Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Ryanair offers to grow Alicante traffic ©

Ryanair has written to AENA proposing to launch new routes from Aliante in April 2013 subject to AENA Alicante removing mandatory use of air bridges and associated costs of the operation, amounting to €3 million according to Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary.

Ryanair stated it could deliver 600,000 passengers creating 600 new jobs, arresting Alicante's loss of traffic, Ryanair itself cut traffic by 250,000 passengers last summer in July and August.

Ryanair stated it would add new flights and routes for Summer 2013 enabling a 'Substantial increase' in operations and to 11 routes in Winter 2013, given the planning cycle for  Summer 2013 Ryanair has asked AENA to respond to its offer by 15th November.

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Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Royal Air Forces Association RoI

The Royal Air Forces Association’s mission is to provide comradeship, welfare and support to present and former members of the Royal Air Force and their dependents. The Republic of Ireland Branch is a registered charity (CHY 17401) and one of several branches across the world.

The welfare support provided by the RAF Association includes providing home visits and respite care breaks, to offering advice and, in some circumstances, financial assistance in times of difficulty. Simply, we are here to make sure that members of the RAF past and present are never left alone or in need.

We are always looking for new people to join us. Ordinary Membership is open to serving and ex-serving RAF personnel. Associate Membership is open to people outside of the RAF who would like to support us and our aims and objectives. If you are interested, please contact our Secretary on +353 87 181 7075 if outside Ireland or 087 181 7075 inside Ireland.

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Ryanair Changes Spanish Communications firm ©

Ryanair announced from today its changing its Spanish communications agency, to Aviareps Aviatourism Spain SL  , to handle enquiries for the airline offering 24/7 media support, ensuring balance and security in publishing news on Ryanair by the Spanish media.

Maria Paz Arana General Manager Aviareps - Aviatourism Spain SL said: "We are pleased to be the new Ryanair communications agency in Spain and we know that the work will be challenging as well as rewarding".

Ryanair Communications Director Stephen McNamara said "We are delighted to announce Aviareps - Aviatourism Spain SL as our new communications agency for Spain and ask all Spanish media with queries or questions contact Aviareps Ryanair from 30th October".

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Sunday, 28 October 2012

Farewell BMI Airlines ©

Yesterday marked in the end of an era in the European airline industry as G-MEDF Airbus A321-231 c/n 1690 British Midland BD928 from Baku & Tbilisi arrived in London Heathrow at 1030 operating BMI's final commercial flight, was met with a water cannon salute on arrival, to welcome it home for the last time and into history, with a large contingent of BMI staff meeting the aircraft at the gate.

BMI Airlines was fully integrated into British Airways AOC from Sunday 28th October following its acquisition by the IAG Group. The airline has been serving the Irish market for 23 years, after starting on Dublin-London Heathrow in April 1989 with DC-9 aircraft with its award 'Diamond Service' famous for hot on-board meals, British Midland subsequently replaced the DC-9s with Boeing 737-300/400/500s.


In April 1997 the airline placed a $1 Billion order for 20 Airbus A320/1 aircraft to replace its Boeing 737 fleet, with deliveries commencing in 1998, introducing the A321 on the Dublin route in April 1998, at its peak BMI operated 8 or 9 services per day each way services using A321s on the route. The airline's new global ambition was accompanied by a rebranding to bmi British Midland in 2001, subsequently shortened to BMI in 2003.

The British Midland product was favoured by customers and the travel alike, in 2002, 2003, 2004 BMI won Best European Airline by Irish Travel Trade News Awards, and in 2004 Best Airline-London Routes 2004 and Airline of the year by Irish Chamber of Commerce, however rapidly changing market conditions as result of economic conditions in 2010 lead the carrier to close its Dublin Base reducing flights on the Dublin-London Heathrow to four times daily from 28th March citing 'Continuing challenges in the airline industry and the sustained recession in the UK'.


The BMI Brand still lives on following the acquisition of BMI Regional by Sector Aviation Holdings (SAH), whom is launching its own website and a new airline code - BM, under the terms of its agreement with IAG, SAH will have full rights to the BMI name from April 2013.  Cathal O'Connell, formerly with Aer Lingus, Aer Arann and Eastern Airways has been appointed to the new BMI Regional management team as Chief Commercial Officer.

