Saturday, 25 April 2015

Ryanair announces 23 new routes from Germany connecting major business centers

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
This winter season Ryanair has announced it will place 7 new Boeing 737-800s in Germany market from it's delivery stream of 383 Boeing 737s on order, as aims it aims to grow it's market share from 4% to 15-20% over the next five years.

The budget carrier Ryanair last month announced significant expansion in the German market announcing Berlin Schonefeld as it's 73rd European Base, with five based aircraft operating a total of 22 routes and major growth of Cologne base increasing base fleet from one to three based operating a total of 17 routes.

Ryanair’s Chief Marketing Officer Kenny Jacobs said "Germany is a significant growth market for Ryanair and as we announce our 6th German base at Berlin, we will continue to connect key German cities with Europe’s major centers of business".

Indeed Ryanair's expansion is focused on building frequency on key business routes in German market to appeal to high yield business passengers against well established competitors. Berlin Schonefeld to Cologne was launched as a four times daily service commencing 26th October since then a fifth frequency has been added to the scheduled, and is launching Brussels Zaventem three times daily, connecting two key business centers.

On leisure routes prior to launch frequencies have been increased from Berlin Schonefeld to Malaga and Palma from two to three weekly.

Berlin Schonefeld-Alicante x 3 weekly from 1st November
Berlin Schonefeld-Athens Daily from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Barcelona Daily from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Bari x 3 weekly from 28th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Bologna Daily from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Brussels Zaventem x 3 daily from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Bratislava Daily from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Rome Ciampino x 2 Daily from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Glasgow x 4 weekly from 28th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Madrid x 2 Daily (extended from the summer program)
Berlin Schonefeld-Malaga x 3 weekly from 28th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Palma x 3 weekly from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Palmero x 2 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Berlin Schonefeld-Riga Daily from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Valencia x 3 weekly from 27th October
Berlin Schonefeld-Venice Treviso x 3 weekly from 27th October
Bristol-Castellon x 3 weekly from 16th September
Brussels Zaventem-Berlin x 26 weekly from 27th October 2015
Castellon-Bristol x 2 weekly from 16th September
Castellon-London Stansted x 3 weekly from 15th September
Cologne-Berlin Schonefeld x 5 Daily from 26th October
Cologne-Copenhagen Daily from 2nd September
Cologne-Las Palmas x 1 weekly from 31st October
Cologne-Milan Bergamo x 2 Daily from 25th October
Cologne-Porto x 4 weekly from 25th October
Cologne-Valencia x 3 weekly from 27th October
Cologne-Warsaw Modlin Daily from 25th October  
London Stansted-Castellon x 3 weekly from 15th September
London Stansted-Ponta Delgada x 1 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Stockholm Skavsta - Brussels Charleroi x 3 weekly (extended from the summer program)
Stockholm Skavsta - Copenhagen Daily from 25th October

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 25-04-15

                                                 
EI-LNH Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner Norwegian 
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/

C-FYQN Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29333 CanJet Ferried Montréal-Brussels Zaventem 22/04/15 on summer lease to TUI Airlines Belgium ex EI-CST.

EI-EZL Airbus A330-223 c/n 802 Orbest Ferried Dublin-Lisbon 18/04/15.

EI-FGZ Airbus A321-211 c/n 677 NBB Leasing Registered at London Southend 20/04/15 ex G-OMYJ.

EI-FIH Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44697 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 21/04/15.

EI-RUP Boeing 737-808/W c/n 34706 Transaero Airlines not taken up stored Bournemouth for delivery to Jet2 May 2015.

EI-STA Boeing 737-31S c/n 29057 Europe Airpost Departed Atlantic Aviation Group Shannon to Dublin 18/04/15 and ferried to London Southend 20/04/15.

G-CEIF RJ85 c/n E2347 Triangle Regional A/c Leasing Ferried Cranfield Airport-Craiova Airport 21/04/15 ex EI-RJJ.

N873TM CRJ200 c/n 7363 GECAS Ferried Ploujean-Prestwick-Keflavik 17/04/15 ex 5X-UGH.

