Monday, 30 July 2018

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Cityjet adds two former Cimber Air CRJ900LR aircraft to growing fleet

EI-FPA Bombardier CRJ-900LR Cityjet 
Irish regional carrier Cityjet has added two former Cimber Air Bombardier CRJ-900LR aircraft following maintenance and C Checks further rowing wet-lease operations.

The aircraft will be leased to Cityjet by part-owner and leasing company, Falko. The two CRJs will be used by Cityjet as part of its current operation with SAS.

EI-GEA Bombardier CRJ900 c/n 15224 was registered to Cityjet on 6 April and was ferried Ljubljana tpp Copenhagen  on 13 April . The aircraft was formerly registered as OY-KFE and operated its first flight to Dublin as SAS4603 from Oslo Gardermoen on July 8.

Last Friday 27 July the second aircraft EI-GEB Candair CRJ900 c/n 15231 ex OY-KFF positioned Ljubljana to Stockholm as BCY041P to commence wet-lease to SAS Airlines.

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SAS Airlines (Ireland) takes delivery of seventh Airbus A320NEO


SAS Airlines Ireland Airbus A320NEO 
SAS Airlines (Ireland) has taken delivery of it's seventh Airbus A32NEO. The aircraft EI-SIG  Airbus A320-251N c/n 8333 on 26 August to Stockholm Arlanda from Airbus in Hamburg Finkenwerder.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24 EI-SIG operated it's first revenue service as SAS533 from Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow the next day (27 July).

According to a further two Airbus A320NEO aircraft are in production for SAS Airlines (Ireland) D-AUBQ Airbus A320-251N c/n 8350 to be registered as EI-SIG upon delivery and D-AVVP Airbus A320-251N c/n 8404 to be registered as EI-SII.

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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Bombardier CRJ900 demonstrator visits Dublin for Cityjet

Image courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace
On the afternoon of Thursday 19 July C-GIAU Bombardier CRJ900 c/n 15243 Bombardier Aerospace touched at Dublin Airport in full Delta Connection (ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines) colours from the Farnbourgh Air Show to demonstrate its new Atmosphere cabin to Cityjet.

Delta Air Lines is the launch customer for the new Atmosphere cabin having signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft in a contract valued at US$961 million at list price with first aircraft schedule for delivery in later this year.

The Atmosphere cabin has a number of unique features a wider entrance for easy boarding, Full LED lighting with option of mood lighting , redesigned overhead bins provide an additional 4.5” of shoulder space, new translucent business/economy class divider,  larger windows increasing natural light. The cabin is enabled for in-flight connectivity and in-seat power. The CRJ Series is the first and only regional aircraft to offer a PRM (Passenger with Reduced Mobility) lavatory option.

Cityjet operates a fleet of 23 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft on wet-lease to SAS Airlines and is to acquire a further six aircraft to enable the carrier to expand its growing wet-leasing operation.

This week Air Nostrum and CityJet have announced the signing of a heads of terms with the aim to bring about closer co-operation between the two airlines under the umbrella of a new holding company.  Air Nostrum operates a fleet of 40 CRJ family and Cityjet 23 CRJ900 aircraft which will give the combined group greater efficiencies , purchasing power and scale.

Bombardier Aerospace Belfast designs and manufactures the complete centre fuselage for the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft and engine nachelles and wing components for the CRJ900 aircraft.  Every 10 seconds a CRJ900 takes off somehere across the globe.

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Stobart Air places first Embraer 195 on Irish Registry

EI-GGC Embraer 195 Stobart Air 
Irish regional carrier Stobart Air has placed its first Embraer 195 on the Irish aircraft registry. The aircraft EI-GGC Embraer 195LR c/n 19000213 Stobart Air ex G-FBEN was registered on 18 June and Delivered Exeter International to it's London Southend base on 19 June on wet-lease from Flybe. The aircraft operated its first revenue service the next day from London Southend to Dublin.

The carrier is to add a further four Embraer 195LR to the fleet currently in service with Flybe according to website The aircraft are to be registered EI-GGA c/n 19000184 ex G-FBEL, EI-GGB c/n 19000204 ex G-FBEM, G-FBEF c/n 19000104 and G-FBEH c/n 19000128.

