Or it could just be money pinching! LH, LX, BA,AF to name but a few are serving food, some hot others cold. Even FR is providing a food service. Taking a mask off in a coffee shop is more problematic than taking it off in an aircraft. Most Irish coffee shops do not have air filtration systems.Jump to post
Can one participate in the EI regional tender without having aircraft, crews and even an active airline? Should all be entertaining! I expect we will see some movement in the on going merger saga between Stobart and Cityjet. Or perhaps McCarthy is behind the Flybe purchase?Jump to post
I liked the A321s
Anyone remember the original configuration with the half galley and toilet at door 2? Good old days from AMS on a friday evening with 10/12 rows of Premier Europe and the food trays being grabbed as we passed over Howth harbour? Fun times.
I locked horns, on more than one ocassion, with onw particular guy over a six month period. I have a minor disability and on more than one time he wanted to review it. As is my right I asked for either a room or a privacy screen. That set him off immediately i am neither ashamed nor embaressed by my...Jump to post
I am not sure SWISS is in any immediate danger! I think Switzerland would be less than pleased with the demise of two 'National carriers. I had understood that LX was the darling of the LH Group? Why destroy ypur star player? LX might be premium heavy but I would guess there are quite a few who woul...Jump to post
I still think there should be regional carrier consolidation. Cityjet, Stobart Air at least should merge. Then include a EU regional - Air Nostrum, Binter, etc. I appreciate size, in the current crisis, does not matter but small regionals will struggle. The EI tender will be quite critical assuming ...Jump to post
Even if the US borders were to open, who would fly there. Their Covid performance is neither better nor worse than anywhere else! If you reduce capicity enough then the metrics will being to look different. LH is showing encouraging numbers on some European flights just operating 2 daily rather than...Jump to post
Irelands economy is disproportionately reliant on big tech - Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Intel and the miriad of other tech companies. It is also heavily reliant on pharma. Aviation plays a part but not ahead of the above. The Irish Government remains the largest full service employer. You have not...Jump to post
I never said travel was bad! Neither has the Government. I believe airports and airlines are perfectly safe for travel. Its the destinations that are the problem and their level of Covid preparedness. Currently rhe UK is a shambles and The E U is closing down again. I am pleased yoy find it safe to ...Jump to post
Brian No criticism intended. Your points were well made. I simply think the current Government inactivity in aviation is deliberate and coinsides with their non essential travel advice. Whwn aviation reopens support will be available However annoyed at the stupid statement from the Dail Transport Co...Jump to post
I suggested airport/port testing and it got shot down in flames, all be it very convincingly. What work, where? Even if our airports were fully operational and people allowed to fly, who would fly and to where? FR has run a quite decent operation from all airports yet they are closing bases. I do no...Jump to post
Pressure on the Government to do what exactly? Obviously people are not flying! Do we want the Government to pay us to fly? Or pay the airlines not to fly? Or maybe be better to wait until we are flying again and rhen support aviation? The reality is that if the market returns rhen airlines will fly...Jump to post
As the State is the ultimate owner of DUB, ORK and SNN does this not provide some level of obligation and security for their operations? In so far as they are unlikely to close. I also believe that all their debts are Government backed. Is it possible the Government believes aid to aviation should b...Jump to post
Okay! So the doom and gloom is.now official. What aid would you expect the Government to give? Remember the the airlines are part of the wage subsidy schemes, they still hold refund.money and currently have very limited schedules! Any funding would have to be non loan in nature surly? I am disappoin...Jump to post
Brian Any positives at all? OA260 You seem so certain a lot of routes won't return? How so? If there was a requirement before there will be again. Maybe not as quickly as we might like. I do expect that travel will be different but I am not sure it will be so altered as to be unrecognizable!. More e...Jump to post
I simply do not understand why we do not have testing at our ports and airports. We are throwing billions at Covid so it can not be money related. There has to be people available, all necessary PPE too so what is the issue? It must have been talked to death by.now! Also why aren't incoming airlines...Jump to post
The idea is interesting but the cost would be extraordinary! The net funding provided by Westminster is staggering - over £20bln. Its good to see that almost all routes have returned to BHD and I think Stobart/EI made a wise decision. It may take a while for loads to settle but they should give it a...Jump to post
Ethernal your point is partly correct and would apply to those paying themselves. But there is also a percentage who travel on company money, where class and status appear to matter. It's really a silly money circus yet at some point in time we probably have all been part of the circus.it depends on...Jump to post
Good for you. Helps too that various airlines are adding a year, or even two, to current status. Only down side with the new Miles & More changes is status reduces from 2 years to 1. They might change that as a result of Covid but nothing so far. The FF programmes are being progressively diluted...Jump to post
A completely useless piece of information - late last year I had decided that for the period from 1st July 2020 to the 30th June 2021 I would try to achieve Hon Circle with Miles & More! Thought it might be fun and see what was possible. I think its certain it won't happen any time soon. Might a...Jump to post
Pleasing one is a lot easier than pleasing three. I would not ve a supporter of the current Government but think the idea of three voices at every oress conference is simply overkill and a waste of time. The addition of another layer, the cabinet committee, is so old hat and smells of jobs for the b...Jump to post
Guys you really do want it every way - government doing a bad job, airlines cutting schedules and no package holiday discounts. Any chance all these points are interdependent and connected?
Let's face it there will be doom and glum until at least June next year, if we are lucky!
If Stobart Air and CityJet could find the middle ground on a merger, and if the collaboration/merger with Air Nostrum then went ahead, would that not be a more viable solution for all three airlines? A battle for the EI Regional services does not make any financial sense at this time. Too clever of ...Jump to post
That may well be the case but the numbers and percentages reported do not add up! The use of the term "topping up from their own reserves" is being thrown about - are thry not EI staff and is that not how companies should treat their staff?
I guess I missed something here.