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Sun Nov 19, 2017 11:47 pm

Galwayman wrote:
Bored senseless with tedious USA routes .... just dreaming of something a bit more interesting .....

'We will see QR TATL before the above. ;)' ??????
QR TATL from Dublin???? what's that about ???



I concur...it’s like there’s only one ocean on the planet! I still think EI could make a few of the exotic routes work, but may take a little imagination...
 
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Mon Nov 20, 2017 5:32 pm

Galwayman wrote:
Bored senseless with tedious USA routes .... just dreaming of something a bit more interesting .....

'We will see QR TATL before the above. ;)' ??????
QR TATL from Dublin???? what's that about ???


He was saying that the chances of what was above in the post he was referencing were about as much as QR operating TATL from DUB ie pigs will fly before that happens!
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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Mon Nov 20, 2017 8:16 pm

EI-GCF is just in on flight EI2535.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:20 am

I note that Dublin Airport's website has a Gaelic option, but Aer Lingus' website does not. Aer Lingus does fly to some Gaeltacht areas, such as CFN (albeit through Aer Lingus Regional) and frequently uses Gaelic announcements (albeit short ones) on-board. Is there merit in Aer Lingus offering a Gaelic website?

Cheers,

C.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:29 am

planemanofnz wrote:
I note that Dublin Airport's website has a Gaelic option, but Aer Lingus' website does not. Aer Lingus does fly to some Gaeltacht areas, such as CFN (albeit through Aer Lingus Regional) and frequently uses Gaelic announcements (albeit short ones) on-board. Is there merit in Aer Lingus offering a Gaelic website?

Cheers,

C.


Do any of their customers speak Irish solely?
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:40 am

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Do any of their customers speak Irish solely?

I would say only a handful, but Aer Lingus is the flag carrier of Ireland - a country which takes its native language seriously. With Gaelic the language of Aer Lingus' name, I would have thought that Aer Lingus would have had more branding around its Gaelic background - perhaps I am being totally uncommercial.

Cheers,

C.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:42 am

For what it's worth, the language itself is called Gaeilge, Gaelic is the branch of the language.

Aer Lingus is also an anglicization, the actual Irish is 'aerloingeas' which means air fleet.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:27 pm

Some Good News:

High Court throws out three challenges to Dublin Airport's plans for second runway

Three legal challenges against plans for a new €320m runway at Dublin Airport have been thrown out by the High Court.
Mr Justice Max Barrett today dismissed the actions which arose over the proposed development of a 3,110 metre runway, located on 261 hectares in townlands north and north west of the airport terminal building.
The second runway has been deemed vital by parties including the Dublin Airport Authority to proposals to turn the airport into an international hub.
The cases have been adjourned to allow the various parties consider the court ruling. It is not known if an appeal will be taken against any of the court decisions.

http://www.breakingnews.ie/ireland/high ... 15149.html
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 1:55 pm

There is a requirement under the Offical Languages Act that state/semi-state bodies must offer an Irish language option on any communications platforms. DAA is semi-state body but EI is not.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:24 pm

AmricanShamrok wrote:
There is a requirement under the Offical Languages Act that state/semi-state bodies must offer an Irish language option on any communications platforms. DAA is semi-state body but EI is not.

Are the other airports also covered by this too?

I don't see Gaelic options on the SNN website.

Cheers,

C.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 6:58 pm

Some nice pics of EI-GCF on insta

https://instagram.com/p/Bbw9JtYjkOH/
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:24 pm

planemanofnz wrote:
Dardania wrote:
Do any of their customers speak Irish solely?

I would say only a handful, but Aer Lingus is the flag carrier of Ireland - a country which takes its native language seriously. With Gaelic the language of Aer Lingus' name, I would have thought that Aer Lingus would have had more branding around its Gaelic background - perhaps I am being totally uncommercial.

Cheers,

C.


