Friday, 28 September 2012

Unusual routing of Private Boeing 777 over Ireland ©

On Wednesday a privately owned VP-CAL Boeing 777-200LR , having taken off from Basel in Switzerland flew over England, over to Norway, across to the Faeroe Islands, back across Scotland, down over Ireland, did a number of circles over Wexford (to get a good view of National Ploughing Championships?), then headed down over the Bay of Biscay and across France to land again back in Basel. It cruised at 39,000 feet (FL390).

                                            Image: Paddy Kilduff 

The track can be viewed on : Select Playback : 2012-09-26 at 15:00 : Filter : Aircraft : B77L : Add Filter : Then if you click in the aircraft icon over Wexford the full track will be displayed on your screen (you can move the map or zoom out)


The aircraft generated a discussion on the Irish Aviation Spotters Yahoo Group given it's unusual routing and timing with west bound traffic flows into the North Atlantic Oceanic Airspace. The aircraft first flew on 23rd August 2010 and was ferried Paine Field to Basel 4th November 2010.

Credit to Irish Aviation Spotters Yahoo List, Mark Willis, Paddy Kilduff XEI Newsletter.

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Ryanair begins final Boeing 737-800 deliveries ©

Ryanair has begun the final phase of its aircraft delivery programme as the first four out of eleven outstanding Boeing 737-800s on order have been delivered, with remaining deliveries to completed by the end of March 2013 bringing it's fleet to 305 aircraft. Ryanair took delivery of it's first Boeing 737-800 on 23rd March 1999.

The airline is the world's largest Boeing 737-800 operator with 297 in service (70 options outstanding) with an average age of 3.8 years, operating from 51 bases across Europe. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has indicated the carrier could purchase between 100 and 400 new aircraft for expansion and fleet replacement, given their fleet size they have the economies of scale to operate a dual fleet.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary in a recent Flightglobal interview said 'We are in ongoing discussions with Boeing and as soon as we can reach an agreement on price we'll place an order. It could be the -800 or the Max, whichever they discount the most - we'd buy a dog if it was cheap enough we'd like to place an order, but only when the price is right'  (4th September).

EI-EVR Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40295 First Flight Monday 20th August 'Boeing 651' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 18/09 RYR800R entered service 20/09 Dublin-Beauvais-Dublin RYR7YM/5LP.

EI-EVS Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40313 First Flight Monday 27th August 'Boeing 652' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 17/09 RYR800S entered service 19/09 Dublin-Bydgoszcz-Dublin RYR6AT/6GQ.

EI-EVT Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40315 First Flight Tuesday 4th September 'Boeing 653' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 17/09 RYR800T entered service 19/09 Dublin-Birmingham-Dublin RYR3NX.

EI-EVV Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40314 First Flight Wednesday 12th September 'Boeing 654' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 25/09/12 RYR800V entered 27/09 Dublin-Riga-Dublin RYR19GH/5FY.


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Thursday, 27 September 2012

Easyjet Adds Extra Belfast-London Gatwick flight ©

Image: Easyjet Corporate 

Easyjet is to increase its flights between Belfast International Airport and London Gatwick in response to high demand from 20th December with an additional sector added to the scheduled increasing to five daily flights.

The new sector will depart Belfast International 1015 and London Gatwick 1205.

EasyJet launched its Belfast International to London Gatwick service in February 2003 and has flown 3.3 million passengers on the route. The additional frequency will add an estimated 80,000 passengers per year, taking the total to 400,000.

EasyJet also flies to London Luton, London Stansted and London Southend from Belfast International and recently celebrated hitting the milestone of 20,000 passengers flying on its London routes each week.

Easyjet Commerical Manager Ali Gayward said "London Gatwick is performing really well for us. We operate the first flight out of Belfast in the morning and the last flight home. Our aim has always been to make travel easy and affordable and we’re delighted to be able to show further commitment to Northern Ireland by adding the extra service.

“We now operate flights to 4 London airports, offering our passengers the best access to London from Belfast. Also, our one-way fares mean that you can fly to one London airport and return from another – which gives you further choice in flight times, price and location.

“We launched our Belfast International to London Southend operation in April and the speed of this route including: getting off the aircraft, exiting the terminal, a 2-minute walk to the train station and a direct service to London Liverpool Street in under 55 minutes – is proving a huge success with our business passengers. Already 50,000 passengers have flown to this London airport with us.”

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Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Norwegian Air Shuttle Dublin Winter 2012 Schedule ©

Image: Norwegian Air Shuttle 

This winter schedule Norwegian Air Shuttle will operate twice weekly from Copenhagen & Oslo Gardermoen to Dublin using Boeing 737-300s and Boeing 737-800s. At the APEX Awards Ceremony Norwegian Air Shuttle (NAS) was honored with the APEX Passenger Choice Award for "Best Inflight Connectivity & Communications".

Norwegian Air Shuttle selected Row 44 as its in flight broadband provider in 2009, and now offers both inflight WiFi and device-based entertainment to its passengers on the Row 44 platform throughout its entire fleet of 737-800 aircraft.

