Showing posts from April, 2012

Dublin Aerospace Reveals Expansion Plans ©

                                                 “Conor McCarthy has turned this belief on its head by growing Dublin Aerospace into a hugely successful brand in aircraft maintenance based on the premise of high quality and cost competitiveness”- Frank O’Keeffe Partner E&Y Entrepreneur of the Year. On Tuesday the 8 th of March I had the pleasure of attending the Royal Aeronautical Society Lecture by the Chairman Dublin Aerospace Conor McCarthy in Wynns Hotel Abbey, where there was a large audience in attendance to hear the developments taking place at the growing young company which has grown from six employees to over two hundred now entering its third year of operations.                                                                                        The Dublin Aerospace Chairman has vast wealth of experience in the aviation industry- Aer Lingus Commuter CEO, Director and Co-Founder of Air Asia and Director of Group Operations at Ryanair and is Managing Direct

Irish Airlines Report March Traffic ©

                                                           Aer Lingus announced that it carried 809,000 passengers in March up 8.2% with the airline carrying 663,000 short-haul passengers up 5.4% with a load factor of 72.6% up 3.4% and 73,000 long-haul passengers with a load factor of 82% up 8.2%. The Aer Lingus Regional Franchise operation carried 73,000 passengers up 30.4% coutinuing its strong performance ,and as usual the carrier does not release traffic figures for the United Airlines Washington Dulles to Madrid route.                                                         Ryanair announced that it carried 5.5 million passengers in March down 4% with a load factor of 79% down 1% and in the rolling 12 months to the end of March it carried 75.8 million passengers. On the 26 th of March the carrier opened its new Billund Base with two Boeing 737-800s and 28 th of March the airline opened its first Polish base in Wroclaw with a single Boeing 737-800, thus as 

European Short-Haul Pressure ©

The market pressures in the European short-haul market continue to intensify as airlines struggle to remain competitive in an increasing hostile environment as revenues are eroded and cost and competitive countinue to multiple creating new challenges, the rate of change to adopt is increasing all the time therefore standing still is no longer an option with a middle of the road strategy when it comes to cost control.                                                                  Air France announced on the 20 th of March a new ‘Transform 2015’ plan aimed to restore the airline to sustainable profitability with particular emphasis on the short-haul and medium haul markets, where it and its regional subsidiaries made an operating loss of €500 million in 2011. To turnaround the operation the carrier plans to consolidate the operations of  Brit Air , Cityjet and Regional Airlines into a single unit which have yet to be defined, also its low-cost subsidiary Transavia France whic