Bluegrass Airlines, September 2009

 

Aer Lingus

By Allan Lowson

 

(image copyright Bjorn Larsson www.timetableimages.com)

Aer Lingus

 

As this September is the 250th. Anniversary of the founding of the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, we are looking at some of the early routes to and from Dublin of Aer Lingus and the preceding Irish Sea Airways.

 

Irish Sea Airways was a joint operation up to 1939 between Aer Lingus, Teoranta of Eire and West Coast Airways of the United Kingdom. This operated until 1946, when Aer Lingus was given sole rights to the traffic between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

 

We have details of the 1939 flights between Dublin and London, and Dublin and Ronaldsway in the Isle of Man.

 

The flight to London used the four-engined de Havilland DH-86, with a stop in Bristol. The London airport used in 1939 was Croydon. This airport is now closed, and so we have used the nearby Biggin Hill airfield in the route listing. If you download the Vintage London Airports package from www.flightsim.com then you can substitute Croydon as your London base.

 

The flight to Ronaldsway used the de Havilland DH-89.

 

From the 1947 timetable we have the flights from Dublin to Shannon, on the west coast of Ireland, to Liverpool, to Paris and London Northolt. All these flights used the DC-3.

 

1939 Irish Seas Airways Routes

These routes and times were taken from the 1939 timetable of Bjorn Larsson on www.timetableimages.com.

 

Dublin Bristol - London Route

 

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

140

0

0930

Dublin

EIDW

1730ar

 

177.9 nm

096

177.9 nm

1100ar

Bristol

EGGD

1630

320

103.0 nm

 

103.0 nm

1200ar

London (Croydon)

EGKB

1530

277

0

 

Dublin Isle of Man Route

 

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

062

 

0945

Dublin

EIDW

1215ar

 

69.6 nm

 

69.6 nm

1045ar

Ronaldsway

EGNS

1115

243

 

 

1947 Aer Lingus Routes

These routes, times and mileages were taken from the 1947 timetable of Bjorn Larsson on www.timetableimages.com.

Dublin - London Route

 

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

123

0

0810

Dublin

EIDW

1610ar

 

240.3 nm

 

240.3 nm

1010ar

London (Northolt)

EGWU

1410

305

0

 

Dublin - Liverpool Route

 

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

099

0

1630

Dublin

EIDW

1535ar

 

121.2 nm

 

121.2 nm

1730ar

Liverpool

EGGP

1435

280

0

 

Dublin Shannon Route

 

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

254

0

1045

Dublin

EIDW

1750ar

 

106.4 nm

 

106.4 nm

1145ar

Shannon

EINN

1650

073

0

 

Dublin Paris Route

 

Heading

Distance

Down

City Name

ICAO

Up

Heading

Distance

134

0

0900

Dublin

EIDW

1650ar

 

421.9 nm

 

421.9 nm

1200ar

Paris

(Le Bourget)

LFPB

1350

316

0

 

Flight Simulator Files

There are only two early Aer Lingus schemes for the donationware MAAM-SIM DC-3. Both are available from www.classicbritishfiles.com - just search for aer lingus in the files, the two are at the top and bottom of the first search results page.

The DH-86 is available from the BGA hangar. It does not have a GPS, but is stable enough in the cruise that you can take time out to unfold the map and see where you are going!

The DH-89a is also available from www.classicbritishfiles.com in fs9_dh89.zip

Croydon airport is not one of the defaults as it is now closed, but is contained in the Vintage London Airways package vla.zip which is available from www.flightsim.com