Saturday, 16 February 2019

Dublin based Kestral Engineering Delivers 40 Auto-Deflat-Aer Kits to Qantas Airways

Image courtesy of Airbus A380 
Dublin based Kestral Engineering announced the delivery of 40 Auto-Deflat-Aer Kits Part Number 320010-PT29 to Qantas Airways Engineering in Sydney, Australia.

The new kits will be based at Qantas’s home bases and also throughout the world.  If you are operating in a major world airport there is every chance that a kit will be positioned there.The new kit is a development of the original adjustable kit recently supplied to Singapore Airlines.

It's preset in the factory to allow aircraft wheel assemblies to be deflated from operating pressure to 2 Barg (29 PSIG) for the purpose of storage or transportation. The kit also incorporates a unique tamper resistant feature to prevent unauthorised adjustment in the field.

The kits are available to be preset to reduce operational wheel pressures up to 290 PSIG to any reduced pressure in the range 5 to 100 PSIG. The Qantas kits are standardised at 29 PSIG which is the pressure recommended by Airbus.

The kit can accommodate every wheel valve in the world and includes a special adapter for the A380 wheels.

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Sunday, 10 February 2019

Ryanair looking towards Laudamotion fleet replacement from 2023

Laudamotion Airbus A320s at Vienna 
Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary speaking on Q3 2019 Results - Earnings Conference call said will start to look at replacing Laudamotion growing leased fleet from 2023 when operating leases begin to expire.

Laudamotion plans to operate 19 Airbus A320s in Summer 2019 growing to 30 aircraft in December 2020 to 40 in 2021 to 50 in 2022. The carrier recently signed LOIs for another 11  Airbus A320 aircraft for next year before December ‘20 on five-year leases.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "We would like to see new aircraft either from -- preferably from Airbus or from Boeing coming through and replacing those operating leases".  The CEO noted that competitors where deferring Airbus deliveries which could open opportunities.  Germania filed for insolvency at Amtsgericht Berlin-Charlottenburg on Monday 4 February the carrier had an order 25 Airbus A320neo's for delivery from January 2020.

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Ryanair updates on Boeing 737 MAX 200 deliveries

Image courtesy of Ryanair 

Ryanair updated the market on Monday 4 February with Q3 results announcing it will take delivery of the first five Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft between April and June (2020Q1 financial reporting period).  From September 2019 and March 2020 the carrier will take delivery of a further 50 aircraft.

Speaking on Q3 Earnings Conference Call Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "While 10% of the fleet will be MAXs by the end of this financial 2020. It’s really summer 2020 where we see the huge benefits. I think half of that -- those 50 will be reallocated to Ryanair Sun and go onto Polish register, probably, half would be on the Irish register".

Ryanair was the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200 in September 2014 placing an order for 100 aircraft valued at $11 billion at list prices.

The 737 MAX 200 can accommodate up to 200 seats by incorporating a mid-exit door increasing the exit limit providing Ryanair with 11 additional seats enabling significant ancillary revenue potential. The 737 MAX is 14% more fuel efficient than existing Boeing 737-800 aircraft with 5% lower operating costs than 737 MAX 8.

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Saturday, 26 January 2019

Ryanair's Laudamotion scales up growth plans

Laudamotion Airbus A321-200 
In interview with German aviation website aero Telegraph Laudamotion Managing Director Andreas Gruber said the carrier planned to operate 27 aircraft in Summer 2019 comprising of 21 Airbus A320 and 6 Boeing 737-800 leased from parent company Ryanair.

In summer 2020 the airline will be operationally independent of Ryanair fleet wise a fleet of 30 Airbus A320 aircraft and in 2021 40 Airbus A320 aircraft in the long-term goal of the carrier is to operate 100 aircraft.

Managing Director Andreas Gruber said the carrier could expand outside core markets of Austria and Germany adding "Zurich is an incredibly interesting market".

According to Austrian Aviation Net Laudamotion is due return its four leased Airbus A321-200 aircraft to Lufthansa for Eurowings operation.

Laudamotion operates a daily Dublin to Vienna service operated by Airbus A320/321 aircraft and seasonal weekly service to Innsbruck operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.

Read full interview here
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Fifth Boeing 737 MAX 8 for Ethiopian Airlines Delivered over Dublin Airport

Image courtesy of Sean Flynn 
ET-AVK Boeing 737 MAX 8 MSN 62449 'Ethiopian 9201' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 31 December arriving at 0631 local. The aircraft departed Dublin on New Year's Day at 1115 to Addis Ababa.

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. The fourth aircraft Boeing 737 MAX 8 ET-AVJ MSN 62450 was delivered on 15 November. 

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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