Sunday, 27 May 2018

Emirates Airlines Targets 85% Load Factor on Dublin Route

Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-31H(ER)
At media briefing in Dublin this week Emirates’ Country Manager Enda Corneille has said that Ireland has been a “stellar” performer for the airline.

He added 'If I look out to the future over the next five or six months our advance bookings are 8 to 10 points ahead of last year,” despite fierce competition eastbound from Dublin with the arrival of Qatar Airways with the imminent arrival of Cathay Pacific and Hainan into the market.

“We may look at increasing frequency into next year but at the moment it’s about nudging that seat factor higher. It’s at 80 but I think we can get to 85,”

As the Irish economy strengthens Emirates Airlines is seeing demand growing in a number of market segments for adventure-seekers in Thailand and Vietnam and Honeymoon and VFR markets and leisure passengers upgrading to business product for the experience.

It's sister company Emirates Holidays Ireland launched acting independently of the Emirates airline, but uses it exclusively for flights for four and five-star packages to Dubai which will further support route passenger growth.

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Thursday, 24 May 2018

Laudamotion Massive Winter Expansion sees new Dublin route

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons 
Laudamotion Ryanair Austrian partner has announced it's doubling fleet from 4 to 8 Airbus A320/1 aircraft this winter season enabling the carrier to significantly grow its city network from Vienna to operate a total of 29 destinations.

New destinations added are a mix of primary and secondary airports leveraging scale with Ryanair to Amman, Barcelona, Bologna, Burchaest, Copenhagen, Dublin, Krakow, Larnaca, London Stansted, Malaga, Madrid, Milan Bergamo, Rome-Fiumicino and Seville.

The carrier will operate a daily service to Dublin competing against Aer Lingus daily service.

Laudamotion currently flies with nine Airbus aircraft leased from Lufthansa and is expected to operate up to 10 Boeing 737-800s on lease from Ryanair this summer season.

Niki Lauda plans a relaunch of the Laudamotion brand next winter and aims to carry 1.8 million passengers per annum from Vienna.

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Sunday, 20 May 2018

Aviofit hosts War of the Airlines (WOA) in Dublin 8 September


The War of the Airlines is a fun, but challenging, fitness event hosted by Aviofit, a company focusing primarily on Aviator’s mental & physical well being, supported by the leading European Airlines. The venue is Morton Stadium Santry on Saturday 8 September running from 0900 to 1430 hours.

The event is designed for all fitness levels, with a focus on teamwork.

Valentina Fitzpatrick Aviofit Founder & CEO said "We no longer need talking when it comes to the measures we can adopt to create new & modern solutions to our human issues in Aviation, we need sustainable actions!. My core believe and aim is to create a new training & education system within the Airlines/training structures to support fully Aviators mentally & emotionally. Ideally I see AvioFit as a satellite entity between regulations/Airlines & Aero-medical, in complete support to Pilots & CCM."

The Airline team who accumulates the most points will win the challenge, and earn the title of “Fittest Airline of the Year”. 

Teams are made up of 4-people: 2 Male & 2 Female (not mandatory).

Participants will undertake a range of events, that consist of the the following individual or combination exercises:

1 - WOA Challenge ( to be released on the day)
2 - 20-50m sprints
3 - body-weight squats
4 - skipping
5 - burpees
6 - body-weight walking lunges
7 - push-ups (wide-arm chest)
8 - box step-ups/jumps
9 - beep test
10 - wall squat
11 - press-ups (narrow-arm triceps)
12 - plank
13 - hang-tough

Each challenge is timed, however all participants may complete the event at their own pace and fitness level.

If you are interested please contact or sign up on Eventbrite.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Air Italy takes delivery of first Irish Registered Boeing 737 MAX 8

EI-GFY Boeing 737 MAX 8 Air Italy 
Air Italy took delivery of it's first Irish Registered Boeing 737 MAX 8 EI-GFY construction number  64605 on Monday 14 May. The aircraft was delivered Paine Field direct to Shannon Airport and onwards to Milan Malpensa.
Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, His Excellency Mr. Akbar Al Baker said  “It is truly a remarkable moment to be witnessing the launch of a new era in Italian aviation. The touchdown of Air Italy’s first Boeing B737 Max in new livery at Milan marks the beginning of a new travel experience for the people of Italy. Not only are we pleased to be part of this memorable moment, but we are delighted to be supporting it by leasing Air Italy with five Airbus A330-200 aircraft this year from the Qatar Airways fleet.”

