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by BrianDromey
Mon May 20, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 26316

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

I had a back-to-back comparison of FR and EI over the weekend. FR from LGW to DUB and EI from DUB to LHR. It's been quite a few years since I've travelled on an EI mainline service and I wasn't that impressed. I don't think EI offer very much to justify choosing them over FR. Both airlines did a goo...

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by BrianDromey
Sun May 19, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question re Ryanair Seat Pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 916

Re: Question re Ryanair Seat Pitch

I’ve never measured it, but in the region of 36 inches, at a guess. SeatGuru says 34”, for what it’s worth.

Even standard rows aren’t bad on Ryanair. 30” and slimline seats is fairly spacious.

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 17, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1255
Views: 179992

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

What about a big shot in the dark, and Indigo merge TCX with F9. Same type of fleet, relatively similar leisure-type network. They could beat B6 to the punch on the NEO TRATL if they get in there first. No. US and EU airlines cannot operate domestic flights within the others territory. Thats not go...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 17, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23332

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

And yet, BA charge what they feel they can achieve. Such is the breath of BAs non-stop route network from LHR that they can charge £326 extra. The level of premium traffic and high fares in London partially explains why BA favoured the A319 for LHR operations - to drive yield even higher and why BA ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 17, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 146
Views: 23332

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

And yet, BA charge what they feel they can achieve. Such is the breath of BAs non-stop route network from LHR that they can charge £326 extra. The level of premium traffic and high fares in London partially explains why BA favoured the A319 for LHR operations - to drive yield even higher and why BA ...

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by BrianDromey
Thu May 16, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 26316

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

Heard from a good source that MSP will be A330 from Next May 2020, sfo could be going twice daily, mco and sea could also go daily. Montreal is still on the table but may alternate with Ottawa Las Vegas will never happen due to being leisure traffic. A Texas route is also being looked at , possibly...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 10, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Abandon Boeing for Airbus + More
Replies: 55
Views: 16799

Re: Air Italy Abandon Boeing for Airbus + More

Air Italy certainly have style and social media wrapped up. They are all over instagram and clearly getting coverage in the airline press too, their branding looks great and the soft product seems of a high quality, with a. little Italian style. If that translates to good loads with decent yields is...

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by BrianDromey
Thu May 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to LGW, will UA and AA follow?
Replies: 51
Views: 9446

Re: Delta to LGW, will UA and AA follow?

Where would these airlines fly from? Are there any glaring holes in the UA or AA networks that neither has the slots to operate from LHR? Of UA and AA, I would think AA would be more likely, but with the large Joint Venture (BA) presence at LGW, their own large presence at LHR and dense BA 777 fleet...

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by BrianDromey
Tue May 07, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Bankruptcy Discussion Thread
Replies: 1255
Views: 179992

Re: LH ready to take over DE

The sole German airline of size, yes. But not the sole airline in Germany. easyJet and Lauda/Ryanair have sizeable presence. It seems this is mainly about long-haul. Condor has 25 narrow bodies (A320/321/753) flying to holiday destinations around the med. Not somewhere LH has massive presence or a s...

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by BrianDromey
Sat May 04, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 26316

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

Shame to hear the Stobart crews for BA aren’t great. I’ve never had a poor experiences over 100 EI Regional flights or on the two flights I’ve been on from SEN. I think the pilots are Stobart too, the pair of 190s are wet-leased. Doesn’t seem Stobart have done anything other than peel the Virgin Aus...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 03, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 26316

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

I think it's a low risk move by Aer Lingus... they can adjust the number of rows per flight depending on demand. Worst case scenario is the loss of one seat (a flight where only 1 passenger buys AerSpace). I don't know why they don't offer it on every route. Let the market decide. At a guess, they ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 03, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 26316

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

I missed the AerSpace announcement yesterday, better late than never. EI must have some confidence in the O&D potential of the product, the list of designations in the initial roll-out is substantial, its being offered across the board from London and Euro destinations from Cork, which goes blon...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380
Replies: 78
Views: 19425

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380

How much smaller is the capacity of the 777-9X expected to be? Emirates will have significantly more cargo lift, though.

