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

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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

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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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Sunday, 28 October 2018

63 weekly flights between Dublin and Frankfurt Main in winter 2018/19

Aer Lingus A320 at Frankfurt Main 
Today Sunday 28 October the IATA Winter Scheduled commenced with a significant increase in capacity on the Dublin to Frankfurt Main route with passengers having a choice of three carriers operating Aer Lingus, Lufthansa and Ryanair.

With increased seat capacity estimated weekly seats available is 20,920.

Aer Lingus will operate 17 weekly rotations with the addition of 3 new weekly rotations on Mondays, Fridays and Sundays operated by Airbus A320 aircraft. The inaugural service was operated by EI-CVA.

Lufthansa will be operate 34 weekly rotations with the addition of a fifh daily frequency DLH984/5 operated by Airbus A320 aircraft  The inaugural service was operated by D-AIUD.

Ryanair will operate 12 weekly rotations operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.  The inaugural service RYR381/380 was operated by EI-EBY.

Yesterday Ryanair operated it's final service on the Dublin-Frankfurt Hahn which had been operating four time weekly as the carrier increasingly focuses growth on primary airports.

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Acumen Aviation Joins Hong Kong Aircraft Leasing and Aviation Finance Association (HKALA)

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EI-GXI Boeing 737-800 Delivered to Ryanair

EI-GXI Boeing 737-800 
EI-GXI Boeing 737-800 MSN 44851 was delivered to Ryanair 23 October arriving in Dublin from Boeing Field as 'Ryanair 800I' arriving 1814 local. The delivery of EI-GXI increases their fleet total to 451 aircraft

The aircraft operated its first revenue service on 25 October as RYR3100 to Amsterdam departing Dublin 0717 local according to

I understand that a  further five aircraft are due for delivery EI-GXJ, EI-GXK, EI-GXL, EI-GXM, EI-GXN in November and December. These aircraft will complete Ryanair's Boeing 737-800 delivery programme which commenced in 1998.

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Sunday, 21 October 2018

Ryanair's first Boeing 737 MAX 200 to be registered as EI-HAT

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According to industry sources Ryanair's first Boeing 737 MAX 200 'Gamechanger' aircraft due for delivery in March 2019 is to be registered as EI-HAT. The Boeing 737 MAX Production blog lists the aircraft as line number 312 and line number 7285.

Boeing developed the 737 MAX 200 in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle airline capacity by 2033.

Ryanair is the launch customer for 737 MAX 200 with an order placed for 100 in a contract valued at $11 billion at list prices plus 100 options placed in September 2014.

At the Paris Air Show 2017 Ryanair placed an order for an additional 10 Boeing 737 MAX 200 increasing it's commitment to 110 firm orders and 100 options.

In April Boeing and Ryanair finalized an order for 25 additional 737 MAX 200 aircraft increasing its commitment to 135 aircraft. The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

The aircraft will be fitted with 197 economy class seats 4% more than the 737-800 with the airframe is 2.2 meters longer than the A320neo. The aircraft will be configured with Boeing Sky Interior,  LED lighting and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins delivering 16% lower fuel consumption per seat than today's Next-Generation 737s.

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Icelandair commences Boeing 737 MAX 8 service on Dublin route

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Icelandair has introduced the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Keflavik to Dublin route effective from Tuesday 16 October replacing Boeing 757-200 operating three times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with a fourth frequency to be added from 29 October day to be confirmed.

The inaugural service was operated by TF-ICE c/n 44353 which was delivered  March 4 2018.  The aircraft is named "Jökullsárlón".

Icelandair's new Boeing 737 MAX features 160 seats, of which 16 are in the Saga Business Class in a 2-2 layout and 144 in a 3-3 Economy Class configuration with Boeing Sky interior and customized LED lighting with larger overhead bins.

Icelandair placed an order for 16 737 MAXs in 2013, including the MAX 8 and larger MAX 9 models for delivery between 2018 and 2022.The carrier is to introduce the 737 MAX 9 on Dublin 3 times weekly from October 2019 according to Airline Route presumably replacing Boeing 757-200.

Icelandair CEO & President Björgólfur Jóhannsson said "The arrival of the new aircraft represents a milestone, the start of the renewal of our fleet which is an exciting undertaking for Icelandair. The MAX will be an excellent addition to our fleet of Boeing 757's and 767's and increase both flexibility and capacity for the growth of our network, through added frequencies and new destinations."

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