
Wed Jan 15, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: BA retires first 777
Replies: 58
Views: 18128

Re: BA retires first 777

So it's a double first. The first 777 they decide to retire (aside from damaged frames) that happens to be the first they received. "It has flown for 20,663 cycles. In this time it has flown for an amazing 100,311 hours." That's an average of 4h51 per flight. That sounds abnormally short,...

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by alancostello
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!
Replies: 180
Views: 23456

Re: Irish 1/20: 2020 Vision!

Iberia cancelled their MAD-JNB in September last year because they couldn’t make it work, and that’s with significant potential for feed on both ends with BA/Comair in SA and their own European network not to mention their geographical advantage being one of the southern-most European hubs. EI haven...

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by alancostello
Wed Dec 18, 2019 6:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 12/19: Last of the teens!
Replies: 168
Views: 21563

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

The new united flight is year-round, but it is not daily year-round. Daily for the summer and then ‘reduced frequencies’ during the winter season, currently not specified how reduced it’ll be, I assume it’ll depend on how ticket sales go.

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by alancostello
Fri Nov 29, 2019 3:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

I notice United flew a 787-9 into DUB today and the flight was hours late. Assume it was a sub for the 787-10 In Newark. Hope they do launch a new route next year with the 4th DUB slot they have been given. Strange they did that, apparently the flight was oversold and some pax couldn’t fly Well ove...

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by alancostello
Wed Nov 27, 2019 4:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

I tried out The East Lounge last Thursday evening. I paid 50 euro at the reception to enter. As luck would have it, I was the only person in the lounge for the first 30 minutes. The staff were incredible, as was the food. I was in total disbelief that this was a DAA lounge! https://photos.app.goo.g...

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by alancostello
Sun Nov 24, 2019 5:10 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France A380 retirement/parking thread
Replies: 483
Views: 60931

Re: AF retired its first A380

Do not think there is anyor much secondary used market for A380s even if they are relatvely new at just below 10 years. Thre are other airlines which have been trying to get rid of their youger A380s to no avail.. Malaysian Airlines have 6 of such 7 year olds to be sold but so far there are no take...

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by alancostello
Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

I don't think a heavy check (C or D) and a repaint can be done at the same time as surely they require different hangar facilities. I think EI's A330 heavy maintence is all done in other countries, Bordeaux France was one location and I think one has gone to the middle east recently. I would think ...

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by alancostello
Fri Nov 22, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

By the time S20 rolls around, will any more of the A330s get a re-paint into the new scheme? I’m talking about those in the fleet already. This is arguably the slowest rebrand I’ve ever seen. There are still traces of the old brand around DUB - from check in kiosks, to airbridges, to the interior o...

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by alancostello
Fri Nov 15, 2019 4:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

That is why Detroit should be the next logical add for EI. Van we agree on that ? I'm sure Detroit is on the list of potential new US destinations. I was surprised that EI entered the MSP market, I don't think there is an especially large diaspora market and the place is a DL fortress. I'm less sur...

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by alancostello
Thu Nov 14, 2019 2:58 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

......Thank you for being honest. Yes that's it right there. If EI wanted to start YUL they could. But I'm sure YUL didn't write a check and AC showing up as they did on the route makes it a tough sell for them. I'm just tired of this cooperate propaganda that these airlines put out their and it ge...

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by alancostello
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

Pretty much smoke and mirrors again about transatlantic seats. They still have not added any narrowbody new destinations almost 5 years after announcing their new direction . All it takes is to add one new weekly flight to have a greater amount of capacity than it ever had. Growth is about network ...

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by alancostello
Wed Nov 13, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 11/19: One more to go and then one more ...
Replies: 197
Views: 24268

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

Pretty much smoke and mirrors again about transatlantic seats. They still have not added any narrowbody new destinations almost 5 years after announcing their new direction . All it takes is to add one new weekly flight to have a greater amount of capacity than it ever had. Growth is about network ...

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by alancostello
Wed Nov 06, 2019 12:27 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 158
Views: 17307

Re: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019

Just putting this out there for food for thought. While checking some sample bookings this weekend during the Notre Dame home game against Virginia Tech American added a 65-seat CRJ7 flight Friday between DCA and SBN which of course was full and then flew it back to DCA with some 48 or so passenger...

