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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 20, 2012 6:41 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 93):
This is classed as dinner from 17:00 to 23:59 so you should get similar.

Oh, now that looks great - right up my alley! Looks like it's time to upgrade that ticket!  
Quoting EIRules (Reply 94):
If you book BA DUB-LHR (or v/v) in economy and then upgrade it, then which class do you earn miles in?

As OA260 said, you get the Club miles/tier points.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 20, 2012 8:28 pm

Just noticed this on Yahoo homepage

Ryanair: Airline Bottom Of Which? Survey

http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/rya...rline-bottom-survey-050830612.html

Good to see that Aer Lingus came in at a more than respectable fourth after Swiss, Turkish and Lufthansa. Not at all bat when you consider who the top three are!
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:08 pm

Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 101):
Ryanair: Airline Bottom Of Which? Survey

http://uk.finance.yahoo.com/news/rya...rline-bottom-survey-050830612.html

Good to see that Aer Lingus came in at a more than respectable fourth after Swiss, Turkish and Lufthansa. Not at all bat when you consider who the top three are!

I found it funny that it only included airliners that it only considered airlines that got 30 or more references ... Aer Lingus, Swiss Turkish all had around 40-60, obviously good ...

Ryanair got over 500! And how much do they care? Not a jot ... water off a duck's back!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:40 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 100):
Oh, now that looks great - right up my alley!

Indeed very acceptable  
Quoting tonymctigue (Reply 101):
Just noticed this on Yahoo homepage

I saw that on Sky News too. I do agree with the comments on LX and TK though as thats my experience on their flights too especially Swiss having done over 100 flights with them .
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 20, 2012 9:59 pm

An unruly passenger was removed from one of yesterday's BA LCY-JFK flights during the stopover at SNN; the flight arrived on-time at JFK and the captain was able to testify in court yesterday as the flightcrew nightstop at SNN en route.

http://www.rte.ie/news/2012/1219/court-damian-kingston.html
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Thu Dec 20, 2012 11:17 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 98):

A very effective schedule too, with EI operating on days 2 and 6.

It gives people extra options on that route and I would think DY will get quite a few one way bookings.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:30 am

Just landed back in Ireland after the epic trip from down under. Flew EK all the way through from AKL, which included my first trip on an A380 (eeek - about 5 years too late!). I can only surmise that EK and Etihad are making a killing from the Irish diaspora this Christmas. There were quite a few Irish accents from AKL and again from MEL. The 773 from DXB to DUB was jam packed, even in Business from what I could see. I booked in May and the fare was still a little big morce expensive than what I paid to fly home last Christmas with NZ and AF (booked in November), so nice yields all around.

Anecdotally, friends and cousins in Oz have also chosen EK for the ease of flying directly into DUB rather than having a third leg to the journey via a European hub. I'm just hoping for SQ or Scoot to start a DUB 788/9 service so I can give Changi a go!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 21, 2012 10:15 am

Flying into ORK from MAN tonight and checked out the EI app. Interestingly you can now check-in FROM ORK to most destinations across the network, but only LHR TO ORK. The app notes that passengers flying to DUB and SNN can use the app for All UK destinations. I wonder why?
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 21, 2012 12:17 pm

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 104):
An unruly passenger was removed from one of yesterday's BA LCY-JFK flights during the stopover at SNN; the flight arrived on-time at JFK and the captain was able to testify in court yesterday as the flightcrew nightstop at SNN en route.

Ah the usual excuse of precribed medication and alcohol..........at this point this should no longer be a defense.

LCY-SNN is approx 1 hours, the captain says they were 90 mins out of SNN when the incident happened. So total time on board 2 1/2 hours, I guess he was unruly for a while before the restrained him. Lets call it 2 hours total.

Zanax, Ambien AND 4-5 mini wines.......idiot.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 21, 2012 1:18 pm

Quoting rineanna (Reply 106):

Some great feedback, and promising load factors.

There was rumours that a Chinese carrier was sniffing around with the government visits in the past, but could be years before anything could materialise.