Dublin-Copenhagen Schedule: 
DY3606 depart Copenhagen 0955 arrive Dublin 1110 * Mondays
DY3607 depart Dublin 1140 arrive Copenhagen 1450

DY3606 depart Copenhagen 0855 arrive Dublin 1010 * Fridays
DY3607 depart Dublin 1040 arrive Copenhagen 1350

Dublin-Oslo Gardermoen Schedule:
DY1362 depart Oslo Gardermoen 1040 arrive Dublin 1150 *Thursdays
DY1363 depart Dublin 1145 arrive Oslo-Gardermoen 1455

DY1362 depart Oslo Gardermoen 0940 arrive Dublin 1050 * Sundays
DY1363 depart Dublin 1120 arrive Oslo-Gardermoen 1440

Norwegian Air Shuttle has a fleet of 66 Boeing 737-300s and Boeing 737-800s with a further 266 on order with 152 options including 100 Airbus A320NEO plus 50 options and 54 Boeing 737-800s plus two options, also 100 Boeing 737-8 MAX plus 100 options and 8 Boeing 787-8s.


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Monday, 24 September 2012

Ryanair's Porto Base Celebrates 3 years ©

Image: Boeing Commercial aircraft 

On 27th July 2009 Ryanair announced Porto as it's 33rd European Base opening on 3rd September with two based aircraft and four new routes (16 in total) with 1.5 million passengers per annum, which has been progressively expanded in the last three years to five based aircraft operating 33 routes 11 of them on a seasonal basis.

Ryanair operates a seasonal Dublin to Porto route twice weekly on Tuesday and Fridays till  6th November. The route was first launched in 2006 and cancelled in 2009 following the introduction of the €10 Air Travel Tax and increased Irish Aviation Authority charges and later restored in 2010.

Porto is also known as as Oporto in English, is the second-largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe. Its administrative limits (an area of 41.66 km²/16 sq.mi) include a population of 237,584 (2011) inhabitants.

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Friday, 21 September 2012

Delta Airlines to offer streaming entertainment options ©


Delta Airlines is rolling out The Delta Connect Wi-Fi portal on 950 aircraft enabling passengers to stream television and movie options directly to their laptop or tablet while in-flight. Streamed content will be accessible for 24 hours after a flight and available for playback on the ground through the same device used onboard.

Delta Airlines Senior VP Marketing Tim Mapes said "Delta continues to innovate through the use of technology and this newest addition means customers can count on having numerous in-flight entertainment choices available, whether they're flying internationally or domestically".

This new technology will be installed on Delta's international fleet in conjunction with previously announced plans to install international Wi-Fi service on more than 150 widebody aircraft, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2015.  This will allow customers to use both their personal device to stream movies and television shows, as well as current in-seat systems.

Introductory prices will range from $.99 per show for television programming to $3.99 for full-length movies from major Hollywood studios. Delta Connect will enable customers to sort titles by genre, length of feature, movie, show and other categories. Trailers are available for complimentary viewing prior to rental. Wi-Fi purchase is not required to access Delta Connect content or the on-demand service.

Delta Airlines operates year round services from Dublin to Atlanta and New York JFK and a seasonal Summer service from Shannon to New York JFK.

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Air Canada weeks away from New LCC launch ©

Air Canada is proceeding with plans to launch it's new LCC (Low cost carrier) said Air Canada CFO Michael Rousseau,  with a branding announcement expected to come “within a couple of weeks", operating routes to Europe that currently aren't cost competitive for Air Canada and to allow it be more competitive on Caribbean and some U.S. destinations. Air Canada studied several different models around the world.

The Air Canada CFO Michael Rousseau said "The model will be 100 percent (owned), separate leadership.It will have a separate management group because we want to ensure that we maintain the low-cost mentality."

The yet un-branded LCC from next year plans to gradually build up it's fleet to 30 Airbus A319s and 20 Boeing 767-300ER's, with plans to increase seat capacity by 20% from 225 to 275 on the Boeing 767 fleet to drive profitability. Air Canada is hiring 200 new staff for the LCC including 150 cabin crew and 50 pilots.

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Thursday, 20 September 2012

Avolon Signs $2.4 Billion deal for 25 Boeing 737s ©

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Dublin Based Avolon Aircraft Leasing & Management Services has finalized a firm aircraft order for 10 Boeing 737-8 MAX, 5 Boeing 737-9 MAX and 10 Boeing 737-800s, in a contract with Boeing valued at $2.4 Billion at a current list prices, becoming the first Irish customer for the Boeing 737 MAX. Boeing now has a total of 664 orders for the Boeing 737 MAX.

Chief Commerical Officer & VP Avolon John Higgins said "Our customers are always looking for more fuel-efficient airplanes.The 737 MAX will provide the fuel efficiency and operating economics airlines need to be successful. The 737 MAX is in high demand worldwide and securing valuable, attractive positions early in the MAX program ideally positions Avolon to best serve our growing global customer base".

Boeing Commerical Aircraft VP Leasing Sales Bill Collins said "Avolon has a strategic role in the leasing industry and the experienced leadership team understands the importance of having advanced, fuel-efficient airplanes to meet their customers' needs".

The 737 MAX is a new-engine variant of the world's best-selling airplane and builds on the strengths of today's Next-Generation 737. The 737 MAX incorporates the latest-technology CFM International LEAP-1B engines to deliver the highest efficiency, reliability and passenger comfort in the single-aisle market. Airlines operating the 737 MAX will see a 13% fuel-use improvement over today's most fuel efficient single-aisle airplanes and an 8% operating cost per seat advantage over tomorrow's competition.

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Aer Lingus terminates Cork-London Gatwick route ©

Aer Lingus is ceasing it's six times weekly Cork-London Gatwick route operated by an Airbus A320 aircraft from 26th October,the route commenced on 6th March 2010. The route closure was result of continuous review of the route network to maximize profitability of the route portfolio.

The Cork Chamber CEO Conor Healy said "It is a very important connection to a major London airport. This will reduce travel options for business people and leisure users. While I know Ryanair will continue to operate the route this will reduce competition. This was not just a point to point route but (Gatwick) provided people with significant onward connectivity ".

