Edit: Credits to http://www.youtube.com/user/Cargospotter
A nice compilation of a crosswind day in Dusseldorf during this week.
Edit: Credits to http://www.youtube.com/user/Cargospotter
79.6M PAX CARRIED IN 12 MONTHS TO JAN 13
Ryanair, Europe’s only ultra-low cost airline, today (5 Feb) released passenger and load factor stats for Jan 2013, with its monthly traffic falling – as previously guided – by 50,000 (-1%) over Jan 2012 as Ryanair grounded up to 80 aircraft following the busy Christmas period.
Ryanair’s traffic and load factor stats for Jan 2013 are as follows:
Ryanair’s Robin Kiely said:
“As previously guided, Ryanair’s January 2013 traffic fell by 50,000 (-1%) over January 2012 as we grounded up to 80 aircraft following the busy Christmas season. However, Ryanair enjoyed another record 12-month period to January 2013, with almost 80m passengers choosing one of our ultra-low fares since January 2012.”
Ryanair Press Release
From 29th of March 2013, Lugano Airport will welcome Minoan Air as new airline that will start their service.
Minoan Air S.A is a European regional Airline that was established in 2011. The airline operates under a Hellenic Civil Aviation Authority issued Air Operator Certificate in accordance with the European Aviation Safety Agency Regulations.
For Lugano Airport a great news to start the 2013 in the best way!
easyJet, the UK’s largest airline, today announced 330 new permanent jobs in 2013 for pilots as part of a new career structure to provide cadet and First Officer opportunities for pilots looking for a career at easyJet.
The new permanent First Officer positions will be offered across all 11 of easyJet’s UK bases – Gatwick, Southend, Luton, Stansted, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Bristol and Belfast.
easyJet has also reshaped and formalised its career structure. This will provide cadets with the opportunity to gain experience and flying hours followed by a new entrant contract for experienced First Officers which in turn leads to a long-term career at easyJet and the opportunity to become a Captain.
easyJet’s financial performance demonstrates that the airline is well positioned to continue to profitably grow in the European short-haul market creating attractive long-term careers for pilots in the UK and across Europe. No other UK airline is recruiting on this scale this year.
Initially, when filling the 330 new roles priority will be given to pilots employed by easyJet’s aviation training partners, CTC Aviation and Parc, who are already gaining experience as pilots with easyJet. The airline expects to be creating new permanent roles in both 2013 and 2014 and will also consider applications from pilots with appropriate experience.
easyJet’s Head of Flight Operations, Captain Brian Tyrrell, said today:
"I’m really pleased that easyJet is able to offer 330 new permanent positions for pilots. They will be joining easyJet at a good time and have the prospect of a long and successful career at easyJet.
"Pilots joining easyJet will be flying on a modern fleet of aircraft, with industry leading punctuality, high quality training and leading positions at 11 airports across the UK.
"We offer a clear career path for pilots with the potential to move from First Officer to Captain more quickly than at other airlines.
"The skills and professionalism of our pilots is one of easyJet’s key strengths and we want to work with them and their representatives to ensure the airline’s continued success."
For a pilot the first step towards joining easyJet will usually be through the airline’s training partners CTC Aviation and Parc. The pilots will gain experience of the airline’s operations and build up their flying hours with more work in the summer than the winter. This also provides easyJet with a level of flexibility due to the seasonal nature of our industry.
Once they have flown for over 1250 hours with easyJet and completed two years, pilots then join easyJet as permanent employees at First Officer rank. easyJet has used CTC Aviation and Parc for several years but this is the first time for some time that the airline has been able to offer permanent roles at First Officer level.
After flying for a further two years and reaching 2500 hours with easyJet pilots will then become a Senior First Officer.
From that stage the aim is to achieve their Command and become Captains. With easyJet’s continued planned growth the time taken from First Officer to Captain is likely to be quicker than at other airlines.
Beyond that there are further opportunities for pilots to develop their career whether that is into a training or management role.
There are currently over 1850 pilots permanently employed by easyJet with an additional 450 contracted through CTC Aviation and Parc.
Going forward the easyJet pilot career structure and expected total reward package range will be:
The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) reported record fourth-quarter revenue of $22.3 billion (Table 1) and core operating earnings (non-GAAP) that increased by 9 percent to $1.8 billion, driven by strong performance across the company's businesses and higher deliveries of commercial airplanes. Fourth-quarter 2012 core earnings per share (non-GAAP) of $1.46 increased 4 percent* from the same period last year when excluding a $0.52 per share impact related to a favorable tax settlement recognized in the fourth-quarter 2011. The company reported fourth-quarter earnings from operations of $1.6 billion and earnings per share of $1.28.
Core operating earnings (non-GAAP) rose 13 percent in the full-year to $7.2 billion, compared to $6.4 billion in 2011. 2012 core earnings per share (non-GAAP) of $5.88 increased 12 percent* from 2011 when excluding the impact of the 2011 favorable tax settlement ($0.53 per share for the year). Full-year 2012 revenue was a record $81.7 billion, with earnings from operations of $6.3 billion and earnings per share of $5.11.
Core earnings per share guidance (non-GAAP) for 2013 is set at between $6.10 and $6.30, while earnings per share guidance is established at between $5.00 and $5.20. Revenue guidance is between $82 and $85 billion and operating cash flow is expected to be greater than $6.5 billion, which includes $1.5 billion of discretionary pension contributions.
