Friday, 18 January 2013

Bombardier Aerospace reports healthy order backlog ©

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Bombardier Aerospace announced it delivered 233 aircraft during the 2012 calendar year, compared to 245 aircraft deliveries in the previous fiscal year, the 11-month period ended December 31, 2011 receiving orders for 481 aircraft, net of cancellations, compared to 249 orders, net of cancellations, for the previous year.

In the Business aircraft segment it delivered 179 aircraft, compared to 163 for the previous 11-month fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and received net orders for 343 aircraft versus 191 for the previous fiscal year.

In the Commercial aircraft segment it delivered 50  aircraft, compared to 78 for the previous 11-month fiscal year ended December 31, 2011 and received net orders for 138 net orders for aircraft compared to 54 for the previous fiscal year.

Bombardier Aerospace President and Chief Operating Officer Guy C. Hachey said "2012 was a year of focus on execution, and our employees demonstrated their resilience and commitment by rallying through a challenging economic environment to meet our delivery targets.

A number of our existing customers reaffirmed their confidence in Bombardier aircraft in 2012 with fleet growth and fleet replenishment orders, and we proudly welcomed new customers from emerging and traditional markets.

We are the market leaders in business aircraft, and the restructuring of our commercial aircraft sales organization is yielding results. Overall, we are seeing positive momentum across our entire product portfolio."

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Aer Lingus launches the first ever International Hurling Festival ©

Aer Lingus will host the first ever International Hurling Festival, in association with The Gathering, and supported by the GAA and partner Etihad Airways. The qualifying games will take place in regional towns around Galway from Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st September 2013 with the finals being staged at Pearse Stadium.

A number of lively traditional music and dance events are also planned to take place in venues around the “City of the Tribes” throughout the festival, supported by Galway GAA and Galway Hurling Supporters Club.

Aer Lingus is inviting teams from all over the world to compete in this unique International Hurling Festival. Together with our partner airline, Etihad Airways, we will bring teams from New York, San Francisco, Canada, Asia, the UK, Continental Europe, the Gulf and Australia. Aer Lingus and the GAA are also using the tournament as an opportunity to promote the game of hurling in developing regions by including teams such as Buenos Aires, Milwaukee, Indianapolis and a Europe team made up of non-Irish nationals.

Aer Lingus Chief Human Resources Officer Michael Grealy said  "We are very excited to bring this one of its kind hurling festival to Ireland, in the year of The Gathering. We have already seen a huge response to the event and are confident that the Aer Lingus hurling festival will help to foster an interest in one of our most loved national sports. The game of hurling is uniquely Irish, like Aer Lingus, and is a source of enormous pride to the Irish all around the World. We look forward to welcoming many friends and visitors home to Ireland for what promises to be an exciting year. "

Etihad Airways Chief Commercial Officer Peter Baumgartner said "As proud sponsor of the GAA Hurling All Ireland Senior Championship and official airline to the GAA, we are delighted to support the International Hurling Festival. The festival will bring teams from the Arabian Gulf, Asia and Australia to Ireland, the home of Gaelic sports, and we are very proud to play such a key role in making the event a huge success. We wish best of luck to all the teams that take part ".


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Ryanair announces 3 new routes from Brussels South Charleroi ©

Ryanair announced the launch of three new routes from Brussels South Charleroi Airport as part of its Brussels Charleroi Summer 2013 schedule to Essaouira twice weekly from 5h May and Rabat three times weekly (Morocco) from 2nd May, and Targu Mures (Romania) in 2013 twice weekly from 30th April.

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) CEO Jean-Jacques Cloquet said "We are delighted to see all airlines present at BSCA adding new routes for the upcoming summer season. The three new destinations that Ryanair is adding this summer are promising for the airport since Morocco is already the third most important country for us in terms of passenger numbers and therefore clearly in demand. Romania is now becoming more accessible as a touristic destination and we expect the route to generate quite some VFR traffic into Belgium and its surrounding areas. "  

Ryanair’s Jonathan Brisy said "Ryanair is pleased to announce 3 new Brussels Charleroi routes to/from Essaouira and Rabat (Morocco) and Transylvania Targu Mures (Romania) from April 2013, as part of our Brussels summer 2013 schedule, with 78 routes."

Brussels South Charleroi Airport (BSCA) handled 6.5 million passengers in 2012 up 10% the airport is being conserative with traffic forecast for this year not expecting an significant increase, although Jetairfly, Ryanair and Wizzair will add new routes.


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