Saturday, 10 August 2019

KLM Cityhopper Wet-Leases Embraer 190 from Stobart Air

EI-GGA Embraer 195 Stobart Air 
Stobart Air one of Europe’s leading franchise , ACMI and charter aviation specialists has further developed its wet-lease agreement with Dutch carrier KLM Cityhopper.

The agreement between the two airlines sees Stobart Air provide an Embraer 195 on an ACMI contract (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) for the purpose of operating up to eight flights per day from Amsterdam, including Dublin to Amsterdam.

From the 9th July the agreement has been expanded KLM Cityhopper will wet-lease an Embraer 190 from Stobart Air. This aircraft will be deployed to various European destinations including Dublin, Munich and Oslo.

According to open source Flight tracking website Flightradar24 EI-GHK Embraer 190AR MSN 19000202 Stobart Air ex VH-ZPI is allocated to the KLM Cityhopper contact.

Stobart Air operates a fleet of 17 aircraft one ATR42-600 operates for Aer Lingus Regional. 13 ATR72-600 are operated for Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe. The carrier operates 1 Embraer 190 for British Airways Cityflyer and 1 for KLM Cityhopper and 1 Embraer 195 for KLM Cityhopper.

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Virgin Atlantic is first customer for Lufthansa Technik Shannon Boeing 787 base maintenance checks

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Virgin Atlantic Airways has become Lufthansa Technik's launching customer for base maintenance checks on the Boeing 787 aircraft type. At its Irish overhaul facility Lufthansa Technik Shannon Limited.

The last in a series of six contracted 787 airplanes was recently re-delivered to the carrier. The scope of work for each aircraft included a C1-Check plus several modifications and additional repair work.

Thomas Rueckert, Senior Vice President Base Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik, said "The successful completion of our first 787 base maintenance contract marks an extremely important milestone for our 787 service portfolio and a further expansion of our long standing  relationship with Virgin Atlantic. We invested extensively in training, tooling and preparation for the arrival of the Boeing 787, and it certainly paid off as we achieved competitive turn-around times for these inputs. I would like to thank our employees at Lufthansa Technik Shannon for their dedication and commitment to making this a success."

Philip Wardlaw, Vice President Engineering and Maintenance at Virgin Atlantic, commented  "Lufthansa Technik has been a reliable and trustworthy service partner to Virgin Atlantic for many years and this has now continued with the Boeing 787. We have been very impressed with the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the Lufthansa Technik Shannon team and the great teamwork shown between the two companies."

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Emirates Airlines anticipates reaching 2.5 million passengers on Dublin-Dubai route by year end

Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300ER 
Emirates Airlines is gearing up of reaching a major milestone of hitting 2.5 million passenger mark on the Dublin to Dubai route by December of this year.

The airline commenced operations from Dublin in January 2012 with a single daily Airbus A330-200 service and has grown significantly now operating a twice daily Boeing 777-300ER service.

The airline carries on average 22,000 passengers per month with a load factor of 85% with the most popular connecting routes are to Cape Town, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore and Sydney.

According to Emirates demand is soaring for the Philippines and Vietnam.

The Emirates Airlines Country Manager Enda Corneille speaking at media briefing said the Dublin route was punching above its weight with its 85% load factor above company average of 80% despite intense competition with 50 weekly frequencies east and south. 

The carrier has headroom for growth by increasing load factor from 85% and increasing frequencies.

Very interesting given its geographic position from Dublin the South African market is very popular with the leisure market with strong demand for Cape Town and Johannesburg over Dubai.

Enda Corneille said Emirates constient double daily frequency with 158 connections beyond Dubai hub appeals to the business market segment.

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Aer Lingus receives first Airbus A321NEO-LR aircraft

Image courtesy of Conor O'Flaherty 

Aer Lingus 26th July received the first of fourteen Airbus A321NEO-LR ordered with a further three aircraft to be delivered by year end. The aircraft EI-LRA MSN 8887 was delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder to Dublin as 'Shamrock 2395' touching in Dublin at 2116 local then proceeded to Hangar 6 for post delivery modifications.

