Friday, 31 August 2012

American Airlines Launches Codeshare Agreement With Iberia Express ©


American Airlines and Iberia Express, a subsidiary of American's joint business partner, Iberia, received approval from the US DOT approval for a new codeshare agreement. This agreement enables American Airlines to place its code on flights marketed by Iberia, and operated by Iberia Express, between its Madrid hub and 14 destinations throughout Europe. Flights go on sale next Tuesday 4th September for travel commencing Monday 10th September.

The Iberia Express Chief Commerical Officer Silvia Mosquera said "This is a strategic agreement for Iberia Express. The joint operation of our routes enables us to offer our customers better connections between Europe and North America, and optimizes our resources in terms of profitability."

Iberia Express operates the Madrid-Dublin route five times weekly in September and October.

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Ryanair Announces two new Manchester routes ©

Ryanair announced 28th August it's launching two new routes from it's Manchester Base to Gdansk (Poland) and Riga (Lativa) operating twice weekly effective 9th and 7th November.  Manchester became it's 45th European base in October 2011 operating 26 summer routes and 18 routes this winter which will deliver 1.3 million passengers, operating from Terminal 3.

Ryanair spokesman Maria Macken said: "Ryanair is pleased to announce two new Manchester routes to Gdansk and Riga as we grow our winter Manchester schedule, sustaining over 1,300 'on-site' jobs.We are launching the service to Gdansk on the back of the success of our route to Warsaw, which has seen strong demand ".

Ryanair operates the Manchester-Dublin route three times daily.


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EC launches Phase II Investigation into proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus by Ryanair ©


The European Commission announced on 29th August it would immediately begin a in-depth phase II investigation into the proposed acquisition of Aer Lingus by Ryanair, which was notified to the EC on 24 July 2012.

In an statement the EC Commission stated  “Ryanair and Aer Lingus are the main operators out of Dublin airport. On a large number of European routes, mainly out of Ireland, the two airlines are each other's closest competitors and barriers to entry appear to be high.”

“Many of these routes are currently only served by the two airlines. The takeover could therefore lead to the elimination of actual and potential competition on a large number of these routes.”

A spokesman for Aer Lingus said: "The number of routes into and out of Ireland on which Aer Lingus and Ryanair compete has sharply increased since 2007. The reasons for prohibition are therefore even stronger than before."

Ryanair said in a statement "Ryanair's offer lapses, in accordance with takeover rules, with immediate effect, and all acceptances of the offer to date are void. Ryanair intends to re-bid for Aer Lingus if the European Commission clears its offer following its Phase II review".

The European Commission has 90 working days, until 16 January 2013, to take a decision on whether the proposed transaction would significantly impede effective competition in the European Economic Area (EEA).

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Thursday, 30 August 2012

Ryanair Announces new route and frequencies from Budapest Base ©


Ryanair announced that it is to launch a new route from Budapest to Frankfurt Hahn (25th route) operating four times weekly effective 12th November and is to increase frequencies to Eindhoven (4 to 7 weekly) and Lonon Stansted (14 to 21 weekly) (Origo 30th August). The negative side the routes to Lübeck and Memmingen will cease.

The airline launched a special promotional fare on routes from Budapest to Bergamo, Charleroi, Eindhoven and Gothenberg (Origo 30th August).

Ryanair has five aircraft Budapest based aircraft expects to carry 2 million passengers from the base this year sustaining 2,000 jobs . The airline is negotations with Budapest Airport to increase the base fleet to between five and eight aircraft for Summer 2013 (Origo 30th August).

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Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Lufthansa returns to Ireland West Knock in Summer 2013 ©

In a very positive development for Ireland West Knock Airport and the tourist industry Lufthansa is to resume the weekly Saturday Dusseldorf route next Summer commencing on 4th May 2013 using CRJ900s operated by Eurowings ,is now available for booking on the Lufthansa website.

According to the Lufthansa website DLH3468 departs Dusseldorf 1210 arriving Knock 1310 and DLH3469 departs Knock 1345 arriving Dusseldorf 1645.

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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Dublin Airport Gears up for Notre Dame & Navy Fans ©

Dublin Airport is ready to handle 15,000 US Visitors over the next four days ahead of the US Football game Notre Dame Vs Navy Emerald Isle Classic on 65 charter and scheduled flights, which takes place on Saturday 1st in the Aviva stadium kicking off at 1400 hours, marking the start of the American Football season, presented by The Gathering Ireland 2013.

The Aviva Stadium will host the 86th playing of the Navy Vs Notre Dame ,the two colleges last played their fixture in Ireland in 1996 when Notre Dame triumphed 54-27 in Croke Park.

Aer Lingus has added extra flights to it's schedule to cope with demand, Delta Airlines is operating an Airbus A330 charter . United Airlines have added an extra daily frequency on the Dublin-Newark route UAL66/7 arriving at 0915 UAL67 departing 1300 using a Boeing 757-200 effective 29th August to 6th September.
US Airways has increased capacity on the Philadelphia-Dublin route from Boeing 757-200s to Boeing 767-200s.

According to an Irish aviation Facebook page the following flights will operate:

Delta Airlines DAL8923 Airbus A330-200 from South Bend to arrive Thursday 30th August @ 0705 and Delta Airlines flight DAL91 New York JFK-Dublin upgraded from Boeing 767-300ER to Airbus A330-300.

Atlas Air GTI2048 Boeing 747-400 to arrive Thursday 30th August @ 0455 departs 1700 and returns on Saturday 1st September @ 1700 overnight and departs Sunday 2nd September.