Its a cultural language which most Irish do not speak and have no interest becoming fluent in. It plays little in everyday life apart from street signs. Polish is the second language in Ireland if you are to go by what people actually speak due to the Polish community.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 10:36 pm

OA260 wrote:
planemanofnz wrote:
Dardania wrote:
Do any of their customers speak Irish solely?

I would say only a handful, but Aer Lingus is the flag carrier of Ireland - a country which takes its native language seriously. With Gaelic the language of Aer Lingus' name, I would have thought that Aer Lingus would have had more branding around its Gaelic background - perhaps I am being totally uncommercial.

Cheers,

C.


Its a cultural language which most Irish do not speak and have no interest becoming fluent in. It plays little in everyday life apart from street signs. Polish is the second language in Ireland if you are to go by what people actually speak due to the Polish community.


It would be a nice touch but unfortunately the expense of translating everything on the website into Irish (including ticketing systems etc) would be far too high to be justifiable, especially when these days, anyone who speaks Irish can also speak fluent English.
 
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Tue Nov 21, 2017 11:23 pm

Although I understand that 'GCF is to be parked at DUB over the winter, I was just wondering if it would be available as an "operations reserve aircraft", should it be necessary at some stage between now and next Summer?

Hardly a good idea to be paying the expense of hiring an aircraft and crew at short notice (which must be very expensive) , when you have a $200m aircraft standing idle!

Incidentally, something else to look forward to next Summer ... Dublin figures among TK's first 737Max routes; the aircraft will be operated on the afternoon flight (TK 1976/77); scheduled arrival into DUB of c.1545.
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:01 am

I believe the cost and level of work involved in getting a “stored” aircraft into service at short notice far outweighs the cost of hiring one in for a short time.

Even with a stored frame there are ongoing costs and regular maintenance checks, it may be sleeping but a lot of effort goes into keeping it alive so to speak.
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:38 am

kaitak wrote:
Although I understand that 'GCF is to be parked at DUB over the winter, I was just wondering if it would be available as an "operations reserve aircraft", should it be necessary at some stage between now and next Summer?

Hardly a good idea to be paying the expense of hiring an aircraft and crew at short notice (which must be very expensive) , when you have a $200m aircraft standing idle!

Incidentally, something else to look forward to next Summer ... Dublin figures among TK's first 737Max routes; the aircraft will be operated on the afternoon flight (TK 1976/77); scheduled arrival into DUB of c.1545.


Looking forward to flying the Max with TK .
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:41 am

Norwegian, Icelandair, Air Canada and Turkish will all operate the 737 Max in Dublin next year!

Incidentally, I will be flying on Aegean from DUB to ATH on 1st December. Any thoughts about their service or what to expect?
Thanks!
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:54 pm

Skyblue39 wrote:
Norwegian, Icelandair, Air Canada and Turkish will all operate the 737 Max in Dublin next year!

Incidentally, I will be flying on Aegean from DUB to ATH on 1st December. Any thoughts about their service or what to expect?
Thanks!


I flew Aegean last year Corfu-Athens-Corfu daytrip,i have nothing but the height of praise for them,comfortable seats great crew and a drink and a snack for the 45 minute flight, I believe on longer flights you get a full meal.
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:21 pm

Skyblue39 wrote:
Norwegian, Icelandair, Air Canada and Turkish will all operate the 737 Max in Dublin next year!

Incidentally, I will be flying on Aegean from DUB to ATH on 1st December. Any thoughts about their service or what to expect?
Thanks!


DUB-ATH a hot meal and free bar. Basically how airlines used to be before all the cuts .
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:22 pm

The aircraft is been stored because there is adequate fleet capacity to cover winter and most importantly from an accounting prospective it makes more sense to wait until next year to “bring the aircraft into use”.

If there was a major operational problem it will be used.
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 3:29 pm

OA260 wrote:
Skyblue39 wrote:
Norwegian, Icelandair, Air Canada and Turkish will all operate the 737 Max in Dublin next year!

