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by BrianDromey
Sun Jun 16, 2019 9:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 83
Views: 14367

Re: Flybe update

I think these are all valid points - as things stand. However I think analysing what DL/AF/KL want VS to be, and what VS wants “Virgin Connect” to be by reference to the existing VS and BE networks is highly unlikely to lead to accurate mid to long-term conclusions. Taking the wider AF/KL/DL busine...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Flybe update
Replies: 83
Views: 14367

Re: Flybe update

I wonder if they will place a business product on the aircraft? If so do they go for a European model (Normal seat with no one sitting next to you) or a proper business seat like with Virgin Australia. With regards to their fleet I think they will try and get an all jet fleet perhaps. There are not...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Jun 14, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 131
Views: 13486

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Either aviation matters to the country or it does not. It us time the Pratt who is minister for transport called the DAA, the IAA, the regulator and the two prominent airlines to his office and basically says wtf? It us all beyond pathetic! With ever increasing passenger numbers and increased retai...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jun 13, 2019 12:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 70
Views: 5761

Re: European LCC

The US market is not directly comparable for many reasons, but one Ive not seen mentioned is the much higher use of 50-90 seat regional jets to promote higher frequency, much higher point-to-hub flying and much less true point-to-point. The European LCCs have the philosophy of "stack them high ...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Jun 13, 2019 9:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 131
Views: 13486

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

The finer details of the CTA are clearly not well understood, who it applies to, what circumstance it can be used and what it means in practice. The differing approaches to implementation at Irish Airports Vs Sea Ports, Land Borders and UK Airports add to the confusion. The CTA is unique, as it only...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 131
Views: 13486

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

I’m not sure I understand your point but if I do, under the CTA agreement it is up to the first point of entry (within the CTA) to do the checks and ensure the person entering the CTA is compliant with the requirements of their intended destination. So when someone intending to travel to Ireland is...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Jun 11, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: European LCC
Replies: 70
Views: 5761

Re: European LCC

But it seems that IAG is not interested in Volotea, so they keep it independent. I don't think Volotea directly competes with IAG on many, if any routes. They don't serve Barcelona, Dublin, London or Madrid, the major IAG hubs. There is little wonder that IAG is not interested, secondary markets ar...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jun 10, 2019 7:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MCAS on 737 - 10 MAX
Replies: 19
Views: 3906

Re: MCAS on 737 - 10 MAX

Interesting. I’ve not read that, I’d imagine it’s due to the longer body of the -10. It may be that the CoG has been moved rearward and the handling characteristics don’t require it.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Jun 07, 2019 11:31 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 131
Views: 13486

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Will the DAA even lease space to 3rd party or airlines for Lounge Space? I suspect they don’t want to. Elsewhere Etihad partnered with No1 to develop “The House”. No sign of this in Dublin.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Jun 07, 2019 9:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 131
Views: 13486

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

Flying out of DUB this morning and noticed that the EY lounge has finally shut. Sad sight as it was the best lounge at DUB. It will be replaced by a new lounge catering for ‘East’ carriers as reported by Fora earlier in the year. : https://fora.ie/dublin-airport-east-lounge-4487916-Feb2019/ Oneworl...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Jun 04, 2019 7:41 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 151
Views: 25529

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

The sticker is much less important than costs like financing, maintenance, training and airway fees all add up. Why do the German car manufacturers sell so many cars? After all they are a lot more expensive than, say, a Ford. They use incentives like deposit contribution, favourable trade-in/future ...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jun 03, 2019 7:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RUMOR: American to order A321LR
Replies: 164
Views: 27359

Re: RUMOR: American to order A321LR

If AA needs an aircraft relatively quickly to cover the remaining role of the 757 what else can they choose? While the LR/XLR can't do everything a 757 can, it can cover enough that buying it makes sense for what it can do and 'misusing' a 777/787/A330 makes sense for that last 3-5%. At this stage t...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jun 03, 2019 12:59 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Virgin Atlantic ordering/leasing 14 A330-900neo's plus 6 options
Replies: 151
Views: 25529

Re: Reuters: Virgin Atlantic Close to A330neo order

VS isn't big enough to get economies of scale in widebodies as it is. Fourteen 330s (maybe declining), seventeen 789s and ~eight 339s is pathological. Then add some A350s to that. They could be an all-787 fleet. They might get some economies of service and parts from Delta's 330 and 339 ownership b...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Jun 03, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...
Replies: 131
Views: 13486

Re: Irish 6/19: Dublin's bubblin' ...

