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Virgin's Little Red commences Manchester-London Heathrow route

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                                                      Picture: Courtesy of Paul Doyle  Virgin Atlantic Airways this morning commenced Little Red service on the Manchester to London Heathrow route operating four times daily bringing an new era of competition into the UK Short-Haul market. Yesterday evening EI-DEO Airbus A320-214 c/n 2486 'Queen of the Cobbles' positioned Dublin Airport to Manchester Airport as EIN982 prior to operating its first Virgin Little Red flight this morning as VIR3046 to London Heathrow. A further three Aer Lingus aircraft EI-DEI c/n 2374 'Maggie May'  EI-EZV c/n 2001 'Tartan Lassie' and EI-EZW c/n 1983 'Rosie Lee' will be added to the fleet as on Friday 5th April a six times daily Edinburgh-London Heathrow services begins followed by a three times daily Aberdeen-London Heathrow service from Tuesday 9th April.                                                                 Irish Aviation Research Institute © 31st

First visit to Dublin of NetJets Europe Global Express

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                                                    Picture: Courtesy of Sean Flynn  The first visit of NetJets Europe newly acquired Bombardier BD-700-1A10 Global 6000 CS-GLA c/n 9479 ex C-GKLC to Dublin Airport took place on Wednesday 27th March arriving at 1650 as NJE311E departed at midday as NJE866G On the 1st March 2011 NetJets placed a firm order for 50 Global Business Jets with 70 options valued at $2.8 Billion at list prices, taking delivery of 10 Global Business Jets this year. NetJets Europe has already seen strong demand for the Global 6000, with 75% of the first two aircraft already sold. The company will take a further two Global 6000 aircraft in the first half of 2013 and then continue to assess demand and the needs of its customer base as it evaluates its fleet inventory into the future. The Global 6000 has short-field performance with a range of 6,000 nautical miles cruising at Mach 0.89 (590 mph) seating up to 19 passengers. Netjets Europe is Europe's lar

Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (LTAI) acquires 28 CFM56-3 Engines to support customers

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                                                        Picture Courtesy of Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (LTAI)  In March 2012 Lufthansa Technik Group company acquired 14 Boeing 737-300/500s that where phased out by parent company Lufthansa and Lufthansa Technik (LHT) was the successful bidder for the aircraft following tender on the open market, the aircraft will be dismantled by Lufthansa Technik Component Services in Tulsa,Oklahoma. The 28 CFM56-3B-1 and CFM56-3C-1 Engines from these aircraft have been acquired by Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland (LTAI) in Dublin. Lufthansa Technik Airmotive Ireland MD Wolfgang Moerig said "The engines will be used to dramatically lower the cost of engine operation and maintenance operation for existing and new CFM56-3 Engines." LTAI is celebrating the first anniversary of its highly successful CFM56-3 Engine Trading and Material Recovery business, and is actively selling, leasing and exchanging engines and engine module

Iberia Express carries 2.8 million passengers in first year of operations

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                                                      Iberia Express carried 2.8 million passengers in the first year of operation becoming the fourth largest carrier at Madrid-Barajas airport operating a fleet of 14 Airbus A320s on a total of 24 routes (9 International & 15 domestic) with 23,000 flights with an average punctuality of 94%. Iberia Express CEO Luis Gallego said "In an economic context as complex as 2012, and even with rising airport charges that were not included in our forecasts and have assumed an impact of € 2.5 million that we have absorbed in Iberia Express have managed to close the first year surpassing our initial objectives. Our financial results, our market position as the fourth airline in Madrid-Barajas and our punctuality rates are a clear sign that the model works and that Iberia Express is a company able to operate short and medium haul so competitive and efficient. " It began operations on the Dublin-Madrid route, which was one of it

Aer Lingus and United Airlines expand code-share agreement

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                                                      Aer Lingus and United Airlines have today announced an expansion to their code share agreement, which began between Ireland and the United States in October 2008. Aer Lingus will codeshare on United Airlines year-round service between Dublin and Washington Dulles and seasonal non-stop service between Shannon Airport and Chicago/O’Hare, which will operate between 7th June and 27th August 2013. The codeshare agreement has also been expanded to include Aer Lingus-operated flights between Dublin and Manchester and Dublin and Birmingham and United Airlines has recently expanded its code sharing to include selected Aer Lingus-operated flights between Shannon and London Heathrow. Aer Lingus already codeshares on selected United-operated flights to 51 cities within the US and Canada.  United codeshares on Aer Lingus-operated flights from Dublin, Cork, Belfast and Shannon to London Heathrow, which offer convenient connections to and

