Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Ryanair increases frequency on Top Five Dublin-UK routes this winter

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Ryanair said today that it plans to add daily frequencies on its five main Ireland-UK routes from October in a direct response to similar flight increases recently announced by Aer Lingus for its winter schedule.

The airline said that from October 2013 it will add at least one additional daily return flight on each of its top five Dublin-UK routes to Bristol ,Edinburgh and Manchester from 1st November and Birmingham and London Stansted from 11th November.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Confronted with incontrovertible evidence that competition between Ryanair and Aer Lingus has intensified, the UKCC has been reduced to inventing fairytale future ‘concerns’ that Ryanair has ‘influence’ over Aer Lingus or that this stake has or will lead to a lessening of competition."

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Aer Lingus Hub strategy drives long-haul performance

EI-ELA Airbus A330-200 
Aer Lingus announcing it's Half-Year results this morning continue to show strong strength in it's long-haul strategy using Dublin as a Transatlantic hub providing connectivity with it's partners. The carrier has increased market share by 6 points from 48% to 54%.

CEO Christoph Muller said "Aer Lingus is pleased to report an excellent business performance for the first half of 2013. All key revenue metrics have trended positively with passenger numbers up 1.3%, load factor up 2.0 points and growth in fare revenue per seat across short and long haul. Our Q2 2013 revenue performance was particularly strong. We expanded long haul capacity by 16.3% in the quarter and successfully sold the additional seats, achieving a load factor of almost 95% in June."

In the first six months long-haul reported strong revenue growth of +15.6% and capacity increase of +10.8% year on year, with the introduction of seventh Airbus A330 increasing frequencies on routes to Boston and Chicago routes, carrying 488,000 passengers with a load factor of 79.1% up 1.6 points, with business class up 3.6% to 65.2%. It's average fare increased by 4.5% to €269.90.

In Q2 Long haul passenger revenue increased by 16.2% to €106.2 million while load factor remained relatively flat at 82.7% despite capacity growth of 16.3%.

Further growth in long-haul is planned for 2014 with the re-deployment of the Shannon Based A330-200 to Dublin Airport to re-launch SFO route and the damp lease of three Boeing 757 aircraft from ASL Aviation Group to increase frequencies from Shannon Airport to Boston and New York JFK and launch new Dublin to Toronto route.

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EirTrade Aviation acquires Boeing 737-500 for Teardown at Ireland West Facility

Courtesy Boeing a B737-500
EirTrade Aviation Ireland Ltd. has completed the acquisition of a Boeing 737-500 aircraft which will be dismantled in their hangar at Ireland West Airport, Knock, Co. Mayo. This is the first 737 classic aircraft to be purchased by EirTrade for teardown and will be the third aircraft to be disassembled at their facility, this year.

According to website Skyliner Aviation N710DB Boeing 737-505 c/n 26304 ex LN-BUC was Ferried St Athan-Ireland West Airport Knock on 24th July.

EirTrade Aviation Ireland, Ltd was founded by a team of aviation professionals in 2010 and has its headquarters in Dublin,Ireland. 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.

For more details contact

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Tuesday, 30 July 2013

New BA Airbus A380 Flies to Shannon Airport

G-XLEA Airbus A380-841 
British Airways' new Airbus A380-841 G-XLEA c/n 095 ex F-WWSK has flown into Shannon Airport ahead of its use on some of the airline's long-haul network from September, becoming another Irish aviation first for Shannon Airport as the World's largest passenger aircraft lands in any livery for first time.

BAW9152 G-XLEA arrived at 1017 from London Stansted and departed to London Gatwick as BAW9153 at 1240.

The double-decker aircraft, which can cater for up to 469 passengers, will be used to fly between London Heathrow and Los Angeles from 24th September. The 2013 list price for an Airbus A380-800 is €403.9 million subject to design weights, engines choice and level of selected customization.

British Airways has a further 11  Airbus A380s on order and also has options for a further seven aircraft.
Additional A380s will be used on routes to Hong Kong and Johannesburg, from 22nd October and February 2014 respectively.

G-XLEA BAW9153 Departs for London Gatwick 
Its visit to Shannon Airport is part of a test by BA to see which airports could cater to the aircraft in the event of a diversion.

It is also an opportunity for pilots to add to their flight training hours ahead of entry to service initially on Heathrow-Frankfurt route from tomorrow.

During its time in Shannon the A380 was photographed alongside BA's smallest aircraft, the Airbus A318, which operates between London City and New York's JFK.