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Saturday, 27 October 2012

Ryanair carries 6 million passengers from Bologna ©

Ryanair achieved another passenger milestone on it's route network, carrying it's 6 millionth passenger Tania Kiva in Bologna yesterday who was returning from Trapani. This winter the airline will operate 20 routes from Bologna.

Bruno Fillets President of the Chamber of Commerce of Bologna said "In the fourth anniversary of the first flight (27 October 2008), this outcome is certainly of great importance for Ryanair and is a substantial value for Bologna and our region".

Ryanair Spokesman Matthew Papaluca said "Ryanair since arrived in Bologna for the first time in October 2008, has grown to operate 34 routes, carrying 6 million passengers to and from Bologna. Ryanair will carry over 2 million passengers in 2012, supporting more than 2,000 jobs".

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Thursday, 25 October 2012

Easyjet launches new route between Belfast and Birmingham ©

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Easyjet has launched a new route between Belfast International and Birmingham operating daily, increasing to 12 times weekly from the start of winter schedule next Monday 29th October using Airbus A319 equipment. Easyjet has a total of 23 routes from Belfast International, the highest number of routes it has operated from the airport.

Belfast International Airport MD John Doran said "Birmingham was an obvious gap on the departure boards at Belfast International Airport and we are delighted that easyJet is able to reaffirm their commitment to the region with the launch of this new route".

EasyJet Commercial Manager Ali Gayward said "This new route has been driven by customer demand and we are delighted to launch an easy and affordable option of travel from Belfast to the city of Birmingham, Our flights to Birmingham will be year-round. We will be flying at peak times to meet the needs of our business passengers and the fares will also offer leisure passengers affordable access to the Midlands".

Northern Ireland Transport Minister Danny Kennedy MLA said "This will undoubtedly enhance access between Northern Ireland and the Midlands and I am pleased that easyJet is increasing the choice for consumers".

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Wednesday, 24 October 2012

American Airlines Announces new Dublin-New York JFK route ©

American Airlines announced its launching a new daily Dublin to New York JFK route from the 13th June 2013 till 27th October 2013, using Boeing 757-200 equipment operated in conjunction with Atlantic Joint-Business (JBA) partners British Airways and Iberia Airlines, subject to receiving US DOT Approval.

American Airlines AAL290 departs New York JFK at 1855 arriving into Dublin 0655 and AAL291 departs Dublin 0900 arriving New York JFK 1130 enabling connections to over 50 cities through American Airlines network, passengers will be able to clear US CBP in Dublin .

American Airlines Sales Director UK and Ireland Graham Bell said "This announcement is further confirmation of American's long-term plan to enhance its global network. We have over 550 new aircraft on order and we are responding to demand in each of our existing markets: growing our network and increasing frequencies where our customers require it".

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said  “I’m delighted that American Airlines is opening a new route between Dublin and JFK. This new summer service will provide extra capacity to Ireland and help in our efforts to bring more tourists to Ireland next year for the Gathering.

This year there was strong demand for seats from the United States to Ireland, but the limited number of seats available meant that fares remained relatively high. New services like this one between Dublin and JFK should help to bring down fares by adding to capacity, and help our efforts to boost visitor numbers during the Gathering Ireland 2013.”

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: "This is wonderful news for tourism to the island of Ireland. We have worked closely with American Airlines for many years and look forward to co-operating with them to maximise the promotion of this new route. As an island, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism.

Tourism Ireland is committed to working with American Airlines, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for this new service - as we work with other carriers and partners to promote and help maintain vital routes and services to the island."

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Ryanair Perugia Traffic grows by 17% ©

Ryanair announced that between January and September 2012 it carried 135,000 passengers to and from Perugia, a growth rate of 17%, however this winter it will cease the Perugia to Milan Bergamo from 27th October due to insufficient traffic on the route, on the plus side is to extend the Charleroi route to year round, and is considering expansion at Perugia with new European routes, as the region looks to develop religious tourism.