Aer Lingus’ A321LR will feature 16 lie-flat Business Class seats  produced by Irish seat maker Thompson and customised by London’s Factory Design to include more personal storage and space in the seat zone and and 168 Economy Class seats. The aircraft is powered by CFM International’s LEAP-1A engines.

Aer Lingus A321LR will be operated on the Dublin-Hartford route at its entry into service scheduled 2nd August.

Aer Lingus becomes the fifth operator of the A321LR joining Air Transat, Arkia Airlines, Azores Airlines and TAP-Air Portugal.  The Blue Swan Daily stated "The A321neoLR certainly has the potential to change the market and open up significantly more thinner medium and long haul point to point markets" ( February 2018).

The A321LR is a member of the A320neo Family, with over 6,500 orders by more than 100 customers. It delivers 30% fuel savings and nearly 50% reduction in noise footprint compared to previous-generation competitor aircraft. With a range of up to 4,000nm (7,400km) the A321LR is the unrivalled long-range route opener and for increasing frequencies on existing city pairs.

Aer Lingus operates 52 Airbus aircraft with 34 Airbus A320, 3 Airbus A321, 1 Airbus A321NEO-LR and 5 Airbus A330-200 and 8 Airbus A330-300 in its fleet.

IAG, the parent company of British Airways, Iberia, Aer Lingus, and Vueling, placed an order at the Paris Air Show for 14 A321XLRs, including eight for Iberia and six for Aer Lingus which will launch in 2023 and will have a range of 5,400 miles, giving it 15% more range than the A321LR.

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Sunday, 21 July 2019

FedEx introduces Boeing 767-300F on Dublin-London-Paris CDG route

Image courtesy of Fedex 
Fedex has introduced the Boeing 767-300F the first in Europe on its five times weekly Dublin-London Stansted-Paris CDG route increasing capacity by 16% carrying up to 58 tons (52.7 tonnes) of cargo and reducing fuel fuel consumption by around 9% combined with increased capacity reducing emissions by 21% per pound.

The aircraft registered N109FE Boeing 767-3S2F(ER) MSN 42710 named 'Stephanie' positioned Paris CDG to Dublin as 'FDX9008' on Monday 1st July to commence operations replacing the based N685FE Airbus A300-600R(F) which departed the previous day.

Eser Sezek, managing director, Ireland Operations, said: “We’re very excited about the introduction of the new Boeing 767F on the Dublin-London-Paris route.  Modernising our fleet with cleaner, quieter, and more efficient aircraft is a top priority for FedEx Express and this new freighter represents another exciting milestone in this process. The increased capacity of the Boeing 767F will also offer Irish customers who export, greater opportunity to ship their goods to both the UK and mainland Europe,”

“At our Dublin hub we are absolutely committed to providing exceptional service to customers whilst minimizing the impact of our operations on the local area. This new aircraft, in addition to the B777 aircraft we already operate, will provide excellent service reliability.”

FedEx operates a total fleet of 447 aircraft with 75 Boeing 767F in the fleet with a further 57 scheduled for delivery to 2025.

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Saturday, 20 July 2019

Cityjet wet leases EI-RJU RJ85 to Lufthansa

Cityjet RJ85 
CityJet a leading ACMI/Wet lease specialist which provides aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance to a number of major European airlines has added Lufthansa as a new ACMI customer.

On 18th July EI-RJU RJ85 MSN positioned Dublin to Frankfurt Main as 'Lufthansa 9914'.

The next day the aircraft commenced Lufthansa services operating a mix of domestic and international routes to Leipzig, Brussels and Milan Malpensa.

Cityjet operates a fleet of 38 aircraft 28 Bombardier CRJ900 and 10 RJ85 operating from bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

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