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Etihad Airways carries 1 millionth passengers on Dublin route

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                                                      Etihad Airways today Thursday 28th February passed a major milestone after flying the one millionth passenger on its Abu Dhabi to Dublin route. Etihad Airways launched its services to Ireland in July 2007 with an initial four flights a week, increasing to six and then moving to a daily service in March 2008, this grew to 10 flights per week in March 2010 using Airbus A330-200s, Dublin has frequently featured in its top 10 most popular routes. The one million passenger landmark comes as Etihad Airways is set to boost capacity in the Irish market with the introduction of a Boeing 777-300ER aircraft on six of its ten weekly return flights from 2nd July and has a wide-ranging code-share agreement with its equity partner, Aer Lingus, which has brought considerable traffic onto both carriers’ flight networks. The one million passenger, Alacoque O’Connor, from Athlone, Co. Roscommon was randomly chosen from flight EY42 which depa

Flying In Ireland March 2013 Issue - On Sale Now

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                                         Flying In Ireland March 2013 Issue - On Sale Now Picture: Courtesy Flying in Ireland                                                                                                March 2013 Issue Out Now History of Irish Parachuting (Part 2) The Club Air Story My Friend Leared About Flying From That MORE General Aviation News A Day in the life of a Commercial Airline Pilot Book Review - British Army Aviation in Action Product Review - AFE UK Flight Guide 2013 2013 Irish Aviation Events List  Aircraft Register Shannon News Industry, Military, Airline & Airport News In Brief Business, Clubs and Schools News  Cover price just €4.75. Issued by Irish Aviation Research Institute ™  on behalf of Flying in Ireland

Ryanair announces new Dublin to Bremen route

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                                                    Ryanair announced the launch of a new route from Dublin to Bremen operating three times weekly from 18th September on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, becoming the fourth German destination to be served by Ryanair from Dublin. The airline previously served the route from 2007 to 2009. The Dublin Airport Authority welcomed the launch of the new route. Ryanair’s Maria Macken said "Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Dublin route to/from Bremen in Northwest Germany. This new service will operate three times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 18 September 2013 and will go on sale on www.ryanair.com tomorrow. Passengers in Ireland now have a choice of 4 German destinations (Berlin Schonefeld, Bremen, Frankfurt Hahn and Memmingen) from Dublin giving them even more choice than ever." The City Municipality of Bremen is a Hanseatic city in northwestern Germany. A commercial and industrial city with a major port

EU Commission Blocks Ryanair's 3rd Aer Lingus bid (The Main Players Respond)

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Picture: Courtesy of Adam Ryan  Aer Lingus : "Aer Lingus’ position from the outset has been that Ryanair’s offer should never have been made. The series of inadequate remedy offers presented by Ryanair only underlines the view that Ryanair made its offer without any reasonable belief that it could obtain clearance. Aer Lingus continues to cooperate with the UK Competition Commission (UK CC) in its investigation into Ryanair’s 29.8% shareholding in Aer Lingus. The UK CC investigation began following the referral by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading on 15 June 2012, which observed that “there is a realistic prospect that its stake has resulted or will result in a substantial lessening of competition. The announcement of Ryanair’s bid on 19 June, just four days later, was clearly motivated by a desire to derail the UK CC’s investigation. "  Chambers Ireland : "Chambers Ireland has campaigned extensively for this outcome which is the best result for Irish business.

Ryanair announces new route Dusseldorf Weeze to Santander

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                                                      Ryanair announced the launch of a new route from its Dusseldorf Weeze Base to Santander operating three times weekly from 11th June 2013 on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, becoming the 14th Spanish destination to be served from Weeze by Ryanair. Ryanair's Luis Fernández-Mellado said "Ryanair has always shown an interest to continue growing in Parayas airport and keep looking for new opportunities to attract more tourists to Cantabria". Ryanair will operate a total of 17 routes from Satander for Summer 2013 , including Edinburgh, announced last December and starts operating on 31st March. Santander is a wonderful city located in the north of Spain. The northern regions of Spain are often the less spoiled by tourism and also less know to foreign visitors, but the north of Spain keeps some of the jewels of the country: amazing landscapes and charming beaches, friendly peoples and nature preserves. The port city

Ryanair announces four new routes from Bologna

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                                                      Ryanair announced the launch of four new routes from Bologna for Summer 2013 to Barcelona, ​​Dublin, Edinburgh and Paphos operating a total of 34 routes with 310 weekly flights delivering 2.1 million passengers per annum. The carrier established its Bologna Base in 2009 growing to five based aircraft. Bologna is the capital city of Emilia-Romagna, in the Po Valley of Northern Italy and to the oldest university in the Western world, University of Bologna, founded in 1088. The city is a lively and cosmopolitan Italian college city, has a rich history, art, cuisine, music and culture, and was made 2000's European Capital of Culture.                                           Irish Aviation Research Institute © 27th February 2013 All Rights Reserved .

