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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 31 October 2016

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N285XA Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 26285 AerSale Ferried Roswell-Miami 20/10/16 for freighter conversion.

N565RP Embraer 145LR c/n 145679 CIT Aerospace Ferried Kingman Airport-Great Falls International 20/10/16 ex PT-SFL.

VT-IDZ Airbus A320-232 c/n 3264 IndiGo Airlines Delivered Mexico City-Fort Lauderdale-Greater Moncton International Airport-Glasgow Prestwick 21-23/10/16 ex CC-BJB leased from AerCap.

VP-CYD Airbus A320-214 c/n 4699 Flynas Delivered Ostrava-Jeddah 25/10/16 ex OK-HCA.

2-RAJB Airbus A320-233 c/n 733 BBAM Aircraft Leasing Registered at St Athan 27/10/16 ex UR-AJB.

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Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 31 October 2016

Avolon acquisitions boost 3Q statistics

Avolon recorded a 67% increase in its fleet of owned, managed and committed airliners for 3Q 2016 compared to the same period a year ago, the company said. The number of aircraft rose from 258 to 432. In a 3Q trading update, Avolon said it delivered 31 aircraft over the past three months, including 22 from the GECAS portfolio, to 19 customers. The company sold 11 aircraft, seven from its owned fleet and four from its managed fleet. Letters of intent were executed for sale of a further 13 aircraft.

Avolon delivers one Airbus A320-200 to Volaris

Avolon announced the delivery of one Airbus A320-200 aircraft to Volaris. This is the eighth Avolon aircraft on lease to Volaris.

Denis Nayden joins Avolon Board

Avolon announced the appointment of Denis Nayden to its Board as Vice Chairman and Chair of the Risk Committee. Mr Nayden is a veteran of the aircraft leasing industry and previously served as Avolon’s Chairman from its founding in 2010, through its…

Ryanair's 37 new route announcements in October

Irish budget carrier Ryanair announced 37 new route in October for Summer 2017 interestingly the carrier continues to expand strategically into UK market from it's European bases adding routes to Belfast International, Birmingham Bristol, East Midlands and Edinburgh.

In Germany the carrier is seizing on market opportunities as competition retrenches announcing significant capacity expansion adding additional capacity and new routes from bases in Cologne, Hamburg (+180%) and Nuremberg (+400%) for Summer 2017.

The carrier announced a second new route to Oradea, western Romania from Milan Bergamo operating twice weekly from 27 March 2017.

Belfast International - Faro
Bristol - Bucharest
Bristol - Venice
Cologne -Sofia
Copenhagen - Pescara
Copenhagen - Thessaloniki
Copenhagen - Valencia
Copenhagen - Zadar
East Midlands – Budapest
East Midlands – Girona
East Midlands – Reus
Eindhoven to Bologna
Hamburg - Faro
Hamburg - Thessaloniki
London Luton - Cagliari
Milan Bergamo - Bordeaux

London City Airport CEO Declan Collier welcomes Heathrow expansion

London City Airport CEO Declan Collier has welcomed plans for London Heathrow expansion.
In July London City Airport received government approval for it's £344 million Development Programme to grow passenger numbers from 4.3 to 6.5 million by 2015 investing in infrastructure including 7 new aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and passenger terminal extension.

Declan Collier, CEO of London City Airport said "Today’s announcement is good news for business, good news for tourism and good news for Britain; a new runway in the South East will create much needed capacity, helping secure the UK’s position as a global hub - never more important than in the current political climate.

Approving development at London City Airport earlier this year showed the Government’s readiness to act in the best interests of the British economy as it will generate more economic activity and create more jobs at the airport.

The aviation industry must now work with Government to ensure we continue to…

Emirates Airlines has won its first travel award in Northern Ireland

Global connector Emirates Airlines has won its first travel award in Northern Ireland. The world's largest international airline was awarded Best Airline Worldwide at the Blue Insurance Northern Ireland Travel and Tourism Awards in the Slieve Donard Resort and Spa presented by actor, James Nesbitt.