British Airways Manager for Ireland Simon Daly said "We are delighted to welcome the new A380 to Shannon Airport today, and are looking forward to customers from Ireland being able to experience what this fantastic aircraft has to offer when flights commence from London Heathrow to Los Angeles in September, to Hong Kong in October and to Johannesburg next year."

Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said "Shannon has had many proud firsts over the years and being the first Irish airport to handle the world's largest passenger aircraft is among them. It is further confirmation of Shannon's place in the aviation industry. Having British Airways’ A380 at the airport parked beside its smallest aircraft, the A318, is a rare moment for any airport and a great opportunity for aviation enthusiasts across the country who are here in big numbers today."



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Monday, 29 July 2013

What has Kestrel Engineering Ltd in common with the Boeing Dreamliner?

Photo of Saf-Deflat-Models 2 (Left) & 1 Right respectively 
Dublin based Kestrel Engineering Ltd has manufactured a simple tool called the Saf-Deflat-Aer for many years.  The tool is used to safely deflate aircraft wheels and reduce noise prior to removal from the aircraft.

The Saf-Deflat-Aer tool allows the valve core to be released and it incorporates a silencer which reduces the noise generated by the escaping nitrogen by up to 23 dBA’s. The tool is available in either Model 1 or 2 versions, which will enable all possible types of aircraft wheel valve for all current aircraft to be accommodated.

The Saf-Deflat-Aer Model 1 tool (PN320008A) has now been approved for use and is specified in Chapter 32 of the B787 Dreamliner Aircraft Maintenance Manual.

In addition, the relevant model 1 or 2 is approved in the respective AMM’s of Boeing B737 Classic/NG, B757, B767, B777 and B747 aircraft.  The tools can also accommodate all Airbus, Embraer & Bombardier aircraft wheels, depending on the type of wheel valve fitted.

Saf-Deflat-Aer Model 1 connected to an Aer Lingus A320 Wheel 

The company has customers worldwide including Aer Lingus, Aerolineas Argentinas, Asiana Airlines, Atlas Air, Boeing, Cargolux, Egyptair, Emirates, Goodrich, SR Technics, Turkish Airlines and many others.

Further information is available in the company website
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"The Speedtwin" maiden Irish flight demonstration at Shannon Airport

Courtesy: Speedtwin 
The remarkable new twin-engined utility Aircraft, "The Speedtwin" maiden Irish flight demonstration at Shannon Airport took place this afternoon, the event was brought forward to due adverse weather conditions forecast for tomorrow.The Speedtwin offers impressive operating capabilities with its twin-engined and tandem seating configuration.

The Speedtwin has been flight-tested and issued with a UK Civil Aviation Authority Permit. All official test flying programmes were completed in April 2011 resulting in the Speedtwin being the world's only civil twin-engined aircraft cleared for intentional spinning. In July 2012 the Speedtwin participated in the daily aerobatic flying display at the Farnborough International Air Show.

Welcoming the aircraft and attending the demonstration, the chairman of Shannon Airport, Rose Hynes, said "Shannon with its unique pioneering aviation spirit and history is a very appropriate setting to stage The Speedtwin's inaugural Irish flights. “Shannon, as leaders also in the development of an International Aviation Services Centre in the region, is very pleased to host the Speedtwin visit and keen to engage with innovators in aviation across the industry spectrum."

With applications such as border patrol, search and rescue, pipeline and wire inspection, police patrols and other utility services, The Speedtwin offers high performance and twin-engined safety at a very competitive cost. Its remarkable landing and take-off envelope of 100 meters in any reasonably flat terrain, makes The Speedtwin uniquely suitable for remote applications also.

Speedtiwn Specifications and Peformance:

 Maximum level speed: 216 mph

Maximum demonstrated speed: 264 mph

Take off run: 100 m (estimated)

Ultimate stress limits: +9G/-4.5G

Payload: 1,150 lbs (estimated)

Range: 900 nautical miles (1,700 km)

Single engine loiter: 8.5+ hours (estimated)

Rate of climb: >2,000 ft/min

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EI-FAU ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Arann

EI-FAU ATR72-600
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional  has taken delivery of it's third new ATR72-600 as part of it's 'New Beginning' strategy.

EI-FAU ATR72-600 c/n 1098 Hex Code 4CAAD9 was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Friday 26th July as REA602P arriving 1830 and operated it's first revenue service on Saturday 27th as REA208M to Manchester.

The aircraft first flight was on 15th July using test registration F-WWEK.

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EI-FAT ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Arann

EI-FAT ATR72-600 
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional has taken delivery of it's second new ATR72-600 as part of it's 'New Beginning' strategy.

