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Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Sun Apr 30, 2017 8:32 pm

Good evening everyone and welcome to our May instalment.

Here's the link to the April thread - which hasn't been one of the fastest moving we've had! - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=1359317&start=100

Summer, at last, is at hand and we have some nice aircraft to look forward to at all airports; Lufthansa has just started its SNN service (with SAS to come, too); Swiss will be starting its CS100 flights to Cork and we have a double celebration there too - the first transatlantic flights from ORK, and the first 737 Max operations too (whether these will start at ORK, SNN or DUB I don't know, but the first Maxes will be on the Irish register).

Dublin, of course, gets Qatar Airways, together with new EI A330s (EI-GAJ is apparently now in the paint shop at Toulouse), not to mention lots of new FR 738s to join the fleet this Summer.

So, enjoy, relax and fly...
 
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Sun Apr 30, 2017 10:53 pm

"Angry passengers face spending the weekend in Dublin after their Aer Lingus flight was cancelled on Saturday.
The Chicago-bound flight was forced to do a U-turn just south of Iceland yesterday afternoon when a medical emergency was declared on board.
Flight EI-123 was two hours into the flight when a decision was made to return to Dublin.

The diverted flight was then cancelled and passengers had to remain in Dublin until alternative arrangements were made for them.
Not all passengers were able to secure seats on flights departing on Sunday and some were informed that they would have to wait until Monday before they could fly out."

Full Article: http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/ae ... 67577.html

Wonder if it was just purely to protect schedules given there was only a 2 hour turnaround in ORD and it would of equaled a 5.5-6 hour delay and a lot of missed connections on Sunday or crewing issue. I hope not the latter.
 
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Mon May 01, 2017 8:24 am

kaitak wrote:
Good evening everyone and welcome to our May instalment.

- the first transatlantic flights from ORK, and the first 737 Max operations too (whether these will start at ORK, SNN or DUB I don't know, but the first Maxes will be on the Irish register).
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Thanks for a new thread. I thought I heard the Max will do some PR events before at BFS/DUB not sure about the rest but I would presume so.
 
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Mon May 01, 2017 8:33 am

EI shave further increased frequencies to SFO this winter - an extra weekly frequency.
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Tue May 02, 2017 1:25 pm

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-i ... t-39777488

Early days yet but BD are off to a good start on the LDY - STN - LDY route.
Curious thought that maybe bmi regional could be the airline that could expand further from LDY.
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Tue May 02, 2017 4:41 pm

Jambost wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-39777488

Early days yet but BD are off to a good start on the LDY - STN - LDY route.
Curious thought that maybe bmi regional could be the airline that could expand further from LDY.


Great to see it and on my bucket list to fly. I have a soft spot for BMI even in its smaller guise .
 
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Wed May 03, 2017 9:35 am

OA260 wrote:
Jambost wrote:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-northern-ireland-foyle-west-39777488

Early days yet but BD are off to a good start on the LDY - STN - LDY route.
Curious thought that maybe bmi regional could be the airline that could expand further from LDY.


Great to see it and on my bucket list to fly. I have a soft spot for BMI even in its smaller guise .


Was very fond of the british midland brand and had a
good experience with bmi baby. Was sad to see them go but delighted to see the regional brand survive. Hope to see them expand in the future.
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Wed May 03, 2017 7:04 pm

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Dublin, of course, gets Qatar Airways


Perhaps oneworld's best business class product. This could really capture a lot of traffic going to Asia from BA as the QR experience and avoiding LHR should be a great selling point.

I recently flew QR from PSA-DOH-AKL and back AKL-DOH-FRA and the experience is unbelievable in business class. It leaves BA for dead on food, service, and the seats - even the old 777-200LR seats. They are arguably better than the new seats in my opinion. What an airline! I'll be flying them to Australia... hopefully they will have pricing that isn't too outrageous.

Hopefully they will do well in Ireland!
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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Thu May 04, 2017 11:58 pm

A3 extension of DUB-ATH route. Great to see it.