Jet2 Announces new Belfast to Salzburg route

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Picture: Courtesy of Wikipedia  Jet2 announced its launching a route from Belfast International Airport to Salzburg operating weekly on Saturdays from 21st December 2013 to 5th April 2014, becoming its 16th destination to be served from Belfast to cater for the Ski market. Jet2 CEO Steve Heapy said "Last year we launched Geneva and it was a roaring success with all flights fully booked.  This year is looking extremely good too, with record passengers.  We wanted to build on this demand with the launch of Salzburg, giving ski and board enthusiasts  an even greater range of fantastic ski destinations.   I am confident that it will be extremely popular, especially with our friendly low fares and generous 22kg baggage allowance. Salzburg is the gateway to the Austrian Alps and offers our customers great value, choice and flexibility from Belfast." Irish Aviation Research Institute © 26th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair announces new Dublin to Bologna route ©

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                                                      Ryanair announced its launching a new route from Dublin to Bologna operating three times weekly from 12th June on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, and expects to carry 40,000 passengers on the route in the first year of operation and becomes the eighth Italian destination to be served from Dublin. The route initially operates twice weekly from 11th June on Wednesdays and Sundays as the third frequency on Fridays commences on 5th July. Ryanair’s Maria Macken said "Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Dublin route to/from Bologna in Northern Italy. This new service will operate three times weekly on Wednesday, Fridays and Sundays from 11 June 2013. Passengers in Ireland now have a choice of 8 Italian destinations (Alghero, Bologna, Milan, Palermo, Pisa, Rome, Turin and Venice) from Dublin giving them even more choice than ever." Schedule: RYR9456 DUB1410 BLQ1800 RYR9457 BLQ1825 DUB2015 B738 Wednesday RYR9456 DUB

Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Shortlisted for 'Innovation in Action' Award ©

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Picture: Coutsey of Eurocontrol                                                      The Irish Aviation Authority’s Point Merge airspace initiative which went live on 13th December 2012 has been shortlisted for the ‘Innovation in Action’ award by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for the their 2013 Awards programme, in recognition of the cutting edge enhancements that have been introduced to streamline Dublin’s airspace. IAA Director of ATM Operations and Strategy Peter Kearney said "Point Merge at Dublin is part of the IAAs continuing strategy to develop innovative new air traffic management solutions to provide a safe, efficient and cost effective services to our airline partners. We are delighted that the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has shortlisted the IAA for the “Innovation in Action” Award 2013, in recognition of this world leading ATM development.The project is the result of over two years’ intensive research and development by a

Cork Airport launches new Ad Campaign promoting direct routes ©

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Picture: Courtesy of Hotels in Cork  The battle for passengers in the South of Ireland intensified today as Cork Airport launched a new advertising campaign entitled 'Better Still, You’re Flying From Cork’ to cement Cork Airport’s status as the number one airport in the South of Ireland, as the airport competes for business against a newly independent Shannon Airport in addition to Kerry Airport and Waterford Airport. Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "This is an exciting new advertising campaign showcasing all the reasons why it’s so easy and convenient to fly direct from Cork Airport. This campaign will naturally resonate with those living in Cork city and county but this campaign is also designed to reach our customer bas throughout Munster and further afield." Managing Director Cawley Nea\TBWA Deirdre Waldron said "Cork Airport is vital to the business, community and cultural life of the South of Ireland. The region has every right to be proud o

Air Canada re-introduces Dublin to Toronto route ©

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                                                      Air Canada is to re-launch its seasonal Dublin to Toronto route for Summer 2013 from 18th May to 29th September, operating to up to seven times weekly using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering customers Economy Class and Comfort Plus seats with Executive First business class seating available on selected services. Air Canada Sales Representative Ireland Eamon Flanagan said “We are pleased to serve the Irish market once again this summer. Toronto proves to be a popular destination with both business and leisure customers in Ireland. As well as benefiting from easy access to the city’s major commercial center and to its many tourism attractions, our Irish customers can take advantage of convenient connections to destinations across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America from our hub, Toronto Pearson International Airport." Schedule: ACA894 Departs Toronto 2145 arrives Dublin 0915 ACA895 Departs Dublin

