Monday, 17 April 2017

Dublin Airport connecting traffic soars by 66% in March

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800s Dublin Airport 
The number of passengers using Dublin as a gateway to connect to another destination increased by 66% with over 51,000 passengers connecting through Dublin in March as the fastest growing market segment.

The number of passengers on domestic routes to Donegal and Kerry declined by 11%, as almost 7,000 passengers travelled.

Passenger traffic to the Middle East declined by 7% with almost 60,000 passengers travelling last month.

UK traffic remained static when compared to last year with almost 854,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 2% with almost 1.1 million passengers travelling to European destinations.

North America traffic grew by 14% with over 207,000 passengers travelling on transatlantic routes reflecting start of summer schedule and St Patrick festival traffic as US Carriers increased aircraft capacity.

More than 5.8 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport in the first three months of the year, representing a 5% increase, or an extra 260,000 passengers, compared to the same period last year.

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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

SWISS introduces state of the art technology Bombardier CS100 on Dublin route

                                                 
Image courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace 
Today Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) introduced the state of the art technology Bombardier C Series 100 on it's Geneva to Dublin route (SWR410/1) operated by HB-JBG c/n 5001 setting industry benchmarks in terms of comfort, operating economics and environmental terms.

By the end of 2018 SWISS’s Geneva-based fleet will consist solely of Bombardier C Series aircraft: one CS100 and seven CS300s superseding the seven Airbus A320s that are currently based there.

On 22 March Swiss International Air Lines (SWISS) announced that is to convert five more Bombardier CSeries 100s to the larger CS300.

Bombardier's CS100 which is part-built in Belfast with design and manufacture of the advanced composite wings for the CS100 and CS300 commercial aircraft.

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Sunday, 9 April 2017

Norwegian adds new route from Stockholm to Dublin for Summer 2017

                                                 
Norwegian Air International Boeing 737-800
Norwegian has announced it's starting a new route from Stockholm to Dublin on 9 June operating twice weekly on Mondays and Fridays, as part of wider expansion at Stockholm with 500 weekly departures operated by Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Thomas Ramdahl, Chief Commercial Officer at Norwegian said "We are delighted to be able to offer travelers from Stockholm even more direct routes to popular destinations in Europe. The fact that we in addition to the new routes to Dublin, Lisbon and Zagreb also expand the number of flights to many destinations gives our passengers even more choice."

The addition of Stockholm sees Norwegian operating four scheduled services from Dublin for Summer 2017. Copenhagen – Dublin routes retain the previous pattern of three per week frequeny while capacity increases significantly on Oslo route by 50% operating 6 times weekly.

On 3 February the airline's Copenhagen – Dublin route was transferred to Irish subsidiary Norwegian Air International.

The Helsinki-Dublin route is operated by Norwegian Air International at a twice weekly frequency.

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Saturday, 1 April 2017

Aer Lingus signs for Air Lease Corporation Airbus A321NEO-LR Leases

                                                 
Image courtesy of Airbus 
Air Lease Corporation on 7 March announced long term lease agreements with Aer Lingus for seven new Airbus A321neo LR aircraft to operate on transatlantic and other routes. The aircraft are from ALC’s order book with Airbus.

Deliveries of the aircraft is scheduled to begin in 2019Q2 with three deliveries in 2019 and four deliveries in 2020, for Boeing 757 replacement and new growth opportunities. IAG added smaller U.S. airports are keen to attract flights with competitive fees.

Steven F. Udvar-Házy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation said "The lease of the A321neo LR aircraft from ALC is the culmination of a long relationship with Aer Lingus. We have seen their long range fleet evolve from Boeing 747s to Airbus A330s to now Airbus A321s.

We take great pride in extending our relationship with Aer Lingus. The A321neo LR aircraft leased from ALC will allow Aer Lingus to eventually replace four Boeing 757s, and add more non-stop routes and frequencies to U.S. and Canadian cities."

