Sunday, 31 March 2013

Virgin's Little Red commences Manchester-London Heathrow route

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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.

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Thursday, 28 March 2013

First visit to Dublin of NetJets Europe Global Express

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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 largest fractional jet operator operating a fleet of over 130 aircraft.

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

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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 modules.


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Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Iberia Express carries 2.8 million passengers in first year of operations


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 its first six international destinations, in June 2012 and in Summer 2013 it will add five extra return flights per week in July, which means that it will have a double-daily service throughout the month and for August will increase its frequency from nine flights per week to 10 flights per week.
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Aer Lingus and United Airlines expand code-share agreement

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 from United-operated flights between Heathrow and its US hubs, Chicago O’Hare, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark, San Francisco and Washington Dulles.

From 1 April 2013 Aer Lingus business class customers travelling via Chicago and beyond on Aer Lingus codeshare flights will have access to 21 United Club lounges at airports including Seattle, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Minneapolis.

United BusinessFirst customers departing on United flights from Dublin to Newark and Washington Dulles will have access to Aer Lingus’ Gold Circle Lounge at Dublin Airport.

Aer Lingus Chief Commercial officer Stephen Kavanagh said "Our partnership with United Airlines has gone from strength to strength over the past five years. In addition to increased frequency on our services to Chicago and Boston, these enhancements add to the seamless travel options we can now offer customers travelling to and from the United States and Canada."

United Airlines Vice chairman & Chief Revenue Officer Jim Compton said "We are delighted to enhance our relationship with Aer Lingus to create additional benefits for United customers travelling between Ireland and the US, from smoother connections to improved lounge facilities. Our 18 peak-season departures per day to the US from London Heathrow, where the majority of our operations are co-located with Aer Lingus in Terminal 1,connect well with Aer Lingus flights from the island of Ireland."

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Advanced Composites Training establishes in Ireland

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 a premier position with regard to the worldwide instruction of composite techniques. The University of Limerick is a long standing Center of Excellence for education and composites in particular, the level of facilities and equipment on hand for the course will be exceptional. All Around Composites brings an extensive level of knowledge on composite aero structures repair. This experience will be used to further enhance the course work."

Renaissance Aeronautics Associates Inc & ACT – Advanced Composites Training President Wilson J. Boynton, CET, CCT-I said "From Singapore, across the Americas, to the United Arab Emirates, ACT has trained aircraft structures technicians in all aspects of composite airframe manufacture & structural repair. Our courses are fully approved by the American Federal Aviation Administration (the FAA) and fully accredited by the Canadian Council for Aviation & Aerospace (CCAA). No other training organization anywhere holds a higher standard of certification for composites training than ACT. We are exceptionally pleased to be working with All Around Composites and the University of Limerick.”

The first training sessions are set to begin on May 27th, 2013. Additional information can be obtained from the RAA/ACT website at:


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Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Nordic Global Airlines MD11F OH-NGB Visits Dublin

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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 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.

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Monday, 25 March 2013

Ryanair announces two new routes from Paris Beauvais

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."

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Cityjet suspends London City-Eindhoven route

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.

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AWAS Announces several new contracts in Asian market

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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 (ETOPS), and In-Flight Entertainment to meet the specific needs of Starfly's business model targeting the business travellers.

In addition it has a sold a Boeing 767-300ER from its portfolio to Air Do the Hokkaido based airline of Japan, which was originally leased to the carrier upon delivery.

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Sunday, 24 March 2013

Tarom Airlines returns to Dublin Airport after 12 years

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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 association with Ireland going back to 1986 when Ryanair leased BAC1-11s aircraft on various leases between November 1986 to October 1990, it previously operated a weekly service between Dublin and Bucharest from 12th December 1999 to 18th March 2001. In the mid 90s the airline fuel stopped in Shannon Airport on its Airbus A310 service to Chicago.

