At work today there was an in-term statemet from DAA as Priority to double check all engine covers at dispatch. It says in relation to SOU-BE incident, was there an accident recently involving engine cowlings/Covers.
DAA Launches New Incentive Scheme to Encourage Traffic Growth At Its 3 Irish Airports
From the DAA, 7th December 2010
The Grow Incentive Scheme will see Dublin, Cork and Shannon airport effectively waiving all airport charges for passenger traffic once an overall threshold of 23.5 million passengers is reached during 2011.
Maybe it might just bring some work to Dublin that helps out other than just EI and FR staff. Airlines that SHP/Servisair might get a shot at handling would be gud to see or existing carriers expanding on what they have already acchieved in Dublin so far ie LH/BD/BE/0B/BT etc etc
Another cheap dig at the DAA; nothing new here. Good for the DAA if they can reel AI in; ok, initially. there might not be that many tourists, but India is a rapidly growing economy and potentially a massively important export market. Of course, you wouldn't expect FR to see the whole picture.
it is important to expand trade links with the bric countries and aviation is a key component of this.but if the daa have put themselves in a position where the success of t2 is only judged by the diversity of tails at the new development then they have left themselves open to cheap pr stunts like the coffin incident last month.
Do not also forget the cargo potential to and from DUB to India is huge. OK SQ may not have been able to fill a 74F frm Dublin to go out that way but i would guess that even a few pallet positions in the belly of a 777 would more than make up for a low pax load upstairs.
But on the whole it does seem to be a story that just wont die. The interesting points of the article are not the AI angle as far as I can see but the mention of other carriers who seem interested all be it none mentioned.
And regarding tow-bars from what I am told from ground engineers that i think it is an inverted 757 tow bar fits an MD11 and such other "tricks" all be it not technically correct but can be done.
Would the DAA want an A340 powering off stand!!!!!!!!