IAG CEO Willie Walsh in an Bloomberg interview added "We’ll be looking to utilize that aircraft right across our network. There’s an opportunity to consider quite a number of destinations that we wouldn’t believe possible with the wide-body larger aircraft.”

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New routes for Dublin Airport Summer 2017

                                               
Dublin Airport Terminal 1 
Dublin-Boston (Delta Airlines) x 7 weekly Boeing 757-200 effective 26 May

Dublin-Doha (Qatar Airways) x 7 weekly Boeing 787-8 (1st Flight 12 June Airbus A350-900) effective 12 June

Dublin-Ibiza (British Airways Cityflier) x 2 weekly Embraer 190 effective 1 May.

Dublin-Miami (Aer Lingus) x 3 weekly Airbus A330-200 effective 1 September.

Dublin-Munich (Transavia) x 3 weekly Boeing 737-800 effective 26 March.

Dublin-Providence (Norwegian Air International)l x 4 weekly Boeing 737 MAX effective 1 July.

Dublin-Stockholm Arlanda (Norwegian) x 2 weekly Boeing 737-800 effective 9 June

Dublin-Spilt (Aer Lingus) x 2 weekly Airbus A320 effective effective 27 May.

Dublin-Stewart International (Norwegian Air International) x 7 weekly Boeing 737 MAX effective 1 July.

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Ryanair adds 22 new Boeing 737-800s in Q4 reaches milestone delivery of 450th aircraft

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair added 22 brand new Boeing 737-800 in FY17Q4 from 1 January to 31 March completing deliveries for the current financial year. As usual all 22 aircraft where delivered to Dublin for post delivery modifications prior to entry to service across it's route network.

On 21 March a significant milestone was achieved as Boeing  and Ryanair celebrated the delivery of the airline's 450th Next-Generation 737-800. This milestone has been reached in less than two decades, with the Irish low-cost carrier taking an average delivery of 25 737-800s per year since 1999.

In this period Ryanair returned to lessors or sold 70 Boeing 737-800 aircraft hence current fleet in service is 384 units.

Ryanair's Chief Operations Officer, Mick Hickey said "Ryanair is proud to partner with Boeing and has operated an all-Boeing fleet since 1994. r current order of 737-800s and the 737-MAX 200 'Gamechanger' will allow us to grow our fleet to 585 aircraft and our passenger numbers to 200 million per annum by 2024, maintaining our position as Europe's largest, and greenest and cleanest airline."

EI-FTK Boeing 737-800 c/n 44761 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTL Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTM Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 25 January

EI-FTN Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 26 January

EI-FTO Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 28 January

EI-FTP Boeing 737-800 c/n 44766 Delivered 31 January

EI-FTR Boeing 737-800 c/n 44767 Delivered 31 January

EI-FTS Boeing 737-800 c/n 44768 Delivered 6 February

EI-FTT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44769 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44770 Delivered 16 February

EI-FTW Boeing 737-800 c/n 44771 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTY Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 23 February

EI-FTZ Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 24 February

EI-FZA  Boeing 737-800 c/n 44774 Delivered 28 February

EI-FZB Boeing 737-800 c/n 44775 Delivered 12 March

EI-FZC Boeing 737-800 c/n 44776 Delivered 14 March

EI-FZD Boeing 737-800 c/n 44777 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZE Boeing 737-800 c/n 44778 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZF Boeing 737-800 c/n 44779 Delivered 20 March

EI-FZG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44780 Delivered 24 March

EI-FZH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44781 Delivered 30 March

Ryanair has 80 unfilled orders for 737-800s, Ryanair is also the launch customer for the 737 MAX 200, with 100 unfilled orders.

