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Published on December 19th, 2016 | by Trevor Buckley

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Daily Aviation Brief – 19/12/2016

Aircraft Update:

EI-UNU Boeing 777-312 c/n 28998 Vim Airlines Delivered Singapore-Kurumoch 15/12/16 for paint.

F-WTDS ATR72-212A(600) c/n 1342 Nordic Aviation Capital Ferried Toulouse-Blagnac-Toulouse-Francazal 15/12/16 for interim storage.

OY-JZV ATR72-212A(500) c/n 789 JetTime Ferried Billund-Shannom 16/12/16 for paint prior return to lessor NAC.

ZS-XCH ATR72-201(F) c/n 108 Solenta Aviation Delivered Las Palmas-Port Bouet 17/12/16 in DHL colours ex EI-SLR.

2-RAJB Airbus A320-233 c/n 733 BBAM Aircraft Leasing Ferried St Athan-Keflavik-Bangor 16/12/16 ex UR-AJB.

Global Aviation News:

Airline ETF Could be Flying Toward a Banner 2017

Read more: https://www.etftrends.com/2016/12/airline-etf-could-be-flying-toward-a-banner-2017/

Allegiant Air faces formidable short term cost pain from pilot pay reset and Airbus transition

Read more: http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/allegiant-air-faces-formidable-short-term-cost-pain-from-pilot-pay-reset-and-airbus-transition-318731

American Cities Yell Ni Hao to Millions of Chinese Tourists

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/american-cities-yell-ni-hao-to-millions-of-chinese-tourists

American Airlines upgrades aircraft for RDU-London flight

Read more: http://www.bizjournals.com/triangle/news/2016/12/15/american-airlines-upgrades-aircraft-rdu-london.html

Azerbaijan Airlines to launch low cost subsidiary Buta Airways in 2017

Read more: http://centreforaviation.com/news/national-low-cost-carrier-buta-airways-will-be-established-in-azerbaijan-625616

Airbus A321neo with Pratt & Whitney engines receives Type Certification

Read more: http://centreforaviation.com/news/airbus-a321neo-with-pw-engines-receives-type-certification-625884

Boeing Says China Plane Orders Support 150000 U.S. Jobs a Year

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/boeing-says-china-plane-orders-support-150-000-u-s-jobs-a-year

Bombardier’s CEO Wants to Stop Selling C Series Jets at a Discount

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/bombardier-ceo-seeks-to-close-window-on-c-series-jet-discounts

British Airways: cabin crew dispute tests the airline’s resolve to reduce unit labour cost

Read more: http://centreforaviation.com/analysis/british-airways-cabin-crew-dispute-tests-the-airlines-resolve-to-reduce-unit-labour-cost-319044

Cathay Dragon Considers Replacing 23 Planes in Narrowbody Fleet

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/cathay-dragon-considers-replacing-23-planes-in-narrowbody-fleet

Croatia and Three Neighbouring Countries Unite Their Commercial Airspace

Read more: https://www.total-croatia-news.com/business/15248-croatia-and-three-neighbouring-countries-unite-their-commercial-airspace

Delta CEO To Trump: “We Should Be The Poster Child” In Fight To Save American Jobs

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/tedreed/2016/12/15/delta-ceo-to-trump-we-should-be-the-poster-child-in-fight-to-save-american-jobs/#228a2de59d98

Delta to focus on unit revenue in ‘transition year’ 2017

Read more: http://atwonline.com/airline-financials/delta-focus-unit-revenue-transition-year-2017

Demonetisation in India did not hit aviation demand in Nov-2016: Minister

Read more: http://centreforaviation.com/news/demonetisation-in-india-did-not-hit-aviation-demand-in-nov-2016-minister–626177

Etihad Aviation Group To Forge New Links With Europe’s Largest Airline Group

Read more: http://www.aviator.aero/press_releases/32270

Is The Party Over Already? Low Fare International Competitors Threaten To End U.S. Airlines’ Boom

Read more: http://www.forbes.com/sites/danielreed/2016/12/16/is-the-party-over-already-low-fare-international-competitors-threaten-to-end-u-s-airlines-boom/#7e738ef31100

Lufthansa Customers Spared Holiday Strike as Pilots Extend Truce

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/lufthansa-customers-spared-holiday-strike-as-pilots-extend-truce

Lufthansa, Etihad to Explore Deeper Links After Code-Share Deal

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/lufthansa-etihad-to-explore-deeper-links-after-code-share-deal

Manchester Airport Looks Forward To New Long-Haul Services In 2017

Read more: http://aviationweek.com/blog/manchester-airport-looks-forward-new-long-haul-services-2017-0

