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GE Capital Aviation Services Names Rich Greener Senior Vice President, Cargo Programs

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced the appointment of Rich Greener to Senior Vice President, Cargo Programs. In this role, Greener will have global responsibility for building and executing on GECAS’ cargo aircraft strategy. Previously, he was Senior Vice President of Specialty Markets, which included regional air...

Ryanair reveals redesigned cabin interior on its new planes

Ryanair is giving passengers a sneak peek at its sleek new aircraft interior, which has abandoned the garish yellow colour scheme that has become one of its hallmarks. In a new photo revealed today, blue and white are the dominant colours in the redesigned cabin on the budget airline's new planes, which feature slimmer seats with yellow trim on the headrest, larger windows and LED lighting....

Ryanair Delivers 70% Of Irish Tourism Growth In 2015

Ryanair released its 2015 Irish traffic numbers which show it has delivered 70% of all traffic growth at Cork, Dublin, Knock and Shannon airports in 2015, a year of record growth for Irish tourism. Following the decision of Finance Minister, Michael Noonan, to scrap air travel tax in April 2014, Ryanair has continued to roll out new routes and more frequencies on existing routes, including...

Irish aviation firm ASL lands €100m funding deal

Irish aviation services provider ASL Aviation has reached an agreement to access $110m (€101.5m) in funding to help fuel its expansion plans. Two banks are providing the credit facility. French financial services company BNP Paribas will make $60m available, while Lloyds Bank Commercial Banking are pledging $50m. ASL chief financial officer Mark O'Kelly said that the agreement is a...

GE Capital Aviation Services Purchase-and-Leaseback Transaction for Two Airbus A350s with Finnair

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS), the commercial aircraft leasing and financing arm of GE, today announced it completed a purchase-and-leaseback transaction involving two new Airbus A350-900 XWB aircraft with Finnair. The aircraft delivered in October and December and are part of Finnair’s long-haul fleet renewal program. The flag carrier of Finland, Finnair is one of the ol...

Waypoint Leasing signs purchase and leaseback agreement with Omni Helicopters International S.A.

Waypoint Leasing (Ireland) Limited, the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, today announced that it has closed on a multi-aircraft agreement with Omni Helicopters International S.A., a strategic partnership between Stirling Square Capital Partners and Omni Group. The aircraft are operating for Omni Taxi Aereo, Brazil's largest helicopter service operator to the offshore indu...

Doubling of Muslims Refused Entry at Cork Airport

The number of Muslims deemed to be a security risk and refused entry through Cork Aurport has almost doubled in the past two months. Further armed gardaí are expected to be posted to the airport as concerns heighten about the continuing threat of Islamic extremist terrorist attacks in Western Europe. Gardaí are also liaising closely with the Muslim community in Cork and mo...

Ryanair Rejects eDreams’ False OTA Claims

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (7 Dec) rejected claims made by eDreams that Ryanair was preventing online travel agencies (OTA) from providing consumers with the lowest fares, and re-iterated that it will continue with legal proceedings launched against eDreams and Google in the Irish High Courts last week. Ryanair confirmed that it has a number of agreements in place with OTA...

Ryanair Seeks Norwegian Air, TAP Links As Aer Lingus Talks Fail

Ryanair Holdings Plc said plans to link its short-haul operations with long-haul routes are focused on Norwegian Air Shuttle ASA, Portugal's TAP and an unidentified U.S. carrier after talks with Aer Lingus Holdings Plc and Virgin Atlantic Airways failed to reach an agreement. Negotiations on providing feeder traffic for trans-Atlantic services should produce a deal next summer, Chief E...

Aer Lingus looking across the Atlantic for business

Aer Lingus is expanding its services to the US, carrying high value pharmaceuticals and other medical products from Europe to the Americas. The Irish carrier’s director of cargo, Michael Sanfey tells Air Cargo Week (ACW) that the carrier increased services to San Francisco (US) to daily and it has further plans for the US. Sanfey tells ACW: “2015 is shaping to be a good year for...

Ryanair Concludes 5 Year Pay Deals At All 76 Pilot Bases

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (25 Nov) held its annual European Works Council (EWC) meeting in Dublin where it announced that it had concluded 5 year pay agreements with all 76 of its pilot bases across Europe, and has now commenced a similar process with its cabin crew, after its 2 largest bases at Dublin and London Stansted airports voted (in secret ballot) to accept 5 year de...

AFTA Secures Third Major Pilot Training Contract

Dubai Airshow exhibitor Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA, Ireland Pavilion, Stand 644) has secured its third major international pilot cadet training contract, signing a three-year deal with Turkish Airlines to start training its cadets to first officer commercial pilot level. Calling the deal a major step, AFTA said its signing builds a solid foundation for securing partnership deals with o...