William (Bill) Ward: A mechanic who made his mark at Aer Lingus
His career was symbolic of Ireland’s industrial development in last half of 20th century
Bill Ward was born in England on January 30th, 1920, of Irish parents. He never doubted that Ireland was his home and he would “return” one day. Having just turned 20, he got caught up in the second World War and signed on to the RAF as a mechanic for the five years of the war.
Under the pressures of wartime, Bill learnt how to repair and maintain large, multi-engine aircraft. At the end of the war, he was given a civvy suit, five pounds and his now-redundant RAF tools.
Postwar, the national airlines of Europe and the US considerably expanded their fleets by buying war-surplus bombers and transport aircraft including Lancasters, DC3s and Dakotas.
Bill Ward related that there was a company in Scotland that converted the planes by stripping out the military fitments, removing guns and armour and painting them in airline livery. This included Aer Lingus, a company then about to make its mark in Irelandwww.irishtimes.com/life-and-style/peopl ... -1.3803582
From bags of annoyance to a feel-good factor in Galway’s Snoozles
In October 2018, Gerard Bennet booked two return flights to the US going out April 1st this year as a birthday gift for his wife. “I went through the whole process, was prompted for seat choice and baggage and completed the reservation,” he writes.
“This week, I was again on the Aer Lingus site, booking a transatlantic flight for a meeting I have to attend in Boston at the beginning of next month. In checking to see what the fare included, I noticed that it listed a 23kg bag. I completed this booking and then checked back on my booking for April that I’d made four months ago to see that indeed, we were allocated a free 23kg bag each and to this was added, for each of us, another bag at €39 per bag, per flight segment for a total of €156!! We don’t need this.”
He says that with about six weeks to go, he decided to access the reservation “with the intention of removing these unnecessary bags and getting a refund of my money [less, possibly a small admin fee]”.www.irishtimes.com/news/consumer/from-b ... -1.3801716
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