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Thursday, 21 March 2013

Ryanair reinstates Shannon Airport to Alicante route

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 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 operated from this airport, thankfully, these people now have the pleasure and convenience again of flying from Shannon and we expect it will be a hugely successful route, we have had a really good start to life as an independent entity, with a range of new services in place for this year.

Alicante was at the top of our list in terms of European sun destinations we wanted to secure and we are delighted now that Ryanair has come on board with the service.  There is significant demand for additional services at Shannon and our job is to work as hard and as competitively as we can to ensure we deliver those, we will work closely with Ryanair with a view to ensuring the success of its existing routes and growing its services out of Shannon."

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said "Ryanair’s announcement confirms the significant opportunity there is to grow European services at the airport , today’s announcement is another boost for Shannon Airport. We have been working particularly hard to secure the return of the Alicante route as it is one of the services in most demand according to our market research."

Ryanair operate 10 routes from Shannon Airport with one based Boeing 737-800 to Alicante, Lanzarote, Liverpool,London Gatwick London Stansted, Malaga, Nates, Palma, Tenerife South, Wroclaw and will be increasingly frequencies on routes to Malaga and Palma to three weekly for Summer 2013.

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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.

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Wednesday, 20 March 2013

CFM International gets $3.7 Billion order from Ryanair

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 reduction in carbon emissions. Additionally, the enhanced -7BE will provide up to 4%  lower maintenance costs, depending on the thrust rating.  These advantages make the CFM56-7-powered 737 ideally suited for low-cost operators such as Ryanair.


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Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Aer Lingus Regional increases Dublin-Cardiff route frequency

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 committed to regional connectivity and to promoting tourism by providing the most direct and easy links between the regions of the UK and Ireland."

Cardiff Airport Head of Air Service Development and Commercial Operations Spencer Birns said "It’s great to see Aer Lingus Regional recognising the demand for an increased service on such an important route which is vital for both business and tourism connectivity between Ireland and Wales. The US link is a great benefit to Welsh travellers who will find the service to be a much more convenient, hassle-free and a more cost effective way of travelling."

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

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 between 2014 and 2018 with approximately 75 of the new Boeing 737-800s used to replace some of Ryanair's existing fleet of 305 Boeing 737-800s and the balance of 100 to drive new growth at 5% per annum up to 100 million passengers per annum by March 2019.

Ryanair will continue to evaluate the Boeing 737 MAX which enters service in 2017.

Boeing CEO Commercial Airplanes President CEO Ray Conner said "This purchase agreement is an amazing testament to the value that the Next Generation 737 brings to Ryanair. We are pleased that the Next-Generation 737, as the most efficient, most reliable large single-aisle airplane flying today, has been and will continue to be the cornerstone of the Ryanair fleet. Our partnership with this great European low-cost carrier is of the utmost importance to everyone at The Boeing Company and I could not be more proud to see it extended for years to come."

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is pleased to sign this agreement with Boeing to purchase 175 new 737-800 jets, which will expand our fleet to over 400 units, creating over 3,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers, while allowing us to grow our low-cost airline service by about 5 percent per annum over the next several years and take our traffic to 100 million passengers by March 2019.

Ryanair is proud to buy Boeing, who have always made great aircraft and the 737-800 has been the cornerstone of Ryanair's success due to its great engineering and phenomenal reliability.  These 175 new airplanes will enable us to lower cost and airfares even further, thereby widening Ryanair's cost and price leadership over other airlines in Europe. They provide Ryanair with the additional capacity to exploit substantial growth opportunities that currently exist as many of Europe's flag carrier and smaller airlines are restructuring and reducing their short-haul operations.

Ryanair has the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe, and today's order will enable Ryanair to expand and grow by offering more competition, lower prices, and better choice across the continent of Europe. Ryanair is proud to be investing in high-quality US manufacturing and jobs."

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Monday, 18 March 2013

Ryanair announces three new routes from Marseille

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.

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Boxever wins Widerøe Airlines contract

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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."