Miami Air Boeing 737-800 YS657 arrives Thursday 30th August @ 1100 departs 1200 returns Sunday 2nd September @ 0930 departs 1100.

Two World Airways MD11s due Friday 31st August @ 1000 & 1100 departs Sunday 2nd September @ 1600 & 1700.

It is expected many more US visitors will make their way to Dublin through European and UK destinations over the next few days, event organizers are expecting over 30,000 US Visitors in all for the game, generating an estimated €60 million for the Irish economy.


Dublin Airport expects to handle 85,000 passengers the day after the  game ( 29th August) . The Irish Aviation Research Institute™ will be covering activity at Dublin Airport over the coming days post and pre the event.

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First Irish Coast Guard S-61N leaves the fleet ©

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CHC Helicopters Ireland Ltd/Irish Coast Guard Sikorsky S-61N EI-MES c/n 61776 departed Shannon Airport for the last time on the 25th July 2012 en route to Lee-on-Solent prior to being shipped back to the United States. This aircraft was registered EI-MES on 27 March 1997 ex LN-OQO, G-BXAE.

I had an opportunity to speak to the crew at Weston Aerodrome Open Day on 10th September 2011 said the Sikorsky S-61N fleet would be phased out on a gradual basis firstly commencing with the Shannon Base, followed by Sligo, Waterford and Dublin bases as the new Sikorsky S-92s are delivered.

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EI-ICA,EI-ICD,EI-ICR and EI-ICU have been allocated for Sikorsky S-92s to be delivered with the Sligo SAR Base to take delivery of the next Sikorsky S-92A next December.

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The new replacement helicopter EI-ICG Sikorsky S-92A C/N 92-0150 'Rescue 115' ex N150AL entered service at Shannon Airport on Saturday 31st June one day ahead of schedule ,after an extensive crew familiarisation training which took place since the helicopter was delivered  Lee-On-Solent to Shannon Airport on 29th January.


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Monday, 27 August 2012

CityJet official airline partner of Paralympics Ireland ©

On Monday 20th Feburary it was announced that Cityjet was named official airline partner of Paralympics Ireland, which will see the carrier providing flights for the Irish Paralympic team and management before, during and after the London 2012 Paralympic Games. The airline has applied Paralympics Ireland’s logo to EI-WXA British Aerospace Avro RJ-85.


The Cityjet CEO Christine Ourmières said "As an Irish airline, we’re proud to be able to carry the official Paralympic team to the Games. To show our pride and enthusiasm, we’ve dedicated one of our aircraft in their honour, and we hope that between now and the Games, all of our passengers will see, and join in support of the Irish team.” (Cityjet 20th February 2012).

Cityjet operates the Dublin to London City route six times daily.


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Ryanair drops Copenhagen Base plans ©


The Danish Travel website (22nd August) reported that Ryanair has handed back slots for 34 routes to Copenhagen Airport for 215 weekly flights from the 28th October which would have seen the airline base eight aircraft in CPH.  The news will no doubt be a relief to existing operators at CPH.

On the 1st November 2010 Copenhagen Airport opened a dedicated low cost pier named 'Go' enables airlines to carry complete 30 minute turnarounds with 90% self-service check-in facilities.

The airline had planned to serve two Irish routes from CPH to Dublin & Shannon airports ( 18th July).

The Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary on the annoucement of Q1 Results said " We continue to see significant opportunities to grow across Europe as many airports aggressively compete to attract Ryanair's traffic growth" (Ryanair 30th July 2012).

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Friday, 24 August 2012

Shannon Airport's US Pre-Clearance US facility ©

Shannon Airport is the first airport in the world, outside of the Americas, to offer Full US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) per-clearance facilities to airlines travelling to the USA. In 1986 the US opened the United States border pre-clearance facility at Shannon.

This facility enables airlines to land at any airport in the USA enabling passengers to pre-clear all formalities for US Immigration, Customs and Agriculture.

Shannon Airport is a well established technical stop for aircraft en-route to the USA accordingly the airport offers dedicated facilities for Business jet operators to pre-clear US CBP which opened on 1st March 2010.

Aer Lingus, British Airways on it's twice daily business flight London City to New York JFK route which stops in Shannon, Delta Airlines and United Airlines use US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) pre-clearance facilities at Shannon


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Dublin Airport's US Pre-Clearance facility ©

The United States Customs and Border Protection (US CBP) facility at Dublin Airport Terminal 2 opened in January 2011, is a purpose built facility that allows US bound passengers to undertake all immigration, customs and agriculture inspections at Dublin prior to departure.

Having cleared USCBP, passengers arriving in the US are treated as domestic arrivals, which allows for a faster processing through their arrival airport in the United States including the checking through of any baggage to the traveller's final destination.

Dublin Airport is one of the selected few airports outside North America which offer the CBP facility used by Aer Lingus, American Airlines,Delta Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines.


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Thursday, 23 August 2012

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Emirates Airlines Eyes Second Dublin flight ©

The Emirates Airlines CEO Tim Clark on a recent visit to Ireland stated the airline plans to add a second daily flight to Dublin within the next 18 months to 2 years subject to aircraft availability (Irish Times 22nd August).

The airline commenced the Dublin route on 9th January using an Airbus A330-200 and upgraded the aircraft to a Boeing 777-300ER effective 1st May due to strong demand on the route, carrying 120,000 passengers on the route to date.

Emirates Airline operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2 UAE161 arrives 1215 UAE162 departs 1350.


