Friday, 31 May 2013

M-ABFN Airbus A320 Kingfisher Airlines at Dublin Airport


This evening M-ABFN Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320-232 c/n 2856 ex VT-KFM arrived at Dublin Airport at 2120 Local after flight from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen , after arrival it was towed to parking beside it's sistership M-ABFP between Hangars 5 and 6.

M-ABFN was registered to DVB Aviation Asset Management on 23rd April 2013 and is to be leased to SAS Scandinavian Airlines as OY-KAY.

The aircraft made its first flight on 18th July 2006 as F-WWIT and delivered to Kingfisher Airlines 21st August on lease from DVB Aviation Asset Management.

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Turkish Airlines introduces Boeing 737-900ER on Dublin route


Turkish Airlines has introduced the Boeing 737-900ER on it's Istanbul to Dublin route since 25th April operating once weekly on Thursday morning THY1977/8 service occasionally on Saturday morning service.

In 2012 Turkish operated Boeing 737-900ER's to Dublin Airport on 8th and 22nd November and 4th December.

Turkish Airlines operates Istanbul to Dublin ten times weekly with three additional rotations added on Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays from 26th March, building on the existing daily which saw it carry a little over 80,000 passengers in Dublin last year.

Turkish Airlines is further increasing frequency on its Istanbul-Dublin service for the coming winter season, details to be announced at a later date.

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TUI Group commences summer charter programme from Ireland


TUI Group has commenced its summer charter programme from Ireland  for Falcon Holidays from Belfast International, City of Derry Airport, Dublin, Cork and Shannon Airports using Thomson Airways whom is subleasing Boeing 737-800s from Sunwing Airlines Canada and Aerkly Boeing 737-400 operating weekend charters from Cork Airport.

A new destination this summer is from Belfast International to Sharm El Sheikh (Egypt) serving Red Sea Riviera resort.

Thomson Airways sub-leases Boeing 737-800s from Sunwing Airlines Canada to operate its summer programme from Belfast International and Dublin Airport. Interestingly the peak seasons are counter cyclical for Sunwing Airlines and Thomson Airways, hence aircraft are sub-leased from Sunwing Airlines for european summer and in winter return to Canada to operate sun charters to the Caribbean and Florida.

On 21st May C-FLYC Boeing 737-8BK c/n 33029 Sunwing Airlines was ferried Trois-Rivieres Airport-Quebec City-Dublin followed on 22nd May by C-FYUH Boeing 737-8K5/W c/n 34689 Sunwing Airlines ferried Toronto-Belfast International.


Belfast International to Burgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Faro,  Ibiza, Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Mahon, Malaga, Palma, Reus.

City of Derry to Lanzarote, Palma.

Cork Airport to Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma, Reus.

Dublin to Burgas, Corfu, Faro,  Las Palmas, Lanzarote, Malaga, Palma and Sharm el Sheikh.

Shannon Airport to Lanzarote, Palma.

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Flynonstop announces Kristiansand-Dublin route

Courtesy: Flynonstop 
Flynonstop a premium Norwegian regional carrier is to launch a new route from Kristiansand to Dublin twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from Thursday 31st October, using it's new 100-seat Embraer E-190 aircraft fitted with iPads to keep passengers entertained throughout their journey and In-flight meals are composed by Bølgen & Moi.

J7316 Kristiansand 1405 Dublin 1505 J7317 Dublin 1540 Kristiansand 1840 Thursday
J7314 Kristiansand 1120 Dublin 1220 J7315 Dublin 1255 Kristiansand 1555 Sunday

The carrier is expanding its network in addition to Dublin, Alicante and Stockholm will be added from October 2013 and Manchester and St. Gallen from January 2014.

Kristiansand is the capital of the capital of Vest-Agder county in southern Norway and a major business hub predominantly known for shipbuilding, oil and gas industries. The area is also known for its rugged coast, small rocky reefs and islands, busy summer harbours and white wooden houses.  It has been a hidden gem for outdoor activities in all seasons.

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Wednesday, 29 May 2013

M-LJGI Falcon 2000LX sold to United States as N806DB

Courtesy Paul Daly 
Former Dublin based Ven Air Falcon 2000LX M-LJGI c/n 143 has been to the United States.  The aircraft was registered as N806DB on 22nd April 2013 to DB Service company LLC in Colorado.

M-LJGI is a 2007 build airframe and in 2009 the aircraft had blended winglets fitted, making it one the few Falcon 2000 aircraft which have undergone the modification.

The aircraft has been replaced by a new Falcon 7X carrying the same registration M-LJGI was delivered to Dublin Airport on Friday 24th May arriving at 2040.

