Thursday, 14 February 2013

AWAS new customer Thai Airways to lease 9 new Airbus A320s ©

Image: Courtesy of Airbus 

Dublin based AWAS announced today it has agreed to place nine Airbus A320 aircraft from its new order pipeline with Thai Airways, the flag carrier of Thailand. These aircraft will be used for the expansion of Thai’s successful regional subsidiary ThaiSmile.

AWAS President & CEO Ray Sisson said "We are extremely proud today to add Thai Airways as a customer.  The ThaiSmile network has successfully expanded as customers recognize the value of a product with the strong brand and service associated with Thai Airways.”

AWAS AsiaPac VP Sales JT Foo said "ThaiSmile is a rapidly growing regional carrier that operates a lower cost model with the benefits of superior service and dedication to customer comfort that has been long-associated with Thai Airways.  Our team is delighted to establish this new relationship with them, and to help them grow well into the future."

Thai Airways President Mr. Sorajak said "We are very pleased to enter into a new relationship with AWAS for the lease of nine new A320 aircraft.  AWAS worked very closely with our team to not only secure these aircraft, but to also assist with technical aspects as well as develop a new cabin specification."


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Finance Bill 2013 lays foundations for growth in MRO Sector ©

The Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan T.D  published the Finance Bill 2013 and Finance (Local Property Tax) (Amendment) Bill 2013 on 13th February giving effect to Aviation measures announced in Budget 2013 on 5th December, laying the foundations for increased growth in aircraft maintenance and repair sector (MRO) industry.

The Government has prioritized Ireland’s aviation sector as a growth area, and is also keen to develop Irish airports as the sector undergoes transition. The Finance Bill provides new incentives to benefit the aviation sector, and promote the construction of new airport infrastructure.

The Finance Bill 2013 provided a provision for an amendment to the definition of “industrial building” such that industrial building allowances will apply to hangars, tear down pads, parking and ancillary facilities, for a period of five years from commencement, the construction of new aviation-specific facilities such as hangers, and tear-down pads - special parking areas for aircraft being dismantled - will enjoy an accelerated capital allowance over seven years.

Minister Leo Varadkar said "These measures are designed to attract additional aviation sector businesses and jobs to Ireland and to encourage Irish and overseas businesses already located here to expand their operations. Although these incentives were originally proposed by the Shannon Aviation Business Development Task Force which was established by Minister Bruton and I, they are being made available to all airports in the State that wish to avail of them ".

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Aer Lingus Regional enhances Dublin London Southend Schedule ©

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann is revising the three times daily Dublin to London Southend route timings with the introduction of the Summer schedule on 31st March to improve convenience for customers.

From 31 March 2013 Aer Lingus  Regional will fly from Dublin to London Southend first thing in the morning, instead of vice versa – this will mean departures from London Southend to Dublin will be at  0915, 1515 and 1930, with flights departing Dublin for London Southend at 0715,1315 and 1730.

This new timetable will deliver many benefits to customers on the route as an early arrival in Southend will benefit business travelers enabling a full business day in London, and a revised 0915 departure will work more efficiently with the rail timetable and for customers on City-breaks to Dublin.

The schedule will enable a smoother connectivity over Dublin Airport for passengers travelling to and from Boston, Chicago, New York JFK and Orlando and also still benefit from the US immigration pre-clearance facilities (CBP) has to offer, therefore arriving into the States as domestic passengers avoiding those long queues for the department of Homeland Security.

Finally the schedule enhances flexibility to match capacity with demand on the route using a mix of ATR42 and larger ATR72 aircraft when required such as the recent RBS Six Nations rugby match between England and Ireland being an ideal example.

Aer Arann Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said "We at Aer Lingus Regional are continually reviewing operations to provide the best service possible to passengers at Southend airport. With the improved schedule, London based passengers can now catch the train from Central London to make our morning flight and also connect to the US, availing of pre-clearance in Dublin to save time at their US destination. City breakers can enjoy a leisurely trip to Dublin with a later check- in and get more out of their weekend.

The schedule now allows Irish based travellers spend a full business day in London and make it into London in under 50 minutes in the morning. We are confident that the improvements in flight times will be a great success and further supply our passengers' needs."

London Southend Airport Managing Director Alastair Welch said "Whilst the existing route is both very efficient and highly popular, we and our partners Aer Lingus Regional are always looking to see if there are ways routes can be improved for the benefit of our customers. Our joint review revealed that by simply changing the starting direction of the aircraft we can create a number of improvements for our passengers.

This move offers a longer business day for Irish customers travelling to London, a more relaxed departure time for people flying to Dublin from London Southend, and better connections for passengers going on to the USA. Aer Lingus can also introduce more flexibility with the size of aircraft used providing larger aircraft on popular flights.”

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