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Executive for Ryanair Italy said "We recorded a total of 135,000 passengers, an increase of 17% compared to 2011. We are very pleased with the results, which demonstrate the success of the connections introduced as from the end of 2010 from Perugia to Trapani and Brussels (Charleroi) and always good for London (Stansted).

Ryanair started its operations from Perugia in December 2006 with the route to London (Stansted) and up to September 30, 2012 delivered to / from the airport of Perugia over 550,000 passengers and now offers a total of three locations, two international and one internal, Ryanair estimates of transport for only 2012 more than 165,000 passengers at the airport of Perugia, with a traffic increase of 22% compared to 2011, thus supporting 165 jobs related to tourism and the airport of Perugia and Umbria".


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Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Ryanair to terminate Turku routes ©

Ryanair has announced it will terminate four routes to Turku, south west of Helsinki from Brussels Charleroi, Girona, London Stansted, Malaga in March 2013 citing soaring costs for its decision, the four routes commenced on 27th March 2012.

Ryanair announced on 15th August the London Stansted to Turku route would be cut for the winter schedule, the Turku airport withdrawal comes weeks after announcing its pull out of Verona, as the carrier continues its relentless airport cost reduction to lower unit costs, the carrier said it would re-deploy the Turku capacity to an unnamed airport where passengers would not be heavily taxed.

Ryanair Head of Communications Stephen McNamara said "We are disappointed that we are forced to end operations in Turku after just one season, we were prepared to fly up to 100,000 passengers through Turku and that would have created scores of jobs".

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Saturday, 20 October 2012

Ryanair carries twice as many passenger as competitors in Spain ©

Ryanair continues to maintain its leadership position in the Spanish market carrying over 23.182 million passengers up 2.4% in the nine months to the end of September, twice that of competitors Iberia Airlines (12.014 Million passengers) down 24% and Vueling Airlines (10.823 million passengers) up 21%, despite the market declining by 4% according to AENA data.

Iberia subsidiary Iberia Express carried 1.5 million passengers offsetting the loss of 1.7 million Iberia Airlines passengers.

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Friday, 19 October 2012

Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland signs contract with Enter Air of Poland

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Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (LTAI) and Enter Air, the largest charter airline in Poland, have concluded a CFM56-3 and CFM56-7 engine repair, core exchange and long term engine leasing agreement.

LTAI, a wholly owned subsidiary of Lufthansa Technik, specialises in the repair and overhaul of CFM56-3, CFM56-7, V2500-A5 and JT9D engine types at their facility in Rathcoole, Co. Dublin, Ireland.

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Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Aviation Policy for Ireland : For Jobs, For Growth, for Exports


‘The aviation sector contributes €4.1 billion (2.6%) to Irish GDP’ (Oxford Economics, 2011).

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) is to manage and sponsor a one day conference entitled 'Aviation Policy for Ireland For Jobs For Growth for Exports' invitation only, to develop a new civil aviation policy at The Convention Centre Dublin on Friday 3rd December, facilitated by Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr Leo Varadkar.

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Mr Leo Varadkar will deliver a keynote speech and outline the next steps to to develop a new civil aviation policy.

The conference programme includes Industry Policy issues: Improving our access what needs to be done, Making Aviation Competitive in Ireland, Improving our efficiency, International and European Developments and Opportunities. The sessions will have inputs from Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Muller, Dublin Aerospace Executive Chairman Conor McCarthy, Dublin Airport Authority Interim CEO Oliver Cussan, Irish Aviation Authority CEO Eamonn Brennan, Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary.

A country report on Ireland by Oxford Economics (2011) estimated that 26,000 people are directly employed by the sector with an additional 16,000 jobs indirectly supported through its supply chain. A further 11,000 jobs are supported through spending by employees of this broader aviation sector. Aviation  also contributes significantly to the Exchequer through corporation tax, income tax and travel taxes – as well as indirect taxes paid by those employed in the sector. In total it is estimated that the aviation industry and its supply chain contributes €1.35billion per annum to the public finances.