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Saturday, 18 April 2015

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 18-04-15

                                                 
EI-LBT Boeing 757-200 Aer Lingus 
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-DSO Airbus A320-216 c/n 3464 Air Berlin Delivered Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Dusseldorf 15/16-04/15 to become D-ABZE.

EI-EXR Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 677 Air Contractors Ferried Bahrain-Dresden 14/04/15 in basic Air Hong Kong colours.

EI-LNH Boeing 787-8 c/n 36526 Norwegian Long-Haul Delivered Charleston-Dublin 10/04/15.

EI-LNH Boeing 787-8 c/n 36526 Norwegian Long-Haul Delivered Dublin-Copenhagen 14/04/15.

EI-XLH Boeing 747-446 c/n 27650 Transaero Airlines Ferried Melbourne International-Moscow Domodedovo 10/04/15 after interim storage.

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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Ethiopian Airlines moves its European hub to Dublin Airport

                                                                
Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner 
Ethiopian Airlines is moving its European hub from Rome to Dublin Airport from 10th May it has been confirmed.

The move will see Ethiopian transit 10 transatlantic flights per week through Dublin Airport to destinations in the United States and Canada for refuelling on the westbound leg of the journey only.

Ethiopian Airline’s daily Boeing 777 flight from Addis Ababa to Washington and its three times weekly Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight from Addis Ababa to Toronto will stop at Dublin Airport.

As it is a transit stop, Ethiopian will not be accepting passengers in Dublin for the onward flights to either Washington or Toronto. The refuelling stop is required on Ethiopian’s westbound journeys only, as the high altitude at Addis Ababa Airport means aircraft use more fuel on take-off there.

The decision in relation to the transit stops at Dublin comes in advance of Ethiopian Airlines starting its new three times weekly direct passenger services from Dublin to Los Angeles and from Dublin to Addis Ababa. These two new routes are due to commence on 20th June.

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said “We are delighted that Ethiopian Airlines has chosen Dublin Airport for its European transit fuel stops.

This is a significant piece of business for Dublin Airport, which deepens our relationship with Ethiopian, and creates a solid platform for potential future business and growth opportunities. A number of other European airports were bidding for this contract, so it’s particularly pleasing to have won it.”

Michael Yohannes, Irish Area Manager for Ethiopian’s Airlines said the airline was looking forward to launching its new routes from Dublin to LA and Dublin to Addis Ababa in June. “We’re already seeing strong demand for these services in the Irish market.”


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Saturday, 11 April 2015

Inaugural Irish Student Aviation Symposium announced for 21st October 2015

                                                             

The Student Aviation Symposium 2015 is a non-profit event organised by a dedicated group of third level education students from Dublin Institute of Technology, University of Limerick, Dublin City University and Institute of Technology Carlow. Our aim is to bring together students of aviation focused courses and aviation industry professionals across Ireland.

For more details, contact:
Alexandra Slabutu
Event Coordinator
alexandra.slabutu@yahoo.ie

The event offers the chance for students to learn more about the specific requirements of aviation companies for candidates in various roles and discuss current issues faced by the industry as well as future trends. It also serves to promote aviation and provide a networking platform.

We believe this event to be important, not just for students passionate about a career in aviation, but for companies, assisting in finding the most suitable future employees.

It will also provide an opportunity for companies to learn more about the various aviation-related degrees offered across the country and give an indication of the caliber of student such courses produce.

The format of the Symposium focuses on presentations by panels of guest speakers from the industry as well as interaction between speakers and students. An exhibition area will also be available, giving the chance for diverse aviation/recruiting companies and educational institutions to show-case their interests. The event is to be held on October 21st, in Radisson Blu Royale, Dublin 8.

As a non-profit event, we are looking for potential sponsors in helping us develop this great initiative. Our aim is to make the event as accessible as possible to students by keeping the admission price low. Your contribution may come in some form of sponsorship of the event or a donation to help cover the costs incurred, perhaps even materials for delegates' welcome packs.

Naturally, any contributions would be acknowledged in any promotional material related to the event and any other means negotiated. The Symposium is a nationwide focused event, with over 150 delegates taking part, which will bring valuable attention to your business.