Advanced Composites Training establishes in Ireland

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Advanced Composites Training, an educational institute for aviation, aerospace, automotive and wind energy composite materials technologies, is thrilled to announce the establishment of our first international training base in ICOMP - the Irish Centre for Composites Research – University of Limerick, Ireland. ACT will be offering scheduled training courses in cooperation with Ireland based “All Around Composites Ltd.”. These courses will bring accredited / certified composites technology training services to the Irish aviation and applied composites industries. All Around Composites Ltd Managing Director Paul Kennedy said "All Around Composites Ltd. is delighted to collaborate with ACT and the University of Limerick in the provision of composites technology courses, of the highest standard ever delivered in Ireland. The University will be our home for our future course work, as we expand the course type availability in Ireland and beyond. Advanced Composites Training commands

Nordic Global Airlines MD11F OH-NGB Visits Dublin

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                                                    Picture: Courtesy of Sean Flynn The first visit of Nordic Global Airlines McDonnell Douglas MD-11F OH-NGB c/n 48586 to Dublin Airport took place this afternoon operating a charter for Alitalia AZA9474/8834 from Madrid departing to Ostend arriving at 1415 departing at 1640 according to flight tracking website Flightradar24.com. The aircraft was originally delivered to EVA Airways as B-16107 on 30th August 1995 prior to being acquired by Nordic Global Airlines on 16th November 2012. Nordic Global Airlines commenced operations in August 2011 from its Helsinki Airport Base operating four MD11F's is owned by Finnair Group, Neff Capital Management, Daken Capital Partners, and Ilmarinen Mutual Insurance Company, providing cargo services from Helsinki to Hong Kong, Seoul-Incheon, Mumbai using Finnair codes and from Ostend to various locations in Africa.                                                  Irish Aviation Research In

Ryanair announces two new routes from Paris Beauvais

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                                                      Ryanair announced two new routes from Paris Beauvais to Alghero operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from 16th June and Oujda weekly on Mondays from 3rd June to 24th October delivering an additional 30,000 passengers to Paris Beauvais Airport. In 2013 Ryanair will deliver 3.5 million passengers to Paris Beauvais operating a total of 49 routes with 474 weekly flights including five new routes to Carcassonne, Oujda, Rabat & Zadar. Beauvais is Ryanair's largest airport non-base operation. Ryanair Sales Manager France Jonathan Brisy said "Ryanair is delighted to announce two new routes to / from Paris-Beauvais, which will operate from June 2013 to two flights each week. Both new Ryanair will increase traffic to Paris Beauvais with 30,000 additional passengers in 2013 and create 30 new jobs *, underlining the commitment of Ryanair for tourism development in the region." Irish Aviation Research Instit

Cityjet suspends London City-Eindhoven route

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                                                      Cityjet is suspending its twice daily London City to Eindhoven route operated by Fokker F50 aircraft from Thursday 28th March 2013. In a tweet @KLM said for commercial reasons CityJet has decided to suspend this route. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 25th March 2013 All Rights Reserved.

AWAS Announces several new contracts in Asian market

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Image: Courtesy of Wikipedia  Dublin based aircraft lessor AWAS continues to expand it's footprint in the high growth Asian market with announcement of several new contracts expanding its customer base in the region, leasing two new Airbus A320s to fast growing Pakistan airline Air Blue for delivery in late 2013 and 2014, in this quarter it delivered two new Airbus A320s to Jetstar Asia and Jetstar Australia in this quarter, it added All Nippon Airways as a new customer leasing three Airbus A320s. The Airbus A320s being leased to Air Blue and All Nippon Airways will be delivered fuel-saving Sharklets, saving airlines up to $270,000 per year with enhanced maintenance and operational benefits, Sharklets can save over 730t less CO2 emissions per aircraft. AWAS continues to grow its relationship with Japanese carrier Starflyer which began in 2011 with an Airbus A320 delivery expanding to offer a range of services including: Cargo Loading System (CLS), Extended Twin-Operations

