|Quoting 321neo (Reply 82):|
For the second time, is there any available evidence to support this statement?
Who else has had the aircraft since November?
The delay doesn't surprise me, the aircraft is an oddball compared to the current 757 fleet as it's a RR
powered frame and didn't have any winglets. Within a few weeks of it's arrival at SNN
it received a new coat of paint, winglets and had its engines removed but they weren't refitted until about a month ago and a lack of any test flights is worrying at this stage.
Here's the latest photo, engines fitted by mid April but still a lot of work to do.
I can understand some posters blame on Aer Lingus, in the eyes of the customer it's their fault and that is of course true but anyone with a tiny bit of knowledge will know it goes a lot deeper than that. It's obvious Aer Lingus could have hired in a last minute aircraft to operate the routes and avoid any disruption but cost is a huge factor, management would have to weigh up the options, and despite what a few posters on here would like us to believe, these people aren't amateurs!
Aer Lingus may have never recovered the cost of hiring in an aircraft for an indefinite amount of time for what is a very small transatlantic business at Shannon. Yes we all obsess about brand damage and it does play a part but the general public have very short memories and in the long run it's a safer option than incurring massive cost that could result in the entire summer operation at Shannon being loss making. It's apparently now affected DUB
too with LAX
cancelled on one day, if it continues to impact higher yielding DUB
operations the hiring of an aircraft may be revisited but until then Aer Lingus will be able to live with minimal brand damage from the minuscule amount of passengers affected.
It's not personal, it's business.