EI-FAT ATR72-600 (212A) c/n 1097 Hexcode 4CAAD8 was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Thursday 25th July as REA601P arriving 2015 , operated it's first revenue service on Friday 26th as REA56ED to Edinburgh.

The aircraft first flight was on 3rd July using test registration F-WWEJ.

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M-KATE Airbus A319CJ Fuel stops in Dublin en-route Alaska

M-KATE Airbus A319-113X(CJ)

Yesterday Dublin Airport hosted M-KATE Airbus A319-133X (CJ) c/n 4151 Hexcode 43E7BA of Sophar Property Holding for a fuel stop en-route from Nice to Ketchikan Alaska. The aircraft arrived 1225 and departed at 1414 hours.

The aircraft made it's first flight on 14th January 2010 as D-AVYB was delivered on 20-21st January Hamburg XFW to Basle for cabin outfitting.via Zurich and London Stansted.

Geneva blogger Aviation Anecdotes post "M-KATE: not the British Royal Family" gives an interesting insight on the aircraft.

Ketchikan, is a city in Ketchikan Gateway Borough, Alaska, United States, the southeasternmost city in Alaska, is named after a creek which flows through the city. It's economy is based upon tourism and fishing, and the city is known as the "Salmon Capital of the World." The Misty Fjords National Monument is one of the area's major attractions.

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Monday, 22 July 2013

Pope Francis travels on Irish registered Alitalia aircraft to Brazil

Courtesy: FlightAware 
 Pope Francis has traveled on an Irish registered Alitalia aircraft EI-EJM Airbus A330-202 c/n 1308 AZA4000,  from Rome Fiumicino to Rio de Janeiro in Brazil to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day, on his first overseas trip since becoming pontiff in March.

The pope tweeted his excitement over his ensuing arrival in Brazil after departing Rome. "Shortly after departing I am arriving in Brazil in a few hours and my heart is already full of joy because soon I will be with you to celebrate the 28th World Youth Day," said the pope using his @Pontifex Twitter account.

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German Air Force Airbus A310 repainted at Dublin

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Eirtech Aviation continues to grow its customer base as the German Air Force sent 12+06 Airbus A310-304 MRTT c/n 522 to Dublin for repainting. The aircraft had arrived on 4th July last and it returned to Cologne/Bonn on 18th July. Paul Doyle pictured the aircraft prior to its departure from Dublin.

According website this aircraft was previously operated by Lufthansa as D-AIDE and was acquired by German Air Force in 1999 for conversion into Multi Role Tanker Transport (MRTT) role for Cargo, Passenger, Tanker duties.

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Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Brussels South Charleroi Airport & Ryanair against proposed Walloon air travel tax

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
 Ryanair has threatened to reduce traffic by 17% at Brussels South Charleroi Airport with the loss of 1 million passengers per year and 1,000 jobs , should a €3 air travel tax be introduced from 1st January 2014 by the regional Walloon Government as part of budgetary measures to close deficit by 2015.

The Belgian Government has rejected plans to introduce similar taxes in 2008 and since then traffic Charleroi Airport has more than doubled, from 2.5 million to over 6 million passengers in 2013.  Travel tax introduced in the Netherlands in 2008 was also removed by the Dutch government soon after in 2009, after it had cost over €1 Billion in revenue losses, with passengers who have changed to other airports cheaper in neighboring countries.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) has responded to the announcement of the tax of €3 on passengers traveling from the Walloon airports. In a statement, BSCA provides "a positive effect" on development, employment and "the economic benefits for the vast region."

According to BSCA in the short term "this additional tax" could represent a loss of more than 25% of the traffic, a decrease of more than one and a half million passengers with "the inevitable consequences of the employment " . BSCA estimated loss of 600 jobs to the airport and subcontractors operating on the site.

Ryanair's Robin Kiely said "Ryanair will reduce the traffic  by 17% if this self-destructive €3 tax  is introduced. This will cause the loss of a million passengers and Ryanair at Charleroi least 1,000 local jobs in 2014. This fee will also make non-competitive Wallonia with the result that passengers choose other cheaper airports. Surveys across Europe have clearly demonstrated the damage on traffic and employment following the introduction of passenger taxes, especially in Germany, Ireland and the UK, and we call upon the Belgian and Walloon governments remove these plans or damaging irrevocably traffic and jobs. Other EU countries have found growth by removing tourist taxes and reducing airport charges, in some cases to zero. "

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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Ryanair celebrates 9.5 million passengers at Cork Airport

Courtesy: Sean Flynn 
 Ryanair today celebrated carrying its 9.5 million passenger to/from Cork. In just 26 years Ryanair has grown from a one route operation at Cork to now offering passengers in the South West a choice of 24 top European destinations across 7 countries.