The Northern Ireland market has become increasingly important to Emirates and according to Dublin Airport, Dubai was the third most popular destination for passengers from Northern Ireland in 2015.
Emirates is the only airline flying direct between Ireland and Dubai, with a twice daily service.

Enda Corneille, country manager for Emirates in Ireland said "Since launching in Ireland almost five years ago, we have seen a significant increase in the number of passengers from the North travelling with Emirates, both for business and leisure.

We are really committed to the NI market with a dedicated presence in Belfast for our corporate customers, so it's particularly pleasing for…

Air Transat increases Dublin capacity by 28% for Summer 2017

Canadian carrier Air Transat announced that it is to add an extra weekly service on its flights to Toronto next year.

Air Transat will operate direct services three times a week from Dublin to Toronto for Summer 2017 with an additional weekly frequency increasing capacity by 28% and once weekly to Montreal, from May to October.

Air Transat’s Sales Director UK & Ireland, Lesley Kane said "Canada is an increasingly popular destination for summer holidays and we’re enhancing our flight programme from Ireland to reflect this. Our customers are looking to travel when they want with the utmost convenience and to incorporate multiple destinations into their holiday experience. Our 2017 programme from Dublin caters for that demand with more choice and flexibility of travel."

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said "I’m delighted to see Air Transat increasing services on its Dublin to Toronto route. Passenger numbers are growing strongly between Ireland and …

Free Lecture My Life in Irish Aviation - A Process of Change by Con Clarke

Date: Wednesday Nov 2nd 2016

Speaker: Mr Con Clarke Former Corporate Executive - Customer Service, Aer Lingus

Time: 8PM

Title: "My Life in Irish Aviation - A Process of Change"

Venue: Abbey Room, Wynn’s Hotel Lower Abbey Street, Dublin 1.

Con’s view of the process of change within the industry throughout his career, will be a unique insight from a managerial perspective on the changes the brought us to today’s airline business.

Con has had many re-incarnations throughout his career including:

•Traffic Dept. at Dublin Airport and City Terminal
•Involved in Handling all Airlines at Dublin Airport
•Station Management, introduction of new aircraft, equipment and procedures
•Handling Industrial Relations Issues
•Management of Cargo Terminal
•General Manager/Chief Executive Customer Service
•Chief Executive Restructuring for TEAM Aer Lingus

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Ryanair announces largest ever Milan expansion

Irish budget carrier Ryanair has announced it's largest ever Milan expansion for Summer 2017, increasing traffic from Milan to 11.3 million as the carrier lifts capacity by 18%. Overall  the carrier plans to carry 35 million passengers from Italy increasing market share to 37 percent, allocating an additional 10 aircraft to the Italian market opening a total 44 new routes.

For Summer 2017 from Milan Bergamo 5 new routes will be launched to Bordeaux (4 per week), Edinburgh (5 per week), Luxembourg (4 per week), Oradea (2 per week) and Vigo (2 per week) with 9 new summer routes to Belfast, Gdansk, Hamburg, Nis, Nuremberg, Oslo, Ostrava, Prague and Timisoara, operating a total of 76 routes carrying 9.9 million passengers.

In Milan Malpensa it's 73 European base five 5 new summer routes will be launched to Brussels (2 daily), Catania (4 per day), Gran Canaria (1 per week), Porto (4 per week) and Sofia (daily), along with an increase in frequencies to Bucharest, operating a total …

Ryanair returns Boeing 737 EI-EFS to lessor

Irish budget carrier Ryanair has commenced the first Boeing 737-800 end of lease (EOL) hand-backs for Winter 2016/7 season as the carrier takes delivery of 50 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

EI-EFS Boeing 737-8AS c/n 37542 operated it's last revenue service 18 October RYR443 from Liverpool to Dublin and ferried to the carrier's maintenance base at Glagsow Prestwick. The aircraft arrived back in Dublin on 20 October in basic Ryanair colours prior to return to lessor SMBC Aviation Capital.

According to website the aircraft is due to be re-delivered to Ukraine International Airlines.

