Published on March 9th, 2015 | by Mark Dwyer


Daily Aviation Brief – 09/03/2015

Compiled by Trevor Buckley

Aircraft Update:

Air Contractors A306F EI-OZJ (770) was ferried from Leipzig-Belfast International-Dublin 06-7/03/15 for painting for Air Hong Kong & is to become B-LDN.

EC-MEG Airbus A320-214 c/n 1439 Iberia Express Delivered Woensdrecht-Madrid 06/05/15 ex EI-CWU.

EC-MEH Airbus A320-214 c/n 1450 Iberia Express Delivered Woensdrecht-Madrid 06/05/15 ex EI-CWV.

OE-IAL Airbus A320-212 c/n 1299 GECAS Ferried Toulouse-Dublin 06/03/14 ex F-GTAI.

SE-REU Boeing 737-76N/W c/n 33005 SAS Airlines  To Shannon Aerospace 06/03/15.

SE-RJU  Boeing 37-76N/W c/n 29885 SAS Airlines Departed Shannon Aerospace

06/03/15 arrived 19/02/15.

Global Aviation News:

American Wants to Be Something Special Again

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ANA Airports of Portugal presents the Incentives Program for airlines 

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BA to retrofit newer A320s with sharklet wing-tips

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Boeing Has Sold Half of 777 Jetliner Production Scheduled for 2017

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Cathay Pacific selects AerFin for A340 fleet retirement

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Condor will rise to the challenge from Lufthansa’s Eurowings – CEO

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Flybe chief executive sets 400,000 passenger goal for Cardiff Airport and backs case for Wales to control Air Passenger Duties

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How Ryanair and British Airways are trying to be like easyJet

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Norwegian Air cancels Monday flights as strike drags on

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SunExpress Plans 43% Fleet Expansion as Charter Routes Increase

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Thai Airways says could sell assets to cover 2015 losses

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Thomas Cook and Fosun announce a strategic partnership; Fosun acquires a 5% stake in Thomas Cook

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Irish Aviation News:

According to Paschal Donohue, IAG and the government have a pretty friendly relationship

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Aer Lingus Adds Doncaster/Sheffield Flight from late-May 2015

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Air Astana success at Atlantic Flight Training Academy (AFTA)

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And your specialist subject? – ‘Rewriting Aer Lingus’ history’

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British-Irish Airports EXPO & Conference – a dynamic new expo for British and Irish airports

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IAG CEO Willie Walsh warns of threat to open skies agreement

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Don’t sell, buy: the State should hold on to Aer Lingus share and buy out Ryanair

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Form 38.5 (b) – Aer Lingus Group Plc

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Form 8.3 – Aer Lingus Group plc

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IAG warned of ‘consequences’ if Aer Lingus takeover happens without union support

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Minister Pascal Donohoe on the ongoing Aer Lingus saga : The Pat Kenny Show


New CEO Christoph Mueller going around MAS ‘asking the right questions 

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New Yorkers to Make History of Their Own on Knock Pilgrimage

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Ryanair submits summer flight schedule, but no agreement with Riga Airport yet

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Ryanair reveals next wave of passenger plans: Customer charter, personalisation, native apps, lower fees and in-flight improvements

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Swiss to Start New Dublin – Geneva Service

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TRAVEL Extra’s Sunday Supplement 8th March 2015 

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Walsh: Passengers ‘unlikely’ to see benefits from oil price drop

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Walsh says airline consolidation is beneficial

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Irish Aviation Research Institute ™ Blog Posts:

GA Telesis UK Airbus A321s Re-Delivered through Dublin:

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 07-03-15:

New routes for Dublin Airport For Summer 2015:

Ryanair takes delivery of nine Boeing 737-800’s increasing fleet to 306 aircraft:

Twitter Who To Follow in Ireland’s Aviation, Tourism and Travel Industries:

Tweets of the day:

@airlineroute Eurowings short-haul to start service from Summer 2015, will eventually replace germanwings brand in the long-term. (No confirmed timeline)

@airlineroute Hainan Airlines is studying Beijing – Manchester route but there may be some changes to this proposed service.

@JMulliganIndo #IAG boss Willie Walsh tells aviation luncheon that @aerlingus is a “great company” that can be brought to “greater levels” through takeover.

@lift_aero US airlines could compete with foreigners. It starts with smart investment in product and delivery, not halving cashews. #paxDOcare.

@newschambers Walsh: It’s good for Aer Lingus employees, it’s good for future employees. It’s good for anyone who cares about Aer Lingus.

@newschambers Walsh: this is a company we admire… We want to build on its success, we want to accelerate its growth. We can do it better than anyone.

Today’s Video Picks:

Dublin Airport Crosswind Landings

Flight over Ireland

Vietnam Airlines Airbus A350-900 Roll Out


About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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