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Possible buyer emerges for TNT Express airline activities

Belgian maritime group Compagnie Maritime Belge (CMB), which is a 51% shareholder in Dublin-based ASL Aviation Group, has registered an interest in taking on TNT Express’ airline activities. TNT Express is being acquired by FedEx and, if the deal succeeds, TNT’s European airline operations will have to be divested due to airline ownership regulations. This has sparked inte...

Ryanair Lifts Profit Forecast On Fuller Planes

Ryanair has nudged up its annual profit forecast, saying fuller planes would take profits to the upper end of its previously estimated range even as winter competition pressures average ticket prices. The Irish airline, Europe's largest by passenger numbers, raised its full-year profit forecast by 25 percent in early September as lower fuel costs and poor weather in northern Europe boosted...

Ryanair To Open New Ibiza Base (No. 76) & Grow By 25%

Ryanair, Spain’s No.1 airline, today (29 Oct) announced it will open a new base at Ibiza (No. 76), from March 2016, with 1 based aircraft (an investment of $100m), 2 new routes to Turin and Venice Treviso, and extra flights to a further 10 European destinations, which will deliver 350,000 new customers p.a. (1.8m in total) and support 1,400* “on-site” jobs, as Ryanair’s Ibi...

Aer Lingus Announces Major Long-Haul Expansion for 2016

Aer Lingus today announced a major expansion of its transatlantic route offering for 2016 with three new routes from North America to Dublin. In addition to its nine existing routes from Boston, Chicago, New York, Orlando, San Francisco, Washington D.C. and Toronto to Dublin and Boston and New York to Shannon, Aer Lingus will introduce three new routes from Los Angeles, Newark and Hartford in 2016...

Ryanair opens new base in Corfu

Ryanair, Europe’s favourite airline, today (14 Oct) announced it will open a new base at Corfu (No. 75), from April 2016, with 1 based aircraft (an investment of $100m), 11 new routes to Birmingham, Bratislava, Budapest, Cologne, Rome, Katowice, Poznan, Pisa, Rzeszow, Venice and Warsaw and more flights to Brussels Charleroi, East Midlands, London Stansted & Milan Bergamo, which will deli...

Sukhoi Lands Second Western Customer for SSJ100

Irish regional airline CityJet announced Tuesday at the ERA General Assembly in Berlin that it has signed an agreement with Sukhoi Civil Aircraft (SCAC) and Superjet International (SJI) covering a firm order for 15 Sukhoi Superjets along with options on another 10. Sukhoi values the agreement at more than $1 billion, including options and services. It expects to deliver the first of the...

Avolon Signs US$1.3 Billion Aircraft Deal with Hainan

Aircraft lessor Avolon committed to leasing five Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners to Chinese carrier, Hainan Airlines, in a US$1.3 billion deal, during the third quarter of the year. The Dublin-based company recently agreed a sale to Chinese operator Bohai Leasing for US$31 a-share, valuing the business at US$7.6 billion. In an update on Tuesday, Avolon said that it has delivered eight craft worth U...

Avolon Q3 2015 Trading Update - $350 million of new aircraft delivered in Q3

Avolon , the international aircraft leasing company, today issues an update for the third quarter of 2015 (‘Q3’). Avolon delivered eight aircraft in Q3 valued at $346 million and sold seven aircraft during Q3. Avolon’s total owned, managed and committed fleet at September 30, 2015 was 258 aircraft, an increase of 14% year-on-year. 2015 Q3 Highlights Business Activity &Os...

Dublin Plane Crash Prompts Wingtip Safety Recommendation

An air accident report into a crash between two Ryanair aircraft at Dublin airport has revealed difficulties with "winglets" -- the upturned end points of wings -- which are increasingly being fitted to aircraft across the world. In two separate crashes at Dublin airport, the winglets of Ryanair Boeing aircraft struck other Ryanair aircraft during taxiing on the gr...

CityJet poised to order Superjets

Irish regional carrier CityJet is close to finalising an order for 15 Sukhoi Superjets to replace BAE Systems Avro RJ85s, sources familiar with the matter have indicated. The deal, which also spans options for additional Superjets, will be confirmed at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) general assembly being held in Berlin between 13 and 15 October, say sources. Earlie...

Waypoint Leasing Signs Deals for Up To 38 More Helicopters

Waypoint Leasing today announced orders and commitments for up to 38 new rotorcraft at the Helitech show in London. In a deal agreed with Airbus Helicopters, the Ireland-based company signed to buy up to 20 H135singles over the next three years, making it the first lessor to offer the type in its portfolio. Firming up commitments made in earlier contracts, Waypoint also agreed to acquire 18 A...

Ryanair may allow small dogs in the cabin on short-haul flights

Ryanair is considering allowing pets onto its flights, an airline chief has revealed. Until now the budget airline has had a no-pet policy, meaning its passengers must either put their pets in kennels or forsake their holiday. But the airline recently suggested it has thought about permitting small dogs in the cabin on short-haul flights to Europe. 'We are open to lots of suggestion...