Incidentally, I will be flying on Aegean from DUB to ATH on 1st December. Any thoughts about their service or what to expect?
Thanks!


DUB-ATH a hot meal and free bar. Basically how airlines used to be before all the cuts .


Thank you! Just what I wanted to hear :-)
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 4:01 pm

Skyblue39 wrote:
Some Good News:

High Court throws out three challenges to Dublin Airport's plans for second runway


I was pretty happy to read this. You can virtually guarantee that the airport was there before these people moved into their houses. Onwards and upwards, lets hope they move with the construction nice and fast.
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:32 pm

ClassicLover wrote:
Skyblue39 wrote:
Some Good News:

High Court throws out three challenges to Dublin Airport's plans for second runway


I was pretty happy to read this. You can virtually guarantee that the airport was there before these people moved into their houses. Onwards and upwards, lets hope they move with the construction nice and fast.



I'll second that, it along with T3 is desperately needed and I can only but hope that the DAA have the wherewithal to actually 'future proof' to a reasonable degree when presented with the opportunity.
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 5:49 pm

Ticketyboo wrote:
ClassicLover wrote:
Skyblue39 wrote:
Some Good News:

High Court throws out three challenges to Dublin Airport's plans for second runway


I was pretty happy to read this. You can virtually guarantee that the airport was there before these people moved into their houses. Onwards and upwards, lets hope they move with the construction nice and fast.



I'll second that, it along with T3 is desperately needed and I can only but hope that the DAA have the wherewithal to actually 'future proof' to a reasonable degree when presented with the opportunity.


Why is it desperately needed??
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 7:53 pm

My EI A330 ride to IAD next August has been replaced by a B757. Is this a permanent switch or could it revert to a 330?
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 8:03 pm

airfinglas wrote:
My EI A330 ride to IAD next August has been replaced by a B757. Is this a permanent switch or could it revert to a 330?


Some indications suggest so however current schedules indicate 5 B752 with only 4 in the fleet. So either one of the other B752 routes will move to A330 or another one joining!
 
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Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:44 pm

airfinglas wrote:
My EI A330 ride to IAD next August has been replaced by a B757. Is this a permanent switch or could it revert to a 330?


My understanding is that in order for Philadelphia to operate, a 757 was robbed from IAD and replaced with an A330 on the days that PHL is operating. On the other days, the 757 is operating to IAD.
 
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 8:41 am

WATCH: Night time resurfacing of Dublin Airport runway is brought forward
The 18-month project is due to finish by the end of April next year

The daa says work to resurface Dublin Airport's main runway is being brought forward by two hours each day.

Work on the runway, known as R10/28, is more than two-thirds complete.

The runway, which is 28 years old, also needs an upgrade of its ground lighting system and a full replacement of all cabling and ducting.

The 18-month project started in November 2016, and the airport say it is essential to ensure the airport's main runway can continue to operate safely.

http://www.newstalk.com/Night-time-resu ... ht-forward

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Air Traffic at Shannon took off last month.

The latest figures from the Irish Aviation Authority show a 5.8% rise in the number of commercial terminal traffic at the Midwest Airport in October.

It’s the highest of any Irish Airport, with Cork and Dublin experiencing rises of 4.3% and 3.4% respectively.

http://www.clare.fm/news/air-traffic-so ... n-airport/
 
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 7:40 pm

OA260 wrote:

The daa says work to resurface Dublin Airport's main runway is being brought forward by two hours each day.

Work on the runway, known as R10/28, is more than two-thirds complete./


Do the works take place on Saturday and Sunday night's? I've been through before 5 on a few Monday morning's recently and 28/10 has been in use.
 
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:52 pm

LH982 wrote:
OA260 wrote:

The daa says work to resurface Dublin Airport's main runway is being brought forward by two hours each day.

