Showing posts from January, 2012

Boeing 787 Dreamliner makes its first official visit to Ireland ©

                                                                                               “The all-new 787 Dreamliner continues to generate tremendous enthusiasm everywhere it flies’-Scott Fancher GM & VP 787 Program   The Boeing 787 Dreamliner made its first official visit to Ireland when N787BX Boeing 787-86Q c/n 40692 Boeing Company using call sign ‘Boeing 787’   touched down at Dublin Airport at 2030 hours on the 25 th of January as part of the second segment of the Dream Tour. The tremendous enthusiasm was witnessed at Dublin Airport as many people made the trip to the airport to witness the arrival and the departure, many airport staff toured the aircraft in the hangar. The aircraft was parked on stand 86R on the North West end of Pier D on arrival before being towed to Hangar 6 where it would remain for the duration of its stay, show casing the aircraft to delegates from the Air Finance Conference. The Dream Tour saw the aircraft visit Wichita on t

Round Up of Dublin Boeing 787 Dreamliner Coverage ©

A Round up of the coverage of the first offical visit of N787BX Boeing 787-86Q Dreamliner c/n 40692 Boeing Company to Dublin Airport 25-27th January 2012, touching down in Dublin at 2030 on the 25th of January from Rockford and departing at 1453 on the 27th of January to Hunstville on the 2nd leg of its Dream Tour. 12th January Boeing Announces Second Segment of 787 Dream Tour 23rd January: Boeing Dreamliner to Visit Dublin Airport Boeing Dreamliner comes to Dublin Boeing 787 Dreamliner to visit Ireland 25th January: Boeing Dreamliner to swoop in on Dublin Airport tonight

European Airlines Cost Pressures grows ©

The year has begun with enormous cost pressures in the airline sector as legacy carriers continue to evolve their business models to ensure competitiveness and long-term viability, the transformation phase is far from over, in fact it is only has just beginning as personnel costs increasingly coming into focus to close the cost gap with LCC’s and Middle East competitors, in an uncertain economic environment, as recession looms. Air France announced on the 13 th of January a new transformational plan which will freeze pay and cut personnel costs by €1 Billion and it plans to increase productivity, as the carrier aims to return its short and medium haul network to break-even within three years (Bloomberg 13 th January). The carrier has yet to outline the shape of its short-haul network where it has indicated routes will be axed, but has responded to the LCC threat with a new production platform using A320s at regional bases in Bordeaux and Marseille. Since Mid-December unions

2012 The Year of European Airline Consolidation ©

This year is certain to be one of consolidation in the European airline sector as the industry is continually being buffeted by events as the European debt crisis continues with record unemployment levels and austerity depressing demand across the EU, the new EU ETS Scheme took effect from the 1 st of January, and the evolving situation in the Middle East over the Iran nuclear program. These events are likely to accelerate the pace of the consolidation in the sector, as airlines grapple with rising costs and slowing demand. The cornerstone of the re-structuring of the European airline industry begun with the winter schedule, as many airlines adopted their strategies to evolve with the rapidly changing market conditions, to focus on their core market strength, which is creating new market opportunities for LCC carriers, to fill the gaps. Ryanair has first mover advantage to seize the market gaps having announced new bases in Billund as Cimber Sterling re-focuses on the domesti

Irish Airlines Report December Traffic ©

Aer Lingus announced that it carried 638,000 passengers in December up 13% with a load factor of 68.4% down 6.2%. The airline carried 64,000 long-haul passengers down 5.9% with a load factor of 69.5% down 7.1% on capacity up 5.6%, and it carried 574,000 short-haul passengers up 14% with a load factor of 67.7% down 5.5% on a 22.8% increase in capacity. Aer Lingus Regional carried 64,000 passengers up 30.6% and in 2011 it carried a total of 790,000 passengers up 84.1%. The Aer Lingus traffic stats where impacted by year-year on comparison due to December 2010 Snow impact which adversely impacted operations, and exclude traffic carried on the United Airlines Joint-Venture route Washington Dulles to Madrid . Interestingly Aer Lingus carried a total of 9.755 million passengers in 2011 up 0.5% which is a positive development given the extremely difficult conditions in its home market. Ryanair announced that it carried 4.8 million passengers in December down 5% with a load