Thursday, 26 September 2013

Private Sky expands fleet with Bombardier Global 6000

Courtesy : Pat Flynn 
Private Sky the trading name of Airlink Airways Ltd Ireland's largest bizjet operator based at Shannon Airport has added a new aircraft type to its fleet, the Bombardier Global 6000.

EI-SSF Global 6000 c/n 9521 ex C-GRTU Hex code 4CAB13 was delivered Montreal to Shannon on Wednesday 25th September arriving at 2230.

The aircraft is allocated call-sign 'HYR22A' it's colour scheme suggests the aircraft is to be operated for a Moscow based customer.

Private Sky has bases in Belfast City, Dublin Airport, London Stansted, Moscow with a fleet of Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLs, Learjet 60s.

The Bombardier Global 6000 costs approximately $45.5 Million is powered is powered by Rolls-Royce Deutschland BR710A2-20 turbofan engines, which provide 65.6kN of thrust at take-off. The The aircraft flies at altitudes up to 51,000ft can fly nonstop for up to 6,000 nautical miles with a cruising speed of 488 knots (Mach 0.85) carrying 19 passengers.

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Ryanair announces new domestic flights from Warsaw Modlin

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Ryanair today at  press conference in Warsaw Modlin announced the launch of two new domestic routes from Modlin to Gdansk to Wroclaw operating daily from 14th March 2014.

The carrier also hopes that it will open more domestic flights in Poland as new Boeing 737-800 delivery stream commences gets underway from September 2014.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said in Warsaw Modlin "We have been pleased with the surge in bookings since we announced the return of Ryanair’s flights to Warsaw Modlin on Monday 30th Sept in just 5 day’s time. In 2014 Ryanair will operate more than 30 routes to/from Warsaw Modlin and we expect our traffic to grow to 1.5m passengers to/from Modlin in 2014.

 We have no doubt that Warsaw Modlin’s location (just 38kms from the centre of Warsaw) allied to its low cost base, cheap car parking and easy bus transfers, will make it the airport of choice for passengers flying on Ryanair’s first two Polish domestic routes from Gdansk and Wroclaw to Warsaw.

 In the last two years Ryanair has grown to be Poland’s No. 1 airline carrying more passengers than LOT. These first two domestic routes will deliver significantly lower air fares for Polish consumers, and finally free them from LOT’s high fares on domestic routes."

Ryanair plans to carry 1.5 million passengers from Modlin on 30 routes including Cork and Dublin.

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Santos Dumont to Redeliver Eight Aircraft on behalf of LOT Polish Airlines

Courtesy: Santos Dumont 
 Santos Dumont, the aviation technical consultancy and asset manager announces it is to redeliver eight aircraft on behalf of LOT Polish Airlines comprising of four Boeing 737-400 and four Boeing 767-300 aircraft on behalf of LOT.

The aircraft are being redelivered to ACG, AWAS, TPG,ILFC and AirTrust Capital Corp. Five of the aircraft have been redelivered to date and it is expected that the additional three aircraft will be redelivered by October 31, 2013.

Deputy of Continuing Airworthiness Department Director LOT Polish Airlines Tomasz Stafiej said "We are pleased to partner with Santos Dumont on the redelivery of eight of our aircraft as we continue to renew our fleet and, in particular, replace all of our Boeing 767 aircraft with state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliners."

Santos Dumont CEO Cathal Kilmartin said "We are delighted to partner with LOT on their fleet renewal programme and to redeliver eight of their existing aircraft on their behalf. Our proven track record of redelivery management enables airlines, such as LOT, to transition to new aircraft and redeliver existing aircraft in an efficient and cost-effective manner."

Dublin based Santos Dumont aviation technical consultancy and asset manager is a leading provider of aircraft re-delivery services and has redelivered over 120 aircraft for airlines and lessors around the world.

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Tuesday, 24 September 2013

TEAM Accessories to host three day regulatory training event


TEAM Accessories Ltd  based in Ballyboughal County Dublin near Dublin Airport will be hosting a three day regulatory training event in the first week of October.

Topics for each of the Day Courses are:




We currently have some spare seats available for each of the days.