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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Aer Lingus returns EI-DVF to lessor


Aer Lingus has returned to EI-DVF Airbus A320-214 c/n 3136 ‘St Jarlath / Iarfhlaith’ to lessor Aero Capital. The aircraft operated its last commercial flight on 15th April EIN59D/59L Dublin Airport to Madrid vv prior to entering Dublin Aerospace for end of lease check. The aircraft was delivered to Aer Lingus on 17th May 2007.

EI-DVF was ferried Dublin to Woensdrecht Airport on 13rd May as EIN2612 for painting into Aigle Azur colours and was delivered Woensdrecht to Paris Orly on 30th May.

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Thursday, 23 May 2013

Jet2 adds new Belfast Malaga route


Jet2 is to launch a new route from Belfast International to Malaga operating twice weekly on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 2nd April 2014 competing against Aer Lingus seasonal service operating from Belfast City Airport and Easyjet from Belfast International.

LS387 BFS0755 AGP1205 LS388 AGP1240 BFS 1455 Wednesday
LS387 BFS1430 AGP1840 LS388 AGP1920 BFS2135 Saturday

The airline operates a total of 17 domestic and European destinations from Belfast International.

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Wednesday, 22 May 2013

ArkeFly launches sun charters from Cork Airport

Courtesy Arkefly 
Dutch airline, ArkeFly has launched a new sun charter service from Cork Airport to a number of Mediterranean destinations this summer using Boeing 737-400s.

From Friday, June 7th to August 30th, inclusive, the airline will have 32,000 seats available for passengers departing Cork with a mix of outbound destinations to Lanzarote, Malaga, Las Palmas, Palma de Mallorca and Reus. In addition to the sun charter service, ArkeFly will also provide an additional 3,700 seats into Cork this year, with Dutch specialist inbound tour operator KRAS, also part of the TUI Group.

KRAS will organise a number of holiday packages from the Netherlands to Ireland via a charter service from Amsterdam to Cork, offering very flexible options for 4 day, 11 day or 18 day package holidays, all exclusively available and bookable through KRAS. The flights will operate weekly departing on Friday and returning on Monday.

Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "We are absolutely delighted to be able to offer passengers additional choice this summer with the introduction of a new Dutch airline, ArkeFly. The summer is our busiest period here at Cork Airport and this year is looking particularly positive, with two million seats on sale to 50 destinations direct from Cork. Aer Lingus has made 10,000 extra seats available to Barcelona this summer, compared with last year, and Ryanair has increased capacity by 150,000 seats on routes from Cork to Poland, Lanzarote, Alicante, Faro and Liverpool".

ArkeFly is a wholly-owned subsidiary of travel company, TUI Group which flys to more than 70 destinations worldwide, including favoured holiday sites throughout the Mediterranean, the Caribbean, Africa, Asia and North and South America.

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Aer Arann to create 50 new jobs as part of 'New Beginning' strategy

Courtesy Paul Doyle 

Aer Arann which operates Aer Lingus Regional, announced this morning its creating 50 new jobs as part of its 'New Beginning' strategy following the entry into service of its first ATR72-600 which aims to position Aer Arann among Europe’s top tier of regional airlines.

The 50 new jobs will increase employee numbers by 15% at Dublin Airport and at the airline’s headquarters in Dublin in flight and cabin crew, engineering and support roles bringing the company’s overall staff numbers to 370.

The airline has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months and this year is on track to carry in excess of 1.2 million passengers. The airline will take delivery of a further seven new ATR72-600s by March 2014.

Aer Arann recently moved all flight arrivals and departures to Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport, and now operates from the same terminal as Aer Lingus’ mainline services. The move facilitates Aer Lingus Regional customers linking to Aer Lingus’ transatlantic services in Terminal 2 - a significant and growing part of the business which is on target to bring 100,000 passengers through Dublin’s newest terminal this year.

Aer Arann Interim CEO Seán Brogan said "We recently outlined a package of measures to grow Aer Arann as part of our “new beginning” strategy. These measures included a restructuring of the company, significant investment in new aircraft, extension of the franchise agreement with Aer Lingus until 2022, and the addition of new routes to Manchester and Birmingham. Given these measures, an increasing customer base and expanding route network, we now need to grow our team. These new positions mark another milestone in the future of Aer Arann, and we look forward to welcoming our new recruits over the next 12 months."

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Muller said "Our franchise partnership with Aer Arann has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2010. It has enabled Aer Lingus and Aer Arann to work as a team in developing many new routes and increasing the frequency of service on existing routes. The feedback from our customers has been very positive. They enjoy the service, evidenced in the growing passenger numbers. The new fleet will further improve Aer Lingus Regional customers’ experience, and we welcome the announcement of the new jobs that this fleet expansion brings."