The airline set up Cork as it's 14th European base on 24th November 2005 initially with a single Boeing 737-800 operating four routes to Dublin, London Gatwick, London Stansted and Liverpool. At the peak of the Celtic Tiger over 340,000 passengers used the Dublin-Cork route in 2009, which was in the top 10 ten routes with 5 daily flights (20-F SEC Annual Report 2008/9).

In June 2011 it added a second Boeing 737-800 to the base on a seasonal basis launching routes to Alicante,Bordeaux, Carcassonne, Las Palmas, Lanzarote, La Rochelle, Reus and Tenerife South.

The carrier progressively expanded it's European network in 2012 with the launch of new routes to Gdansk, Krakow,  Vilinus,Warsaw and Wroclaw, for the summer peak months an additional Boeing 737-800 is based in Cork.

Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "I am delighted to welcome Ryanair’s 9.5 millionth Passenger through Cork Airport and to be within reach of another significant milestone within the next 12 months. The growth in Ryanair’s passenger base at Cork Airport since 1987 has been impressive and we are delighted to see the airline serve 24 destinations from Cork this year. The announcement of the new East Midlands service for the forthcoming winter season will contribute a further 60,000 Passengers to the 9.5 million in the next twelve months".

Ryanair’s Maria Macken said "Ryanair is delighted to celebrate carrying 9.5m passengers to and from Cork Airport. Ryanair began operating at Cork airport 26 years ago with a route to London Stansted and today it offers passengers in the South West a choice of 24 destinations across 7 countries including a new winter route to East Midlands."

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Yangon Airways takes delivery of ex-Aer Arann ATR72-500

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Myanmar's Yangon Airways has taken delivery of former Aer Arann ATR72-500 EI-REP.  This aircraft was disposed of as part of the 'New Beginning' strategy as the carrier takes delivery of eight new ATR72-600s in fleet renewal programme.

The aircraft performed a short air test from Dublin Airport on Monday 8th July as REA100M prior to ferry flight to its new owner.

EI-REP ATR72-212A c/n 797 hex code 4CA6D5 departed Dublin Airport at 0345 hours local as REA797 on Monday 8th July on delivery. We understand the aircraft routed via Aktion (Greece)-Alexandria (Egypt)-Al Ain (UAE)-Nagpur (India) to Yangon International Airport its new home arriving 0830 local on Saturday 13th July.

Yangon Airways operates two ATR72-212A's.

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Monday, 15 July 2013

Fourth consecutive month of Dublin Airport traffic growth

Commercial Traffic up 4% 
The Irish Aviation Authority announced on cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports for January to June 2013 was up by 1.0%.

Dublin Airport continues to grow, with commercial terminal flights up 3.9% in June. This is the fourth consecutive month in which growth at Dublin has been recorded.

However Cork Airport recorded negative growth of 6.1% reflecting the withdrawal of Wizzair services.

Shannon Airport had positive commercial traffic growth up 1% .

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

Cork Airport: -6.1% with an average of 68.5 commercial daily movements.

Dublin Airport: + 3.9% , with an average of 505 commercial daily movements.

Shannon Airport: +1%, with an average of 63 commercial daily movements.

Eurocontrol analysis of data for the June 2013, shows that five of Ireland’s Top Ten ‘Airport Pairs’ (from a billing perspective) showed growth (or neutral growth), when compared to June 2012. The most significant growth was for Dublin – Birmingham (+38.4%), London/Gatwick – Dublin (+17.9%) and London/Heathrow – Dublin (+12.4%).

According to Eurocontrol data released by the IAA in relation to Ireland’s major departing and arriving flows during June 2013. There was growth or neutral growth on 65% of these inbound flows and on 58% of these outbound flows, when compared to June 2012.

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New Gulfstream G650 for Denis O'Brien

Courtesy: Donal Morrissey 
 Irish entrepreneur Denis O'Brien has taken delivery of a brand new Gulfstream G650 M-GSIX c/n 6032 ex N932GA. The aircraft has a small tricolour on its tail fin. M-GSIX is replacing Gulfstream G550 M-YJBK c/n 5316 which is up for sale.

M-GSIX was delivered on Saturday 13th July from Gulfstream Aerospace HQ in Savannah, Georgia to Isle of Man to complete her paperwork before continuing to Dublin arriving at 1048 local.