Government targets Aviation Sector for growth ©

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                                                                                                          On Friday 22nd The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs published Action Plan for Jobs 2013, as the next step in the Government's plan to rebuild the Irish economy containing 333 actions to be implemented this year by 16 Government departments and 46 agencies targeting Aviation as a key sector for employment growth. Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said: “The Action Plan for Jobs is aimed at supporting the transition from the old, failed economy reliant on property, banking and debt to a new, sustainable, jobs-rich economy based on enterprise, exports and innovation.” The Action Plan 2013 for jobs contained a number of specific elements including the re-establishment of the Shannon Airport Authority Board and appointment of an new CEO, and the transfer of Shannon Development’s enterprise and tourism functions to Fáilte Ireland a

AERGO & PEMCO Partnership Inducts First Two Boeing 737-400 Freighters

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Dublin based Aergo Capital and PEMCO World Air Services have announced the first two aircraft of a 20-aircraft conversion deal between the company and AERGO Cargo Solutions (AERGO) have been inducted – the first aircraft at PEMCO’s Tampa facility and the second at HAECO Group’s STAECO Jinan, China facility. The Boeing 737-400 11-position high yield freighters capable of accommodating a wide variety of containers or pallets (88x125, 108x125, 96x125, military pallet, demi, LD3, AEH, and engine hauling up to 11,000 lbs), plus a smaller hazmat-capable container. Importantly, this configuration is the world’s only 737-400F engineered to comply with forthcoming fire hazard related hazmat regulations which are required to transport these high value, time sensitive goods to market. Aergo CEO Fred Browne said "We are very pleased that the conversion of the first two aircraft is well underway and we have an additional three aircraft lined up for completion by Q2 2013. Our goal is to ke

Ryanair eyes significant expansion in Germany ©

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                                                    Ryanair is eyeing up significant expansion in the German market and is discussions with 11 airports said CEO Michael O'Leary yesterday, as the airline held press conferences in Cologne/Bonn, Dortmund and Leipzig airports. The carrier sees huge opportunities for growth as Air Berlin and Lufthansa re-structure as Ryanair plans to grow from 80 million to 120 million passengers over the next ten years. The airline launched its first German route from London Stansted to Frankfurt Hahn on 22nd April 1999 progressively expanding to open bases in Baden Baden (2 aircraft), Bremen (3 aircraft), Dusseldorf Weeze (9 aircraft) and Frankfurt Hahn (8 aircraft). The airline operates from 13 airports: Baden Baden, Berlin Schonefeld, Bremen, Cologne/Bonn,Dusseldorf Weeze, Dortmund, Frankfurt Hahn, Leipzig/Halle, Magdeberg,Memmingen, Münster, Nuremberg. The airline operates from Dublin to Berlin Schonefeld,Frankfurt Hahn,Memmingen and Kerr

Aer Lingus and JetBlue Airways announce code-share agreement

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                                                      Aer Lingus and JetBlue Airways announced a new code-share agreement building upon the interline partnership established between the two carriers in 2008 that linked their networks in Boston and New York JFK. Flights operated by JetBlue and featuring the Aer Lingus "EI" flight number will soon be available for sale on the Aer Lingus website, travel agents and online travel agencies, connecting the Irish carrier's transatlantic flights with 29 JetBlue destinations in North America including Baltimore, Buffalo, Dallas-Fort Worth, Fort Lauderdale, Orlando, Philadelphia, Rochester, Syracuse, Tampa, and West Palm Beach, subject to receipt of government approval.   From the end of March Aer Lingus will offer double daily flights between Dublin and Boston and New York JFK and from Shannon to Boston four times weekly and New York JFK three times weekly all connecting with JetBlue. The start of the new code-share arran