Beyond the benefits of direct and indirect employment, aviation facilitates access to key export markets such as the UK, continental Europe, the USA and Asia. International connectivity is also viewed as a key asset when it comes to winning and sustaining foreign direct investment.In addition to this, aviation plays a critical role in facilitating tourism. Fáilte Ireland estimated foreign exchange earnings from tourism totalled €3.4 billion in 2010.

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Cityjet to launch London City-Nuremberg route ©

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Cityjet is to launch a new route from it's London City Base to Nuremberg operating twelve times weekly double daily week days and daily at the weekends from 27th January 2013 using Avro RJ85 aircraft,  increasing the route network to 20 European destinations, adding it's second destination in Germany as the carrier prepares to launch its first route to Germany, Münster-Osnabrück on 29th October.

Cityjet CEO Christine Ourmières said “Nuremberg is a key business hub in Europe given its position as the capital of Germany’s industrial heartland. It is the head office location for many of Germany’s multi-nationals such as Siemens, Puma and Adidas and it plays host to several international trade fairs.

Taking its business and leisure credentials together, it was a clear cut decision for CityJet to launch a new year-round service to Nuremberg, further extending our network into Germany, following the launch of Münster-Osnabrück this Monday 29th October.”

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Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Ryanair Announces TVN Foundation as charity partner for 2013 Cabin Crew Charity Calendar

Ryanair announced TVN Foundation (Warsaw, Poland) as its chosen charity partner for the 2013 Ryanair Cabin Crew Charity Calendar, which it’s hoped will raise up to €100,000 for the charity, bringing the total raised by Ryanair’s gorgeous cabin crew to over €600,000 since the first calendar was published in 2008.

Charities applied for the partnership in record numbers, with more than 450 applicants this year, and in the end, Ryanair’s cabin crew beauties selected the TVN Foundation (from over 450 applicant charities) to receive the entire proceeds of the 2013 calendar. TVN Foundation is one of the largest charities in Poland, raising some €42m for charitable causes since 2001.

Ryanair’s 2013 cabin crew calendar will be on sale onboard Ryanair flights, from or from TVN Foundation centres across Poland for just €10, with all proceeds going directly to TVN Foundation.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said:  “Ryanair’s gorgeous cabin crew are pleased to once again strip off for charity and this year they have selected TVN Foundation who help a range of causes across Poland. We hope that the 2013 Charity Calendar will raise up to €100,000 to help TVN Foundation buy hospital equipment to help children suffering from mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis).

Every year 10,000 copies of the Ryanair cabin crew charity calendar sell out quickly so those who want to help TVN Foundation with its work can buy 2013’s red-hot calendar onboard Ryanair flights, on or from TVN Foundation centres across Poland.”

TVN Foundation’s Deputy CEO Anna Maruszeczko said  “We are delighted and honoured to be selected as Ryanair’s charity partner. We are currently collecting funds to purchase equipment to help children suffering from mucoviscidosis (cystic fibrosis) and all proceeds we receive from the calendar will go towards that project.”


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Monday, 15 October 2012

Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) New Website goes live ©

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) new website went live on 3rd October rolling out the new corporate logo and new website layout which is very appealing,  enabling easy access on the landing page to the latest news and updates and safety updates. On the upper bar of the landing page the sections are divided into the IAA’s units of air traffic management, commercial aviation,  general aviation and personnel licensing.

The site new website was developed by Strat3 based in Pearse Street Dublin, using Strata3's Webcentre CMS, enabling the the searching, publishing & indexing of large quantities of reports & documents both in PDF & word format. A mobile version is available for download.

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PC Pilots Club 'Fly In' Saturday 13th October ©

The PC Pilots Club Ireland held their second annual 'Fly-In' last Saturday 13th October in Carton Hotel Dublin Airport, Swords Road,  instead of holding the function on the ground floor , it was held on the third floor The Clouds Suite offering views of Dublin Airport, with photography opportunities from the balcony adding to the event.

The event was an open invitation to members and non-members, I always enjoy attending this event to keep up to date with the latest developments of Flight Simulators, as everyone shares information and tips, many of the members bring along their customized flight simulators. The Club owns an I-Fly simulator currently set up as an Cessna 172 , proving very popular at the Fly In particularly with non-members, and member Paul Kennedy was working Live ATC.