Tarom Airlines returns to Dublin Airport after 12 years

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Image: Picture of Wikipedia  Tarom Airlines is reinstating its Bucharest Otopeni International to Dublin route after 12 years from 1st May operating three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using Boeing 737-700s with a capacity of 116 passenger to cater for Romanian community in Ireland and onward connections to Athens, Beirut, Belgrade, Cairo, Larnaca, Tel Aviv, & Sofia. Tarom is a member of SkyTeam Alliance. ROT397 departs Bucharest at 2130 and arrives in Dublin at 2330 and ROT396 departs Dublin at 0020 arrives in Bucharest at 0605. Tarom Airlines CEO Christian Heinzmann said "The summer brings plenty of news for our passengers. First we introduced new flights from Iasi to Bologna, Turin and London enjoyed successful flights since bookings on these routes are growing. Ireland is a destination Romanian appreciated and believe that the introduction of flights to Dublin will be very well received by passengers " The Roman state carrier has a long as

Ryanair reinstates Shannon Airport to Alicante route

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                                                      Ryanair has announced it reinstating the Shannon Airport to Alicante route after a three year absence operating twice weekly from 5th June to 27th September on Wednesdays and Fridays. An estimated 40,000 passengers travelled to Cork, Ireland West and Kerry to get to Alicante/Murcia according to the Shannon Airport Authority confirming pent up demand for the route. Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is pleased to announce a new Shannon route to/from Alicante, operating twice weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays from June 2013, which will go on sale on www.ryanair.com tomorrow. Passengers in the Shannon region can now choose from 10 exciting European destinations, including Nantes, Palma and Tenerife." Shannon Airport Authority Chairman Rose Hynes said "This Ryanair announcement is really good news for thousands of holiday makers from this region as Alicante is one of the most popular sun destinations o

Private Sky expands fleet with Falcon 900EX

Private Sky the trading name of Airlink Airways Ltd Ireland's largest bizjet operator has added a Falcon 900EX to its fleet. EI-ZMA Falcon 900EX c/n 134 was delivered Basel Mulhouse to Shannon Airport on Wednesday 20th March ex VP-CFR. The aircraft uses call-sign 'HY900A'. Private Sky operates from bases in Belfast City, Dublin Airport, London Stansted and Moscow with a fleet of Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLs, Learjet 60s. The Falcon 900EX has a flight crew of two with passenger cabin seating for between eight and 15 passengers, with a range of 4,330 nautical miles (8020km)with eight passengers at Mach 0.80, at long range cruising speed 4,500 nautical miles (8335km). It features TFE731-60 engines, a Honeywell Primus 2000 EFIS avionics suite. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 21st March 2013 All Rights Reserved.

CFM International gets $3.7 Billion order from Ryanair

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                                                      Ryanair today announced its commitment to purchase 350 additional CFM56-7BE Engines in a contract valued at $3.7 billion at list prices , subject to Ryanair shareholder approval. Ryanair first became a CFM customer in 1998 with an order for 28 CFM56-7-powered 737s. CFM President and CEO Jean-Paul Ebanga said "Ryanair is one of biggest customers and we are delighted to continue our relationship with one of Europe’s largest low-cost carriers." The Ryanair order, once approved will take the CFM56 engine backlog to more than 5,450 engines equivalent to about four years of production. The CFM56-7BE engine is the exclusive power-plant for its Boeing 737-600/-700/-800/-900 family of aircraft and the engine provides operators with substantial benefits.  The enhanced airplane/engine combination provides a 2% improvement in fuel consumption over the previous -7B production engine. The improvement equates to a 2% percent

Aer Lingus Regional increases Dublin-Cardiff route frequency

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                                                      Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann is to increase frequency on the Dublin to Cardiff route from 1st July from 14 to 17 services per week with the addition of extra flights on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays due to strong customer demand on the route.  In 2012 over 60,000 passengers used the route. To facilitate business traffic on the route from the 1st July the first flight will depart Dublin Airport at 0650, the route also facilitates onward connections to the United States via Dublin to Boston, Chicago, New York JFK and Orlando connecting passengers to benefit from the US Customs and Immigration clearance facilities arriving as domestic passengers. Aer Arann Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said "We are delighted to increase the frequency of our popular Cardiff - Dublin service offering our customers even better regional and transatlantic connectivity and greater value this summer. Aer Lingus Regional is co