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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Irish Aircraft Maintenance National Skills Competition 2012

Courtesy of DIT Aviation  
The Dublin Institute of Technology along with Ireland Skills is running the Aircraft Maintenance National Skills Competition as part of the 2012 National Skills Competition.

The winner of this competition and the 2013 competition will be eligible for selection as a competitor representing Ireland at the 42nd World Skills Competition which will be held in Leipzig, Germany, July 2013.

Dublin Institute of Technology will host this years Aircraft Maintenance National Skills competition in our facility in Aviation Technology Center, Dublin Airport Business Park.

Directions to Aviation Technology Center, Dublin Airport Business Park.

The competition will run for 3 days from the 11th to 13th September 2012.

The following competitors have been selected to compete in this year’s competition:

1. Colin Burke (TransAero Engineering Ireland)
2. Joe Kelly (TransAero Engineering Ireland)
3. Stephen Mc Grath (TransAero Engineering Ireland)
4. Laura Callaghan (Aer Arann)
5. Michael Keane (Aer Arann)
6. Daniel O Riordain (CityJet)

Over the 3 day competition the competitors will have to complete 6 different modules:

Module 1: Aileron Rigging
Module 2: Sheet Metal Work
Module 3: Borescope Inspection
Module 4: Daily Inspection
Module 5: Propeller Removal, Inspection and Installation
Module 6: Electrical.

All visitors are welcome to attend and view the competitors in action.

Issued by the Irish Aviation Research Institute™ 22nd August 2012 on behalf of DIT Aviation.

Irish Aviation Research Institute Statement on-going Aer Lingus take-over speculation ©

Dublin/Ireland 22nd August 2012: Irish Aviation Research Institute Statement on-going Aer Lingus take-over speculation: 

The Irish Aviation Research Institute is monitoring on-going developments regarding Aer Lingus take-over speculation reported in the media. However at this stage I will be offering no analysis/comment until the final outcome on the future ownership of Aer Lingus is reached in due course.

A detailed analysis of Ryanair's third bid for Aer Lingus is available in Irish Aviation Publications Flying In Ireland August 2012 and Irish Air Letter July 2012 magazines.


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Ryanair boost for Kerry tourism ©

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 

Ryanair yesterday announced it is to increase the frequency on the Kerry to London Stansted route from three times weekly to a daily service effective 7th November giving a boost to toursim in the Kerry Region with an additional 1,512 weekly seats on the route.

The airline currently operates a daily return flight between Kerry and London Luton said it will now offer passengers in the south west a choice of two daily services to the London area.

Ryanair’s sales & marketing manager, UK, Ireland and Cyprus, Maria Macken stated "This is great news for tourism in the south west as Londoners, keen to snap up good value hotel and golf breaks in the region, now have even more options when travelling to Kerry".

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Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Ryanair's Learjet 45 visits Dublin Airport ©


Ryanair has acquired a Learjet 45 c/n 45-368 ex VP-BSF which was delivered on 26th January 2012. The aircraft is registered in the Isle of Man to Aviation Leasing (IOM) and based in London Stansted is operated under the call-sign "Ryanair 01".

Ryanair use the aircraft as a cost-effective tool for AOG support & crew positioning as and when required across it's European route network, thus enabling the airline to recovery it's schedule. The aircraft first visited Dublin Airport on 22nd June and has since made subsequent visits. Their has been no reports of the aircraft visiting other Irish Airports to date served by Ryanair.

June: 22nd

July: 9/10/20th July

August: 4/19th August.

Source: Dublin Airport Movements Blog


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Monday, 20 August 2012

Iberia Express Carries 1 million passengers ©


Iberia Express (I2/IBS) the new low-cost unit of International Consolidated Airlines based in Madrid to provide lower cost  feed to Iberia Airlines route network, has already acheived a 30% reduction in unit cost improvement and is profitable.

On 13th August announced it carried 1 million passengers on over 7,000 flights  five months after commencing operations on 26th March 2012.

The airline operates 17 routes from it's Madrid Hub including 12 domestic routes and 5 international routes operating 11 Airbus A320s in a 177 seat layout configuration with 500 staff, ranks in top five carriers at Madrid in terms of passenger volume. The airline plans to increase the fleet to 40 units by 2015.

The Iberia Express CEO Luis Gallego stated "Dublin is the first of six European destinations that Iberia Express has in its summer programme".

Iberia Express operates the Dublin route 8 times weekly at present using Terminal 1, and will reduce frequency to five times weekly in September & October, after which the operation is expected to revert back to Air Nostrum/Iberia Regional for the winter schedule.

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Shannon Airport to become a Boeing 787 MRO Hub? ©

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Their is a real prospect that Shannon Airport could become a future Boeing 787 MRO Hub as Shannon Aerospace has identified the type to be added to it's product line at a later date.

Across the runway Transaero Airlines is considering it's options with Boeing for the maintenance of four Boeing 787s on order, which are to be delivered from 2014 with the existing Transaero Engineering Ireland Ltd facility one option to maintain the fleet with the opportunity for third party work (Irish Times 30th April 2012).

The development of Boeing 787 MRO capability in Ireland is line with the government strategy of moving up the supply chain with higher value activities and to develop Shannon Airport as an aviation center of excellence.

The Boeing company has 859 firm order for the Boeing 787 from 59 customers with 16 aircraft delivered to date in an increasingly competitive and high fuel cost envrionment the Boeing 787 will become a competitive advantage with 20% lower fuel costs and 25-30% lower trip costs.


