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by BrianDromey
Fri Aug 17, 2018 9:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Richard Curran: Did we sell Aer Lingus too low? I seriously doubt we would have seen so much expansion without them being part of the larger group. . Totally agree we have seen big advances since IAG took over and long may it continue. Still a lot to do in some areas especially how IRROPS are handl...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Aug 15, 2018 7:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Totally agree. Anything under 90 mins at DUB is just stupid to give someone IMHO. The number of times I see people stressing on the flight when there is a delay and then annoying crew over connections is just not worth the risk. I personally wouldn't mind a USA-UK/CDG/AMS/etc connection of around a...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Aug 10, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Air France-KLM : who bought whom?
Replies: 14
Views: 2101

Re: Air France-KLM : who bought whom?

KLM was busy trying to find a partner, things with BA. Swissair didn't work out. BA didn't want a AMS hub, AF promised to maintain a KLM hub, that was one very important thing for the Dutch (shareholders). BA very much wanted an AMS hub, but they wanted it to be BA Holland. BA were keen to do a dea...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Aug 10, 2018 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

embraer420 wrote:
So what's the story with Pobeda then?

They are wholly owned by SU, I wonder if that makes any difference?

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by BrianDromey
Fri Aug 10, 2018 8:03 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Aer Lingus does need a proper business class for onward connections from North America as well as a proper frequent flier program. I do agree that there would likely be little demand for local traffic in business class between Ireland & Europe but EI has a decent trans Atlantic business class p...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Aug 09, 2018 8:21 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

VFRonTop wrote:
- MKE suffers from having ORD just an hour down the road. I don't think EI would risk competing with their own ORD services.


Or EI could use MKE as an overflow to their ORD service. You could probably spin it either way. Again, it depends on a combination of likely traffic AND local incentives.

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by BrianDromey
Wed Aug 08, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

I don't see W6 trying Ireland again, in fact I don't think they have ever flown from Dublin? They flew to Warsaw, Wroclaw, Vilnius , Gdansk, Poznan and Katowice at their largest, before FR muscled in. Today ORK only has service to Wroclaw and Gdansk with FR, which is a real shame. I suspect an FR re...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

I see two big risks with this 321NEO to the US strategy: 1) The US market crashes again, and EI finds itself, again, with all of its long-haul eggs in one basket. 2) LCC's like DY, FR or B6 pursue an aggressive strategy of replicating this on MAX's, and out-price EI. I agree that Asia diversifies t...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 06, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Is a Aer Lingus DUB-SIN service ever likely to happen? A Singapore Airlines service would have the benefit of lots of Asia and Australia/New Zealand connections. I guess EI could connect at SIN with QF. However do they currently offer through fares to Australia via LAX EI/QF? Alex I would think SIN...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Aug 03, 2018 10:36 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 8/18: An august institution
Replies: 273
Views: 16503

Re: Irish 8/18: An august institution

Doing a search of SNN-UK flights for a relative for next weekend and all routes seem to be coming out with fares around €200-€300 return (which would be normal for the time of year and short notice I guess) with the exception of SNN-LPL at €35 return.That's some difference. Apparently the route isn...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Oct 14, 2017 12:31 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Could BMI have survived?
Replies: 53
Views: 7819

Re: Could BMI have survived?

So could bmi have survived? I think the group could have, but Sir Bishop's put option forced LH into a corner, one which they weren't prepared to plough more money into. The took as many LHR slots as they could and jettisoned the rest. By the end I recall LH had sunk about €1 billion into bmi over t...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Oct 09, 2017 10:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...
Replies: 323
Views: 32356

Re: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...

The idea of EI operating an intra-EU business class is interesting. As others have said, it may be a by-product of A321LR usage on European routes and driving up utilisation, rather than any great desire/demand for such a product. EI have been selling the J class seats on the A330s on the "Buck...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Oct 08, 2017 8:50 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?
Replies: 39
Views: 8708

Re: Why did Monarch Airlines fail?

