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Air Berlin's D-ABDI and D-ABDJ in Azerbaijan colours
Wed, Dec 30 2009 8:43 PM

 

First to depart was D-ABDI as flight BER 234P

... followed by D-ABDJ as BER 456P

Azerbaijan Airlines is to acquire four A320 aircraft, three from Air Berlin and one from Swiss operator Belair. This afternoon two of the Air Berlin aircraft, D-ABDI (msn 2853) and D-ABDJ (msn 2865) emerged from the paint hangar in Shannon in the Azerbaijan colours.  Both aircraft had arrived in Shannon on December 23 last as white tails. A third aircraft, Belair's HB-IOT arrived on December 28, also as a white tail and is currently undergoing livery change.

This afternoon's departures saw the aircraft leave Shannon for Dusseldorf where they will presumably undergo the final tweaks before delivery. D-ABDI is named "Naftalan" (a city in Azerbaijan) and will become 4K-AZ78 whereas sister ship D-ABDJ is named "Oghuz" (a Turkish tribe) and will become 4K-AZ79 after transfer.

TAG Aviation's EC-KUM at Dublin
Thu, Dec 24 2009 9:27 PM

A Christmas Eve visitor to Dublin today was TAG Aviation's Gulfstream 550 EC-KUM msn 5155. Delivered to TAG Aviation's Spanish operation in 2008 the aircraft has small TAG titles aft of the passenger door.

 

Happy Christmas and Happy New Year
Thu, Dec 24 2009 4:37 PM

Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year to everyone who has taken the time to drop by this past year ! Your vists have been much appreciated.

Regards and looking forward to 2010

Gerry

Cathay's B-HUL at Shannon
Thu, Dec 24 2009 4:24 PM

Cathay Pacific Cargo made one of its occassional visits to Shannon yesterday afternoon when B747-467F registered B-HUL dropped by. Flight CPA 039 normally operates Dubai - Manchester - Amsterdam but yesterday's operation was routed through Shannon. Pictured above, a frozen Shannon provides a suitable background for the "Silver Bullet".

Ryanair to cease Italian domestic operations from January
Thu, Dec 24 2009 3:21 PM

Ryanair yesterday gave one month's notice of its intention to temporarily stop domestic operations from its ten Italian bases as of January 23 next. The move comes as a result of the lifting of injunctions Ryanair had obtained against ENAC the Italian Aviation Authority which required Ryanair to accept what it terms "unsecure forms of ID" for domestic passengers. The original Ordinanzas from ENAC allowed passengers to present various forms of ID including AT/BT Cards, Employment IDs and Italian Fishing Licences when travelling on domestic flights. Ryanair contends that since it operates a 100% web based check in system, it is imperative for the security and safety of the aircraft and travelling public that passengers agree to produce either a passport or EU National Identity card at the boarding gate on departure. This is one of the terms and conditions which has to be agreed to before a ticket sale can be completed on the Ryanair web site.

Ryanair says that it was taken unawares when ENAC introduced two Ordinanzas on November 11 and 12 last which would have the effect of imprisoning Ryanair's handling staff if they refuse to accept other forms of passenger ID. As a result Ryanair says that it will temporarily suspend all dometic Italian flights until such a time as it can be assured that the safety and security of its operations can be guaranteed to be free of intereference by ENAC.

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Prestwick Airport closed after Ryanair 737 skids on ice patch
Wed, Dec 23 2009 6:01 PM

Prestwick Airport was closed for a short time this morning when Ryanair's B737-8AS EI-DHD skidded on ice and slid off the runway onto a grass verge.The aircraft was operating flight RYR 772 from Dublin to Prestwick and had performed a normal landing at approximately 08.45. Whilst taxiing from the runway the aircraft  encountered the patch of ice and came to rest with the nose and main gear on soft ground. The 129 passengers disembarked normally and were bussed to the terminal. Ryanair issued a bulletin at 11.00 confirming that the airport had reopened and that the aircraft appeared to have suffered no damage. 

CityJet post €55.4m operating loss
Wed, Dec 23 2009 8:46 AM

In accounts filed with the Companies Registration Office for the 12 months to the end of March 2009, Air France subsidiary CityJet posted a loss of €55.4m. The loss came in spite of a 5% increase in the number of passengers carried which saw the total pass the 2m mark. The company blames the red ink on a drop off in business customers and an increase in passenger handling charges at its largest hub - London City.

Pressure on yield saw the average fare drop by 18% leading to a 4% reduction in turnover to €281.5m. When cost of sales and operating costs are taken out the operating loss amounted to €55.4m. Interest costs and a depreciation charge of €4.2m in LCY landing slots grew the total loss for the 12 months to €64.3m.