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Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary welcomes Wizzair into press conference! ©

On 25th July Ryanair held a Warsaw Modlin Airport press conference to celebrate it's first week of operations at the new airport announcing it carried 12,000 passengers on eight routes on more than 70 flights. To celebrate the airline announced a seat sale from Warsaw Modlin with lead in fares 50% cheaper than it's rival Wizzair.

At the press conference it's rival Wizzair sent a representative to present the Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary a free ticket on any of it's 20 routes from Warsaw Modlin as part of it's Pink Day promotion as the press conference was underway.

As usual the Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary never let's a good PR opportunity pass him by turning the Wizzair rep's presence to his advantage as can been seen on the video!!!.

Ryanair operate Dublin to Warsaw Modlin three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday increasing to five times weekly from September and to daily frequency effective 28th October.


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Saturday, 18 August 2012

Irish Aviation Research Institute nominated for Grafton Media Blog Awards Ireland 2012 ©

It is a week since the nominations where announced for Bloggers in the Grafton Media Blog Awards Ireland 2012 in a quiet broad and extensive list of 28 categories to be held in the Osprey Hotel Naas Co Kildare on Saturday 13th October.

I am extremely grateful to everyone who took the time out to vote for my blog in the last few weeks since the nominations opened and the Blog Awards Ireland 2012 Team for all their excellent work and the sponsors. 

I have to say my nominations exceeded my expectations with the blog nominated in five categories:      

My Biography: 

I started blogging three years ago initially using Wordpress after attending the National College of Ireland Career Boot Camp which was heavily focused on the growing role of social media. 

In July 2011 as a member of Junior Chamber International (JCI) Fingal I attended the monthly JCI Fingal training session on the topic Linkedin and in college I was studying Starting Your Own Business/Creating a Winning Business Model Module in All Hallows College as part of my on-going degree studies little did I know where it would take me....

The fusion of the starting your own business/creating a winning business model in college and the JCI Fingal Training session lead to the creation of the Irish Aviation Research Institute blog it's simple goal to be the leading online source of commercial aviation news in Ireland. 

I wanted to leverage my extensive knowledge of the aviation industry with new skills was I developing in Social media platforms and in my degree studies in All Hallows College.

I was persuaded to dispense with the blog I created on Wordpress with the launch of the new Irish Aviation Research Institute blog was a fresh start with a new focus, and in tandem my Twitter page was re-branded as @IrishAero shortly after the launch of the Irish Aviation Research Institute blog to grow the brand the Irish Aviation Research Institute. 

Kind Regards,

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

British Airways Doubles Dublin London Heathrow frequency ©


British Airways resumed operations on the London Heathrow-Dublin route after an absence of 21 years on the 26th June 2012 following the acquistion of BMI Airlines by the International Airlines Group (IAG) has announced that it is double frequency on the route from four to eight daily flights including a new early morning 0625 departure from Dublin Airport appealing to business and leisure passengers with the introduction of the new winter schedule effective 28th October.                                                   

British Airways will basing an Airbus A319 in Dublin with the introduction of the winter schedule and expects to carry 600,000 passengers on the London Heathrow-Dublin route with routes to Cape Town, Hong Kong and US very popular for flight connections (Irish Times 16th August).

The London Heathrow route is one of the busiest in Europe 3.7 million annually this winter will see a total of 20 daily flights between Aer Lingus and British Airways and British Airways will continue to code-share and interline with Aer Lingus but will compete for point to point traffic on the route.

British Airways Airbus A319 
The airline will be using Airbus A319s on the London Heathrow-Dublin route in a two class configuration Club Europe & Economy with complimentary food and drinks on-board. It's all inclusive fares which include a generous 23kg baggage allowance, free online check-in & seat selection 24 hours prior to departure.

The British Airways Sales Manager Ireland Simon Daly stated "I am delighted to see the British Airways colours back in Dublin after an absence of 20 years. We appreciate the importance of air links to London and are pleased to announce that less than two months after taking over this route, we are now able to respond to customer demand and increase capacity".

British Airways makes a significant contribution to the economy through daily overflights generating en-route Air Traffic Control charges for the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and BMI Airlines being integrated into British Airways has a contract with Shannon Aerospace (SAL) for Heavy Base Maintenance Checks on it's fleet of 25 Airbus A320 Family aircraft up to January 2014.  In April an British Airways Airbus A319 visited Dublin Aerospace for a maintenance check.

British Airways operates London Heathrow to Belfast City Airport seven times daily and the British Airways Airbus A318 London City to New York JFK route flights operate Westbound via Shannon Airport  to use the US Cusoms & Border Protection (CBP) facility.


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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Turkish Airlines Launches dedicated Irish Social Media platforms ©

Picture: Turkish Airlines Airbus A320 departing from Dublin 

THY Turkish Airlines whom operate a daily Istanbul-Dublin service enabling global connections through it's Istanbul Hub using a mix of Airbus and Boeing aircraft which can vary according to demand have launched two new specific Facebook & Twitter Irish pages to grow brand awareness in the market.

THY Turkish Airlines  has been operating the Dublin route since the 11th April 2006 and is the fourth largest carrier in Europe carrying over 32 million passengers annually with a fleet of 186 aircraft with a further 41 on order operating to 246 destinations (including subsidaries) and is a member of the Star Alliance. The airline will be adding new routes to the network this year Kinshasa, Male, Sarm El Sheikh and Sabha.