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Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 24 October 2016

FLY Leasing Extends 2012 Term Loan

FLY Leasing Limited announced that it extended the maturity date of its 2012 Term Loan from August 2019 to February 2022. The Term Loan had a balance of approximately $410 million as of September 30, 2016. In connection with the extension, FLY paid its lenders a one-time fee of 0.25% of the current outstanding principal amount. “FLY continues to manage its liability structure in an aggressive manner, taking every opportunity to extend its debt maturities, de-risk its financial position and secure attractive, long-term financing to fund growth,” said Colm Barrington, CEO of FLY.

GECAS and Atlantic AirVenture Aviation Centre Shannon have collaborated to develop a one week intensive program targeted at Transition Year (TY) students in local Shannon schools

GECAS and Atlantic AirVenture Aviation Centre Shannon have collaborated to develop a one week intensive program targeted at Transition Year (TY) students in the local schools. GECAS TY Aviation Academy…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 24 October 2016

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.

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EI-EFS Boeing 737-8AS c/n 3021 Ryanair Ferried Glasgow Prestwick-Dublin 20/10/16 in basic colours on return to lessor SMBC Aviation.

EI-FJX Boeing 737-8JP c/n 42271 Norwegian Air International Delivered Boeing Field-Oslo 17/10/16.

EI-XLC Boeing 747-446 c/n 27100 Rossiya Airlines Ferried Shannon-Cambridge 18/10/16.

EI-XLG Boeing 747-446 c/n 29899 Rossiya Airlines Ferried Shannon-Cambridge 19/10/16.

PH-IAM Embraer 190LR c/n 19000310 Falko Regional Ferried Exeter-Norwich 15/10/16 for paint into Air Moldova colours.

UR-AJB Airbus A320-233 c/n 733 AtlasGlobal Ukraine Ferried Istanbul-St Athan 19/10/16 for part-out & scrap ex E…

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 17 October 2016

AerCap Delivers Airbus A320neo Aircraft on Lease to Spirit Airlines

AerCap announced the delivery of an Airbus A320neo on lease to Spirit Airlines, making the airline the first U.S. airline to receive the aircraft type. This is the first of 5 A320neo aircraft to deliver to Spirit Airlines with a further 4 A320neo aircraft on order, expected to deliver through 2016.  AerCap has one of the largest Airbus A320neo Family portfolios with a total of 2 owned and 217 on order aircraft, delivering through 2021.

AerCap Leased, Purchased and Sold 143 Aircraft in the Third Quarter 2016

AerCap announced in Q3 it executed sale transactions for 40 aircraft and exercised options to purchase 10 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft with deliveries in 2021 and executed sale transactions for 40 aircraft and purchased 7 aircraft, including 1 Airbus A320neo, 3 Airbus A350-900s, 1 Boeing 787-8 and 2 Boeing 787-9s. It signed lease agreements for 96 aircraft, including 10 widebody and 86 narrowbody aircraft.

Avolon t…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 17 October 2016

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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
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EI-FTB Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44752 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 12/10/16.

EI-FTD Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44754 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 12/10/16.

EI-IGR Boeing 737-36N c/n 28561 Meridiana Ferried Olbia-Keflavik-Bangor-Mojave 07-8/10/16 on return to lessor.

EI-IGS Boeing 737-36N c/n 28562 Meridiana Ferried Olbia-Keflavik-Bangor-Mojave 12/13-10/16 on return to lessor.

EI-XLG Boeing 747-446 c/n 29899 Rossiya Airlines Ferried Dublin-Shannon 07/10/16 for interim storage after paint prior delivery.

F-WTBA ATR72-212A(600) c/n 1069 Azur Aviation Ferried Sønderborg Airport-Shannon 11/10/16 for painting into FMI Air colou…

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 10 October 2016

AerCap Confirms Placement of Five Embraer E-Jets E2 Aircraft to Borajet Airlines

AerCap Holdings N.V. announced at the Istanbul Airshow it has confirmed placement of three Embraer E190-E2s and two E195-E2s to Turkish carrier, Borajet Airlines. The aircraft, on long term lease from AerCap’s order book with Embraer, will begin delivering to Borajet Airlines in 2018. AerCap is the launch lessor customer of Embraer’s E-Jets E2 second generation of this family of commercial aircraft with a total of 50 Embraer E190-E2s and E195-E2s on order.

