So one Qatar A330 confirmed? Allowing for the announcement I assume. Will this also be announced tmw? Not at all surprised; taking ex-QR A330s make perfect sense - right engines, relatively new, already fitted for IFE etc and of course, QR probably happy to find a home for them as they add more 350...Jump to post
I think the key word here is "yet"; ultimately, I think they will. In Kavanagh's interview, he says that they have not got around to the business plan yet; in fairness, they've been pretty busy recently, what with the 321LR business plan and then, adding new US cities (the next announcemen...Jump to post
Flew LH last Monday to FRA en route to MUC and I had the 'delight' of trying the new A322 NEO. Interesting engine tone when at take-off power, but what got me was just how uncomfortable the seat was. I sat in row 1 and I asked for a pillow to fill the gap between the end of the seat cushion and the...Jump to post
How do! First time poster, but long (looooooooong) time lurker! Micheal is my name. Good forum for Irish aviation, credit to ye lads! Great also to see growth in Irish aviation, with what we can only hope (and certainly imagine!) more on the way! I’ve e got one question regarding EI operations, acc...Jump to post
OK, folks, our new thread is up and running! Have fun!
Good evening folks! It's that time again - a new thread for a new month. September went by at a glacial pace, but October ... wow! Over 300 posts and lots of interesting and positive developments (unless you were Ryanair!). Here are some highlights: - EI launches PHL, finalises lease of 8th A321N an...Jump to post
North Korea will not attack. So if Trump wants to visit the DMZ why not. During the campaign he said he wanted to talk to Kim Yung Un, well he is in he is in the neighborhood, so perhaps he wants to cross the border and visit him? Trump will do what he wants, but in the interests of many folks that...Jump to post
This may not take down Trump himself, but it will likely bring out more of those around him, including possibly his son-in-law and sons with facing criminal charges or forced to resign. For sure Trump is going to go on a Twitter storm over Manifort and of course calling for Mueller to instead go af...Jump to post
The world oldest active A300, EP-IBS, is undergoing a C check at THR. 37.7 years old Probably the oldest active Airbus, period! I am glad to see that Tillerson said that Airbus could continue to supply IR with aircraft; I think he probably understands far more how badly the US move has gone down in...Jump to post
The CSeries order may form part of a planned order by Egyptair for 6 B789's and 15 A320neo family aircraft that was revealed by the Minister of Aviation two weeks ago and an announcement is planned for the Dubai Air Show next month, it was mentioned that an order for some 33-39 aircraft will be rev...Jump to post
I think "endless" might be putting it a bit too strongly. All the airports will be US airports (possibly some Canadian as well); the objective is to build hubbing through Dublin - "the DubHub", so to speak! Here's a range ring of 3,200nm ex-DUB. It's a little less than the advert...Jump to post
I was just wondering whether Russian (or Cuban) or Angolan pilots would have flown the Russian types; I'm assuming Russian (or Cuban) pilots at first, but they would presumably have trained Angolan pilots to fly them after a period of time. I was thinking of it from the perspective of current senior...Jump to post
That's not too bad at all, given their rate of growth, particularly on long haul. Do they provide separate financial figures for the long haul and short haul operations, or is it all lumped into one. Glad they are making a profit; thought they were doing much less well than this; although this is th...Jump to post
The initial EI order was for four A321neoLRs; a fifth has already been announced and IAG is said to be imminently looking at EI's business plan to add a few more, for a total of 12. And no doubt we'll be seeing more 330s as well ... FWIW, the initial order was actually for seven, and now sits at ei...Jump to post
A lot of members seems to emphasize the importance to be the 1st TATL carrier at a city. I dont really get what kind of advantage that brings, as another carrier can enter the same market and just offer lower fares. That would swing over the pax from EI to the new entrant, as I doubt those pax woul...Jump to post
Folks, here is a 4,000nm range ring (the estimated range of an A321neoLR from the centre of the known universe (otherwise known as Dublin - no bias ;-) ). http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?R=4000nm%40DUB It covers many of the cities already listed, including MKE, PIT, CLE, DTW , YUL (more likely to be a DL...Jump to post
Another complicating factor is that the Labour Party is in '70s mode. , desperately trying to turn back the clock. They are arguing for re-nationalisation of several industries and sectors and have now stated their opposition to R3 on environmental grounds , although their union membership is strong...Jump to post
The AF numbers are surprising to me, only 8% connect to long haul via CDG! I expected it to be much higher tbh! KLM really take the lead for longhaul. AF do a lot of DUB-CDG-French Domestic to the likes of BOD NTE SXB etc.. and onto the TGV combo tickets. Pesonally I never liked CDG and would alway...Jump to post
MSN 90 QR is getting ready for its first flight: https://fr24.com/AIB01NT/f422daa MSN 90 made its first flight today with a fully painted tail fin. https://farm5.staticflickr.com/4490/37765413022_469c1eb6c7_c.jpg Qatar A350-941 msn 090 by dn280tls , on Flickr What a beautiful photo - fabulous light...Jump to post
I missed all that (I didn't start flying commercially until 1993, age 18, and my first 747 flight was in 1994 on TWA, at age 19). But I was always fascinated by the 747s back in my childhood in the 1980s and always wanted to fly one. My childhood home was full of old National Geographic magazines, ...Jump to post
ThrottleHold - fairly safe to say that Jesus is keeping out of this one and perhaps I should too!!!! :bigthumbsup: Well, Jesus only has experience of TLV only; and he's probably tired of being harassed by security there, too. To be honest, I've always found DUB ok. Sure, there are better airports a...Jump to post
I have only experienced it once before, and that was on an NW DC10 in Shannon, back in '87 ... it was a greaser. (Probably an autoland, in retrospect). I've seen this meme go around on Facebook ... "the perfect date, but she claps on landing". I couldn't resist adding a little comment. &qu...Jump to post
Aer Lingus had a lounge upstairs until the mid 1980s; I remember doing a school trip down to Shannon (a 25 minute flight) and there was a lounge there; they changed it to passenger seating (I think about 12-16 J seats) in the late 1980s. (I am told that at least one had been converted to J class sea...Jump to post
It's quite a while since IR received its A330s and A321s; I know there have been a few ATR72s, but what are the next aircraft scheduled to be delivered to IR (or other Iranian carriers), under the deals agreed? after the nuclear agreement?Jump to post
Any more rumors on the rumored Cityet announcement?