Ryanair unveils $15.6 billion order for 175 Boeing 737-800s

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                                                                                                          Ryanair today announced it signed an agreement with the Boeing Company to purchase 175 Boeing 737-800s valued at $15.6 Billion at current list prices growing its fleet to 400 Boeing 737-800s serving 100 million passengers per annum by the end of the delivery stream in 2018. The agreement was signed by Boeing CEO Commercial Airplanes President CEO Ray Conner and Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary in New York,and is subject to Ryanair shareholder approval, becoming Boeing largest deal to date this year and the largest order ever placed in the history of Ryanair. Boeing said in an statement when the agreement is finalized it will be be posted to the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website as a firm order. The new order will create 3,000 new jobs in Ryanair for cabin crew, flight crew and engineering as Ryanair expands across Europe adding more bases. The aircraft will be delivered

Ryanair announces three new routes from Marseille

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                                                      Ryanair announced on Friday 15th March the launch of three new routes from Marseille MP2 commencing in June to Venice Treviso from 1st June three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, Pisa Florence  from 2nd June twice weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays, Reus twice weekly from 3rd June on Mondays and Fridays. This new announcement brings to 41 routes, the number of destinations offered by Ryanair from MP2. Ryanair expects to carry 45,000 passengers on the new routes. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 18th March All Rights Reserved.

Boxever wins Widerøe Airlines contract

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Picture: Courtesy of  Widerøe Airlines Boxever has been selected by Widerøe Airlines a regional airline of SAS Airlines for their next-generation customer intelligence platform. Boxever’s Big Data solution will give Widerøe unparalleled insight into each passenger that flies with their airline, enabling them to improve customer satisfaction and increase sales by offering customer centric content, products and promotions. Boxever CEO Dave O’Flanagan said "Boxever are delighted to have Widerøe as customer. They are a tremendously innovative company and one of the first airlines that are truly leveraging Big Data to create unique and inspiring experiences for each of their customers. We have seen a huge change in the market over the past 12 months as airlines and travel companies become more retail focused and customer-centric. We’re seeing strong market demand right across the travel vertical – not just airlines – and Boxever is well positioned to take advantage of this trend

Bombardier Aerospace confirms CDB Leasing as previously unidentified Global 6000 Customer

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Picture: Courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace   Bombardier Aerospace has confirmed CDB Leasing as previously unidentified Global 6000 Customer announced on 21st December 2012 for six Global 6000 aircraft. The contract is valued at $293 million at 2012 list prices. Bombardier Business Aircraft President Steve Ridolfi said "We are honored that CDB has put its trust in our products. Our Global aircraft are renowned in China and worldwide for their unparalleled performance, comfort and range. We are delighted that once again, Bombardier products are selected for key business expansion by business leaders in China." CDB Leasing Chairman  Mr. Wang Chong said "We are very positive about the general aviation market, especially in China. The relationship between CDB Leasing and Bombardier on Global 6000 jets is also the beginning of our new endeavour in the business aviation industry. The advantage of CDB Leasing in the financial area and its worldwide platform will further

Ryanair re-launches 15 summer season routes from Dublin Airport

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                                                      Ryanair has re-launched a total of 15 summer season routes from Dublin Airport to destinations in France, Italy, Portugal and Spain and Tallinn in Estonia this weekend two weeks ahead of the start of the IATA summer schedule on 31st March operating a total of 72 routes for Summer 2013 increasing Dublin base fleet from 15 to 18 Boeing 737-800s. A further five routes will commence over the coming weeks to Ibiza 24th March, Alghero 25th March, La Rochelle 26th March, Zadar 2nd April and Marseille 3rd June. Ryanair operate from Dublin Airport Terminal 1 1. Barcelona Girona 15th March x 3 weekly (Mon, Wends, Fri) 2. Biarritz 15th March x 3 weekly (Wends, Fri, Sun) 3. Murcia 14th March x 3 weekly (Tues, Wends, Thur) 4. Nice 16th March x 2 weekly (Tues, Sat) 5. Palermo 14th March x 2 weekly (Mon, Thur) 6.Palma 14th March x 4 weekly (Tues, Thur, Sat, Sun) 7.Porto 15th March x 3 weekly (Tues, Fri) 8.Reus Barcelona 15th March

