TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement: Boeing’s MCAS meltdown, where will it end?



Snowmobile expedition, Media visit to Park City, Utah, March 12 2019


Things to know about travel this week

  • The grounding of Boeing: who pays?
  • CAR says compensation ‘very unlikely’ but care and assistance applies
  • 49 new exhibitors at Irish travel trade show
  • Istanbul new (IST) airport to open April 6
  • Aer Lingus plans 4.7m seats to N America in 2023
  • Dublin Port puts cruise ship limit at 80 from 2021
  • Ryanair to add new Dublin and Cork autumn routes 
  • Buzz to fly again as Ryanair Sun rebrands
  • Irish Ferries WB Yeats commences Cherbourg run
  • Travel Extra goes skiing with an Olympian in Utah
  • Record 470 greenings in 56 countries for St Patrick’s Day
  • British tourism spend down 2pc in 2018 figures
  • Dubin airport’s 2m February
  • Nashville hosts the trade in Dublin
  • U by Uniworld changes its name to U river cruises
  • Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig

Video Watch.

A Malaysia-bound aircraft had to turn back to Saudi Arabia after a passenger realised she had left her baby in the terminal. Watch here the air traffic control conversation.

Watch here Turkish airlines emergency landing in New York, with more air traffic control exchanges.

British Airways captures the moment that its latest aircraft repainted in Ireland – The 747-400, registration G-CIVB – arrives in Heathrow from Dublin in its new colour scheme. Watch here.

Soccer legend Pele talks to Emirates about his travel experiences. Watch here

CEO Akbar Al Baker got into hot water over his views on American cabin crew, a story broken by Travel Extra, now Qatar is in safer territory, showcasing its own all-female flight crew. Watch here.

REPRO FREETourism Ireland and the Mayor of London’s St Patrick’s Festival staged a giant human shamrock in Trafalgar Square to celebrate St Patrick’s Day. Watch here.

Ryanair teams up with the boys of St Brendan’s College in Killarney to wish passengers a happy St Patrick’s Day. Watch here.

Behind the Headlines

Grounded 737-Max 8 at Dubln airort

The Commission of Aviation Regulation says compensation is ‘very unlikely’ to apply in the case of Boeing MAX cancellations but care and assistance applies. The case for compensation could yet end up in the courts meaning another headache for Norwegian who had to rescue its Irish Boeing 737-MAX 8 passengers from New York using a Dreamliner this week.

A week which started with tragedy quickly developed into farce. The 157 which died on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 included Mick Ryan from Lahinch, the first from Ireland to die in an air disaster since Edel Byrne Mahedy from Palmerstown on board Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014. The aircraft was brand new, and was ferried through Dublin on November 15 en route to Addis.

The implications for Boeing’s MCAS system were noted immediately. By Wednesday all Boeing 737-MAX had been grounded. The USA was last to move, after Marc Garneau, Canada’s astronaut transport minister, had acted, leaving it flying for three days after it was grounded elsewhere before President Donald Trump stepped in. This led to renewed accusations that American regulators had become too cosy with Boeing, which is the USA’s largest exporter by value.

Initial suspicions turned to the MCAS stall recovery system used on the MAX, a software flaw which will probably be resolved, as battery problems in the 787 Dreamliner were in 2013. Things became more complicated on Wednesday when refined satellite tracking data from Aireon (with which the IAA is a partner) suggested a similar pattern to the Indonesian crash where the pilots fought a losing battle against anti-stalling software that forced the plane’s nose down at least 20 times, suggesting the autopilot/autothrottle is also under suspicion. MCAS only activates if the autopilot is turned off.

Boeing had advised pilots to disengage autopilot in nose-down incidents, although MCAS initiates nose-down in response to stall incidents. After the crash of Lion Air Flight 610, Boeing issued a bulletin warning pilots that the angle-of-attack sensor can produce erroneous signals, causing the MCAS system to put the plane in a steep dive. The bulletin gave detailed instructions for disengaging the MCAS system in such cases. Currently, based on satellite tracking data, aviation experts believe the MCAS system may have been deployed erroneously when Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed

In the aftermath of the MAX groundings, Norwegian scheduled a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on Dublin to Stewart international until April. 30, with Providence passengers bussed (about three hours by road)  The current schedules from May 1 have three instead of four aircraft planned with Stewart reduced from 14 to 10 weekly, while Halifax has been delayed until May 1 and reduced from 7 to 4 weekly. All bookings are essentially suspended for the summer. The implications for Shannon and Cork are still unclear. Norwegian say that Boeing will have to pay for the costs of the disruption.