We hope you have an interest in the event and can help us in some way. We truly appreciate your time and consideration and look forward to hearing from you.

Issued on behalf of Student Aviation Symposium 2015 by Irish Aviation Research Institute ©

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 11-04-15

                                                 
EI-LEO Cessna 750 Airlink Airways 
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-DEO Airbus A320-214 c/n 2486 Aer Lingus back in service Dublin-Warsaw 01/04/15 after Virgin Little Red ops prior paint.

EI-EWR Airbus A330-202 c/n 330 Aer Lingus Ferried Dublin-Bordeaux 06/04/15 after painting for business class modification.

EI-EZL Airbus A330-223 c/n 802 CIT Aerospace in all white colours with Orbest logo and tiles on Air Test at Dublin 09/04/15.

EI-FIG Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44698 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 03/04/15.

EI-STA  Boeing 737-31S c/n 29057 Europe Airpost To Transaero Engineering 06/04/15.

N222CQ Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 30231 GECAS Ferried Shanghai-Guam-Honolulu-Victorville  05/6-04/15.

N606AN Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 26066 AerCap Ferried Roswell-Bangor-Keflavik-Bucharest Baneasa 03/04-04/15 ex UR-GAX.

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Thursday, 9 April 2015

DIT Aeronautical Society visit to Aer Lingus Hangar 6

                                                 
Aer Lingus Integrated Operation Center (IOC)
On behalf of the Aeronautical Society, I would like to thank Captain Steve Kelly and the amazing team that briefed us on the various topics during our visit to Hangar 6. This was a great opportunity for us to learn the depths of the operational side of the airline. The topics covered captured everyone’s attention, raising an interest to pursue a possible career in those areas. Moreover we were presented with an overall insight into the Integrated Operation Centre (IOC), the heart of the daily operation of Aer Lingus.

The highlight of the day was the presentation on the role of the Emergency Response Team, an area that not many students would contemplate. We learned about the thorough planning and preparation that goes on behind the scenes of an anticipated event, such as the French ATC strike, which coincidentally happened the day of our visit. It was impressive to hear that 95% of the attention was focused on Family Support in the case of an aircraft accident. This team would be like an “orchestra gathering around”, placing a lot of emphasis on planning in order to give certainty to the customer and the business.

David Lawton, introduced us to the Fleet Planning Operations, where his job is to make sure there are enough leased and purchased aircraft. Aircraft ‘commonality’ and ‘fit for its mission’ are two of the attributes David mentioned that are key factors of the strategic plan for the airline.

Production Planning was explained to us by Jonathan Capper, which essentially means that they try to optimize all the resources available around the airline by looking at crew planning, scheduling, maintenance costs and managing the assets. Working in this area would require high IT skills as there is a lot of information that needs to be ‘crunched’ and transformed into KPIs (Key Performance Indicators) which are then given to the Executive team to help them run the business.

                                               
DIT Aeronautical Society Group  
John Fields, the Line Maintenance Manager, was able to articulate the importance of Equipment/Tool control and how traceability plays a vital role in combating incidents/accidents for the airline and aviation in general. While we got a tour of the hangar, John showed us the Lower Deck Mobile Crew Rest area (LDMCR) of an A330-200, which for most of us was the first time seeing it. It was the same shape as a cargo container and, despite that, it is a very expensive and sophisticated part of the aircraft that in actual fact can be easily removed or fitted in the aircraft as dictated by crew flight time limitations.

This trip has undoubtedly been an eye opener for all of us, having learned so much about the logistics that go into making an airline operate effectively. Although experts at their jobs, the team made it clear that they are continuously learning, updating and reviewing their Standard Operating Procedures SOPs.

I am grateful I had the opportunity to meet such an enthusiastic team of aviation professionals and learn about their roles in Aer Lingus.

Alexandra Slabutu
Vice-Chairperson/PRO

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Monday, 6 April 2015

Spanish carrier Vueling Airlines starts new Dublin Service

                                               
Vueling Airlines Airbus A320 
Spanish carrier Vueling Airlines has started a new service from Dublin to Barcelona operating four times weekly,  increasing to six times weekly for August , which is part of IAG, will join its sister airlines British Airways and Iberia Express, both of which already operate from Dublin Airport.