Bombardier Aerospace signs $2.56 Billion purchase agreement with Russia's IFC ©

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Picture: Courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace  Bombardier Aerospace announced today it signed an purchase agreement with Moscow-based Ilyushin Finance Co for 32 CS300 aircraft valued at approximately $2.56 billion at list prices plus 10 options the contract would have a total value of approximately $3.42 billion should options be exercised. The transaction which follows a letter of intent signed by IFC in 2011, is subject to approval by the company’s shareholders. Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Mike Arcamone said "This is a landmark opportunity for Bombardier Aerospace and its CSeries aircraft, The CSeries aircraft was tailor-made for operation in this vast region and has the potential to offer a step-change in air travel in Russia and throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States. " Director General IFC Alexander Rubtsov said "As older, less efficient designs present ongoing challenges to airlines – given high fuel costs and heightened environmental

Ryanair eyes growth opportunities in Leipzig/Halle ©

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                                                    Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said on a visit to Leipzig/Halle today he sees significant potential for growth at the airport and negotiations are underway for Winter 2013/4 and Summer 2014 to add more routes , and in the medium to long-term a new base is prospect. The airline reported bookings on two routes to Faro and Pisa are 15% ahead of pre-planned budget, in the current financial year it expects to carry 180,000 passengers from Leipzig/Halle and next year 200,000 passengers. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Leipzig is very important because he is one of our fastest growing airports in Germany. He also gives us some access to Berlin: we have seen that there are many people of Berlin who use our cheap flight to and from Leipzig. I think Leipzig is a potential foundation for future Ryanair in East Germany. " The airline operates six routes to Faro, London Stansted, Faro, Malaga, Rome Ciampino and Trapani.

Irish Commercial Air Traffic grows by 3.3% in January ©

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                                                      The Irish Aviation Authority announced commercial terminal traffic for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports increased significantly by 3.3% in January 2013, when compared to January 2012. This growth in international arrivals and departures was largely driven by traffic increases in Dublin Airport. This is the sixth month in a row that the Authority has observed continued growth in this sector of traffic. The January 2013 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are: Cork Airport : - 1.4%, with an average of 49 commercial daily movements. Dublin Airport : + 5.6%, with an average of 381 daily commercial movements. Shannon Airport : -10.7% with an average of 37 commercial daily movements. There was a marginal decrease of 1.60% in Ireland’s en route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during January 2013, in comparison to January 2012.

British Airways and Flybe announce new Donegal route code-share agreement ©

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                                                    British Airways and Flybe have announced a new code-share agreement linking Donegal Airport to London Heathrow, Loganair will operate the route from Donegal to Dublin; passengers will then transfer to British Airways to London Heathrow. Passengers travelling from Dublin will enjoy a generous 23kg baggage allowance on the entire journey, while enjoying the British Airways on-board experience from Dublin to Heathrow. This includes a choice of two cabins and a complimentary bar and meal service, as well as online check in and seat selection 24 hours before departure. The new schedule will see British Airways complement Loganair’s existing departure timetable from Donegal to Dublin by offering convenient connection times for passengers wishing to travel onwards to London. Providing two return flights a day to suit both business and leisure passengers, fares from Donegal to London Heathrow start at just €78 one way and from €184 r

Irish Aviation Authority Innovation and enhancements eliminate Air Traffic delays ©

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Picture: Courtesy Paul Doyle  Irish air traffic control-attributable delays were extremely low in 2012 with just 00.01% of flights affected. The figures for delays for aircraft flying to and from destinations in Ireland in 2012 constitute some of the lowest on record for the Irish Aviation Authority.  Delays attributable to the IAA averaged just 0.015 minutes per flight during 2012. In 2012, it is estimated that the UK-Ireland FAB (Future Airspace Block) helped deliver €27 million of enabled savings to airlines, including 25,000 tonnes of reduced fuel and 80,000 tonnes of reduced CO2 emissions, while the TMA 2012 project is expected to save 85 kilograms of fuel per individual flight at Dublin in 2013. The Irish Aviation Authority ongoing commitment to innovation and enhancement through investment in the development of a state-of-the art air traffic management system (COOPANS) in cooperation with its partners in the UK-Ireland Functional Airspace Block (FAB) and through innovat