Ryanair has ordered 135 B737 Max 200s, a modified version of the Max 8, and has options on 75 more. It is due to take delivery of the first in April, two in May, two in June and then 50 more before the 2020 summer season. Juliusz Komorek said in Warsaw: It is too early to say if Ryanair would try to cancel its order. There is no risk for Ryanair’s summer programme. Our fleet of 450 includes a lot of emergency aircraft, which are located strategically.”

Boeing’s crisis has been compared with the withdrawal of McDonnell Douglas DC 10 certification in June 1979 or even the withdrawal of the de Havilland Comet in 1954 (English regulators blissfully blamed pilot error while a quarter, 26 of 113 comets, crashed). The crisis has not yet climbed to that altitude, but, as one pilot noted this week: “737MAX without MCAS fails the cert demo. 737MAX with MCAS passes the cert demo.”

The FAA said aircraft will remain grounded at least until May until a software update can be tested and installed. The 737 series makes up a third of Boeing’s profits and most of its order book. Until this week the Max 8 had been a commercial triumph, with 370 in operation and 4,700 more on order. Boeing has $12.7bn of cash and the financial nous with the banks to steer it through the bumps. Whether airlines like Norwegian and Jet Airways in India have the same resilience remains to be seen. 

There was general dismay at the news that Dublin Port Company is threatening to reduce to 80 the number of vessels to call at the port from 2021, the same number as 2010 and compared with the 160 cruise ships scheduled to call this year. They say this is due to the increase in freight business; 36pc in the last six years, rather than anticipated Brexit/breat-imeacht issues. There are 140 already booked for 2020. The port authority said that if more ships were to be allowed in the future it would be dependent on new berths being constructed and this would require co-financing or long-term financial guarantees from cruise lines.

Park City Chamber hosted six key travel media from four countries to a range of activities in the Wasatch mountains of Utah, venue for the 2002 winter Olympics and, at 35 minutes from Salt Lake City airport, one of the most accessible ski regions in the world. The group skied Park City and toured Deer Valley with Olympian Kris ‘Fuzz’ Feddersen, went fat tyre biking with White Pine tours, rode the bobsled at Utah Olympic Park, snowmobiled at Summit Mountains adventure, snow shoed with Wasatch adventure guides, had spa treatments at Waldorf City park spa, and sampled local food and beverage options. They were hosted at the comfortable family-friendly Peaks resort and the plush $2,000 a night Stein Eriksen residences. Picture shows Esthur Checksfield of Park City Chamber, Lauren Irvine of Who Magazine Australia (in front), Eoghan Corry editor of Travel Extra Ireland, Steve Meacham of Sydney Morning Herald, Thomas Becker of Abendzeitung Munchen, Kathrin Thoma-Bregar of Customer Magazin Nebworld, Seb Ramsay of Manchester Evening News and Marilyn Stinson of Deer Valley Resort on a snowmobile expedition. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Travel Trade

There will be 49 newcomers among 128 exhibitors at the official Irish Travel Industry Trade Show, Ireland’s biggest travel trade event. Endorsed by the ITAA it takes place on March 21 at RDS Hall 3, Main Hall Complex, Angelsea Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin D04 AK83. The entrance gate is located on Anglesea Road opposite The Herbert Park Hotel.

  • Register here
  • See list of exhibitors here
  • See list of prizes here.

The timetable is: 12.30pm: Lunch for invited guests sponsored by the Spanish and Lanzarote Tourist Boards, 2.00pm: Opening of the Official Irish Travel Trade Show by ITAA President John Spollen, 7.00pm: After-Show BBQ & Networking Event in the historic RDS Concert Hall & Dining Room, Sponsored by Visit Portugal and TAP Air Portugal, 2.00pm – 7.00pm: Café and Social Hub Sponsored by Shannon Airport.

Topflight hosted key travel trade at Mario Rosentock’s In Your Face nationwide tour in Limerick, Cork, Kilkenny, Galway and Killarney, complete with dinner in an Italian restaurant and an Italian themed gift at the end of each night. The final night in Killarney saw Topflight’s Shauna Kelly join Mario on stage. Picture shows Maurice Shiels, Shauna Kelly and agents in Cork. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Aer Lingus and the Croatian Tourist board hosted 80 key travel trade in the River Lee hotel  to highlight the new Aer Lingus service from Cork- Dubrovnik which commences on 4th May operating 2w to September. Picture shows Gigi Hughes of Aer Lingus, Sandra Milovconic from Dubrovnik, Jenny Rafter of Aer Lingus, and Brian Gallagher of Cork Airport.