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Fri May 05, 2017 8:40 am

Kevin Toland: One big project at a time

Dublin Airport is beginning work on a new runway which, at an estimated cost of €320 million, is the biggest project that DAA has undertaken since it finished Terminal 2, says DAA chief executive

An old viewing balcony runs outside the windows of DAA chief executive Kevin Toland’s office in Dublin Airport’s old terminal building. It’s a vestige of the days when flying was a novelty and airport security was practically non-existent. People could come along and watch planes take off and land.

There are a lot more planes these days, ranks of Ryanair Boeings line up along either side of the pier that stretches away from Toland’s window, but the only people using the balcony are builders working on various jobs in the airport’s two terminals, most of which are designed to accommodate more craft.

Toland runs the State company responsible for Dublin and Cork airports. Last year, the capital’s gateway catered for a record 27.9 million travellers, while Cork grew its numbers 8 per cent to 2.2 million. The gap between the two is big, but they are the Republic’s largest and second largest airports.

Dublin Airport is going to see a lot of builders in the near future. It is beginning work on a new runway which, at an estimated cost of €320 million, is the biggest project that DAA has undertaken since it finished Terminal 2. While the runway has not created quite the same controversy, it has drawn its fair share of fire.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/tran ... -1.3071322


Speaking of viewing areas it would be nice in future if DAA finally set up a dedicated viewing area with live ATC. They never seem to want to entertain such an area land side.
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 9:08 am

So I took the plunge and booked MIA on EI's inaugural flight. With it being EI's first flight, mine and MrsRR's 10th anniversary, and having a bargain price of just over €800 return for two... the stars aligned and I couldn't not jump at it. I've read its operated by an A332, the last EI 332 I flew was EI-EWR, before it left the fleet the first time.
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 10:01 am

ClassicLover wrote:
kaitak wrote:
Dublin, of course, gets Qatar Airways


Perhaps oneworld's best business class product. This could really capture a lot of traffic going to Asia from BA as the QR experience and avoiding LHR should be a great selling point.

I recently flew QR from PSA-DOH-AKL and back AKL-DOH-FRA and the experience is unbelievable in business class. It leaves BA for dead on food, service, and the seats - even the old 777-200LR seats. They are arguably better than the new seats in my opinion. What an airline! I'll be flying them to Australia... hopefully they will have pricing that isn't too outrageous.

Hopefully they will do well in Ireland!


I completely agree with you about QR's product. I flew with them a few years back NRT-DOH-LHR return, and there economy product wipes the floor with much of the competiton. It was amazing. However, I have read and seen horror stories about the way QR treats its staff back in Doha.

As a result my moral compass has kicked in, and I've always said I'd never fly with them again. I know I'll be in a tiny minority, as I'm sure they'll have some pretty good fares and 1 stop flights from Africa and the Middle East to the Far East and Australia and New Zealand. Food for thought.
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 10:17 am

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However, I have read and seen horror stories about the way QR treats its staff back in Doha.

As a result my moral compass has kicked in, and I've always said I'd never fly with them again. I know I'll be in a tiny minority, as I'm sure they'll have some pretty good fares and 1 stop flights from Africa and the Middle East to the Far East and Australia and New Zealand. Food for thought.


You raise good points for sure. Everyone has their own opinion and morals, it is a personal decision. They do seem to attract a lot of the Gay community both frequent flyers and crew yet Qatar is not the kind of place to champion such rights and freedoms and that is putting it mildly. I know a few who worked for QR and hated it but then again no one forced them onto a plane to DOH.
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 11:13 am

OA260 wrote:
Kevin Toland: One big project at a time

Dublin Airport is beginning work on a new runway which, at an estimated cost of €320 million, is the biggest project that DAA has undertaken since it finished Terminal 2, says DAA chief executive

An old viewing balcony runs outside the windows of DAA chief executive Kevin Toland’s office in Dublin Airport’s old terminal building. It’s a vestige of the days when flying was a novelty and airport security was practically non-existent. People could come along and watch planes take off and land.