 If you wish to avail of a seat for any of the training above please submit your request to

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First Visit of Gulfstream 2 to Dublin Weston Executive Airport

Courtsey: Damian Bracken 
Dublin Weston Executive Airport hosted the first type of an Gulfstream 2 with arrival on Wednesday 18th September of N159NB Gulfstream 2B construction number 140 of Tikchik LLC.

The newly renovated bar and restaurant was officially opened on Saturday 14th September to coincide with Flight Fest weekend in Dublin, offering excellent views of the busy ramp.

The new restaurant has extensive menu on offer to customers including Breakfast which is served between 9am and 12 noon. Throughout the day a wide variety of dishes is available including brunch menu, curries, guilty pleasures, hot pots, Mexican dishes,noodles, pasta,salads, wraps.

Dave Scully Head of Marketing & Business Development said they have received very positive feedback from customers on the new product offering in the bar & restaurant.

For more information visit Dublin Weston Executive Airport website.

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Germanwings launches new Ireland West Airport to Cologne/Bonn route

Germanwings Airbus A319 
Germanwings is to launch a new route from Ireland West Airport to Cologne/Bonn as part of it's expanded Summer 2014 schedule. The carrier is launching new routes from Hamburg to Toulouse, Stuttgart to Nápoles, Berlín/Tegel to Valencia, Hamburg to Bergen ,Cologne/Bonn to Ireland West Airport Knock.

The service will be operated by 144 seat Airbus A319 aircraft operating weekly from Saturday 31st March to 26th October. 4U390 departs Cologne-Bonn 1240 arrives Ireland West Airport Knock 1340 and 4U391 departs Ireland West Airport Knock 1415 arriving back in Cologne/Bonn at 1715.

It's understood the new service will replace the existing Dusseldorf weekly service operated by Eurowings CRJ900s.

Germanwings has been operating a seasonal summer service from Dublin to Cologne since 2004.

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Monday, 23 September 2013

Flybe announces new Ireland West-Birmingham connection

Flybe DHC8-400 
Flybe announced a new connection from Ireland West Airport Knock to Birmingham route from 27th October operating four times weekly using DHC8-Q400s is Flybe’s third service from Ireland West in addition to existing services to Edinburgh and Manchester.

Fybe’s Head of PR Niall Duffy said said “Flybe is absolutely delighted to launch this new route to Birmingham, commencing October 27th. Given that we are already the biggest airline at Birmingham airport, when we learnt of the opportunity to offer the route it was an obvious and natural extension to our network. We look forward to welcoming thousands of new passengers onto the service and are pleased to be able to step into the breach.”

Ireland West Airport Knock Managing Director Joe Gilmore said “We are delighted to welcome today’s announcement by Flybe to operate a new Birmingham service. Our Birmingham service has long been one of our most established routes from the airport with over 50,000 passengers using the services each year. Today’s announcement highlights Flybe’s commitment to serving the people of the West & North West of Ireland, providing vital connectivity to key markets in the UK and Scotland.”

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Saturday, 21 September 2013

A comprehensive List of Aircraft FlightFest Dublin Sunday 15th September 2013

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
More than 130,000 people lined the banks of the Liffey on Sunday 15th September to watch the historic FlightFest fly-past between the East Link Bridge and the Talbot Memorial Bridge.

The figure whom actually viewed the event could be substantially higher given the large numbers viewing from the envions outside of the docklands boundary, from vantage points such as Howth and North Bull Wall and Sandymount.

FlightFest was made possible by a partnership of the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) and Dublin City Council in association with the air finance and leasing community and The Gathering Ireland 2013.

IAA Chief Executive Eamonn Brennan said "We are absolutely delighted with the tremendous success of FlightFest. Aviation in Ireland is a major contributor to the economy through jobs, and the air finance and leasing community, so it was fantastic to be able to showcase Ireland’s deep involvement with aviation on the world stage. We have seen some of the world’s most impressive aircraft today, and I would like to thank the people of Dublin and Ireland for their interest and enthusiasm in supporting FlightFest."

"I would like to express our thanks to everyone who got involved in FlightFest – IAA staff who have worked tirelessly, the airlines including Aer Lingus, Aer Lingus Regional, Cityjet, Ryanair, British Airways, Etihad, Air Contractors, FlyBe, Transaero – and of course the Air Corps – and all those who helped us on the ground – An Garda Síochána, the Navy, local businesses and of course all of our financial sponsors."

The list of aircraft is gathered from a mix personal observation and from Mark Wills Irish Spotters List.