Minister for Transport Shane Ross visited Etihad Airways HQ in ~bu Dhabi where the airline hosted Irish Special Olympic volunteers. Picture shows Minister Ross outside and inside the Etihad Training Academy in Abu Dhabi. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Nashville Convention and Visitors Corporation hosted the travel trade and media for an evening of all things Nashville at the Wiley Fox on Monday March 11th with celebrated Nashville songwriter Kelly Archer providing the tunes on the night. See more pictures here or connect with the album on Facebook.

Dermot Merrigan describes the Travel Industry Golf Society first outing at St Margarets on Friday next as a pressure free team event to start the season off.  Tee times are between midday and 2pm, with a three course meal following golf for €50. “Anyone interested in coming along, we’d be delighted to welcome them.  All that’s needed is to pop an email to  Note that guests are very welcome too so anyone can bring a friend.”

Strange world

Father Chad Partain will conduct the annual Blessing of the Beer for St Patrick’s day at a pub called Finnegan’s Wake, in Alexandria, Louisiana.

  • Kent council has made plans to park 5,000 lorries on one lane of the M20 and nearby dual carriageways and a further 6,000 at Manston airport to minimise disruption to traffic across the rest of the county.
  • Ryanair will fly 6,000 passengers named ‘Patrick’ this St Patrick’s weekend, and 1,300 ‘Patricks’ will fly Ryanair on the day itself.


Disney’s much-anticipated Star Wars attraction Galaxy’s Edge will open ahead of schedule in Hollywood on May 31 and Orlando on Aug. 29 

  • US citizens travelling to the 26 Schengen-zone countries will need a visa from 2021 under new European Travel Information and Authorisation System.
  • The DFA reports 230,000 applications for Irish passports last year, up 30pc on the same period in a record year when 860,000 Irish passports were issued.

Food & Beverage

Darina Allen of Ballymaloe Cooking School, Noel McMeel from Lough Erne Resort and  Clodagh McKenna delivered an Irish culinary class at the ‘Cooking By The Book’ event in Tribeca, New York.

Amir Afsar’s franchised McDonald’s restaurant on Dublin’s Grafton Street, Ireland’s busiest, reopened for business following a €1.5m revamp that sees new self-service ordering kiosks, a new table service and 20 additional seats bringing seating to 305 from 285.

  • Domino’s Pizza annual pre-tax profits dropped 22pc to £61.9m.
  • Patrick Guilbaud and Gordon Thompson of Nespresso Professional Ireland hosted food writers to sample Nespresso Exclusive Selection coffees Nepal Lamjung and Kenya Milima.


The 80-bedroom Aspect Hotel, Kilkenny was renamed as The Hoban Hotel-by the Prem group which purchased it last year, after a €1m refurb to overhaul the reception area, bar, restaurant and casual lounge at the ground floor level, overseen by TV architect Hugh Wallace. A central bar and coffee dock anchors the space while restaurant seating was increased to 117 with a combination of banquette seating, bistro and refectory style tables. Picture shows Hugh Wallace, PREM Group CEO, Jim Murphy and Hoban Hotel’s General Manager, Clement Gleeson.

The  InterContinental Dublin is the 19th Irish hotel to be added to the Virtuoso luxury network following the completion of a €5m refurb since The MHL Collection took over ownership in May 2015, 50 of Dublin’s largest suites were refurbished, with the top three suites renamed after James Joyce, WB Yeats and Lady Gregory. It joins Adare Manor, Aghadoe Heights, Ashford Castle, Ballyfin, Culloden, Dromoland, Hayfield Manor, K Club, Killarney Park, Merrion, Mount Juliet, Powerscourt, Sheen Falls, Shelbourne, Trump Doolin, Westbury and Westin.

  • Cushman and Wakefield research said 3,882 hotel rooms are in development in Ireland, of which 3,375 are in Dublin, and reported that 1,300 rooms in 21 hotels became available in Ireland in 2018, 1,000 across 13 hotels in Dublin.
  • Vivienne Nyhan has been appointed international development director for Best Western Hotels & Resorts in Ireland.
  • Trivago‘s hotel price index for March shows Dublin at €149, down 3pc.
  • Marco Zinanni has been appointed as Director of Sales and Marketing of Lyrath Estate, Kilkenny.
  • Dunboyne Castle sponsor of Most Stylish Lady at Fairyhouse Racecourse, announce Una Healy as this year’s judge.