The aircraft operated a local sortie to Cork Airport the same day departing 1128 staying on the ground in Cork for about 20 minutes, before taking off again to Dublin arriving back at 1255, becoming the first visit of a G650 to Cork.

The Gulfstream G650 list price is $65.5 million, carries eight passengers and a crew of four is powered by Rolls-Royce BR725 engines, is capable of cruising at Mach 0.85 at over 51,000 ft and has a maximum non-stop range of 7,000 Nautical Miles, the maximum specified speed for the G650 is Mach 0.925, which is almost the speed of sound.

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Minoan Air to end Dublin service

Mionan Air Fokker 50 
 In an statement on London Oxford Airport website Minoan Air have decided to cease flights to Edinburgh and Dublin effective 4th August. The service commenced on Wednesday 6th March.

London Oxford Airport is very disappointed with this announcement .The airport will be exploring all avenues to replace the carrier with another operator at the earliest opportunity.

Mionair operates to Dublin three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.

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Friday, 12 July 2013

Nominate us for Blog Awards Ireland 2013


The Annual Blog Awards Ireland are around the corner and Irish Aviation Research Institute is hoping for your nomination.

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The Blog Awards Ireland celebrates the best of Irish blogs by creating 31 categories. The Irish Aviation Research Institute has been blogging for almost two years and is the leading online source of Irish Commercial Aviation News and Potral for the Irish Aviation Industry. The blog is very popular with over 140,000 views to date and our Twitter page @IrishAero.

The Irish Aviation Research Institute blog founded in July 2011 is a specialized blog focused on the latest commercial news in the Irish Aviation industry on airports, aircraft, airlines and routes.

In 2012 Irish Aviation Research Institute blog was nominated for Blog Awards Ireland.

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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Turkish Airlines Borussia Dortmund sponsored 737-800 first visit to Dublin Airport

Courtesy Paul Doyle 
This morning Turkish Airlines Borussia Dortmund sponsored Boeing 737 made it's first visit to Dublin Airport , TC-JHU Boeing 737-8F2/W c/n 42002 operating THY1975/6. On 25th April the carrier signed a three-year premium partnership and sponsorship agreement with the Bundesliga outfit, involves numerous joint activities and programmes.

Turkish Airlines will be BVB´s will airline of choice for all international flights, be it games, competitions or training camps. The partnership will be particularly notable at Borussia Dortmund´s ground Signal Iduna Park where Turkish Airlines will be represented with the Turkish Airlines Lounge. Also included in the partnership are joint events, advertising campaigns, a close social media cooperation and various promotional activities.

Dr. Temel Kotil, CEO of Turkish Airlines, on the new cooperation "The partnership with Borussia
Dortmund underlines our commitment to align with the best. The club stands for tradition, regional identity, hard work and success - all principles that Turkish Airlines also values and strives to exhibit. "

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June passenger numbers up 6% at Dublin Airport

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Dublin Airport handled 2 million passengers in June up 6% on the same month last year with all market segments reporting positive growth.

Traffic to and from continental Europe increased by 6% to 1.1 million passengers on the same month last year and in the domestic market segment traffic was up 14% to 6,000 passengers.

International traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East and North Africa, increased by 6% with 45,000 passengers taking flights to and from these destinations.

The Transatlantic segment is leading growth up 18% to 18% to 212, 000 passengers.

Over 612,000 passengers took flights to and from the UK, a 2% increase on the same month last year.

In the first six months of the year over 9.5 million passengers have used Dublin Airport up 5%.

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Monday, 8 July 2013

Dublin one of Europe's fast growing airports

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Dublin Airport was among similar-sized European airports showing the highest passenger traffic increases during May, according to new figures from ACI Europe. Overall passenger traffic growth at Europe’s airports registered a “significant” increase of 4.3% compared to May 2012.

Dublin’s 8.6% rise in passenger numbers during May was one of the highest among airports in the 10 to 25 million passenger category.

Among airports in the 10 to 25 million passenger category, the largest increases were at Manchester (10.5%), Berlin TXL (9.6%), London STN (9.5%), Lisbon (9.2%), and Dublin (8.6%).

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Sunday, 7 July 2013

Small Planet Airlines operates Alitalia charters to Irish Airports


Small Planet Airlines has begun to operate a series of student charter flights to Cork Airport and Dublin Airport on behalf of Alitalia, using LY-FLE Boeing 737-3L9 c/n 27061. The carrier plans to return it's two remaining 737-300s to lessors at the end of the summer season.

The airline has begun a fleet renewal programme to replace its five Boeing 737-300s with Airbus A320 aircraft creating new growth opportunities.

