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Aer Lingus targets charter carrier routes from Ireland

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                                                    Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300 This winter scheduled Aer Lingus is strategically utilizing it's fleet to further increase market share from Ireland, by further encroaching onto routes traditionally operated by charter carriers. This summer it launched a new weekly service to Corfu, Greece and from 22nd December it's Dublin to Toulouse route is being converted to a year-round service operating weekly on Saturdays using Airbus A321s. Travel Extra reported 80% of the seats will be used by tour operator Top Flight. On 19th August it announced a new weekly Shannon to Lanzarote service operating from 27th October offering an additional 8,000 seats on the route. See my blog post Aer Lingus announces new Shannon Lanzarote route Aer Lingus preliminary annual results 2012 stated "Aer Lingus gained market share in both long and short haul from LCCs, legacy, regional & charter carriers." The airline has increased it

Aer Lingus increases Dublin hub connectivity for Winter 2013

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                                                    New connections at Dublin  This winter Aer Lingus network development continues it's evolution of Dublin as a hub , enabling connectivity for passengers from Aberdeen, Cardiff, Malaga, Rome and Stockholm to the United States. To support the increased connectivity from it's European and UK network it's adding an an extra four weekly flights between Dublin and Boston bringing the total number of services per week to eleven. In addition from Shannon to Boston will operate daily services, year-round, from January. Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said "Today’s announcement supports Aer Lingus’ strategy to provide greater access and choice for Irish customers with over 220,000 seats available a week to and from Ireland. In addition, we continue to grow our transatlantic schedule, with 42 weekly roundtrips – giving greater choice to customers travelling between Ireland, Europe and North Americ

Air Lituanica will fly from Vilnius and Palanga to Dublin for Christmas Season

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                                                    Courtesy: Embraer  Lithuanian regional carrier Air Lituanica in response to passenger requests is to operate a short programme of flights from Dublin to Palanga and Vilnius for the busy Christmas season from 21st December 2013 to 5th January 2014. Flights will be operated in co-operation with Small Planet Airlines using Airbus A320 and Boeing 737-300 aircraft. Air Lituanica Commercial Director Simonas Bartkus said "Before the holiday and inter-holiday season, there is a strong surge of our countrymen looking to return from England and Ireland to Lithuania, as well as of those looking to visit their loved ones who live in those countries. Therefore, we will be offering flights that will help people visit each other more quickly and easily people are used to planning their Christmas vacations ahead of time, so we’ve decided to begin selling tickets to London and Dublin today. Ticket costs start at 299 Lt one-way." S

Ryanair announces new route from Karlstad to Tenerife South

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                                                      Ryanair Boeing 737-800 Ryanair announced a new route from Karlstad to Tenerife South route operating weekly on Fridays from 1st November, as part of it's expanded winter programme from Tenerife South in Winter 2013. The route will operated by a Tenerife South based aircraft. In addition Ryanair operates a seasonal twice weekly service to Barcelona Girona. In 2012 it carried over 30,000 passengers on the route with 20% of the passengers Spanish inbound tourists to Karlstad. Ryanair Sales & Marketing Director Nordic and Baltic countries Elina Hakkarainen said "We are very pleased with the development of the Barcelona line, so now we are expanding cooperation with Karlstad with another route." Karlstad is a city, the seat of Karlstad Municipality, the capital of Värmland County, and the largest city in the province Värmland in Sweden, is often associated with sunshine and the symbol for Karlstad is a smil

Ryanair expands Swedish route network for Winter 2013

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                                                    Ryanair Boeing 737-800 Ryanair has announced for Winter 2013/4 the addition of seven new routes from Sweden operating a total of 85 routes. This winter it'summer services go year-round from Goteborg City to Edinburgh route operating twice weekly from 1st November , and Stockholm Skastva to Paphos operating twice weekly from 24th October an increase from it's weekly flight this summer. The carrier launches a new route from Karlstad to Tenerife South weekly from 1st November The routes from Stockholm Skavsta  to Las Palmas and Tenerife South and Stockholm Vasteras to Las Palmas and Tenerife South where prior announced on 2nd May see my blog post Ryanair announces new winter sun routes from Sweden. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is pleased to present the Swedish winter schedule for 2013, which includes 85 lines, of which 7 are new to the exciting European destinations including Edinburgh, Gran Can