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport  Leo Varadkar TD said "I am delighted by Aer Arann’s announcement of the creation of 50 new jobs as part of its “new beginning” strategy. Aer Arann is proving that it is possible to operate successfully as a regional airline by linking Ireland with the UK market and beyond. The company is investing in new aircraft, new routes and new jobs. I wish Aer Arann every success in its “new beginning” strategy, and look forward to more positive announcements in the future."

Aer Lingus Regional operates 550 weekly flights on 27 routes from from Cork,  Dublin, Shannon, Kerry and Ireland West Airport to the UK and France.

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Monday, 20 May 2013

Ryanair proposal to grow traffic at Dublin Airport


Ryanair announced this morning it's in active discussions with the new owners of  London Stansted and the new management at Dublin Airport and while no agreements have yet been reached, if a competitive cost base emerges, it could re-start growth at one or other airports as early as September 2013.

Speaking on Ireland's national station Newstalk 106-108FM this morning Ryanair Deputy CEO Howard Miller said the airline had submitted a growth proposal to the DAA to increase passenger numbers over the next few years, noting charges had increased in recent years , adding it would need competitive airport costs to grow.

Unlike proposals made to European Governments in Greece, Italy and Spain and last week with AENA the terms of its proposal to Dublin Airport were never disclosed.

The Irish Government has offered to abolish €3 Air Travel Tax in return for significant passenger growth at Irish Airports under the Programme for Government and has been included in 2013 Action Plan for Jobs .

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Wizzair operates final Cork Airport service

Courtesy Paul Daly 
Wizzair operated its final Cork Airport service last Saturday 18th May 2013 from Katowice (Poland) by HA-LPZ Airbus A320-232 c/n 4174 as W61013 (8YV) arriving thirty minutes ahead of schedule at 1849 with W61014 (5LE) becoming airborne from Cork at 1955 bring to a close the airline's connection with Cork Airport which began in 2006.

In a tweet on Saturday Cork Airport said "Today marks the end of a great relationship with @flyWizzAir who served our Passengers with distinction & great service Thanks".

In January it axed routes to Warsaw and Wroclaw in Poland as well as Vilnius in Lithuania and announced on Thursday 7th March it wa ceasing its remaining routes to to Gdansk (April 7), Poznan (April 8) and Katowice (May 18).

Wizzair's decision to discontinue less popular services to Cork in Ireland, reflected 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.  The airline will use the freed capacity to serve destinations Kristiansand, Larnaca and Naples that are more in line with the current market demand.

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Ryanair profit up 13% to €569 million


Ryanair announced 2013 full year results delivering a net profit of €569 million on revenues of €4,884 billion up 13% carrying 79.3 million passengers up 5% with a load factor of 82%. Ancillary revenue grew by 20% faster than the 5% increase in passenger numbers to €1,064.2 million and average fare per passenger increased by 3%.

Fuel costs increased by 18% to €1,885.6m due to higher prices and increased activity and now accounts for 45% of total costs.

The airline's gross cash increased by €43.4 million since March 31, 2012 to €3,559.0 million and has net cash of €60.7 million.

The airline will hold an EGM on 18th June to seek shareholder approval for order for 175 Boeing 737-800s to be delivered between 2014 and 2018 enabling passenger growth of 5% per annum.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Delivering a 13% increase in profits and 5% traffic growth despite high oil prices during a European recession is testimony to the strength of Ryanair’s ultra-low cost model. This summer Ryanair opened 7 new bases, and more than 200 new routes as we continue our strategy of growing Europe’s largest passenger airline.

Our new route teams continue to handle more growth opportunities than our current fleet expansion allows. Significant opportunities are opening up in Germany, Scandinavia and central Europe in particular, where Air Berlin, SAS and LOT continue to restructure. We are in active discussions with the new owners of Stansted Airport and the new management at Dublin Airport and while no agreements have yet been reached, if a competitive cost base emerges, then we could restart growth at one or other airports as early as September 2013.

Ryanair believes that its unique low cost advantage will enable the airline to achieve a 20% share of the European short-haul market over the next 5 years, particularly given that many of Europe’s high fare incumbents are restructuring and cutting capacity. Ryanair is now uniquely positioned to offer many of Europe’s airports sustained traffic growth in return for low cost, efficient facilities."

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Saturday, 18 May 2013

Lithuanian carrier Avion Express establishes new Dublin Airport Base


Lithuanian carrier Avion Express is establishing new bases in Dublin, Lille and Bratislava for scheduled and ACMI operations.The carrier is basing a single Airbus A319 in Dublin Airport, prior to launch it has been recruiting pilots and cabin crew via its website.

LY-VEU Airbus A319-112 c/n 1263 positioned Prague to Dublin as NVD9001 on Thursday 16th May arriving at 2023 local,  yesterday operated its first two inclusive charter rotations to Reus (NVD810/1) and Ibiza (NVD812/3).