Just basic curiosity, if EK were thinking of A380 ops to DUB would they be open and request the needed airport upgrades or would they expect DUB to be one step ahead to accommodate them? this being down the line with multiple successful frequency increases.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:20 pm

Quoting Jambost (Reply 109):
Just basic curiosity, if EK were thinking of A380 ops to DUB would they be open and request the needed airport upgrades or would they expect DUB to be one step ahead to accommodate them? this being down the line with multiple successful frequency increases.

A380 compatibility is being looked into already.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Fri Dec 21, 2012 2:34 pm

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 110):

Relieved & glad to hear it, sorry if I missed that before.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:18 am

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 110):
A380 compatibility is being looked into already.

Forgive my ignorance, but wouldn't that require a runway extension, which was blocked the last time the idea was proposed?
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:21 am

I don't think runway length is an issue; DUB-DXB is not a long trip for an A380; the big issue would be whether the exits and taxiways would be wide enough to accommodate it. I think there is a certain grade ("F" comes to mind, but I stand to be corrected) that the taxiways have to be, which might require some widening in DUB's case.

Good to know they're looking at it; wouldn't that be cool, if it happened!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:19 am

Quoting rineanna (Reply 112):
Forgive my ignorance, but wouldn't that require a runway extension, which was blocked the last time the idea was proposed?

Nope, just need to look at things like taxiway turns, wingtip clearances and such.
Then you need to modify a gate to accomodate it.

I don't know the outcome of the study but i would expect some small modifications would need to be made in Dublin to accomodate it on a regular basis.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:38 am

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 108):
Ah the usual excuse of precribed medication and alcohol..........at this point this should no longer be a defense.

Indeed people always play the medication card and its not acceptable anymore. If they are on that then don't drink. Not rocket science. He and others must pay the ultimate price of jail !

Quoting kaitak (Reply 113):
I think there is a certain grade ("F" comes to mind, but I stand to be corrected) that the taxiways have to be, which might require some widening in DUB's case.

Yes I think that is the case but I doubt it would be an issue and I'm sure the powers that be would be more than willing to get the A380 at DUB . Would be a publicity coup for sure.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:36 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 115):
Indeed people always play the medication card and its not acceptable anymore. If they are on that then don't drink. Not rocket science. He and others must pay the ultimate price of jail !

And as the marketing manager of a 'high profile company' he should be aware of the need to follow the instruction on the medications.......ie "do not take alcohol with this medications" and/or "do not mix with other medications"
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 12:51 pm

Had a lovely trip back to ORK yesterday with EIR. It seems there are quite a few regulars on the route, with a few passengers being welcomed by name by the crew and shown to their usual seat.
EI no longer use the Servisair lounge at MAN, now using the newer Escape lounge. This is quite a nice lounge with a selection of sandwiches made in the kitchen to order. There are also options for hot food, although this does incur an extra charge. The service is waiter based, so they bring you drinks, snacks etc as you wish, which is nice. The complementary offering in the morning includes Bacon sandwiches, etc according to the menu. The lounge is large and well lit, with a few different zones and a specific childrens area. The only downside is the lack of any natural daylight, which the Servisair lounge has in abundance, with great views over the tarmac.

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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 1:20 pm

Quoting EagleBoy (Reply 116):
And as the marketing manager of a 'high profile company' he should be aware of the need to follow the instruction on the medications.......ie "do not take alcohol with this medications" and/or "do not mix with other medications"

Indeed. Sometimes its these so called ''high profile'' managers and intellectuals that seem to be the worst.