Ryanair adds 10 new routes from Norway

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                                                    Ryanair Boeing 737-800s at Dublin Airport  Ryanair announced 10 new routes from Norway to it's route network for Winter 2013/4 from it's bases in Oslo Rygge and Oslo Torp. The carrier will launch seven new routes from Oslo Ryggee to Edinburgh, Frankfurt Hahn,Kaunas, Las Palmas, Rzezow and Tenerife South, and three new routes from Oslo Torp to Alicante, Malaga and Tenerife South. These Canary Islands routes where previously announced on 30th April 2013 see blog post " Ryanair announces winter sun routes from Norway to Canary Islands ". Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to launch our winter program 2013 from Norway, with 68 routes, including 10 new winter routes to popular winter sun destinations such as Alicante, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Paphos and Tenerife." At press conference in Oslo Michael O'Leary stated the carrier was keen to expand it's route network Norway

Dublin Aerospace wins Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800 Landing Gear contract

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                                                    Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800 Dublin Aerospace has announced that it has concluded a five year contract with Sunwing Airlines of Toronto, Canada for the provision of Landing Gear maintenance services on its Boeing 737-800 fleet. The Landing Gear overhaul services will be carried out at Dublin Aerospace’s Landing Gear overhaul centre in Dublin. Dublin Aerospace CEO Donal Rogers said "Dublin Aerospace are delighted to have been chosen by Sunwing Airlines as a provider of landing gear overhaul services on its fleet of B737-800 landing gears. Dublin Aerospace’s flexibility and competitiveness on this contract will enable Sunwing Airlines to achieve industry leading costs and performance in these critical maintenance areas." Sunwing Vice President, Maintenance and Engineering Marek Grzesiowski said "Sunwing’s decision to choose Dublin Aerospace for the supply of landing gear overhaul services was based upon their

Mayo Woman pioneer Aviator: Help wanted for documentary

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                                                    AT-6 Texan A documentary is currently in production on Nancy Corrigan, one of the first female pilots. A County Mayo woman who in 1929, at 17 years of age, emigrated to Cleveland, Ohio, with only a basic education and went on to become one of the first women pilots. She trained air cadets for the US Military during World War II. Nancy also took part in Air Races. She was the second woman ever to gain a commercial pilot's licence. Her plane was an AT-6 Texan. I am keen to make contact with an owner of such a plane so that we can re-enact on camera some scenes of Nancy training air cadets etc. Ideally we would love to locate a female pilot who can fly an AT-6, or similar. We would ideally like to film this in Cleveland, Ohio, but are flexible. Any help or leads or contacts who can help would be appreciated email dettemasterson@gmail.com Bernadette, assistant producer Issued by Irish Aviation Research Institute © 26th Au

EI-REX Learjet 60 Private Sky visits Dublin Weston Executive Airport

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                                                      Courtesy: Damian Bracken  The first of a Learjet 60 to Dublin Weston Executive Airport occurred last Wednesday 22nd August, with the visit of EI-REX Learjet 60 construction number 60-149 Private Sky using call-sign 'HYR60A' on a training mission. Private Sky based at Shannon Airport operates a fleet of Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLS, Falcon 900, Learjet 60. Visit Damian Bracken's Flicker page . Irish Aviation Research Institute © 26th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Historic visit of Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA to Dublin Weston Executive Airport

