Shannons Iraq windfall

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4577906.stm

Wow! Thats alot of GIs. Maybe a direct scheduled link from Shannon to America?

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Don't Continental already provide one to EWR with a 757?

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There are 3 or 4 flights a day with Aer Lingus I think that go from there direct to America. They all originate from Dublin I believe also. Not sure on other carriers.

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AA and CO both have direct flights to BOS and EWR. North American, ATA and World are usual GI jobbies.

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their plane refuelled on the runway

Could it not have found a suitable parking space to do that? :D

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AA and CO both have direct flights to BOS and EWR. North American, ATA and World are usual GI jobbies.

:o oops, maybe I should have done a bit more resaearch lol.

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There are 3 or 4 flights a day with Aer Lingus I think that go from there direct to America. They all originate from Dublin I believe also. Not sure on other carriers.

Is this due to the Irish government which is trying to increase tourism in Shannon by forcing trans-continental flights to go via Shannon or is there some other reason?

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I know that several inbound TravelCity 747-200s had to go via Shannon over the summer to re-fuel, but not sure about scheduled

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Is this due to the Irish government which is trying to increase tourism in Shannon by forcing trans-continental flights to go via Shannon or is there some other reason?

It's an agreement that's been in place long before DUB had direct unilateral links to the USA if I'm not mistaken? I must finish reading my recently purchased book about the subject. A political/business agreement designed to protect jobs and services at Shannon ???

The agreement in Ireland was similar to that, that was in place at Prestwick, pre-early 90's, when all transatlantic business out of Scotland had to use PIK as it's point of departure.

That particular regime was made a mockery of (and subsequently abandoned) when Air 2000 famously offered flights from GLA to the USA complete with a brief touchdown at PIK, before heading out over the Atlantic to Florida.