Saturday, 21 February 2015

Irish Business Aviation Association (IBAA) officially launches at Future of Business Aviation Conference

The Irish Business Aviation Association was officially launched at the Future of Business Aviation Conference held in London this week.

                                                 
IBAA Launch Members 
Launch Members are:

Bas de Bruijn – Deputy Director of Aviation EMC Corporation, Executive Member & Founder IBAA.

Dave Scully – Dublin-Weston Executive Airport & AEM Aviation Consulting, President IBAA.

Helene Wall Horan – Business Manager EMC Corporation, CEO IBAA.

Joe McDermott – Global FBO Consult, Chairman IBAA.

The IBAA's aim is to promote the growth & effectiveness of Business Aviation industry in Ireland and to achieve this by representation, monitoring, co-operation, promotion and information.

According to founder Bas de Bruijn, “Establishing the IBAA is a great step forward for the industry in Ireland. By uniting the Irish Aviation community and banding together as a group, we can utilize all of our collective worldwide experience to help make Ireland a better place for business and general aviation. We have had great feedback from the international business aviation community so far and we are looking forward representing the industry here in Ireland. We have a great management team supporting the association with a broad experience in the aviation industry.”

Dave Scully said “We hope to work closely with our colleagues at the European Business Aviation Association to cover the areas of Engineering, Flight Training & Safety. We would like to become members of the International Business Aviation Council so we have access to the decision makers at ICAO, the global body for aviation regulation. We also aim to affiliate with other organisations in various countries allowing us to interact with the IAA, EASA, Irish Government and the EU to better the fortunes of all sectors of Ireland’s business aviation industry”

Present at the launch was Jim O’Sullivan, owner of Dublin based Exchequer Aircraft Leasing who remarked  “this is a very welcome development & will provide an excellent platform for business aviation interests in Ireland to co-operate into the future”

Pat Forde, Managing Director of South Aer Aviation Services (FBO) at Cork International Airport also welcomed the IBAA launch, “The IBAA will represent all stake holders in the sector, including FBOs, AOC holders, Charter Brokers, Leasing Agents, Part 145 facilities as well as Regional & International Airports.”
                                                                               
For further details contact Info@ibaa.biz

Media contact: Media@GlobalFBOconsult.me
                                             
Website: http://www.ibga.aero/default.asp


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Saturday, 14 February 2015

The questions politicians didn't ask IAG CEO Willie Walsh


Last Thursday February 12th, IAG CEO Willie Walsh appeared before The Joint Transport Committee to answer questions on the proposed takeover of Aer Lingus by IAG.

Despite their own assertions to the contrary, the main focus of the politicians on the Joint Transport Committee was centered on the implications of the IAG offer on their own constituencies in the context of the next Irish General Election. The scope of their questioning was predominantly negative, party political, constituency-oriented and too narrowly focused.

There was little or no evidence of any positive or constructive thinking in their approach to questioning Willie Walsh that would have shed further light on IAG's strategic plans to develop Aer Lingus's business in an overall long-term Irish economic context insofar as the Irish Takeover Panel Rules would allow. Indeed, many of the questions put to the IAG CEO could not be answered directly as it would have constituted a breach of Irish Takeover Panel Rules.

Which raises the question: Do our politicians, who are responsible for the formulation of legislation and public policy, have the capacity to engage rationally in any way to debate the real issues and opportunities which could arise from the takeover of Aer Lingus by the IAG Group?

As the globalization of World Markets continues, so too does the Aviation Business, which is inextricably linked with this process. And it is within this perspective and that of the relentless consolidation of the Airline Industry that the political representatives of the Oireachtas Transport Committee failed to see the huge potential and employment opportunities which could arise if the IAG takeover of Aer Lingus is allowed to proceed.

1.  What economic value could IAG bring to Ireland Inc in terms of GDP/GNP expansion?.

2.  What opportunities could IAG Group open up to Irish Exporters in terms of the development of Cargo and Air Freight from Ireland?.

3. Could IAG Group expand the presence of carriers BA CityFlyer, Iberia Express and Vueling Airlines to Cork, Ireland West Airport, Kerry and Shannon Airports to increase connectivity opportunities at London City, Madrid and Barcelona?

4. Could IAG Group develop Transatlantic connecting flows from Iberia Express and Vueling Airlines over Dublin and Shannon to North America?.

5. Could IAG Group leverage it's relationship with Gulf Carrier Qatar Airways to add Dublin Airport to it's route network to provide increased connectivity over it's Doha Hub with traffic flows over Dublin to North America with Aer Lingus?.

6. Would IAG consider setting up Maintenance and Repair (MRO) operations in Ireland for it's new Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 aircraft being added to fleet for base maintenance utilizing Hangar 6 to create new employment opportunities?.

7.  Are there any opportunities for IAG and Tourism Ireland to collaborate to leverage IAG's 77.3 million customer base to promote Ireland?

8. Is there potential for Aer Lingus to negotiate joint-ventures and partnerships within IAG and the Oneworld Alliance to increase traffic flows in to and out of Ireland ?