Turkish Airlines will start its moving operations from Atatürk Airport on  April 6 2019 at 02:00 (LMT) in order to carry out all scheduled flights from Istanbul (New) Airport and from 14:00 (LMT), all scheduled flights will be carried out from Istanbul (New) Airport. As of April 6 2019, Istanbul (New Airport) will be displayed with IST code across reservation systems. Due to moving operations process, some of our flights have been cancelled.

Ryanair Sun will rebrand as Buzz in autumn 2019, operating on a Polish Air Operator’s Certificate and reviving the name of the former KLM subsidiary which Ryanair purchased and which ceased as a separate brand in 2004. Buzz’s fleet currently includes 17 aircraft, growing to 25 aircraft in summer 2019.  Did Ryanair close down the original Buzz? No said David O’Brien (watch here). No said Michael O’Leary (watch here), having earlier commented that Buzz was a flake (watch here). The new Buzz will continue providing best in class charter services and operating scheduled Ryanair flights. Is it coincidence that the name sounds so like Ryanair’s biggest competitor in Eastern Europe, Wizz?

Ryanair announced a new 2w Dublin Billund service and a new 2w Cork Katowice, both starting in October.

The IAA reported February movements at Dublin were up 7.5pc  to an average of 555, up 6.5pc at Cork to 49 and down 9.4pc at Shannon to  an average of 39. Dublin airport reported February passenger numbers up 9pc to 2m, Europe 1m up 12pc, Britain up 4pc to 765k, N America up 15pc to 175k, Other Int up 2pc to 62k, Domestic down 16pc to 7k , Transfer passengers up 13pc to 76,000. Dublin will handle 350,000 passengers Friday to Monday, up 6pc on last year.

Aer Lingus A321 delays have resulted in approx 50,000 seats removed from the summer 2019 schedule. The ASL operation for Aer Lingus was given a reprieve  as US Department of Transport postponed the termination of wet-lease operations by EU carriers until August.

  • Aer Lingus launched Apple Pay as a payment method on the Aer Lingus mobile app.
  • Ryanair announced a new base at Katowice with 12 new routes, five new routes at Athens, seven at Thessalonika, and are to open 9 routes at Toulouse-Blagnac, 7 at Bordeaux-Mérignac and 6 at Marseille-Provence a month earlier than anticipated.
  • A CityJet Avro RJ 85 for the London City route in the new Aer Lingus colours arrived in Dublin, the first aircraft in the fleet to carry the EU flag.
  • OAG estimated Ireland is the world’s number 40 aviation market and number 15 in Europe, based on total seat capacity for the week of July 8 2019.
  • There were 130 diversions to Shannon in 2018 up from 113 the previous year, with eight declared emergencies up from five in 2017, including a bomb alert; smoke or odour on board; smoke or fire alarms; water system issues and pressurisation problems.

Aer Lingus expects 63pc of its Trans Atlantic growth over the next five years will be in established routes, through adding frequencies or upgauging, as it plans to increase its North Atlantic ASKs at a CAGR of 11pc pa from 2018 to 2023 and take its annual seat capacity in this route group from 2.8m to 4.7m.

  • Dublin Airport launched a tender process to transform 21 food and drink units with an annual turnover of about €35m and the second for four bars expected to generate annual sales of about €15m.
  • Cóbh Air Spectacular was announced for July 2020.
  • OAG data indicate Ireland seat growth rate of 5pc for Jan-June 2019, above Western Europe’s 4.5pc average.
  • IAA selected Frequentis VCS3020X for all terminal and en-route control centres and selected air traffic control towers. Frequentis will provide communication systems for Shannon Tower and Ballycasey contingency and validation facility.
  • Datalex raised €3.86m in new ordinary shares and €6.14m in a conditional secured loan facility agreement, all from investment vehicles owned and controlled by Dermot Desmond, bringing his equity stake from 26.4pc to 29.9pc
  • The National Aviation Policy second progress report noted that new bilateral air service agreements have been signed with China, Oman, and Saudi Arabia and further progress was made on the ASA with Egypt which is awaiting formal signature early in 2019.
  • An unpublished report warned that Waterford Airport needs a €12m revamp to have a viable future.


