Saturday, 22 February 2020

Academy of Aviation (AOA) reports 2019 busiest year

                                                 
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The Academy of Aviation (AOA) have stated that 2019 was their busiest year to date, with more students than ever taking their highly successful induction courses at their dedicated training facility next to Dublin Airport located at Clarton Hotel.

Academy of Aviation founder Ruth Thewlis says “Our specially constructed 4 -day induction courses are proving to be our most requested courses. They are designed to assist individuals get their first step on the aviation career ladder. We place a considerable emphasis on mentoring our students, giving them insight into their chosen pathway & guidance on application to the many airlines, airports ground handling service providers with which we work closely. We don’t exceed 12 on our courses and deliver all training at our bespoke training facility which allows for excellent communication between tutor and student”

The training facility includes an on-site simulated Airbus A320 cabin mock-up for a hands-on, interactive & practical approach to give students and mock-up check-in desks as well as Aircraft Safety Equipment Training Zone.
  • AOA most popular Induction Courses include:
  •  Airport Passenger Services Induction (Including Check In)
  •  Cabin Crew Induction
  •  Ramp Services Induction (Baggage Handling)
  •  Flight Despatcher Induction
Later this year AOA plan to add Aircraft Marshaller and Ground Handlers Induction Course to their syllabus.

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Moldavian Start-Up carrier HiSky to launch Chisinau-Dublin route

                                                 
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A new Moldavian Start-Up carrier HiSky founded by private investors is to launch a twice weekly service from Chisinau to Dublin on Wednesdays and Saturdays effective 11th April in partnership with the Romanian airline Cobrex Trans using Airbus A320-200 aircraft.

The service 4H401 departs Chisinau at 2020 arriving into Dublin at 2210 and 4H402 departs Dublin at 0010 arriving Chisinau at 0530.

Currently Air Moldva and FlyOne operate on Chisinau to Dublin route. 

HiSky company offers four service packages basic, classic, premium and premium plus with passengers having a free snack and drink onboard.

General Director of HiSky Company Mr. Iulian Scorpa said "The company aims to import and to implement, here, in Moldova, on the Western culture example, the best approach of service related to aviation field. We intend to develop constantly, taking into consideration of course the needs of our passengers related to the most popular destinations, new attractive offers, etc".

Commercial Director Cobrex Trans Mihaela Apavaloaie said "It’s not the first time we collaborate with the team that today is in charge of HiSky company, that’s why we created a partnership based on mutual trust. Our primary interest is to offer a high level of service, analogous to prices usually offered by low cost companies. We want our passengers to feel safe and comfortable when travelling with us. I also consider our collaboration with Hisky team fruitful for both companies, and what is really important are the passengers and services offered to them".

The carrier plans to launch routes to Bologna, Dusseldorf, Dublin, London Stansted, Paris Beauvais and Lisbon using two Airbus A320-200 aircraft operated by Cobrex Trans in 180 single class economy configuration pending receiving its own AOC.

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First Air France Airbus A380-800 retires to Ireland West Airport Knock

                                               
Image courtesy of Ireland West Airport Knock
On July 30, 2019, the Air France-KLM  Group announced the progressive early phase-out of the Airbus A380 aircraft from the Air France fleet through to the end of 2022. The first of up to four ex-Air France Airbus A380-800s has been positioned into Ireland West Airport for storage, signalling the start of the airline's A380 fleet retirement process.

The aircraft F-HPJB touched down in Ireland West Airport at 1612 local on Thursday 20 February 2020 in all white colours from Dresden, Germany creating history becoming the largest aircraft type to land at the airport. F-HPJB was painted all white in Malta from 23 November to 13 December before returning briefly to the Air France fleet. It completed its last flight AFR11V on 31st December 2019 flying from Shanghai to Paris CDG arriving 0535 local.

On 2nd January the aircraft positioned Paris CDG to Dresden as AFR370V where it was returned to its lessor, the Dr. Peters Group.  Then return to lessor test flights were completed on 2nd/3rd of January out of Dresden before positioning to Leipzig on 10th February for a short test flight.

In an interview with Airline Ratings November 2019 the Air France CEO Anne Rigail reportedly said " I don’t know if anyone would have been able to forecast it at the time, but the A350 and the Dreamliner just made the A380 totally obsolete, too expensive, too big. Operationally it has always been a very difficult aircraft, you need specific ramp equipment, you need to rebuild runways and taxiways, you need special boarding ramps. I say this because I was working at our CDG hub when the A380 arrived – operationally it has always been problematic. Because you even need special training for everyone on the ramp, I have never seen this before."

But when the A380 came to Air France in 2009, it replaced two aircraft types, so on the cost side, it wasn’t too bad. Since the efficiency of the A350 and the 787 is the same, but with less capacity and more flexibility, you can put them on any route. So, of course, the A380 is no longer useful. And we have all kinds of problems with it – related to the structure, the engines. And not only now when the aircraft get older – it has always been difficult with the A380.

But when you look at the overall investment when you add the refurbishment and the heavy maintenance checks due soon, the cost is so high that we think it’s better to renew the fleet. It is just more beneficial for the years to come to have new generation aircraft. I think the A380 is just outdated now",

Announcing its full year results on 20th February Air France-KLM Group said it will take a charge of €126 million in 2019 for the early phase-out of the A380 aircraft from the Air France fleet. Adding The difference between the initial depreciation plan, i.e. an expected 20-year operational life for this type of aircraft and the accelerated depreciation following the early phase-out, amounting to €52 million.

Depreciation slopes have been revised so that the net book value as of the date of the aircraft’s phase-out converges with the estimated realizable value. - Impairment of fleet related assets for €74 million (including notably cabin retrofit projects, penalties on contracts and spare parts).

At this stage, the impact of this decision is estimated at around € (370) million, mainly due to the acceleration in the depreciation of the aircraft. The impact of the change in depreciation slopes will be spread over the period through to 2022, consistent with the retirement timetable for the aircraft.



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