The list is based on running order

EI-LOW  AS355N c/n 5686 Executive Helicopters ***Camera Ship***

G-BMJO Piper PA34-220T Seneca III c/n 34-8533036 Atlantic Flight Training School

SP-NIT Piper PA-34-200T Seneca II 34-7870381 Atlantic Flight Training School

274  Agusta AW139  c/n 31048 Irish Air Corps

EI-HUM Vans RV-7 c/n 70588

EI-EEO Vans RV-7 c/n 71700

EI-DAA Airbus A330-202 c/n 397 Aer Lingus 'Shamrock 2013' to and from Dublin Airport

260 Pilatus PC-9M c/n 655 Irish Air Corps

261 Pilatus PC-9M c/n 656 Irish Air Corps

262 Pilatus PC-9M c/n 657 Irish Air Corps

264 Pilatus PC-9M  c/n 659 Irish Air Corps

252 CASA 235-100MP c/n 85 Irish Air Corps

253 CASA 235-100MP c/n 94 Irish Air Corps

278 Agusta AW139 c/n 31137 Irish Air Corps

271 EC-135 c/n 431 Irish Air Corps

274 Agusta AW139 c/n 31048 Irish Air Corps

G-SOAF Strikemaster Mk.82A c/n 425 ex 425 of the Oman Air Force

EI-RJX RJ85 c/n E2372 CityJet to and from Dublin Airport

EI-FAV ATR72-600 c/n 1105 Aer Lingus Regional to and from Dublin Airport

G-FBEA Embraer ERJ-195LR c/n 19000029  Flybe

274 Agusta  AW139 c/n 31048 Irish Air Corps

EI-EXF Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40322 Ryanair 'Ryanair 13FF' to and from Dublin Airport

EI-SAR Sikorsky S61N c/n 61-143 IMES Rescue

G-PBYA Consolidated Aircraft PBY-5A Catalina c/n CV283 Plane Sailing Ltd

G-BEDF Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress (299P) c/n 8693-VE B17 Preservation Trust Ltd "Sally B"

EI-SLA ATR42-300 c/n 149 Air Contractors (In new colours) to and from Shannon Airport

EI-DVM Airbus A320-214 c/n 4634 Aer Lingus "Shamrock 1936" to and from Dublin Airport

EI-RUZ Boeing 767-3Q8(ER) c/n 30048 Transaero Airlines "Transaero 8767"from Moscow DME to Shannon Airport

G-BIKU Boeing 757-236(SF) c/n 23399 DHL Air "Eurotrans 6757" to and from East Midlands

EI-JIV Lockheed L382G Hercules c/n 4673 Air Contractors from Dublin Airport to East Midlands

G-PSST Hawker Hunter F58A c/n HABL003115 Heritage Aviation Developments Ltd

G-SABR North American F-86A Sabre c/n 151-43547 Golden Apple Operations Ltd

A6-EHJ Airbus A340-642 c/n 933 Etihad Airways "Etihad 8021" to and from Manchester

G-XLEA Airbus A380-841 c/n 95 British Airways "Speedbird 380" to and from London Heathrow

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Friday, 20 September 2013

Aviation Enthusiast's Event - Fokker F100 Flight from Dublin Airport

Courtesy: Trade Air-Sun Adria 
On Sunday 13th October a one hour flight from Dublin departs at 1100 hours to the Scottish Coast and back on a 21 year old Fokker F-100 of Trade Air - Sun Adria from Croatia.

On arrival back in Dublin the event continues at a remote spot at Dublin Airport with a walk-around of the aircraft, internal and external inspection including engines, undercarriage and visits to the cockpit. A Q&A with the pilots and crew along with photography opportunities.

There is a "Buy 1 Get 1 Free" offer on which applies to the purchase of a €315 seat, a second is included, making the cost €157.50 per person. Students can avail of our student price of €99.

****New Pricing €149 (incl €15.61 DAA Tax) per person and students are €99 each (incl €15.61 DAA Tax).****

It's a rare aircraft and becoming less common in European skies by next year. The crew are very enthusiastic and only too eager to display the F-100's flight performance.


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TEAM Accessories new Job Vacancy: Technical Clerk

Courtesy: TEAM Accessories 
TEAM Accessories are looking to recruit an enthusiastic, focused individual to work within our established Engineering Department.

