Saturday, 10 August 2019

KLM Cityhopper Wet-Leases Embraer 190 from Stobart Air

EI-GGA Embraer 195 Stobart Air 
Stobart Air one of Europe’s leading franchise , ACMI and charter aviation specialists has further developed its wet-lease agreement with Dutch carrier KLM Cityhopper.

The agreement between the two airlines sees Stobart Air provide an Embraer 195 on an ACMI contract (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) for the purpose of operating up to eight flights per day from Amsterdam, including Dublin to Amsterdam.

From the 9th July the agreement has been expanded KLM Cityhopper will wet-lease an Embraer 190 from Stobart Air. This aircraft will be deployed to various European destinations including Dublin, Munich and Oslo.

According to open source Flight tracking website Flightradar24 EI-GHK Embraer 190AR MSN 19000202 Stobart Air ex VH-ZPI is allocated to the KLM Cityhopper contact.

Stobart Air operates a fleet of 17 aircraft one ATR42-600 operates for Aer Lingus Regional. 13 ATR72-600 are operated for Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe. The carrier operates 1 Embraer 190 for British Airways Cityflyer and 1 for KLM Cityhopper and 1 Embraer 195 for KLM Cityhopper.

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Virgin Atlantic is first customer for Lufthansa Technik Shannon Boeing 787 base maintenance checks

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Virgin Atlantic Airways has become Lufthansa Technik's launching customer for base maintenance checks on the Boeing 787 aircraft type. At its Irish overhaul facility Lufthansa Technik Shannon Limited.

The last in a series of six contracted 787 airplanes was recently re-delivered to the carrier. The scope of work for each aircraft included a C1-Check plus several modifications and additional repair work.

Thomas Rueckert, Senior Vice President Base Maintenance at Lufthansa Technik, said "The successful completion of our first 787 base maintenance contract marks an extremely important milestone for our 787 service portfolio and a further expansion of our long standing  relationship with Virgin Atlantic. We invested extensively in training, tooling and preparation for the arrival of the Boeing 787, and it certainly paid off as we achieved competitive turn-around times for these inputs. I would like to thank our employees at Lufthansa Technik Shannon for their dedication and commitment to making this a success."

Philip Wardlaw, Vice President Engineering and Maintenance at Virgin Atlantic, commented  "Lufthansa Technik has been a reliable and trustworthy service partner to Virgin Atlantic for many years and this has now continued with the Boeing 787. We have been very impressed with the hard work, dedication and professionalism of the Lufthansa Technik Shannon team and the great teamwork shown between the two companies."

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Monday, 5 August 2019

Emirates Airlines anticipates reaching 2.5 million passengers on Dublin-Dubai route by year end

Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300ER 
Emirates Airlines is gearing up of reaching a major milestone of hitting 2.5 million passenger mark on the Dublin to Dubai route by December of this year.

The airline commenced operations from Dublin in January 2012 with a single daily Airbus A330-200 service and has grown significantly now operating a twice daily Boeing 777-300ER service.

The airline carries on average 22,000 passengers per month with a load factor of 85% with the most popular connecting routes are to Cape Town, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Melbourne, Perth, Singapore and Sydney.

According to Emirates demand is soaring for the Philippines and Vietnam.

The Emirates Airlines Country Manager Enda Corneille speaking at media briefing said the Dublin route was punching above its weight with its 85% load factor above company average of 80% despite intense competition with 50 weekly frequencies east and south. 

The carrier has headroom for growth by increasing load factor from 85% and increasing frequencies.

Very interesting given its geographic position from Dublin the South African market is very popular with the leisure market with strong demand for Cape Town and Johannesburg over Dubai.

Enda Corneille said Emirates constient double daily frequency with 158 connections beyond Dubai hub appeals to the business market segment.

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