Saturday, 15 February 2020

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 10 February

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 10 February:

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 10 February

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 10 February: 

Northern Ireland looks to grow air connectivity

Belfast City Airport 
On the 9th January it was announced a deal to restore devolved government in Northern Ireland had been reached between the political parties. The deal, entitled "New Decade, New Approach".

Annex B of New Decade, New Approach outlines Irish Government Commitments to improving North-South air connectivity working in partnership with the Northern Ireland Executive and the UK Government adding "The Irish Government also intends to take forward a review of the potential for Government support to renewed viable air routes from Cork to Belfast and Dublin to Derry, working with the UK Government and Northern Ireland Executive to deliver improved connections as a priority".

Interestingly no reference was made to re-establish air connectivity with North America following the closure of routes from Belfast International to New York and Boston post withdrawal of Norwegian Airlines and United Airlines given significant US investment in North America.

On 3rd February UK Aviation Minister, Paul Maynard MP visited Belfast International Airport and City of Derry Airport as Regional Air Connectivity Review. Subsequently the importance of regional air connectivity and the unfair burden of Air Passenger Duty (APD) were items on the agenda.

Belfast International Managing Director, Graham Keddie said "We welcome the government’s current review of both regional air connectivity and Air Passenger Duty (APD).  We again made the case for the removal of APD on short-haul routes, we stressed the importance of direct, reliable, frequent services to the main GB markets for the growth of our economy and the continued development of the local tourism sector.  If the domestic share of APD was eliminated, it would give this airport, and the Northern Ireland region, the biggest economic boost".

CoDA Board Member Albert Harrison said "City of Derry Airport plays an integral role in making Derry-Londonderry and the wider North West City Region a more attractive and competitive proposition for inward investors as well as the development and growth of the region’s tourism potential, whilst also delivering economic and social benefits to local communities and the North-West region as a whole".

Niall Gibbons, chief executive of Tourism Ireland, said direct and competitive air services are “Critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism”.

Mr Gibbons said Tourism Ireland was committed to working with all airports to attract new carriers and services to the North and believed its policy of targeted marketing campaigns overseas would help drive demand for new air routes in and out of Northern Ireland.

In the medium to long-term it remains to been seen if Air Passenger Duty (APD) will be reduced to zero to enable Northern Ireland compete Ireland on equal competitive terms or if the Northern Ireland Executive will re-establish the Northern Ireland Route Development Fund to underpin existing routes and create new growth opportunities.

Aer Lingus and Flybe have Belfast City bases and Easyjet and Jet2 Belfast International bases.

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Cityjet Ends Sukhoi SSJ100 Operations

Cityjet Sukhoi SSJ100 aircraft stored Shannon Airport 

Irish ACMI/Wet-lease specialist Cityjet has ended operational involvement with the Sukhoi SSJ100 following the departure of EI-FWF (MSN 95118) from Shannon Airport to Belgrade on 13 February. The four pervoius SSJ100s departed the over proceeding months to Belgrade and Venice respectively. 

According to NLSPOT Spotters List November 19 EI-FWB (MSN 95108) was ferried Shannon to Belgrade under the ownership of Superjet International.

Two of the aircraft EI-FWB (MSN 95108) and EI-FWD (MSN 95105) where ferried from Shannon to Belgrade. JAT Tehnika became Europe’s first maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) to win approval for the line and base maintenance of the Superjet 100 (SSJ100) aircraft, having secured EASA Part 145 approval for the type on 12 November. 

One aircraft EI-FWA (MSN 95102) departed to Venice to Superjet International where the manufacture has located a completion and delivery centre and acording to the aircraft was re-registered as 9H-SJA to Seraph Aviation. 

EI-FWA Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN 95102) CityJet arrived from Dublin 27 February 2019  in basic colours with titles removed and departed to Venice on 1st November 2019. 

EI-FWB Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN 95108) CityJet arrived from Dublin 22 March 2019 in basic colours with titles removed and departed Shannon to Belgrade on 26th November 2019. According to the aircraft was re-registered as 9H-SJB to Seraph Aviation. 

EI-FWD Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN 95105) arrived from Brussels 3 December 2018 in Brussels Airlines colours on return to Cityjet and departed Shannon to Belgrade on 13th December 2019. According to the aircraft was re-registered as 9H-SJD to Seraph Aviation. 

EI-FWE Sukhoi SSJ100-95B (MSN  95117) arrived from Dublin 14 December 2018 in basic Brussels Airlines colours after return to Cityjet departed to Belgrade 22 January 2020. According to the aircraft was re-registered as 9H-SJE to Seraph Aviation. 

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Laudamotion adds 24th Airbus A320-200 aircraft

Laudamotion Airbus A320-200
Laudamotion (Lauda) has taken delivery of its 24th Airbus A320-200 OE-LMI according to German aviation website Skyliner Aviation formerly operated by Philippine Airlines as RP-C8616. OE-LMI was previously allocated on Austrian registry to an MD83 operated by Mapjet.

Over 12 and 13th February the aircraft routed Delivered Manila-Clark International-Bandaranaike International-Muscat International-Cairo International to its new home base in Vienna.

According to Planespotters the aircraft is leased is from GECAS.

In Summer 2020 the carrier's fleet is planned to grow to 38 Airbus A320 aircraft read here

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