Widerøe CEO Internet AS Odd Langvatn said "Boxever’s Big Data platform has delivered tremendous value since it’s been implemented. It has enabled us to look beyond the transaction and understand who each of our passengers are. Their solution enables us to relate to each customer individually, based on everything the system has learned about them, driving conversion and increasing relevance across every customer touchpoint. "

Boxever is cloud-based customer intelligence solution that enables airlines and travel companies to gather and analyse customer data in real- time, creating a single customer view that powers 1-1 marketing and personalisation.


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Bombardier Aerospace confirms CDB Leasing as previously unidentified Global 6000 Customer

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 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 highlight Bombardier’s business aircraft portfolio in the Chinese market."

CDB Leasing Co Ltd is the largest leasing company registered in China with the biggest registered capital and asset size with a fleet of 145 aircraft of different aircraft types to 37 airlines in 20 countries and regions. CDB Leasing ranks among the world’s top 12 professional aviation leasing companies.

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Saturday, 16 March 2013

Ryanair re-launches 15 summer season routes from Dublin Airport

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 x 4 weekly (Mon, Wends, Fri, Sun)
9. Rodez 16th March x 2 weekly (Tues, Sat)
10. Santander 14th March x 2 weekly (Thur, Sat)
11. Seville 16th March x 2 weekly (Tues, Sat)
12. Tallinn 16th March x 2 weekly (Tues, Sat)
13. Tours 15th March x 2 weekly (Mon, Fri)
14. Valencia 13th March x 2 weekly (Wends,Sun)
15.Venice Treviso 15th March x 3 weekly (Mon, Wends,Fri)

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Friday, 15 March 2013

Cork Airport goes Green For St Patrick's Weekend

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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 façade of the terminal, as well as projecting green light on the car park gable and the interior windows.

The Gathering logo will be displayed by projectors across the terminal roof. We would be thrilled to see members of the public visiting the Airport this week to see the results of this once off ‘green transformation’. Just a tip though, it will be best seen at night!."


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Dublin Airport turns Green for St Patrick's Weekend

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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 expected to pass through the airport.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, has announced it will add extra return flights from Edinburgh and Glasgow to Dublin on Saturday 16th March and Monday 18th March to cater for additional demand during the St Patrick’s Day period.

Ryanair announced it will carry over 100,000 passengers to/from Dublin between Friday 15th March and Monday 18th March operating over 580 flights on 70 routes.


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Royal Aeronautical Society Republic of Ireland Branch March Lecture Notice

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Thursday, 14 March 2013

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

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 are delighted to be part of it.”

Graeme McDowell said “The G-Mac Foundation is delighted to be able to put this trip together for all of these deserving children and their families. We hope it will be something that helps them on their path to full recovery. I’d also like to thank Aer Lingus for their continued support of this initiative.  I hope the children have a great holiday and I’m looking forward to hearing their stories when I see them during the week.”

Joe Quinsey of The Children’s Medical & Research Foundation at Our Ladies Children’s Hospital said “We all know Graeme as a world-leading golfer who has achieved the highest accolades in the game, but with this initiative to bring recovering young cardiac patients to Orlando for a dream holiday, Graeme, is truly giving those kids, and their families, an unforgettable experience that will stay with them for many years, helping ease their very long road to recovery. To those kids, and their families, GMac is more than a golfing legend, he’s their personal hero.”

The G-Mac Foundation’s mission is to support children’s medical research in the Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland and Florida, raising funds for much needed research in the area of children’s medicine.

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College Ireland Aviation Services:Certificate in Technical Aircraft Management

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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 starting in April on the weekend of the 5th & 6th (and starting in Shannon a week later, 12th & 13th). Lectures will run on Friday evenings approx. 6.30-9.30 and all day Saturday for 10 weekends

Programme Accreditation

At the end of each week there will be an IAA/College Ireland examination and a certificate will be awarded.