On another note seems the airports are busy. Loads of my friends are home from OZ and Canada for Xmas. Good to see  
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 2:40 pm

Mr An Post just arrived with a nice gift from Aer Lingus. Very nice I must say .  http://i955.photobucket.com/albums/ae40/PhilipOA260/39E2CE9A-4CD5-40F0-86CC-D9718C066F8C-1249-000000B8B81D079A.jpg
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 3:12 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 113):

Yes it's Code F compliance we are looking for, which is a 55m width clear of anything higher than 330mm off the ground. The minimum pavement width required for code F aircraft is 4.5m either side of the outside of the main gear for the design aircraft. In Dublin's case I'm not sure if the runway parallel Bravo taxiways have this clearance but I stand to be corrected. In addition some taxiway fillets may be required where turns are needed and a virtual tracking exercise would have to be undertaken to get the dimensions precisely.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 4:50 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 119):
Mr An Post just arrived with a nice gift from Aer Lingus. Very nice I must say .

Oh very nice indeed, Mr Elite Tier  
I do enjoy a spot of flying, especially when it's not in economy!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 7:42 pm

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 121):
Oh very nice indeed, Mr Elite Tier  

Yes its a nice thing to get . Better than some of the junk Airlines normally send out. Ironically BA is getting my business at the moment. They just offer me more of what I need. 2 free checked bags ( 3 when Im in CE which is 90% of the time ) /free seat selection etc.. wish EI would offer the same to its GC members. Would have made a huge difference to me. I am doing lots of home improvements at the moment and ordering things to my UK address as its so much cheaper. So the luggage allowance is of a great benefit to me when shipping it back.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 9:55 pm

I see DL are putting the A330 back on ATL-DUB for selected summer flights starting in June. Good news indeed. With the 777 from EY and the new AA service to JFK, once again DUB sees an increase in long haul capacity for the summer
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sat Dec 22, 2012 11:39 pm

Quoting EIRules (Reply 123):
I see DL are putting the A330 back on ATL-DUB for selected summer flights starting in June. Good news indeed. With the 777 from EY and the new AA service to JFK, once again DUB sees an increase in long haul capacity for the summer

It really is great to see long haul doing so well again at DUB and indeed at SNN. It makes such a difference not only to the country but for those who have emmigrated to find work. If we could just get EK or EY to serve SNN as well... We can dream!
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 7:02 am

Firstly, happy Christmas to everyone. I haven't posted that much here this year due to work pressures - but then at least I have a job.

This year started with an EI A320 to Amsterdam and ends today with an EI A320 from Amsterdam, with over 90 flights in between. Flying continues to be an easy form of travel - Very few badly delayed flights, one cancellation, one in flight emergency diversion (both in the same week) one dodgy landing and lots of good service in between.

CityJet continue to be excellent, as do Aer Lingus who continue to refine their value proposition. If they can make money in a major recession, things look good for the future.

Anyway, some predictions for 2013...

EI to be in the hands of new foreign owners by end 2013
FR to continue to downsize Irish operations - move head office over EI sale?
EK to go double daily, or announce A380 for 2014
KL to announce their own metal to Ireland from AMS for 2014. WX perhaps?
Waterford and Sligo to close.
IB to Exit Irish market, code share with EI.
SK to exit or downsize in the Irish market.
Finnair to return to Dublin to feed Asian hub.
EI to announce Canada for 2014
LH to add frequency to FRA, and announce proper MUC schedule for 2014
EI to code share with VS to Ireland from the UK and the US.
BA to reduce frequencies to Ireland
Air Arabia to Dublin
Air Berlin to Dublin


Sadly, I see no major changes in Shannon. Fingers crossed that the new routes and frequencies survive the test of time.
I can still see a UA 757 to cork being a success, although I don't want to feed the PPrune conspiracy theory nuts.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:11 am

Some very interesting predictions there! I hope some do come through (EK for example), but many f the others, I hope not! If EI does end up in foreign hands, I hope it's EY (and then it can't be more than 50%), because IAG will really only want EI for its LHR slots.

It would be good to see KL coming to DUB ... but hopefully not via WX; that would be a total turnoff; they'd do better staying with EI.

Certainly agree re LH to MUC; either do it properly or not at all!

I wonder if we might finally be able to get UA (or even EI) to do SFO for 2014? And if not west coast, could EI do another east cost or even midwest destination.

I take it the Air Arabia route would be from CMN?