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by BrianDromey
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 157
Views: 21197

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

I guess it’s a bit early to launch 2020 summer destinations. There might not be many LR destinations, depending how EI time the 757 replacement. So far we can assume YUL, MSP, BDL, SNN-JFK and BOS. They will still need at least one 757, unless some of the 2020 deliveries are in the first few months ...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 157
Views: 21197

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

I imagine the pencils were fairly sharp on that deal, considering they are last off the line and the delays to the LR have caused EI to have to cancel an entire destination outright for the summer season.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 157
Views: 21197

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

Aer Lingus warned over ‘misleading’ pet travel adverts Aer Lingus has received a warning from the national advertising watchdog after a customer complained that information around the cost of travelling with pets on the airline was misleading. The woman, who had booked tickets for a European flight...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15746

Re: Last VS A340

The A340s were kept longer due to 787 delays and engine trouble, I think. The 747s are pretty young (they were cancelled Alitalia orders in 2001/2). The 747s have a dedicated role from LGW/MAN/GLA/BFS to Orlando, mainly. They are very Y heavy and have very small Upper Class cabins. I guess paid-down...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?
Replies: 76
Views: 9743

Re: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?

With the 787 troubles - mainly production delays - customers did go an buy A330s and A350s. It got them looking again at their fleet plan. Admittedly the A320 and 737 are, more or less, 1:1 replacements. The A330,787,350,777 are more of a spectrum. But once a rival is in the door... Airbus might off...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 157
Views: 21197

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

The A32-LR is going to look great. I saw a few examples of the new livery in DUB recently. It really dates the old livery, I think. I like the -LRx reg sequence. It’s something EI haven’t done for a while, since the -DEx batch of A320s, I think. BA are very good at this, the A380s are G-XLEx (Xtra L...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus
Replies: 52
Views: 13421

Re: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus

I thought the A359 was quite renowned as a high and high performer, maybe not quite an A346, but still. That was also my impression. Rumours on the Irish threads that EI will begin taking A330-900 from 2020. At the moment EI don't need the payload or range capability of the A359. The increase in se...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian EI a/c registration
Replies: 14
Views: 2417

Re: Italian EI a/c registration

I believe Italy is unusual in that it requires the aircraft to be registered in the country of ownership, rather than operation. Hence the EI- Registrations, you might see EJ-xxx in the near future, between Ryanair and the leasing industry we’re running out of EI. Italy has its own registration bloc...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 157
Views: 21197

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

I think the ORK TATL flight would have struggled to be back in 2020 even before the grounding of the MAX. I think this disruption to the schedule will put the final nail in the coffin so to speak. DUB is where Norwegian will focus on and it hard to blame them. Based on? The reality is that ORK main...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 157
Views: 21197

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

Looks like no flights out of ORK or SNN until July at the earliest. Neither airline or airports will confirm though. They would have better off if they had just announced that from the start and not messed people about. It's a tough one for Norwegian, they just don't know the the MAX-8 will be back...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24505

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

ApplePay integration is great. The UK Trainline App accepts it, which makes booking tickets much easier. I feel more comfortable with my details held ‘securely’ on my device than in a corporate server. It’s also really convenient to bypass ticket collection queues, most Train Operators accept QR cod...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Air Italy Livery??
Replies: 15
Views: 3626

Re: New Air Italy Livery??

Is Qatar the main investor in Air Italy, not Etihad. The latter is EY-esque though.

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by BrianDromey
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz is back! Ryanair Sun to rebrand.
Replies: 47
Views: 7229

Re: Buzz is back! Ryanair Sun to rebrand.

