Monday, 25 February 2013

Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) Shortlisted for 'Innovation in Action' Award ©

Picture: Coutsey of Eurocontrol 

The Irish Aviation Authority’s Point Merge airspace initiative which went live on 13th December 2012 has been shortlisted for the ‘Innovation in Action’ award by the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport for the their 2013 Awards programme, in recognition of the cutting edge enhancements that have been introduced to streamline Dublin’s airspace.

IAA Director of ATM Operations and Strategy Peter Kearney said "Point Merge at Dublin is part of the IAAs continuing strategy to develop innovative new air traffic management solutions to provide a safe, efficient and cost effective services to our airline partners. We are delighted that the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport has shortlisted the IAA for the “Innovation in Action” Award 2013, in recognition of this world leading ATM development.The project is the result of over two years’ intensive research and development by a dedicated IAA project team in conjunction with Eurocontrol and supported by our civil and military partners in the UK-Ireland FAB".

This award recognizes a transport initiative that has demonstrated true innovation and is presented to the team that can demonstrate a distinct new method to a challenging issue.

The IAA has met the challenge of improving air traffic management in Dublin’s airspace by introducing an innovative and environmentally friendly air traffic management system, known as Point Merge, which uses new air traffic management techniques to bring real benefits to our airline customers (reduction of fuel burn), reduced delays to passengers, and to the environment through reduced CO2 emissions.

Point Merge air traffic management techniques assist airlines in flying more environmentally friendly Continuous Descent Approaches (CDAs) to Dublin airport. CDAs permit the aircraft to reduce their fuel burn by an average of 120kg of fuel (approximately €84.00 at aviation fuel prices) and 360kg of CO2 per arrival, depending on the aircraft size.

Point Merge enables descent to the runway by placing arriving aircraft onto defined equidistant arcs or tracks, rather than using traditional holding stacks the system, thereby, both the overall track miles flown by the aircraft and associated CO2 emissions are reduced.

According to Eurocontrol since 13th December, thanks to the improved situational awareness resulting from Point Merge, 87% of arrivals on runway 28 have been afforded the most efficient descent trajectories possible, and a further period of performance measurement, review and, where necessary, refinement of the Point Merge procedures is now underway, before the IAA decides on plans to extend Point Merge to the other runways at Dublin.

A link below to video of Point merge at Oslo Airport Gardermoen.


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Cork Airport launches new Ad Campaign promoting direct routes ©

Picture: Courtesy of Hotels in Cork 

The battle for passengers in the South of Ireland intensified today as Cork Airport launched a new advertising campaign entitled 'Better Still, You’re Flying From Cork’ to cement Cork Airport’s status as the number one airport in the South of Ireland, as the airport competes for business against a newly independent Shannon Airport in addition to Kerry Airport and Waterford Airport.

Cork Airport Director Niall MacCarthy said "This is an exciting new advertising campaign showcasing all the reasons why it’s so easy and convenient to fly direct from Cork Airport. This campaign will naturally resonate with those living in Cork city and county but this campaign is also designed to reach our customer bas throughout Munster and further afield."

Managing Director Cawley Nea\TBWA Deirdre Waldron said "Cork Airport is vital to the business, community and cultural life of the South of Ireland. The region has every right to be proud of it and we wanted to reflect that pride in this campaign."

The campaign will be featured on outdoor and radio mediums which will be seen, heard and experienced across Munster and also in South Leinster.

The outdoor campaign will appear at approximately 100 carefully selected sites, in both large and small billboard format. These print executions have been expertly shot by well-known photographer, Liam Murphy.

The radio spots feature the friendly and familiar voice of Pauline McGlynn – who played the iconic ‘Mrs. Doyle’ character in the late Dermot Morgan’s ‘Father Ted’ series. Pauline will showcase the humorous charm of native Corkonians and will identify with the true nature of ‘Cork Pride’ for this exciting new campaign.

Creative agency Cawley Nea\TBWA worked on the project from concept stage through to the finished campaign. Orla Byrne and Sam Moorhead were the Creative Team working on the campaign – expertly led by Creative Director, Ciaran Bonass.