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                                                    G-PBYA Catalina at Dublin Weston Executive Airport On Saturday 24th August 2013 Catalina PBY-5A G-PBYA made an historic visit to Dublin Weston as part of it's Circuit of Britain 100th Anniversary Commemorative Flight touching down just after 1.10pm . The 2013 Circuit of Britain challenge is lead by Australian Catalina Pilot Jeff Boyling. The aircraft flew down the North East of Ireland entering Irish airspace at Kilkeel routing along the coast via Skerries, Loughshinny, Rush, Baily Lighthouse and performed a number of fly-bys at Dun Laoghaire. The routed over Dublin City Centre up the river Liffey prior to landing at Weston for fuel departing again at 2.01pm for Dale and Pembroke Dock. See Catalina's display at Dun Laoghaire courtesy of Eva Szilagyi.                                           Captain Jeff Boylng and crew  The 70 year old aircraft was built in 1943 by Canadian Vickers at Cartierville, Quebec,

Please Vote Irish Aviation Research Institute for Best Blog Post

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                                                    Dear Readers,                     I would be grateful if you could vote for Irish Aviation Research Institute ™ in Blog Awards 2013. To Vote in Blog Awards Ireland 2013 simply click and vote:  Best Blog Post -Irish Aviation Research Institute. I am pleased to announce blog has been nominated in the following categories: Best Corporate  Best Designed Best Photography , Best Sport Recreation Blog  Best Technology                       Thank you for your continued support, Trevor                   

Aer Lingus Regional launches new route to Newcastle

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                                                    Courtesy:  pr360 Aer Lingus Regional is to launch a new 26 times weekly double daily service from Dublin to Newcastle from 26th October using new ATR72-600 aircraft.  The new route forms  part of it’s ‘New Beginning’ Strategy in addition to new routes to Birmingham and Manchester added in June and July. The airline aims to carry 65,000 passengers on the route in the first year of operation and aims to connect 3,500 passengers through Dublin annually on routes to Canada and the United States. The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months. Aer Arann Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said “We are delighted to announce the launch of a Newcastle route. This new route connects Aer Lingus Regional passengers with one of the UK’s most vibrant cities and means that the airline is now serving n

Lufthansa Airbus A330 repainted by Eirtech Aviation

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                                                    D-AIKM Departs following repaint by Eirtech Aviation   Eirtech Aviation has completed the repainting of D-AIKM Airbus A330-343X construction number 913 Lufthansa at it's Dublin Airport Facility. The company has repainted several wide-body aircraft for Lufthansa at Dublin including Airbus A330-300s, Airbus A340-600s and Boeing 747-400s. In June Eirtech Aviation completed the painting of the first 38 aircraft for Lufthansa Group airline Germanwings fleet. The majority of the aircraft were painted at it's Ostrava facility in the Czech Republic and a number at Shannon Airport. Eirtech Aviation continues to expand it's global customer base having secured a contract to paint the Azerbaijan Airlines Fleet of 18 aircraft and won a major contract with Southwest Airlines for a technical modification for it's Boeing 737 fleet. Eirtech Aviation has facilities at Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport and Ostrava in Czech

N603FE MD11F Fedex Express visits Dublin Airport

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                                                    N603FE MD11F Fedex Express  This weekend Dublin paid host to a visit of a Fedex Express MD11F. The aircraft N603FE MD11 construction number 48459 line number 470 hex code A7D2E6,  named "Elizabeth" operating from and to London Stansted arriving arrived in the early hours of Friday 16th August departing today at 1526 as FDX5210 to London Stansted. On a post to Irish Spotters Yahoo Group the purpose of the visit was ground familiarization for crews,with the MD-11 used as a standby replacement when required for the Airbus A300-600RF. The MD11 will be used on at least one Friday each month to ensure the crews are kept current. Fedex has a fleet of 64 MD11F's, N603FE first flight was 22nd August 1991 and delivered on 11th September 1991. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 17th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Alrosa Aviva first Boeing 737-800 prepares for delivery at Dublin