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 125):

EI to be in the hands of new foreign owners by end 2013
FR to continue to downsize Irish operations - move head office over EI sale?
EK to go double daily, or announce A380 for 2014
KL to announce their own metal to Ireland from AMS for 2014. WX perhaps?
Waterford and Sligo to close.
IB to Exit Irish market, code share with EI.
SK to exit or downsize in the Irish market.
Finnair to return to Dublin to feed Asian hub.
EI to announce Canada for 2014
LH to add frequency to FRA, and announce proper MUC schedule for 2014
EI to code share with VS to Ireland from the UK and the US.
BA to reduce frequencies to Ireland
Air Arabia to Dublin
Air Berlin to Dublin
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:56 am

I can see some of those predictions coming to pass for sure!

I cannot see IB (or whatever guise they are now in) continuing to DUB. Their token presence is of little use for O&D due to the timings of their flights and some of their long haul connections have very long connection times as a result, so yes it would make sense to codeshare with EI. But then I never thought it made sense for them to drop it in the first place!

VS codeshares to LHR & LGW would seem to make sense with EI now operating the VS domestic flights, but are they going to come at the expense of the BA feed? Surely EI would get more feed with BA than with VS?

Personally I cant see KL coming to DUB. They have been happy with the EI arrangement for years now so why upset the applecart?

I would love to see an EI service to SFO but given their complete unwillingness to take a punt on long haul, I think UA are the only ones to look at here. EI could have started SFO this year with the ending of the UA joint venture but took the safe option to increase their existing destinations!

One or two predictions of my own!!

DL to start a new long haul service to DUB. They are growing in SEA and or why not take some of the substantial ORD traffic to MSP or DTW??

LO to restart DUB services as the economies in both countries stabilize.

YYZ to become a year round destination (perhaps not daily during the winter) with the EI / AC agreement (joint venture between the two???)
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 10:18 am

Arthur Quinlan, the news reporter, who covered so many Shannon stories in its golden age for RTE has died aged 92.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:33 pm

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 125):
EI to be in the hands of new foreign owners by end 2013

Yes certainly seems to be heading in that way .

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 125):
EK to go double daily, or announce A380 for 2014

Agree there too.

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 125):
BA to reduce frequencies to Ireland

They have already done it .

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 125):
Air Arabia to Dublin

Yes probably the most intetesting of the lot IMHO. I know someone who will be very happy with that.  
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:50 pm

Any reason to CO 757s were parked on the B pier today.? The departure screens had a flight to Washington at 3 and a Newark at 6.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 1:03 pm

Quoting OA260 (Reply 122):
Ironically BA is getting my business at the moment. They just offer me more of what I need. 2 free checked bags ( 3 when Im in CE which is 90% of the time ) /free seat selection etc.. wish EI would offer the same to its GC members. Would have made a huge difference to me.

I have to say, I am the same way. I was all prepped and set to get my 2400 points to maintain my Gold Circle for another year, but then I magically popped up to BA Silver and so now I am flying them instead. Heading to Edinburgh in January and I used BA points plus pay and paid less for the trip than the direct EI service and that's flying DUB-LHR-EDI-LHR-DUB. I mean, I have lounges at all points, and it cost me nothing. Not to mention the baggage allowance and so on, which is very good as you said.

It will also be really handy for visiting family back in Australia - as last time I did it I had no lounges (and no shower) on the way. I'd probably consider going on the EI codeshare with Etihad, but you don't earn any points and don't have lounge access, so it's a no brainer as they say. Plus the BA points are much more valuable with so many more chances to redeem.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 3:58 pm

Quoting kaitak (Reply 126):
It would be good to see KL coming to DUB ... but hopefully not via WX; that would be a total turnoff; they'd do better staying with EI.