The aircraft is heavily utilized at the weekends on Saturdays operating to Las Palmas and Lanzarote and Sundays to Palma and Faro.

This aircraft has an Irish connection leased from GECAS was briefly placed on the Irish register as EI-EWA from 10th July to 2nd August 2012 .The aircraft previously visited Dublin in connection with Ireland Vs France Six Nations rugby match in March.

The carrier is a wet lease specialist based in Vilnius operates a fleet of seven Airbus A320 Family aircraft two A319s and five A320s.

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Thursday, 16 May 2013

Ryanair offers AENA growth plan to bring five million passengers per annum


Ryanair has offered AENA a growth plan proposal to increase Spanish air traffic by 5 million passengers per annum over next three years, in exchange for a reduction in air taxes which Ryanair said were "unjustified and excessive" following increases in recent years.

The growth proposal was unveiled at press conference in Madrid by Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary, in in which he explained that the offer of 5 million passengers per annum in 2014, 2015 and 2016, stating the proposal is a "growth opportunity" that could lead to the creation of over 5,000 jobs. In 2013 Ryanair will carry 31 million passengers from Spain and has recently announced a spate of new routes from the Canary Islands to Germany and Scandinavian.

The new aircraft order for 175 Boeing 737-800s will provide an additional capacity of 25 million passengers from 2014 to 2019.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "The huge drop in traffic in Spanish AENA airports in recent years is unprecedented and is unrivaled by any other major European economy. The loss of 30 million passengers and more than 30,000 jobs in the airports of Spain is a direct result of that AENA has quadrupled its airport charges in the last six years. Spanish Government policy to fatten the profits of AENA (with unjustified rate increases) in order to privatize this public monopoly, involves sharp declines in traffic and jobs for the Spanish economy and is unsustainable.

Ryanair asks AENA and the Spanish Government to reverse this strategy failed high rates at airports and focus on reducing prices to stimulate traffic growth and tourism in Spain which immediately create thousands of jobs and reduce the outrageous figure of 50% of youth unemployment in Spain.

By ordering 175 new aircraft to be delivered between 2014 and 2019, no other EU airline can match the ability to carry passengers from Ryanair and its ability to increase your traffic and allocate a significant proportion of this growth in Spain . Ryanair is now asking AENA respond favorably to the proposed rapid growth of Ryanair."

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EirTrade Aviation Completes Boeing 737-500 Teardown at Ireland West Airport Knock Facility

Courtesy Boeing Commercial 
EirTrade Aviation Ireland Ltd has completed the tear-down of a Boeing 737-500 aircraft, for an undisclosed party, in their hangar at Ireland West Airport Knock. This is the first aircraft of its type to be dismantled by EirTrade and in Ireland and the second aircraft to be dismantled at their Ireland West Knock facility.

The Irish government has targeted aircraft dismantling as a growth business for Aircraft Maintenance and Repair (MRO) Industry through the Finance Bill 2013 which specifically designates tear-down pads-special parking areas for aircraft being dismantled qualify for accelerated capital allowance over seven years.

Avolon Leasing retirement trends and outlook published in September 2012 forecast 8,000 aircraft are expected to be retired from service in the next decade hence the number of aircraft available for tear-down will increase significantly, thus creating immense opportunities for EirTrade Aviation to grow business.

IBA Commercial Director Owen Geach said “You will see an increasing number of MD-80s, 737s, 757s and A320s heading for part-out as they get replaced by newer-technology aircraft.”

EirTrade provides aircraft and engine tear-down management, sales and consignment of aircraft and engine components and back to birth traceability on aircraft engine records to maximize their value.EirTrade also offers storage facilities for Airlines & Lessor’s at their IAA Approved Dublin facility.

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Ryanair returns EI-DLM Boeing 737-8AS to lessor


Ryanair has returned the second of four Boeing 737-800s to lessors this summer as EI-DLM Boeing 737-8AS c/n 33594 line number 1923 was ferried Glasgow Prestwick to Shannon Airport on 22nd April as 'Ryanair 02P' in basic colours no titles on return to lessor Fly Leasing according to websites Flightradar24 and

EI-DLM operated its last revenue service for Ryanair on 8th March RYR7862/3 Glasgow Prestwick to City of Derry vv according to website The return of EI-DLM reduces to 303 the number of units in service.
Courtesy Paul Bannon 
The aircraft was repainted in Nok Air colours by Eirtech Aviation registered HS-DBM named and re-delivered on 16th May Shannon-Ras Al Khaimah-Don Muang.

EI-DLM was delivered to Ryanair on 20th April 2006.