It didn't really have a USP and its costs weren't low enough to effectively compete with aggressive LCCs. Really, it was a sitting duck. I have various graphs for the above; PM me if interested. I think you're right. Ultimately all successful LCCs have a key niche. FR - Their key market is flying b...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Oct 06, 2017 10:07 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Confirmed: Aer Lingus Add PHL-DUB
Replies: 33
Views: 7822

Re: Confirmed: Aer Lingus Add PHL-DUB

I do find it odd that EI have never previously served PHL though, given its size, proximity to Ireland and clearly significant diaspora. 90s and 00s EI not launching PHL seems an especially curious point of history. From todays point of view it may seem odd, but at the time US was operating PHL dai...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Oct 05, 2017 1:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...
Replies: 323
Views: 32356

Re: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...

Chicago Midway could be an option? It's a big Southwest hub so I'd imagine costs are much lower than O'Hare. Its an "out there" option. DY et al don't serve MDW as yet, I think slots are hard to come by, but the airport doesn't seem to have perimeter rules. Passengers could pre-clear at S...

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by BrianDromey
Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:24 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...
Replies: 323
Views: 32356

Re: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...

Oh not another I’ll fated LGW experiment!! I agree, EI are an Irish brand and though recognized in their current markets, I think their focus should be on Ireland (including NI). Sure even AF gave up on LHR-LAX after less than a year. I wonder could we see EI replace UA on SNN-ORD? We’ve been told ...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Oct 04, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...
Replies: 323
Views: 32356

Re: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...

I do not see TZ venturing deeper into Europe past ATH though, except perhaps to Italy and Spain, where there is holiday traffic. Likewise, I do not see JQ or D7 opening DUB - too far, and does not fit within their strategy. What would be interesting, would be if IAG decide to deploy their 'Level' b...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Oct 04, 2017 4:08 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...
Replies: 323
Views: 32356

Re: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...

BrianDromey - I take your point. I just don't believe the DAA are on the same wavelength. Ireland has a long history of poor infrastructure investment - which has been exacerbated by our withdrawal from many EU development funds coinciding with the economic downturn. So its partly attitude, partly ...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Oct 04, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...
Replies: 323
Views: 32356

Re: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...

I didn't understand the comparison that was made between Dublin and Zurich where it was suggested that because of low cost the operation was different. Are you suggesting that because we have low cost airlines we should expect and receive a sub standard service from our airports? Zurich is higher c...

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by BrianDromey
Wed Oct 04, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...
Replies: 323
Views: 32356

Re: Irish 10/17: Philadelphia here we come (again!) ...

........................ With regards to the "safe options" ... these are the routes that will make money. What do you want EI to do, run routes that lose cash hand over fist? It's smart business to try out so called "safe" routes. If it were that safe, PHL would have come onlin...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:23 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!
Replies: 216
Views: 26419

Re: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!

I've got some FR flights booked for the end of the week, which I'm a bit concerned about. I suppose EU261 would make rebooking more affordable. It's a disgrace they won't say what flights are cancelled until 2 days before. Presumably they are just going to chop the worst performing 2-3% of flights o...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 11, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s
Replies: 170
Views: 36117

Re: UA changes order for 35 A350-1000s to 45 A350-900s

The 77W caused clear problems for UAs strategic fleet plan and the 35J. UA will have some of the last 77Ws off the line, those aircraft are not going to need to be replaced for many years. IF (big IF) the 35J/77X is as good as A & B claim they are and fuel costs reis significantly, these aircraf...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 04, 2017 11:17 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First BA routes announced with high density seating
Replies: 59
Views: 15118

Re: First BA routes announced with high density seating

AUS and MSY weren't launched by anyone else That still doesn't make them "innovative," they were just next in line for LON service, and for obvious reasons: highest traffic + highest fares. Pretty straightforward. Heck, this isn't even MSY's first LON service. BA themselves used to fly th...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 04, 2017 10:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First BA routes announced with high density seating
Replies: 59
Views: 15118

Re: First BA routes announced with high density seating

BA's B789 have only 215 seats, which seems like a waste of such an expensive aircraft, although I'm sure they are charging an arm and a leg for their premium product. It's 216, and it's because they're 4class aircraft with heavy premium configuration: that seem to do their intended task quite well-...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 04, 2017 8:48 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: First BA routes announced with high density seating
Replies: 59
Views: 15118

Re: First BA routes announced with high density seating

Having said that, BA does seem to be a follower and a not a leader. At least Norwegian longhaul and Qantas have been innovative. Is that really true? They have launched a few shameless predatory routes against DY like OAK, FLL & JFK from LGW. But since the 787s started arriving they have launch...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 04, 2017 3:14 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak
Replies: 35
Views: 8191

Re: future of the 777 Classic fleet looking rather bleak

Would have thought that the economics of the 773 would be pretty good, assuming you don't need the range. CX has always used them within Asia and with a fleet of 77W and A359 it just needs the capacity. Being a relative orphan, I can see why CX might have wanted them - cheap as chips capacity with n...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Sep 04, 2017 9:47 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!
Replies: 216
Views: 26419

Re: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!