I'd settle for anyway to get flying blue miles to Ireland. It really is a strange setup with KL/EI. The flight is not bookable under the KL number (only for connections), and even as a FB Gold, I get no benefits when travelling on the service (luggage, lounge, etc). The AMS-LCY-DUB run seems to be pulling a lot of the higher yielding passengers (a lot of companies in AMS are members of bluebiz, so only travel KL)

As it stands, KL, a major European airline, offer no direct service to anywhere in Ireland, not even on a codeshare (from AMS)
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:00 pm

Quoting bestwestern (Reply 130):
Any reason to CO 757s were parked on the B pier today.? The departure screens had a flight to Washington at 3 and a Newark at 6.

N17122 was parked at stand 39 during the morning. It had arrived as UAL22 and departed this evening as the return UAL23 to EWR.
N17133 arrived in the early hours (0330) as UAL1749 from IAD but departed as UAL127 back to IAD. It used a Terminal 2 parking stand for the outbound flight.
N21108 is inbound as I type, on the delayed UAL126 from IAD. It is due to depart at 0300 as UAL1750 to IAD.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:04 pm

Just to wish everyone in Irish aviation a very Merry Xmas and Happy new year in 2013 here's to more good news in 2013.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Sun Dec 23, 2012 8:39 pm

Quoting clydenairways (Reply 110):

A380 compatibility is being looked into already.

And where did you get this information from ?
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Sun Dec 23, 2012 11:26 pm

No fly zone over Dublin Castle to be introduced :

The airspace around Dublin Castle will be a no-fly zone – with surface-to-air missiles and patrols by armed aircraft – to protect more than 15,000 delegates during Ireland's €60m Presidency of the European Union.

http://www.independent.ie/national-n...tle-for-eu-presidency-3334470.html
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 24, 2012 1:21 pm

Quoting al2637 (Reply 132):
As it stands, KL, a major European airline, offer no direct service to anywhere in Ireland, not even on a codeshare (from AMS)

The question is, do KL need a direct service into DUB. Countless carriers have come and gone, really only LH to FRA and SK into CPH have really been consistent. LX have been at DUB for donkeys too, but only once daily. The future of BA is debatable, byond a token service which is poorly competitive against EI and FR to a lesser extent. EI and FR carve the market up. Currently KL gets all the feed without any fixed cost to them, other than a trade presence in Ireland, shared with AF, of course. Why trash yields, risk loosing a fortune and piss off a decent partner for no real reason? EI operate something like 5daily to AMS from DUB and between 10 and 14 weekly from ORK, doubt KL could compete and make money. The status quo offers them almost exactly what they need, without risk or cost. Corporate contracts can still connect on AF (or WX) via LCY or CDG, not 100% ideal, but AF/KL will get the cash in any case.

Quoting ClassicLover (Reply 131):

For those of us based outside DUB, EI is the obvious choice. This might be to a lesser extent out of DUB, but even then it depends on your travel patterns. If most travel is Between Ireland and the UK or Ireland and Europe then EI is the obvious choice, unless you fancy connecting. I know the rewards are noting compared to BA, etc but having to deal with LHR on a weekly basis for connections might not be everyone's cup of tea. Clearly GC ain't gonna change any time soon, we've even making suggestions for years and EI are just not listening. At this stage I'm inclined to think GC, as it currently exists is the only thing that makes sense for EI and it ain't gonna change. No free baggage, no free cuppa. Just stock up in the lounge!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:18 pm

As is the tradition DAA announces the arrival of Santa  
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 24, 2012 4:48 pm

Some interesting predictions there, Bestwestern:

Anyway, some predictions for 2013...