The new Boeing 737 Max aircraft features modern and spacious cabins, superior operating economics and a greater fuel efficiency. The aircraft type will feature Business Class seating and will replace Air Italy’s existing Boeing 737-800's.

The inaugural aircraft EI-GFY is the first of nearly 50 new aircraft that will be added to the Air Italy fleet by 2022. This is the first of 20  new Boeing B737 Max aircraft that will join the Air Italy fleet over the next three years.

In 2017 Qatar Airways acquired 49 per cent of AQA Holding , the new parent company of Air Italy, while the previous sole shareholder Alisarda maintained 51 per cent.

Air Italy's fleet comprises of eight Boeing 737-800 and three Boeing 767-300, will be progressively renewed with eight new aircraft, three brand new Boeing 737 MAX-8 and five Airbus A330-200 this year.

Image courtesy of Air Italy

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Aer Lingus enhances Dublin Hub connectivity with new Seattle route

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200
Aer Lingus Friday 18 May inaugurated a new route from Dublin to Seattle operated by EI-DAA Airbus A330-200.  The new Dublin-Seattle service will operate four times weekly (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday),  year-round, with 2,218 seats available each week.

Seattle is the second new transatlantic route for summer 2018, following the launch of Dublin-Philadelphia in March.  Since joining International Airlines Group (IAG) in 2015, Aer Lingus has launched six new North American services to Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Philadelphia and Seattle, marking the largest ever transatlantic expansion in the airline’s history.

The new Seattle route will be maximized for connectivity with Aer Lingus enabling onward connections from Dublin to 24 other cities including Berlin, Edinburgh, Brussels and Hamburg and from Seattle with an interline agreement with Alaska Airlines.

Aer Lingus Chief Operating Officer Mike Rutter said "We are delighted to commence Ireland’s first and only direct service to Seattle, Washington State, with four direct flights each week. Seattle as a destination holds great promise for Aer Lingus given the strong business ties between the two regions making this an important route for business travel as well as leisure trips as exemplified by the high demand for business class tickets on the route to date.”

Alaska Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Harrison said "We're thrilled to welcome Aer Lingus to our hometown airport and portfolio of Alaska Global Partners."

Dublin Airport Managing Director Vincent Harrison said "This is Aer Lingus’ 13th transatlantic route from Dublin Airport and its tenth new transatlantic route in the past four years. I have no doubt Seattle will be a popular destination for both business and leisure passengers and will further boost trade and travel between Ireland and the US."

Port of Seattle Commissioner Stephanie Bowman said "More than 800,000 Washingtonians claim “Irish” as their primary ancestry, making this new connection a value in that regard but also creating links to booming tech industries in both countries and an additional choice to travelers coming and going to Ireland."

Aer Lingus Inaugural Seattle Flight Arrival 

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Sunday, 13 May 2018

EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 Aer Lingus Operates Inaugural North American Service

EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 Aer Lingus 
EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 c/n 441 Aer Lingus named 'St Beineon' today Sunday 13 May operated its Inaugural North American service as EIN119 from Dublin to Washington Dulles departing at 1339 Local.

This summer season the carrier will operate it's largest ever Airbus A330 operation on the North Atlantic with a 13 fleet consisting of 5 A330-200s and 8  A330-300s in a two class configuration on a growing North American network also on seasonal sun routes to Faro and Malaga.

A330-200 Fleet List:

EI-DAA Airbus A330-202 c/n 397
EI-DUO Airbus A330-202 c/n 841
EI-EWR Airbus A330-202 c/n 330
EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 c/n 441
EI-LAX Airbus A330-202 c/n 269

A330-300 Fleet List:

EI-DUZ Airbus A330-302 c/n 847
EI-EAV Airbus A330-302 c/n 985
EI-EDY Airbus A330-302 c/n 1025
EI-ELA Airbus A330-302 c/n 1106
EI-FNG Airbus A330-302 c/n 1742
EI-FNH Airbus A330-302 c/n 1744
EI-GAJ Airbus A330-302 c/n 1791
EI-GCF Airbus A330-302 c/n 1817

*Picture of EI-GEY courtesy of Brian Griffin*

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Saturday, 12 May 2018

Ryanair's Polish subsidiary Ryanair Sun commences operations

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
The new Ryanair Polish charter subsidiary Ryanair Sun commenced operations on 26 April with inaugural flight from Ponzan to Zakynthos (Greece) operated by SP-RSA Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44686 ex EI-FEE in standard Ryanair colours with Polish flag next to registration.