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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Dublin Airport continues to drive air traffic growth


The Irish Aviation Authority announced commercial terminal flights at Dublin Airport in April were up by 1.2% when compared to the same month last year, which reflects a continuing upward trend. On a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports for January to April 2013 was up by 0.3%, compared to the same period in 2012.

Total flights in Irish airspace in April have decreased marginally by -1.1%, when compared to April 2012.
There was a decrease of -1.6% in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during April 2013, in comparison to April 2012.  Similarly, North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /North America) saw a decrease of -1.6% in April 2013, when compared to April 2012.

The April 2013 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport: -1.1%  with an average of 59 commercial daily movements.

Dublin Airport: + 1.2% , with an average of 446 commercial daily movements.

Shannon Airport: -2.7%, with an average of 46 commercial daily movements.

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Monday, 13 May 2013

OO-VLF Fokker 50 Cityjet at Dublin Airport


An interesting visitor to Dublin Airport today was OO-VLF Fokker F50 c/n 20208 Cityjet operating a charter flight to Antwerp.This aircraft is no stranger to Irish skies as it was delivered on 30th January 1991 to  Aer Lingus as EI-FKE named as 'St Pappin / Paipan' used test registration PH-EXA and remained in service until April 2001 when it was withdrawn from use and subsequent flown to Woensdrecht Airport for storage.

The aircraft was operated by Denim Air from November 2003 to February 2006 as PH-DMT in August 2007 VLM Airlines leased the aircraft from Aircraft Finance & Trading on 29th April 2008 the aircraft was re-registered as OO-VLF according to website VLM Airlines was acquired by Cityjet whom integrated VLM's Fokker F50 into their fleet.

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Aer Lingus Regional celebrates Dublin-London Southend route milestone


Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, is on track to fly a new monthly record of 5,600 passengers this month as the airline marks one year of the Dublin to London Southend Airport service. The route launched in May 2012 has grown considerably over the past year, flying over 55,000 passengers to London’s newest hub, London Southend.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, aims to continue to grow the route by 20% in the next 12 months. In an interview with Travel Daily UK Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said the carrier planned to add a fourth daily service on the route.

Due to demand and customer feedback, Aer Arann adjusted the Dublin to London Southend schedule which now facilitates same day return for business passengers and the move into Terminal 2 at Dublin enables smooth onward connections onto the Aer Lingus transatlantic network a growing part of the Aer Lingus Regional business with over 3,000 passengers making onwards journeys to the US from London Southend in the last year.

Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said "We are delighted to mark the first anniversary of this key route in the Aer Lingus Regional network. The route has grown significantly over the past year and our aim now is to continue to work hard to build on this success. Dublin to London Southend is an extremely popular route on our network, for both business and leisure passengers.

We continue to see steady growth in traffic, with almost 55,000 passengers benefiting from an easy, efficient and accessible connection between Dublin and London Southend this year. With an improved schedule, new planes and great choice for passengers, we are working hard to deliver on our objective of further developing and growing passenger numbers on this route."

London Southend Airport MD Alastair Welch said "As we celebrate a successful first year for our Dublin service, with new schedules and new aircraft being delivered, we look forward to even more passengers finding out that flying through London Southend Airport really is 'simply easier'."

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Saturday, 11 May 2013

Ryanair returns EI-DLL Boeing 737-8AS to lessor


Ryanair has returned the first of four Boeing 737-800s to lessors this summer as EI-DLL Boeing 737-8AS c/n 33593 line number 1914 was ferried Glasgow Prestwick to Shannon Airport on 12th April as 'Ryanair 11P' in basic colours no titles on return to lessor Fly Leasing according to websites Flightradar24 &

The aircraft operated its last revenue service for Ryanair on 28th February as RYR772 from Dublin to Glasgow Prestwick according to website

The aircraft was repainted in Nok Air colours registered HS-DBL and named "Nok Sanook” and re-delivered on Thursday 9th May Shannon-Ras Al Khaimah-Don Muang.

EI-DLL was delivered to Ryanair on 10th April 2006.

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Delta Airlines resumes Shannon New York daily service


Delta Airlines this morning resumed its daily Shannon New York JFK route in conjunction with joint venture partner Air France KLM for summer 2013 the inaugural flight was operated by N718TW Boeing 757-231/W c/n 28486. DAL122 departs New York JFK 2120 arriving Shannon Airport 0855 DAL123 departs Shannon Airport 1050 arrives New York JFK 1255.

In 2012, Delta carried a total of 47,486 passengers between Shannon and US on its summer service, with an average load factor of 91% on the route.

Delta Airlines Senior VP Europe, Middle East and Africa Perry Cantarutti said "Our nonstop summer service increases passenger choice to and from the U.S. and the west coast of Ireland, supporting travel for thousands of holidaymakers and helping to give a boost to the local economy. Delta is offering customers even more travel options to popular destinations such as San Francisco, Orlando and Las Vegas and we are already seeing very positive booking figures for the summer months."

