Saturday, 8 December 2018

Dublin's Boeing 787 Dreamliner Hat Trick

                                               
Boeing 787-10 Image courtesy of Boeing 
In Summer 2019 Dublin Airport will have services operated by all three variants of the Boeing 787-8, 787-9, 787-10 Dreamliner in a historic first.

John Schubert Boeing Commercial Airplanes Managing Director, marketing Asia Pacific and India said “New routes have opened up due to the 787’s right size and game-changing technology and economics; this has allowed airlines to open up services,” (Routesonline March 2016).

Four carriers American Airlines and Ethiopian Airlines, Qatar Airways, TUI will operate the Boeing 787-8 on routes to Chicago and Addis Ababa via Madrid, Doha, Cancun and Montego Bay respectively.

Three carriers American Airlines, Etihad Airways and Westjet will operate the 787-9 to Dublin. American Airlines will operate a new route from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) ) daily service will run from 6 June to 28 September 2019 exploiting the range capability for a new 'spoke' from its Dallas/Forth Worth Hub.

Etihad Airways is to introduce the 787-9 on four weekly services from 31 March 2019 as the carrier increases to Abu Dhabi.

Westjet will launch a new route to Calgary operating three times weekly.

United Airlines will operate its latest B787-10 Dreamliner on its Dublin-New York/Newark route commencing on 23 May 2019 replacing Boeing 777-200 aircraft.  United President Scott Kirby said "They're a phenomenal European airplane".

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EI-GXM Boeing 737-800 Delivered to Ryanair

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of EI-GXM Boeing 737-800 construction number 44858. The aircraft was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 29 November as 'Ryanair 800M'.

According to Flightradar24 the aircraft operated its first revenue service on Sunday 2 December as RYR5772 to Glasgow International vv.

The carrier is to due take delivery of its final Boeing 737-800 EI-GXN Manufacturer Serial Number (MSN) 44856 before Christmas before the carrier commences new delivery stream of Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft in March/April 2019 with the first five aircraft.

Website Planespotters.net reports the registrations have been allocated for the first three aircraft EI-HAT MSN 65076, EI-HAV MSN 5077, EI-HAW MSN 65078.

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Sunday, 18 November 2018

Ryanair fleet grows to 452 Boeing 737-800 aircraft

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair fleet Boeing 737-800 has grown to 452 aircraft with the delivery of two brand new 737-800 aircraft this week. 

I understand the carrier is due to take delivery of a further two new Boeing 737-800 aircraft in the coming weeks completing its order book which commenced in March 1998 .

Ryanair is the largest global operator of the Boeing 737-800 aircraft. A total of 567 aircraft have been delivered net of disposals including lease returns of 115 aircraft.

EI-GXK Boeing 737-800 MSN 44860 Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 14 November.

EI-GXL Boeing 737-800 MSN 44857 Delivered Boeing Field to Dublin 16 November.

Separately the carrier transferred a further two Boeing 737-800 aircraft to sister carrier Ryanair Sun headquarted in Warsaw.

SP-RSM MSN 44791 positioned London Stansted to Warsaw Modlin 15 November ex EI-FZX.

SP-RSR MSN 44799 positioned London Stansted to Warsaw Modin 15 November ex EI-GDB.

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Fourth Boeing 737 MAX 8 for Ethiopian Airlines delivered through Dublin Airport

                                               

Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 
Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the fourth of 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft on order.

ET-AVJ Boeing 737 MAX 8 MSN 62450 'Ethiopian 9201' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 15 November arriving in Dublin 16 November at 0631 local. The aircraft departed Dublin 2131 local arriving Addis Ababa next day.

The first aircraft ET-AVM was delivered through Dublin on 1st July , the second aircraft  ET-AVL MSN 62447 was delivered on 30th August, the third ET-AVI Boeing 737-8 MAX MSN 62448 on 24th September.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said "We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing's single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years. As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, Ethiopian has been pioneering latest-technology aircraft into Africa throughout its 72-year history. In line with the airline's growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer."

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Sunday, 11 November 2018

Ryanair fleet expands to 449 Boeing 737-800 aircraft

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair fleet expands to 449 Boeing 737-800 aircraft with the delivery of EI-GXJ MSN 44859 from Boeing Field to Dublin on 8 November.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24 the aircraft entered revenue service on Saturday 10 November operating from Dublin to Bristol vv as RYR504/5.

The annual US SEC Annual 20F filing reveals some interesting data on Ryanair's Boeing 737-800 operations for the FY18 to 31 March. The fleet operated 725,044 sectors with average Daily flight hour utilization of 9.13 hours with 34 team members per aircraft.

The Boeing 737-MAX-200 aircraft could impact the residual value of its Boeing 737-800 aircraft could be reduced when it enters production, currently expected to be in Spring 2019. The Boeing 737-800 has a useful life of 23 years from date of manufacture.

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Ryanair Sun embarks on ambitious fleet expansion

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair's Polish subsidiary Ryanair Sun is planning ambitious fleet expansion increasing from 5 to 16 aircraft this winter and 23 in Summer 2019 with 15 Boeing 737-800 aircraft to be transferred from the parent Irish AOC joining the single aircraft SP-RSA currently on the Polish AOC.