Work on the runway, known as R10/28, is more than two-thirds complete./


Do the works take place on Saturday and Sunday night's? I've been through before 5 on a few Monday morning's recently and 28/10 has been in use.


I was wondering this myself. I wonder if it's to do with the arrival of the heavies from across the pond, that works aim to finish before they begin to descend upon the place. (Excuse the pun...)

On a side note, I was flying into Dublin this week on 16/34 quite late (touching down on 34). Flying over Dublin was one helluva'n experience!
 
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 10:53 pm

Looks like EI98/EI99 were temporary placeholders for the Seattle flights. I booked Dublin-Seattle flights for August and the flights numbers are updated to tie-in with the West Coast routes:
EI143 DUB-SEA
EI142 SEA-DUB

(These were the old SNN-LAX direct flight numbers)
 
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:02 pm

Armaghman wrote:
Congratulations EI2KSEA - as the saying goes good things come to those who wait.


Cheers Armaghman!

In other EI SEA news, the schedule is showing updated flight numbers. Last weeks press release and initial sale release used the mystery domestic-style EI098/099 flight numbers. It has now been reset as the more familiar format of EI142/143. Anyone know where these were previously used?

DUB-SEA EI143
3:50 PM – 5:35 PM

SEA-DUB EI142
7:20 PM – 12:35 PM+1
Next Flight: EWR-SEA (AS), SEA-EWR (UA), EWR-SEA-EWR (UA)
 
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Fri Nov 24, 2017 11:07 pm

mast2407 wrote:
LH982 wrote:
OA260 wrote:

The daa says work to resurface Dublin Airport's main runway is being brought forward by two hours each day.

Work on the runway, known as R10/28, is more than two-thirds complete./


Do the works take place on Saturday and Sunday night's? I've been through before 5 on a few Monday morning's recently and 28/10 has been in use.


I was wondering this myself. I wonder if it's to do with the arrival of the heavies from across the pond, that works aim to finish before they begin to descend upon the place. (Excuse the pun...)

On a side note, I was flying into Dublin this week on 16/34 quite late (touching down on 34). Flying over Dublin was one helluva'n experience!


More less 23.00-05.00 with the odd weekend changes during the winter. They generally try have it back after 04.00 for EI/ET flights but it really just depends on the progress made overnight.
 
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 10:25 am

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JAmie2k9 wrote:
Ticketyboo wrote:
ClassicLover wrote:

I was pretty happy to read this. You can virtually guarantee that the airport was there before these people moved into their houses. Onwards and upwards, lets hope they move with the construction nice and fast.



I'll second that, it along with T3 is desperately needed and I can only but hope that the DAA have the wherewithal to actually 'future proof' to a reasonable degree when presented with the opportunity.


Why is it desperately needed??


Simples (IMHO) - time taken to plan, develop, construct such a project once it clears Regs & funding hurdles in Ireland can have a significant impact upon the current & future economy development not just of the airport or Dublin but the nation generally. The airport is heavily congested and cramped today at peak times (peak times are broader now too), we've seen what not having great facilities in Ireland does in the race to secure Brexit fall-out, DAA need to up the game to avoid being left with scraps.
 
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 9:26 pm

http://www.travelextra.ie/cobalt-air-ai ... h-airport/

Cobalt Air are eyeing up another Irish Airport, fingers crossed for ORK.
 
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:07 pm

cc47 wrote:
http://www.travelextra.ie/cobalt-air-aims-three-cyprus-flights-week-dublin-open-another-irish-airport/

Cobalt Air are eyeing up another Irish Airport, fingers crossed for ORK.


Cork has lost a lot of European routes over the years:-

KEF
LIS
NCE
FCO
BRU
WAW
PRG
BUD
MXP
SXF

Seasonal MAD on I2 and ZRH on LX are only viable on a seasonal basis due to transfer traffic. I’m honestly not convinced that Cork-Larnaca route would work. The fanfare surrounding WOW and KEF lasted all of 1 season....
 