Small Planet Airlines CEO Vytautas Kaikaris said "Following the leasing of the new aircraft, the company’s fleet became one of the freshest among the European charter airlines. We will aim to maintain an average fleet age of about 10 years. By renewing our fleet, we are aiming at more efficient operations. A320s, compared with Boeing 737-300s, have bigger capacity and lower fuel consumption per seat. In addition, they are more reliable and that should help with punctuality.”

Small Planet Airlines is a holiday charter airline holding two air operator certificates in Poland and Lithuania with a fleet of nine aircraft. Key markets for the airline include Poland, UK, Italy, France and Lithuania.

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Aer Arann wet-leases second ATR72 from Danish Air Transport

OY-LHB ATR72 Danish Air Transport 
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional franchise has wet-leased an second ATR72 from Danish Air Transport due to the requirement of additional capacity following the launch of it's new Dublin to Manchester route and pending delivery of a further of two new ATR72-600s EI-FAT c/n 1097 and EI-FAU c/n 1098 due this month.

The aircraft OY-LHB ATR72-202 c/n 496 Danish Air Transport was ferried Copenhagen to Dublin Airport on Wednesday 3rd July as REA100P.

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Friday, 5 July 2013

EI-LNA Boeing 787 Norwegian operates first revenue service

Courtesy: Norwegian 
The first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner registered in Ireland EI-LNA c/n 35304 Norwegian Long Haul on Thursday 4th July operated its first revenue service from Oslo Gardermoen Airport to/from Malaga and London Gatwick. Norwegian becomes the third European operator of the 787 following LOT Polish Airlines and Thomson Airways.

Norwegian and Panasonic Avionics Corporation have jointly developed over the last 18 months the first ever Android™ powered in-flight entertainment system its Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet, enabling passengers to navigate and select movies, music, and Android games, as well as purchase snacks and drinks, just as they would on their personal device, directly from a touch screen installed in the seats.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner summer schedule (4th July-4th August):

Oslo – Malaga - Oslo: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
Oslo – Alicante - Oslo: Monday and Friday
Oslo – Barcelona - Oslo: Monday and Friday
Oslo – London - Oslo: Thursday and Sunday
Oslo – Nice - Oslo: Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday

Norwegian's second Boeing 787-8 EI-LNB c/n 35305 was at Boeing Paine Field pre-flight preparation area on 30th June.

The carrier currently has eight 787 Dreamliners on order, three of which will be delivered in 2013, four in 2014 and one in 2015.

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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Ryanair announces new Cork-East Midlands route


Ryanair announced a new route from Cork Airport to East Midlands operating four times weekly on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays using an East Midlands based aircraft, from 6th November as part of its winter schedule 2013/4 operating a total of 11 routes from Cork Airport.

The carrier serves Liverpool, London Gatwick and London Stansted from Cork.

Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "Cork Airport is delighted to welcome this new route to East Midlands with Ryanair. This is an opportunity to expand inbound tourism to the Munster region and also offers another gateway serving the city regions of Derby, Leicester and Nottingham. We wish Ryanair every success with this new route and look forward to further positive announcements over the next period."

The carrier previously announced on 1st June 2012 launch Cork to East Midlands commencing 1st September. which was subsequently quietly dropped as the carrier expanded it's Polish route network expansion.

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Aer Lingus reports strong growth in Transatlantic traffic


Aer Lingus announced it carried just over 1 million passengers in June up 3.1% lead by very strong growth of 17.2% in long-haul passengers carrying 116,000 passengers with a load factor of 94.5% up 2.1 points on 15.5% increase in available seat kilometers and revenue passenger kilometers increased by 18.3%.

The growth in long-haul reflects the success of its changed network strategy with partners JetBlue and United and Aer Lingus Regional, which has brought major increase in connecting passengers, particularly at Dublin airport.

On Short-Haul it carried 833,00 passengers up 1.7% with a load factor of 81.6% up 3.5 points on an 2.8% reduction in available seat kilometers, its revenue passenger kilometers increased by 1.6%.

Aer Lingus Regional Franchise operated by Aer Arann carried 95,000 passengers and year to date carried 493,000 passengers up 10.3%

The airline has carried over 5 million passengers year to date up 2.1%

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Ryanair carries 7.96 million passengers in June up 2%

Ryanair announced it carried 7.96 million passengers in June up 2% (170,000) with a load factor of 84%. In the rolling 12 months to the end of June it carried 79.9 million passengers.

