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Dublin Airport French Air Force C-135FR Visits ©

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                                                              The French Air Force “Armée de l'Air” have a long connection with Ireland being regular visitors for rugby matches and Training/VIP flights using a variety of aircraft types, mostly interestingly over the last two years with Boeing C-135FR’s which undertake multi-sector mission training across Europe, making Dublin one of the R&R stops. The C-135FR’s Stratotankers are under the command of the Strategic Air Command called ‘CFAS’ based at Istres, in 2004 this unit was renamed 93 "Bretagne" (GRV 93 or Flight Refuelling Group 93) operating a total of 14 units which have both fuelling and transport capability, enhancing their operational flexibility. The unit purchased 11 aircraft directly from Boeing and three second-generation USAF KC-135R’s in the late 1990s. The 93 "Bretagne" Group further enhanced the operational flexibility of the aircraft in 2008 through the development of “Morphe

Aer Lingus: The New Demand Environment ©

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The Aer Lingus Investor Day in London on the 28 th of September is set to mark a turning point, when phase two of ‘Project Greenfield’ details are released. The airline has signaled a shift in its operations is on the agenda given the reference to seasonality becoming a big challenge, with the business becoming seasonal with a 60% difference between summer and winter demand.  I await with interest what the carrier will announce. Is the traffic pattern going back to the 1970/1980s??. The airline is now using a ‘Demand-Lead’ model to manage fleet capacity, the carrier is now going to have increasingly adopt a ‘Seasonality’ model to manage its resources as business prominently shifts to the summer season, reversing the MRO model where the peak business is in the winter season, therefore given the indicaitons of seasonality being a big challenge, is it likely the second phase of Project Greenfield will bring radical change to the operating model??. The airline can absorb

Ryanair: Europe’s Market Opportunities Abound

Ryanair's Cawley Says Rivals `Very Fragile' as Oil Rises Ryanair is set to continue to grow its presence at primary airports across Europe, as another round of European consolidation will create the necessary conditions enabling the carrier grow, as competitors re-structure their route networks, consolidate and increasingly network-centric their structures on global alliances and partnerships, thus will create new openings across Europe for Ryanair. A common trait for Ryanair and Southwest Airlines as they continue to evolve their business models is operating from primary and secondary airports, where market opportunities arise.   This enables them to flex their capacity according to market trends enabling them to operate at very competitive unit costs, at airports where they get the best deals. Ryanair is now focusing its growth in the Catalan region of Spain in Barcelona El Prat, the base fleet is set to grow from 11 to 15 Boeing 737-800s this winter, downsizing i