The Ethiopian service looks really great - hopefully they can make it work long-term. Did you visit any of the lounges in DUB? Thinking of using them on my next trip away, any feedback would be appreciated. Used the T2 DAA lounge last week, it's terrible. The space has no sense of welcome, its tall ...

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by BrianDromey
Tue May 28, 2019 9:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25277

Re: Re:

Not all A321neo, ACF is the base of the A321LR, and an option otherwise until it becomes standard sometime in 2020. There are plenty of 8 door A321neo out there. I thought it was standard already because recent delivered to BA, TK had the ACF layout, everyday a schoolday! Looking at the EI LR - I d...

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by BrianDromey
Tue May 28, 2019 4:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25277

Re:

There was an option to deactivate Door 3 when the new configurations were first revealed, I wonder if Aer Lingus has gone with this option? It does look like Door 3 is a plug, it looks like a regular window, rather than the small portholes. TK, who have the A320 style layout also have this window p...

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by BrianDromey
Tue May 28, 2019 8:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase
Replies: 241
Views: 35949

Re: A220 gets 2.3T MTOW increase

The A320/738 are now the baseline for most operators. Improved take-off performance, range and payload on both frames have made the hot-rod A319/73G less attractive. That said there is a gap between the 75 seat jets and the 180 seat A320/738. Even “full service” airlines like LH and BA fly them betw...

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by BrianDromey
Thu May 23, 2019 1:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Door 2 Delete vs Door 3
Replies: 10
Views: 2406

Re: Door 2 Delete vs Door 3

Airbus said deleting Door 2 on the A321 gave their airline customers more flexibility with the size and placement of premium cabins. The days of mid-cabin Lav's and Galleys seem to be gone. I don't think any airline regularly boarded from L2 on the A321 - the exception being bmi - back when they exi...

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by BrianDromey
Thu May 23, 2019 11:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO
Replies: 453
Views: 42080

Re: A380 was success for Airbus, says new CEO

There is a lot of revisionist versions of history here. When the concept of the A3XX/A380 was conceived the 747-400 was still the long haul aircraft of the day. Boeing offered the 767 and the 777 was limited to -200. The 200LR/ER were in development. Aviation markets were predicted to grow. The 77W ...

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by BrianDromey
Mon May 20, 2019 9:30 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25277

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

I had a back-to-back comparison of FR and EI over the weekend. FR from LGW to DUB and EI from DUB to LHR. It's been quite a few years since I've travelled on an EI mainline service and I wasn't that impressed. I don't think EI offer very much to justify choosing them over FR. Both airlines did a goo...

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by BrianDromey
Sun May 19, 2019 10:53 am
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Question re Ryanair Seat Pitch
Replies: 2
Views: 884

Re: Question re Ryanair Seat Pitch

I’ve never measured it, but in the region of 36 inches, at a guess. SeatGuru says 34”, for what it’s worth.

Even standard rows aren’t bad on Ryanair. 30” and slimline seats is fairly spacious.

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 17, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 250
Views: 35857

Re: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread

What about a big shot in the dark, and Indigo merge TCX with F9. Same type of fleet, relatively similar leisure-type network. They could beat B6 to the punch on the NEO TRATL if they get in there first. No. US and EU airlines cannot operate domestic flights within the others territory. Thats not go...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 17, 2019 11:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21437

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

And yet, BA charge what they feel they can achieve. Such is the breath of BAs non-stop route network from LHR that they can charge £326 extra. The level of premium traffic and high fares in London partially explains why BA favoured the A319 for LHR operations - to drive yield even higher and why BA ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 17, 2019 9:55 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea
Replies: 144
Views: 21437

Re: British Airways under fire for offering a new “afternoon tea” that doesn’t come with any tea

And yet, BA charge what they feel they can achieve. Such is the breath of BAs non-stop route network from LHR that they can charge £326 extra. The level of premium traffic and high fares in London partially explains why BA favoured the A319 for LHR operations - to drive yield even higher and why BA ...