Cork Airport goes Green For St Patrick's Weekend

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Picture: Courtesy of Paul Daly  Cork Airport, one of the leading supporters of The Gathering 2013, has announced it will get fully behind this year’s St. Patrick’s Day Festivities by bathing the Terminal in green light for this week’s celebrations. This year marks the seventh successive year that the Airport has sponsored the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Cork City. The airport will be providing entertainment to passengers and visiting tourists in the days leading up to 17th March including Irish dancing performances by Attridge Academy and the Cowhie Ryan School, as well as a recital by local flute quartet, The Fluteenys. Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "We’re particularly excited about this year’s St. Patrick’s Festival, given that it coincides with The Gathering 2013. To mark our country’s national day, we are planning to transform the Airport Terminal and the surrounding areas into a sea of green light. We will be using special green  lights on the external f

Dublin Airport turns Green for St Patrick's Weekend

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Picture: Courtesy of Dublin Airport Authority  Dublin Airport has lit up in green for the St. Patrick’s Day Bank Holiday Weekend Terminals 1 and 2, the Old Terminal building and many other prominent buildings around the airport campus.The buildings will be bathed in green light every evening until next Tuesday to celebrate St Patrick’s Day and The Gathering 2013. DAA spokesperson Siobhán Moore said "We are thrilled to be participating in the ‘greening’ of Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport will be providing a selection of musical entertainment for passengers over the holiday including choirs, traditional Irish groups and local schools so that we can extend a true Céad Míle Fáilte to all visitors over the Bank Holiday Weekend." Dublin Airport will handle over 225,000 passengers this bank holiday weekend between Friday 15th March and Monday 18th March up 6% on last year. Monday 18th March  is likely to be the busiest day of the weekend, with more than 82,000 passengers exp

Royal Aeronautical Society Republic of Ireland Branch March Lecture Notice

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Aer Lingus & G-Mac Foundation partner to make dreams come true for young cardiac patients in Florida

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                                                    Aer Lingus for the second year running has partnered with 2010 U.S Open champion Graeme McDowell's charitable organization, The G-Mac Foundation, to bring young patients from Ireland and their families, to Orlando, Florida for a trip of a lifetime. The children are all recovering cardiac patients of Our Ladies Children’s Hospital in Crumlin. Aer Lingus sponsored the group of 35, which included seven children and their families from all over Ireland, traveling from Dublin to Orlando for a memorable holiday in Florida. Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said “We are very proud to continue our partnership with the G-Mac foundation in providing these families with a trip of a lifetime. Graeme is a terrific role model for aspiring sports people through his activities on and off the golf course. His charity, the G-Mac Foundation, provides much needed support for kids and their families affected by illness. We ar

College Ireland Aviation Services:Certificate in Technical Aircraft Management

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Image: Courtesy of College Ireland Aviation Services (CIAS)                                                          Technical Aircraft Management Programme This programme has been developed by the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and College Ireland in partnership with the Aviation Leasing Sector, where Ireland is a global leader. Who is this programme intended for? The programme is intended for people who wish to work as Technical Representatives in the Leasing Sector (or may already have some experience within the Sector), or for those who may be working for companies who have to interact with this Sector and want to have a better understanding of how it operates. Likely participants will have a good technical knowledge of the industry and very often will be B1 or B2 Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineers or may be people with good experience in; Technical Records, Planning, Materials or MRO management. Programme Duration  We are planning to run this course in Dublin

CAE announces Four-year pilot supply agreement with Ryanair

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Picture: Courtesy of CAE Inc.  CAE announced on Tuesday 12th March it has concluded a series of long-term commercial training and services contracts valued at approximately C$245 million with GECAS, Jetblue Airways, LANTAM Airlines Group, Ryanair and Turkish Airlines. CAE signed a new four-year training services agreement with Ryanair extending a training relationship that has been in place since 2001. The agreement includes the recruitment, selection, and type-rating training of an expected 1,000 new pilot cadets for the B737NG aircraft. Training will be conducted at CAE's training center in Amsterdam and at Ryanair's training centre at East Midlands airport in the UK. CAE Group President, Civil Simulation Products, Training and Services Jeff Roberts said "These contracts are a testament to CAE's unique ability to offer end-to-end solutions to our airline customers, from ab-initio training to type-rating through to pilot sourcing, and long-term service agreem

