TRAVEL Extra Sunday Supplement: Further and further for Aer Lingus narrow bodies

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Irish travel writers at the temple of heaven in Beijing with Hainan Airlines and Beijing tourism, September 11 2018

 

Things to know about travel this week

  • Aer Lingus has spoken to 30 American cities
  • Las Vegas and Dallas among the contenders for next year
  • Vancouver an option, Kavanagh tells Canadian ambassador
  • Dublin hub could create 33,000 jobs, EY report believes.
  • Vat rise makes no sense, says IHF President Michael Lennon
  • Travel Extra gets exclusive look at ground-breaking Celebrity Edge

Video watch.

In scenes straight out of a Hollywood movie, police arrested a driver following a high-speed chase on the runway at Lyon airport after the man rammed his car into the terminal and drove through the building, AFP reported here.

Lucas Dominicus and Kevin Haenni from German film company FILMFLUSS, as they explore the historic ruins and lush landscapes of Ireland’s Ancient East with Tourism Ireland. Watch here.

A teenage pilot successfully landed her small aircraft after losing a wheel on her first-ever solo flight. Watch here the report from ABC News.

What would you do if the wildlife – in this case a lion – jumped into your safari jeep. Some tourists got to answer that question. Watch here.

What’s it like to fly into a hurricane? American researchers did just that with Hurricane Florence in recent days. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Aer Lingus’ new daily non-stop services to Minneapolis-St. Paul and Montreal next summer revealed how the airline’s trans Atlantic strategy has evolved. Minneapolis-St. Paul, to commence on July 8 2019, will be the longest route from Dublin by narrow-body twin, initially B757, 60 miles further than Chicago. The airport is dominated by Delta (71pc of passengers) unlike previous Aer Lingus destination choices which were hubs for United. No other IAG airline has announced regular transatlantic service to MSP.

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Montreal is to commence on August 8 2019 and become the first Aer Lingus transatlantic route using the A321LR. Departure will be two and a half hours later than any current westbound Aer Lingus flight, probably driven by a drive for connections from French-speaking Europe.

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Aer Lingus previously operated to Montreal service (via Shannon) 1966-1979, a period in which scheduled service to Toronto was closed to most European airlines.

EY Partner Simon MacAllister with Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh, September 12, 2018

Is Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh a closet Kevin Costner fan? The Hollywood star uttered one of his most famous lines in baseball movie Field of Dreams, announcing, “if you build it, they will come”. Well, actually “he”, but everyone has misquoted it ever since. And that’s just the gist of Kavanagh’s own field of dreams – in Collinstown. He unveiled, along with EY Partner Simon MacAllister, a report by the financial body arguing for Dublin to become a hub to rival the likes of Dubai, Singapore and Reykjavik. They argued that it could create over 33,000 jobs and add 5m more passengers by 2033, along with the added bonus for Aer Lingus of more opportunities in the North American market, with Kavanagh keen to at least double its 3pc share of the transatlantic trade. Full story here and watch here.

And there was also the little matter of two new routes – Minneapolis/St Paul and Montreal, as first revealed by Travel Extra (full story here). Kavanagh said Aer Lingus has been looking at 30 cities, and said Las Vegas and Dallas are high on the list. Full story here and watch here.

And that’s not all: when questioned by Canadian Ambassador Kevin Vickers on when Vancouver is going to get a direct route, the Aer Lingus CEO said it’s on the list too, and said the IAG-owned carrier is not finished with Canada (watch here).

Frank Wang of Hainan airways and Bejing tourism hosted key Irish travel media in Beijing to highlight the airline’s 4w (3w winter) B787 service. Flight to Beijing is ten hours with overnight flights in both directions. It was busy both directions and the group were shown a vibrant, comspolitan city that has transformed itself since Travel Extra last visited, with lively fashion and art directs, bustling Hutongs (street alleys) such as Houhai, the Temple Bar of Beijing, a trip to the great wall at Mutianyu, the crowded Forbidden City and much more peaceful Confuciaus temple and temple of heaven, Kung Fu show and Chinese opera, a trip to a Haidilao hot pot restaurant and other culinary highlights such as Quanjude Peking duck, Kaorouji BBQ and Jindingxuan. Hainan’s Irish country manager Ryan wil relocate to Dublin in the coming months. Picture shows a feng shui lesson at the Temple of Heaven, Claire Doherty of Travel Department, teacher Deifu Kong, Robbie Farrell of the Sunday World, Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra, Jane Doran of the Irish Independent, Michael Flood of ITTN, Ros Dee of the Irish Mail. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