Aer Lingus operates Cork to London Heathrow four times daily and Ryanair to London Gatwick daily & London Stansted three times daily.

On 28th October Aer Lingus launches Belfast City to London Gatwick three times daily.

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Ryanair's new Dublin-Lublin route schedule announced ©

Ryanair's new Dublin to Lublin route is now open for reservations on it's website operating twice weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays effective 18th December operated by a Dublin based aircraft.

RYR9505 Departs Dublin Airport 0705 arrives Lublin 1120.

RYR9506 Departs Lublin 1145 arrives Dublin Airport 1405.


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Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Ryanair Announces new Dublin to Lublin route ©

Ryanair has announced that it is to launch a new route from Dublin to Lublin from 18th December operating twice weekly, becoming the second Polish route to be added from Dublin this year following the launch of Warsaw Modlin 16th July.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is pleased to announce that our first route between Dublin and Lublin Airport will open on 18th December next, which will be the 11th airport in Poland that Ryanair will operate at ".

Lublin Airport CEO Grzegorz Muszynski said "This is a dream come true and we are delighted that Ryanair, Europe’s biggest low cost carrier, has started to operate at Lublin Airport. We believe this is an important step for further co-operation, which will benefit to our region and our citizens, who can now fly to Dublin with Ryanair.”

Lublin is the ninth largest city in Poland in the Voivodeshop Province with a population of 350,392 and is suited 170 km from Warsaw and 70 km from the Ukraine border.

Lublin Airport 13km from Lublin city originally opened in 1926 and was used by the German and Soviet Air Force in WWII later becoming home to WSK PZL-Swidnik SA whom manufactured aircraft and helicopters.

A new 2520 meter long runway with a terminal capacity of 1.1 million passengers capable of handling four Airbus A320/Boeing 737-800 aircraft is currently under construction. The airport will be connected to the national railway network with a 2.2 km spur line and to Expressway S17 Motorway network next year.

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A New Era for Aer Lingus as Etihad Airways Partnership goes live ©

Image: Etihad Airways 
Yesterday the Aer Lingus and Etihad Airways interline and code-share arrangement went live on following the signing of the partnership on 30th July.

The first phase of the arrangement is now available for sale on the airline’s website with a choice of destinations including Abu Dhabi, Sydney, Melbourne, Kuala Lumpur, Muscat and Bahrain. The second phase is expected to be launched in the near future offering customers a greater choice of destinations across the Etihad network to points including Australia, Asia-Pacific, the Indian Subcontinent and the Middle East.

In addition, Etihad will cooperate with Aer Lingus on services to a total of 18 destinations, including Dublin to New York, Boston, London Heathrow, Amsterdam, Manchester, Birmingham, Edinburgh and Lisbon.
Etihad and Aer Lingus continue to discuss additional commercial and cost opportunities to develop a closer working relationship in areas such as joint procurement.

 The Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said, “Today marks a significant milestone in our development. The partnership with Etihad will give our customers greater access to the Middle East and beyond, with the added benefit of a seamless booking experience. We are excited by the potential of the partnership and look forward to extending our offering in the near future."

Aer Lingus has set up a dedicated page outling the partnership agreement with Etihad Airways.

Eithad Airways operates Abu Dhabi-Dublin ten times weekly using Airbus A330-200s from Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport.

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Monday, 17 September 2012

Ryanair Pulls Almeria routes ©

Ryanair is to cease operating the daily Madrid-Almeria route effective 30th September citing increased AENA charges and poor demand, on 28th October it ends routes to Charleroi, Dusseldorf Weeze, London Stansted and East Midlands.

Ryanair stated Alicante and Malaga are more important destinations but stated it could resume Almeria routes in Summer 2013.

Ryanair operated a seasonal summer Dublin route twice weekly from 2007 to 2010.

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Onur Air Launches new weekly Ireland West Knock Charter series ©

Image: Wikipedia 
Onur Air commenced a new weekly Sunday Airbus A321 charter flight series effective 16th September to 4th November to Izmir operating inbound via Shannon Airport on behalf of Sunway Holidays. The first flight was operated by TC-OAL Airbus A321-231 c/n 1004. A revised earlier flight time schedule will operate for the last two flights in the series on 28th October and 4th November.

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Sunday, 16 September 2012

Joe Kelly Irish Aviation Maintenance Skills 2012 Champion ©

Aviation Skills Champion 2012 Joe Kelly 
Congratulations to Transaero Engineering Ireland Ltd engineering apprentice Joe Kelly who was selected to go forward for the 42nd World Skills Competition which will be held in Leipzig, Germany, July 2013, after winning in the 55th National Skills Competition Aviation Skills category,which was held at the Dublin Institute of Technology Aviation Technology Center, Dublin Airport.

Participants with DIT Aviation Staff 
Congratulations to apprentices Laura Callaghan and Michael Keane (Aer Arann), Daniel O Riordain (CityJet),  Colin Burke and Stephen Mc Grath (TransAero Engineering Ireland)for their achievement of reaching the National Skills Competition level, as leaders in their field.

Colin Burke Borescopes Olympus Engine 

Laura Callaghan installs Prop 
The National Skills Competition tested every aspect of the skill and workmanship of the apprentices over an intense period of three days in the field of Aileron Rigging, Borescope Inspection, Daily Inspection, Electrical, Propeller Removal, Inspection and Installation, Sheet Metal Work.