Vueling Airlines is deepen it's ties with Oneworld carrier American Airlines with a new a new connection agreement which will bring more long-haul passenger traffic to Barcelona, strengthening El Prat airport’s position as a point of entry to Europe for travellers from the United States and as a departure point for U.S.-bound passengers.

Vueling, which is based at Barcelona’s El Prat Airport, operates 325 routes at 131 airports with 700 daily flights in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Vueling will operate its new Dublin route with an Airbus A320 aircraft with 180 seats in a single class configuration. The carrier is working with the authorities to help make Barcelona a major hub for short- and medium-haul flights in Europe.

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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Another year of record Ireland-North American capacity growth

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200
This year is set for another record capacity growth between Ireland and North American as capacity will be 13% ahead of last summer, as strong growth will be driven from existing carriers by a mix increasing capacity and frequency on existing routes and new services are added to Halifax and Los Angeles.

Dublin Airport is the sixth largest airport in Europe for services to North America, with 318 flights per week (159 weekly departures) between Dublin and 15 destinations in the United States and Canada this summer.  The only European airports with better transatlantic connectivity than Dublin will be the major hubs of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Madrid and Paris CDG.

Aer Lingus will launch a new early morning service and late evening return service  between Dublin and New York JFK using a Boeing 757-200 damp-leased from ASL Aviation. From 8th June to 30th August two Boeing 757s will be based in Dublin.

Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s Senior Vice President for Europe, the Middle East and Africa said "With daily services to both Atlanta and New York-JFK, this summer, Delta will be offering more than 6,300 weekly seats between Ireland and the United States. Last year was one of the highest-ever for U.S. visitor numbers to Ireland and with around 70% of American tourists arriving between May and September, our Atlanta flight responds to this spike in demand".

For the first US Carrier US Airways will deploy an Airbus A330-200 on it's seasonal service between Dublin and Charlotte and year-round between Dublin and Philadelphia.

Resumed Services:

American Airlines daily Boeing 757-200ER service from Dublin to New York JFK resumed on 29th March.

Delta Airlines resumed service between Dublin and Atlanta on 30th March operating five times weekly, increasing to a daily service on 1st June with a 225 seat Boeing 767-300ER.

United Airlines daily Boeing 757-200ER service from Belfast International to Newark resumed on 11th March.

United Airlines daily Boeing 757-200ER service from Dublin to Washington Dulles resumed on 4th March.

US Airways increases capacity on Dublin to Philadelphia from Boeing 757-200 to 258 seat Airbus A330-200 on 30th March.

Further increases in coming weeks.....

Aer Lingus launches new four times weekly service from Dublin to Washington Dulles with Airbus A330-200.

Aer Lingus increases frequency from Dublin to Orlando from three to four times weekly and San Franicso from five times weekly to a daily service.

Aer Lingus will increase capacity on Shannon to Boston with lease of a Boeing 767-200ER from Omni Air International from 8th June to 30th August.

Aer Lingus will add an additional early morning service from Dublin to New York JFK using a Boeing 757-200 from 8th June to 30th August.

Air Canada Rouge adds four additional weekly Boeing 767-300ER frequencies between 13th June and 16th September.

American Airlines resumes daily Boeing 767-300ER service from Dublin to Chicago O'Hare on 8th May

American Airlines resumes seasonal service from Shannon to Philadelphia from 8th May to 1st October using Boeing 757-200ER.

American Airlines will use an Airbus A330-200 on Dublin to Charlotte daily from 8th May.

Delta Airlines resumes seasonal service between Shannon and New York JFK from 2nd May to 30th September using Boeing 757-200ER aircraft.

United Airlines resumes seasonal Boeing 757-200ER service from Shannon to Chicago from 22nd May to 14th September.

Westjet resumes daily Boeing 737-700 service from Dublin to St Johns on 1st May to 26th October.

New services to be launched....

Ethiopian Airlines launches a new Boeing 787-8 service from Dublin to Los Angeles  operating three times weekly from 20th June.