Lufthansa's first Airbus A320 with Sharklets visits Dublin Airport

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Picture: Courtsey of Joe Heeney Lufthansa's first Airbus A320 equipped with Sharklets D-AIZP A320-214(WL) c/n 5457 was delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder to Frankfurt on 1st March, becoming the first European carrier to benefit from the fuel saving wing-tip devices and is due to receive a further 21 Airbus A320 Family aircraft equipped with Sharklets by 2015. The aircraft paid it's first visit to Dublin on Monday 11th March operating DLH982 from Frankfurt and departed several hours later than schedule on Tuesday 12th March operating DLH983 at 0845 due to adverse weather conditions in Frankfurt. Lufthansa plans to use the aircraft on longer European routes so they should become a familiar sight in Dublin Airport. Sharklets are made from light-weight composites and are 2.4 meters tall. They are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and standard on all members of the new A320neo family. They offer operators up to 4% fuel-burn reduction on longer range sectors and provid

Gulf Air Airbus A330s visit Dublin Airport

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Picture: Courtesy of Paul Doyle  Last Monday and Saturday four Gulf Air Airbus A330-200s transited through Dublin Airport en route from Bahrain to Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States on return to lessor, ground handing services where provided by Sigma Aviation Services. Lakes Charles is home to EADS Aeroframe Services LLC, an EADS Sogerma Services company,providing a full range of maintenance and modification services for all Airbus aircraft types. Gulf Air Airbus A330-200s have been previously where regular visitors to Dublin on its twice weekly schedule service from Bahrain between December 2005 and July 2007 prior to being axed as part of route network re-structuring and on maintenance checks with SR Technics. A9C-KG Airbus A330-243 c/n 527 Gulf Air Ferried Bahrain-Dublin-Chennault International (Lake Charles) 9/03/13 Returned to lessor. GFA9905 arrived Dublin 0830 departed 1434. A9C-KH Airbus A330-243 c/n 529 Gulf Air Ferried Bahrain-Dublin-Chennault International (Lak

Irish Air Traffic declines by 6.9% in February expected long-term growth

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Picture: Courtesy of Adam Ryan  Irish Aviation Authority announced the total flights in Irish airspace in February 2013 decreased by -5.3%, when compared to February 2012. There was an average of 1,227 daily flights during February 2013, with the busiest day being 22nd February with 1,369 flights in Irish airspace. The February 2012 figure was a leap year making direct comparisons with February 2013 slightly distorted. There was a decrease of -6.9% in Ireland’s en route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during February 2013, in comparison to February 2012. Similarly, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /North America flights) saw a decrease of -7.2% in February 2013, when compared to February 2012. The February 2013 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are: Cork Airport : -2.1% with an average of 49 commercial daily movements. Dublin Airport :  -1.6%, with an average o

Shannon Airport welcomes early return of Aer Lingus Transatlantic services

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                                                      Shannon Airport has welcomed the early return of Aer Lingus Transatlantic services with the operation of EIN135 to Boston on Monday 11th March in time for busy St Patrick’s weekend two weeks ahead of summer scheduled commencing. Aer Lingus operates from Shannon to Boston four times weekly and New York JFK three times weekly using Airbus A330 aircraft. Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said “This year is a big year for Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services. We have an earlier start to the year at Shannon and we’re increasing frequency at Dublin. We’re hopeful that the positive trend in visitor numbers from the United States will continue throughout the year.” Shannon Airport Head of Aviation Development Declan Power said “The summer season does not officially begin until the end of the month but there's definitely a sense that it's kicking off early for us this year with Aer Lingus commencing its trans