The carrier will temporarily base one additional aircraft for a total of three at Cork Airport for the three peak months of June, July and August.

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Wednesday, 3 July 2013

Shannon Airport welcomes new Aer Lingus year-round services to United States

Courtesy: Shannon Airport 
Shannon Airport has welcomed the Aer Lingus announcement it is to significantly increase it's presence at the airport from early 2014, with the introduction of year-round services six times weekly services to Boston from 20th January increasing to a daily service from 30th March and six times weekly to New York JFK from 30th March, using two Boeing 757-200 aircraft wet-leased from Air Contractors.

The existing Shannon based Aer Lingus A330-200 will be re-deployed to Dublin to launch a new route to San Francisco.

The introduction of year-round services to Boston and New York JFK could see Aer Lingus carry an additional 50,000 passengers from Shannon in 2014, enabling onward connections through the United States with it's partner JetBlue Airways.

The Boeing 757-200 is very popular aircraft type in the Shannon-US Market used by Delta Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines to New York JFK, Philadelphia and Chicago.

SAA plc Chief Executive Neil Pakey said "2013 is proving a very good year on transatlantic already at Shannon as summer services will see an increase of up to 25% in passenger numbers.  To have Aer Lingus make this very commitment for 2014 is another hugely positive development for Shannon and, particularly, for passengers seeking access on transatlantic services."

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Dublin Airport welcomes new Aer Lingus routes to San Francisco & Toronto

Busy Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport 
Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) welcomes today’s announcement from Aer Lingus that it will launch new direct routes from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto from next April. Aer Lingus will operate year-round services to San Francisco five times weekly and Toronto daily further strengthening Dublin Airport's position as an Transatlantic Hub.

The launch of the new Aer Lingus services comes at a time of significant growth in transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport. Passenger numbers on transatlantic services to and from Dublin are up more than 10% so far this year.

DAA Chief Executive Kevin Toland said "The resumption of flights to the west coast of the United States means Dublin will have direct services to 12 cities in North America next year. Three of those cities will be served by more than one carrier with three airlines operating routes to New York’s JFK airport and to Toronto, and two airlines offering Dublin-Chicago services.

The West Coast of the United States has been one of the key long-haul targets for Dublin Airport’s aviation marketing team and we have been working closely with Aer Lingus and other stakeholders to help deliver this new route."

The ability to pre-clear US customs and immigration at Dublin prior to departure is helping drive transatlantic growth at Dublin Airport. Dublin Airport is the only capital city airport in Europe to offer this pre-clearance facility to passengers.

This summer, Dublin Airport will have 224 flights to and from Dublin and North America per week, which is more than either Gatwick or Manchester airports.

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Air Contractors wet-leases Boeing 757s to Aer Lingus to support Transatlantic growth

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ASL Aviation Group Irish airline Air Contractors, recently signed an agreement with Aer Lingus to provide three Boeing B757-200 aircraft on a wet-lease basis to support the  airline’s transatlantic route network growth in 2014.

ASL Aviation has confirmed the three Boeing 757s for the Aer Lingus wet-lease are being leased from ILFC.

Air Contractors will base one Boeing 757-200 in Dublin to operate the new Dublin to Toronto route from April 2014 and two in Shannon Airport to operate to Boston and New York JFK year-round from January and March 2014.

The aircraft will be configured with an economy and business class cabin. Business travellers will continue to enjoy the same great level of service; with gourmet meals, sleeper seats and an extensive in-flight entertainment selection.

ASL Aviation Group CEO Hugh Flynn said "We are delighted to partner with Aer Lingus in bringing renowned excellent service to increasing numbers of business and leisure passengers on new and existing routes.

ASL Aviation Group enjoys a world-class excellent reputation for safety, reliability and quality. We are a global company, with almost 90 aircraft operating all over the world under our own brand and for leading airlines, and we are proud to work with Ireland’s national airline.

We believe the combination of two prominent Irish aviation companies brings a competitive dimension to the market and significantly increases economic opportunity for Ireland."

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Aer Lingus expands Transatlantic route network from Dublin and Shannon


Aer Lingus today announced further expansion of its Transatlantic network from Dublin and Shannon in 2014, creating 200 new jobs. The airline's transatlantic capacity will increase by 24% in 2014, after 13% additional capacity in its transatlantic schedule this year.

The airline said it is launching a year round route between Dublin and San Francisco from next April, with five flights a week using an Airbus A330-200 aircraft.

Aer Lingus also said it will start a new daily year-round service from Dublin to Toronto from April 2014 and up to four times weekly during the winter season using Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

Two Boeing B757-200 aircraft will be based in Shannon to operate year-round increased frequencies to Boston from January 2014 and New York JFK from March 2014.