"Strong fourth-quarter operating performance capped a year of significant growth and solid execution, driving higher earnings and cash flow for our company," said Boeing Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Jim McNerney. "In a year of considerable achievement, Boeing was the commercial aviation market leader for both orders and deliveries, with more than 600 airplanes delivered, including the first three Charleston–built 787 Dreamliners. Significant new international orders for Defense, Space & Security and more than 900 orders for the 737 MAX also contributed to our record company backlog."
"Our first order of business for 2013 is to resolve the battery issue on the 787 and return the airplanes safely to service with our customers. At the same time, we remain focused on our ongoing priorities of profitable ramp up in commercial airplane production, successful execution of our development programs, and continued growth in core, adjacent and international defense and space markets."
The new ATR 72-600 delivered to AIR KBZ
The first ATR 72-600 aircraft was handed over yesterday to Myanmar’s domestic carrier Air KBZ. The Danish finance and leasing company Nordic Aviation Capital (NAC) is providing financing for the transaction.
The official ceremony which took place at the ATR Delivery Center in Toulouse, France, was attended by senior management from Air KBZ, NAC, and ATR.
NAC has also entered into an agreement with Air KBZ for a second ATR 72-600 aircraft to be delivered in June this year. Air KBZ already operates four ATR 72-500s in Myanmar. Air KBZ is keen to further develop its regional network, adding new routes and frequencies to its domestic and regional markets. This fleet expansion will offer the greatest benefits to airline’s economic performance in the long run due to the fuel-efficient performance and superior comfort standards of the ATR 72-600 aircraft.
These new generation ATRs feature a high comfort layout seating 68 passengers. The spacious and ergonomically designed Armonia cabin offers its passengers new light and slim seats with improved life space, LED mood lighting and wider overhead bins.
“We are pleased to welcome the new ATR 72-600 to our already existing young fleet in line with our continued mission to develop and provide superior air transport services that will exceed customer expectations. The ATR -600 series aircraft’s superior operating economics and low fuel consumption, advanced engineering design, low emissions levels and excellent passenger comfort ideally meet our requirement for 70-seat aircraft. The acquisition of these 2 new aircraft via Nordic Aviation Capital is integral to our network expansion from our regional hubs,” added Air KBZ Deputy Managing Director, Mr Khin Maung Myint.
Mats Ericson, NAC Head of Sales for Asia, said “We are delighted to open a new market in Myanmar and to be part of the growth of Air KBZ’s regional network. Myanmar is new emerging market which is quickly becoming an important business center in the South East Asian region and we believe Air KBZ is perfectly placed there. The level of cooperation we have achieved with the airline has been excellent from the outset and we look forward to doing more business together in the future. We are proud to add the Air KBZ name to our long list of satisfied customers.”
“ATR is pleased to celebrate this important moment with Air KBZ and happy to keep on contributing to the growth of this prestigious Asian carrier”, commented ATR’s Chief Executive Officer, Filippo Bagnato. “The new ATR -600s have become very popular in Asia. We expect that the many advantages of these aircraft, especially the low operating costs and excellent performance, will contribute to further expand regional air traffic in Myanmar, a country that is poised for considerable growth and where ATR is already recognized as the preferred regional transport aircraft.”
“Also, we are extremely proud to benefit from the recognition of such a reputed lessor as NAC and we aim to continue increasing this co-operation.” This proves the excellent potential for the ATR -600s – not only here in Asia where there is strong growth, but also with airlines around the world.
India’s GoAir, ‘The Fly Smart Airline”, wholly owned by the Wadia Group, has taken delivery of its first Sharklet equipped A320 aircraft financed by ACG (Aviation Capital Group) under a sale and leaseback arrangement which will see the Aircraft added to ACG's growing portfolio of Airbus A320 family aircraft.
The aircraft is part of an order placed by GoAir for 20 A320ceo in 2006. So far 13 aircraft have been delivered to GoAir making the first Sharklet equipped A320 the 14th to join the fleet. All subsequent seven deliveries will be equipped with Sharklets.
“We already operate one of the youngest and most fuel efficient aircraft fleets anywhere in the world and the introduction of the Sharklet will add further efficiency. Our investment in the every latest technology like Sharklets, and also the A320neo, is a demonstration of our commitment to our customers and to the growth of our valued airline,” said Giorgio De Roni, GoAir CEO
“We are delighted to be partnering GoAir with their fleet expansion and the introduction of the fuel saving Sharklet. We strive to always have the most modern aircraft in our aircraft portfolio and the A320 equipped with Sharklets is a perfect fit,” said Denis Kalscheur, ACG CEO.
“The Sharklets deliver up to four per cent fuel burn reduction on longer sectors, and this translates into impressive cost savings,” said John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer – Customers. “GoAir passengers can also be confident that on board their Sharklet equipped A320s, they’ll be flying the world’s greenest single aisle aircraft.”
Due to the very strong customer demand for Sharklets, all Airbus’ single-aisle final assembly lines (FALs) will be engaged in building A320 Family aircraft with Sharklets. These FALs are located in Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany) and Tianjin (China) and will soon be followed by an additional A320 FAL in Mobile (Alabama, USA).
Sharklets are an option on new-build A320 Family aircraft and offer operators the option of an additional 100 nautical miles range or increased payload capability of up to 450 kilograms. Sharklets are standard on all members of the A320neo Family. In 2011, GoAir placed an order for 72 A320neo aircraft.
The A320 Family is the world’s best-selling and most modern single aisle aircraft Family. To date, over 9,000 aircraft have been ordered and over 5,400 delivered to more than 380 customers and operators worldwide.