Ryanair Sun callsign is "Magic Sun" and ICAO designation RYS the airline will operate charter flights from airports in Katowice, Poznan, Warsaw - Modlin and Wroclaw  There are two aircraft in Warsaw - Modlin, and the remaining airports are one aircraft bases.

Ryanair Sun plans to operate flights for Polish tour operator, Grecos Holiday, to Athens, Chania, Kefalonia, Heraklion, and Thessaloniki. A similar agreement was signed with TUI, with 240 flights per week planned.

The carrier plans to become the leading charter in Polish market, as it expands its fleet to 5 by end of year growing to 15 aircraft in 2019, and 25 aircraft in 2020.

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EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 Aer Lingus Enters Service to Bilbao Ahead of Launch of New Seattle Route

EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 Aer Lingus 
This year Aer Lingus total capacity to and from North America for 2018 will reach a total of  2.75 million seats with an extra 177,000 added as frequencies from Dublin to Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco and two new routes added to Philadelphia and Seattle.

In anticipation of the launch of the new Dublin to Seattle commencing next Friday 18 May operating four times weekly the carrier has added the 13th Airbus A330 to its growing North American fleet.

The aircraft registered EI-GEY Airbus A330-202 c/n 441 was registered at Dublin on 5th April and entered service yesterday Friday 11 May operating an extra sector on the Dublin-Bilbao route as EIN2750 and then positioned back to Dublin as EIN2993.

The aircraft is former Qatar Airways A7-ACH on a five year lease from Castlelake and is named 'St Beineon'.

This summer Aer Lingus will operate a 13 strong Airbus A330 fleet consisting of 5 A330-200s and 8  A330-300s bringing North Atlantic strength up to 17 aircraft (13 A330s and 4 B757-200s) the largest Transatlantic fleet in it's history to date .

Since joining International Airlines Group (IAG) in 2015, Aer Lingus has launched six new North American services to Hartford, Los Angeles, Miami, Newark, Philadelphia and Seattle, marking the largest ever transatlantic expansion in the airline’s history.

*EI-GEY Picture courtesy of Brian Griffin*

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Friday, 11 May 2018

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 8 May

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Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 8 May

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Sunday, 6 May 2018

Ryanair increases fleet to 441 aircraft in April with a further six to be delivered

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair added five brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft to its fleet in April increasing fleet to 441 units. The Dublin-based low cost carrier is the largest 737-800 global customer and the largest Boeing operator in Europe. Last month, Ryanair took delivery of its 500th Boeing 737-800.

EI-GJN Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44838 Delivered 12 April
EI-GJO Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44833 Delivered 20 April
EI-GJP Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44834 Delivered 24 April
EI-GJR Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44835 Delivered 27 April
EI-GJS Boeing 737-8AS c/n 44836 Delivered 27 April

According to open source aviation website a further six Boeing 737-800 are due for delivery:

EI-GJV c/n 44832
EI-GJW c/n 44843
EI-GJX c/n 44845
EI-GJY c/n 44839
EI-GJZ c/n 44840

The six aircraft EI-GSA c/n 44841 is the first of new registration sequence.

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Friday, 4 May 2018

Aer Lingus commences ASL Airlines Boeing 737-300 wet-lease operation from Belfast City Base

EI-STA Boeing 737-31S ASL Airlines 
Aer Lingus commenced it's wet-lease of EI-STA Boeing 737-31S c/n 24097 ASL Airlines (Ireland) (Air Contractors) from Belfast City on 1 May for the summer season. The aircraft positioned from Dublin to Belfast City as ABR002P.

The aircraft operates daily rotations to Faro (EIN72/3) and Malaga (EIN948/9) enabling Aer Lingus to redeploy the based Airbus A320 to Dublin enabling the carrier operate increased frequency on existing routes.

To support the Aer Lingus operation ASL Airlines is basing a licenced engineer for line maintenance or Flying Spanner Duties at Belfast City.

ASL Airlines has partnered with Aer Lingus since 2014 operating four Boeing 757-200s on wet-lease with two based in Dublin operating selective services on Hartford, Philadelphia and Washington Dulles routes and two in Shannon operating Boston and New York routes and provided EI-STA Boeing 737-31S to operate Aer Lingus short-haul services according to operational reasons.

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