BOC Aviation And Air China Enter Into Purchase-And-Leaseback Arrangement For Five New Aircraft

BOC Aviation Limited announced that it has entered into a purchase-and-leaseback arrangement with Air China for five aircraft, comprising three Boeing 777-300ER aircraft and two Airbus A330-300 aircraft, all scheduled for delivery new from the manufacturer in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Sri Lanka to pay $170 million to AerCap for A350 cancellation: Finance Minis…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 10 October 2016

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.

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AP-BKM Airbus A330-301 c/n 70 Shaheen Air International Ferried Dublin-Orlando Sanford 06/10/16 for part-out & scrap ex EI-CRK.

EI-FNZ Airbus A330-343 c/n 1491 Turkish Airlines Ferried Mojave-Bangor-Zurich 04/05-10/16 to become TC-.

EI-FTA Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44751 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 04/10/16.

EI-XLC Boeing 747-446 c/n 27100 Rossiya Airlines Ferried Dublin-Shannon 06/10/16 for interim storage after paint prior delivery.

5B-DCV Airbus A319-132 c/n 2032 CobaltAir Delivered Shannon-Larnaca 30/09/16 ex OE-IEJ leased from CIT Aerospace.

5H-FJA Airbus A319-111 c/n 2176 FastJet Ferried Dar es Salaam-Hurghada In…

New ACI Europe Passenger data reveals Dublin Airport was Europe's fastest growing major airport in August

New passenger data released by ACI Europe this morning shows that Dublin Airport (Group 1) was the fastest growing major airport in Europe in August growing at 9% ahead of Amsterdam Schiphol (+7.9%), Barcelona (+6.8%) , Copenhagen  (+6.6%) , and London Gatwick (+5.7%).

Dublin Airport's passenger traffic growth was well above the average increase of just +2.0% across the European airport network.

The news come on hots on the heels that a record 1.2 million Northern Ireland residents used Dublin Airport during 2015, which was a 37% increase on the previous year.

Dublin Airport is also growing its importance as a key international gateway for overseas visitors to Northern Ireland, as 67% of all passengers who came by air to the island of Ireland traveled via Dublin Airport last year.

London Heathrow was the most popular destination for Northern Ireland residents using Dublin Airport last year, followed by New York’s JFK, Dubai, Brussels, and Paris Charles De Gaulle.

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Ryanair welcomes 5 new aircraft into fleet in September

Irish budget carrier Ryanair welcomed five new Boeing 737-800 aircraft into it's fleet in September bringing it's fleet size to 360 Boeing 737-800s all delivered in a standard 189 seat economy class layout featuring Boeing Sky Interior with new slimeline seats and overhead lockers, larger windows, increased headroom and LED lighting.

The carrier will take delivery of a further 45 by end of financial year to end of March 2017. The aircraft are depreciated over a useful life of 23 years from the date of manufacture to residual value.

EI-FRV Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44747 Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 06-07/09/16.
EI-FRW Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44748 Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 15-16/09/16.
EI-FRX Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44746 Delivered Boeing Field-Keflavik-Dublin 21-22/09/16.
EI-FRY Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44750 Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 23-24/09/16.
EI-FRZ Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44749 Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 28-29/09/16.

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First Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner visits Dublin Airport

G-TUIJ pictured above landing Runway 10 credit to @elevationair.

G-TUIJ Thomson Airways yesterday morning made an unscheduled stop in Dublin en-route from Cancun, Mexico and Boston to London Gatwick operating TOM62 becoming the first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner to visit Dublin Airport due to Hurricane Matthew. Interestingly this  aircraft is painted in the new TUI livery to advance of re-brand this winter.

