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Published on March 31st, 2016 | by Trevor Buckley

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Daily Aviation Brief – 31/03/2016

Aircraft Update:

C-GTQJ Boeing 737-8Q8 c/n 30631 Air Transat Delivered Shanghai Pudong-Narita International-Anchorage International-Iqaluit Airport-Shannon 24-26/03/16 Royal Flight colours but not taken up as VP-BKP.

EI-FMW Airbus A320-232 c/n 5158 IndiGo Airlines Delivered Shannon-Sabiha Gökçen International-Delhi 29/03/16 to become VT-IDT.

EI-FOZ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 44731 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/03/16.

G-NRWY Boeing 737-8JP/W c/n 39024  Norwegian Air UK Entered service 28/03/16 London Gatwick-Copenhagen-London Gatwick ex EI-FHI.

Global Aviation News:

Airbus reflection: A city earns its wings

Read more: http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2016/03/airbus_reflection_a_city_earns.html

bmi regional increases and improves key business routes

Read more: http://aviationtribune.com/airlines/europe/bmi-regional-increases-improves-key-business-routes/

Cabot Aviation delivers second Kenya Airways B777-200ER to Omni Air

Read more: http://www.adsadvance.co.uk/cabot-aviation-delivers-second-kenya-airways-b777-200er-to-omni-air.html

Cathay Pacific says air congestion and other delays cost HK$1b last year

Read more: http://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/1922752/cathay-pacific-says-air-congestion-and-other-delays-cost-hk1b

Cheap Oil Boosts Business Case For Older Aircraft 

Read more: http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/cheap-oil-boosts-business-case-older-aircraft

China’s airlines accelerate international growth; possible Hainan Air interest in Virgin America

Read more: http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/chinas-airlines-accelerate-international-growth-possible-hainan-air-interest-in-virgin-america-273147

City Insider: Lukewarm IAG will heat up as the optimists win out

Read more: http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/61052/city-insider-lukewarm-iag-will-heat-up-as-the-optimists-win-out

England’s Birmingham Airport route network begins to reflect its ambitions

Read more: http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/englands-birmingham-airport-route-network-begins-to-reflect-its-ambitions-272007

Fitch: Aircraft Lessors Largely Insulated from China Slowdown

Read more: http://www.aviator.aero/press_releases/28285

Fuel Factor: How Lower Oil Prices Affect Airline Fleets

Read more: http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/fuel-factor-how-lower-oil-prices-affect-airline-fleets

Insights From La Compagnie About Their Expansion Goals And Profitability

Read more: http://onemileatatime.boardingarea.com/2016/03/29/la-compagnie-airline-profitability/

Monarch tipped for potential sale

Read more: http://www.travelweekly.co.uk/articles/61044/monarch-tipped-for-potential-sale

Opinion: Boeing’s MOM Jet Quandry Is Single- Or Twin-Aisle?

Read more: http://aviationweek.com/commercial-aviation/opinion-boeing-s-mom-jet-quandry-single-or-twin-aisle

Uncertainty over Virgin’s flight path

Read more: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/business/opinion/stephen-bartholomeusz/uncertainty-over-virgins-flight-path/news-story/81784b5084ea539e596e0a10a0cf7a06

Virgin Atlantic Unveils Flybe Code-Share Deal, Adds U.S. Routes

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-30/virgin-atlantic-unveils-flybe-code-share-deal-adds-u-s-routes

Virgin Australia’s Largest Shareholder Air NZ Considers Exit

Read more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-03-30/virgin-australia-s-largest-shareholder-air-nz-considering-exit

Irish Aviation News:

Aer Lingus announces extra 12,000 seats for France and Spain routes

Read more: http://www.breakingnews.ie/business/aer-lingus-announces-extra-12000-seats-for-france-and-spain-routes-727410.html

Airline Services Interiors makes it a first for B757 Thompson Aero Vantage business class refit for Aer Lingus

Read more: http://www.avitrader.com/2016/03/23/airline-services-interiors-makes-it-a-first-for-b757-thompson-aero-vantage-business-class-refit-for-aer-lingus/

AWAS delivers fifth planned new A320 passenger aircraft on lease to Aegean Airlines

Read more: http://www.aviator.aero/press_releases/28307

Court rules Ryanair doesn’t owe Italy millions in tax

Read more: http://www.thelocal.it/20160330/court-rules-ryanair-doesnt-owe-italy-millions-in-tax

Governments should intervene to stop French Air Strike – Walsh

Read more: http://www.businesstraveller.com/news/governments-should-intervene-to-stop-french-air

Ryanair launches new routes from Leeds/Bradford

Read more: http://www.minsterfm.com/news/local/1935021/ryanair-launches-new-routes-from-leedsbradford/

Ryanair pilot helps deliver baby on the side of a West Cork road

Read more: http://www.eveningecho.ie/cork-news/pilot-brian-helps-deliver-baby-conor/1962869/

Ryanair to open new Sofia base

Read more: http://www.stockmarketwire.com/article/5264787/Ryanair-to-open-new-Sofia-base.html

Irish Aviation Research Institute Blog Posts:

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 28-03-16: http://bit.ly/1PByizE 

Stobart Air wet-leases Danish Air Transport ATR72: http://bit.ly/1Rwwryn 

Tweets of the day:

@ghimlay .@Avianca owner German Efromovich is not a fan of concession model at LatAm airports, says he prefers US airport ownership model #FIDAE2016.

@winglets747 Dubai becomes latest airport after Muscat and Hong Kong to increase airport charges.

@winglets747 Dubai airports to introduce AED35 (USD9.50) fee for transit passengers – first charge for transit passengers. Effective 1 July.

‏@winglets747 Based on Dubai Airports’ 2015 passenger volumes, new tax for all departures (including transit) would bring Dubai govt ~US$370m.

@winglets747 Tigerair sells two A320s to Stellar Aircraft (DVB). Tigerair will record S$8m loss on disposal but right-size fleet.

Today’s Video Picks:

Airspace by Airbus

https://youtu.be/3U1zuI9wqoA

Asean debates air transport liberalisation

https://youtu.be/c6sVreT3WYs

Aviation security analyst Mike Boyd on EgyptAir hijacking

https://youtu.be/JoL6IIZJi-I

Global Aviation Fuel Market

https://youtu.be/sx_jNh7Kqv8

New Kit Takes Bell’s 505 Jet Ranger X into Emergency Medical Service – AINtv

https://youtu.be/Q4gDADM8a2A

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