Turkish Airlines Ireland Facebook page

Turkish Airlines Ireland Twitter page



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First Transaero Airlines aircraft arrives for heavy maintenance in Shannon ©

EI-CXR Boeing 737-329 Transaero Airlines TSO9431 arrived in Shannon Airport on the evening of Monday 13th August for the first heavy maintenance check to be carried out by Transaero Engineering Ireland Ltd on behalf of it's parent company following the acquisition of Air Atlanta Aero Engineering Ltd in April, the aircraft is no stranger to Irish skies previously operated by Sabena Airlines.

This aircraft had previously visited Shannon for maintenance with Air Atlanta Aero Engineering from 1st to 12th May 2005 (Malcom Nason).

Transaero Engineering Ireland Ltd employs 241 staff including 16 apprentices hired this year with plans to hire 100 staff over the next 12 months performing MRO services on Boeing 737, 757 & 767 aircraft for aircraft leasing companies, airlines, cargo, corporate operators . It holds approvals from various airworthiness authorities including Bermuda, Chad , Canada, Cayman, EASA, FAA  Nigeria and UAE.

A number of Transaero Engineering Ireland’s staff are currently undergoing EASA 147 training on the Boeing 747 & Boeing 777 aircraft for line/project maintenance work to enhance the product range. The company currently has vacanies on it's website for B1 & B2 Licensed Aircraft Engineers for Boeing 747-300/400, Boeing 767, Boeing 777 aircraft and Unlicensed Mechanics.

Transaero Airlines operates a fleet of 92 Aircraft comprising of Boeing 737s, 747s, 767s, 777s with 8 Airbus A320Neo & 4 Airbus A380s and 4 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners on order.

Follow Transaero Engineering Ireland : @TransaeroIrl


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Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Aer Lingus weclomes home Team Ireland ©

Picture Courtesy of Eoin Curran/@Coolyourjets 

Aer Lingus as dual sponsor and official airline of Ireland's Olympic Team flew home Team Ireland from London Heathrow yesterday afternoon (Monday 13th August) on EIN159 operated by EI-CPG Airbus A321-211 touching down at Dublin Airport 1354 local slightly behind schedule after a very successful two weeks at London 2012.

As 'Shamrock 159' was passed from each Dublin ATC Sector as it began it's descent into Dublin Airport
the Air Traffic Controllers (ATC) controllers passed on their congratulations to Team Ireland. On vacating runway 28 the aircraft was meet by Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) airport police & fire service escort to it's parking stand on Terminal 2.

The athletes including medal winners Katie Taylor, John Joe Nevin, Paddy Barnes, Michael Conlon and Cian O'Connor were greeted at the aircraft door by the Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Muller before being greeted by dignitaries before proceeding to a temporary press centre in Terminal 2 where they meet families and friends for a reception ahead of an official press briefing chaired by Siobhan Moore of the Dublin Airport Authority.

The Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller stated  "We are incredibly proud to welcome the Irish Olympic Team on board the special Aer Lingus homecoming flight. On behalf of all the staff at Aer Lingus, I would like to take this opportunity to offer our congratulations to Team Ireland on their success in the London Olympic Games"

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Monday, 13 August 2012

WindJet aircraft flown to Dublin Airport ©

Windjet aircraft at Dublin picture courtesy of Paul Doyle 

On 25th January 2012 Alitalia announced it signed an Memorandum Of Understanding (MOU) to merge with Blue Panorama and Wind Jet citing each carrier has complementary markets, networks and products in line with growing airline airline industry consolidation. Alitalia received regulatory approval to take-over Windjet on 24th July.

However at Midnight Saturday 10th August the Catania based carrier WindJet halted operations after merger talks with Alitalia failed, subsequently four WindJet A320 Family aircraft arrived in Dublin Airport overnight  to be joined by a single A320 in the early hours on 15th August. According to media reports up to 300,000 passengers could be effected by the sudden halting of operations. The Italian Economic Minister has urged both airlines to resume talks in Rome to clich a last minute deal.

On Twitter it was reported Windjet customers where holding signs at Rome Fiumicino "Help US" and  "We want to go home". A number of airlines have offered rescue fares to faciliate Windjet passengers including Alitalia,Blue Panorama, Easyjet ,Livingston, Meridiana and Neos.

Windjet aircraft at Dublin picture courtesy of Paul Doyle 
WindJet was founded in 2003 based in Catania with operational bases in Palmero and Rimini operating charter and scheduled services with fleet of 12 A320 Family aircraft with 500 employees.

EI-CUM Airbus A320-232 c/n 542 Windjet ferried Malta-Dublin 15/08/12 returned to lessor

EI-DVU Airbus A319-113 c/n 660  WindJet  'JET9005' ferried Palmero-Dublin 11/12/12 returned to lessor.

EI-ECY Airbus A319-132 c/n 2723 WindJet 'JET9002'  ferried Palmero-Dublin 11/12/12 returned to lessor.

EI-ELG Airbus A320-232 c/n 877 WindJet 'JET9003' ferried Rimini-Dublin 11/12/12 returned to lessor.

EI-ESG Airbus A319-132 c/n 2797 WindJet 'JET9004' ferried Verona-Dublin 12/12/12 returned to lessor.

References : & Skyliner Aviation

Wind Jet "Fly Dreaming "

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Saturday, 11 August 2012

Air Canada to launch LCC in 2013 ©

C-GHPD departing off Runway 10 Friday 11th August 
Air Canada has announced that it's developing plans to launch a new LCC (Low-cost carrier) carrier in 2013 focusing on leisure markets with a fleet comprising of 30 Airbus A319s and 20 Boeing 767-300ER's which will be transfered from it's mainline operation when leases are to due expire in the next 24-36 months after the airline reached new labour agreements. The new LCC subsidary will operate routes to Caribbean, Florida ,Las Vegas and a number of European routes.

The Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu stated "The launch of an Air Canada low-cost carrier represents pure growth in flying for our pilots and for the Air Canada family, the low-cost carrier] would allow Air Canada to maintain or grow its presence in these low-cost markets where we are no longer able to compete effectively against new entrants, return to markets we’ve had to abandon, and also enter new markets where we simply can’t compete" (Financial Post 8th August).

C-GHPD Boeing 767-300ER 
The Center for Pacific Aviation 10th August stated the airline off-setted reductions in the Canada-UK market in Q2 by strengthening frequencies on a number of routes including the Toronto-Dublin route which increased from six times weekly in 2011 to daily this year.

Air Canada operates a seasonal Toronto-Dublin route having re-commenced on the 8th of May operating daily using Boeing 767-300ER's using Terminal 1 ACA894 arrives in Dublin at 0915 ACA895 departs at 1045 arriving into Toronto at 1305. On the 23rd May it was announced the route operation has been extended to 14th October operating daily to October 2nd then four times weekly (ITTN 13th August).

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Thursday, 9 August 2012

OLT Express Poland A320s @ Dublin Airport ©

Picture courtesy of Paul Doyle 
On the 27th July on a statement on it's website OLT Express Poland  ( announced it couldn't get past recent difficulties to find a strategic investor. The airline employed 800 staff carrying 320,000 passengers with a fleet of 15 Airbus A320 Family & ATR42/72 Aircraft since it launched operations capturing 76% of the Polish domestic market (OLT Express 27th July).

OLT Express has been in operation since 2001 under the Jet Air brand name and evolved into three business units OLT Germany, OLT Express, OLT Express Regional following the intergation of Cirrus Airlines, Jet Air and Yes Airways (Centre for Pacific Aviation). It's German subsidiary OLT Germany
OLT Germany has been acquired by Dutch aviation investor Panta Holdings whom also own Denim Air.

In April 2012 the airline entered the Polish scheduled market launching 10 domestic routes from it's Warsaw Chopin base and announced plans to launch 50  new international routes from mutiple hubs Bydgoszcz, Gdansk, Lodz and Rzeszów (Airline Route April).

On the 25th April the airline announced plans to establish it's fifth base in Bydgoszcz starting 29th October including a new route to Cork operating twice weekly (Airline Route 25th April).

SP-IAA    Airbus A320-214 c/n 533 OLT Express Poland   YAP715P arr 0155 31/07/12 parked on Runway 11/29.

SP-IAB    Airbus A320-214 c/n 566 OLT Express Poland   YAP990P arr 0216 31/07/12 parked on Runway 11/29.

SP-IAC    Airbus A320-214 c/n 973  OLT Express Poland   YAP232P arr 1523 31/07/12 parked on Runway 11/29 Re-Registered EI-EYH 10/08/12.

SP-IAE Airbus A320-214 c/n 1454  OLT Express Poland   YAP555P arr 0555 01/08/12  parked outside Hangar 4 Re-Registered EI-EPX 09/08/12

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Wednesday, 8 August 2012

100th day of 777 operations on Emirates Dublin route ©

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Today marks the 100th day of Boeing 777-300ER operations on the Emirates Airlines Dubai to Dublin route, so far 36 different aircraft have been used on the route including newly delivered aircraft as the airline continues to grow it's global route network. Emirates Airlines is the largest global operator of the Boeing 777 aircraft.

The Dublin route launch has been one of the most successful in the history of the airline with load factors in excess of 90% lead to the annoucement to upgrade to route a Boeing 777-300ER effective 1st July just three weeks after commencing the route on  9th January with a 52% increase in capacity, however such was the strong demand on the route the carrier accelerated the introduction of the Boeing 777-300ER on the route from the 1st  July to 1st May.

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The Emirates Airlines VP Commerical Operations Europe & Russian Federation Salem Obaidall stated "Dublin is exceeding our expectations much faster than was predicted and we need more seats to satisfy demand, a bigger aircraft means more good news for the Irish economy. We can bring extra visitors to the country and carry additional cargo" (Emirates Airlines PR 30th January).

On Saturday 5th May saw Boeing's 1000th Boeing 777 A6-EGO visit Dublin operating Emirates Airlines Dubai - Dublin service (EK161/162) just five days after the service was upgraded from Airbus A330-200  to Boeing 777-300. The aircraft was first flown on 6th March 2012 and delivered to the Dubai based airline on 20th March 2012 construction number 35598/1000, the aircraft is decorated with large "1000th 777" titles (Elevationair)

A Dedicated Emirates Ailines Dublin Boeing 777 Facebook page monitors aircraft used on the route on daily basis with strong interest from the public seeing the Boeing 777 in Dublin.  A special thanks goes to Paul Bannon for providing the list below.