There are a lot more planes these days, ranks of Ryanair Boeings line up along either side of the pier that stretches away from Toland’s window, but the only people using the balcony are builders working on various jobs in the airport’s two terminals, most of which are designed to accommodate more craft.

Toland runs the State company responsible for Dublin and Cork airports. Last year, the capital’s gateway catered for a record 27.9 million travellers, while Cork grew its numbers 8 per cent to 2.2 million. The gap between the two is big, but they are the Republic’s largest and second largest airports.

Dublin Airport is going to see a lot of builders in the near future. It is beginning work on a new runway which, at an estimated cost of €320 million, is the biggest project that DAA has undertaken since it finished Terminal 2. While the runway has not created quite the same controversy, it has drawn its fair share of fire.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/tran ... -1.3071322


Speaking of viewing areas it would be nice in future if DAA finally set up a dedicated viewing area with live ATC. They never seem to want to entertain such an area land side.


If I remember correctly the new runway will have a viewing area.
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 11:19 am

Great to see Qatar in Dublin but their 787 is very uncomfortable in economy, real let down for such a good airline , hopefully they'll change the equipment soon
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 12:35 pm

OA260 wrote:
KIRFlyer wrote:
However, I have read and seen horror stories about the way QR treats its staff back in Doha.

As a result my moral compass has kicked in, and I've always said I'd never fly with them again. I know I'll be in a tiny minority, as I'm sure they'll have some pretty good fares and 1 stop flights from Africa and the Middle East to the Far East and Australia and New Zealand. Food for thought.


You raise good points for sure. Everyone has their own opinion and morals, it is a personal decision. They do seem to attract a lot of the Gay community both frequent flyers and crew yet Qatar is not the kind of place to champion such rights and freedoms and that is putting it mildly. I know a few who worked for QR and hated it but then again no one forced them onto a plane to DOH.


As a gay chap and a former QR crew member I could tell a few tales. It's much like the other ME carriers from that perspective (Qatar and Doha as a city to live in are pretty liberal as far as it goes down there, mostly they turn a blind eye) but the actual airline and management are ruthless and appalling to its employees right from aircraft cleaners and caterers to its pilots and fellow management. If the "Chief" doesn't like it, it gets dealt with regardless of whatever "it" may be!

If you have a bad experience with them, think twice about complaining directly to the company as it's not unheard of for an entire crew to be sacked over something as simple as a single crew member forgetting to put a lemon slice in a G&T!
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Fri May 05, 2017 2:56 pm

Does anyone know who's doing the ground handling for QR @ DUB? Cant see to find it on DUB website.

Cheers EI121
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 6:30 pm

I wondered if anyone could help me with a query I've got about Mobile Boarding Passes with Aer Lingus.

If you check in at the airport, Dublin in this case, and get a physical boarding pass, can I then log into the app and get a mobile boarding pass also? I know some airlines such as Easyjet and United allow this, I'm hoping Aer Lingus does also. I've not used the mobile app before, usually just checking in at Dublin.

On another note I've just had a password issue with AerClub, it turns out if you can get locked out for 30 minutes or so after a couple of incorrect passwords, but it fails to tell you this. Avios site does this so I presume it's the same rules as if memory serves it's linked on the same platform? Just an FYI for anyone who has any issues/a moan from myself. Unsure how it happened as I have a password manager that fills it in, ack well.
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Fri May 05, 2017 6:33 pm

Taity wrote:
I wondered if anyone could help me with a query I've got about Mobile Boarding Passes with Aer Lingus.

If you check in at the airport, Dublin in this case, and get a physical boarding pass, can I then log into the app and get a mobile boarding pass also? I know some airlines such as Easyjet and United allow this, I'm hoping Aer Lingus does also. I've not used the mobile app before, usually just checking in at Dublin.



You can indeed print off paper one at SSK then go into EI App and click on issue boarding pass and it will generate for Passbook.
 
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Fri May 05, 2017 6:55 pm

OA260 wrote:
Taity wrote:
I wondered if anyone could help me with a query I've got about Mobile Boarding Passes with Aer Lingus.

