Monday, 7 January 2013

American Airlines enhances the International Travel Experience ©

American Airlines customers flying from Dublin to Chicago and New York JFK will be able to experience a new premium in-flight experience launched on-board American’s fleet of Boeing 757-200, 767-300ER, 777-200ER aircraft flying in Europe.

Business Class customers can choose from new menu selections that will be served on updated, will also enjoy newly designed food elements and a customized sundae from the airline’s popular dessert cart, also more modern china along with new flatware and upgraded linens. Business Class updates include new slippers and an amenity kit with Akhassa® cosmetics.

First Class customers will receive other specially designed items including a textured placemat, napkin ring, accent water glass and an amuse-bouche, a bite-size hors d’œuvre, with entrees and beverages will be hand-delivered upon request. Food and beverage enhancements will include more variety and selections, including the introduction of a soup option, and a customizable pasta entree – a first for an airline.

New menu selections served on modern china are offered in premium cabins.
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First Class customers will also see an expansion of American’s signature sundaes with a featured sundae option, a breakfast card – similar to hotel room service, increased bread options and a pre-landing sweet treat and spa water. A wine sampling will be offered in-flight for First Class customers. Customers will receive a tasting card to assist in their selections for the remainder of the flight and all offerings will be specially chosen for the flight by American’s wine consultant, Ken Chase.

American Airlines Vice President – Marketing Rob Friedman said  "As we build toward a new, more modern airline, we have thoughtfully considered each detail of the international premium experience from beginning to end by providing high-quality amenities and dining options that our customers expect.
By delivering a service that offers such personalization, we are able to provide an enhanced in-flight experience that truly meets the expectations of our premium customers, and reminds them of home or their favorite restaurant ".

American Airlines a founding member of the Oneworld alliance operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2.

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Ryanair carries nearly 80 million passengers in 2012 ©

Ryanair announced in the rolling 12 months to 31st December 2012 it carried a record 79.6 million passengers up 4%, in December a total of 4.84 million passengers where carried with a load factor of 81% up 2%.

Ryanair’s Stephen McNamara said "Ryanair enjoyed another record breaking year in 2012 with almost 80m passengers choosing one of our ultra-low fares between Jan and Dec 2012".

The airline expected to carry 9.5 million passengers from Ireland in 2012 (Irish Examiner 5th October 2012), with traffic growth at Ireland West Airport Knock and Kerry airports.

Ryanair operates a fleet of 305 Boeing 737-800s from 51 European bases operating 1500 + routes. In Ireland Ryanair has 2 Boeing 737-800s based in Cork (10 routes) , 14 in Dublin (57 routes) and 1 in Shannon (4 routes), and operates routes from City of Derry Airport, Ireland West Airport Knock (4 routes) and Kerry Airport (3 routes).

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Ireland West Airport Knock Traffic grows by 5% in 2012 ©

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 Ireland's fastest growing airport Ireland West Airport Knock announced it handled 685,000 passengers in 2012 up 5% increasing by 30,000 passengers the busiest year in its 26 year history serving a total of 25 international destinations in 2012 seven new European markets, with international airlines Aer Lingus Regional , Flybe Lufthansa; Ryanair and Irish Tour Operator Sunway Holidays.

Highlights included the commencement of the only direct services from mainland Europe to the West of Ireland from Dusseldorf, Milan, Paris, Frankfurt, and Barcelona which brought over 13,000 new tourists to the West of Ireland generating an estimated spend in the local economy of in the region of €7 million.

Other highlights in 2012 include:

-The airports new ‘Departures Shop’ was the focus of an episode of the hit RTE show Feargal Quinns  Retail Therapy which aired in December

-29 major audits in Safety, Security and regulatory departments in 2012 all passed and ISO 9001: 2008 accreditation achieved for the provision of a Quality management system in the air traffic control department

-Europe's largest airline, Lufthansa, commenced new services from Germany – their only schedule services to any airport in Ireland outside of Dublin Airport

-Operational delays at the airport reduced to between 0 – 2% in 2012

A recent independent study by Ernst & Young Economic Consultants stated that the airport supports a total of 914 jobs in the region with an overall economic contribution of €143m annually.  

Ireland West Airport Knock Managing Director Joe Gilmore said "We are delighted to have had a record year in 2012 against whats currently a very difficult environment in the aviation industry.  Whilst 2012 was our busiest year ever, without doubt, 2013 will be a challenge for everyone in the region.

More than ever the airport needs the support of the people in this region and in particular engagement at a strategic level with Government representatives at all levels to ensure that future Government Aviation Policy enables this airport is to continue to grow and develop essential international connectivity that will lead to more jobs and prosperity for the people of the West and North West of Ireland ".


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Aer Lingus Traffic grows by 7.2% in December ©

Aer Lingus announced it carried 734,000 passengers in December up 7.2% carrying 76,000 long-haul passengers up 13.4% with a load factor of 77.7% up 6.1% on an 4.5% increase in capacity , its revenue per long-haul passenger increased by 13.3% and in short-haul it carried 575,000 passengers up 3.4% with a load factor of 66.6% up 0.7% on an 2.5% decrease in capacity its revenue per short-haul passengers declined by 1.5%.

Aer Lingus Regional carried 83,000 passengers in December up 33.9% and a total of 1.01 million passengers for the year.

The airline carried  a total of 10.663 million passengers in 2012 up 3.8%.

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