Dublin Airport grows business from Northern Ireland

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Picture: Courtesy of Dublin Airport Authority  Dublin Airport Authority continues to grow business from Northern Ireland as over 521,000 passengers travelled through Dublin Airport last year up 15%.  The DAA stated 70% of the traffic  by Northern Ireland residents was for holiday and leisure purposes and 20% for business purposes with 75% of the traffic being point to point and 25% connecting. Interesting 62% of all passengers travelling to the Island of Ireland use Dublin Airport. DAA Public Affairs Director, Paul O’Kane said “Dublin Airport’s business from Northern Ireland is booming, last year 521,000 Northern Ireland passengers travelled through Dublin Airport, which is equivalent to almost 30 per cent of the population of the North. Dublin Airport has an unrivaled route network with direct flights to 170 destinations, we have invested in new facilities in recent years to offer our passengers a much improved travel experience, and the new road network has made travelling fro

Flybe Increases Manchester-Ireland West frequency for Summer 2013

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Picture: Courtesy of Flybe  Ireland West Airport Knock announced on an Tweet this morning Flybe is to increase frequency on the Manchester route from five times weekly to a daily service from 23rd May , a welcome boost in capacity for the Gathering 2013. Flybe is increasingly using Embraer 175 aircraft on the route. In addition Flybe operates from Ireland West Airport to Edinburgh three times weekly. Follow Ireland West Airport @Irelandwest Irish Aviation Research Institute © 9th March 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Minoan Air commences London Oxford-Dublin route

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Picture: Courtsey Paul Doyle  Mionan Air commenced the London Oxford to Dublin last Wednesday 6th March with SX-BRS Fokker F50 c/n 20206 operating the inaugural flight MAV2550/1. The service initially operates double daily on Wednesdays and Fridays and once on Sundays, with departures from Oxford at 0630 and 1630 and from Dublin 0845 and 1845 to cater for the needs of business passenger. From 10th May frequency increases to double daily Monday to Friday and once on Sundays.The service features a  full in-flight service to business class standards. Minoan Air chief commercial officer Marcos Caramalengos said in an interview with the Oxford Mail that it expects 45% of the traffic on the route to be business traffic, with strong demand from academics and tourists expected. Dublin Airport is the only airport to serve all Airports with a London designation: London City Airport, London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London Stansted, London Oxford Airport and London Southend Airport.

Wizzair announces discontinuation of Cork Airport routes

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Picture: Courtesy Wizzair  Wizzair yesterday confirmed at a press conference in Gdansk it will discontinue it's three remaining routes from Poland to Cork, to reflect weakening demand on routes formerly used by immigrant workers, after immigration between Poland and Ireland is now down by 40% over its peak in 2007. Passengers booked on the routes will be refunded. The carrier launched services to Cork in 2006 and will cease flights from Gdansk (7th April), Poznan (8th April) and Katowice (18th May) after previously ceasing routes to Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland and Vilnius in Lithuania on 13th January. Wizzair Corporate Communications Manager Daniel de Carvalho said  "The drop in immigration between Poland and Ireland and our subsequent drop of the Polish Cork routes has freed capacity to serve destinations that are more in line with the current market demand." Irish Aviation Research Institute © 8th March 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Dublin Airport handles more than 1.1 million passengers in February

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Picture: Courtsey Dublin Airport Authority  Dublin Airport handled more than 1.1 million passengers in February the same last year, on a like-for-like basis passenger numbers increased by 3% in February, taking into account prior leap year. Traffic to and from continental Europe rose by 1% with almost 540,000 passengers travelling to European destinations and increased by 2% to North America with more than 76,000 passengers. The Middle East retains its position as the strongest growing market up 11% with more than 37,000 passengers. Traffic on domestic routes declined by 13% to just over 4,500 passengers and UK traffic declined by 2% to 510,000 passengers. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th March 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus carries 648,000 passengers in February

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                                                      Aer Lingus announced it carried 648,000 passengers in February down 1.5% noting the difference with prior year leap year. In the long-haul segment it carried 43,000 passengers down 4.4% with a load factor 65% up 0.1% on a 3.5% reduction in capacity. In short-haul segment it carried 532,000 passengers down 3.9% with a load factor 70% up 1.5% on a 9.7% reduction in capacity, noting network changes reduced average sector length leading to an increase in load factor of 1.5 points compared with February 2012. Aer Lingus Regional carried 73,000 passengers up 23.% and year to date carrying 138,000 passengers. Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as a whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was similar on short-haul routes (70.0% v.70.2%) and much lower on the North Atlantic routes (65.0% v. 76.3%) Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th March 2013 All Rights Reserved.

