|Quoting EIBusiness (Reply 36):|
Is this the ever deteriorating standard that we can expect to continue with the rollout of the new hard product? Is this the standard for which Aer Lingus now charges up to a 30% premium relative to competitors and other (superior) options through European hubs such as LHR and FRA?
I think you are being a bit harsh, the condition of the cabin isn't 100%, but its not atrocious. It's mainly dust and in need of a deep clean, rather than food residue or mess from the last passenger. To me, its a reflection that we are coming to the end of the busy summer season with high utilisation and little down time. In any case the fleet will be cycling through heavy maintenance and the A330s will all get a brand-new business class cabin. If you do travel via LHR
you are equally likely to find grubby cabins, unless you are flying on BA
's A380, 77W or 787. The 787, however, is particularly unpleasant in Y. I've recently flown on an assortment of short-haul BA
aircraft and the unrefurbished A319s are pretty grubby, indeed EI
's -CVx series are infer better condition internally than the majority of the short-haul BA
I agree that it doesn't look great, but a the end of the day a bit of dust between wall panels is not going to kill anyone.
|Quoting 321neo (Reply 69):|
It's a pity he doesn't seem to understand the impact on the brand which comes from the old-style J class and complete lack of WIFI on the 757s - which has a much bigger impact on customers than the paint outside their plane has...and one would assume the same applies for this new 767 also.
Sure, its not 180 degree lie-flat, but it is lie-flat and there is AVOD, for short sectors from SNN
to North America and DUB
, I really don't see the issue. There is barely time to lie-flat on an overnight service on these services. It is perfectly adequate. The lack of Wi-Fi is something that should be addressed, but the 757 fleet is a temporary situation while EI
waits for suitable new-build aircraft such as the A321NEO-LR and the A350 to come on-stream. the irony is that if they had not converted the A330s into A350s they would be arriving around now. I can't help but wonder if a proportion of the A350s will be converted back into A330NEO, which seem like a perfect aircraft for EI
's East Cost operations.
|Quoting Irish251 (Reply 71):|
But in summer 2013 an A320 (EI-FCC) was leased in as backup capacity and was left white with EI titles and shamrock.
Indeed it was. It became #SocialJet, as I remember. If they leave it in less than full livery, something like #SocialJet is not a bad way to camouflage it.