The highlight of the event was the talk given by Ryanair Captain Aidan McNulty, whom has been flying with Ryanair for the last eight years, three years as a first officer before promotion to captain, gave a very interesting insight into a flight to London ,and Ryanair operations. 


PC Pilots Club Ireland hold two 'Fly In' annually in April and October for more information visit their website

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Friday, 12 October 2012

Irish Commercial Aviation September Traffic ©

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) announced  1.8 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport in September, a 7% increase over the same period last year.Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe rose by 8% with just over 1 million passengers travelling on this route sector in September.

UK traffic recorded a 1% increase with more than 580,000 passengers travelling last month.Transatlantic traffic to North America recorded a 7% increase as more than 178,000 passengers travelled on this route sector in September (Norte Dame Vs Navy NFL Game). Other international passenger traffic, principally flights to the Middle East and North Africa increased by 92% with almost 45,000 passengers travelling to and from these destinations.

Domestic traffic fell by 17% with 6,000 passengers travelling this route sector last month.Year-to-date passenger numbers have increased by 1% with almost 14.8 million passengers travelling through Dublin Airport during the first nine months of the year.

The Irish Aviation Authority announced commercial terminal traffic for Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports increased by +3.5% in September 2012, when compared to September 2011. This growth in international arrivals and departures was largely driven by traffic increases in Dublin Airport (up 5.5%).

This is the second month in a row that the Authority has observed continued growth in this sector of traffic, which is primarily being driven by a significant rise in international arrivals and departures at Dublin Airport.

September 2012 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport + 0.5%, with an average of 65 commercial daily movements.

Dublin Airport +5.5%, with an average of 468 daily commercial movements (This would be driven by the Norte Dame Vs Navy NFL Game post game traffic on 1st September).

Shannon Airport -7.3%, with an average of 55 commercial daily movements.

There was a decrease of 1.9% in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land in Ireland) during September 2012, in comparison to September 2011.  Similarly, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /North America flights) saw a decrease of 3.8% in September 2012, when compared to September 2011.

There was an average of 1,547 daily flights during September 2012, with the busiest day being 2nd September with 1,695 flights in Irish airspace. Due to the reductions in en-route traffic, total flights in Irish airspace for September have actually decreased by 0.30%, when compared to September 2011.

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Thursday, 11 October 2012

Ryanair in negotiations for 200 new aircraft ©

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley in an interview with Handelsblatt ,said the carrier was currently negotiating a new aircraft order for 100 aircraft plus100 options with aircraft manufacturer's Boeing, Comac and Sukhoi.

Ryanair's current aircraft deliveries will finish next year, thereafter the carrier intends to take a pause on new aircraft deliveries till 2016/7, extracting growth in the interim by churning its base/route network and increasing aircraft utilisation, enabling the carrier to grow its cash reserves.

A key driver of any future new aircraft order will be a downturn in the aircraft order cycle, as fuel now accounts for 46% of its cost base, the trick will be to secure a favourable pricing deal similar to that with Boeing after 9/11, as the next generation of fuel efficient enter service from 2016 onwards, to enable it to maintain its low-cost leadership.

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Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Ryanair Adds Dortmund to route network ©

Ryanair announced from 14th March 2013 it's launching six new routes from Dortmund airport to Alghero, Faro,Girona, Malaga, Palma and Porto operating 14 weekly flights delivering 200,000 passengers per annum, creating new 200 jobs.

Dortmund airport spokesman Guido Miletic said the arrival of Ryanair will partially compensate for the loss of Air Berlin and Easyjet traffic, paying the same fees as other airlines. Dortmund airport is the fourth largest airport in North Rhine-Westphalia region ,with the capacity to handle 2.5 million passengers.

Dortmund Airport CEO Markus Bunk said "This is a big vote of confidence of the largest European airline in the potential of the region and the airport. With the new routes from Dortmund much needed jobs, the tourism in the region and support shows confidence in the tremendous growth potential at Dortmund airport".

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said “Ryanair is delighted to announce six new routes from Dortmund, our 11th German airport, beginning in March 2013.”