If you check in at the airport, Dublin in this case, and get a physical boarding pass, can I then log into the app and get a mobile boarding pass also? I know some airlines such as Easyjet and United allow this, I'm hoping Aer Lingus does also. I've not used the mobile app before, usually just checking in at Dublin.



You can indeed print off paper one at SSK then go into EI App and click on issue boarding pass and it will generate for Passbook.


Excellent! I haven't flown with them since the new App came out.

On long haul flights, I'll usually go to the desk and drop everything off and check in there. I like the experience...
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Sat May 06, 2017 9:22 am

IAG's low-fare brand could operate alongside Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus could operate alongside parent IAG's new low-cost long-haul carrier Level in the Irish markets, Willie Walsh has told the Irish Independent.

And he said IAG along with Ryanair stand to gain from a potential collapse of Alitalia.
Level was launched last year, initially on routes from Barcelona to North and South America, partly as a response to newcomers like Norwegian Air International (NAI) which is due to begin flights between Ireland and the US in July 1.
Mr Walsh said Norwegian's Irish push is not a concern for IAG's Aer Lingus unit.
"I don't think it's a particular worry, Aer Lingus has been doing that for many years," the CEO of IAG said.
Eventually, Level could operate alongside Aer Lingus on Irish/US routes he said. "Ireland is a market where Level could grow at some stage," he said. "Aer Lingus and Level could operate beside each other."

http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 85730.html

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Third terminal at Dublin Airport faces long wait for take-off

It looks like a third terminal at Dublin Airport is a lot further down the road than some recent speculation would have you believe. Since November last year, when Minister for Transport Shane Ross said he would get experts to look at the feasibility of getting the private sector to run terminal three, there has been a growing sense that it would happen sooner rather than later.

However, the review Ross proposed was meant to look at likely demand on the Republic’s airports between now and 2050, so it did not follow that terminal three is just around the corner. This week, Kevin Toland, chief executive of DAA, the State company responsible Dublin and Cork airports, said a new terminal was not a priority.

Dublin is already working on a new runway and still faces potential battles with locals over planning conditions and customers such as Ryanair and Aer Lingus over the estimated €320 million cost. That, and work on existing airport facilities designed to ease congestion a specific pinch points, is much more a priority than a facility for which demand has yet to materialise.

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/tran ... -1.3073379
 
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Sun May 07, 2017 5:12 am

The next A333 for Aer Lingus is out of the paint shop in Toulouse and doing flight tests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzrf4Od7qbA

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Sun May 07, 2017 12:18 pm

Stobart to restart Flybe's Dublin-Southend route

Just over two years after pulling the route, UK regional carrier Flybe is planning to relaunch its Dublin-to-Southend service in October, the Irish Independent has learned.

The service will be operated by Stobart Air, which also operates the Aer Lingus Regional franchise.
Stobart Air pulled out of a plan to sell itself to Dublin-based CityJet last December, bringing a 10-month long process to a bitter end.
Under the planned deal, CityJet would also have operated 18 routes from London Southend Airport, which is owned by the Stobart Group, using four jets based there.
When the merger collapsed, Stobart Air announced a deal with Flybe to operate 12 routes from Southend under a Flybe franchise arrangement.
Flybe is now headed by Christine Ourmieres-Widener, a former Air France executive and an ex-CEO of CityJet.
Stobart Air is basing two Embraer E195 jets at Southend to provide the new Flybe services.
It's thought that the planned Southend-Dublin route will also use a jet.

http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 70984.html
 
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Sun May 07, 2017 12:39 pm

Galwayman wrote:
Great to see Qatar in Dublin but their 787 is very uncomfortable in economy, real let down for such a good airline , hopefully they'll change the equipment soon


They seem to be admitting this themselves by sending an A350 on the first flight on June 12th. Nevertheless they should do quite well in DUB!
 
