Published on October 21st, 2016 | by Trevor Buckley


Daily Aviation Brief – 21/10/2016

Aircraft Update:

EI-EFS Boeing 737-8AS c/n 3021 Ryanair Ferried Glasgow Prestwick-Dublin 20/10/16 in basic colours on return to lessor SMBC Aviation.

Global Aviation News:

Air New Zealand defends Australia-USA transit market as Qantas plans further USA growth with 787-9s

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Air New Zealand sells out of Virgin Australia

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American airlines can no longer ignore cheap European rivals on transatlantic routes

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Avianca Brasil Sued Over Missed Payments on Leased Jetliner

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Chinese long haul secondary city air routes: BA’s Chengdu exit does not reflect the broader market

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DOT’s new “competition” rules for US airlines have nothing to do with competition

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Hawaiian Airlines: cost creep casts a slight shadow over a favourable PRASM performance

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IATA predicts eastward shift in global operations as China, India, Indonesia and Vietnam rise

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Iberia to Offer New Premium Economy Class on 37 of its Long-haul Aircraft

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JetBlue wants to fly to Europe — but it’s concerned the US government may be hurting its chances

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LCCs in Latin America: Peru’s rise as an economic star could draw attention from potential operators

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Lufthansa Increases 2016 Forecast on Premium-Class Bookings

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Mexican ULCC Volaris makes a pivot in its transborder strategy – into more contested markets

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New report finds flight disruption costs travel industry $60bn annually

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Norwegian Air sees faster 2017 capacity growth

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Surf Air Europe poised for November take-off

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TBT (Throwback Thursday) in Aviation History: Virgin Atlantic’s Little Red

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Unloved A380 Gets Lifeline With Plan for 700-Seat Hajj Carrier

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Irish Aviation News:

Aer Lingus and SunExpress are both evaluating which maintenance tasks can be moved from C checks to line maintenance to decrease aircraft downtime

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A Taste of Emirates and the World’s Largest Kitchen Lands in Dublin for One Night Only

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FLY Leasing Extends 2012 Term Loan

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GE Capital Aviation Services Delivers First Airbus A320neo to Brazil’s Azul

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IAA Receives NISO Awards

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Minister Ross welcomes IAA preparations for new role as airport noise regulator in Ireland

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New TV series explores the story of Knock airport

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Northern Ireland politicians’ letter backs Heathrow expansion

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Ryanair forecasting 40% market share

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Ryanair Goes Digital

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Ryanair opens maintenance hangar at Milan Bergamo Airport

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Ryanair opens throttles in post-Brexit battle of low-cost carriers

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Ryanair profit warning heralds perfect storm for tourism as sterling slumps

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Stobart Group preps Aer Lingus Regional operator for imminent sale to CityJet

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Irish Aviation Research Institute Blog Posts:

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 17 October 2016:

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 17 October 2016:


Tweets of the day:

@AvWeekJames Southwest exploring alternative approahces in the engine aftermarket. Also exploring new possibilities in MRO market. #MROE.

@AvWeekJames Southwest engine spend will be $4bn over next decade.. “A staggering figure even for an airline of our size”, says Amanda Gower. #MROE.

@AvWeekJames Southwest has 85 737 classic aircraft left in its fleet. All to be retired by end of 2017. #MROE.

@news_LARA Gower: We weren’t nimble on exit plan for our classic a/c – which will retire in Sept 2017 – we made significant changes four times #MROE.

@news_LARA Amanda Gower @SouthwestAir: We enjoy risk transfer/comfort of being with OEM, which improves performance of engines in the early years #MROE.

@MROTweetUp “The best hedge for an operator against a rise in fuel prices is to have a new aircraft” @AviationWeek Brian Kough #MROE #avgeek.

@ShaunaBurnsm Arabic Conference @MethodyBelfast “50% of business class seats are made in NI” Noel Thompson @InvestNI @NICILT @QABelfast @edeld.

‏‏Today’s Videos Picks:

Airlines opposed planned fee hike at Taoyuan Airport, but travelers seem willing to accept the costs

Aviation Sector Reforms: Airline Operator Asks Govt. To Support Industry

Aviation This Week: 4 Nigerian Airlines Make IOSA Certification, Check Them Out

CAAS Aviation Conversations – Ed Sims, CEO of Airways NZ, Chair of CANSO

Norwegian CEO Weighs Impact From Brexit and U.S. Election 

Obama Eyes Airlines

Ryanair cuts profits forecast in turbulent sector


About the Author

Blogger Irish Aviation Research Institute/ FlI Commercial Aviation News Curator/ Voted 7th in #Avgeek100 2013/ Twitter @IrishAero

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