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by alancostello
Mon Nov 04, 2019 3:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019
Replies: 158
Views: 17307

Re: Indiana State Aviation Thread - 2019

Just putting this out there for food for thought. While checking some sample bookings this weekend during the Notre Dame home game against Virginia Tech American added a 65-seat CRJ7 flight Friday between DCA and SBN which of course was full and then flew it back to DCA with some 48 or so passenger...

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by alancostello
Fri Oct 25, 2019 5:56 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44161

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

Of course, it is a facile response to a facile argument. I don't believe there is any inherent bias towards DTW on this forum, but it's not like there is someone saying CLE (for example) should be linked to every other city in the world - you would tire of it pretty quickly, too, if someone came al...

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by alancostello
Sun Oct 13, 2019 5:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44161

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

The third A321LR for Aer Lingus, EI-LRC, has now had its customer acceptance flight and delivery is imminent. Aer Lingus has also been putting their first two A321LR's to good use this week, EI-LRA has been doing some afternoon and evening rotations to LHR in addition to the planned morning service...

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by alancostello
Sat Oct 12, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aircraft?
Replies: 99
Views: 21256

Re: Why haven't the 787's electronic tinting windows been used on other aircraft?

On a recent Qatar flight two of them were broken + one of the tiny porthole ones in the emergency exit door. The crew brought out black plastic/vinyl panels to tape over the affected windows, but it was impossible to get them to line up properly and stay in place resulting in little daggers of light...

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by alancostello
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:10 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44161

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

We've already seen a brief preview of the uniform. https://i.imgur.com/V1peraM.png?1 There's quite a range of options, at least in the earlier concepts. In the first part of the summer they carried out wear trials and eventually had a five week fitting programme. November was the month mentioned, n...

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by alancostello
Sun Oct 06, 2019 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming
Replies: 203
Views: 44161

Re: Irish 10/19: Winter is coming

EI321 wrote:
Delta's schedule seems to have the A330-300 operating on all its DUB routes next summer, JFK, BOS and ATL.

Sad to see the 764s leave DUB, I've had many enjoyable flights on them.


They're being refurbished into a high-J config and used on BOS/JFK to LHR and other premium destinations.

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by alancostello
Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27583

Re: Irish 9/19

I agree. I think that the fact that the plan for the initial routes to be deployed on has seemed to have changed since the first one went into service is suggesting EI may not have been fully prepared for this issue out of Dublin. I have to say i am surprised it is limited out of Dublin too. I thou...

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by alancostello
Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27583

Re: Irish 9/19

The LR at MTOW needs about 7800 feet, add in a wet runway and a tailwind and than 850 foot difference just won't be enough. I understand that, but none of it should be a surprise to EI, unless the aircraft is not performing to specs, that's the part I don't understand, they seem to be surprised by ...

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by alancostello
Thu Sep 26, 2019 12:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27583

Re: Irish 9/19

I'm a bit surprised by the apparent performance issues. Have seen EI-LRA take off a few times and the runway length used looks no longer than an A330. I thought the max runway length including stopping distance required for the A321neoLR @ MTOW was around 7500 feet. Max runway required for the stan...

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by alancostello
Fri Sep 13, 2019 11:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27583

Re: Irish 9/19

Regarding CX and DUB, I don't recall reading about anyone posting here who actually flew the service so perhaps the route is not as viable as (some) people assumed. Clearly, CX would not be canning a profitable route and I don't know of any other destinations CX has cut since the recent Hong Kong p...

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by alancostello
Fri Sep 13, 2019 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/19
Replies: 187
Views: 27583

Re: Irish 9/19

I think that CX might find a bigger fight on its hands when it comes back; You do wonder what damage it will cause to their brand. Friends of mine booked for OZ at Xmas and despite 3-4 calls to CX they have been told to wait til next week to find out whats going to happen. Seems CX are looking to r...

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by alancostello
Fri Sep 06, 2019 2:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH
Replies: 70
Views: 25825

Re: Inference: BA may acquire 6 x A380 ex-LH

A380 also works well on routes between airports that are not particularly slot constrained but require high number of premium seats at a particular time. They also work well for city pairs where there is limited demand for frequency due to time zone difference combined with travel time. LHR-HKG and...

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