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Sat Nov 25, 2017 11:36 pm

Skyblue39 wrote:
cc47 wrote:
http://www.travelextra.ie/cobalt-air-aims-three-cyprus-flights-week-dublin-open-another-irish-airport/

Cobalt Air are eyeing up another Irish Airport, fingers crossed for ORK.


Cork has lost a lot of European routes over the years:-

KEF
LIS
NCE
FCO
BRU
WAW
PRG
BUD
MXP
SXF

Seasonal MAD on I2 and ZRH on LX are only viable on a seasonal basis due to transfer traffic. I’m honestly not convinced that Cork-Larnaca route would work. The fanfare surrounding WOW and KEF lasted all of 1 season....


LCY, GVA and I think some of the Wizz Air routes were never replaced either.
 
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 1:49 am

Skyblue39 wrote:
cc47 wrote:
http://www.travelextra.ie/cobalt-air-aims-three-cyprus-flights-week-dublin-open-another-irish-airport/

Cobalt Air are eyeing up another Irish Airport, fingers crossed for ORK.


Cork has lost a lot of European routes over the years:-

KEF
LIS
NCE
FCO
BRU
WAW
PRG
BUD
MXP
SXF

Seasonal MAD on I2 and ZRH on LX are only viable on a seasonal basis due to transfer traffic. I’m honestly not convinced that Cork-Larnaca route would work. The fanfare surrounding WOW and KEF lasted all of 1 season....


A weekly ORK service could work and will be supported by Sunway most likely like they have come on board at DUB. Cork has lost a lot of routes but I don't believe they were all loss making but didn't fit with the strategy of Aer Lingus anymore. The Eastern Europe routes were drowned out by Ryanair.
 
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 12:51 pm

Not Sure if this was mentioned here last week.....

Dublin Airport is planning the eventual relocation of some of its hangar space in order to facilitate a future extension to its Pier 1 passenger facility.
Existing hangars include one used by Aer Lingus as both a maintenance facility and its headquarters. Another hangar houses the Dublin Aerospace aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) business.

The DAA has also taken the first steps towards the construction of another multi-million euro aircraft-parking area.

A contract for the construction of the new aircraft area, or apron, is expected to be signed next summer. It will be adjacent to the new runway Dublin Airport is hoping will be operational by 2020.


https://www.independent.ie/business/iri ... 27737.html
 
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 2:36 pm

Hi folks

Any idea as to which leasing company owns the newest A333 EI-GCF?

Cheers
 
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:46 pm

cc47 wrote:
http://www.travelextra.ie/cobalt-air-aims-three-cyprus-flights-week-dublin-open-another-irish-airport/

Cobalt Air are eyeing up another Irish Airport, fingers crossed for ORK.


You would need the likes of TUI coming in to support ORK-LCA just like they do out of DUB buying seats off EI.
 
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 9:50 pm

Noteworthy is the latest news about the outsourcing of EI's Complaints department to the United States. In truth, this will translate from already abysmal customer service complaint feedback to non-existent feedback if the standards set by the Reservations Department in Jericho are anything to go by.

Having lived in the United States for close on two years now; I have the great pleasure of dealing with USA Reservations when out of Irish hours.

Just before end of October, I spent 90 minutes on the phone one night trying to change a return DUB-USA sector from the Midwest to the East Coast. The fare was in Business and there was no additional charge. I could not make the changes via the website (Multicity change) and ended up having to call back again the next morning. By this time; the cost to change had increased to US$1,850 because award inventory DUB-USA had been released for the October Holiday weekend. The agent reminded me that this was entirely my own fault (despite spending 90 minutes trying to get through) and blew that off as caused by phone line congestion due to the cancellation of a Dulles flight.

AerClub points regularly do not credit for me. I travelled USA West Coast yesterday back to the Midwest with the flight marketed as a codeshare with EI (flew with UA) and yet of course all AerClub points earning has been discontinued on USA domestic flights with UA unless booked as a through sector on the EI website.