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Ryanair Announces two new routes from Düsseldorf Weeze ©

Ryanair announced on Tuesday 9th October it will operate 51 routes with 184 weekly flights from its Düsseldorf Weeze Base in Summer 2013 including two new routes to Corfu (Greece) operating weekly effective 21st March, and Vilnius (Lithuania) operating three times weekly effective 14th March .

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is delighted today to present its summer flight schedule 2013 in Dusseldorf/Weeze, which includes two new routes to Corfu and Vilnius, the 2.45 million Ryanair passengers will contribute around 2,450 regional jobs".

Ryanair’s Elina Hakkarainen said “Ryanair is pleased to announce yet another new route to our Vilnius network. The new route from Vilnius to Dusseldorf Weeze will commence in mid-March and will operate three times per week, this is our 3rd route between Vilnius and Germany".

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Monday, 8 October 2012

First Transaero Airlines Boeing 777 arrives in Shannon ©

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This evening TSO8777 EI-UNV Boeing 777-222(ER) c/n 28714 Transaero Airlines became the first  Boeing 777 to arrive in Shannon for maintenance work with its sister company Transaero Engineering Ireland Ltd, after a ferry flight from Moscow Domodedovo Airport.

The arrival of the Boeing 777 marks a significant milestone in the development of Transaero Engineering Ireland , as a number of staff undertook EASA 147 training for line/project maintenance on the type. The new Boeing 777 product line further enhances MRO capability in Ireland, broadening the range of services available to airlines.

The Boeing 777 is the third Transaero Airlines aircraft to arrive in Shannon for maintenance following EI-CXR Boeing 737-300 on 15th August and EI-CZD Boeing 767-216ER on 8th September.

A total of 1,379 Boeing 777s are in service worldwide with a further 349 on order, therefore their is immense opportunities to acquire third party work, as Transaero Engineering builds up capability on the type in the years ahead.

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Aircraft Purchase Fleet Ltd orders two Airbus A320s ©

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Dublin-based aircraft lessor Aircraft Purchase Fleet Ltd has ordered two Airbus A320s announced Airbus when releasing September order book figures last Friday . Aircraft Purchase Fleet Ltd (APFL) was formed to restructure Alitalia’s Airbus order books when the airline acquired its domestic rival Air One back in 2008

APFL is an aircraft leasing company fully controlled by Toto Spa (an Italian holding) incorporated in Ireland at the end of 2008 to act as capacity provider for Alitalia.  The company took over Air One’s Airbus order for 44 A320s, 12 A330s and 12 A350s, subsequently the company transferred eight of the Airbus A330-200s on order to other leasing companies.

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Thursday, 4 October 2012

Turkish Airlines Increases Dublin-Istanbul route frequency ©

Turkish Airlines has announced its adding three extra return flights per week on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays evenings from the beginning of next year’s summer season, when it will operate 10 return flights per week on the Dublin-Istanbul route. Last year 80,000 passengers used the route (Flightglobal 2nd October).

The three additional frequencies to Istanbul enables onward connections to destinations such as Sharm El Sheik (Egypt), Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania), Sofia (Bulgaria), Bucharest (Romania), Chisinau (Moldova) and Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina).

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Dublin Airport Authority Head of Aviation Business Development Cormac O’Connell said "We have been working closely with Turkish Airlines for several years and this extra frequency will offer passengers additional choice and convenience.”

Turkish Airlines Ireland Managing Director Murat Balandi said “We are delighted to announce this increase in flights out of Dublin. This will provide more options for our customers and also opens up extra options for connecting flights out of Istanbul and will mean more traffic through Dublin Airport. We are constantly looking for more ways to assist our customers and hope that this will be of great benefit to them.”

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Ryanair Adds extra Dublin-Brussels Charleroi Flight ©

Ryanair announced it is to add an extra flight on the Dublin-Brussels Charleroi route from 7th November, prior to Ireland assuming the six-month Presidency of the Council of the EU on 1st January 2013. The extra daily flight enables the same day return on the route during the business week (Monday to Friday).