DIT Dean of Business Paul O'Sullivan 
Speaking at the Awards ceremony held last Friday in the Gresham Hotel O'Connell Street , the DIT Dean of Business Paul O'Sullivan stated the skills was the cornerstone for the recovery of the economy and Ireland needed to strive to build it's skills base with the German economy a model to strive for with an strong industrial base, and the national skills participants would in future be entrepreneurs, innovators and managers.

Since 1950s the National Skills Competition has heralded the start of the new educational year for young apprentices – details on the background to the competition can be found at Skills Ireland.

The competition has twelve different trades: Aircraft Maintenance; Automobile Technology; Autobody Repair; Bricklaying; Cabinet Making; Car Painting; Cookery; Heavy Vehicle Mechanics; Painting & Decorating; Plumbing; Polymechanics; and Sheetmetal Work.

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Saturday, 15 September 2012

Aer Lingus Announces Official Airline Sponsorship of the Ulster Rugby Club for the Next Years

Ulster Rugby's flying start to the season has been given a turbo charged boost with the signing of a major new sponsorship deal with Aer Lingus.

Details of the two-year support package were unveiled at a signing ceremony held at Ravenhill.

As part of the new relationship, Aer Lingus will provide Ulster Rugby with air travel as well as supporting the development of travel and accommodation packages for Ulster supporters to away matches.

Declan Kearney, Aer Lingus Director of Communications said the link-up with Ulster Rugby represented a significant sporting first for the company: "As the official airline of Ulster Rugby we are absolutely delighted to have the responsibility of providing transport from George Best Belfast City Airport and Dublin Airport for the playing squad, the support team and fans, throughout our extensive UK and European network.

"The broadening of our sponsorship horizons through this exciting new Ulster Rugby deal reflects a continued commitment by Aer Lingus to the local community and complements our other community support such as sponsorship of the Dublin GAA team and of the Galway Hurlers supporters club.

"We look forward to welcoming Ulster's players, support team and fans on board our flights over the coming season and future years."

Phillip Polack, Ulster Rugby Business Development Director said: "The reputation of Aer Lingus as a proactive organisation fits superbly with our ambitions at Ulster Rugby and we look forward to cementing a long-lasting partnership."

Aer Lingus starts routes from George Best Belfast City Airport to London Gatwick and London Heathrow Sunday 28th October.

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Qantas Airways: The Dublin Connection ©

Image: Qantas 
On 7th September Qantas Airways submitted to the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCA) public discloure documents on the proposed co-ordination agreement between Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways, with the aim of creating a global air service operation that better connects Australia, New Zealand to Asia, Africa, the Middle East , the United Kingdom and Europe.

The submissions documents totalled about 220 pages in all included a lot of information on the other competing carriers.

Qantas Airways passengers as a result of the proposed conduct will be able to travel to most EU Destinations with an average travel time of 24 hours, including a 3 hour connection at Emirates Airlines Dubai Hub, thus significant reducing travel time.

Dublin is noted as one of a long-list of points which will get one-stop service to/from major Australian cities from the proposed agreement.  The existing Etihad Airways service is noted along with its extended code-sharing with Aer Lingus. Qatar Airways and Virgin Australia are noted as having code-share arrangements to Dublin and Virgin Atlantic a partnership arrangement.

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Thursday, 13 September 2012

Easyjet Commits to Northern Ireland ©

Image: Easyjet Corporate 

Yesterday Easyjet before the House of Commons Northern Ireland affairs committee to give evidence on the Air Transport Strategy for Northern Ireland , and highlight easyJet's long term commitment to serving the region.

The Easyjet UK Director Paul Simmons said "EasyJet started its Belfast operation on 18 Sept 1998; we have a local base located at Belfast International Airport and we directly employ over 230 local people. In Northern Ireland easyJet has grown over the past 14 years to become the largest airline in the region with a market share of 46%, serving 23 destinations direct from Belfast International Airport.

easyJet also fly to 4 London airports offering passengers the best access to London. By way of comparison Aer Lingus has 8% market share, and with BMI taken into account British Airways has 7% of market share.

Northern Ireland has seen several airlines come and go from Belfast, but easyJet’s consistence in the Northern Ireland market and experience of carrying over 34 million passengers since its launch in the region makes it well placed to give evidence on matters affecting local people and the local economy in terms of air transport.

Airport Passenger Duty (APD) however, remains one of the most significant barriers to growth in Northern Ireland, with local people being disadvantaged when they fly to UK destinations such as London, Manchester and Scotland as they are hit twice with tax. This is an unfair tax overall, but it's especially unfair for the people of Northern Ireland. And if this tax is increased, it will have a serious impact on tourism".

Easyjet has six Airbus A319s based at Belfast International Airport operating 23 domestic and international routes and is to launch a new route to Birmingham effective 22nd October operating double daily and this winter is adding extra frequencies on routes to Edinburgh, London, Manchester.

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Irish Commercial Aviation August Traffic ©


The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) announced it handled just over 2 million passengers at Dublin Airport in August up 2%. Traffic between Dublin and continental Europe increased by 2.5% to 1.1 million passengers , while domestic traffic declined by 21% to just over 7,000 passengers and UK traffic declined by 3% to just under 635,000 passengers.

The long-haul markets from Dublin continue to perform strongly with North American Traffic up 4% driven by Aer Lingus connecting traffic over Dublin to 193,000 passengers, and traffic to the Middle East/North Africa increased by 74% driven by seasonal North African summer flights to over 47,000 passengers.
The DAA stated almost 13 million passenger travelled through Dublin Airport to date which is flat versus last year.