I guess that FR need an ‘incubator’ brand to try things out. They have had three different hand luggage rules within 12 months. Given the signage, website changes, bad publicity and customer confusion it might make sense to isolate the parent brand from new concepts.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24505

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

ORK is not built for connections and EI already have the market covered with DUB and SNN. I've always thought EI would do well with a domestic service to DUB, connecting on to the TA and wider European network. While I think the flight would be great, the upgraded motorway really makes the ORK-DUB ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24505

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

Cork-New York flights ‘within three years’ Shopping excursions to Fifth Avenue and tours of downtown Manhattan could finally be a reality for Cork Airport passengers after management said direct New York flights are “two to three years” away. Flights to the Big Apple have been tantalisingly close i...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAX 10 for Ryanair and A321 for Laudamotion, early talks
Replies: 35
Views: 6372

Re: MAX 10 for Ryanair and A321 for Laudamotion, early talks

Before 9/11 FR were very interested in taking 737-300/400s, but the process they got from Boeing meant the 738 was a better bet. They even put adverts in national newspapers for airplanes! I think they will be quite happy to expand Lauda with use A320 and A321s as the come off lease, replaced at oth...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CityJet abandons the Sukhoi Superjet. A chance for the C-Series?
Replies: 27
Views: 6915

Re: CityJet abandons the Sukhoi Superjet. A chance for the C-Series?

It would have to be agreed with Aer Lingus as well and I doubt they'd want an ATR on the route but subbing it out to an E-jet operator is plausible, Stobart already do some flying for BA Cityflyer for example. There's currently a CityJet Avro being painted in full Aer Lingus colours so I doubt ther...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24505

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

For info, Dublin is one of only two bases where Ryanair do all their handling in house themselves, from check-in to baggage loading, engineering and even including de-icing. So the problems seen the other day were entirely of their own making, a commercial decision not to employ or not to train up ...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Mar 03, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 24505

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

DL could surely dip its toe in the water with a 757 service. If it was an attractive market, wouldn't they have been there already? In the end it might be like busses and both EI and DL launch the route in rapid succession. Great news if EI are to get two new-build A333s. Shame there is still no mo...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Mar 02, 2019 9:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 254
Views: 47819

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

The A350-1000 layout is known: 56J/56W/219Y The 77W configuration will be different too (New CW and 3-4-3 Economy). 4 new builds will have new Club World. The first aircraft to be refitted with new Club World are the other 12 77W which has been confirmed. Timings not sure. Whether they go to 788/78...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Mar 02, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options
Replies: 254
Views: 47819

Re: British Airways commits to ordering 18 777-9 plus an additional 24 options

Great order for IAG, BA and Boeing. The delivery scheduling is interesting. The current order is purely for replacement and by 2025 will leave BA with; 12 A380 (14F/97J/55W/303Y) - NG Club World, Current WT+ seat. 18 777-9 (8F 65J 46W 206Y) - Club World 'Suite', New WT+ seat. 16 77W (14F/56J/44W/183...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Feb 26, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery
Replies: 671
Views: 136034

Re: Confirmed: British Airways to paint 4 aircraft in retro livery

RE: the red wings for the A319 BEA livery, I just saw this written on FB: "The composites on the upper wing are very sensitive to UV and solar absorptivity of colours is such that usually only colours lighter than grey are acceptable (with higher reflectivity). The combination meant that we we...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019
Replies: 445
Views: 91553

Re: Manchester (UK) Thread - 2019

I guess the MAN flight will slot between the two STN services?

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by BrianDromey
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 168
Views: 20459

Re: Irish 2/19

I actually wouldn't rule out LCY given EIs recent return through DUB (which seems to be doing quite well). True, but it would in practicality still be operated by Cityjet or Stobart in EI colours. Not sure what EI branding would bring to improve what WX offered. (i.e. no connecting traffic). Indeed...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Feb 15, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 168
Views: 20459

Re: Irish 2/19

Ryanair to launch frequent flyer service from €199 per year It looks similar to easyJet plus, also £199 a year. - Select any seat on the plane free of charge - Dedicated bag drop desks. - Fast Track Security (selected airports, 43 airports listed, including AMS, CDG, LGW, STN, LTN, SEN, I think mos...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Feb 13, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 168
Views: 20459

Re: Irish 2/19

I guess there is no obligation to allow Priority Pass, etc in, direct them to the T1/T2 lounges. I don’t think 51st and Green accepts PP, for example?

I’m surprised this hasn’t become an Ethiad/No.1 “The House” to be honest. I guess the DAA veto’d A 3rd party lounge operator.