Participants, who attend all stages of the programme, do the required assignments and successfully sit a number of examinations set by IT Carlow will qualify for a certificate awarded by IT Carlow “Special Purpose Award Certificate in Business in Technical Aircraft Management”. This award qualifies for 30 ETCS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System). Graduates of the course may qualify for advanced entry into a BBS Honours Degree programme.

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CAE announces Four-year pilot supply agreement with Ryanair

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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 agreements following the sale of simulator. We will continue to leverage the capabilities of our recently acquired Oxford Aviation Academy and Parc Aviation and our commercial training network in our commitment to being the partner of choice for airlines on every continent."

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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Lufthansa's first Airbus A320 with Sharklets visits Dublin Airport

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 provide the flexibility of either adding an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms.

Airbus has delivered A320 Sharklets to Air Arabia, Air Asia, Avianca, Cebu Pacific, GoAir, Jetstar Japan and JetBlue Airways signed a contract to refit its fleet with Sharklets.

Things with Wings Commercial Aviation Blog quoted Airbus COO John Leahy plans to deliver all new Airbus A320s from 2014-15 will be fitted with Sharklets as standard.

In Summer 2013 Lufthansa will operate 27 weekly flights from Ireland: Dublin to Dusseldorf service twice a week on a Saturday and Sunday and Frankfurt 21 times weekly and Munich three times weekly on Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays and Ireland West Airport to Dusseldorf weekly on Saturdays.


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Gulf Air Airbus A330s visit Dublin Airport

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 (Lake Charles) 9/03/13 Returned to lessor. GFA9907 arrived Dublin 0907 departed 1340.

A9C-KI Airbus A330-243 c/n 532 Gulf Air Ferried Bahrain-Dublin-Chennault International (Lake Charles) 11/03/13 Returned to lessor. GFA9909 arrived Dublin 0854 departed 1124.

A9C-KJ Airbus A330-243 c/n 992 Gulf Air Ferried Bahrain-Dublin-Chennault International (Lake Charles) 11/03/13 Returned to lessor. GFA9911 arrived Dublin 0922 departed 1218.

Thank you to Gerry Barron, Joe Heeney, Paul Doyle, Sean Flynn, Skyliner for their assistance providing information and pictures for this post.

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

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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 of 382 commercial daily movements.

Shannon Airport: -17%, with an average of 44 commercial daily movements.

According to the latest air traffic forecast published by Eurocontrol while 2013 is forecast to be a challenging year for Irish air traffic figures, the outlook for the seven year period is for an average of 2.5% growth per year up to 2019 as the economic growth is expected to return.

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Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Shannon Airport welcomes early return of Aer Lingus Transatlantic services

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 transatlantic services earlier and in time for St Patrick's weekend. New York and Boston, inbound and outbound, are key markets, with significant demand so we are delighted to welcome Aer Lingus back today."

Aer Lingus Shannon-Boston EIN135 Mon, Wends, Fri, Sun.
Aer Lingus Shannon-New York JFK EIN111 Tues, Thur, Sat.

Aer Lingus operates from Shannon to Boston, Faro (1st May), London Heathrow and Aer Lingus Regional to Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester.

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Monday, 11 March 2013

Dublin Airport grows business from Northern Ireland

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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 from Northern Ireland to Dublin faster and more predictable.”

In June 2012 the DAA launched its first major advertising campaign in Northern Ireland entitled “Dublin Makes Sense” which it plans to further develop this year.

The DAA highlighted Dublin Airport advantages including: US CBP Facilities and  224 weekly flights to and from the United States and Canada, which is more than London Gatwick or Manchester airports, also the ease access to Europe with Aer Lingus and Ryanair short-haul networks from Dublin and range of competing airlines, and Middle East route network enabling one-stop connections to Asia and Australia.

Ireland’s air travel tax rate is €3 versus £13 (€16) in Northern Ireland thus a significant incentive to fly from Dublin Airport for short-haul routes.

