6 of 7 Irish airports reporting growth, Stobart’s new CEO & other news from the world of aviation


Who takes their cabin baggage down the evacuation ramp? Watch here a video by Keith Walker of strange scenes inside the Emirates B777 as passengers attempt to collect their cabin luggage while being evacuated after a crash landing in Dubai airport. The aircraft was completely destroyed by the time the fire was extinguished. The Boarding Area blog and even the Economist were moved to comment on the incongruity of it all. All of the passengers, including four Irish, were safely evacuated but tragically a fireman died tackling the blaze. It is only the fifth hull-loss for a Boeing B777 after 1,600 deliveries, two of which were the Malaysian disappearance and missile strike.

Violetta Bulc’s intervention on behalf of Norwegian Air International stirred Evan Cullen into voicing his opposition to the direct flights from Cork and Shannon to Boston with NAI. Listen here to Justin McCarthy’s report on RTE’s Morning Ireland and Listen here to the full interview with Eoghan Corry of Travel Extra about the NAI application.

Shannon and Cork reported their passenger figures for May and June. Should current trends growth continue at Irish airports the passenger numbers for 2016 will be: Dublin up 13pc to 28.2m, Aldergrove Belfast International up 12pc to 4.9m, Belfast City up 4pc to 2.8m, Cork up 8pc to 2.2m, Shannon up 4pc to 1.75m, Ireland West Knock up 4pc to 715,000 and Derry down 17pc to 236,000.

Robin Kiely, Michael O'Leary and Kenny Jacobs

Robin Kiely, Michael O’Leary and Kenny Jacobs

Ryanair reported July traffic statistics with passenger numbers up 12pc to 11.3m, load factor up 1pc to 96pc and rolling annual traffic to July up 16pc to 110.7.

This compares with 10.1m and load factor of 95pc in July 2015 when Ryanair became the seventh airline to join the 10m in one month club a club which includes Delta, Southwest, China Southern, United,  American Airlines and China Eastern and the original Aeroflot, which reached 10m passengers in one month in July 1970 and put in many more 10m months before the collapse of the Soviet Union, reaching 100m passengers a year in 1976.

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July is the equivalent of hay making season for airlines. It is a long way from the a 15-seater Bandeirante aircraft which took off from Waterford for Gatwick airport in 1985. Ryanair recently reported that their average fare had fallen below €40 for the first time since 2004.

Carsten Spohr CEO of Lufthansa at the ITAA AGM in Dublin, June 2 2016Lufthansa group’s half yearly performancecited the fear of militant attacks and and economic uncertainties for a profit warning. These, it said would significantly burden forward bookings on long-haul routes to Europe.

The airline, the leader of Europe’s largest group, claimed total costs were declining faster than fuel costs and greater financial stability had been achieved. Group revenue for down 2.1pc to €15bn. Lufthansa expects 2016 adjusted EBIT (earnings before interest and tax) to be below that of last year’s €1.8bn.

It reported adjusted EBIT for the half year was up €61m to €529m. First-half cash flow from operating activities was down 13pc €2.2bn. Lufthansa still expects EBIT to be up and to be able to pay a dividend, partly due to the cabin crew deal that will help reduce its pension costs. After a series of strikes over the past year, Lufthansa agreed a deal with cabin crew on new pay and pensions on Monday has extended talks on pay and conditions with its pilots.

Eurowings equipped 70 of its A320 aircraft with a portable IFE system designed to connect passenger tablet devices. Lufthansa Systems’ Board Connect Portable technology, which powers the carrier’s Wings Entertain IFE offering, allows passengers to access 400 songs, movies, TV shows, games and audiobooks, ancillary ales, information about airports and destination cities, and a map showing the aircraft’s position.

black lives matterThe 20 rotations between Dublin airport and Heathrow were unaffected by a protest from the English arm of the Black Lives Mattermovement, which blocked the motorway route to London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday.  The 13 Aer Lingus rotations to Heathrow daily use Terminal 2 while British Airways use Terminal 5 for their seven rotations. The protest caused traffic congestion at the busiest airport in Europe.

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IAG announced that group traffic increased by 15.7pc.  IAG executives say they are evaluating the Airbus A321LR for Aer Lingus. The aircraft, which will hit the market in 2019, is a single-aisle aircraft with about 200 seats with enough range to fly from Western Europe to the East Coast of the United States. Willie Walsh Because it has relatively few seats for an aircraft capable of flying that distance, the A321LR could allow Aer Lingus to fly into smaller US markets that do not work today. Willie Walsh also said that Aer Lingus would consider the Boeing MOM option if it arose.

mark anzurSlovenian born Mark Anžur, is the new Chief Executive Officer at Stobart Air having joined from Adria Airways. He succeeds Sean Brogan amid a takeover drama at the former Aer Arann.

Qatar Airways increased its stake in IAG to 20.01pc. It previously held a 15.67pc stake in the group.

Four Irish passengers were on the Emirates aircraft that went on fire.

FLY Leasing expects to take delivery of its first Neos in 2017. It plans to remarked eight aircraft in 2017, nine in 2018, 11 in 2019 and eight in 2020. The lessor purchased a A320 and BBAM increased its stake in FLY to 13pc after it purchased $0.9m of FLY’s shares in Q1 2016.

As of tomorrow, August 8, Jet2.com has banned the sale of alcohol before 08:00 on all morning flights.

The Israel Airport Authority announced that Terminal 1 at Tel Aviv Ben Gurion International Airport will return to full activity by summer 2017. It also promised a VIP lounge, additional duty free shops and restaurants for passengers.

Flights to and from Bali were cancelled and later resumed after aircraft were grounded due to volcanic ash from  Mount Rinjani. Garuda Indonesia, Lion Air, Tigerair and Virgin Airlineswere affected by the closure.

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747 Refresh Ground Trial September 11th 2015 British Airways Picture by: Stuart Bailey / British AirwaysThe last of British Airways’ refurbished B747s went back into commercial service on Thursday, August 4, as BA117 on the Heathrow to JFK route. The aircraft have been fitted with Panasonic’s eX3 entertainment system, and World Traveller Plus now has a universal power socket at every seat, capable of accepting plugs from England, US and Europe. World Traveller customers also have their own personal USB socket to power phones and tablets.

Amazon AirOnline retail giant Amazon unveiled its Boeing 767-300 livery.

Avolon delivered an A320-200 to PT Batik. Avolon delivered an A321-200 to Air Berlin.

Accipiter appointed Karl Ryan as VP of marketing.

Aeromexico is to increase frequencies on five of its principal international routes, Amsterdam, LondonMadrid, Shanghai, and Santiago by 40pc in the summer of 2017.

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