9. Could IAG create an incentive for fellow Oneworld carrier Finnair to launch a new seasonal Dublin to Helsinki summer service with the objective to extend it to operate on year-round basis?.

10. How could IAG enhance Aer Lingus with new route opportunities presented by the Airbus A350s on order to tap into high growth markets such as Brazil, China, India and Singapore, in order to increase connectivity for FDI and tourism for benefit of Ireland Inc?.

11 What scope is there for the Government to enhance it's existing taxation policy to further incentizise IAG Group and others to extend their existing engagements with Aircraft Leasing and Financing firms based here in Ireland?.

12.  How could Ireland's Draft Aviation policy be amended and coupled with the IAG Group's investment and expansion plans for Aer Lingus to create more broader based synergies and growth for Ireland's Aerospace Industry?.

13.  Would IAG consider extending it's current ad-hoc use of Shannon Airport for it's pilot crew base and conversion training requirements?.

14. What investment would be required in Dublin Airport's infrastructure to meet IAG's projected growth plans for Aer Lingus, bearing in mind IALPA submission to this committee?.

15. Could IAG Group establish a joint venture operation with Dublin-based Simtech Aviation for initial and recurrent pilot crew simulator training?.

16. Could the government use some of the proceeds from the sale of Aer Lingus to plug part or all of the deficit for deferred and retired members of the IASS pension scheme?

17. What opportunities could IAG Group open up to Food Irish Exporters?, for example Kerry Gold Butter , Irish Cheese , Butler's Chocolates , Tayto Crisps ​and other Irish products.  currently available on board Aer Lingus.  This spreads the opportunity to every constituency in Ireland.

Take Tayto for example (next door to the airport) offers  an opportunity to grow jobs to compensate for any potential job loss in Aer Lingus back office.

18. Would IAG support an approach by Bord Bia through IAG Transatlantic Joint-Venture ​​to the possibility of opening up ​Irish beef sales to the world's largest carrier American Airlines?.

19. Would IAG consider selling attractively priced packages to Ireland utilizing the new China and India Visa wavier agreement between Ireland and UK, through British Airways at London Heathrow to Cork, Dublin and Shannon?

20. Would IAG consider Aerospace supply chain companies North and South of Ireland for future procurement opportunities? take for example B/E Aerospace, Botany Weaving  and Thompson Aero Seating,  ​in terms of​ driving wider ​economic activity​ the development of ​our ​aviation industry?.

21. Would IAG Group consider investment in the former Lufthansa Airmotive facility in Rathcoole to develop in-house engine overhaul capability to supplement it's existing Iberia Engine Repair Center in Madrid?.

22. Would IAG Group considering sending aircraft scheduled for repainting to Irish company Eirtech Aviation at Dublin and Shannon airports?.

23.  IAG Group carriers British Airways and Vueling Airlines completed a series of Airbus A320 Family base maintenance checks at Dublin Aerospace in 2012 and 2013 respectively. Could IAG Group consider Dublin Aerospace for future maintenance contracts or specific end of lease checks?.

24, Would IAG Group consider launching new seasonal service from Shannon using Aer Lingus to destinations in North America in partnership with Oneworld carrier American Airlines?.

25, Could IAG Group carrier Vueling Airlines launch new seasonal services from Spanish bases to Irish airports to increase inbound tourism?

I will be submitting these questions to Mr John O'Mahony T.D Chairman of Dail Sub-Committee on Transport, Tourism and Sport.

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

All Hallows College student launches new research study in aviation human factors

                                                 

Sinead Whiston a final year student at All Hallows College is launching a new research study into into the effect of stress and fatigue on perceived flight performance of commercial pilots in Europe.

Speaking to Irish Aviation Research Institute Blog Sinead said "I am a final year student with the Department of Psychology at All Hallows College DCU. As part of my studies I am conducting a research study which aims to investigate the effect of perceived stress and fatigue on flight performance of commercial pilots in Europe'.

The research survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete.

To participate in study please click on link here

All data obtained will be strictly confidential. Anonymity of participants is paramount in this study. No identity of individuals or of airline will be asked.

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Saturday, 7 February 2015

Irish carrier Ryanair announced 34 new routes in January

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
In January Irish carrier Ryanair announced the 34 new routes the vast majority of these routes are an extension of existing services into summer scheduled.

Irish carrier Ryanair announced the second phase of Copenhagen base expansion in January adding a further four routes. Speaking at the launch of new routes David O’Brien, Head of Commercial at Ryanair said "We are still in active negotiations with Copenhagen Airport and will present more routes later in the year, which will provide 1.7 million customers and maintain 1,700 jobs at Copenhagen Airport".

A notable announcement was the transfer of five routes from Rome Ciampino to Rome Fiumicino, freeing up slots at Rome Ciampino for new international routes.

The carrier indicated at press conferences around Europe it's blended airport strategy serving a mix of primary and secondary airports at  primary cities,  could be rolled in markets such as Amsterdam, Milan and Paris, replicating it's model at Barcelona (El Prat, Girona and Reus) and  Brussels (Brussels Zaventem and Brussels South Charleroi).