Ryanair Sun will dedicate 10 Boeing 737-800 to charter and 15 to scheduled operations.
The carrier will gradually roll out scheduled services from Ryanair's Polish bases in Gdansk, Katowice and Warsaw Modlin, Wroclaw, Krakow and Poznan.

The carrier registered strong growth carrying 700,000 passengers in Summer 18 season and is currently negotiating a wider charter programme for Summer 2019 with Poland’s leading tour operators.

According to Skyliner Aviation three aircraft transferred this week:

SP-RSN Boeing 737-800 c/n 44798 Ryanair Sun Ferried London Stansted-Poznan 08/11/18 on transfer ex EI-FZY.

SP-RSO Boeing 737-800 c/n 44796 Ryanair Sun Ferried London Stansted-Poznan 07/11/18 on transfer ex EI-FZZ.

SP-RSP Boeing 737-800 c/n 44797 Ryanair Sun Ferried London Stansted-Poznan 08/11/18 on transfer ex EI-GDA.

Credit to John Dyer NLSPOT Yahoo list further transfers are due to be:

SP-RSB (44832/6934 ex EI-GJV)
SP-RSC (44843/6945 ex EI-GJW)
SP-RSD (44845/6957 ex EI-GJX)
SP-RSE (44839/6959 ex EI-GJY)
SP-RSF (44840/6964 ex EI-GJZ)
SP-RSG (44841/6967 ex EI-GSA)
SP-RSH (44842/6971 ex EI-GSB)
SP-RSI (44844/6977 ex EI-GSC)
SP-RSK (44847/7137 ex EI-GSD)
SP-RSL (44850/7141 ex EI-GSF)
SP-RSM (44791/6418 ex EI-FZX)
SP-RSR (44799/6601 ex EI-GDB)

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Monday, 5 November 2018

Sunday, 4 November 2018

Aer Lingus to maximize Airbus A321LR opportunities

                                                 
Image courtsey of Airbus 
Aer Lingus mission statement "Our mission is to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic. Enabled by a profitable and sustainable short-haul network…Supported by a guest focused, brand and digitally enabled value proposition…Delivering above average returns on invested capital for our IAG shareholders".

Speaking at IAG Capital Market Day on Friday 2 November Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh outlined a strategy to maximize the opportunities presented by the new Airbus A321LR aircraft.

The first three new Airbus A321LR aircraft will be delivered in 2019 as the carrier plans ambitious expansion to grow the fleet to 14 units by 2023. A futher 5 will be delivered in 2020 and 4 in 2021 and 1 each in 2022 and 2023.  The leased Boeing 757-200s will be phased out in 2020.

A key feature of the new A321LR will be unlocking new city pair opportunities with new engine technology enabling the carrier to insulate against rising fuel costs. The aircraft will enable cost efficient fleet growth as the A321LR can operate inbound across the Atlantic to Dublin, and then on to European destinations. Aer Lingus CEO Stephen Kavanagh added “This growth is CASK-efficient growth".

The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) and the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on 2 October concurrent certification for the Airbus A321neo to operate with up to three additional center fuel tanks, allowing it to fly up to 4,000 nautical miles with 206 passengers.

Corresponding ETOPS authorization enables up to 180 minutes of single-engine diversion time, a sufficient standard for performing any transatlantic route, according to Airbus.

According to reports Airbus expects to deliver the first A321LR by the end of the year to  Arkia, which became the de facto launch customer when, according to the manufacturer,  Primera Air (Ceased Operations 2 October) deferred delivery of two from lease company AerCap.

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Boeing commences production of first Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX 200

                                                 
Image courtesy of Boeing 
A tweet by Woodys Aeroimages on 31 October revealed Boeing commenced production of the first Ryanair Boeing 737 MAX 200 with the wing/body join position in final assembly. It will become the first airline to operate the MAX 200 after it takes delivery of the first five aircraft in March and April next year.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said "The Max 200 aircraft, the game changer, have 4 percent more seats [compared with its 189-seat Boeing 737-800s] and a 16 percent lower fuel consumption per seat. These will drive very significant unit cost gains for us over the next five or six years."

The carrier plans to take delivery of 42 aircraft between August 2019 and March 2020. The MAX 200 will account for approximately 10% of their fleet in the fiscal year through March 2020.

In Ryanair's annual SEC 20F file the airline stated "The new aircraft will be used on new and existing routes to grow Ryanair’s business.

The basic price (equivalent to a standard list price for an aircraft of this type) for each of the Boeing 737-MAX-200 series aircraft is approximately US$102 million and the basic price will be increased for certain "buyer-furnished" equipment, amounting to approximately US$1.6 million per new aircraft, which Ryanair has asked Boeing to purchase and install on each of the new aircraft".

The SEC Filing further added "Boeing has granted Ryanair certain price concessions as part of the 2014 Boeing Contract. As a result, the "effective price" (the purchase price of the new aircraft net of discounts received from Boeing) of each new aircraft will be significantly below the basic price mentioned above. The effective price applies to all new aircraft due for delivery from Spring 2019."

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