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by BrianDromey
Thu Feb 07, 2019 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 168
Views: 20459

Re: Irish 2/19

There is no way to connect airside at any US airport due to their immigration, customs and security requirements. The best you'll be able to do is not have to exit the building when connecting. Unless you are coming from a pre-clearance destination in Canada, Ireland, Abu Dhabi, Mexico, etc. You li...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Feb 04, 2019 8:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 168
Views: 20459

Re: Irish 2/19

Pre-clearance wouldn't matter if you were going to Australia :) I've also done this before - QF SYD-LAX and EI LAX-DUB. I didn't enjoy it, to put it mildly. It's a couple of hours longer than going through Asia for a start. The FFP element is probably less important for Avios collectors - it’s alre...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Feb 03, 2019 7:43 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 2/19
Replies: 168
Views: 20459

Re: Irish 2/19

Oneworld connect seems the likely entry option for EI. As others have said, AA/AY/BA/IB would be given, in view of the JV. I think three members are needed as a minimum for Connect membership. I guess CX might sponsor, but they haven’t codeshared with EI already, maybe their primary interest was get...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Jan 25, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on
Replies: 39
Views: 8710

Re: IAG Norwegian: my views 9 months on

however as a non-EU airline they'd not be allowed to have a majority share. This could be solved by having the rest of the shares bought by Air France-KLM. Norwegian could then become the long haul LCC that they wanted to have for some time, but never succesfully started. The short haul division of...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jan 24, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?
Replies: 18
Views: 3136

Re: Should Easyjet invest in a subfleet of A220-300s?

The A220 is a different type of aircraft, offering 180 seater CSAM and 150 seater RASM. But it also requires a different type of operation, thinner domestic routes in Italy, France, Germany and the UK for example. I do think the A220 is a different proposition now that it has Airbus behind it.

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jan 24, 2019 12:06 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!
Replies: 198
Views: 29710

Re: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!

Where are all the bodies coming from. I'm sure the population is only 4.7m Are there really that many travelling to the US/Canada? I wonder how many transit pax? Last week I flew LGW-DUB-SFO. Of the 10 or 12 pax in the queue at baggage drop at least 8 had transfer tags attached to their bags. This ...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Jan 23, 2019 10:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Level S19 Shorthaul Update
Replies: 12
Views: 2901

Re: Level S19 Shorthaul Update

LEVEL seems to be where IAG problems go to be sorted out. A sort of incubator. It seems to be used by management as a sort of Union-buster. Once unions organise in one business unit, flying gets transferred. From Iberia to Express, Iberia to Vueling, Vueling to LEVEL. Hard to see it as anything othe...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IB schedules 3x/daily MAD-MEX June-Oct19 all flown by A346
Replies: 27
Views: 4293

Re: IB schedules 3x/daily MAD-MEX June-Oct19 all flown by A346

Awesome! Frequency is totally where it's at. At both ends of the flight, there are likely lots of connections to be made. For Latin America, Iberia has agreements with Interjet, LATAM, Copa, and Avianca. Travellers appreciate not having to make extra overnight stays in order to make connections. I ...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Jan 22, 2019 12:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!
Replies: 198
Views: 29710

Re: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!

Totally agree it really brightens up the cabin and quite unique looking. The new digital boarding passes are great too. The majority on the livery thread were focusing on just the Euro white but when you take into account the whole branding refresh its very nice. I agree, the brand as a whole works...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jan 21, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!
Replies: 198
Views: 29710

Re: Irish 1/19 : New year, new ... us!

Some more details on the new Aer Lingus branding: https://lippincott.com/work/aer-lingus/ I think it does look like a coherent brand, for the first time in over a decade. I think the business class branding is particularly successful, the silver shamrock is very nice. This is a very modern brand, o...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jan 21, 2019 2:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT
Replies: 355
Views: 58933

Re: Updated: IAG to offload Norwegian Air stake after bids fail according to FT

(...) he believed Norwegian's decision to populate its fleet with Boeing 787s was the wrong one. It would have been interesting to know his view on what the right airplanes for Norwegian would have been. I assume the A330 given that’s what LEVEL is using. I guess it’s a play-off between capital Vs ...

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