Wednesday, 20 February 2013

Bombardier Aerospace signs $2.56 Billion purchase agreement with Russia's IFC ©

Picture: Courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace 

Bombardier Aerospace announced today it signed an purchase agreement with Moscow-based Ilyushin Finance Co for 32 CS300 aircraft valued at approximately $2.56 billion at list prices plus 10 options the contract would have a total value of approximately $3.42 billion should options be exercised.
The transaction which follows a letter of intent signed by IFC in 2011, is subject to approval by the company’s shareholders.

Bombardier Commercial Aircraft President Mike Arcamone said "This is a landmark opportunity for Bombardier Aerospace and its CSeries aircraft, The CSeries aircraft was tailor-made for operation in this vast region and has the potential to offer a step-change in air travel in Russia and throughout the Commonwealth of Independent States. "

Director General IFC Alexander Rubtsov said "As older, less efficient designs present ongoing challenges to airlines – given high fuel costs and heightened environmental concerns – the CSeries aircraft offers transcontinental range, superior field and runway performance, and a superb cabin that will bring air transport into the 21st century."

Mr. Rubtsov also noted that the order for the game-changing, technologically advanced CSeries jetliners is its first large, non-Russian aircraft order, adding that the CSeries aircraft, with its capacity and performance, is ideally placed between the Russian Superjet and the MC-21 aircraft, which IFC has committed to purchase.

In the Commonwealth of Independent States and Russia 95 CRJ regional jets and Dash 8/Q-Series aircraft are in service or on order in addition, Bombardier is also exploring opportunities for its Q400 NextGen turboprop aircraft in Russia.

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Ryanair eyes growth opportunities in Leipzig/Halle ©

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said on a visit to Leipzig/Halle today he sees significant potential for growth at the airport and negotiations are underway for Winter 2013/4 and Summer 2014 to add more routes , and in the medium to long-term a new base is prospect.

The airline reported bookings on two routes to Faro and Pisa are 15% ahead of pre-planned budget, in the current financial year it expects to carry 180,000 passengers from Leipzig/Halle and next year 200,000 passengers.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Leipzig is very important because he is one of our fastest growing airports in Germany. He also gives us some access to Berlin: we have seen that there are many people of Berlin who use our cheap flight to and from Leipzig. I think Leipzig is a potential foundation for future Ryanair in East Germany. "

The airline operates six routes to Faro, London Stansted, Faro, Malaga, Rome Ciampino and Trapani.

Leipzig with more than 530,000 inhabitants, is the largest city by population (the second largest being Dresden) in the federal state of Saxony, Germany. Leipzig is situated about 150 km south of Berlin at the confluence of the Weisse Elster, Pleiße, and Parthe rivers at the southerly end of the North German Plain.


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Irish Commercial Air Traffic grows by 3.3% in January ©

The Irish Aviation Authority announced commercial terminal traffic for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports increased significantly by 3.3% in January 2013, when compared to January 2012. This growth in international arrivals and departures was largely driven by traffic increases in Dublin Airport. This is the sixth month in a row that the Authority has observed continued growth in this sector of traffic.

The January 2013 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport: - 1.4%, with an average of 49 commercial daily movements.

Dublin Airport: + 5.6%, with an average of 381 daily commercial movements.

Shannon Airport: -10.7% with an average of 37 commercial daily movements.

There was a marginal decrease of 1.60% in Ireland’s en route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during January 2013, in comparison to January 2012.  In the North Atlantic Communications area (Europe /North America flights) saw a decrease of 1.24% in January 2013, when compared to January 2012.

Total flights in Irish airspace have decreased marginally by 1.10%, when compared to January 2012.There was an average of 1,187 daily flights during January 2013.

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British Airways and Flybe announce new Donegal route code-share agreement ©

British Airways and Flybe have announced a new code-share agreement linking Donegal Airport to London Heathrow, Loganair will operate the route from Donegal to Dublin; passengers will then transfer to British Airways to London Heathrow.

Passengers travelling from Dublin will enjoy a generous 23kg baggage allowance on the entire journey, while enjoying the British Airways on-board experience from Dublin to Heathrow. This includes a choice of two cabins and a complimentary bar and meal service, as well as online check in and seat selection 24 hours before departure.

The new schedule will see British Airways complement Loganair’s existing departure timetable from Donegal to Dublin by offering convenient connection times for passengers wishing to travel onwards to London.
Providing two return flights a day to suit both business and leisure passengers, fares from Donegal to London Heathrow start at just €78 one way and from €184 return, including taxes, charges and fees.

British Airways Manager Ireland Simon Daly said “We are delighted to be working with Loganair to offer passengers from the north west of Ireland with convenient flight connections from Donegal to London Heathrow with competitive fares to suit both business and leisure passengers.

In addition, it offers greater choice in terms of connections to our extensive global network of almost 130 destinations from London Heathrow - bringing destinations on the world map closer to Ireland. "

Loganair commenced the Double daily Donegal to Dublin schedule on 3rd  November 2011 following award of a three-year PSO contract , operated by a 34-seat Saab 340B aircraft under its franchise
agreement with Flybe, Europe’s largest regional airline.

The Scheduled:

Donegal-London Heathrow:

BAW4086 CFN DUB 1055 1150 Operated by Loganiar for Flybe
BAW837 DUB LHR 1435 1550
BA4088 CFN DUB 1710 1805 Operated by Loganair for Flybe
BAW829 DUB LHR 1940 2055

London Heathrow-Donegal:

BAW832 LHR DUB 0655 0805
BAW4087 DUB CFN 0920 1015 Operated by Loganair for Flybe
BAW836 LHR DUB 1245 1400
BAW4089 DUB CFN 1835 1930 Operated by Loganair for Flybe


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