Bremen-Gotenburg extension of existing service x 3 weekly service
Bremen-Lisbon extension of existing service x 3 weekly service
Bremen-Madrid extension of existing service x 3 weekly service
Copenhagen – Brussels Charleroi x 2 daily from 25th October
Copenhagen-Madrid x 1 daily from 2nd September
Copenhagen-Rome Ciampino x 1 daily from 2nd September
Copenhagen-Stockholm Skavsta x 1 daily from 25th October
Dusseldorf Weeze-Agadir extension of existing service  x 1 weekly service
Dusseldorf Weeze-Bydgoszcz extension of existing service x 2 weekly service
Dusseldorf Weeze-Stockholm Skastva extension of existing service  x 3 weekly
Dusseldorf Weeze-Tallinn extension of existing service  x 1 weekly service
Dusseldorf Weeze-Växjö extension of existing service  x 2 weekly service
East Midlands-Malta x 2 weekly from 30th March 2015
Eindhoven-Lisbon extension of existing service  x 3 weekly service
Eindhoven-Madrid  extension of existing service x 2 weekly service
Eindhoven-Manchester extension of existing service  x 4 weekly service
Eindhoven-Tenerife South extension of existing service  x 1 weekly service
Eindhoven-Turin extension of existing service x 2 weekly service
Frankfurt Hahn-Las Palmas extension of existing service x 1 weekly service
Frankfurt Hahn-Vilnius x 4 weekly from 30th March
Glasgow International-Berlin Schonefeld  x 5 weekly from 25th October
Lisbon-Bremen extension of existing service x 3 weekly service
Lisbon-Eindhoven extension of existing service x 3 weekly service
Lisbon-Hamburg extension of existing daily service
Lisbon-Milan Bergamo extension of existing daily service
Lisbon-Ponta Delgada x 13 weekly service commences from 1st April
Lisbon-Rome Ciampino extension of existing daily service
Lisbon-Warsaw x 2 weekly service from 30th March
London Stansted-Cologne extension of existing daily service
London Stansted-Clermont x 2 weekly from 2nd July to 29th August
London Stansted-Deauville X 2 weekly from 3rd April 2015
London Stansted-Edinburgh extension of existing x 3 daily service
London Stansted-Glasgow extenison of existing  x 3 daily service
London Stansted-Ponta Delgada (Azores) x 1 weekly from 4th April 2015
Milan Bergamo-Crotone extension of existing daily service
Milan Bergamo- Lisbon extension of existing daily service
Paris Beauvais-Palermo x 2 weekly from 2nd April 2015
Paris Beauvais-Thessaloniki extension of existing x 3 weekly service
Paris Beauvais-Wroclaw extension of existing x 4 weekly service
Porto-Berlin Schonefeld extension of existing x 4 weekly service
Porto-Hamburg extension of existing x 3 weekly service
Porto-Lorient x 2 weekly from 4th April to 24th October
Porto-Ponta Delgada x 6 weekly service from 1st April
Rome Ciampino-Athens extension of existing daily service
Rome Ciampino-Cologne extension of existing daily service
Rome Ciampino-Copenhagen x 1 daily from 2nd September
Rome Ciampino-Crotone extension of existing daily service
Rome Ciampino-Fez extension of existing x 2 weekly service
Rome Ciampino-Lisbon extension of existing daily service
Rome Ciampino-Paphos extension of existing x 2 weekly service
Rome Fiumicino-Brindisi x 14 weekly from 29th March
Rome Fiumicino-Bari x 14 weekly from 29th March
Rome Fiumicino-Comiso Daily service from 29th March
Rome Fiumicino-Marseille Daily service from 29th March
Rome Fiumicino-Seville Daily service from 29th March
Tenerife South-Cardiff extension of existing service  x 1 weekly service
Tenerife South-Eindhoven extension of existing service x 1 weekly service
Tenerife South-Linz extension of existing service  x 1 weekly service
Tenerife South-Warsaw Modlin extension of existing service  x 2 weekly service

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 06-02-15

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DST Airbus A320-216 c/n 3532 Air Berlin Delivered Dublin-Dusseldorf 05/02/15 to become D-ABZA.

EI-EZS Airbus A320-233 c/n 1832 Merdiana Ferried Olbia-Dublin 24/01/15 on return to lessor.

EI-FIA Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44691 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 03/02/15.

EI-FIB Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44692 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 03/02/15.

EI-ONL Airbus A320-214 c/n 4489 Air Contractors Ferried Malta-Vilnius 23/01/15 after storage in Afriqiyah colours.

EI-RUP Boeing 737-8Q8 c/n 34706 Transaero Airlines Ferried Beijing-Astana International Airport-Bournemouth 31/01/15 not taken up for storage ex B-5171.

EI-XLC Boeing 747-446 c/n 27100 Transaero Airlines Ferried Moscow Domodedovo -Melbourne International Airport, Florida 30/01/15 for interim storage.

5B-DCL Airbus A320-232 c/n 2334 CIT Aerospace Ferried Beirut-St Athan 03/02/15 in Cyprus Airways colours to become M-ABIL.

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