A6-EBC 1st May-1st Visit
A6-ECN 2nd May-1st Visit
A6-EGJ 3rd May-1st Visit
A6-EGD 4th May-1st Visit
A6-EGO 5th May -1st Visit new aircraft "1000th 777" titles
A6-EBN 6th May-1st visit
A6-ECK 7th May-1st visit
A6-EBN 8th May-2nd visit previous on 6th May
A6-EGP 9th May-1st Visit new aircraft
A6-EGM 10th May-1st visit
A6-EBM 11th May-1st visit
A6-EGO 12th May-2nd visit previous on 5th May
A6-EGP 13th May-2nd visit
A6-EGP 14th May-3rd visit previous on 9/13
A6-EGD 15th May-2nd Visit previous on 4th May
A6-EBJ 16th May-1st visit
A6-EGG 17th May-1st visit
A6-EGO 18th May-3rd visit previous on 5/12
A6-EGQ 19th May-1st visit
A6-EBM 20th May-2nd visit
A6-EGM 21st May-2nd visit
A6-EGQ 22nd May- 2nd visit previous 19th
A6-EBI 23rd May-1st visit
A6-EGM 24th May-3rd visit previous on 10/20th
A6-EBW 25th May-1st visit
A6-EBN 26th May-3rd visit
A6-EGO 27th May-4th visit
A6-EGO 28th May-5th visit previous on 5/12/18/27th
A6-EBG 29th May-1st visit
A6-EGG 30h May-2nd visit previous on 17th
A6-EGP 31st May-4th visit previous on 9/13/14th


A6-ECL 1st June-1st visit
A6-ECW 2nd June-1st visit
A6-EGQ 3rd June-3rd Visit 3rd visit previous on 19/22nd May
A6-ECR 4th June-1st visit
A6-EBL 5th June-1st visit
A6-EGM 6th June-4th visit
A6-EGO 7th June-6th visit
A6-EGM 8th June-5th visit
A6-EGP 9th June-5th visit
A6-ECO 10th June-1st visit
A6-EGA 11th June-1st visit
A6-EGD 12th June-2nd visit
A6-EGP 13th June-6th visit
A6-EGJ 14th June-1st visit
A6-ECT 15th June-1st visit
A6-EGJ 16th June-2nd visit
A6-EGD 17th June-3rd visit
A6-EGK 18th June-1st Visit
A6-EBM 19th June-3rd visit
A6-ECW 20th June-3rd visit
A6-EGJ 21st June-3rd visit
A6-EBD 22nd June-1st visit
A6-EBA 23rd June-1st visit
A6-EGM 24th June-6th visit
A6-EBZ 25th June-1st visit
A6-EBL 26th June-2nd visit
A6-EGQ 27th June-4th visit
A6-EGR 28th June-1st visit
A6-ECW 29th June-4th visit
A6-EBG 30th June-2nd visit


A6-EGD 1st July-4th Visit
A6-EGT 2nd July-1st Visit (New aircraft)
A6-EGK 3rd July-1st Visit
A6-EGN 4th July-1st Visit
A6-EGO 5th July-7th Visit
A6-EGJ 6th July-4th Visit
A6-EBD 7th July-2nd Visit
A6-EGT 8th July-1st Visit
A6-EBB 9th July-1st Visit
A6-EBM 10th July-4th Visit
A6-EBB 11th July-2nd Visit
A6-EGD 12th July-5th Visit
A6-EGL 13th July-1st Visit
A6-EBE 14th July-1st Visit
A6-EBJ 15th July-2nd Visit
A6-EGF 16th July-1st Visit
A6-EBM 17th July-5th Visit
A6-EGT 18th July-3rd Visit
A6-EBG 19th July-3rd Visit
A6-EGN 20th July-2nd Visit
A6-EBE 21st July-2nd Visit
A6-EGJ 22nd July-5th Visit
A6-EGD 23rd July-7th Visit
A6-EBM 24th July-6th Visit
A6-EBS 25th July-1st Visit
A6-EGU 26th July-1st Visit
A6-EGW 27th July-2nd Visit
A6-EGK 28th July-2nd Visit
A6-EGL 29th July-2nd Visit
A6-EGQ 30th July-5th Visit
A6-EBE 31st July-4th Visit


A6-EGP 1st August-7th Visit
A6-EGR-2nd August-2nd Visit
A6-EGJ 3rd August-6th Visit
A6-EBI 4th August-2nd Visit - Pervious 23rd May
A6-EGQ 5th August-6th Visit
A6-EGP 6th August-7th Visit
A6-EGG 7th August-3rd Visit

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Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Irish Airlines Report July Traffic ©

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Aer Lingus announced it carried 1.109 million passengers in July up 2.1% with the airline carrying 99,000 long-haul passengers up 2% with a load factor 89.9% up 1.5% on flat capacity and on short-haul it carried 905,000 short-haul passengers down 2% with a load factor 85.1% up 2.4% on 2% reduction in capacity.

Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was higher on short-haul routes (85.1% v 80.6%) and the same on North Atlantic routes (89.9% v. 89.9%)

The Aer Lingus Regional franchise operation carried 105,000 passengers up 40% and as usual figures exclude traffic carried on the United Airlines Joint-Venture Washington Dulles to Madrid route. The Joint-Venture is to be terminate from 28th of October after United Airlines exercised it's right to terminate with 90 days notice.

Picture: Irish Aviation Research Institute/@IrishAero
Ryanair announced that it carried a record 8.72 million passengers in July up 8% with a load factor 88% down 1% and year to date carried 77.72 million passengers selling more seats in a single month than it even did before demonstrating the strength of it's low-cost business model.

Ryanair announced 2nd of August from November it would base a second Boeing 737-800 at Cork Airport launching five new routes to CEE: Gdansk, Krakow, Warsaw,Vilnius, Wroclaw as the airline takes delivery of 11 Boeing 737-800s in Q3/4 completing its Boeing aircraft order.

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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Aer Lingus thriving on the Atlantic ©

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Aer Lingus is thriving on the Atlantic in June it carried 99,000 passengers in the long-haul segment up 12.5% and in the six months end 30th June passenger numbers rose 11% to 433,000 passengers with a load factor of 77.5% up 5% it's yield was up 9% to €332.87 in a very challenging market conditions a testimony to the strength of it's business model.