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Sun May 07, 2017 2:08 pm

Anybody know what lounge QR will use? I assume DAA Terminal 2? However, I recently took EK flight, and the DAA lounge was totally overcrowded, no available seats before the flight. Very poor experience, especially for F EK passengers
 
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Sun May 07, 2017 2:18 pm

OA260 wrote:
A3 extension of DUB-ATH route. Great to see it.


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Flying with them on the holibobs in June and looking forward to it! I experienced Aegean on a short hop in 2015 and was very impressed. Their product is of a high standard for inter-Europe and great to see them extending. Flights were a snip also at €120 rtn with carry-on only :D
 
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Sun May 07, 2017 5:40 pm

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Anybody know what lounge QR will use? I assume DAA Terminal 2? However, I recently took EK flight, and the DAA lounge was totally overcrowded, no available seats before the flight. Very poor experience, especially for F EK passengers

QR will operate from Terminal 1, so more than likely it will be DAA Terminal 1.

What has happened to the EY Lounge now that they fly from Terminal 1. Do they still operate it? If so, surely that would be poor for the passenger given its quite a walk from Terminal 1?
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Sun May 07, 2017 6:09 pm

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What has happened to the EY Lounge now that they fly from Terminal 1. Do they still operate it? If so, surely that would be poor for the passenger given its quite a walk from Terminal 1?


EY lounge still very much being used and so far it seems not much resistance to the change. When you have a lounge as good as EY which is by far the best in DUB you do not mind walking 5 mins more.
 
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EY lounge still very much being used and so far it seems not much resistance to the change. When you have a lounge as good as EY which is by far the best in DUB you do not mind walking 5 mins more.

IIRC the EY lounge is the nearest one to T1. Is is not, more or less, where Pier C once stood? The walk isn't that far really.

shamrock350 wrote:
The next A333 for Aer Lingus is out of the paint shop in Toulouse and doing flight tests.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pzrf4Od7qbA

Named St. Carthage / Mochuta


Interesting that it has a white WiFi randome. I don't remember the rest of the fleet being that noticeable?
 
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Sun May 07, 2017 6:59 pm

BrianDromey wrote:
OA260 wrote:
EY lounge still very much being used and so far it seems not much resistance to the change. When you have a lounge as good as EY which is by far the best in DUB you do not mind walking 5 mins more.

IIRC the EY lounge is the nearest one to T1. Is is not, more or less, where Pier C once stood? The walk isn't that far really.



Correct just down the ramp and a few mins on the right. I have been in it a few times and it is actually a strong point that EY have over EK and QR ( when they start ) .
 
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Sun May 07, 2017 9:44 pm

Just passed airport tonight near sunset and noticed planes taking off in direction of sea. Got me asking myself, does the low sun affect take off direction at Dublin (given vast majority of time is take off on westerly direction). Was not much wind today.
 
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Does anyone know who's doing the ground handling for QR @ DUB? Cant see to find it on DUB website.

Cheers EI121



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Sky handling are doing the ground handling for it .


And EY will be handling line maintenance. They already look after EK in DUB (along with support for LX and LH).
 
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Mon May 08, 2017 7:20 am

Looks like Aer Lingus is doubling Miami. From right around Christmas through end of winter timetable, MIA-DUB will be 6w instead of planned 3w.
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CityJet soars high as it breaks wet-lease barrier

CityJet, the Dublin-headquartered airline, has surpassed its target to have most of its business derived from wet-lease operations by the end of the year.
CityJet, which opens a new crew base in Tallinn, Estonia, in the summer, had aimed to have at least 80pc of its aircraft operating on wet lease and charter services by year end. However, wet leases - where a third party provides crew and aircraft to a client airline - now accounts for more than 80pc of the airline's business.
"It's a far cry from the past when a solitary contract with Air France supplemented the airline's extensive scheduled - and own-risk - network," said CityJet Chief Commercial Officer Cathal O'Connell.
"Aviation is a numbers business and our latest statistics show that 33 of our 44 passenger aircraft - up from 18 in 2015 - operate on wet-lease contracts.
"In 2015, we employed just over 500 staff. Today that figure is in excess of 1,200," he added.