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) announced the total number of flights in Irish Airspace increased by 1.40% in August, with the 4th August the busiest day with 1,729 flights in Irish Airspace.

There was an increase of 2.90% in Ireland's en-route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land in Ireland) during August 2012 versus August 2011.

The figures for commercial terminal flights at the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:
Cork -1.7%, with an average of 71 daily movements.
Dublin 2.7%, with an average of 477 daily movements.
Shannon -4.7%, with an average of 56 daily movements.

The IAA stated it is the first time in 2012 that the Authority has seen growth in each of the main traffic streams of En-Route traffic movements, North Atlantic Communications flights and International Arrivals and Departures during 2012 compared to 2011.

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Monday, 10 September 2012

Ireland West Knock Airport goes from Strength to Strength ©

Image: Google

Ireland West Knock Airport announced 6th September it handled 90,000 passengers in August becoming the busiest month in the airport's history up 7% on August prior, continuing its positive passenger growth trend, as Ireland's fastest growing airport.

The airport continues to invest in facilities re-launching it's Departures Retail Store under the new brand name 'Shop West' on the 24th August officially by RTE personality and Senator, Mr Feargal Quinn. The opening of 'Shop West' was filmed by RTE as part of the show ‘Feargal Quinn’s Retail Therapy’ which airs in November.

On 23th July Mayo County Council approved the Local Area Plan for Ireland West Airport Knock Airport, giving  designation around the airport and a 25 hectare site for the attraction of enterprise and jobs, which is expected to create 1,000 new jobs in the medium term.  The IWAK Chairman Liam Scallon said "We believe the plan provides a new opportunity not just for Mayo  but for the whole of the West, North West and Midlands regions of Ireland, to attract jobs utilizing the airport’s presence in the region".

This winter flying schedule is now available with flights to 11 International destinations including 9 to the UK with flights to Bristol, East Midlands-Nottingham, Liverpool, London Luton & London Stansted with Ryanair, Edinburgh and Manchester with Flybe, Birmingham with Aer Lingus Regional and London Gatwick with Aer Lingus. Ryanair will also be operating a weekly flight every Thursday to Lanzarote.

Sunway Holidays will commence 23rd September a new weekly charter flight programme to Izmir in Turkey till the beginning of November, operated by Onur Air.

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Bmibaby's Irish Connections ©

Image: Google Images 
Bmibaby ceased operations on Sunday 9th September 2012 after 10 years of operations having launched on 24th January 2002 headquartered in East Midlands, as the low-cost subsidary of BMI Airlines Group operating 14 Boeing 737-300/500s to 42 destinations, shortly after the BA low-cost subsidiary Go BA’s no-frills offshoot announced a new base at East Midlands airport, BMI's home.

Bmibaby was set up by BMI Airlines as a result of the structural changes which took place in the aviation industry post 9/11 , as customers became increasingly price sensitive , leading to the growth of Low-cost carriers in the European market as Buzz, Flybe, Go, Germanwings entered the competitive LCC market.

In the last 10 years the airline has been operating in the Irish market due to the strong O&D (Origin & Destination) traffic and short-break market between Ireland and the UK, however the route network over the years due to changing business requirements and market conditions.

In March 2010 the airline operated a series of charter flights from Cardiff to Dublin in connection with the RBS 6 Nations match.

The airline withdrew from the Irish market having terminated the Birmingham-Ireland West Knock route on 10th June (WW1091/2), and closed it's Belfast City Base 11th June. However Bmibaby returned to Ireland West Knock Airport on 31st July operating a once-off charter to Pau/Pyrenees.

Over the last 10 years the airline operated the following routes in the Irish market:

Birmingham-Ireland West Knock Airport
Durham/Tees Valley-Cork
Durham/Tees Valley-Ireland West Knock Airport
East Midlands-Cork
East Midlands-Dublin
East Midlands-Ireland West Knock
Glasgow-Ireland West Knock
London Gatwick-Cork
Manchester-Ireland West Knock Airport

The carrier issued the following statement on its website at
“Been nice knowing you, baby!
“On September 9, 2012 Bmibaby flew its last ever flight.
“Thanks to everyone who has flown with us over the years.
“It’s been so much fun, baby!”

The Bmibaby fleet is to be flown to Lasham and Norwich for storage Monday 10th September.


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Saturday, 8 September 2012

Iberia Express extends Dublin route operation ©

Iberia Express is extending the operation of the Madrid-Dublin route for the winter scheduled effective 28th October operating four times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday operated by Airbus A320 aircraft.

IBS3790 departs Madrid Barajas Terminal 4 0905 arrives Dublin Airport 1035

IBS3791 departs Dublin Airport 1115 arrives Madrid Barajas Terminal 4 1445

Iberia Express is adding five new destinations to it's route network , three of them to Germany to Berlin x 18 weekly, Dusseldorf x 14 weekly and Frankfurt x 19 weekly, also Copenhagen & Stockholm daily.

Iberia Express Commercial Director Sliva Mosquera said "The commitment to European destinations is clear. At the end of 2012, the company will have flown to 11 destinations in the region".

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Friday, 7 September 2012

Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways Announce new global partnership ©

On Thursday 6th September Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways formed new global partnership which has the potential to re-shape the airline industry. The 10 year extensive commercial and code-share agreement sees Qantas Airways transfer it's European flights from Singapore to Emirates Airlines Dubai Terminal 3 Hub and will co-ordinate networks in areas of FFP's, lounge access, pricing, sales and scheduling.