My personal view is that DUB is one of the better airports. Are there improvements that could be made? Of course, but as airports go, it's definitely in the "upper half" if not "upper third" of airports I have used. There are better ones of course - ZRH, SIN, AMS - but as Shamroc...Jump to post
Hmm ... I was hoping it would be Beijing. Presumably they're trying to tout Shenzhen as a back door to HKG (it's just over the border); don't know if that's going to work and what is more worrying is that it might only result in undermining the CX route and we'll end up losing both. Not impressed. :-(Jump to post
Disappointing; I thought this had already been approved, not by Dart but by mainline link.
If DUB is going to be a viable alternative as a major business centre after Brexit, a fast rail link to the airport is essential and this really should not be put on the long finger.
I wonder if EI talk about routes from other EU countries to the US is part of EI's ongoing (and intensifying) battle with the DAA ... a little message to say that DUB is not integral or essential to EI's growth plans. (Of course, the danger here is that the DAA could go out and reel in some new carr...Jump to post
Thanks for the info ... the 757 fleet is going to be stretched next year! A321NeoLR can't come soon enough!
Incidentally, does anyone know if 'GCF is the last EI 333 to come, or are they expecting more?
I think you make very good points; I think, however, that this is a non-runner politically, as the flight paths would cross many crucial constituencies and no party would want to do that.
It was strongly considered a few years back, but nothing came of it. I don't think anything will.
It's all politics; this decision will not have been made by Egyptair. They would have had an input to the extent of stating that they like the 789 and that being the case, politics dictates that the airline takes Airbuses as well. It could just as easily have been A350s and 737-Maxes. I agree that t...Jump to post
Well, the good news keeps rolling in. Delighted to welcome FI; glad they're operating 752s, because I'm sure they'll move it to 737-Maxes within a year.Jump to post
Good evening folks! As the sun is now setting on September, it's time for our tenth thread of 2017. We've had quite an interesting month in Irish aviation! - Hainan all but ready to go; just waiting for the green light for the Chinese govt - ORK is now Ireland's fastest growing airport - and Norwegi...Jump to post
Bombardier ruling risks thousands of Belfast jobs Very disappointing, but not unexpected; the UK government has now told Boeing that its contracts with the RAF (which also include the new Poseidon surveillance aircraft) are at risk; Canada is expected to decide in the next year or two about a new je...Jump to post
It was to be expected. The economy is growing, the shortage of jobs is shrinking. Ryanair lived on that job shortage. A system that works fine in times of crisis, but less good in financially good times. When there hardly are any jobs available and you can get a job at Ryanair, you take it. Anythin...Jump to post
I was just curious about landings at HKG, in particularly from the 07 end; most airlines use 07L and some (particularly cargo, but some CX) use 07R. However, landings on 07R can be treacherous in windy conditions, due to the nearby hills. My question is this: is there a windspeed/conditions above wh...Jump to post
Taipei isn't new either. Indeed. Also years ago Air France, BA, Lufthansa (Condor) and Swiss all started Taipei services. They all used modified names so as not to annoy the Beijing govt. But after a couple of years they all axed their Taipei flights presumably because of lack of profits. KLM is th...Jump to post
When are the first A330 Neos coming? Weren't they ordered at the same time as the A350s?Jump to post
Any idea when the first 777 will appear in the new c/s?
Will they do the 767 at all, given that it is probably not going to be in the fleet for too long more? (More likely to be repainted in Rouge c/s than new AC?)
For an airline of that size, maintaining load factor of 78% is pretty impressive. And a 6% increase in pax numbers is pretty good too I don't put much trust in the 748i rumours, but it will certainly be interesting to see which of the 787/350 TK goes for. That said, I suspect politics will dictate t...Jump to post
So actually more -900 order may mean CX is looking at more secondary destination opportunities. This is what I was thinking; the 359 has longer legs than the 359; there's no reduction in the numbers being ordered, just a greater emphasis on the longer range model. As to the A350-1000, does that mea...Jump to post
Air Canada have announced DUB=YUL (4 weekly) and increase YVR from 3 to 5 weekly and new 4 weekly SNN-YYZ wtih new B737 MAX. https://aircanada.mediaroom.com/2017-09-13-Air-Canada-Deepens-Embrace-of-the-Emerald-Isle-with-Expanded-Non-Stop-Services-to-Ireland-from-Toronto-and-Montreal It's terrific n...Jump to post