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                                                    Courtesy: Paul Doyle  Russia carrier Alrosa Avia (Alrosa Air Company) is shortly to take delivery of an former ex Sky Airlines Turkey M-ABFV Boeing 737-83N/WL construction number 32576 on lease from GE Capital Aviation Service (GECAS). Alrosa is introducing the new “diamond” livery with this delivery. The aircraft is to take up Irish registration EI-FCH. This is the first of three Boeing 737-800s to join it's fleet to replace its current Tupolev 154 fleet by Spring 2014. Alrosa Avia based in Moscow Vnukovo commenced operations in 1995. The group currently operates 10 aircraft types. In 2008, the fleet was expanded with the Tupolev Tu-134s and Tu-154s, and is wet leasing a Boeing 737-76Q from Yakutia Airlines. It's sister company Alrosa Mirny Air Enterprise was founded by the Russian mining company ALROSA), hence the diamond logo connection. See Paul Doyle's Flicker Page . Irish Aviation Research Institut

Eclipse EA-500 Demonstrator visits Dublin Weston Airport

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                                                    Courtesy: Damian Bracken  Yesterday Friday 16th August an Eclipse EA-500 N843TE construction number 000072 visited Dublin Weston Airport as a demonstrator to prospective clients. The aircraft list price is $1.2 million. The Eclipse competes in the Very Light Jet (VLJ) business segment against the Citation Mustang and the Phenom 100. The aircraft is a small six-seat business jet aircraft manufactured by Eclipse Aviation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, cruises at 370 knots (425 mph, 685 km/h) with a range of 1,125 nautical miles  operating to a service ceiling of 41,000 ft or 12,500 meters. Visit Damian Bracken's Flicker page                                  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 17th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus announces new Shannon Lanzarote route

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                                                    Aer Lingus Airbus A320  Aer Lingus has announced the launch of a new weekly Shannon to Lanzarote service for the winter season. The service will operate on Saturdays from 26th October 2013 to 29th March 2014 EI922 departs Shannon at  1305 arrives Lanzarote 1705 EIN923 departs Lanzarote at 1755 arrives Shannon 22000.  The service is operated by Airbus A320s adding an additional 8,000 seats from Shannon Airport. This latest addition comes just weeks after the announcement of significant expansion to the transatlantic schedule from Shannon Airport, with flights to New York and Boston almost doubling in frequency and the transatlantic service returning to an all year round schedule. Aer Lingus Director of Communications Declan Kearney said "This further addition to our winter schedule from Shannon should prove very popular. Lanzarote is a fantastic destination for winter sun-seekers. We look forward to welcoming customer

Dublin Aerospace signs APU contracts with DHL Aviation ME and Finnair

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                                                    Courtesy: Dublin Aerospace  Dublin Aerospace announced it has concluded APU contracts with DHL ME and Finnair. The contract with DHL ME based in Bahrain is for the provision of APU maintenance services on its fleet of Boeing 757 aircraft. The maintenance services carried out under this contract covers DHL’s fleet for a duration of 5 years which commenced on 1st January 2013. The company has concluded a contract with Finnair for the refurbishment of 4 Boeing 757 APU’s. DHL Aviation EEMEA  Head of Technical Eric Foley  said "We are very pleased to enter into this partnership with Dublin Aerospace for comprehensive APU support. Leveraging on the depth of experience that DAL have in the support of APU’s we are looking forward to sustained levels of on-wing reliability for the foreseeable future". Dublin Aerospace CEO Donal Rogers stated that "Dublin Aerospace are delighted to have been chosen as DHL Aviation EEM