CityJet will this month incorporate a new wet-lease service with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines on the Amsterdam to London City Airport route.

http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 87612.html

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Derry airport in talks on potential new routes

City of Derry Airport bosses are in talks with new London Stansted carrier BMI Regional about the potential for other routes from the Eglinton facility. Roy Devine, chairman of City of Derry Airport (CoDA) said there may be scope in the future for new routes to Birmingham and Bristol, while discussions on other routes are continuing with different airlines.

http://www.derryjournal.com/news/derry- ... -1-7948968
 
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Mon May 08, 2017 7:24 pm

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Looks like Aer Lingus is doubling Miami. From right around Christmas through end of winter timetable, MIA-DUB will be 6w instead of planned 3w.


I wonder what that means for the proposed Las Vegas winter route.
 
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Mon May 08, 2017 7:29 pm

EI321 wrote:
MAH4546 wrote:
Looks like Aer Lingus is doubling Miami. From right around Christmas through end of winter timetable, MIA-DUB will be 6w instead of planned 3w.


I wonder what that means for the proposed Las Vegas winter route.


Maybe the planes will do extra MIA flights instead? Also I think MCO was supposed to be 4w in winter, it is now showing 3w.
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Mon May 08, 2017 7:52 pm

Had the misfortune to fly EI to MUC this evening rather than LH, shall not be making that error of judgment again in a hurry. With the shambolic Aer Club (missing enough flights to take me to the next tier, but assured they will appear on the next phase roll-out, but still don't have the 'status' so what's the 'point'?) to the atrocious 'service' on board, I could have enjoyed Business class with LH for the mid-range price of EI... No contest.
 
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Tue May 09, 2017 12:15 pm

I note an Egyptair B738 is en-route to DUB from Beirut at the moment (1313hrs 9 May, flight MSR3001). What's it doing? Charter?
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Tue May 09, 2017 4:10 pm

oly720man wrote:
I note an Egyptair B738 is en-route to DUB from Beirut at the moment (1313hrs 9 May, flight MSR3001). What's it doing? Charter?


It's bringing soldiers to the leb
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Tue May 09, 2017 5:51 pm

Ticketyboo wrote:
Had the misfortune to fly EI to MUC this evening rather than LH, shall not be making that error of judgment again in a hurry. With the shambolic Aer Club (missing enough flights to take me to the next tier, but assured they will appear on the next phase roll-out, but still don't have the 'status' so what's the 'point'?) to the atrocious 'service' on board, I could have enjoyed Business class with LH for the mid-range price of EI... No contest.


Overlooking the continued problems with AerClub, what was so bad about the service on board? I've never found anything wrong with it at all.
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Tue May 09, 2017 7:59 pm

ClassicLover wrote:
Ticketyboo wrote:
Had the misfortune to fly EI to MUC this evening rather than LH, shall not be making that error of judgment again in a hurry. With the shambolic Aer Club (missing enough flights to take me to the next tier, but assured they will appear on the next phase roll-out, but still don't have the 'status' so what's the 'point'?) to the atrocious 'service' on board, I could have enjoyed Business class with LH for the mid-range price of EI... No contest.


Overlooking the continued problems with AerClub, what was so bad about the service on board? I've never found anything wrong with it at all.


Announced as departing for Hamburg - nope, definitely Munich. FA's could have cared less about service, of the 2+ hour flight the overpriced in-flight offering arrived with barely 30 mins duration remaining. Over €10 for a wine, piece of cake and a water. So, all in, a trip of almost €400 and doesn't compare to LH product. Perhaps I'm being overly fussy, I'd like our national carrier to be first choice, but...
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Tue May 09, 2017 9:05 pm

Ticketyboo wrote:
So, all in, a trip of almost €400 and doesn't compare to LH product. Perhaps I'm being overly fussy, I'd like our national carrier to be first choice, but...