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In a sign of pre-Brexit nerves, the number of British nationals seeking to become naturalised Irish citizens rose from 51 in 2014 to 529 last year.

Travel Trade

The team from Visit Savannah treating trade and media in the prohibition-styled surroundings of Dublin’s The Blind Pig Speakeasy. Pictured are Joseph Marinelli, President of Visit Savannah; Jo Piani , director of Sales & Marketing at VVV global marketing, and Mindy Shea, Director of Tour, Travel & International Sales, Visit Savannah. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Extra was the only Irish representative as the heavy-hitters from Celebrity Cruises and Royal Caribbean showcased the upcoming, and much-anticipated, Celebrity Edge, to international media near St Nazaire in France. Celebrity Cruises’ CEO and President Lisa Lutoff-Perlo spoke of the cutting-edge technology passengers will soon experience (watch here), while Royal Caribbean’s long-serving CEO and Chairman Richard Fain, enjoying a glass of wine, hailed the new ship as “exquisite” (watch here). Also watch here overview of the ship and watch here the Grand Plaza. Picture shows Richard and Lisa. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

There is good news for Irish agents, with Lisa Lutoff-Perlo revealing that the next ship, Celebrity Apex, will be named in Southampton in 2020 as “a reward” for the British and Irish trade, so keep the diary clear.

Picture shows Claire Doherty of Travel Department who was given an award in Beijing as part of the Beijing Global Distribution Partnership Programme tourism summit, attended by 30 key travel trade from 19 countries. See more pictures hereor connect with the album on Facebook.

Turkish Airlines hosted ten key members of the travel trade in Mauritius to promote their connections through Istanbul. Picture shows Michelle McMullen of O’Leary Travel, Siobhan Branaghan of Centre Travel, Milka LeBron of the Residence Hotel Mauritius, Clodagh Connolly of Corrib Travel, Martin Penrose of ifonly, Onur Gul of Turkish Airlines, Leonie Dale of Justsplit, Rachel Donnelly of Grenham Travel, Carol Anne O’Neill of Worldchoice Ireland and Shane Cullen of Killiney Travel. Olivia Flanagan from Navan Travel was also on the trip. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

The Travel Partners Group roadshow in Kilkenny on 12th Sep hosted agents from the region. Short presentations from the suppliers (Amadeus, ANA, Blue Insurance, Bookabed, Caribtours, Classic Collection Holidays, Croisi Europe, Fred Olsen, Irish Ferries, MSC, OBEO Travel, SAS & Your Car Hire) were followed by a table quiz with Collette Desmond from Manning Travel the overall winner. She is pictured accepting the prize from Alan Sparling. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

In a week of shipping news, Hapag Lloyd’s MS Europa II visited Dublin Port, with visits to the five-star ship by members of the trade. Picture shows Ashling McLoughlin, Sales Representative UK and Ireland Hapag Lloyd pictured with Michael Steffi, Team Leader International Sales Hapag Lloyd. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Ethiopian Airlines celebrated the country’s new year on September 11 with a party for trade and media partners in the Clayton Hotel at Dublin Airport. Lorcan Keegan, Meseret Tekalign and Ashmika Sukhdeo, from Ethiopian Airlines, are pictured at the event.

Picture shows Siobhan Learat Byrne wearing a Kwita Izina gorilla naming shirt at the annual gorilla naming ceremony in Rwanda. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

 

Strange World

Pity the poor United Airlines pilot who decided to take a nap on a transatlantic flight from Newark to Glasgow. Passengers who were unhappy about him sleeping in a first class seat took his picture – and it has since gone viral.