Business Class service continues to go downhill. I'm not sure if this due to changes from an IAG takeover perspective - in my opinion it seems to be due to the loss of very experienced and dedicated crew members (especially Cabin Managers) and it's now completely random as to whether the service will be even half decent in Business (in fact I propose that there are more pleasant crew members operating in Economy) - despite no randomness regarding base fares readily approaching EUR 3,000+ return for many destinations.

I haven't had much chance to post these past few years - but as an Irish person now living in the USA - the progressive decline in service has become very evident not to mention the complete cheapening of what was already a farcical FFP.

Regards to all on the Irish thread around Thanksgiving and the upcoming Christmas Holidays.

EIBusiness
Vivo Per Lei...
 
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Sun Nov 26, 2017 10:35 pm

OA260 wrote:
cc47 wrote:
http://www.travelextra.ie/cobalt-air-aims-three-cyprus-flights-week-dublin-open-another-irish-airport/

Cobalt Air are eyeing up another Irish Airport, fingers crossed for ORK.


You would need the likes of TUI coming in to support ORK-LCA just like they do out of DUB buying seats off EI.

I wouldn't imagine it would have to be TUI. I would imagine if a few travel agents around Cork picked it up then it would be enough to subsist at least one weekly flight
 
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Mon Nov 27, 2017 12:19 am

SuperSix2 wrote:
Hi folks

Any idea as to which leasing company owns the newest A333 EI-GCF?

Cheers



The only information I could find on EI fleet were related to other aircraft within the fleet. GAJ and GCF were part of an exercised option by IAG last year. The 321LR’s will be financed through the ALC apparently... I know that’s not what you’re asking though...!
 
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Mon Nov 27, 2017 4:02 am

JAmie2k9 wrote:

More less 23.00-05.00 with the odd weekend changes during the winter. They generally try have it back after 04.00 for EI/ET flights but it really just depends on the progress made overnight.


28 in use at 3.30 this morning and no sign that there's been any overnight work. I honestly cannot remember any sign of work on a Monday morning.
 
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Mon Nov 27, 2017 9:53 am

Saw one of the EI A321s depart DUB yesterday in what looked like a new coat of paint, she looked factory fresh!
 
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Mon Nov 27, 2017 10:19 am

EI321 wrote:
Saw one of the EI A321s depart DUB yesterday in what looked like a new coat of paint, she looked factory fresh!

I think EI-CPE recently had a repaint, it was in Shannon for a week earlier this month. Looks good for an aircraft approaching 20 years old!
 
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Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:36 pm

LH982 wrote:
JAmie2k9 wrote:

More less 23.00-05.00 with the odd weekend changes during the winter. They generally try have it back after 04.00 for EI/ET flights but it really just depends on the progress made overnight.


28 in use at 3.30 this morning and no sign that there's been any overnight work. I honestly cannot remember any sign of work on a Monday morning.


Before I posted I did think it was largely 6 nights per week but didn't bother confirming so no work on a Sunday night would be plausible.
 
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 6:24 pm

Dublin has been included in National Geographic Traveller magazine’s prestigious “2018 Best of the World” list. It is one of 21 cities to feature on the list.

“Dublin’s inclusion on the National Geographic 2018 Best of the World destination list will also help to promote the city and region to over 760 million people worldwide in 172 countries who use and read National Geographic’s suite of media and publications monthly.”

https://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-sty ... -1.3308276
 
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Tue Nov 28, 2017 7:21 pm

With today's announcement of LEVEL launching flights from ORY and Openskies to cease operations after summer 18, where do people think their three 757's are going to go? Any chance they'll end up with Aer Lingus?

Just looked: Openskies has F-GPEK, F-HAVI & F-HAVN with an average age of 25.5 years, so they're probably heading to the scrapyard (the current EI 757 fleet is already approaching an average of 21 years)

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