Stobart Air has a partnership with Flybe which will see Stobart Air operate services to Europe.  As part of a five-year deal, Stobart Air will operate Flybe-branded aircraft on six European routes from London Southend Airport and operates two ATR72-500 aircraft on wet-lease to Flybe from Isle of Man base to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Acumen Appoints Donal Lowry as Head of Asset Management

Acumen Appoints Donal Lowry as Head of Asset Management:

New Asian routes key enablers of Dublin Airport June growth

B-1549 Boeing 787-900 Hanian Airlines 
The introduction of direct flights to Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific which commenced four times weekly from 2 June using Airbus A350-900 aircraft and new Hanian Airlines Beijing service  commenced on 12 June operating four times weekly initially using Airbus A330-300 aircraft was reflected in the latest Dublin Airport June passenger figures, with other international traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East ,North Africa and Asia Pacific region, growing by almost 28% to almost 92,000 passengers.

Tourism Ireland estimates that about 70,000 Chinese visitors came to the island of Ireland last year, up from 60,000 visitors in 2016. China is the world’s largest outbound travel market, and one of the fastest-growing, with trips from China predicted to grow to 200 million per year by 2020.

Last year 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China.  With about a quarter of those people per year travelling between Dublin and Beijing.  Ireland was the largest travel market in Europe for Chinese traffic that did not have a non-stop flight prior to the launch by Hanian Airlines on 12 June.

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Renting WiFi: The next big thing for ancillary revenue to the travel & hospitality sector?

Renting WiFi:  the next big thing for ancillary revenue to the travel & hospitality sector?

Ireland’s travel industry has seen a remarkable growth for the past 8 years and it is predicted to further increase in the coming years. Only within the first 5 months of this year January - May, the overseas arrivals were 7.6% higher than the previous year, with North America being the top performer.

This summer we also have seen new routes opening to the long-haul markets such as Dublin-Seattle operated by Aer Lingus, Dublin-Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific and Dublin -Beijing route by Hainan Airlines.

Niall Gibson, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said: “We are determined to ensure that tourism growth continues. Tourism Ireland’s campaigns are now in full swing around the world. Our aim is to grow overseas tourism revenue in 2018 to €6 billion for the island of Ireland.”

With more tourists visiting Ireland, the demand for hotel rooms has also increased. According to JLL’ s recent report, this year the hotel industry is predicted to increase the room supply to 6% with investment building new hotels across the country worth of €500 million in 2018 alone.

It is clear that the hospitality industry experiences a positive look but in order to further continue its positive growth the industry needs to stay competitive for ways of improving a tourist’s experience which will ultimately bring them back to Ireland in the years to come.                                           

Ancillary revenue – Thinking beyond rooms

Ancillary revenue proves to be a strong driving force for improving customer experience to the global airline industry, with a generated value of over $50 billion in 2016.

The hospitality industry such as hotels and other accommodations need to adopt ways of improving their revenue streams similar to the airlines by strategically partnering with 3rd party service providers, which could further improve a visitor’s experience while at the destination.
Why renting wifi is the next big thing!? 

Tourists nowadays are hooked to their mobile phones and when landing at their destination, their first instinct is to connect to WiFi.

Ireland is great at offering public hotspots to almost everywhere including airports, hotels or public transports. Although it can be a convenient way of staying connected, there is a lot of friction that users still experience such as:  low speeds, lack of security, lack of reliability and often at times annoying ads.

Andreea Slabutu, WiFicandy Founder & MD said "Renting WiFi should be an add-on value service which hotels, airlines and travel agencies should provide to their customers as part of the booking process. Many local car rental providers have already spotted its value and implemented the ‘Rent WiFi’ option to replace GPS and I can tell you that they love it. Connectivity is part of the travel experience and those who want to stay competitive should expand their product/service offering". 

WiFicandy’s unique value is that it offers convenience of being able to stay connected anytime and anywhere while outdoors, enhancing a visitor’s travel experience beyond the premises of a hotel, restaurant or airport. 

Security, fast speeds, ability to connect multiple devices at once, unlimited data and the peace of mind of not worrying about roaming fees are additional benefits that come with renting wifi.  

My mission is to build local relationship with the travel and hospitality industry and enable them to generate revenue streams, while enhancing a visitor’s travel experience at the destination, which will in return help to convert visitors into repeat customers. 

Some countries already lead in implementing this solution. The tourism body in France, Comite Regionale du Tourisme, is a great example of working with their respective local wifi rental provider to offer seamless connectivity to their visitors by allowing them to rent wifi from the local Tourism Information Points across the country. This is something that I would really like to tender with Failte Ireland once someone sees the opportunity I see, especially now with the new routes to the Asian market and the increase of long-haul visitors.”