DAA launches 'The Big Welcome'

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                                                      To celebrate The Gathering Year 2013, Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) has launched “The Big Welcome” competition, which will offer winners the opportunity to fly friends or family home to Ireland and to spend a week in a unique Irish heritage property such as a castle in Kilkenny, a lighthouse in Cork or a Georgian Mews in Central Dublin. Five lucky winners of “The Big Welcome” will win six free return tickets each to fly guests to Ireland from anywhere in the world during 2013. These guests will spend a week in one of a number of fabulous heritage properties owned by the Irish Landmark Trust and can also avail of a voucher to the value of €5,000 to extend their stay in any hotel registered with irishhotels.com.  Complimentary car hire is also on offer as part of the package. To enter “The Big Welcome”, participants simply have to visit the Dublin and Cork Airport websites, www.dublinairport.com and www.corkairport.com and r

Ryanair carries 4.20 million passengers in February

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                                                      Ryanair announced it carried 4.20 million passengers in February down 3% with a load factor of 77% up 1% and in the rolling 12 months to the end of February it carried 79.3 million passengers, as Ryanair grounded up to 80 aircraft February 2012 was a leap year and thus had 29 days which accounts for a further 3% drop in traffic. Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said "As previously guided, Ryanair’s adjusted February 2013 traffic fell by 3% over February 2012 as we grounded up to 80 aircraft. The leap year of February 2012 had 29 days and accounted for a further 3% drop. However, Ryanair’s load factor increased by 1% and we delivered another record 12-month traffic as almost 80m passengers chose one of Ryanair’s ultra-low fares since February 2012." Irish Aviation Research Institute © 5th March 2013 All Rights Reserved.

A Record 2 million seats available from Cork Airport for Summer 2013

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                                                    Cork Airport today announced more than two million seats are available to more than 50 destinations across the UK and Europe in partnership with its airline and tour operators for Summer 2013. Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "We have worked very closely with our airline and tour operator partners since last summer to ensure we can offer an expansive array of destinations and additional services this summer. The availability of two million seats from Cork Airport this summer is testament to the strong demand from this catchment area on both business and leisure routes during the peak summer season. Airlines and tour operators always try to match supply to demand and this is very evident in today’s announcement." Aer Lingus will operate daily services to Faro and Malaga this summer, as well as increasing the frequency on its service to Barcelona from three to four times a week, this means Aer Lingus will pro

Flybe announces new Manchester to Waterford route

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Picture: Courtesy Flybe   Flybe today announced the launch of a new route from Manchester to Waterford operating four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays  Fridays and Sundays from 22nd May 2013 catering for business and lesuire traffic on the route using DHC8-400s. Flybe UK Managing Director Andrew Strong said "Flybe is committed to continue developing our extensive route network out of Manchester. It has become a key hub for us.  We fully expect many of our new Waterford passengers to take advantage of the added connections available with Flybe from Manchester that not only includes our own extensive network throughout the UK and regional Europe bookable online, but also the seamless onward connections available through our codeshare and interline partners to a huge range of worldwide destinations, when booked through a travel agent. " MAG Aviation Commercial Director Mats Sigurdson said "We’ve noticed more and more passengers are using long haul services into

Department of Transport launches Irish Aviation Policy Issues Paper

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Picture: Courtesy Silcon Republic “The aviation industry is a key enabler of economic growth so it is important that there is a clear policy framework in place to facilitate its continued development and to optimize the contribution that this important sector can make to the Irish economy.” - Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport Leo Varadkar, T.D.  The Department of Transport has launched a new “An Integrated Irish Aviation Policy Issues Paper for Consultation” to commence a consultation with stakeholders in the aviation industry as a follow up to the first Aviation Policy Conference for Ireland held last December. The department plans to publish an initial draft National Aviation Policy Statement in the second half of 2013 following receipt of submissions from interested parties, prior to adopting policy in 2014. The Issues Paper is broken into eight broad policy fields with questions focusing on the major issues facing each sector ,the department is open to suggest