The role;

Based in North County Dublin and reporting to the Engineering Manager, the role will involve determining the workscope to be applied to customer units, issuing and controlling the necessary paperwork, reviewing and issuing updates to technical data, updating technical forms, liaising with the TEAM Accessories workshop, project work including New Product Introduction, scheduled audits etc.

The Candidate;

The successful applicant will have completed a recognized Engineering qualification to level 7 or equivalent. They should have a strong work ethic, an eye for detail and be able to focus on the task at hand. An ability to multitask and work on their own initiative is also a requirement.

Previous aviation experience, whilst not required, would be an advantage.

This role provides an exciting opportunity for the right candidate to grow and develop within a fast moving and progressive aerospace company.

Applications to Support@TEAM-Accessories.Aero

(Canvasing will disqualify)

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Thursday, 19 September 2013

Ministers Ring & Varadkar announces plans for new Tourism Policy

Courtesy: Discover Ireland 
Minister Varadkar and Minister of State Ring launched a public consultation process for a new tourism policy for Ireland on Wednesday 11th September 2013.

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar said "Tourism has moved from crisis mode two years ago, firmly into recovery mode now. With the success of The Gathering, a significant increase in overseas visits for three years in a row and a good summer for domestic tourism behind us, we now must ask ourselves, what next? I want this to be the most far-reaching review of Irish tourism policy review in years. 2013 has been a good year for Irish tourism. What I want now is a plan for sustainable growth out to 2020 and beyond."

For the purposes of consultation, the issues and questions in the consultation document are being presented under headings:

1. Tourism Marketing.

2. Tourism product development.

3.  Human resource / training / innovation / enterprise support.

4.  Implementation policy and service delivery frameworks.

The Department has prepared a consultation document and is inviting submissions and comments from stakeholders on this paper whom are requested to make their submissions in writing and, where possible, by email to

The closing date for submissions is Friday 1st November.

Tourism is an important driver of economic activity for Ireland. As well as being our longest- standing source of service export earnings, it also directly and indirectly supports employment across the country, both urban and rural. The tourism and hospitality industry employed approximately 185,000 people in 2012 and generated over €5 billion in revenue from home and abroad.

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Ryanair concludes 5 year growth deal with Pisa Florence

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair has announced it has concluded a five year growth deal with Pisa Florence to 2018 which will see Ryanair traffic grow at Pisa of 15% from 2.6 million to 3 million passengers by 2018.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said "Ryanair is pleased to announce a new 5 year deal at Pisa Airport, which will see our Pisa traffic grow by 15%, from 2.6m to 3m passengers by 2018, as we extend our commitment to growing Pisa traffic and tourism."

In 2014 the airline will have seven based Boeing 737-800s in Pisa operating 50 routes with 446 weekly flights delivering 2.6 million passengers.


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Tuesday, 17 September 2013

EI-FAV ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Lingus Regional

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Aer Lingus Regional has taken delivery of it's fourth ATR72-600 as part of it's 'New Beginning' Strategy as the carrier renews it's fleet of ATR aircraft.

EI-FAV ATR72-212A (600) construction number 1105 ex test registration F-WWER was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Thursday 12th September as 'REA603P' arriving  1930 local.

The aircraft entered revenue service on Friday 13th September operating EI3226/7 to and from Glasgow.

The aircraft was part of the historic Flight Fest over Dublin City Center on Sunday 15th September.

The airline is to take delivery of a further four ATR72-600 to be registered EI-FAW, EI-FAX ,EI-FCY

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Monday, 16 September 2013

Ryanair adds Lisbon to route network from November 2013

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair is to deliver up to 400,000 passengers per annum at Lisbon with the announcement of four new routes from Brussels Charleroi, Frankfurt Hahn, London Stansted and Paris Beauvais from 26th November 2013 operating 50 weekly flights.

The carrier will operate to Frankfurt Hahn six times weekly and London Stansted double daily and Frankfurt Hahn and Paris Beauvais eight times weekly.

Ryanair serves Faro and Porto and Lisbon becomes its third airport to be served in Portugal.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said “Ryanair is pleased to announce our first 4 new routes at Lisbon our third airport in Lisbon, to Brussels, Frankfurt, London and Paris beginning in November.”