It is interesting to see that a traditional EI monopoly route (was 5x daily), can be stimulated to 14x daily in a short period of time by competition from FR (4x daily) and KL (6x daily). It is very interesting. EI clearly had a good thing going to AMS. I would say the current schedules are more re...

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by BrianDromey
Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:02 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!
Replies: 216
Views: 26419

Re: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!

TBH I think people are getting to bogged down about CX and if they can make it work. They have spent quiet some time considering DUB and personally I think they will make a success of it because it has the right backing. I hope and anticipate that the CX route will be a great success. CX have long ...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Sep 02, 2017 9:34 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: What was so different about the early 787 Dreamliners?
Replies: 43
Views: 11104

Re: What was so different about the early 787 Dreamliners?

Essentially the 787 was a victim of overly ambitious production and sub-contracting. It all looked great on paper, but Boeing just didn't have the experience in this kind of assembly and had paid off those who had the skills and talent to remedy the situation. When the wheels came off the whole sorr...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Sep 02, 2017 1:03 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 16283

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

I was surprised (and more than a little disappointed) that EI has decided (or IAG had decided for it) not to take the -900s it had on order and go for new A330s instead. Much as I admire the 330 - who among us doesn't! - this effectively means the same type for twenty years and for an airline with ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 16283

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

So the comment from Walsh you refer to is over 4 years old, and there's no further indication that in 4+ years the case for the 779 has got much stronger. 4 years is a long time for an airline, a lot could change that makes them reconsider, after all, apart from the A380s which serve very specific ...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:55 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 16283

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

I'm not saying IB/EI will operate the 787, but adding them into the fleet is not as far fetched as many of you make it believe. Many of the same reasons why an A380 might work for EI/IB can equally apply to 787s (believe it or not the A380 is not the only aircraft where you can have a common specif...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 12:39 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Cityjet cuts all flights to London City, except Dublin
Replies: 13
Views: 5810

Re: Cityjet cuts all flights to London City, except Dublin

How times have changed. DUB-LCY has always been WX's bread and butter scheduled route, most of the rest was for AF in various guises. VLM brought them more LCY routes to the Benelux region, but after the sell-off from AF, reduced network and the loss of flyingBlue they seemed less relevant at LCY co...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!
Replies: 216
Views: 26419

Re: Irish 9/17 - Hong Kong hootenanny!

CX to HKG is excellent news. I would have no doubt that CX will increase frequency in the event that the flight is a success. MAN is a relatively recent addition for them, launched at 3-4 weekly (I can't recall exactly) and now daily, with suggestion that this will increase further. A direct route t...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 16283

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

Also true, but the commonality is exclusively Airbus. Iberia MRO operations just can't handle Boeing (A BA777 I was to travel on had a tire blow at MAD and it was several hours before they could even figure out where to get a spare). The Boeing ops are exclusively with BA so while it wouldn't be mo...

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by BrianDromey
Fri Sep 01, 2017 7:20 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: IAG A350 Orders/Options
Replies: 101
Views: 16283

Re: IAG A350 Orders/Options

An airline like IB, which has move from a mixed fleet to a strong Airbus-only one, won't put its livery back on a 787. Too much investment, too much maintenance, too many policies, too much hassle, when can simply add more A330s and A350s (8/9/10) and share all the existing infrastructure and staff...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 7:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Alitalia bankruptcy and selling process discussion thread
Replies: 682
Views: 169652

Re: Alitalia Files For Bankruptcy

Terrible article. It's like saying the sun will rise tomorrow. We can't be certain, but it seems highly likely. Let's think about this in more detail LH - unlikely. It will take LH a while to digest what it buys of AB. The LH Italia experiment didn't go well and they already have an airline based in...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162389

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Isn't the FFer scheme in itself potentially a valuable asset, as it owns the relationship with AB's regular customers? Maybe IAG could honour the status and miles and absorb it within Avios? That could pick up a section of AB's TATL traffic without having to take on any of the airline at all. Appar...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162389