The two carriers will jointly offer 98 weekly services between Australia and Dubai four daily including four daily Airbus A380 flights, allowing passengers to connect to Emirates Airlines European route network of 33 destinations including Dublin. In addition, Qantas will launch daily A380 services from both Sydney and Melbourne to London via Dubai for a combined unprecedented seven daily A380 flights to London Heathrow.

Irish customers will benefit from Emirates Airlines access to Qantas Airways domestic network of more than 50 destinations and nearly 5,000 flights per week , and improved schedule to New Zealand to Auckland and Christchurch, as Emirates Airlines launches a daily A380 service on the Melbourne-Auckland route in October.

Emirates Airlines stated "By combining forces, both airlines will benefit from cost savings and enhanced economic efficiencies, including economies of scale and joint purchasing, which will contribute to optimising the operating performance of each organisation creating a commercial relationship that is a first in aviation history".

The airlines will submit applications for authorisation to the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) and other relevant regulatory authorities, in order to begin commercial planning.  Subject to regulatory approvals, it is anticipated that the partnership arrangements will take effect in April 2013.


Emirates Airlines and Qantas Airways have set up a dedicated website outlying the agreement.

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Ryanair signs new 10 Year agreement with Brussels South Charleroi ©

Ryanair signed a new 10 year collaborative agreement on Wednesday with Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) committing the carrier to operating at Charleroi till 2022 at least , according to Benelux media outlets, under the agreement BSCA continues to provide ground handling services to Ryanair.

Ryanair accounts 80% of total traffic with 15 based Boeing 737-800s operating 79 routes , in addition to Jetairfly (4 based Boeing 737s) and Wizzair.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport handled 5.901 million passengers in 2011 adopting 'managable growth' by utilising airport capacity in off-peak hours to cope with passenger growth. In April 2012, BSCA was voted “World's 3rd best low cost airport” and it is well known as The Friendly Airport.

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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Ryanair cuts Shannon Airport routes ©

Ryanair has announced it's to close two routes from Shannon Airport to Liverpool effective 4th November and Las Palmas effective 28th October reducing its weekly flight frequencies from 26 to 22. Ryanair Spokesman Stephen McNamara told Clare FM that the move is being made 'due to high costs at Shannon'.

The Las Palmas-Shannon route termination formed part of wider cuts announced in the Canary Islands on 22nd July. Ryanair has a single Shannon based Boeing 737-800 operating nine routes.

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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Irish Airlines Report August Traffic ©

Aer Lingus announced it carried 1.116 million passengers in August up 2.2%. The airline carried 103,000 long-haul passengers up 7.3% with a load factor 93.2% up 4% and on short-haul it carried 906,000 passengers down 1.2% with a load factor 84.6% up 1.2%.  Aer Lingus Regional carried 107,000 passengers up 35.4% and year to date 658,000 passengers.

The figures as usual exclude traffic carried on the United Airlines Joint-Venture Washington Dulles-Madrid route.

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 (84.6% v 79.0%) and on North Atlantic routes (93.2% v. 90.1%). AEA short-haul traffic (RPK) was up 5.0% and North Atlantic up 5.4%.


Ryanair announced that it carried a record 8.9 million passengers in August up 9% with a loaf factor of 88% down 1% and year to date it has carried 78.84 million passengers.  This was Ryanair's highest-ever monthly traffic figure and the second month this year that Ryanair has carried over 8m passengers.

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Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Etihad Airways signs code-share agreement with RAK Airways ©

Image: Etihad Airways Corporate 
Etihad Airways and RAK Airways have announced a new code-share agreement which will see Etihad Airways place its ‘EY’ code on the RAK Airways flight between Ras Al Khaimah and Abu Dhabi.

In return, RAK Airways will place its ‘RT’ code on Etihad Airways routes, which initially includes flights between Abu Dhabi and London Heathrow, Manchester, Dublin, Bangkok and Geneva.

The Etihad Airways  Chief Commercial Officer Baumgartner said: “We are proud to welcome RAK Airways, a fellow UAE airline, as a codeshare partner. This is the first time Etihad Airways will have its ‘EY’ code on a domestic UAE flight which is an exciting milestone for us.”

RAK Airways will commence operations on Ras Al Khaimah-Abu Dhabi route effective 3rd October operating four times weekly using an Airbus A320.  The airline will shortly take delivery of a first ex-Spanair EC-IPI Airbus A320-232 c/n 202 that will be registered A6-TIA, which is currently being prepared by Dublin Aerospace.

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Easyjet to roll out allocated seating ©

Image: Easyjet Corporate 

Easyjet announced that following a successful trial of allocated seating the airline is to roll out allocated seating across it's route network effective 27th November following feedback from customers which showed that 70% think allocated is better than first come first served policy with 60% of customers more likely to use Easyjet in future as a result.

Allocated seats will cost £3 and passengers will be able to purchase seats with extra legroom for £12 and reserve seats in the first few rows for £8.

Easyjet CEO Carolyn McCall said: "Our customers asked us to trial allocated seating and we are really pleased with the positive passenger feedback during the trial. As importantly, we have shown that we can do so while delivering strong on time performance – the most important driver of passenger satisfaction".

Easyjet has six Airbus A319s based at Belfast International Airport operating 23 domestic and international routes and is to launch a new route to Birmingham effective 22nd October operating double daily and is to add extra frequencies on routes to Edinburgh, London, Manchester.

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Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Joe Walsh Tours teams up with Cityjet ©

Joe Walsh Tours as the official tour operator for Leinster Rugby will be operating private charter flights with Cityjet to Heineken Cup and RaboDirect PRO12 competitions this season commencing 14th September with first game between Leinster and Benetton Treviso.