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by BrianDromey
Thu May 16, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25277

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Heard from a good source that MSP will be A330 from Next May 2020, sfo could be going twice daily, mco and sea could also go daily. Montreal is still on the table but may alternate with Ottawa Las Vegas will never happen due to being leisure traffic. A Texas route is also being looked at , possibly...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 10, 2019 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air Italy Abandon Boeing for Airbus + More
Replies: 55
Views: 16430

Re: Air Italy Abandon Boeing for Airbus + More

Air Italy certainly have style and social media wrapped up. They are all over instagram and clearly getting coverage in the airline press too, their branding looks great and the soft product seems of a high quality, with a. little Italian style. If that translates to good loads with decent yields is...

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by BrianDromey
Thu May 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta to LGW, will UA and AA follow?
Replies: 51
Views: 9244

Re: Delta to LGW, will UA and AA follow?

Where would these airlines fly from? Are there any glaring holes in the UA or AA networks that neither has the slots to operate from LHR? Of UA and AA, I would think AA would be more likely, but with the large Joint Venture (BA) presence at LGW, their own large presence at LHR and dense BA 777 fleet...

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by BrianDromey
Tue May 07, 2019 10:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Thomas Cook Airlines Selling Discussion Thread
Replies: 250
Views: 35857

Re: LH ready to take over DE

The sole German airline of size, yes. But not the sole airline in Germany. easyJet and Lauda/Ryanair have sizeable presence. It seems this is mainly about long-haul. Condor has 25 narrow bodies (A320/321/753) flying to holiday destinations around the med. Not somewhere LH has massive presence or a s...

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by BrianDromey
Sat May 04, 2019 11:09 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25277

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

Shame to hear the Stobart crews for BA aren’t great. I’ve never had a poor experiences over 100 EI Regional flights or on the two flights I’ve been on from SEN. I think the pilots are Stobart too, the pair of 190s are wet-leased. Doesn’t seem Stobart have done anything other than peel the Virgin Aus...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 03, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25277

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

I think it's a low risk move by Aer Lingus... they can adjust the number of rows per flight depending on demand. Worst case scenario is the loss of one seat (a flight where only 1 passenger buys AerSpace). I don't know why they don't offer it on every route. Let the market decide. At a guess, they ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri May 03, 2019 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!
Replies: 181
Views: 25277

Re: Irish 5/19: Summer is a comin' in!

I missed the AerSpace announcement yesterday, better late than never. EI must have some confidence in the O&D potential of the product, the list of designations in the initial roll-out is substantial, its being offered across the board from London and Euro destinations from Cork, which goes blon...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Apr 30, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380
Replies: 78
Views: 19129

Re: Tim Clark: Emirates is planning its network without the A380

How much smaller is the capacity of the 777-9X expected to be? Emirates will have significantly more cargo lift, though.

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by BrianDromey
Sat Apr 27, 2019 11:26 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20597

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

I guess it’s a bit early to launch 2020 summer destinations. There might not be many LR destinations, depending how EI time the 757 replacement. So far we can assume YUL, MSP, BDL, SNN-JFK and BOS. They will still need at least one 757, unless some of the 2020 deliveries are in the first few months ...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Apr 27, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20597

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

I imagine the pencils were fairly sharp on that deal, considering they are last off the line and the delays to the LR have caused EI to have to cancel an entire destination outright for the summer season.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 26, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20597

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Aer Lingus warned over ‘misleading’ pet travel adverts Aer Lingus has received a warning from the national advertising watchdog after a customer complained that information around the cost of travelling with pets on the airline was misleading. The woman, who had booked tickets for a European flight...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Apr 20, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Last VS A340
Replies: 51
Views: 15411

Re: Last VS A340

The A340s were kept longer due to 787 delays and engine trouble, I think. The 747s are pretty young (they were cancelled Alitalia orders in 2001/2). The 747s have a dedicated role from LGW/MAN/GLA/BFS to Orlando, mainly. They are very Y heavy and have very small Upper Class cabins. I guess paid-down...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?
Replies: 76
Views: 9267

Re: Alaska Airlines 737 MAX Future - Bright or Bleak?