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Ryanair adds 8 brand new 737-800 aircraft in March increasing fleet to 384

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added eight brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in March increasing fleet to 384 aircraft , completing deliveries for Q4 and FY2017 . The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FZB Boeing 737-800 c/n 44775 Delivered 12 March

EI-FZC Boeing 737-800 c/n 44776 Delivered 14 March

EI-FZD Boeing 737-800 c/n 44777 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZE Boeing 737-800 c/n 44778 Delivered 29 March

EI-FZF Boeing 737-800 c/n 44779 Delivered 20 March

EI-FZG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44780 Delivered 24 March

EI-FZH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44781 Delivered 30 March

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Ryanair expands fleet by 7 new aircraft in February

                                                 
Boeing 737-800 
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added seven brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in February.

The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FTS Boeing 737-800 c/n 44768 Delivered 6 February

EI-FTT Boeing 737-800 c/n 44769 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTV Boeing 737-800 c/n 44770 Delivered 16 February

EI-FTW Boeing 737-800 c/n 44771 Delivered 20 February

EI-FTY Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 23 February

EI-FTZ Boeing 737-800 c/n 44772 Delivered 24 February

EI-FZA  Boeing 737-800 c/n 44774 Delivered 28 February

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Ryanair adds 7 new Boeing 737-800 to fleet in January

                                                 
Boeing 737-800 Ryanair 
Irish low-cost carrier Ryanair added seven brand new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet in January.

These aircraft no longer carry Boeing customer designation AS for Ryanair,Boeing will no longer use customer codes on the 737, 747, 767, 777 lines bringing them in alignment with the 737 MAX and 787 lines.

These changes have already been made on the FAA Certificates. The changes are effective for each respective Production Line.

The Irish low-cost carrier operates the largest fleet of Next-Generation 737-800s in the world.

EI-FTK Boeing 737-800 c/n 44761 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTL Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 19 January

EI-FTM Boeing 737-800 c/n 44762 Delivered 25 January

EI-FTN Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 26 January

EI-FTO Boeing 737-800 c/n 44764 Delivered 28 January

EI-FTP Boeing 737-800 c/n 44766 Delivered 31 January

EI-FTR Boeing 737-800 c/n 44767 Delivered 31 January

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Dublin Airport connecting traffic soars by 81%

                                                 
Air Canada Rouge Boeing 767-300ER 
The number of passengers using Dublin Airport as a hub to connect to another destination increased by 81% as more 59,000 passengers connected through the airport last month  as almost 1.8 million passengers passed through Dublin Airport in February, a  4% increase over the same month last year.

Almost 7,000 passengers traveled on domestic routes last month up 9% versus prior year.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 4% with more than 852,000 passengers travelling to and from European destinations.

Passenger volumes to and from North America grew by 28% with almost 127,000 passengers travelling on this sector in February.

Traffic to and from the Middle East, grew by 10% with over 55,000 passengers travelling on these routes.

UK traffic remained static when compared to last year with 750,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain in February.

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Air Arabia Maroc announces new Dublin route

                                                 
Air Arabia Airbus A320-200
Air Arabia Maroc is to launch a new twice weekly service from Agadir to Dublin from 4 October, operating on Wednesdays and Saturdays, as part of the call for expressions of interest.

Launched in 2016 by the ONMT, Air Arabia, will set up a new base in Agadir with a program of 14 rotations per week, serving Germany, Great Britain, France, Ireland and the Scandinavian countries, offering 125,000 seats annually.

In a statement to the MAP, the Regional Tourism Council said that "The efforts of the Moroccan National Tourist Office (ONMT), the wilaya of the Souss Massa region, to increase the number of seats for a number of years, on the airlines, point to point, between the airport of Agadir Al Massira and the major European cities have finally resulted in the setting up of a plane based in Agadir from October 2017."

Airport Coordination Ltd (ACL) responsible for slots at Dublin Airport has published its Start of Season report for summer 2017 listing Air Arabia Maroc as new service to Agadir,

Air Arabia Maroc operates a fleet of 4 Airbus A320s with a further two on order.

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