On 17th May Cityjet rolled out EI-RJX RJ85 c/n E2372 ex N536XJ in the colors of Leinster Rugby with the aircraft painted by Eirtech Aviation Ltd. The aircraft was offically unveiled at a function at Cityjet Hangar Dublin Airport on 18th May, the Bank of Ireland and Cityjet are the official partners of Leinster Rugby. Cityjet signed a 3 year contract to sponsor Leinster Rugby in September 2010.

The painting consists of a Basecoat containing the pigment, with a Clearcoat that is a clear varnish. This new technology paint provides weight saving, more longevity as well as a shiny ‘wet look.’ The paint is 75 microns thick (0.075mm) and has a total weight of 75 kg on the RJ85. This is approximately 30 kg lighter than previous technology, helping the aircraft to be more fuel efficient.


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Ryanair Launches APP for iPhone and iPads ©

A Screenshot of Ryanair's new APP 

Ryanair launched it's new APP for iPhone and iPads which is available for download on  iTunes store for €3 and shortly for Android smartphones. The Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "If people want the app, they can pay for it".

The APP enables passengers to book and manage flights including checked-in bags and priority boarding , to view timetables , latest news and promotions and book car hire with Hertz. It is expected the APP will be updated in due course to enable passengers to board aircraft using the electronic boarding pass capability.
The Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is pleased to launch our latest passenger initiative (the iPhone/iPad app) which will allow passengers to book Europe’s lowest fares, manage their booking, and keep up-to-date with Ryanair news, directly from their iPhone or iPad. Passengers can now book Ryanair flights anywhere they take their phone, day or night, ensuring that they never miss out on our lowest fares".

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Aer Lingus brings United States Naval Academy Team to Dublin ©

Aer Lingus operated a special charter flight for the United States Naval Academy team and their entourage from Washington Dulles to Dublin last week in connection with Emerald Isle Classic between The University of Notre Dame and United States Naval Academy at the Aviva Stadium on Saturday 1st 2012.

EI-ELA Airbus A330-301 c/n 1106 Aer Lingus operated both sectors from and to Washington Dulles as the EIN7118 on Thursday 30th August and the return leg EIN7119 on Sunday 2nd September.

Aer Lingus, in support of The Gathering, will host, ‘The Aer Lingus Gathering Hurling Tournament’ which promises to be a significant sporting event on the Irish calendar in September 2013.

Aer Lingus is working closely with Tourism Ireland to help promote the Gathering initiative and to encourage the global Irish community to return to Ireland for many of the planned events. The airline will offer special promotional fares to and from Ireland for those travelling to the series of events in 2013.

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Mueller said "We are very proud to support 'The Gathering' initiative. We are confident that the Aer Lingus hurling tournament will help to foster an interest in one of our most loved national sports, which is an integral part of our rich Irish heritage. This is just one of a number of initiatives and events that Aer  Lingus will be involved with in 2013. We look forward to welcoming many of the Irish Diaspora home to Ireland for what promises to be an exciting year.”


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Monday, 3 September 2012

The Emerald Isle Classic Airlift ©

The Emerald Isle Classic was the first NCAA-sanctioned American college football game played in Europe at the Aviva Stadium Dublin on Saturday 1st September with 35,000 fans travelling to support Norte Dame & Navy Academy teams. The event was described as the largest mobilisation of Americans for an overseas event , which generated a considerable volume of activity at Dublin Airport pre and post the event which was the the formal launch of the Ireland Gathering 2013.


All transatlantic carriers serving Dublin catered for the increased demand with Aer Lingus operating a special charter flight from Washington Dulles with the Naval Academy team and entourage also an extra flight from New York JFK. An Aer Lingus spokesman Declan Kearney stated all US flights where fully booked for the week, with the airline expecting to carry 13,000 passengers.


Delta Airlines operated a special Airbus A330-200 charter from South Bend with the Norte Dame team and increased capacity on the New York JFK using A330-200s in lieu of Boeing 767-300ER's .


United Airlines added an extra daily Boeing 757-200 service from Newark Liberty for the week and US Airways operated an additional Boeing 757-200ER sector and Boeing 767-200ER capacity on the Philadelphia route in lieu of Boeing 757-200ER's.


Interestingly N272WA MD-11 c/n 48437 World Airways has a Irish Connection previously being wet-leased by Aer Lingus over four summers in the period 1998-2001 to operate the Shannon-New York JFK route.

The visit of the Atlas Air Boeing 747-400 on a charter flight was most welcome, as the aircraft type is becoming increasingly rare to see operate in the Irish market in passenger operations, as high fuel costs mean airlines are increasingly replacing the type with Airbus A330s and Boeing 777s to reduce operating costs


Dublin 30th August:

EI-ELA Airbus A330-301 c/n 1106 Aer Lingus EIN7118
N182DN Boeing 767-332ER c/n 25987  Delta Airlines  DAL92/8779
N465MC Boeing 747-446 c/n 24784 Atlas Air  GTI2048/9 1st Visit
N815NW  Airbus A330-323X c/n 817  Delta Airlines  DAL8923/91
N732MA Boeing 737-81Q/W c/n 30618 Miami Air International  BSK657/564

Friday 31st August:

N640GT Boeing 767-3S1ER c/n 25221 Atlas Air  GTI8675/2109 1st Visit
N182DN Boeing 767-332ER c/n 25987  Delta Airlines DAL8780
N815NW  Airbus A330-323X c/n 817  Delta Airlines  DAL92/91
N271WA MD-11 c/n 48518 World Airways WOA3306
N272WA MD-11 c/n 48437 World Airways  WOA3422