With the 787 troubles - mainly production delays - customers did go an buy A330s and A350s. It got them looking again at their fleet plan. Admittedly the A320 and 737 are, more or less, 1:1 replacements. The A330,787,350,777 are more of a spectrum. But once a rival is in the door... Airbus might off...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Apr 18, 2019 9:18 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20597

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

The A32-LR is going to look great. I saw a few examples of the new livery in DUB recently. It really dates the old livery, I think. I like the -LRx reg sequence. It’s something EI haven’t done for a while, since the -DEx batch of A320s, I think. BA are very good at this, the A380s are G-XLEx (Xtra L...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus
Replies: 52
Views: 13145

Re: 4 A350-900 more to IB from Aer Lingus

I thought the A359 was quite renowned as a high and high performer, maybe not quite an A346, but still. That was also my impression. Rumours on the Irish threads that EI will begin taking A330-900 from 2020. At the moment EI don't need the payload or range capability of the A359. The increase in se...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Apr 08, 2019 12:54 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Italian EI a/c registration
Replies: 14
Views: 2339

Re: Italian EI a/c registration

I believe Italy is unusual in that it requires the aircraft to be registered in the country of ownership, rather than operation. Hence the EI- Registrations, you might see EJ-xxx in the near future, between Ryanair and the leasing industry we’re running out of EI. Italy has its own registration bloc...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 05, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20597

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

I think the ORK TATL flight would have struggled to be back in 2020 even before the grounding of the MAX. I think this disruption to the schedule will put the final nail in the coffin so to speak. DUB is where Norwegian will focus on and it hard to blame them. Based on? The reality is that ORK main...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Apr 05, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast
Replies: 156
Views: 20597

Re: Irish 4/19: Summer flyin', had me a blast

Looks like no flights out of ORK or SNN until July at the earliest. Neither airline or airports will confirm though. They would have better off if they had just announced that from the start and not messed people about. It's a tough one for Norwegian, they just don't know the the MAX-8 will be back...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:38 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 23986

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

ApplePay integration is great. The UK Trainline App accepts it, which makes booking tickets much easier. I feel more comfortable with my details held ‘securely’ on my device than in a corporate server. It’s also really convenient to bypass ticket collection queues, most Train Operators accept QR cod...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 15, 2019 8:23 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Air Italy Livery??
Replies: 14
Views: 3585

Re: New Air Italy Livery??

Is Qatar the main investor in Air Italy, not Etihad. The latter is EY-esque though.

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by BrianDromey
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Buzz is back! Ryanair Sun to rebrand.
Replies: 46
Views: 7118

Re: Buzz is back! Ryanair Sun to rebrand.

I guess that FR need an ‘incubator’ brand to try things out. They have had three different hand luggage rules within 12 months. Given the signage, website changes, bad publicity and customer confusion it might make sense to isolate the parent brand from new concepts.

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 08, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 23986

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

ORK is not built for connections and EI already have the market covered with DUB and SNN. I've always thought EI would do well with a domestic service to DUB, connecting on to the TA and wider European network. While I think the flight would be great, the upgraded motorway really makes the ORK-DUB ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Mar 08, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 23986

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

Cork-New York flights ‘within three years’ Shopping excursions to Fifth Avenue and tours of downtown Manhattan could finally be a reality for Cork Airport passengers after management said direct New York flights are “two to three years” away. Flights to the Big Apple have been tantalisingly close i...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: MAX 10 for Ryanair and A321 for Laudamotion, early talks
Replies: 35
Views: 6303

Re: MAX 10 for Ryanair and A321 for Laudamotion, early talks

Before 9/11 FR were very interested in taking 737-300/400s, but the process they got from Boeing meant the 738 was a better bet. They even put adverts in national newspapers for airplanes! I think they will be quite happy to expand Lauda with use A320 and A321s as the come off lease, replaced at oth...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CityJet abandons the Sukhoi Superjet. A chance for the C-Series?
Replies: 27
Views: 6819

Re: CityJet abandons the Sukhoi Superjet. A chance for the C-Series?

It would have to be agreed with Aer Lingus as well and I doubt they'd want an ATR on the route but subbing it out to an E-jet operator is plausible, Stobart already do some flying for BA Cityflyer for example. There's currently a CityJet Avro being painted in full Aer Lingus colours so I doubt ther...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Mar 05, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward
Replies: 193
Views: 23986

Re: Irish 3/19: Marching skyward

For info, Dublin is one of only two bases where Ryanair do all their handling in house themselves, from check-in to baggage loading, engineering and even including de-icing. So the problems seen the other day were entirely of their own making, a commercial decision not to employ or not to train up ...

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