I doubt it was a "heap" , its like anything thats coming to the end of its life cycle, but those aircraft are looked after better than some children. I think I remember somebody said it spent ages being fixed in chicago over a structural issue. Hardly a heap, Wasnt it fitted out last year with some lovely new IFE? such a waste of money that was.
I presume its in Bordeaux as Aer Lingus get the heavy maintenance done there.
EI send their A330 to Bordeaux for heavy maintenance. Perhaps during this they spotted a problem which then ended up with the decision that it wasn't worth it to fix.
The recent 2010 results mentioned that they had an extra A330 unit and that they were looking to sell her off or lease it out. Obviously something has changed in the last month. Once that decision was taken then there is no reason (beyond nostalgia) for it to go anywhere near SNN/DUB again.
EDIT for kona: According to the 2010 results there are a total of 4 A320 due this year. (EI-DVM is the 2nd of these) No more deliveries currently planned for EI for 4 years after that. The 3 A333 that were pushed back to 2013 have now been switched to A350 slots for delivery in 2017-18. And the 6 A350 are not due until 2015-2016.
Info on this site that someone else posted recently:
Isnt there a 330 due from airbus this year too? Then they will get the new A350 in a few years too.
AFAIK the decision was taken to convert that order to an A350.
Better not try and read Steyr's posts then.
16 or 17 years does not seem that old for a plane. Was there a higher than average use of this plane?
I heard that the Shannon stop over had a detrimental effect on planes due to the extra take offs and landings, also the runway at Dublin is not very long.
Would these factors have an effect on the aging of the plane?
If you look at some of the large US carriers they have planes still flying at 20 - 30 years of age.
Any chance you could write in plain English without the acronymns? There are plenty of people who are in interested in aviation but will have no idea what you are referring to. Be inclusive!
Read the whole thread. Its already been asked and answered.
Your post is number 23.If your read post 21 a little above it you will see the explanation previously given by Preset No.3 quoted in it.
I was also grateful for this plain english explanation.
EI-ORD is on the market for sale. It might be scrapped by whoever buys it but AL are not scrapping it.
my mate is cabin crew for EI, She says that bird is a "bucket" lol
A bucket it may be but it is even in its current state a far superior and comfortable plane to be on then the bone rattlers American Airways, US Airways, Delta and Contenental use. I dread having to do a Trans-Atlantic flight using a US airline
it's no bucket but the market forces dictate that it's airframe of 16yrs values it less than it being parted for spares. Thats the cold reality of it.
Is it the first A330 that was delivered to EI?
Agree with Beercat there too, if maintaining or overhauling EI-ORD costs more than selling it for parts then it'll be done.