Qatar-Dublin is now only a matter of time. At IATA Congress in Dublin, Akbar Al Baker apparently told Max-Kinglsey Jones that the route would start next year, while Stephen Kavanagh (pictured) said it was a medium-term project: the only question is whose metal will operate on the route.
Etihad’s double daily service from Dublin to Abu Dhabi returns on June 15. The airline will operate a B777-200 3 days a week (Wed, Thur and Fri) for the EY42 (morning departure from DUB). The other 4 days will have a A330. The EY48 (evening departure) will operate using a A330 all days. The A330 will have 262 seats and the B777 has 412 seats.
- VLM cancelled Waterford Airport’s last flights.
- Virgin is ordering 12 A350-1000 to replace part of its B747-400 fleet.
- An Etihad Airways Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner Perth made its inaugural flight from Abu Dhabi. Read here.
- Dublin Airport estimated 30,000 Irish soccer fans will travel from to the Euro 2016 finals over the next two weeks.
- Emirates added a second live in-flight sports channel enabling passengers on selected B777 and A380 aircraft to watch events including Euro 2016 and Wimbledon
- Stansted announced the installation of 500 additional seats in the departure lounge, and additional body scanners at security.
- Carstin Spohr caused a delayed-effect storm with a remark in Miami a fortnight agon that 90pc of aircraft managers would like to impose a GDS surcrhagre similar to Lufthana’s. Three US senators want him to pbe prosecuted under anti-trust legislation.
- Delta are to launch a Glasgow-JFK route beginning May 26 2017.
- Russia’s state-owned United Aircraft Corporation rolled out the 211 passenger MC-21 e passenger aircraft which is expected to be in service by late 2018 to compete with the Airbus A320neo, and Boeing’s B737 MAX aircraft.
- British Airways removed economy hot meals from its longest short-haul services including Athens, Istanbul and St Petersburg.
- Ryanair announced 2,000 extra flights across its European network for the October holidays.
- Qantas is Official Airline of The Lions for their much-anticipated 2017 Tour to New Zealand. Qantas will fly the squad to the match next year as well as working with the Lions to fly thousands of fans
- Ireland’s soccer team flew to the Euro 2016 in CityJet’s new Russian manufactured Superjet SSJ100, the first flight in Cityjet colours. Picture shows John Delaney and Martin O’Neill of the FAI with Pat Byrne and Cathal McConnell of Cityjet.
- Cork Airport will reach 2,225,000 visitors in 2016 if the 8pc increase form the first four months of the year is sustained. An additional 65,000 passengers passed thorugh the airport January to May. New summer services include Dusseldorf with Aer Lingus, Madrid with Iberia Express, Leeds and Southampton with Aer Lingus Regional
- Not far from the IATA aviation conference venue in Dublin airport trade unions got together to complain about low wages at airports. The average wage at a US airport is $10.10 an hour.
- Figures from the Irish Aviation Authority show a 10.3pc YOY increase in terminal flight traffic at Dublin, Shannon and Cork airports in May with 22,485 flights. Dublin traffic was up 10pc to 18,719 flights, Shannon was up 4.8pc to 1,807 flights and Cork was up 19.6pc to 1,959 flights.
- AWAS delivered an A320-200 on lease to IndiGo and an A320 to VivaAerobus.
- Qatar Airways and SriLankan Airlines signed a codeshare agreement.
- Twenty-five pilots, 35 maintenance technicians, 43 cabin crew and 244 commercial and ground service staff graduated from Ethiopian Airlines’ aviation academy at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, now in its 70th year.
- A number of passengers were treated for minor injuries after a Malaysian Airlines flight from London to Kuala Lumpur experienced severe turbulence. Pictures of the aftermath onboard appeared on social media.
- In a bid to alleviate the massive drop in visitor numbers, Turkey increased a subsidy for charter flight operators by 30pc to $7,800 for flights carrying at least 150 passengers between now and August 31.
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