Monarch Air Boom Shows Brits Getting Over Brexit Blues, CEO Says

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/monarch-air-boom-shows-brits-getting-over-brexit-blues-ceo-says

Norwegian Air plans to accelerate expansion after DOT consent

Read more: http://www.travelweekly.com/Travel-News/Airline-News/Norwegian-Air-plans-to-accelerate-expansion-after-DOT-consent

Optimised descent profiles generate fuel savings across Europe

Read more: http://www.blueskyexecutiveaviation.co.uk/issue_396/Optimised_descent_profiles_generate_fuel_savings_across_Europe.htm

Pilots Who Fly Amazon Planes Suggest Company Might Not Deliver

Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-12-16/pilots-who-fly-amazon-planes-suggest-company-might-not-deliver

These Factors Show Why Buffett Likes Airlines Again

Read more: http://seekingalpha.com/article/4030585-factors-show-buffett-likes-airlines

Trudeau Plans Aerospace Announcements After Bombardier Request

Read more: http://www.bloombergquint.com/onweb/2016/12/15/trudeau-plans-aerospace-announcements-after-bombardier-request

11 Tips to Survive — and Thrive — on Long Flights

Read more: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/11-tips-survive-long-flights-164552663.html

Irish Aviation News:

Aer Arann awarded PSO tender for island flights

Read more: https://www.rte.ie/news/2016/1216/839364-aran-islands/

AerCap Celebrates the Delivery of the First Airbus A320NEO Aircraft to China Southern Airlines

Read more: http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20161216005261/en/AerCap-Celebrates-Delivery-Airbus-A320NEO-Aircraft-China

BTC Applauds US DOT Approval Of Norwegian Air International

Read more: https://www.ajot.com/news/btc-applauds-u.s.-dot-approval-of-norwegian-air-international-application-t

CG Hotels cleared for €60m expansion of airport venture

Read more: http://www.independent.ie/business/commercial-property/cg-hotels-cleared-for-60m-expansion-of-airport-venture-35298011.html

Cork-US routes may hurt Shannon: Aer Lingus

Read more: https://www.irishexaminer.com/business/cork-us-routes-may-hurt-shannon-aer-lingus-435571.html

IAG CEO Willie Walsh thinks Air Passenger Duty cut by Scottish government will undermine English airports

Read more: http://www.cityam.com/255765/ba-boss-willie-walsh-thinks-air-passenger-duty-cut-scottish

Santos Dumont: Delivery of the first A320neo to Hong Kong Express

Read more: http://www.aviator.aero/press_releases/32289

Travel Extra Sunday Supplement 18 December 

Read more: http://eepurl.com/ctZPGf

Willie Walsh addresses staff and students as part of Aviation Guest Lecture series

Read more: http://www.dcu.ie/news/2016/dec/s1216l.shtml

Irish Aviation Research Institute Blog Posts:

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 5 December: http://bit.ly/2gVdFGo 

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 5 December: http://bit.ly/2h7y8qT 

Tweets of the day:

@Airlineroute United in week of 16DEC16’s schedule update extends Newark – Dublin 777 service to 27OCT17. Frequency remains 2 daily in S17.

  

@Airlineroute United to operate 767-300ER instead of 757 on Chicago – Dublin route from 01JUL17.

@Airwaysfoodie  So Brussels Airlines will be “member of Eurowings”. How will the high standard of their L/H product and lounges fit into an LCC airline?.

@e_russell  Delta wraps five A321 lease deal with Jackson Square.

@ghimlay  .@USDOT issues final order for @Delta-@Aeromexico JV, reduces JFK slot pair divestiture condition to four. MEX divestitures remain at 24.

@hharteveldt  .@united announces details for new 777-300s. Flights start 2/16, EWR-SFO; 1st intl flight is 3/25, SFO-HKG.

@OnPointRadio ‘Air travel is becoming more stressful. It’s just not something that is a value-add to anybody.’ @hharteveldt.

‏‏‏Today’s Videos Picks:

Canadian Airlines: Foreign Ownership Rule Change Impact On Incumbents

https://youtu.be/0Qzxjesw6IA

David O’Callaghan, Head of Development, Ryanair, Summary of UXDX 2016

https://youtu.be/kIIz19LTrq4

Delta CEO: Airlines are probably one of the most heavily regulated industries

https://youtu.be/Eb2afsxdbAo

Delta Air Lines CEO: We’re seeing a post-election rally

https://youtu.be/lqTmyptJQ6E

‘Digital Experience’ has been added to the job title of Dara McMahon Aer LIngus Director Marketing

https://youtu.be/eeVE3EMq4NE

Ryanair Presents A Massive Charity Cheque to SOS Children’s Villages UK

https://youtu.be/hT8tKRbCLWE

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