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine:  “Having Delta back on our summer schedule is another significant boost to transatlantic services at Shannon and to passengers seeking to travel to and from JFK.  The fact that they have a load factor of 91% says a lot about the popularity of the service and the ease and convenience of using Shannon Airport.  We look forward to working with Delta on this service to make sure their passengers get the best possible experience at Shannon.”

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Thursday, 9 May 2013

Dublin Airport April traffic up 1% to 1.6 million passengers


Dublin Airport announced it handled 1.6 million passengers in April up 1% passenger volumes to and from continental Europe remained on par with last year with more than 854,000 people travelling to European destinations and domestic traffic increased by 7% to more than 5,000 passengers.

Long-Haul Traffic traffic continues to perform strongly as Transatlantic passenger volumes grew by 10% with more than 135,000 passengers travelling to and from North America in April, while other international traffic increased by 13% with nearly 41,000 passengers travelling this route sector.

While UK traffic increased by 1% with almost 577,000 passengers travelling to and from the UK during the month.

In the first four months of the year almost 5.5 million passengers used Dublin Airport up  3% over the same period last year.

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Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Shannon Airport launches its summer 2013 schedule

Courtesy Google 
The summer officially began for the newly independent Shannon Airport over the May bank holiday weekend with five new services across US, UK and Europe and 33-destinations in-all this year from Shannon, the airport is targeting the transatlantic market for significant growth as it secures five US services for the first time in five years.

In all, 33 separate destinations will be served this summer from Shannon. Among these are five new services - two in the US (Chicago and Philadelphia), two in mainland Europe (Alicante and Faro) and one in the UK (Glasgow).

A total of 19 European routes will operate in the summer with passenger numbers on European services are this year expected to increase by 10% thanks to new services and 8 UK routes will operate.

The transatlantic market is showing the sharpest recovery, with the airport this year offering five US destinations (Boston, Chicago, Newark, JFK New York and Philadelphia) alone – the first time since 2009 that Shannon has had five US destinations.  This increased US network is expected to generate a 22% rise in transatlantic passenger numbers over the summer season.

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said "The advances already made, with new routes to very attractive destinations, as well as greater frequencies on other popular services, are a real boost for the airport and, particularly, for passengers at Shannon. Growing the range of services for passengers was one of our key priorities when we set out in January.  The more routes we secure, the more people will opt for Shannon because it is such an accessible, convenient and easy-to-use airport."

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Austrian Airlines launches new weekly Dublin charter flight

Courtesy 'Austrian Airlines’  
Austrian Airlines has launched a new weekly Wednesday charter flight between Dublin and Vienna operating in May and June using Airbus A320 and Fokker F100 equipment AUA9751 arrives Dublin 1005 AUA9752 departs Dublin 1050. This new service has been organised by Austrian tour operator Raiffeisen Reisbüro.

The new service is expected to deliver over 2,500 Austrian visitors, who will spend one week on the island of Ireland (those who arrive on the Dublin flight will spend four nights in Dublin and three nights in Northern Ireland). Working closely with airlines to build demand for routes is a key priority for Tourism Ireland and this new service will provide a welcome boost for tourism from Austria in the shoulder season.

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said: “The introduction of this new service from Austria is welcome news indeed; it will certainly expand travel options for Austrian holiday and business travellers who wish to visit the island of Ireland. As part of our ongoing co-operation with airlines and airports, Tourism Ireland will undertake advertising and other promotions with Raiffeisen Reisbüro, to maximise the demand for the service to Dublin and Belfast and boost tourism to the island of Ireland.

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Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Aer Lingus passenger numbers down 2.5% in April


Aer Lingus announced its carried 868,000 passengers in April down 2.5% due to to the timing of the Easter Bank Holiday weekend which fell at the end of March in 2013 but in the first week of April in 2012, year to date it has almost carried 3 million passengers.

However its long-haul business performed very strongly carrying 84,000 passengers up 6.3% with a load factor 69.3% down 5.8 points on an 16.5% increase in available seat kilometers its revenue passenger kilometers up 7.5%.

It carried 701,000 short-haul passengers down 4.2% with a load factor 68.7% down 2.8 points on a 3.7% reduction in available seat kilometers its revenue passenger kilometer was down 7.5%.

Aer Lingus Regional carried 83,000 passengers up 5.1% and year to date 308,000 passengers.

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Monday, 6 May 2013

TC-JHL Boeing 737-800 Turkish Airlines 'Globally Yours' at Dublin Airport

Courtesy Sean Flynn 
This morning TC-JHL Boeing 737-8F2/W c/n 40976 Turkish Airlines operated THY9FT/7GJ from and to Istanbul in 'Globally Yours' colour scheme to acknowledge the vital role its staff have played in the airline’s success decorated with roughly 17,000 photos of those working on behalf of Turkish Airlines in 191 destinations all over the world.