Sadly that is where Aer Space was supposed to come in but has been put on ice maybe never to be seen again. As for AerClub still issues myself with flight credits missing. I have got used to filling out the missing flights claim form within hours of landing as I know it will not post otherwise. I have had a few trickle through from late last year early this year but they certainly need to get their act together. At least I can log into my account and transfer AVIOS from Supervalu so half way there! I must also mention I set up a new Supervalu account and this was not without incident either. 2 live chats and 3 phone calls to finally get points credited from shopping online and Electric Ireland bill. I was not that impressed with their customer contact center to be honest. At least AerClub have friendly staff even if they cant do anything.
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Wed May 10, 2017 8:45 am

Ax586 wrote:
oly720man wrote:
I note an Egyptair B738 is en-route to DUB from Beirut at the moment (1313hrs 9 May, flight MSR3001). What's it doing? Charter?


It's bringing soldiers to the leb


OK, thanks.
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Wed May 10, 2017 9:54 am

FR are sending out emails to all passengers with regards to check in times.

'' Due to extended Travel Document Checks by Border Control Authorities, customers are advised to expect possible delays at immigration control points across our European network.

Ryanair advises customers to arrive at least 3 hours before the scheduled departure time of their flight, to ensure they have sufficient time to arrive at the boarding gate at our recommended 30 minutes prior to their scheduled fight departure time. ''
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Wed May 10, 2017 6:46 pm

With Boeing halting 737MAX flights due to turbine cracks does this impact the big debut of Norwegian service to places like Providence etc?
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Wed May 10, 2017 8:27 pm

Some great archives here of the then new Terminal in 1972 :

https://www.rte.ie/archives/2017/0426/8 ... -terminal/
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Thu May 11, 2017 3:07 am

SNN runway rehab underway. Was surprised that this is only the second rehab since original construction in 1961.
http://clareherald.com/2017/05/e15m-upg ... way-25155/
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Thu May 11, 2017 7:27 am

chrisnh wrote:
With Boeing halting 737MAX flights due to turbine cracks does this impact the big debut of Norwegian service to places like Providence etc?


No, they were going to start with the 737-800 and introduce the MAX once they were delivered. This setback will probably result in a delay in the MAX operating the route but not the route itself.
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Thu May 11, 2017 7:48 am

Kerry Airport starts talks on routes

The number of passengers using Kerry Airport, the privately owned regional airport in Farranfore, between Killarney and Tralee, continues to rise, as the airport starts talks on its subsidised routes.

Some 325,670 passengers travelled through Kerry in 2016 compared to 307,000 the previous year, an increase of 6%, according to the Kerry Airport company results.

It had profits after tax of €287,613, up from just €30,980 the previous year.

The daily Kerry-Dublin essential services route, which are subsidised by the Government and the EU, were up 10%; the daily London routes to Luton and Stansted were up 9%; and Frankfurt-Hahn, which operates four times a week between March and October, also grew 9%.

The airport is keen to increase connections with Germany.

Chairman Denis Cregan announced a new twice weekly service to Berlin, beginning in November.

Load factors on the summer sun routes to Alicante and Faro also increased significantly.

It is the second year in succession the airport has seen numbers increase.

Turnover increased from €5.8m to €6m, reflecting increased passenger-related revenues for the year.

http://www.irishexaminer.com/business/k ... 49754.html

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Record numbers pass through Dublin airport

A record 2.5 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in April, a 12pc increase on the same period last year, the latest figures from the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) show.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 13pc with almost 1.3 million passengers travelling this route sector in April, while UK traffic increased by 5pc as almost 851,000 passengers travelled to and from the UK last month.

Meanwhile the transatlantic passenger volumes grew by 34pc with almost 263,000 passengers travelling to and from North America in April.

The traffic numbers were boosted by the timing of Easter, the DAA said.

http://www.independent.ie/business/iris ... 99963.html
 
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Re: Irish 5.17: Summer flying fun

Thu May 11, 2017 9:36 pm

KLM to add a fifth daily AMS service from 10 July operating on M, W and Fr before going daily from 1 September until 28 October. Looks like WX metal will be operating it.

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