CAR Publishes Issues Paper on Dublin Airport Charges 2015-2019

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                                                    Courtesy: Paul Doyle  The Commission for Aviation Regulation has published its Issues Paper on airport charges at Dublin airport for the next regulatory period from 1st January 2015 to 1st January 2019. CAR stated “A new Determination governing airport charges at Dublin Airport is due by end 2014. This paper begins the process leading to the making of that Determination. The current price cap expires at the end of 2014.We are making a Determination that will affect what the DAA can charge at Dublin Airport for taking-off, landing and parking aircraft; the use of air bridges; arriving and departing passengers; and the transportation of cargo." It noted In summer 2013 Aer Lingus and Ryanair are expected to account for three-quarters of air traffic movements. No other airline at Dublin Airport is expected to account for more than 4% of traffic. The mix of airlines at Dublin Airport means that most travel is not “full ser

Commercial traffic at Dublin Airport up 8% in July reports IAA

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                                                    Courtesy : Dublin Airport Authority  The Gathering and the signs of recovery in the US economy are spearheading significant growth in transatlantic traffic says Irish Aviation Authority  .Total flights in Irish airspace in July 2013 have increased by 3.4% when compared to July 2012 On an cumulative basis commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork Airports for January to July 2013 period was up by 1.9%, compared to the same period in 2012. In July Commercial terminal traffic increased by 6.3%  at Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports, when compared to July 2012. Dublin Airport continues to grow, with commercial terminal flights up 8% in July. This is the fifth consecutive month in which growth at Dublin has been recorded. However Cork Airport recorded negative growth of 4.4% reflecting the withdrawal of Wizzair services. Shannon Airport had positive commercial traffic growth up 5.6% reflecting increased short

Ryanair applies "Visit us: Bremen-tourism.de" titles to Boeing 737-800 EI-DHT

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                                                    Courtesy: Krzysztof Dymel Ryanair has various co-operative marketing agreements across Europe and has branded aircraft to reflect those agreements, most recentlty the airline has applied ""Visit us: Bremen-tourism.de" titles to one of it's aircraft EI-DHT Boeing 737-8AS/WL construction number 33581 line number 1809, as part of joint marketing between Bremen Tourism and Ryanair. This winter Ryanair will operate a total of 119 international routes from 12 German airports, from Bremen to 16 international destinations and it's new three times weekly service to Dublin commences 18th September. Visit Kristof Spotter page. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 11th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Irish Aviation Research Institute calls for competitiveness and structural change in Irish Aviation Policy Submission

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                                                      Courtsey: Paul Doyle  This document was submitted to Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport on 24th July for the White Paper on Irish Aviation Policy. Introduction: The Irish Aviation Institute believes the opportunity presented by the formation of white policy on aviation is to further strengthen and enhance Ireland’s position in the aviation industry. In an increasingly competitive global industry the barriers need to be removed enabling airlines and companies compete to win new business and customers, creating new employment and growth opportunities. The white paper represents a unique opportunity to break the status quo of the past in relation to aviation policy; the department itself has to take a lead role, creating the necessary structures and policies to enable the industry to adapt to ever changing needs in a very competitive environment. The white paper must not become embedded policy but must be continuou

Ryanair announces new route from Cagliari to London Gatwick

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                                                    Ryanair Boeing 737-800 Ryanair announced the launch of a new route from it's Cagliari Base to London Gatwick operating three times a week on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. In addition it's Kaunas route operating twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays goes year-round. The airline expects to carry about 80,000 passengers on the routes in its first year of operation. The airline announced Cagliari as it's 31st European Base and 7th Italian base in October 2008, launching the base on 30th March 2009 with two aircraft operating 21 routes, delivering annual traffic of over 1.3m passengers.                                           Irish Aviation Research Institute © 9th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Transatlantic passenger numbers up 39% in July at Shannon Airport