AWAS new customer Thai Airways to lease 9 new Airbus A320s ©

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Image: Courtesy of Airbus  Dublin based AWAS announced today it has agreed to place nine Airbus A320 aircraft from its new order pipeline with Thai Airways, the flag carrier of Thailand. These aircraft will be used for the expansion of Thai’s successful regional subsidiary ThaiSmile. AWAS President & CEO Ray Sisson said "We are extremely proud today to add Thai Airways as a customer.  The ThaiSmile network has successfully expanded as customers recognize the value of a product with the strong brand and service associated with Thai Airways.” AWAS AsiaPac VP Sales JT Foo said "ThaiSmile is a rapidly growing regional carrier that operates a lower cost model with the benefits of superior service and dedication to customer comfort that has been long-associated with Thai Airways.  Our team is delighted to establish this new relationship with them, and to help them grow well into the future." Thai Airways President Mr. Sorajak said "We are very pleased to en

Finance Bill 2013 lays foundations for growth in MRO Sector ©

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                                                      The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D  published the Finance Bill 2013 and Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2013 on 13th February giving effect to Aviation measures announced in Budget 2013 on 5th December, laying the foundations for increased growth in aircraft maintenance and repair sector (MRO) industry. The Government has prioritized Ireland’s aviation sector as a growth area, and is also keen to develop Irish airports as the sector undergoes transition. The Finance Bill provides new incentives to benefit the aviation sector, and promote the construction of new airport infrastructure. The Finance Bill 2013 provided a provision for an amendment to the definition of “industrial building” such that industrial building allowances will apply to hangars, tear down pads, parking and ancillary facilities, for a period of five years from commencement, the construction of new aviation-specific facilities such a

Aer Lingus Regional enhances Dublin London Southend Schedule ©

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                                                      Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann is revising the three times daily Dublin to London Southend route timings with the introduction of the Summer schedule on 31st March to improve convenience for customers. From 31 March 2013 Aer Lingus  Regional will fly from Dublin to London Southend first thing in the morning, instead of vice versa – this will mean departures from London Southend to Dublin will be at  0915, 1515 and 1930, with flights departing Dublin for London Southend at 0715,1315 and 1730. This new timetable will deliver many benefits to customers on the route as an early arrival in Southend will benefit business travelers enabling a full business day in London, and a revised 0915 departure will work more efficiently with the rail timetable and for customers on City-breaks to Dublin. The schedule will enable a smoother connectivity over Dublin Airport for passengers travelling to and from Boston, Chicago, New

Ryanair adds extra Kerry Alicante service for Summer 2013 ©

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                                                                          Ryanair is to add an additional service from Kerry Airport to Alicante for Summer 2013 adding an Sunday flight from 2nd June till 28th July in addition to its existing twice weekly service which resumes on Tuesday 26th March. Ryanair operates five routes from Kerry to Alicante & Faro (Seasonal) and year-round to Frankfurt Hahn, London Luton and London Stansted. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 13th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair adds extra Ireland West Knock Alicante flight for Summer 2013 ©

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                                                    On Tweet this morning Ireland West Knock announced Ryanair is to increase in frequency on their Alicante service adding in an extra flight on Saturdays from June to August. In addition to the twice weekly service re-commencing 25th March, operating on Mondays and Fridays. In recent weeks Ryanair announced a new Malaga route and increased frequencies on London Luton & London Stansted routes, the increased flights to Alicante is a further welcome boost for Ireland West Knock. Ryanair operates six sun destinations from Ireland West Knock to Alicante, Faro-Algarve, Las Palams-Gran Canaria, Lanzarote, Malaga and Tenerife South. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 13th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Dublin Airport handles almost 1.2 million passengers in January ©

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                                                      Dublin Airport announced it handled almost 1.2 million in January up 2% on prior year with almost all market segments reporting a positive trend, firstly Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 3% with just over 557,000 passengers, domestic traffic increased by 9% to 3,900 passengers. The attractiveness of Dublin Airport as a connecting hub continues with Transatlantic traffic up 12% to 90,000 passengers and other international traffic, principally to the Middle East increased by 50% with more than 47,000 passengers. Dublin to UK traffic recorded a decline of 3% with 460,000 passengers. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 12th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair increases flights from Shannon Airport to Malaga & Palma ©

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                                                      Ryanair has announced its increasing flights from Shannon Airport to Malaga and Palma during the summer peak months, a further indication of the return to growth at the airport. The Ryanair additions will see the airline increase its Palma service from two to three flights weekly from May to October, when it will operate on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Ryanair will also increase flights to Malaga during the month of July to three times weekly, with the extra flight on Thursdays operated by a Malaga based aircraft . The airline will continue to operate twice weekly to Malaga during the peak travel season with services on Tuesdays and Sundays. Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said "This is a welcome boost for the many thousands of people from the West of Ireland that travel for annual sun holidays.  The increase in frequencies on both routes means that holidaymakers now have greater flexibility in planning th