The airline has mutiple partnerships with Aer Lingus Regional, JetBlue Airways and United Airlines with new partner Eithad Airways to begin code-share and interline on routes to Boston and New York effective 15th September, and leverages traffic flows from it's short-haul network announcing 6th of June new flight connections to Boston and New York JFK via Dublin from Berlin, Faro, Stockholm, Venice effective 28th October.

For the winter scheduled the carrier is operating Dublin-New York JFK double daily and Orlando three times weekly and Shannon to New York JFK four times weekly. The Dublin-Boston route will be reduced from 11 times weekly to a daily service in line with its 'Demand-Lead' Strategy.

The airline countinues to enhance it's long-haul product switching to the JetBlue Airways Terminal in New York JFK in early 2013 enabling 40 minute flight-connections, the code-share agreement with United Airlines is being expanded to offer new city pairs, and begins to install Wi-Fi on it's Airbus A330 fleet from end year and is to open a new business lounge in Boston.

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Friday, 3 August 2012

Irish Aviation Leadership Group (IALG) Established ©


The Irish Aviation Leadership Group (IALG) is a network of global Irish aviation leaders. This group has been established to support the development of the Irish Aviation industry fostering links between Ireland and global aviation industry in the areas of Innovation, Investment, Education & Entrepreneurship.

You can support the development of the IALG by making your Aviation contacts aware of the group what ever part of the world they reside or work in.As we take our formative steps, more information will be made available over the coming weeks.

Thank you again for your support.
Brian Stapleton

For Information: Irish Aviation Leadership Group (IALG)

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Ryanair Expands Cork Base ©

Ryanair has announced it is permanently basing two Boeing 737-800s at Cork Airport from the 7th of November launching five new routes to Gdansk, Krakow, Wroclaw, Warsaw Modlin and Vilnius which sees the carrier competing against Wizzair on all the routes with fares 50% lower.

The Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley stated "Our Cork winter schedule 2012 now grows to two based aircraft and 10 routes which will deliver over 850,000 passengers per annum at Cork airport, sustaining over 800 on-site jobs ".

The Fine Gael Cork TD Jerry Buttimer welcomed the announcement stating "News that Ryanair is to establish five new routes from Cork, travelling to Gdansk, Wroclaw, Krakow, Warsaw and Vilnius is great news for the people of Cork, tourism in the area and for the future development of Cork Airport, this move by Ryanair, further builds the case for Cork Airport to develop its own business plan, separate to that of Dublin, the restructuring of the State’s airports back in May brought increased autonomy for Cork Airport one step closer ".

The Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley speaking to Jonathan Healy on Lunchtime show Newstalk 106-108FM stated their was a a lot of demand from it's Polish airport partners to add the routes and it would stimulate the market with fares from €6.99/€9.99 ,and indicated it would put on more capacity if the demand is there, also the Cork Base was very succesful over the summer, traditionally the carrier had taken the second aircraft out of the base from the autumn with potential for future growth.

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Wednesday, 1 August 2012

Aer Lingus Robust Performance ©


Aer Lingus announced a 83.6% reduction in its half year operating losses to €4.4 million this year compared to €26.8 million in 2011 in the seasonally weak period of travel demand before an number of exceptional items.

The Aer Lingus Christoph Muller stated “Aer Lingus has produced a good trading performance in the seasonally weak first half of 2012. The Group’s operating loss of €4.4 million represents a significant improvement over prior year. These results clearly demonstrate that our strategy of building a learner more efficient Aer Lingus is working”.

The airline carried 4.511 million passengers up 3.4% with a load factor of 73.6% up 2.6% with average yields up 6.3% with a strong performance of its long-haul business in Q2 in terms of passenger volume up 11% and yield up 10.5% and its ancillary revenue continues to grow up 9% to €84.5 million as the airline enhances it’s fare offering and ‘Sky-Deli’ on-board retailing.

The Aer Lingus Regional Franchise operation is performing in line with expectations with passenger numbers increasing by 31.1% to 447,000.

However like all carriers the airline is not immune from the high-cost fuel environment directly impacting operating costs which increased by 5.8% with fuel costs up 29.6% and airport costs increased by 8.3% due to a price increases at London Heathrow and higher passenger volume at Dublin Airport.

Central to its commerical strategy is ‘Connecting Ireland with the world’ via connectivity, partnerships and alliances. To develop existing and new partnerships the carrier plans to further development of  IT ‘Open network architecture'. On the the 30th of July it announced a new commercial agreement with Etihad Airways to code-share and interline thus expanding its global reach.

Their could be potential further opportunities at London Heathrow to establish new partnerships following the British Airways (IAG) take-over of Star Alliance carrier BMI.

On the fleet side the carrier introduced two Airbus A319s Beflast Based to the fleet to replace two leased A320s returned to lessors. The airline stated their introduction would provide opportunities for capacity/yield management thus driving on-going operational costs efficiencies. The carrier has taken a provision to re-structure its A330 Shannon maintenance operation and separately it plans to begin installation of Wi-Fi on the A330 fleet from year end.  

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Ryanair returns to Tenerife North Airport ©


Ryanair has announced that it is to return to Tenerife North Airport after a gap of five years launching two new routes to Barcelona operating four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays and Madrid daily from the 7th of November.

The airline plans to carry 300,000 passengers on the route in the first year of operation creating 300 direct jobs (Europa Press 31st July).

The airline perviously transfered routes from Tenerife North to Tenerife South in October 2007 citing requests from customers to access the southern part of the island where the popular tourist resorts are located.

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