Ryanair Head of Communications Stephen McNamara said "“Irish and European politicians can save Europe’s taxpayers thousands of euro by switching to Ryanair’s low cost flights without having to fork out on hotels or other expenses, thanks to our double daily flights".

The flight is now open and available for booking until Friday 29th March 2013 operated by a Dublin based aircraft.

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Irish Airlines Report September Traffic ©

Aer Lingus announced it carried 1.019 million passengers in September up 1.7%, the airline carried 97,000 long-haul passengers up 4.3% with a load factor of 90.7% up 3% on a 0.4% increase in capacity, and it carried 829,000 short-haul passengers down 1.4% with a load factor of 81.4% up 0.5% on a 0.9% decrease in capacity.

Aer Lingus Regional carried 93,000 passengers up 36.8% and year to date has carried 752,000 passengers. As usual figures exclude traffic on the United Airlines Joint-Venture Washington Dulles to 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 (81.4% v 78.7%) and on North Atlantic routes (90.7% v. 87.9%). AEA short-haul traffic (RPK) was up 6.0% and North Atlantic up 3.3%.


Ryanair announced it carried 7.84 million passengers in September up 8% with a load factor of 84% down 1% and year to date has carried 79.07 million passengers.

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Wednesday, 3 October 2012

United Airlines Announces new Shannon Chicago route ©


United Airlines has announced that it will launch a new five-times-weekly service between Shannon and Chicago from 7th June to 27th August 2013 (both dates westbound), subject to government approval, the new route is expected to generate 20,000 passengers at Shannon Airport.

The Shannon-Chicago flight, UA67, will depart Shannon daily except Wednesday and Thursday at 1100, arriving in Chicago 1305.  The return flight, UA66, will depart Chicago daily except Tuesday and Wednesday at 1800 arriving in Shannon at 0730 the next morning.

The flights will be operated by Boeing 757-200ER aircraft with a total of 169 seats – 16 flat-bed seats in United BusinessFirst and 153 in United Economy, including 45 Economy Plus seats with added legroom and increased personal space.

The flight is scheduled to provide connections beyond Chicago to over 125 destinations across North, Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Mayor of Limerick Gerry McLoughlin said "I am delighted by United Airlines’ announcement and look forward to the airline playing a central role in the development of an independent Shannon Airport".

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said "United Airlines has been a strong performer at Shannon since it commenced services here in 1998. It has successfully built a year-round customer base in the West of Ireland in the business and leisure sectors. This announcement is proof that United Airlines see further opportunities for growth at Shannon and we look forward to working closely with them on delivering those extra passengers".

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said  “We look forward to working closely with United to maximise the promotion of this new route. As an island, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with United, Shannon Airport and other tourism interests to drive demand for this new service

United Airlines (formerly Continental) has been operating at Shannon since 1998, has so far carried over 1.4 million passengers through the airport and is set to exceed the 1.5 million mark by the end of 2013. The Chicago route was a regular service at Shannon since 1996 and was last operated in 2009 when Aer Lingus ceased its service.

However, there has been traditional strong demand for services to the “Windy City” with over 110,000 passengers travelling in 2007 when the route was then served by both American Airlines and Aer Lingus with 14 flights a week.

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CityJet wins EGNOS Silver Award ©

Cityjet CEO Christine Ourmières has been elected by members onto the Board of the European Regions Airline Association (ERA).  Christine is only the second female Airline President to be elected to the ERA Board in the Association's 32-year history. Cityjet was awarded the Second Silver Award from EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service at ERA 2012 Conference in Dublin.

Cityjet CEO Christine Ourmières said the company was currently installing EGNOS systems on eight of their 13 Fokker 50 propeller aircraft. “We are jumping to EGNOS for reasons of cost and improved navigation,” she said. “We did some analyses and found fuel savings, and comfort for our crew – they feel better, safer, and it is a modern tool.”

CityJet, is a subsidiary of Air France-KLM. Ourmières said it essentially extended the viability of the fleet. “You are always asking whether or not the fleet is too old. With EGNOS, even with a 25-year old aircraft, you know that the technology is good,” she said. “For the team it is a great achievement, we are very proud.”