The project gives real meaning to its motto, "Globally Yours" demonstrating that the Turkish Airlines family is always on duty somewhere in the world. The livery, which is the first of its kind ever done, highlights the fact that the airline’s success is due to its global workforce, each person adding his or her own contribution to making Turkish Airlines the respected and celebrated company that it has become.

Turkish Airlines has prepared this project not only for its existing employees also all the employees who worked for the airline in the past years and on behalf of all of those, the General Managers’ photos also took place on the aircraft.

The completed design was then applied to the aircraft between the 9th and 13th of March 2012, at the Turkish Technic Hangar in Istanbul.

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Sunday, 5 May 2013

Lufthansa re-commences seasonal services from Dusseldorf to Ireland

Courtesy Ireland West Airport Knock 
Lufthansa yesterday re-commenced seasonal Dusseldorf routes from Dublin Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock operating twice weekly and weekly respectively operated by Eurowings (Lufthansa Regional) Bombardier Aerospace CRJ900 aircraft operated by D-ACNH c/n 15247  and D-ACNO 15255.

Last year over 2,000 passengers used the Ireland West Airport Knock service generating a spend in excess of €1,000,000 for the West and North West regions.

Flights from Dublin Airport depart twice weekly on Saturdays and Sundays and Ireland West Airport Knock to Dusseldorf every Saturday until September 28th.

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Air Contractors inaugurates Dublin-Lanzarote route

Courtesy Sean Flynn
Air Contractors today inaugurated its Dublin to Lanzarote route which will operate every Sunday from May to October, and Thursdays from June to September, AENA announced today operated a Boeing 737-300 in the colours of its French subsidiary Europe Airpost.

The AENA Press release stated the airline would use a Boeing 737-300 on the route with a capacity of 189 seats which is factually incorrect as the seat capacity is 147.

This company has scheduled 82 movements (41 departures and 41 arrivals), representing 12,054 seats for the summer season 2013.

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Ireland is the third most important international market for tourism in Lanzarote, 174,321 Irish tourists visited the island during 2012 which was a 1.05% increase on the previous year.

Lanzarote was awarded the Best Winter Sun Destination 2013 award from the Irish Travel Industry (ITI) during a gala evening at The Mansion House in Dublin on the 24th January 2013.

The Tourism department of the Cabildo consider that “winning this award reinforces the promotional strategy of Lanzarote, and at the same time defines a privileged position of the island in the Irish market”.

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Aer Arann's new ATR72-600 Enters service

Courtesy Michael Kelly 
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional new ATR72-600 EI-FAS c/n 1083 ex F-WWET named "St Connell" entered revenue service yesterday operating EIN3254/5 (ATC callsign RE54/55ED) from Dublin to Edinburgh, The aircraft was delivered Toulouse-Dublin on Friday 3rd May as RE600P arriving at 1600.
A further seven ATR 72-600s will be delivered this year and next replacing the older existing fleet of ATR 72-200s and ATR 42-300s. With 3 ATR 72-500s currently in service the new ATR72-600s will bring to 11 the total fleet of ATRs operated by Aer Arann.

EI-FAS is ADSB equipped allocated Hex Code 4CAAD7, we understand the next ATR72-600s for delivery are to be registered EI-FAT, EI-FAU and EI-FAV.

Aer Arann Interim CEO Sean Brogan said "We are delighted to be partnering again with ATR. Regional traffic is substantially developing and we aim to upgrade our regional aircraft fleet with the new ATR -600s. These aircraft offer high economic efficiency, optimum performance and exceptional passenger comfort. We are convinced that these new airplanes will bring very interesting business opportunities, while further developing air traffic in the region".

ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato said "ATR is honored to be associated to the growth of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus Regional. We are happy to partner with such prestigious operators. Today we are eager to further develop the presence of the new ATR -600s in Europe, a market with a strong demand for new generation ATR turboprops. This demand is driven by increasing operating costs for airlines and the fact that many fleets need to be renewed soon. Aer Arann has a strong commitment to the environment and this is exemplified by their choice of the most "Green" aircraft available today!".

About the ATR 72-600:
  • Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
  • Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 127M
  • Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
  • Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
  • Maximum payload: 7,500 Kg
  • Range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)

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Friday, 3 May 2013

Ryanair announces new Aarhus-Las Palmas route


Ryanair has announced its launching a new routes from Aarhus to Las Palmas operating weekly on Fridays from 1st November.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to announce a new route from Aarhus to / from Gran Canaria, with weekly departures every Friday from 1 November 2013."