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Ryanair agrees 10 year growth deal at London Stansted

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair and Manchester Airport Group have announced they have concluded a new 10 year growth deal at Ryanair’s largest base London Stansted, which will see Ryanair grow it’s traffic by 50% from 13.2 million to over 20 million passengers per annum in return for package of lower cost and low cost facilities.

The new growth deal is significant as London Stansted will account for up to 25% of Ryanair’s growth plans up to 2019 as the delivery stream of 175 Boeing 737-800s commences in September 2014.

In year one of the 10 year growth deal Ryanair expects Stansted traffic to grow from 13.2 million to 14.5 million passengers.

In summer 2014 Ryanair will operate 120 routes from Stansted including four new routes to Bordeaux, Dortmund, Lisbon and Rabat with a base fleet of 43 Boeing 737-800s up six from this year operating 2,000 weekly flights.

A new addition to Ryanair’s route network from the Stansted growth deal is Lisbon.

MAG Chief Commercial Officer Ken O’Toole said “The new long term agreement between Ryanair and MAG at Stansted shows that competition really does work, and it represents great news for both passengers and UK Business. The deal secures a new and exciting era for both Ryanair and Stansted, and we’ve delighted to be supporting the airline’s growth over the next ten years’.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary stated “Ryanair is pleased to have agreed a new 10 year growth deal at London Stansted with MAG. This deal will see our traffic grow by over 50% from 13.2 in 2012 to over 20m p.a in return for lower costs and more efficient facilities at Stansted. This agreement which will create over 7000 new jobs in Stansted, proves how UK airports can flourish when released from the dead hand of BAA monopoly and is the first dramatic initiative by MAG to reverse 7 years of decline, during which Stansted traffic fell from 23.8 m to 17.5 m”.

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Thursday, 12 September 2013

Almost 2.2 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport in August

Dublin Airport Traffic up 8% in August 
Dublin Airport announced almost 2.2 million passengers used the airport in August, an 8% increase on the same period last year, positive growth was recorded in all market segments.

On domestic routes numbers grew by 2% with almost 7,500 people travelling on domestic flights and passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 6%, with almost 1.2 million passengers.

Traffic to other international destinations, which comprises flights to the Middle East and charters to North Africa, increased by 20% as more than 57,000 passengers travelled on these routes during August, reflecting Etihad Airways deployment of the larger Boeing 777-300ER on Abu Dhabi route.

Transatlantic traffic to North America increased by 17%, with more than 227,500 passengers travelling on this route sector last month, while the UK market segment continued its positive trend up 6% as just over 675,000 passengers travelled to UK destinations.

Year to date 13.7 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 6% increase when compared to the same period last year.

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Dublin Airport commercial traffic up 7.7pc in August - IAA

Busy Dublin Airport Terminal 2 
Commercial terminal flights at Dublin Airport were up 7.7pc in August, according to the Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

This is the sixth consecutive month of growth at Dublin Airport. Air traffic declined at both Cork and Shannon Airports, by 7.7pc and 0.7pc respectively.

The IAA said international arrivals and departures at Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports increased 5.1pc in August 2013 when compared to August 2012.

Commercial terminal traffic for Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports in was up by 5.1pc, compared to the same period in 2012. During the period, traffic at Cork was down by 7.7pc reflecting the withdrawal of Wizzair.

Commercial terminal flights at the three State airports:

Cork Airport:  -7.6%, with an average of 66 daily movements.

Dublin Airport:  +7.7% with an average of 514 daily movements.

Shannon Airport:  -0.7%, with an average of 56 daily movements.

Total flights in Irish airspace decreased by 1.1pc when compared to August 2012. There was an average of 1,574 daily flights during August 2013. The busiest day was 18th August with 1,691 flights in Irish airspace.

The IAA said there was a fall of 4.7pc in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during August 2013 in comparison to August 2012.

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Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Dublin Weston Airport - Aviation Careers Exhibition Saturday 14th September 2013

  • Pilot Training
  • Cabin Crew Training
  • Maintenance & Engineer Training
  • Flight Dispatch
  • Air Traffic Control
  • Reservations and Check In
  • Ground Handling
  • Technical Aircraft Management
  • Safety Management Systems
  • Human Factors
  • Aviation English
  • Train the Trainer
  • Presenting with Confidence
New Bar and Restaurant open
at Weston 7 days a week from
9am – 6pm. Late opening Thurs, Fri & Sat starting from the 19th September 2013, 9am – 9pm.  