Contact details:

Andreea Slabutu - WiFicandy Founder & Managing Director


Andreea has worked in the wifi rental sector for over 4 years where she has built extensive knowledge of the market. She is a serial entrepreneur with a passion for travel, technology and innovative solutions. Her ambition is to turn WiFicandy into a software solution that enables seamless connectivity for the travel market.

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 9 July

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 9 July:

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Qatar Airways Boeing 777-300ER painted into FIFA World Cup 2022 livery at Dublin

A7-BAX Boeing 777-3DZER
Qatar Airways A7-BAX Boeing 777-3DZER construction number 41790 , which has been under painting at Dublin since 23rd June, positioned Dublin-Doha this morning as QTR3252 departing at 1107 local from runway 28. The aircraft has been repainted into a Special FIFA World Cup 2022 livery.

This is the second Boeing 777 to be painted into football colours at Dublin. In 2014 A7-BAE Boeing 777-3DZ(ER) construction number 36104 was painted into FC Barcelona colors.

In November 2013 Eirtech was awarded a seven-year contract for exterior repainting of 74 of Qatar Airline’s wide and narrow body aircraft fleet,  including 49 Boeing 777s together with a number of A330s and A320s at it's painting facilities in Dublin, Ostrava, Rome and Shannon airports.

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EI-FYG Boeing 737 MAX 8 Norwegian arrives in Dublin

EI-FYG Boeing 737 MAX 8 
This morning EI-FYG Boeing 737 MAX 8 c/n 42831 Norwegian Air International operated its first service to Dublin as the IBK1762 from Newburgh arriving 0820 local.

According to open source flight data source the aircraft operated its first North American service on 5th July from Edinburgh to Providence and subsequently operated services to Belfast International and Shannon Airport.

The aircraft was delivered Boeing Field direct to Shannon Airport on 16th May for post delivery modifications and on completion on 22nd May was ferried to Helsinki.

Norwegian Air International operates a fleet of 8 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with a further 92 on order.

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Sunday, 1 July 2018

EI-FWG Superjet 100-95B Cityjet Delivered on lease to Brussels Airlines

Credit @Elevationair 
Brussels Airlines commenced operations of fourth Sukhoi Superjet 100 (SSJ 100) on 29 June operating it's first flight as SN2047 from Brussels to Birmingham.

The fourth SSJ 100 in the Belgian airline’s fleet (and the eighth for CityJet) is the aircraft with registration EI-FWG (MSN 95157) ex I-PDVX test registration. The aircraft was ferried to Brussels directly from Venice where the aircraft was customized by Russo-Italian joint venture SuperJet International.

The aircraft is flown under an aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance (ACMI) lease with CityJet crews providing a full Brussels Airlines in-flight product.

The Sukhoi Superjet 100B-100, an upgraded version of the SSJ100 regional jetliner which is capable of taking off from short runways, with the use of an increased traction engine with a basic maximum take-off weight, optimized avionics software and aircraft wing mechanization control systems, which together reduce the required take-off and landing distance of the aircraft.

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The first of 30 Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft fuel stops in Dublin Airport

Credit Brian Griffin 
The first Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX 8 was delivered Boeing Field direct to Dublin on Sunday 1 July. The aircraft registered ET-AVM using callsign ETH9201 touched down on Dublin's runway 28 at exactly 1900 hours local parking on the West Apron on a fuel route en-route to Addis Ababa.

A large number of aviation enthusiasts where present whom had been anticipating it's arrival  on Flightradar24 from early morning.

Ethiopian Airline announced an order for 20 737 MAX 8s on 21 September 2014. The order, previously unidentified on the Boeing Orders & Deliveries website, is worth more than $2.1 billion at list prices and also includes options and purchase rights for a further 15 737 MAX 8s.

On June 21 2017 at the Paris Air Show , the airline announced an order for 10 additional Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, exercising purchase rights from 2014 order, completing the largest ever order for the 737 MAX in Africa. Ethiopian now has firm orders for 30 737 MAX 8s.

Tewolde Gebremariam, CEO of Ethiopian Airlines said "The 737 MAX will form a key component of our strategic roadmap, vision 2025, enhancing our single-aisle fleet and keeping us at the forefront of African aviation. This is a continuation of the longstanding and commendable business partnership we had established with Boeing.”

Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales for Latin America, Africa and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes said "This is a historic order for Boeing and our partner Ethiopian, once again positioning the carrier at the heart of African aerospace innovation with the acquisition of the 737 MAX. Throughout the years, Ethiopian has consistently led the way in introducing new airplane types to passengers across Africa and today’s record order signals its commitment to continue that tradition.

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