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                                                    Delta Boeing 757-200ER at Shannon Airport  Shannon Airport announced it handled 177,558 passengers in July up by 9.4% it's second successive month of growth and just six months after setting out as an independent entity. Like June, the growth was most telling in the transatlantic market, with overall passenger throughput arising from the airport’s five US and one Canadian (Toronto) services increasing from 38,781 in July 2012 to 54,014 last month, a 39% increase. Shannon Airport CEO Neil Pakey said "We are delighted to have achieved a second successive month of growth at Shannon. The figures very much reflect the enhanced level of services delivered at Shannon this year, not least on US destinations thanks to new routes to Philadelphia and Chicago, on top of already having Newark, JFK and Boston services. This has been very positive for the tourism market here, from Cork right up to the North West as Shannon is the

Dublin Airport traffic up 7% to 2 million passengers in July

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                                                    A Busy Terminal 2 at Dublin Airport  Dublin Airport handled more than 2 million passengers in July a 7% increase on the same period last year, according to the Dublin Airport Authority. The airport authority recorded a positive trend in all market segments Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe rose by 6% with more than 1.2 million passengers travelling to and from European destinations during July. Domestic traffic on routes to the City of Derry and Kerry Airport increased by  14% with almost 7,000 passengers. Passenger numbers  to and from the Middle East, increased by 19% with more than 54,000 passengers travelling these routes in July, following Etihad Airways introducing the Boeing 777-300ER on the Abu Dhabi route on 1st July. Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 16% with more than 221,000 passengers travelling on this route sector. UK traffic increased by 5%, with more than 653,000 passeng

Ryanair goes year-round from Shannon to Liverpool

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                                                    Ryanair Boeing 737-800 Ryanair has announced it's Shannon to Liverpool service is to become a year-round service having restored the route initially in March for the summer season only. The service operating three times weekly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will amount to an additional 12,500 seats over the 2013/14 winter season. Liverpool John Lennon Airport Head of PR Robin Tudor said "Shannon serves some of the most picturesque parts of Ireland and so for passengers from this part of the North West England to be able to enjoy the area’s unique Irish experience and hospitality year round, is great news for us.  We also agree with Shannon Airport management that this route should be equally popular with visitors from the west of Ireland to Liverpool too. There is so much to see and do in and around Liverpool that caters for all tastes and we look forward to welcoming more visitors flying in from Shannon year r

Aer Lingus long-haul pax numbers up 17.2% in July

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                                                    Aer Lingus Long-Haul Traffic up 17%  Aer Lingus announced it carried 1.141 million passengers in July up 2.9% versus July 2012. The airline's Atlantic operation carried 116,000 passengers up 17.2% with a load factor of 91.4% up 1.5 points with RPK's up 17.8% on an 15.9% increase in ASM. It noted Q3 long haul are looking particularly positive. On short-haul it carried 909, 000 passengers up 0.4% with a load factor of 85.9% up 0.9 points with RPK's down 1.7% on an 2.6% reduction in ASM's. Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann carried 116,000 passengers up 10.5% and year to date has carried 609,000 passengers. Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was higher on both short-haul routes (85.9% v 81.1) and North Atlantic routes (91.4% v. 89.9%). The airline admitted it's his booking profile has somewhat eroded o

Abercrombie & Fitch Gulfstream 5 visits Dublin Airport

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                                                    N1892 Gulfstream 5 Courtesy Ken Meegan  Abercrombie & Fitch and CEO Michael Jeffries very stylish Gulfstream 5 paid it's second visit to Dublin Airport yesterday Monday 5th August. We understabd the aircraft made a fuel stop en route from Amsterdam to United States. N1892 c/n 524 registered to DFZ LLC in Ohio is based New Albany Ohio previously visited Dublin on 28-31st October 2012 according to Dublin Movements Blog. The Smoking Gun website gives an insight into it's operation: Peeking Into Gulfstream Of Abercrombie. Abercrombie Dublin's flagship store opened in Suffolk Street College on 1st November 2012 and Hollister the offshoot of Abercrombie & Fitch opened a store in Dundrum Town Centre back in July 2011. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Minoan Air ends Dublin route flights