Cherbourg Port was lit up in green for the WB Yeats cruise-ferry maiden voyage Dublin-Cherbourg voyage, the  first of up to four crossings per week.

  • Norwegian Cruise Line is to raise mandatory daily gratuities to $14.99 from $14.50, and suites to $17.99 from $17.50.
  • Irish Ferries won the Ferry Concept Award and the Interior Architecture Award for their recently launched cruise-ferry, the WB Yeats at the annual Shippax Industry Awards ceremony aboard the MS Silja Serenade in Stockholm. 
  • Royal Caribbean revealed names for new restaurants and bars on Oasis of the Seas, the next ship scheduled to enter dry doc in its $900m refurb schedule: the Bamboo Room, Lime & Coconut, and an “amplified” version of Johnny Rockets that serves up alcoholic milkshakes. 
  • Vantage is to build two new luxury expedition ships that will sail global itineraries.
  • U by Uniworld changed its name to U river cruises and announced two new themed cruises, launching summer 2019.
  • Aurora Expeditions launched two new cruise itineraries in Iceland and Greenland
  • Princess Cruises revealed the design and menu of its new French restaurant developed in partnership with three-Michelin chef Emmanuel Renaut, a premium dining option on Sky Princess, scheduled to debut in October 2019.
  • Bahamas‘ Prime Minister Hubert Minnis signed an agreement with Disney Cruise Line to develop a cruise port and entertainment facility at Lighthouse Point in Bannerman Town, South Eleuthera, Disney’s second dedicated private destination in the Bahamas.
  • Carnival Freedom has added a new waterpark, revamped mini-golf course and expanded dining options.
  • Seabourn’s first-ever expedition cruise ship will be named Seabourn Venture.
  • Cabin design features on Carnival’s Mardi Gras, to launch 2020, include quick-flip sleeper sofas, floor-to-ceiling glass balcony doors and hidden storage spaces.
  • Steel was cut on Holland America Line‘s next Pinnacle-class ship, to launch May 2021 as a sister to Koningsdam and Nieuw Statendam.
  • Carnival Cruise Line removed St. John’s, Antigua, from upcoming itineraries saying cost increases make Antigua “uncompetitive.”


It started nine years ago with an idea by Tourism Ireland to light up the Sydney Opera House in green. This year St Patrick’s Day will see 470 sites in 56 countries lit up in green, compared with  245 sites/38 countries in 2018, 278 sites/44 countries in 2017 and  200 sites/30 countries in 2016. Picture shows Minister Richard Bruton having switched the green lights on Niagara Falls with Sandie Bellows of Niagara Parks, Jim Kelly, Ambassador of Ireland to Canada; and Dana Welch of Tourism Ireland,

Picture shows Darragh Walshe, Tourism Ireland; David Fordyce, House of Travel; and Sofia Hansson, Tourism Ireland, at a St Patrick’s breakfast event in the Sky Tower in Auckland.

CSO figures showed a 6pc growth in spend by overseas visitors and 11pc growth in overseas holiday visitors in 2018 to the 26 counties. N America number were up 13% and spend up 14pc, Europe was up 10pc, other up 7pc and Britain up 1pc with spend down 2.6pc. Currency fluctuations and the continued uncertainty around Brexit, which remains a real concern,” Niall Gibbons of Tourism Ireland says. 

Fáilte Ireland unveiled 11 new viewing points along the Shannon Estuary Way at Ringmoylan Pier, Ballysteen Pier, Boland’s Meadow, Kilteery Pier, Glin Pier, Knock Pier, Labasheeda Quay, Killadysert Pier, Covraghan Pier, Clarecastle Pier and Tullyglass Point under a €225,000 scheme.

Travelzoo broadcast from Limerick on the lead up to St. Patrick’s Day, along with 15 US television slots for the city.

The National Tourism Development Authority has so far this year provided Abbey Theatre masterclasses for over 17 head tour guides through the theatre’s ‘Theatre Skills for Business’ programme.

According to the Irish Self Catering Federation,  2,000 tourism jobs are under threat as a consequence of the new legislation proposed for self-catering accommodation units.

Deal Watch

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Dublin to Alaska and Vancouver 12-night adventure, with flights and airport transfers, fully escorted Irish group, five nights in Vancouver, visit to Vancouver Island, Rocky Mountaineer train ride, 7 night 5-star Alaska Cruise, from €5399pps, depart August with John Galligan Travel on

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