Ryanair announces 2 new routes from Münster/Osnabrück ©

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                                                      Ryanair announced its launching two new routes from Münster/Osnabrück to Girona and Malaga operating twelve times weekly, flights from Girona and Malaga operate three times weekly from 5th and 2nd June prescriptively delivering 80,000 passengers, the addition of Münster/Osnabrück to the route network becomes Ryanair's 13rd airport to be served by the carrier in Germany. Münster Osnabrück International Airport, is the 4th largest international commercial airport in North Rhine-Westphalia. It is located near Greven, 25 km (16 miles) north of Münster (Westfalen) and 35 km (22 miles) south of Osnabrück. Ryanair becomes the second Irish airline to operate services to Münster/Osnabrück as Cityjet commenced London City route on 28th October 2012. The historic city of Münster has stayed true to its medieval past, with ancient houses, stunning squares and imposing churches. Being the bicycle capital of Germany, Münster is a cyc

'A New Beginning' for Regional carrier Aer Arann ©

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                                                    Aer Arann has today confirmed a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in 2012, with total passenger growth of 16% in the past two years. Aer Arann Interim CEO Sean Brogan announced a new beginning at the airline outlining a package of measures to grow its customer base and route network, including a restructuring of the company, a fleet renewal programme, the extension of Aer Lingus agreement and the addition of two new routes. Aer Arann Interim CEO Sean Brogan said "Just over two years ago, we stared closure in the face. Now, we have the fundamentals in place to join Europe’s top tier of regional airlines. The completion of our restructuring programme represents a new beginning for the airline. Our extended franchise agreement with Aer Lingus to 2022 gives us a firm foundation for growth, and the fleet renewal programme allows us to enhance the passenger offering further. We have come a long way in a shor

Ryanair adds extra Malaga flight from Ireland West ©

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                                                      Ireland West Airport Knock announced that in response to strong advance bookings Ryanair is adding an extra weekly flight to Malaga operating on Sundays from 2nd June till 1st September in addition to the Thursday service. The service will be operated by a Malaga based aircraft departing RYR8749 departs Malaga 0700 arriving into Ireland West 0915 and RYR8748 departs Ireland West 0940 arrives Malaga 1350. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 10th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus Maintenance celebrates 50th – calling all Apprentices

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                                                      The Aer Lingus M & E Department is celebrating 50 years of the engineering apprenticeship scheme. To mark the occasion, and as part of “The Gathering Ireland 2013”, an official event will take place in Croke Park in early March to bring together as many as possible of the 850 former apprentices since the scheme first began in 1962. The committee behind the event are trying to contact as many of these apprentices as possible and further information about the event can be found on The Gathering website, www.thegatheringireland,com , or emailing apprentices50@gmail.com. Information supplied by Paddy Kilduff XEI.

Aer Lingus January passenger numbers up 3.6% ©

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                                                      Aer Lingus announced it carried 638,000 passengers in January up 3.6% including Aer Lingus Regional operations. The airline carried 518,000 passengers up 0.8% with a load factor of 62.7% up 0.2% on an 4.4% reduction in available seat kilometers and revenue per passenger kilometers was down 4.2%. In Long-Haul it carried 55,000 passengers up 12.2% with a load factor of 68.2% up 6.4% on an increase of 2.9% in available seat kilometers and revenue per passenger kilometer was up 13.5%. Aer Lingus Regional carried 65,000 passengers up 22.6%. Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as a whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was lower on short-haul routes (62.7% v.65.8%) and much lower on the North Atlantic routes (68.2% v. 79.8%). Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Cityjet launches new Amsterdam-Perpignan route ©

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                                                        Cityjet is to launch a new weekly Saturday service from Amsterdam to Perpignan from 29th June to 31st August with RJ85 aircraft becoming its 23rd European destination and 10th French airport to be served by the carrier. Perpignan is the capital of the Pyrenees-Orientales on the River Tet, 12 kilometers west of the Mediterranean and 30 kilometers north of the Spanish border at the base of the Pyrenees in the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southwestern France. Catalonia straddles the border, influencing the language and cuisine. AFR5246 AMS1435 PGF1655  AFR5247 PGF1740 AMS2000                                           Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