  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena has attacked Sri Lankan Airlines – complaining his onboard cashew nuts were not fit for human consumption.

International

Two English tourists were among the seven people injured when a man wielding a knife and iron bar attacked people along the Quai de Loire in Paris.

  • A Saudi princess reported the theft of €800,000 worth of jewellery from her suite at the five-star Ritz hotel in Paris.
  • A million residents in North and South Carolina were ordered to evacuate Hurricane Florence – which has been dubbed a Monster hurricane with winds of 120mph.

Food & Beverage

  • KSG Catering has opened Ireland’s first plastic-free café – at University College Cork.
  • Hundreds of locals in Milan queued up as Starbucks opened its first store in the country, the world’s fourth-largest consumer of coffee.
  • Domino’s Ireland, marked the launch of its 50th store – in Ringsend, Dublin 4 – with a celebratory delivery by wakeboard.
  • The company behind the Temple Bar pub in Dublin saw pre-tax profits increase to €3.4m – or €65,575 every week.
  • Tourism NI is celebrating the north’s three prizes in the Food&Wine awards – Ox restaurant in Belfast was voted the Best Overall Restaurant of the Year; Ireland’s only female Michelin star holder, Danni Barry from Clenaghan’s, Co Down, was named Best Chef in Ulster (and Highly Commended in the overall Best Chef category) and Wine & Brine restaurant, Co Down, voted Best Restaurant in Ulster.
  • The inaugural Cork Cheese Week will take place from Monday 24th September at venues around the city. It will culminate with a weekend of all things cheese at the Cork Airport Hotel on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th.
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Hotels

US private equity firm Apollo Global Management is to buy Ireland’s second-largest hotel chain, Tifco, in a deal said to be worth up to €600m, The Irish Times reported.

Dublin’s Ormond Hotel, pictured, which was immortalised in the pages of Ulysses, is to reopen a decade after it shut its doors, the Sunday Independent reported.

  • Operating profit at Dublin Airport’s Radisson Blu hotel rose by 30pc to €2.6m last year.

Aviation

Ahead of Ryanair’s AGM, CEO Michael O’Leary is in tough-talking form, and told business channel Bloomberg TV watch here that the airline “won’t be blackmailed” by unions.

One huge fan of Michael O’Leary is aircraft-maker Boeing. It posted a picture of four Ryanair 737s under assembly at its plant outside Seattle. In a week of further HR developments at Ryanair, Watch here Eoghan Corry on the RTE Sean O’Rourke show and watch here Eoghan Corry TV3 Tonight Show Sept 13 2018

The DAA and State “need to fast-track both the airport and facility expansion process” to safeguard Dublin Airport‘s future, stockbroker Joe Gill argues in The Examiner.

Turkish Airlines has unveiled new uniforms for its cabin crew – inspired by many classic elements of Turkish design and culture – which will be use following the opening of the Istanbul New Airport this October.

Cork Airport’s Police and Fire Service demonstrated a life-like aircraft emergency simulation today as part of the global Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Gathering 2018. A simulated aircraft incident was staged, building on the skills of the paramedics, fire fighters, trauma doctors and other EMS personnel involved, who may be tasked to respond to aircraft emergencies in their communities or at their local airports. See more pictures here or connect to the album on Facebook.

America’s Transportation Security Administration expects to buy at least 200 next-generation CT scanners within a year, and is currently testing them at 13 airports.

Driven by Asian routes, Finnair experienced “the fastest growth phase in our almost 95-year history”, chief commercial officer, Juha Järvinen said in a long-ranging interview.

Afloat

A search for German pop singer Daniel Kueblboeck (33), who went overboard from the Aida Luna cruise ship off Newfoundland and Labrador, has been called off after 80 hours of searching.

Two new Disney Cruise Line ships – set to debut in 2020 and 2021 – will homeport in Florida’s Port Canaveral. 

Royal Caribbean has trademarked the names Phenom of the Seas, Gallant of the Seas and Eon of the Seas with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. The line launches its fifth Quantum-class ship in 2020, fifth Oasis-class ship in 2021, and first Icon-class vessel in 2022.