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Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Norwegian takes delivery of its 50th new Boeing 737-800 ©

Norwegian Air Shuttle commercially branded 'Norwegian', took delivery of its 50th new 737-800 from Boeing Field on Monday 1st October, LN-NGE Boeing 737-8JP c/n 39050 arriving at it's home base in Oslo-Gardermoen on Tuesday 2nd October.

Established in 2002, Norwegian is now the second largest airline in Scandinavia and the third largest low-cost airline in Europe. The aircraft is painted in the children’s rights organization UNICEF’s colors and logo to mark the Norwegian and UNICEF partnership, and named “Commemorative Air”.

Norwegian and UNICEF partnership has been in place since 2007.

Norwegian Air Shuttle has a fleet of 56 Boeing 737-800s with a further 51 on order plus two options.

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Monday, 1 October 2012

Ryanair offers to boost Italian Tourism in exchange for lower costs ©

Ryanair has submitted a proposal to the Italian Government that could see it increase its Italian traffic from 24 million to 37 million passengers by 2016 subject to lowering airport taxes and other additional costs, especially municipal taxes. The key elements of the plan include increasing traffic from 24 million passengers in 2012 to 37 million in 2016, the opening of new routes in Campania and Sicily regions and opening of five new bases, and to encourage all airlines to rise above the levels of existing traffic.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley stated "Ryanair is offering to increase traffic and tourism Italians providing 13 million passengers per year, as it will increase our traffic in Italy to 37 million passengers per year by 2016.

These passengers will create and sustain more than 37,000 jobs on site and provide over 5.5 billion euro in tourist revenue to the Italian economy each year. We believe that working with Ryanair the government can increase traffic and tourism quickly because tourism is one of the few sectors that respond instantly to stimuli, growth and Ryanair guarantees in exchange for a lower cost for the passengers".

The Ryanair Italian Tourism Proposal is the third made by Ryanair to Goverments across Europe. In September 2010 it made an formal offer to Irish Government to grow passengers numbers by 6 million passengers over a five year period at Cork, Dublin and Shannon Airports. In February it made an offer to the Spanish government to grow from 38 million to 58 million passengers over a four year period.

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Ryanair pulls Verona routes ©

Ryanair announced that from the 12th October its closing all 11 routes to Verona citing non-compliance with contractual terms , moving the routes to competing airports.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "From Friday, October 12 Ryanair will cease operations in Verona, with the consequent loss of 39 weekly flights, 500,000 passengers per annum and up to 500 will be lost in Verona, while Ryanair will continue to grow in the low-cost airports who work with us to provide low fares".

Ryanair's 11 Verona routes: Bari, Brindisi, Alghero, Brussels, Dublin, Edinburgh, London, Madrid, Paris,Palermo, Trapani. Ryanair operates Dublin to Verona three times weekly on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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ASL Aviation Group expands its Irish based Air Contractors fleet ©

EI-STB Boeing 737-476F shortly after arriving in Dublin 

In response to growing customer demand the ASL Aviation Group announced it has purchased four Boeing 737-400 Freighters, allocating three aircraft to it's Irish based airline Air Contractors, with the company selecting Aeronautical Engineers Inc to provide three Boeing 737-400SF 11 Pallet Configuration Freighter Conversions. The aircraft are all ex Qantas Airways high gross weight Boeing 737-400’s.

Mr. Robert T. Convey Vice President of Sales & Marketing said  “We are honored that the ASL Aviation Group has selected AEI’s B737-400SF 11 Pallet Conversion for their fleet expansion,  we are pleased to welcome the ASL Aviation Group into the Aeronautical Engineers family of operators".

The first aircraft EI-STB Boeing 737-476F c/n 24440 ex N116BT /VH-TJO was registered on 27th September and delivered 29-30th September Miami-Gander-Dublin.

The acquistion enables ASL Group grow the Boeing 737-400 Freighter fleet to seven aircraft,  Europe Air Post acquired F-GZTI Boeing 737-408 (SF) c/n 25063 and F-GZTJ Boeing 737-4S3 (SF) c/n 25595.

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