The 787-9 is six metres longer than the 787-8 seating 290 passengers in a two class layout with range of 7,635 nautical miles (14,140 km) with the same 20 percent better fuel and emissions allowing airlines to grow routes first opened by the 787-8.

Thomson plans to take delivery of up to four 787-9 Dreamliners before June 2019.

This Summer Thomson Airways launched a new charter programme from Dublin to Cancun and Montego Bay for in-house brands Falcon Holidays and Thomson operated by Boeing 787-8.

The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner has a list price of $264.6 million and is most popular varian…

Volotea announces first Irish route from Verona to Cork Airport

On foot of the recent World Routes aviation event, which took place in China where a team from Cork Airport met with a number of airlines to discuss potential opportunities for the region.

Volotea, the Spanish low cost carrier has announced it's first Irish service from Verona to Cork commencing in June 2017 operating weekly through the summer season until September.Volotea will fly a Boeing 717 on the route, adding 4,600 seats to the schedule of services next year.

Aaron Mansworth, IHF Cork Branch Chairman said "This is great news for local tourism in Cork and Munster. The additional inbound visitors to the region will further boost the local economy. The addition of new routes at Cork Airport over the past 18 months has resulted in increased tourist numbers."

Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said "We’re delighted to expand our choice of destinations with Volotea, a new scheduled airline partner. We have served Verona before as a charter destinat…

Ryanair announces a record 76 new routes for Summer 2017

Irish budget carrier Ryanair announced a record 76 new routes for Summer 2017 last month as the carrier embarks on significant fleet expansion as 50 new Boeing 737-800s will be added to it's fleey by end of March 2017 exploiting opportunities with it's dual airport strategy serving primary and secondary airports at destination cities, notably new routes where added from Charleroi (Brussels) and Barcelona Girona (Barcelona).

Ryanair announced a new route Krakow to Loudres with two flights weekly starting in March 2017 becoming the fourth destination from the airport addition to London Stansted, Milan Bergamo and Rome Ciampino. This route is an interesting addition as traditionally Loudres mainstay of the charter market serving  segments for mountain hikes in the Pyrenees and for pilgrims.

Brussles Charleroi-Glasgow
Brussles Charleroi-Sofia
Brussles Charleroi-Toulouse
Brussles Charleroi-Timisoara

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 4 October 2016

AerCap Delivers New  Airbus A350XWB to LATAM

AerCap Holdings N.V delivered a new Airbus A350-900 to LATAM Airlines Group S.A. The aircraft was transferred to LATAM Airlines at the Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse. AerCap has one of the largest Airbus A350XWB portfolios with a total of seven owned and another 22 on order aircraft – one of the most in-demand aircraft in the world.

Aercap's Kelly: tweak tax to attract more FDI bosses
The Government should tweak the Special Assignee Relief Programme (SARP) to make it easier to attract expatriate decision makers to Ireland, Aercap chief executive Aengus Kelly has told  the Sunday Independent. SARP - which was introduced in 2012 - provides an income tax relief to people sent to work in Ireland from abroad, add Ireland risks losing valuable FDI if it does not make the country attractive to multinational firms' decision makers.

Falko Regional Aircraft adds two Embraer E190 aircraft to its portfolio from Avolon

Falko Regional Aircraft …

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 04-10-16

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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
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EI-FJW Boeing 737-8JP c/n 42286 Norwegian Air International Delivered Boeing Field-Oslo 26/09/16.

EI-FMI Airbus A330-343 c/n 1651 Turkish Airlines Ferried Loudres-Zurich 25/09/16 prior delivery.

EI-FNH Airbus A330-302 c/n 1744 Aer Lingus Delivered Toulouse-Dublin 28/09/16.

EI-FNX Airbus A330-243 c/n 283 DAE Capital Ferried Dubai-Ras Al Khaimah 27/09/16 in all white colours ex A6-EKS.

EI-FRX Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44746 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Keflavik-Dublin 22/09/16.

EI-FRY Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44750 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 23/09/16.

EI-FRZ Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44749 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 28/09/1…