Saturday 1st September:

N205UW Boeing 757-23N/W c/n 30887 US Airways AWE9010
N465MC Boeing 747-446 c/n 24784 Atlas Air  GTI2048
N815NW Airbus A330-323X c/n 817 Delta Airlines DAL92/8923

North Apron:
D-BTEN Cessna 750 c/n  750-0085 Air Charter Minninger
D-CEFD Cessna 525 c/n 525B0120 E-Aviation
N10FE CL601 c/n  5188 Federal Express Leasing Corp
N224BH Gulfstream G450 c/n 4241 Bank Of Utah Trustee
N505JH Cessna 500 c/n 501-0126 Jackson Hole Air Charter Inc
N604FJ CL601 c/n 5001 Carco Leasing Inc
N929WG Gulfstream G200 c/n 239 Fort Calumet Co
OM-USS Hawker 900XP c/n HA-0151 US Steel

West Apron: 
C-GHMW CL605 c/n 5796 Execaire
N182DN Boeing 767-332ER c/n 25987 Delta Airlines
N227RH Gulfstream G450 c/n 4108 Winnepeg LLC
N271WA MD-11 c/n 48518 World Airways
N272WA MD-11 c/n 48437 World Airways
N311TK Gulfstream G550 c/n 5028 Millrock Aviation Financial LLC
N416QS Gulfstream 4 c/n 1316 NetJets
N96JA Gulfstream 4 c/n 1226 Jordan Consulting Inc

Runway 11/29:
N15PX Global 5000 c/n 9382 SPX Corp
N17JK Gulfstream 4 c/n 1235 Transmeridian Aviation LLC
N17ND Gulfstream 5 c/n  518 Jetaway Air Services LLC
N181CR Gulfstream 4 c/n  1001 Corporate Wings LLC
N267DW CL604 c/n 5391 GSO Capital Partners LP
N368HK Global Express c/n 9409 Bombardier Aerospace Corp
N431CB CL601 c/n 5164 C R Bard Inc
N460QS Gulfstream 4 c/n 1360 NetJets
N778CR Gulfstream G450 c/n 4056 CMR LLC
N950JB Falcon 900DX c/n 602 Sweatmore Air III LLC

Sunday 2nd September:

N460QS Gulfstream 4 c/n 1360 NJI Sales Inc departed 0916
G-WLVS Falcon 2000EX c/n 141 Trinity Aviation Ltd departed 0918
N131AJ Learjet 35A c/n 35-381 Aero-Jet Aviation Inc departed 0919
OM-USS Hawker 800XP c/n 258720 U.S. Steel  departed 0921
CS-DXL Cessna 560XL c/n 560-5640 NetJets Transportes Aereo NJE903T departed 0934
N368HK Global Express c/n 9409 Bombardier Aerospace Corp departed 0944
N929WG Gulfstream G200 c/n 056 Fort Calumet Co departed 0955
CS-DTM Learjet 45 c/n 45-286 MasterJet LMJ801 departed 1018
CS-DFK Falcon 2000EX c/n 65 NetJets Transportes Aereos NJE299A/793K  arrived 1028 departed 1206
G-CTEN Cessna 750 c/n 750-0281 Pendley Aviation LLP PDY44C departed 1031
N56D Gulfstream 4 c/n 1309 BAL Corporate Aviation LLC arrived 1033 departed 1304
N227RH Gulfstream G450 c/n 4108 Winnipeg LLC arrived 1035
EI-ELA Airbus A330-301 c/n 1106 Aer Lingus EIN7119
N267BW Falcon 2000EX c/n 107 Namaya Inc departed 1043
N502QS Gulfstream 5 c/n 601 Woodland Partners arrived 1048
N416QS Gulfstream 4 c/n 1316 Ingersoll Rand Service co departed 1049
N465MC Boeing 747-446 c/n 24784 Atlas Air GTI2051 departed 1112
N96JA Gulfstream 4 c/n 1226 Jordan Consulting Inc departed 1143
N267DW CL604 c/n 5391 Avpro Inc departed 1209
N431CB CL600 c/n 5164 C R Bard Inc departed 1218
N224BH Gulfstream 4 c/n 4241 Bank of Utah Trustee departed 1220
N732MA Boeing 737-81Q/W c/n 30618 Miami Air International BSK507/658 arrived 1228 departed 1428
N311TK Gulfstream G550 c/n 5028 Millrock Aviation Financial LLC departed 1226
C-GNRC CL604 c/n 5417 Q Jets Aviation Ltd arrived 1227
N762NA Boeing 767-319ER c/n 24876 North American Airlines EIN2106/111 arrived 1248 departed 1646
D-BTEN Cessna 750 c/n 750-0085 ACM Air Charter BVR202 departed 1302
N205UW Boeing 757-23N/W c/n 30887 US Airways AWE9010 departed 1304
N604FJ CL601 c/n 5001 Carco Leasing Inc departed 1312
N181CR Gulfstream 4 c/n 1001 Corporate Wings LLC departed 1500
N17JK Gulfstream 4 c/n 1235 Transmeridian Aviation LLC departed 1547
N640GT Boeing 767-3S1ER c/n 25221 Atlas Air GTI6676 departed 1718
N778CR Gulfstream G450 c/n 4056 CMR LLC EMJ778 departed 1802
N271WA MD11 c/n 48518 World Airways WOA3305 departed 1814
N272WA MD11 c/n 48437 World Airways WOA3421 departed 1859

Sources: Dublin Movements Blog, Irish Aviation Yahoo Group, Mark Willis.

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