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Air Canada re-introduces Dublin to Toronto route ©

Air Canada is to re-launch its seasonal Dublin to Toronto route for Summer 2013 from 18th May to 29th September, operating to up to seven times weekly using Boeing 767-300ER aircraft offering customers Economy Class and Comfort Plus seats with Executive First business class seating available on selected services.

Air Canada Sales Representative Ireland Eamon Flanagan said “We are pleased to serve the Irish market once again this summer. Toronto proves to be a popular destination with both business and leisure customers in Ireland. As well as benefiting from easy access to the city’s major commercial center and to its many tourism attractions, our Irish customers can take advantage of convenient connections to destinations across Canada, the United States, the Caribbean and Latin America from our hub, Toronto Pearson International Airport."

ACA894 Departs Toronto 2145 arrives Dublin 0915
ACA895 Departs Dublin 1045 arrives Toronto 1305

Air Canada a Star Alliance member operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 1 and has an interline agreement with Aer Lingus enabling convenient connections to Canada from Dublin and London Heathrow.

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Government targets Aviation Sector for growth ©

On Friday 22nd The Taoiseach, the Tánaiste and the Minister for Jobs published Action Plan for Jobs 2013, as the next step in the Government's plan to rebuild the Irish economy containing 333 actions to be implemented this year by 16 Government departments and 46 agencies targeting Aviation as a key sector for employment growth.

Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation, Richard Bruton said: “The Action Plan for Jobs is aimed at supporting the transition from the old, failed economy reliant on property, banking and debt to a new, sustainable, jobs-rich economy based on enterprise, exports and innovation.”

The Action Plan 2013 for jobs contained a number of specific elements including the re-establishment of the Shannon Airport Authority Board and appointment of an new CEO, and the transfer of Shannon Development’s enterprise and tourism functions to Fáilte Ireland and Enterprise Ireland/IDA and the creation of a new corporate structure and legislation necessary to establish the International Aviation Services Centre (IASC).

An action measure aimed to facilitate the growth of aircraft leasing industry is the review of the tax code to establish feasibility of providing a market for specific forms of aircraft financing - enhanced equipment trust certificates (EETC) by the department of finance, a tool becoming increasingly important to finance aircraft.

To stimulate traffic growth at Irish airports the government has maintained its offer abolish the remaining Air Travel Tax of €3 subject to acceptable commitments from the carriers to additional inbound flights by restoring cancelled routes by producing plans to significantly increase passenger numbers/ routes to the satisfaction of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport and supporting the development of new routes to the US West Coast and strategic Asian markets of China and India.

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AERGO & PEMCO Partnership Inducts First Two Boeing 737-400 Freighters

Dublin based Aergo Capital and PEMCO World Air Services have announced the first two aircraft of a 20-aircraft conversion deal between the company and AERGO Cargo Solutions (AERGO) have been inducted – the first aircraft at PEMCO’s Tampa facility and the second at HAECO Group’s STAECO Jinan, China facility.

The Boeing 737-400 11-position high yield freighters capable of accommodating a wide variety of containers or pallets (88x125, 108x125, 96x125, military pallet, demi, LD3, AEH, and engine hauling up to 11,000 lbs), plus a smaller hazmat-capable container. Importantly, this configuration is the world’s only 737-400F engineered to comply with forthcoming fire hazard related hazmat regulations which are required to transport these high value, time sensitive goods to market.

Aergo CEO Fred Browne said "We are very pleased that the conversion of the first two aircraft is well underway and we have an additional three aircraft lined up for completion by Q2 2013. Our goal is to keep expanding into new markets and provide the best single-source solution for state-of-the-art, fully converted cargo aircraft for markets around the world utilizing PEMCO’s market leading, Boeing-data based B737 products and AERGO’s capital structure, aircraft sourcing, financial aptitude and technical management expertise. We are confident that we will convert half or more of the first 20-aircraft order within the next 12 months."

PEMCO President Kevin Casey said "The induction of these aircraft is emblematic of the unprecedented single-customer commitment PEMCO and AERGO outlined in Miami in October 2012. This is the beginning of a new era for our company, not only with our partners at AERGO, but on many other nose-to-tail conversion projects under contract for Tampa and at partner HAECO Group facilities (STAECO & TAECO)."


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