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

And they were in no hurry to get out of the deal as long as EY were keeping the cash flowing in. It wasn't until EY called STOP that the house of cards came tumbling down. TUI were obviously in no hurry to stop their money machine printing. It's amazing in a country like Germany, with relatively poo...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162389

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

Niki was to be merged with TUIfly It failed because the whole purpose of the merger was to get AB out of the ruinous wet lease deal and have the TUI crews fly at the (much lower) Niki rates. As Niki was not willing to pay the outrageous TUI rates that had contributed to AB's demise, the employees s...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer
Replies: 188
Views: 22173

Re: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer

Hi guys, got a question, on easyjet it says in T&Cs that you can travel on a domestic flight with a passport, that is a couple months out of date as it is still a photo ID. My question is will that be the same for Ryanair too, could one fly to LGW on a passport that is a couple months out of da...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:56 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162389

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

So more bidders to the party: Niki Lauda has expressed interest in buying back Niki Ryanair has a meeting with the creditors this week and a press conference has been scheduled for the 30th by FR It would be nice to have an independent Niki, probably the best thing that can be salvaged from the ash...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 28, 2017 9:34 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: A380 liveries
Replies: 10
Views: 2486

Re: A380 liveries

Qantas have only really tweaked their livery in recent years, same goes for Air France. Of all the current A380 operators, both British Airways and Lufthansa are long overdue a livery reboot. Are they? The Lufthansa livery still looks crisp and professional to me. BA have subtly updated the livery ...

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by BrianDromey
Sat Aug 26, 2017 10:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022
Replies: 316
Views: 40650

Re: Qantas to announce ambitious plan to fly East Coast Australia to London and New York by 2022

Well QF have put their money where their mouth is with the announcement of the LHR-PER non-stop with the 787-9 (the first frame having just emerged from the FAL at PAE). That plane only has 236 seats, but PER (and, by extension, Western Australia) is a significantly smaller catchment area than Vict...

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by BrianDromey
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:28 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer
Replies: 188
Views: 22173

Re: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer

In the A350 production thread the seat count of the IB A359 is now listed as A350 Production‏ @A350_Production Seat map of @Iberia A350s: -31 Business -24 Premium Economy -293 Economy Total: 348 seats In comparison EI's current A333 layout is 30/383. The beauty of the late-build A333 for EI is it ca...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer
Replies: 188
Views: 22173

Re: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer

It will be all A330, put mouse over flight number and it showing A330. They are always slower to update the ops by ASL, it's just winter schedule rolled on and not fully adjusted where as they would of added the Tue, Thur themselves so they are correct. Third times a charm! I think the correct sche...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Aug 15, 2017 2:05 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer
Replies: 188
Views: 22173

Re: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer

The above schedule shows in terms of gaps: Daily 757 x5 A330 (2x Tue/Thu, 1xSat) Based on that I think we can expect at least one daily B752 route or (2 routes by x4/x3 weekly) and/or a new x3 weekly A330 service however they could just return a freq or two to YYZ/LAX as they were daily over peak s...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Updated: Air Berlin to cease operations
Replies: 966
Views: 162389

Re: Air Berlin has filed for insolvency

As for IAG, the last BA foray into Germany (DBA) didn't go well. Ironically dba was eventually absorbed into airberlin. I suspect LH is interested in AB for one reason - not to give IAG and FR access to the german market. In the event of a total liquidation there are going to be plenty of A32x and ...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Aug 15, 2017 9:57 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer
Replies: 188
Views: 22173

Re: Irish Aviation 8/17 - Lunasa san aer

I didn't however if you want more A330 to arrive in 2018 then they will have to place the order/exercise option pretty soon as IMO it's unlikely they will get another A330 until late 2018 which could mean a route starting later in the year like MIA or even May 2019. It's just an assumption on my pa...

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by BrianDromey
Tue Aug 15, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: CSeries begins LCY ops
Replies: 42
Views: 11366

Re: CSeries begins LCY ops

Times changed. LHR is way much better. In a sense I think you are right, LCY has, in some ways, been a victim of its own success. In terms of premium passenger experience, there are no lounges, I don't know about priority security and priority boarding on BA is limited to Golds only, as there are s...

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