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Aer Lingus chief predicts Dublin Airport charges will add €25m in 2011
Wed, Dec 23 2009 8:08 AM

Aer Lingus chief executive Christoph Mueller wrote to Minister for Transport Noel Dempsey on November 22 last  to warn him that an increase in passenger charges at Dublin will add €25m to the airline's cost base. The letter was written to Minster Dempsey twelve days before Aviation Regulator Cathal Guiomard announced the increase. If as expected, Dublin Airport's second terminal, T2 opens in just under one year's time the 2011 passenger charge will be 41% higher than current levels. In his letter to Minister Dempsey, Mr. Mueller warned that the increase will have to be absorbed by the airline as soft consumer demand will prevent passing the charge on to the travelling public. The airline fears that the €25m charge will have to be recovered from within the company and will now be added to the €97m in savings being sought under the Aer Lingus Transformation Plan.

RTE News also reports that the Minister for Transport has heard complaints from a lobby group that it has been repeatedly refused meetings with the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) to discuss the 41% hike in passenger charges. The Dublin Airport Consultation Commitee represents Aer Lingus, Ryanair, CityJet and other airline users of Dublin Airport.

 

A6-RJA, D-CSIX ambulance flights at Dublin
Wed, Dec 23 2009 7:44 AM

A6-RJA went tech on a technical stop !

Learjet D-CSIX stepped in when the Royal Jet went tech.

Abu Dhabi's Royal Jet have used Dublin on several occassions recently to refuel and slip a crew on ambulance flights between the Middle East and the US. The flights have tended to transit in the small hours but Monday's flight ROJ 11 operated by G300 A6-RJA went tech and was forced to lay over. Jet Connection Business Flight's Lear 60 D-CSIX (msn 60-120) was hired in to cover for the grounded Gulfstream 300 with both aircraft pictured abocve in Derek Gannon's copyright photographs.

 

Ryanair to accept Laser Debit Cards
Wed, Dec 23 2009 7:29 AM

Ryanair has announced that from January 31st 2010 it will commence accepting Laser debit card payments on the Ryanair.com web site. Those hoping to avoid the €5 payment fee will have to continue using  MasterCard prepaid as Laser will join the other forms of payment subject to the handling charge.

 

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Aer Lingus appoint interim CFO
Wed, Dec 23 2009 7:18 AM

Aer Lingus has moved quickly to fill the position which will be vacated when the company's Chief Financial Officer Sean Coyle departs at the end of the month. Andrew Macfarlane has been appointed interim CFO effective immediately. Age 53, Mr. Macfarlane has previously served as CFO of Rentokil Initial PLC as well as serving with Land Securities PLC and Holiday Inn.

 

Ryanair returns to Fuerteventura
Wed, Dec 23 2009 7:02 AM

Ryanair has announced that it is to reinstate services to Fuerteventura from March 2010 and will continue to operate its services to Tenerife and Gran Canaria after the local government extended its airport discount scheme. In mid November 2009, Ryanair threatened to pull its services from Fuerteventura unless AEI the local tourism promotion group honoured its part of an agreement that it had signed with the carrier to "promote the island". The threat was carried out when Ryanair ceased operations to Fuerteventura on January 31 last.

From March next a total of ten routes will operate to / from Fuerteventura which Ryanair expect will carry 300,000 passengers per year. The routes are : Bournemouth, Charleroi, Dublin, Weeze, Hahn, Prestwick, Liverpool, Madrid, Bergamo and Pisa. The local government airport discount shceme at the Canary islands has been extended until at least March 2012.

 

Omni Air's N108AX makes wx diversion to Dublin
Wed, Dec 23 2009 6:47 AM

Omni Air's Dc10-30 N108AX was a fugitive from the Shannon weather on Monday morning when it diverted to Dublin on what is believed to be its first visit to the Capital. N108AX is the most recently acquired Dc10 at Omni having entered service in August 2008. Operating flight RCH477 the aircraft departed Dublin again mid morning. Pictured above in Derek Gannon's copyright picture N108AX is seen on stand. 

G-DHLF makes first DHL 767 visit to Dublin
Wed, Dec 23 2009 6:37 AM

DHL made a first visit to an Irish airport on Monday when B767-3JHF registered G-DHLF operated flight DHK2403. Recently introduced on trans Atlantic operations the B767 aircraft tend to make late evening arrivals in Germany and the UK. The aircraft made a welcome sight operating a one off on the EMA-DUB-EMA route. Pictured above in Derek Gannon's copyright picture. 

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Aer Lingus to expand line maintenance facility at Dublin
Fri, Dec 18 2009 8:38 PM

Aer Lingus is to hire 96 former SR Technics employees at an expanded line maintenance facility at Dublin Airport. Last year Aer Lingus renewed its line maintenance contract with SR Technics who employed 220 in that capacity at Dublin. Following the decision by SRT to close its Dublin operation earlier this year the company had been in discussion with Aer Lingus for several months as to how the contract would be executed. Yesterday Aer Lingus announced that it would hire 96 former employees of SRT who would join a newly formed subsidiary named Aer Lingus (Ireland) Ltd. The new subsidiary will provide line maintenance for the Aer Lingus fleet. To facilitate the new operation, Aer Lingus has reached agreement with the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) for the long term lease of the former SRT Hangar 6 where the Aer Lingus maintenance and operational functions will be co-located.

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