Europe Airpost launches a new weekly Boeing 737-700 service from Dublin to Halifax from 9th July to 11th September.

United Airlines launches new daily Boeing 757-200ER service from Dublin to Chicago from 5th June to 18th August.

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Saturday, 4 April 2015

Ryanair takes delivery of 11th and 12th brand new Boeing 737-800s

                                               
EI-FIG Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has taken delivery of the 11th EI-FIF and 12th EI-FIG Boeing 737-800s of 175 ordered in 2013 in the last week , increasing it's fleet to 309 aircraft, a further nine aircraft are expected to be delivered between April and end of July.

The 11th aircraft EI-FIF Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44694 was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on Saturday 28th March as 'Ryanair 800F' entering service next day to London Gatwick.

The 12th aircraft EI-FIG Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44698 was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on Saturday 4th April as 'Ryanair 800G' arriving 1500 local.

                                     
EI-FIF Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair 
Ryanair will take delivery of a total of 21 aircraft between September 2014 and July 2015.

To sastify customer demand the carrier has leased seven additional aircraft from AirExplore and SmartLynx based in Bratislava, London Stansted and Madrid.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 04-04-15

                                                 
EI-STA Boeing 737-300 Europe Airpost 
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-DAA Airbus A330-202 c/n 397 Aer Lingus Ferried Stockholm Arlanda-Dublin 31/03/15 after winter-lease to Novair.

EI-DSK Airbus A320-216 c/n 3328 Air Berlin Delivered Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Dusseldorf 01/02-04/15 to become D-ABZI.

EI-EHH ATR42-300 c/n 196 Stobart Air Ferried Cardiff-Dublin 28/03/15 after wet-lease to Cityjet.

EI-EWR Airbus A330-202 c/n 330 Aer Lingus Delivered Manila-Dublin 28/03/15 for painting ex 9M-XAD.

EI-FIF Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44696 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 28/03/15.

EI-FSB Airbus A320-211 c/n 1554  MetroJet Delivered Loudres-Moscow Domodedovo 31/03/15 in all white colours ex F-WXAK.

EI-IXB Airbus A321-112 c/n 524 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Tel Aviv 29-31/03/15 for part-out & scrap.

EI-REI ATR72-201 c/n 267 Stobart Air Ferried Dublin-Cardiff 28/03/15 on summer-lease to Cityjet with titles.

ES-SAM Airbus A320-232 c/n 1896 smartLynx Estonia Delivered Dublin-Riga 02/04/15 ex EI-EZT.

OM-CEX Boeing 737-436 c/n 25839 AirExplore Ferried Bratislava-London Stansted 31/03/15 on summer-lease to Ryanair.

OM-FEX Boeing 737-8Q8/W c/n 28213 AirExplore Ferried Bratislava-London Stansted 31/03/15 on summer-lease to Ryanair.

OM-HEX Boeing 737-8Q8/W c/n 30785 AirExplore Ferried Bratislava-London Stansted 31/03/15 on summer-lease to Ryanair.

YL-LCM Airbus A320-211 c/n 244 smartLynx Airlines Ferried Pristina-Madrid 23/03/15 on summer-lease to Ryanair in all white colours.

YL-LCN Airbus A320-211 c/n 662 smartLynx Airlines Ferried Oslo-Madrid 27/03/15 on summer-lease to Ryanair in all white colours.

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Friday, 3 April 2015

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200 EI-DAA Returns from Novair Winter Lease

                                                 
Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus A330-200 EI-DAA, which has been on winter damp-lease to Novair since 29th November 2014, operated it's last Novair service from Puerto Plata to Stockholm  on Tuesday 31st March ,  and positioned same day Stockholm Arlanda – Dublin as NVR9901 and returned to Aer Lingus service next day operating EIN125 Dublin-Chicago O'Hare.

Aer Lingus stated in it's 2014 Annual Report that "The agreement with Novair started in December 2013 and will cease operating in winter 2015", having been informed in January.

Revenue from contract flying and Aer Lingus Regional Franchise increased by 45.2% from €29.4 million in 2013 to €42.7  million in 2014.

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