In addition Ryanair operates routes to Alicante, Girona, London Stansted, Oslo Rygge and Palma.

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

IAA operating profits up 27% to €22.9 million


The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) it had a record profit performance in 2012 with operating profits up 27% to €22.9 million on revenues of €175 million with total assets of €213.1 million a dividend of €5 million was paid to the government.

Irish Aviation Authority CEO Eamonn Brennan said "the IAA is a safe, innovative company recognised by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for our safety oversight performance and by airline customers as being responsive to their operational requirements. We are placed 3rd in Europe for safety oversight by the ICAO and we received a 91% customer satisfaction rating in 2012. The IAA is well positioned for future development and success".

The Irish Aircraft register stood at almost 1,200 aircraft with a significant growth of 34% since 2009 in large aircraft due to consistent development of the large carriers and the Irish based aircraft leasing industry.

In 2012, the IAA provided ATM services to over 300,000 en-route flights and almost 200,000 terminal flights as well as communications services to 400,000 flights on the north Atlantic. The IAA’s ATM charges are amongst the lowest in Europe and down 8.9% on 2011 for overflights. Charges for airport terminal traffic were down 21% on 2011.

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Ryanair carries 7.4 million passengers in April


Ryanair announced it carried 7.4 million passengers in April up 2% (200,000) with a load factor of 81% and in rolling 12 months to the end of April it carried 79.4 million passengers.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said "Ryanair’s traffic increased by 2% over April 2012, as we enjoyed a record 12-month period with almost 80m passengers choosing one of our ultra-low fares since April 2012, a rise of 4%."

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Ryanair announces new winter sun routes from Sweden


Ryanair has announced significant expansion from the Canary Islands to Sweden for Winter 2013/4 schedule commencing 31st October launching Karlstad to Tenerife South weekly on Fridays from 1st November.

The carrier is adding new routes from Stockholm (Skastva) and Stockholm (Vasteras) with Stockholm Skastva to Las Palmas weekly on Sundays from 3rd November and Tenerife South twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays from 31st October and Stockholm Vasteras to Las Palmas weekly on Thursdays from 31st October and Tenerife South weekly on Fridays from 1st November.

Ryanair's Nordic Sales and Marketing Director Elina Hakkarainen “Ryanair is delighted to open five new Swedish lines to the sun in winter from Karlstad, Stockholm Skavsta and Stockholm Vasteras to Gran Canaria and Tenerife. Six flights per week starting in late October 2013."

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Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Aer Lingus extends Shannon-Faro route on strong demand


Aer Lingus announced today its new three times weekly from Shannon to Faro service has been extended from 13th September to 26th October due to very strong customer demand on the route. The inaugural flight was operated by EI-EDP Airbus A320-214 c/n 3781.

Aer Lingus operates daily flights between Shannon and London Heathrow, three flights a week to New York and four flights a week to Boston. Aer Lingus Regional operates daily flights between Shannon and Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.   This brings the total number of weekly flights with Aer Lingus from Shannon to 58 with over 8,000 seats available each week, from May through to October.

Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said "The Algarve is a really popular destination for holidaymakers from all over Ireland. We now have services from Shannon, Cork, Dublin and Belfast. We've seen strong demand for bookings since we announced the Shannon to Faro service"

He added "So strong that we've increased the frequency from two to three flights per week and are running the service for an additional six week, to the end of October. It’s great to welcome the first customers on board today. "    

Shannon Airport Director Mary Considine said that having Faro on this year’s summer schedule is a significant boost to holiday makers from this region adding "The fact that Ireland is the seventh strongest international market for The Algarve region shows how strong the demand is here for flights to Faro. Getting a Faro service back at Shannon was one of our key objectives for 2013 and we look forward to working with Aer Lingus to ensure passengers going through Shannon enjoy the convenience and ease of using our airport."

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Flybe launches new Glasgow Shannon route

Courtesy Paul Bannon 
Flybe’s inaugural flight from Shannon to Glasgow was operated by G-JEDM DHC8-402Q c/n 4077 BEE391 arriving in Shannon and BEE392 departed Shannon at 1243. The year round service operates three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays & Sundays.
The new Glasgow route is expected to generate 10,000 additional passengers through Shannon Airport in 2013, was the first route secured by the independent Shannon Airport entity. Flybe previously operated a very successful route at the airport to Birmingham between 1999 and 2005.

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Ryanair adds extra Ireland West Airport Knock-London Luton service


Ryanair is to add an extra Ireland West Airport Knock to London Luton service on Saturdays for June (1st-29th) in addition its existing daily service.

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This summer Ryanair has increased frequencies on routes from Ireland West Airport Knock to Alicante, London Luton, London Stansted, Malaga in response to customer demand.

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