Dublin Port Company and Stella Maris FC (former club of Irish legend John Giles) announced a partnership that will see the amateur football club’s home ground renamed, ‘Dublin Port Stadium – The home of Stella Maris FC’.

Ireland

Fáilte Ireland today launched its latest marketing campaign encouraging Irish people to take a short break in Ireland’s Ancient East. Daragh Anglim, Head of Marketing at Fáilte Ireland, said: that “the domestic market is the bedrock of our tourism industry”. Click here to watch the ‘Great Stories Stay with you Forever TV Ad.

Deal Watch

Insight Vacations offer: Enchanting Canyonlands escorted tour, 7 days visiting America, was: €2,879 per person sharing. Price NOW: from €2,659 per person sharing, including flights, transfers, and 6 nights’ accommodation in central locations. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking. Book and pay in full by 28 February 2019, depart April 27, 209. www.insightvacations.com or call 01 775 3803.

ITAA ski offers: Dublin to France, 7 nights with six evening meals with wines, and breakfasts, at Chalet Christine, from €625pp, depart December 15 with O’Hanrahan Travel on http://itaa.ie/2018/09/03/three-valleys

Dublin to Romania, 7 nights  Ana Hotels Sport Poiana Brasov, With a 6 day lift pass, ski equipment and six 4 hour ski lessons, from €869pp, depart January-March 2019 with travalue.ie on http://itaa.ie/2018/09/06/ski-transylvania 

Dublin to Bulgaria, 7 nights B&B Samokov Hotel, resort representative, six 4-hour ski lessons, full equipment hire, six day lift pass, from €699pp, depart January 26 with Grogan Travel Worldchoice on http://itaa.ie/2018/09/06/bulgaria-ski

Sunway offers: ‘Highlights of Vietnam’ escorted tour,  price includes flight ex Dublin, taxes, 11 nights twin share in 4 & 4+* Hotels, complimentary airport transfer, some meals and tours as per itinerary. Price includes early payment discount of €212.50 per person. Subject to availability and change, from €2990pp, depart March 23. Dublin to Europe for ‘Romantic Danube’ river cruise, includes flight ex Dublin, return port transfers, 7 nights twin sharing Cat C French balcony stateroom, full board basis with unlimited wine/beers at meals, sip and sail daily complimentary hour & daily complimentary excursions. Not included gratuities and port charges of €135pp. Subject to availability and change, from €2425pp, depart November 2. Dublin to France, 7 nights all inclusive 4 Trident Club Med Val d’Isere, from €1495pp, depart December 9. Dublin to Asia for ‘Golden Triangle’ 8 day tour, includes flight ex Dublin, 1 x 20kg baggage pp, 7 nights accommodation on twin share basis, some meals and tours as per itinerary.  Price includes saving of €108pp, tour must be booked by 30th September. Subject to availability and change, from €1619pp, depart November 9. Dublin to America, 2 Nights in Los Angeles Room Only and 5 Nights All Inclusive in Dreams Los Cabos, Mexico, from €1689pp, depart May 19. Dublin to Copenhagen for Northern Europe Fly Cruise, 7 nights on MSC Meraviglia, from €899pp, depart May 12. Dublin to Barcelona for Western Mediterranean Fly Cruise on Norwegian Epic, 7 nights premium all inclusive, from €1275pp, depart October 21. Dublin to US for Miami Stay, Caribbean Fly Cruise & Las Vegas, includes 2 nights Miami, 7 Night cruise on MSC Seaside plus 3 nights Las Vegas, from €1395pp, depart May 2. www.sunway.ie

