For the third time in five years, Dublin was the stage for an American college football game between Boston College and Georgia Tech last weekend and sponsored by Aer Lingus.
IAG Cargo in Ireland played a key role in supporting the event under very challenging conditions, making sure all the kit was delivered to the team hotel a day ahead of the players ensuring the athletes could hit the ground running, literally.
Michael Sanfey, Director of Cargo, said: "American Football, even at college level, comes with an enormous entourage of players, coaches, bands, cheerleaders and supporters. These were accommodated on board a dedicated Aer Lingus A330-300 for over 300 passengers and just over 10 tonnes of cargo on each leg for Boston College alone."
Musical Instruments, uniforms, practice bags, food for the 100 players on each team, footballs, nets, helmets, foam fingers and more was among the freight loaded on to the flight. Added to the pressure was ensuring that everything was ready to return to the US on a flight barely three and a half hours after the final whistle blew.
Michael said: "While 40,000 people enjoyed sporting prowess on the playing field, the real heroes were as ever behind the scenes and I'd like to say well done to all at IAG Cargo in Ireland for a fantastic performance."
Georgia Tech claimed victory over Boston College, scoring the winning touchdown with just 35 seconds remaining on the clock, by the way.
Clips from the game can be seen here: https://vimeopro.com/aerlingusinternal/internal-communications.
Please be advised that the amended Ground Handling Charges will apply at Dublin and Shannon with effect from August 1st 2016 . Revised charges have been issued to all customers and will be posted on this website on July 29th
We recently announced that from Sunday May 1st, Aer Lingus Cargo will assume responsibility for handling cargo on all IAG Cargo flights in and out of Dublin, including 053 (Aer Lingus), 125 (British Airways) and 075 (Iberia) air waybills.
As a result of this, we will be consolidating the COPAC schedule operating between Ireland and London Heathrow, applicable from May 1st, and these changes are highlighted below.
For any further information regarding these schedule changes, or any other aspect of the integration, please contact your Account Manager.
Dublin Cargo Terminal opening hours for the Christmas and New Year holidays 2015/16 will be as follows:
Thursday 24th of December
Exports Close out for acceptance of cargo will be 12.00hrs
Imports Customer services area for collection of import cargo will close at 1400hrs
Friday 25th –Monday 28th December– Closed
Friday 1st January-Closed
Storage charges over the holiday period
Shipments landed between Wednesday 23rd & Thursday 31st December 2015 inclusive, storage charges will accrue from 0001 on Tuesday 5th January 2016.
Normal storage charges accrue during the above period.
The Cargo Terminal will be open as usual on all other days. If requested our Duty Manager will try to assist with any special requirements you may have over the holiday period. Many thanks for your continued support of Aer Lingus Cargo services.
Shannon Cargo Terminal opening hours for the Christmas and New Year holidays 2015/16 will be as follows:
Thursday 24 December -closed at 1400
Friday 25 & Saturday 26 December - closed
Sunday 27 & Monday 28 December – open 0800 to 1500
Friday 1 January – open 0800 - 1500
Normal opening hours resume from 2 January
Storage charges .
For shipments landed between Wednesday 23 December and Thursday 31 December inclusive, storage charges will accrue from 0001 on Tuesday 5th January 2016.
Normal storage charges will apply during the holiday period
New Terminal Handling charges will be in effect from 1st January 2016.