EI to be in the hands of new foreign owners by end 2013 (I agree)
FR to continue to downsize Irish operations - move head office over EI sale? (FR will only downsize if other carriers are also cutting. It exerts maximum pressure that way. Apparently, FR have also aquired a new HQ building near DUB)
EK to go double daily, or announce A380 for 2014 (Can definitely see this)
KL to announce their own metal to Ireland from AMS for 2014. WX perhaps? (I think we will see a change in DUBAMS)
Waterford and Sligo to close. (Agree with this)
IB to Exit Irish market, code share with EI. (IB go back to normal 1820 dep for summer - they did well last year, and I think would have pulled it already along with AMS, BER if they were not happy)
SK to exit or downsize in the Irish market. (Reckon SK are fine - DY off CPH helps, FR are the ones suffering on Stockholm)
Finnair to return to Dublin to feed Asian hub. (Yes, agree)
EI to announce Canada for 2014 (agree)
LH to add frequency to FRA, and announce proper MUC schedule for 2014 (agree!)
EI to code share with VS to Ireland from the UK and the US. (agree again!)
BA to reduce frequencies to Ireland (happened already!)
Air Arabia to Dublin (not sure, buty hoping you know something I dont!)
Air Berlin to Dublin (agree with this also)

Finally, happy Christmas to everyone. Hope it's a great one, and that 2013 brings yet more recovery (stability, millions of jobs etc etc   )
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Mon Dec 24, 2012 6:45 pm

It appears reports of the death of DY's DUBCPH service were somewhat premature - the route is back in booking systems again - so along with the new HEL service, we see a healthy increase from DY for 2013.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Tue Dec 25, 2012 5:42 am

A very happy Christmas to all participants in the Irish aviation threads; hope you and your families have a very pleasant, relaxing day!
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:51 am

Quoting kaitak (Reply 141):

The same to you . Wishing all Irish Anetters a great day with their Families. No snow sadly but you cant have everything  
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Tue Dec 25, 2012 9:57 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 138):
As is the tradition DAA announces the arrival of Santa

Dont know if you noticed but his return sector was also shown as "cancelled".

Perhaps a good omen for Christmas and the New Year. Best wishes to all, especially the reluctant emigrants here and abroad.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:19 pm

Happy Christmas and new year to all on the thread, hopefully 2013 will be a prosperous one...

I was just browsing through youtube, as you do on a Christmas Day with nothing worth watching on TV, and came across this video of EI-ORD (god rest her   ) at DUB. Rather interestingly it shows 2 FR 738s at Pier E, one of which has a jetbridge attached! Now there was a thread a while back about FR and jetbridges and how rare it was to see Ryanair using them. I believe someone said they once saw FR using one at BCN but I had no idea they had used them at DUB? EI-ORD left the fleet at the start of 2011 so this video is from around the time when T2 was opening. Can anybody explain why FR and Monarch for that matter would have been using T2? I presume it was simply testing of the new facility? Curious why FR would partake given the amount of noise and protest MO'L makes about it being a white elephant...and surely Pier D wasn't full..

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=neD7Q...GQ&feature=player_detailpage#t=85s
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Tue Dec 25, 2012 11:48 pm

I believe this was during the EI crew work to rule, they got some other airlines to operate as full a schedule as possible.
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Wed Dec 26, 2012 1:29 am

Is there any Star Alliance lounge in Dublin airport usable by *Gold members these days?
Goodbye SR-LX MD-11 / 6th of March 1991 to the 31st of October 2004
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Wed Dec 26, 2012 2:31 am

Quoting teahan (Reply 146):
Is there any Star Alliance lounge in Dublin airport usable by *Gold members these days?

Depending on your Airline the old EI GC lounge in Pier B is now a temporary lounge.

http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-..._Passenger_Lounge_Opens_In_T1.aspx
 
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:32 am

Quoting OA260 (Reply 147):

Depending on your Airline the old EI GC lounge in Pier B is now a temporary lounge.

http://www.dublinairport.com/gns/at-..._Passenger_Lounge_Opens_In_T1.aspx

Thanks, OA260. Does a *Gold passenger flying Lufthansa Y qualify to use a contract lounge? I assumed not, just checked Lufthansa's and it seems to say yes.
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RE: Irish Aviation 15/12: The Christmas Thread

Wed Dec 26, 2012 10:58 am

Quoting teahan (Reply 148):
Does a *Gold passenger flying Lufthansa Y qualify to use a contract lounge? I assumed not, just checked Lufthansa's and it seems to say yes.

I would say yes due to the fact its *Gold you have and it says ''and other qualifying passengers''.

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