Top Ten Destinations from Dublin Airport for Northern Ireland Passengers in 2012

1 London Heathrow
2 Dubai
3 New York JFK
4 Frankfurt
5 Madrid
6 Abu Dhabi
7 Orlando
8 Riga
9 London Gatwick
10 Rome

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Flybe Increases Manchester-Ireland West frequency for Summer 2013

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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

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Friday, 8 March 2013

Minoan Air commences London Oxford-Dublin route

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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.

Minoan Air, based in Heraklion, Crete is the first Greek airline to establish an operational base outside its own country. In addition to the Oxford flights, the company, headed by Chairman George Mavrantonakis, will introduce scheduled flights between Lugano, Switzerland and Venice at the end of March.


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Wizzair announces discontinuation of Cork Airport routes

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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."

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Thursday, 7 March 2013

Dublin Airport handles more than 1.1 million passengers in February

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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.

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Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Aer Lingus carries 648,000 passengers in February

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%)

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DAA launches 'The Big Welcome'

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  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, and and register.   Information about the competition and further details about the fantastic prizes on offer are available on these websites and on, the website of the Irish Landmark Trust.

TV3 is DAA’s media partner for the competition and will promote it across its full programme schedule over the next two weeks.  The lucky winners will be announced on TV3, during the commercial break in Coronation Street on Wednesday 20th March.

Director Commercial DAA Maurice Hennessy said "We are very pleased to provide this opportunity for people to invite friends and family home to enjoy The Gathering. Dublin and Cork Airports are two of the key gateways for all visitors to Ireland and the airport websites offer a broad range of useful information about the airports and the customer services on offer."

Project Director The Gathering Ireland 2013 Jim Miley said "We are delighted to be associated with this initiative. The Gathering is not only about the excitement and fun of visiting Ireland but the richness of the heritage we have to offer here and “The Big Welcome” is a great way of bringing all this to life."

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Tuesday, 5 March 2013

Ryanair carries 4.20 million passengers in February

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."

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

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 provide 1.1 million seats from Cork Airport this summer.

Ryanair recently added a further six routes to those already announced before Christmas for its popular summer 2013 schedule including Milan, Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Girona, La Rochelle and Pisa.  These are in addition to the five extra scheduled services by Ryanair this summer to Gdansk, Krakow, Vilnius, Warsaw and Wroclaw.

Ryanair’s eleven routes alone will mean an additional 130,000 seats from Cork Airport this summer, compared with the same period last year. The end result is the availability of a total of 717,000 seats with the low cost carrier.

Wings Abroad which will offer increased capacity on its Izmir service, commencing on May 12th and continuing until September 29th.

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Flybe announces new Manchester to Waterford route

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 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 Manchester and connecting onto Flybe’s already impressive network of UK and Irish destinations. The  addition of Waterford as a new destination provides another point to point connection and strengthens that offer even further."

Waterford Airport CEO Graham Doyle said "Waterford has close ties to the northwest England market and this direct air route will allow us to promote the region to a huge potential market especially in this year of ‘The Gathering’. The southeast of Ireland has a great deal to offer visitors on the back of the major investment there has been at key tourism sites in the region."


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Monday, 4 March 2013

Department of Transport launches Irish Aviation Policy Issues Paper

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“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 suggestions on other topics which may be appropriate for inclusion in forming a National Aviation Policy Statement.  The closing date for comments/submissions is 30th June  preferably by email to

  • Airports
  • Air Services
  • Regulation and Governance
  • Aircraft Leasing and Finance
  • Aerospace, Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul
  • Education and Training
  • General Aviation
  • Sustainability

The aviation sector contributes approximately €4.1 billion to Ireland’s GDP comprising €1.9 billion directly from aviation, €1.3 billion through the supply chain and €0.9bn from associated spending by people employed in the sector. 26,000 jobs are supported directly by aviation with a further 16,000 in the supply chain. Tourism depends on aviation and it accounts for a further €5.3 billion in GDP and 180,000 jobs. Aviation firms pay over €400 million in tax with a similar amount paid by firms in the supply chain.

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