Showing posts from May, 2012

Ryanair: Waiting in the Long Grass ©

                                                          Yesterday (Wednesday 16 th May) Southwest Airlines announced that it is to defer the delivery of 30 Boeing 737-800s from 2013/4 to 2017/8 to reduce capital spending by $1 Billion and to help it improve its Rate of Return on Capital (ROCE) to 15%.   The Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly stated “ Until we hit our return on capital target, we don't plan to grow our fleet, we will keep our fleet roughly flat and maybe slightly down (in) 2012." The Southwest Airlines delivery deferment will put further pressure on OEM’s in an increasingly competitive market, as a number of high profile carriers have already indicated they will defer orders to concentrate on improving their own financial performance and generating higher returns on capital, these announcements will further strengthen the hand of Ryanair in negotiations for a new order of up to 400 new aircraft with its cash reserves of €3.5 Billion.             

Jet Technology Centre Launches New Safety Slide Product Line ©

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 11 th May 2012

Irish Airlines Reports April Traffic ©

                                                                The Aer Lingus Group announced that it carried 811,000 passengers in April up 3.2% with a load factor of 72.7% up 2.8%. The airline carried 79,000 long-haul passengers up 8.2% with a load factor of 75.1% up 5.6% and it carried 732,000 short-haul passengers up 0.7% with a load factor of 71.5% up 1.4% as the carrier phased parked winter capacity back into the system from the 26 th of March for the summer scheduled.                                                                                                                 The Aer Lingus Regional operation carried 79,000 passengers in April up 27.4% driven by the launch of the summer schedule and the transfer of routes operated under the Aer Arann Regional brand name. The total Aer Lingus traffic stats as usual exclude traffic carried under the United Airlines Joint Venture Washington Dulles to Madrid route. The Air France-KLM Group is expected to

Emirates Airlines Dublin route breaks record ©

                                                              Emirates Airlines has broken all records with the performance of its Dublin route with the carrier upgrading the route a Boeing 777-300ER such is the level of demand two months ahead of schedule originally which was planned for the 1 st of July with A6-EBC Boeing 777-36NER c/n 32790 operating the first flight yesterday.                                              The carrier commenced the route on the 9 th of January with an Airbus A330-200 with the carrier having consistently having load factors in excess of 90% from the first day of operation, thus the Dublin route has exceeded all expectations as an A330-200 would serve the route for 2 to 3 years before being upgraded to an Boeing 777-300ER despite the competition from Etihad Airways in the market for connecting traffic via their respective hubs.                                              The introduction of the Boeing 777-300ER on the route will in

Etihad Airways acquires a 3% stake in Aer Lingus ©

                                                              On Tuesday 1 st of May it was announced that Etihad Airways acquired a 2.987% stake in Aer Lingus for an undisclosed sum, a week after Transaero Airlines acquired Air Atlanta Aero Engineering in Shannon which is a further endorsement of the strength of the aviation industry in Ireland. Aer Lingus issued a statement ‘ Aer Lingus and Etihad are engaged in discussions which to date have focused on reciprocal code-share opportunities, Future discussions may explore additional commercial and cost opportunities to develop a closer working relationship in areas such as joint procurement’. Their could be immense opportunities for Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways out of a possible commercial agreement,firstly a new code-share agreement would leverage the strengths of each perspective hub as Aer Lingus has a strong brand presence in North America and UK Provincial markets (Aer Lingus Regional) and the competitive advantage o

Boeing 737-200 Experienced Technical People require for Missionary Project ©

Experienced technical people required: retired or available technicians, both mechanical and avionic (but preferably avionic) experienced people who could assist a missionary project in Botswana . No license required. It would suit somebody who could train a few young guys in the fine art of reading wiring diagrams, troubleshooting, locating wiring snags, etc. Botswana is a nice, peaceful place, plenty of sunshine and relaxed atmosphere for somebody who would like to take on a little adventure, be it for a short, medium or long term commitment, ideal for the guy that would like to give something back or just do something different for a while. These people operate on a not for profit basis, so if you want to make a lot of money, it’s not for you. They will obviously, cover expenses, flights, bed and board, etc. for the right person. Anybody with any interest can contact me, Hugh Kelly, via email at and I will explain in more detail the operation and e