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Topflight offers: Dublin to Arinsal, Andorra, 7 nights half board, 4* Hotel Sant Gothard, from €659pps, was €729,  depart January 6, 2019. Dublin to Pas de la Casa, Andorra, 7 nights half board, 4* Hotel Magic Pas, from €733pps, was €793, depart January 20, 2019. Dublin to Zell am See, Austria, 7 nights half board, 4* plus Grand Hotel, from €1,199pps, was €1,229, depart January 12, 2019. Dublin to Chamonix Valley, France, 7 nights self-catering, 4* Le Hameau de Pierre Blanche, from €784pps, was €814, depart December 22, 2018. Dublin to Madonna di Campiglio, Italy, 7 nights B&B, 3* Hotel Garni Zeni, from €669pps, was €699, depart January 5, 2019. Dublin to Saalbach, Austria, 7 nights self-catering, 4* Lorivita Residenz Saalbach, from €739pps, was €769, depart January 5, 2019. Dublin to Livigno, Italy, 7 nights B&B, 3* Hotel Valeria, from €869pps, was €899, depart January 12, 2019. Dublin to Bad Hofgastein, Austria, 7 nights half board, 4*plus Hotel Norica, from €1,349pps, was €1379, depart January 5, 2019. Dublin to Les Arcs, France, 7 nights catered chalet, Chalet Coulicou, from €957pps, was €1,117, depart  January 12, 2019. Dublin to Val Thorens, France, 7 nights self-catering, 3* Cheval Blanc, from €617pps, was €647, depart January 19, 2019. Call 01 240 1700 / 028 9752 1168, see http://www.topflight.ie/ http://www.topflightholidays.co.uk or visit your local travel agent.

Tour America offers: Dublin to Orlando, flights, 7 nights hotel, from €489pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart June 2019. Dublin to Orlando, flights, 14 nights Easter accommodation, from €599pp, based on 2 adults and 2 children sharing, depart April 19. Dublin to New York, flights, 3 nights in the Wellington Hotel, from €439pp, based on 4 sharing, depart January 11. Dublin to Las Vegas, flights, 4 nights at the Excalibur Hotel, from €549pp, based on 4 sharing, depart January 11. Dublin to Mexico, flights, 7 nights all inclusive Riu Caribe Cancun, from €1349pp, based on 2 sharing, depart May 8.  Dublin to US for 10 night Orlando & Caribbean fly cruise & stay from  €1109pp, including all inclusive drinks package, based on two adults and two children sharing inside cabin on Royal Caribbean’s Oasis of the Seas, depart January 20. Dublin to Rome for 7-night Italian, Sicily, Sardinia,& France fly cruise on MSC Divina, from €975pp, based on 2 adults sharing a free upgrade to a balcony cabin, depart May 5. Dublin to Miami for 8 night Miami, Keywest, and Mexico fly cruise, 1 night pre cruise in Miami and 7 nights on board Celebrity Equinox from €1399pp, based on two sharing inside cabin, depart February 8. www.touramerica.ie

Tui offers: Dublin to Costa Dorada, 7 nights self catering 2* Inter Apartments, Salou , €419pp, depart September 21. Dublin to Majorca, 7 nights B&B 3* Hotel Lagotel, Playa De Muro, €279pp depart September 26. Dublin to Gran Canaria, 7 nights self catering 2* Porlamar Apartments, Puerto Rico, €319pp depart September 27. Dublin to Tenerife, 7 nights self catering 2* Laguna Park II, Playa de Las Americas, €349pp depart September 28. Dublin to Portugal, 7 nights self catering 3* Algarve Club , €339pp depart September 30. Dublin to Croatia, 7 nights half board 4* Belvedere Hotel & Resort, Vrsar, €799pp depart September 25. Dublin to Cyprus, 7 nights B&B 2* Kkaras Hotel, €1,059pp depart September 26. Dublin to Paphos, 7 nights half board 3* Hotel Kissos, €569pp, depart May 22, 2019. Young and lively: Dublin to Zakynthos, 7 nights self catering 3* Boziks, Laganas, €319pp, depart September 18. www.tuiholidays.ie, call 1850 45 35 45 or visit a TUI Store /travel agent.

Uniworld Boutique River Cruises offer: Parisian Royal Holiday river cruise, 8 days visiting France, price now €2,949 per person sharing, including flights, airport transfers, all meals and beverages, all shore excursions and 7 nights in a Deluxe stateroom on board the S.S. Joie de Vivre. Flight cost must be paid at the time of booking, depart December 13, 2018. www.uniworld.com or call 01 775 3803

 

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