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                                                    SX-BRV Fokker 50 Mionan Air  Mionan Air ended it's Oxford to Dublin and Edinburgh routes last Sunday 4th August just over five months of operation, having commenced on 8th March. The Dublin service operated three times weekly using Fokker F50 aircraft. The last flight into Dublin MAV2560/1 was operated by SX-BRV c/n 20199. In an statement on it's website Mionair stated it had 99.75% punctuality, operating nearly 500 flights, carrying more than 6,000 carried passengers having invested £1 Million in the operation. It went on to further state it's disagreement with Oxford Airport management on specific terms of cooperation deemed imperative for the viability of our flights. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus Regional returns leased Danish Air Transport ATR72s

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                                                      OY-RUB ATR72 Danish Air Transport  Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann has returned two ATR72s to Danish Air Transport on completion of their leases. The aircraft where leased to provide bridging capacity pending delivery of their new ATR72-600s. According to website Skyliner Aviation OY-LHB ATR72-202 c/n 496 was ferried Dublin to Copenhagen on 3rd August and OY-RUB ATR72-201 c/n 301 was ferried Dublin to Bournemouth on 29th July for painting into all white colours prior ferry to Copenhagen on 2nd August. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 5th August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

EAN appoints Joe McDermott to Head of FBO Operations

Lagos-based aviation business Evergreen Apple Nigeria (EAN) has appointed Joe McDermott to the newly created role of Head of FBO Operations. Joe will be based at the Lagos Jet Center headquarters and will be responsible for managing all operations at its fully integrated FBO facility based at Murtala Mohammed Airport, Lagos, along with developing existing offices in Port Harcourt and Abuja that currently manage EAN passenger requests in each location. Joe joins the company from Emerald Flight Support in Dublin, Ireland, where he was Ground Operations and Business Development Consultant responsible for FBO viability, business development and equipment procurement planning for the proposed VIP Terminal facility at Casement Military Aerodrome. Joe brings over 15 years of highly relevant professional aviation experience and industry knowledge to the role having worked previously for international companies Landmark Aviation and Universal Weather and Aviation in the area of Business Dev

Dublin Weston Executive Airport records 32% increase in visiting business aircraft traffic

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                                                    Cessna 525 at Dublin Weston Executive Airport  Dublin Weston Executive Airport, the dedicated business aviation airport in Ireland, announced a 32% increase from visiting aircraft traffic in May through to July 2013 versus the same period in 2012. Dave Scully, Business Development Director at the Airport said "This buoyant business is great news, demonstrating the attraction of our airport to business and VIP travelers and is a direct result of our marketing campaign in the UK & Europe. July was a surprisingly busy month for us, business jet traffic increased by 40% compared to July 2012. We hope this trend continues for some time as business aviation sees a welcome increase in activity at Dublin Weston Airport." Weston hosted a visit from a Falcon 2000LX in June making it the first of this type to visit the Airport. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 2nd August  All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair announces new Paris Beauvais to Trieste route

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                                                    Boeing 737-800 Ryanair announced it's launching a new route from Paris Beauvais to Trieste in Italy operating twice weekly from 9th November on Tuesdays and Saturdays. In Summer 2013 it operates a total of nine routes to Trieste from bases at Bari, Birmingham, Brussels Charleroi, Cagliari, Dusseldorf Weeze, Girona, London Stansted, Trapani and Valencia. Trieste is located about 0.56 kilometers on the western side of Gorizia which is near Trieste in the Venezia Guilia region on the north eastern side of Italy. The airport is estimated to cover a catchment area of about 5 million people stretching from Friuli Giulia to Croatia and Slovenia.                                               Irish Aviation Research Institute © 1st August 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair passengers numbers up 1% in July

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                                                    Ryanair carried a record 8.84 million passengers in July up 1% carrying an additional 120,000 passengers with a load factor of 88%. In the rolling 12 months to the end of July it carried 80.1 million passengers. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 1st August 2013 All Rights Reserved.