To support the operation of the new routes, Aer Lingus will wet lease three Boeing 757 aircraft from ASL Aviation Group. The aircraft will be configured with an economy and business class cabin.

This growth plan will bring the Aer Lingus long haul schedule to 10 daily transatlantic services, connecting Ireland and Europe with cities throughout North America, further strengthening Dublin Airport as an Transatlantic hub.

Aer Lingus CEO Christoph Muller said "Our transatlantic business goes from strength to strength. This expansion is extremely positive news for Aer Lingus and for the broader economy in terms of business, tourism and employment. Our transatlantic capacity will increase by 24% in 2014, following on from the 13% additional capacity in our 2013 transatlantic schedule.

Our operation of the San Francisco route will strengthen Ireland’s ties with Silicon Valley and encourage Ireland’s development as a technology hub for Europe. San Francisco’s Silicon Valley is home to many of the world’s largest technology companies and several of these companies have European headquarters in Dublin.

Toronto is the sixth biggest North American market out of Ireland. In addition to being a great tourist destination, the city is home to a large Irish community and we look forward to welcoming them on board.

We are confident that the increased number of flights from Shannon to New York and Boston will bring additional tourists to the Western region. The increased frequency opens up additional connectivity to almost 40 cities in North America with our airline partners.

Very importantly, this expansion will directly support more than 200 jobs within Aer Lingus and our partner airline ASL Aviation Group."

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Monday, 1 July 2013

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation launches new fund to grow Aviation sector in Ireland

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Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Burton TD, today launched the new Enterprise Ireland €375,000 Competitive Feasibility Fund aimed at stimulating new start-ups, or expansion of existing business activity in the aviation sector.

Minister Bruton said "A key part of the Government's Action Plan for Jobs is targeting specific sectors where we have established strengths, and supporting growth and expansion in those areas in order to create jobs. Aviation is one such sector - we already have in place a world-class aviation ecosystem, which offers tremendous potential for new and exciting businesses to carve out opportunities for innovative products and services. In particular, as part of our plans for the Shannon region, we are targeting the establishment of an international aviation center of excellence to support growth and jobs in the region."

Today's announcement of a new Enterprise Ireland Competitive Feasibility Fund is a part of this plan, and will help provide support to innovative companies seeking to grow and create jobs in the sector."

This fund, which can provide up to €25,000 per project, is now open for applications, and will remain open until Monday 16 September 2013.

This announcement marks the delivery of a key measure under the Government's Action Plan for Jobs, and is aimed at meeting the needs of the aviation industry and supporting the growth of international aviation companies in Ireland.

The Competitive Feasibility Fund will support new start up companies or individual entrepreneurs to investigate the viability of a new significant growth oriented business or proposition in the aviation sector.
It will also support established companies or groups of businesses to examine the potential for expansion, diversification or spinning out of a new enterprise in the industry. The funding will enable the promoters to reach firm conclusions regarding the project's viability and strategies for developing and commercializing the innovative product or service on international markets.

The fund is open to applications from the Aviation Sector including financial services associated with the sector, Aircraft and Engine leasing, Aviation software and IT, Training, Travel related software and related services, Small Aircraft Assembly, Aircraft Dismantle, Maintenance Repair Operations Airframe and Components, Composite Repair, Parts Manufacture, Aviation Services, and other engineering and technical activities.

Full details of the Fund including the Application Form are available on the Enterprise Ireland web site:

The closing date for applications is Monday 16 September 2013

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Aer Lingus Regional launches new route from Dublin to Manchester

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Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today expanded services to Manchester with the launch of its first flight from Dublin to Manchester, the inaugural service was operated by EI-FAS ATR72-600 c/n 1083.

The airline will now operate two daily return flights to Manchester from Dublin Airport and aims to fly up to 40,000 extra passengers on the route this year.

Manchester is a key destination on the Aer Lingus Regional network with a 10% increase in passenger numbers to Manchester last year on routes from Cork and Shannon.

Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy. These measures included the expansion of services to Manchester through a new route from Dublin Airport.

Aer Arann’s chief commercial officer Simon Fagan said "We noticed that a large part of the 10pc increase in passenger numbers last year were passengers flying for business between these two cities. With the launch of Dublin Manchester today we are now essentially providing a shuttle service with a flight going almost every two hours, both morning and evening – 18 flights a day between Manchester and Ireland. The additional flights will further facilitate connectivity to Aer Lingus services to the US, through Dublin."  

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