Sunday, 5 May 2013

Lufthansa re-commences seasonal services from Dusseldorf to Ireland

Courtesy Ireland West Airport Knock 
Lufthansa yesterday re-commenced seasonal Dusseldorf routes from Dublin Airport and Ireland West Airport Knock operating twice weekly and weekly respectively operated by Eurowings (Lufthansa Regional) Bombardier Aerospace CRJ900 aircraft operated by D-ACNH c/n 15247  and D-ACNO 15255.

Last year over 2,000 passengers used the Ireland West Airport Knock service generating a spend in excess of €1,000,000 for the West and North West regions.

Flights from Dublin Airport depart twice weekly on Saturdays and Sundays and Ireland West Airport Knock to Dusseldorf every Saturday until September 28th.

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Air Contractors inaugurates Dublin-Lanzarote route

Courtesy Sean Flynn
Air Contractors today inaugurated its Dublin to Lanzarote route which will operate every Sunday from May to October, and Thursdays from June to September, AENA announced today operated a Boeing 737-300 in the colours of its French subsidiary Europe Airpost.

The AENA Press release stated the airline would use a Boeing 737-300 on the route with a capacity of 189 seats which is factually incorrect as the seat capacity is 147.

This company has scheduled 82 movements (41 departures and 41 arrivals), representing 12,054 seats for the summer season 2013.

ABR413J Departs Dublin 1500 arrives Lanzarote 1900 B733
ABR414J Departs Lanzarote 2000 Arrives Dublin 2350 B733

Ireland is the third most important international market for tourism in Lanzarote, 174,321 Irish tourists visited the island during 2012 which was a 1.05% increase on the previous year.

Lanzarote was awarded the Best Winter Sun Destination 2013 award from the Irish Travel Industry (ITI) during a gala evening at The Mansion House in Dublin on the 24th January 2013.

The Tourism department of the Cabildo consider that “winning this award reinforces the promotional strategy of Lanzarote, and at the same time defines a privileged position of the island in the Irish market”.

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Aer Arann's new ATR72-600 Enters service

Courtesy Michael Kelly 
Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional new ATR72-600 EI-FAS c/n 1083 ex F-WWET named "St Connell" entered revenue service yesterday operating EIN3254/5 (ATC callsign RE54/55ED) from Dublin to Edinburgh, The aircraft was delivered Toulouse-Dublin on Friday 3rd May as RE600P arriving at 1600.
A further seven ATR 72-600s will be delivered this year and next replacing the older existing fleet of ATR 72-200s and ATR 42-300s. With 3 ATR 72-500s currently in service the new ATR72-600s will bring to 11 the total fleet of ATRs operated by Aer Arann.

EI-FAS is ADSB equipped allocated Hex Code 4CAAD7, we understand the next ATR72-600s for delivery are to be registered EI-FAT, EI-FAU and EI-FAV.

Aer Arann Interim CEO Sean Brogan said "We are delighted to be partnering again with ATR. Regional traffic is substantially developing and we aim to upgrade our regional aircraft fleet with the new ATR -600s. These aircraft offer high economic efficiency, optimum performance and exceptional passenger comfort. We are convinced that these new airplanes will bring very interesting business opportunities, while further developing air traffic in the region".

ATR CEO Filippo Bagnato said "ATR is honored to be associated to the growth of Aer Arann and Aer Lingus Regional. We are happy to partner with such prestigious operators. Today we are eager to further develop the presence of the new ATR -600s in Europe, a market with a strong demand for new generation ATR turboprops. This demand is driven by increasing operating costs for airlines and the fact that many fleets need to be renewed soon. Aer Arann has a strong commitment to the environment and this is exemplified by their choice of the most "Green" aircraft available today!".

About the ATR 72-600:
  • Passenger capacity: 68-74 seats
  • Engines: Pratt & Whitney Canada PW 127M
  • Maximum power at take-off: 2,750 horse power per engine
  • Maximum weight at take-off: 23,000 Kg
  • Maximum payload: 7,500 Kg
  • Range with full passenger load: 900 nautical miles (1,665 Km)

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