   Exit at Jct. 5 on M4, Leixlip

Buy a €50 meal voucher at half price (€25) for our newly renovated Weston Bar and Restaurant when you attend Weston Airport on Saturday 14th September 2013 before 6pm. One voucher per customer. (T&C apply) 

For More Information:

Phone: 01 6217 300

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Saturday, 7 September 2013

Aer Lingus increases flights from Dublin to Fuerteventura

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 
Aer Lingus is to increase frequency on it's Dublin to Fuerteventura route from once weekly on Saturdays to twice weekly, with an additional Tuesday service is added to the schedule from 15th September 2013 til 29th April 2014, using  Airbus A320 aircraft.

The Minister of Tourism, Blas Acosta said that "Increased connectivity with Ireland, as with the UK, it is always good news for the sector, as they are two of the main markets for the island".

The twice weekly service EIN770 on Tuesday and Saturday departs  from Dublin at 1430 arriving into Fuerteventura at 1850 , and those same days, EIN771 departs from the island at 1940 to landing in Dublin at 0005.

Fuerteventura is one of the quieter and less well known Canary Islands and it lies just to the south of Lanzarote. The climate is pleasant throughout the year. The island is also often referred to as the island of eternal spring. At 1,660 km² it is the second largest of the Canary Islands, after Tenerife. It was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO on 26 May 2009.


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Friday, 6 September 2013

A Record Year For Transatlantic Traffic At Dublin Airport

Dublin's Transatlantic growth 
Dublin Airport will set a new record this year with more than 1.8 million passengers expected to travel on flights between North America and Dublin during 2013. This year already almost 1.3 million transatlantic passengers have travelled through Dublin, which is a 14% increase on the same period in 2012.

This summer, Dublin Airport had 224 flights to and from North America every week, which is the equivalent of 32 flights per day. Dublin Airport is also benefiting from an increase in transfer business to the United States and Canada, as passengers from Britain and continental Europe are choosing to travel to North America via Dublin

Dublin Airport Authority’s Strategy Director Vincent Harrison said "Transatlantic traffic is growing rapidly at Dublin Airport and the previous record for passenger numbers travelling to the United States and Canada will be comfortably exceeded this year.

This transfer business is very welcome, as a steady supply of transfer passengers underpins the viability of existing long-haul services and also encourages airlines to launch new services and extra frequencies from Dublin. We have a large increase in capacity this year with available seat numbers expanding due to; a new service to JFK from American Airlines, increased frequency on Boston and Chicago with Aer Lingus, a larger aircraft on the US Airways’ service to Philadelphia, and the impact of a full year of United’s Washington DC service.

We’re also benefitting from The Gathering, which has given a major marketing push to Ireland in North America, and which also has been strongly supported by DAA".

The growth in transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport is likely to continue next year, as the pipeline for new North American routes is already strong. “Aer Lingus will have new services to San Francisco and Toronto, and Air Canada Rouge will also be launching a new year-round service to Toronto in 2014.”
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Dublin Airport hosts European regional carriers this week

This week Dublin Airport played host to a number of European regional carriers operating a series once-off charters , also a number of charters in connection with tonight's Ireland Vs Sweden International Football Match in the Aviva Stadium ,breaking the monotony of Aer Lingus and Ryanair whom dominate aircraft movements.

Courtesy: Paul Doyle

G-LCYJ Embraer ERJ-190SR c/n 19000339 British Airways CityFlier operated a London City-Dublin-Edinburgh charter as BAW7307/8 on Wednesday.

Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
ES-AEC ERJ170LR c/n cn 17000107 Estonia Air this afternoon operated an inbound charter.


Malmo Aviation made a welcome return to Dublin for tonight's Swedish match with SE-DJR c/n 2392 for the Swedish match.


The first visit of LN-WDE DHC-8-402Q c/n 4183 Widerøe took place on Thursday bringing supporters for the Sweden match.

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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Ryanair becomes first European airline to carry 9 million passengers in one month

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair is the first European airline to carry 9 million passengers in one month, as passenger numbers increased by 1% in August to 9.02 million passenger. It's load factor increased by 1 point to 89%.

In the rolling 12 months period to end of August it carried 80.2  million passengers up 2%.

Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said "Ryanair carried over 9m passengers in August 2013, the first European airline to do so and our load factor also rose by 1% from 88% to 89%."

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Aer Lingus reports record long-haul growth & load factor

Record Long-Haul Growth & Load Factor 
Aer Lingus announced it carried a total of 1.126 million passenger including Aer Lingus Regional in August. The airline stated the heatwave in July effected it's August short-haul bookings down 2.4%.

In long-haul passengers it carried a record 121,000 passengers up 17.5% on an 15.7% increase in capacity with a  load factor of 94.9% up 1.2 points (Full flights). This underscores the success of it's long-haul Dublin hub strategy providing connectivity with partners to drive passenger volumes, and summer peak traffic with The Gathering 2013.

It carried 884,00 short-haul passengers down 2.4% on an 1.9% reduction in capacity with a load factor of 82.1% down 2.5 points.

Aer Lingus Regional carried 121,000 passengers in July up 13.1%.

Year to date Aer Lingus carried 7.33 million passengers up 2.1%.

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Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Tajik Air Boeing 737-400 with Irish affiliation delivered through Shannon Airport

Courtesy: Michael Kelly 
On the morning Monday 2nd September N151LF Boeing 737-448 construction 25736 Tajik Air arrived in Shannon Airport on delivery flight routing Goodyear-Denver-St John's-Shannon-Sofia.

The aircraft is to take up registration EY-753 to be leased from ILFC, will be used to replace two Boeing 737-500s that were recently returned to Lithuania’s AviaAM Leasing.

The Central Asian carrier currently operates a mixture of Western, Russian and Chinese aircraft types namely Boeing 737-300, two Boeing 757-200s, two Tu-154Ms, various An-24s and An-26s and an MA-60.

The has an Irish affiliation being formerly EI-BXK Boeing 737-448 Aer Lingus . The Boeing customer designation for Aer Lingus is "48". The aircraft's maiden flight was on 13th April 1992 delivered ten days later on 23rd April to Aer Lingus. In winter 1994, 1995, 1998,1999 and 2000 was sub-leased to Ryan International on counter cyclical winter seasons.

The aircraft was returned to ILFC in May 2005 and subsequently leased to Aerosvit until November 2012 when it stored in Tel Aviv, prior to be flown to Goodyear for storage taking up marks N151LF.

See Michael Kelly's Flicker Page 

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Norwegian Air Shuttle to register new Boeing 737-800 in Ireland

Norwegian Boeing 737-800 
According to Norwegian media outlets E24 & Hangar.No Norwegian Air Shuttle CFO Frode Foss  stated the first aircraft to be managed by it's Irish asset management subsidiary, a new Boeing 737-800 to delivered in October is to be registered in Ireland.

The CFO added "Ireland is a mecca for airlines and most airlines are now established in Ireland for funding purposes. It is a natural location with respect to Norwegian's global expansion and the large orders".
In a significant development the CFO stated "Norwegian has on order from Boeing and Airbus will be registered with the Irish registration ahead."

Norwegian has a further 270 aircraft on order:  100 Airbus A320Neo on order plus 50 options, 64 Boeing 737-800s, 100 Boeing 737-8 Max plus 100 options, 6 Boeing 787-8 Dreamliners.

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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Ryanair increases frequencies and routes from Oslo Rygge

Ryanair expanding at Oslo Rygge
Ryanair announced it will operate 26 routes, including 7 new winter, and increased frequencies on 3 routes to/from it's Oslo Rygge base during winter 2013/14. The expanded schedule will be operated by Ryanair’s 6 based Oslo Rygge aircraft.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said "Ryanair is pleased to launch our Norway winter 2013 schedule, with 68 routes, including 10 new winter routes to exciting winter sun destinations including Alicante, Gran Canaria, Malaga, Paphos and Tenerife."

The carrier launches seven new winter routes to Edinburgh, Frankfurt Hahn, Kaunas, Las Palmas, Paphos , Rzezow & Tenerife South and increased frequencies on existing routes to Brussels Charleroi, Poznan & Rome Ciampino.