AWAS Delivers two additional Boeing 737-800s to Norwegian ©

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Image: Courtesy of Norwegian   Dublin aircraft lessor AWAS announced it has delivered two Boeing 737-800s from its new aircraft order book to Norwegian Air Shuttle becoming the 5th and 6th new Boeing 737-800s placed with Norwegian enabling the airline to optimize its fleet and growth plan. AWAS Chief Commercial Officer Marlin Dailey said "Norwegian has grown with their commitment to a low cost model, customer-centric service and fleet of modern, fuel efficient aircraft. AWAS is proud to continue to support their expansion as well  as grow our long-term relationship. " AWAS Senior Vice President Sales Jennifer Moulton said "AWAS is pleased to be able to provide Norwegian with these two 737-800 aircraft , both outfitted with the Boeing Sky Interior, to assist them in expanding their route network throughout Europe." Norwegian CEO Bjørn Kjos said "We would like to thank AWAS which has been a valuable partner to us in our fleet modernization plan. With

Ryanair announces 4 new routes from Katowice ©

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                                                    Ryanair has announced its launching four new routes from Katowice for Summer 2013 including Alicante weekly and Girona twice weekly commencing 1st April and Chania weekly from 6th April and Edinburgh twice weekly from 31st March delivering 400,000 passengers operating 60 weekly flights up 60% and 9 routes up 44%. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to announce the launch of the summer season 2013 in Katowice, including 4 new routes to Alicante, Barcelona, ​​Edinburgh and Crete, which will bring 400,000 passengers transported per year, translating into about 400 * jobs" on the spot "in Katowice . Ryanair's new routes from Katowice contribute to the development of tourism in Poland. " Katowice is a city in Silesia in southern Poland, on the Kłodnica and Rawa rivers , located in the Silesian Highlands. Katowice is the center of science, culture, industry, business and transportation

Ryanair reinstates Girona to Poitiers route from 17th May ©

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                                                      Ryanair announced its reinstating the Girona to Poitiers route operating twice weekly from 17th May on Mondays and Fridays following the success of the route last summer. Ryanair Luis Fernández-Mellado said "No doubt, Futuroscope, the famous amusement park and one of the main attractions of the region tourist, captivated Ryanair passengers". Poitiers is a city on the Clain river in west central France. It is a commune and the capital of the Vienne department and of the Poitou-Charentes region the center is picturesque and its streets are interesting for predominant remains of historical architecture, especially from the Romanesque period.                                     Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair announces new London Stansted-Ostrava route ©

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                                                    Ryanair announced its launching a new route from it's London Stansted to Ostrava operating three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 2nd June and expects to carry 40,000 passengers on the route per annum. In addition the carrier operates from Brno to London Stansted. Ryanair’s Michelle Lowe said "Ryanair is pleased to announce a new London Stansted route to/from Ostrava, the 3rd largest city in the Czech Republic and Ryanair’s 180th destination. This new service will operate three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 4 June 2013. Passengers in the Greater London and surrounding areas now have a choice of 2 Czech destinations (Brno & Ostrava) from London Stansted giving them even more choice than ever." Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic and the second largest urban agglomeration after Prague. Located close to the Polish border, it is also the adminis

Avolon Aircraft Leasing completes American Airlines Boeing 777 transaction ©

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Image: Avolon  Dublin based Avolon Aircraft Leasing has completed a sale and lease-back transaction with American Airlines for one Boeing 777-300ER. The aircraft N719AN Boeing 777-323ER c/n 41668 was delivered Paine Field to American Airlines Dallas Forth Worth base on 28th January. In addition the carrier delivered two Boeing 737-800s to American Airlines as part of a five aircraft sale and lease-back transaction. Avolon Leasing has a total of 6 Boeing 777s in its portfolio 4 Boeing 777-200ERF and 2 Boeing 777-300ER. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th January 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair Reports January Traffic ©

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                                                      Ryanair announced it carried 4.35 million passengers down 1% (50,000 passengers) with a load factor of 71% and in the rolling 12 months to the end of January 2013 it carried 79.6 million passengers with a load factor of 82%. Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said "As previously guided, Ryanair’s January 2013 traffic fell by 50,000 (-1%) over January 2012 as we grounded up to 80 aircraft following the busy Christmas season. However, Ryanair enjoyed another record 12-month period to January 2013, with almost 80m passengers choosing one of our ultra-low fares since January 2012. " Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th February 2013 All Rights Reserved.