The Canary Islands routes where prior announced on 30th April 2013 see my blog post Ryanair announces winter sun routes from Norway to Canary Islands,


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Lanzarote Tourism welcomes new Aer Lingus Shannon route

Aer Lingus Airbus A320 
Lanzorate Tourism has welcomed the decision of Aer Lingus to launch a new route between Shannon and Lanzorate to complement existing services from Cork and Dublin airports, for this winter season, adding 8,000 seats to the market.

Ireland is the third largest market of Lanzorate followed by German and the UK.  A total of 120, 297 passengers from Ireland travelled to the Island between January and July. In July numbers increased 19.3% to 23,002.

This winter close to 50,000 seats will be available from Cork, Dublin and Shannon airports to Lanzorate with Aer Lingus operating a daily service from Dublin. The expanded capacity from Ireland is a direct result of a dynamic promotional strategy by Lanzorate Tourism.

The Minister of Tourism of the Cabildo of Lanzarote, Carmen Steinert stated "This initiative builds connectivity is a very important market for the island. Proof of this is that in recent years have been formalized major promotional and co-marketing agreements through the Board and the Society for Foreign Promotion of Lanzarote with tour operators in that country."

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Thomson Airways new Boeing 787 undertakes crew training at Shannon

Courtesy: Paul Bannon 
Thomson Airways newly delivered Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner G-TUID began a series of crew training flights on 22nd August arriving 1129 and departing 1204, routing Doncaster-Shannon to Manchester returning later the same day.

The aircraft made subsequent visits on 23rd,25th, 28th, 29th August.

The first flight of G-TUID was on 31st July and delivered Paine Field to Manchester on 16th August.

Thomson Airways has four Boeing 787-8s in service (G-TUIA/B/C/D) with a further four on order.

Thomson 787 Dreamliner carries 291 passengers and is configured with 47 seats in the airline's Premium Club cabin and 244 seats in the Economy Club cabin.

Thomson Airways is part of the TUI Travel PLC and is the UK's third largest airline operating 58 aircraft.

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Monday, 2 September 2013

Norwegian Air Shuttle takes delivery of EI-LNB Boeing 787-8

Courtesy: Norwegian Air Shuttle 
Norwegian Air Shuttle has taken delivery it's second of eight of Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner on order through direct deliveries and leases, operated by subsidiary Norwegian Long-Haul.

EI-LNB Boeing 787-8 construction number 35305 Hexcode 4CAB07 made it's first flight on 3rd August. This aircraft is leased from ILFC Ireland Ltd.

The aircraft was ferried Paine Field to Dublin Airport on 25th August using call-sign "NLH1A" arriving at 0020 local, for post delivery application of decals and tail painting in Norwegian explorer Thor Heyerdahl livery.

The aircraft departed Dublin Airport to Stockholm on Thursday 30th August just after 2200 hours.

The Boeing 787s are operated on routes from Oslo-Gardermoen and Stockholm Arlanda to New York JFK , and from Oslo to Bangkok, new routes from Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm to Fort Lauderdale commence on 29th November 2013.

Three Boeing 787-8s will be delivered in 2013, four in 2014 and one in 2015.

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Sunday, 1 September 2013

Norwegian Air Shuttle establishing Irish asset management company

Norwegian Boeing 737-800
Norwegian Air Shuttle announced it's establishing an asset management company in Ireland, which will be incorporated under the laws of Ireland and will have USD as its functional currency adding "Ireland is the largest aviation finance cluster in Europe which makes the country a natural location given Norwegian’s global expansion and large aircraft orders."

The incorporation of the new subsidiary will also limit currency exposure to the balance sheet. The currency exposure is primarily driven by a mismatch between USD denominated loans and aircraft balance sheet values denominated in NOK, managed today by extensive hedge arrangements

The first aircraft to be placed under the control of the asset management company is the Boeing 737-800 due for delivery this month,  the company will operate as lessor of the aircraft.

In June, Norwegian Long-Haul obtained temporary approval from the Irish Aviation Authority to register their fleet of six Boeing 787-8s in Ireland; an arrangement that will expire on 24th December , and is reportedly pursuing its own Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) and Air Carrier Operating Licence (ACOL) with the Irish Commission for Aviation Regulation (CAR).

Last week in Dublin for four days was Norwegian Long-Haul second Boeing 787-8 EI-LNB construction 35305 leased from ILFC Ireland Ltd for post delivery application of decals and tail painting.

Norwegian operates scheduled services from Dublin Airport to Helsinki, Copenhagen and Oslo.

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