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Ryanair opens new bases at Lisbon and Athens

Ryanair (Dublin) yesterday (April 1) opened its third Portuguese base at Lisbon (64th in total) with one based Boeing 737-800 and 7 new routes (11 in total) with 124 weekly flights.

The ultra low-fare airline also opened yesterday its third Greek base at Athens (65th in total) with two based Boeing 737-800s and 6 new routes with up to 150 weekly flights.

Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBS (msn 35001) with “Comunitat Valenciana” sub-titles departs from Marrakesh.

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Ryanair adds seven new routes from Dublin

Ryanair (Dublin) has released its Dublin winter 2014 schedule, with 7 new routes (59 in total) and increased flights on 21 existing routes (growing from 900 to over 1,000 weekly flights).  According to the airline,  “This growth is a direct result of the Government’s welcome decision to scrap the travel tax from April 1 and will deliver over 800,000 more passengers at Dublin Airport this year.”

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7 New Winter Routes      21 Routes With New Flights

Cologne   2 x daily London (LGW)   8 – 10 x daily
Lisbon   2 x daily Birmingham   6 – 8 x daily
Prague   2 x daily Brussels (CRL)   4 – 6 x daily

8 x p/week

Barcelona   2 – 4 x daily

6 x p/week

Madrid   2 – 4 x daily

6 x p/week

Milan (BGY)   2 – 4 x daily

4 x p/week

  Paris   2 – 4 x daily
  Rome (CIA)   2 – 4 x daily
  Krakow  12 pw – 2 x daily
  Riga  12 pw – 2 x daily
Berlin  10 pw – 2 x daily
Bratislava  10 pw – 2 x daily
Budapest  10 pw – 2 x daily
Malaga  10 pw – 2 x daily
Warsaw  10 pw – 2 x daily
Lanzarote   8 pw – 2 x daily
Wroclaw   8 to 10 p/week
Faro   6 to 8 p/week
Fuerteventura   4 to 6 p/week
Malta   4 to 6 p/week
Rzeszow   4 to 6 p/week


Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBH (msn 37526) “City of Nykoping” prepares for its runway roll at Dublin.

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CanJet to launch its own tour operation next winter

CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax) will develop and launch its own in-house travel tour operation for the next winter season. The company is diversifying after Air Transat (Montreal) decided to use its own Boeing 737-800s to conduct its holiday package flights rather than using the Boeing 737-800s of CanJet. The company will use either the CanJet vacations or CanJet Holidays name for the new division.

Read the full report from the Financial Post: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS C-FTCX (msn 29921) taxies to runway 9L at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

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Ryanair opens its Brussels Zaventem base, adds more flights from London’s Stansted Airport

Ryanair (Dublin) on February 27 opened its second base in Belgium at Brussels (Zaventem) with four based Boeing 737-800s. The ultra low-fare airline will operate to 10 destinations (Alicante, Barcelona, Ibiza, Lisbon, Malaga, Palma, Porto, Rome, Valencia and Venice) with 200 weekly flights.

In other news, the carrier on February 26 added extra flights on nine London Stansted routes to Bologna, Dublin, Lanzarote, Marrakech, Paphos, Riga, Salzburg, Santiago and Tours.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EVV (msn 40314) with special “Krakow and Malopolska” sub-titles departs from the lunar-like landscape of Tenerife (Sur) in the Canary Islands.

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Ryanair to add more routes and flights from Dublin

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced extra flights on four Dublin routes to Barcelona, Faro, Nice and Beauvais (near Paris), offering passengers even greater choice this summer at Dublin Airport. These increases are in addition to Ryanair’s 9 new Dublin routes to Almeria, Bari, Basel, Bucharest, Chania, Comiso, Lisbon, Marrakesh and Prague, which will start in April, and extra flights on its Birmingham, Bristol, Edinburgh, London Stansted, Madrid and Manchester routes. This growth is in direct response to the Government’s decision to scrap the travel tax from April this year and will result in over 700,000 extra passengers at Dublin Airport this year>
Copyright Photo: Robbie Shaw/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBB (msn 37519) departs from Marrakech.
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Ryanair to fly to Russia starting on April 1

Ryanair (Dublin) will launch its first route to Russia starting on April 1. The Dublin-St. Petersburg (Pulkovo) will be operated three days a week per ShanghaiDaily.com. The ultra fare airline had planned to launched flights to both St. Petersburg and Moscow in March but it is being delayed to April 1.

Copyright Photo: Michael Kelly/AirlinersGallery.com. Ryanair’s Boeing 737-8AS EI-EBN (msn 35003) taxies at the Dublin home and base.

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Reuters: Nok Air to order Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

Nok Air (Bangkok) according to Reuters is expected to place an order for new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft to replace its current Boeing 737s. The order will be announced by Boeing at the Singapore Airshow next week.

Read the full report: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Formerly operated by Ryanair, Nok Air Boeing 737-8AS WL HS-DBB (msn 33814)  departs from the Bangkok (Don Mueang) hub.

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Ryanair to open its 65th base, this time in Lisbon, Portugal

Ryanair (Dublin) has announced it will open its third Portuguese base (65 in total) at Lisbon in April 2014 with one based aircraft and four new routes (nine in total). The new routes will be Dole, Manchester, Marseille and Pisa. The company will operate 124 weekly flights with the new additions.
In other news, the ultra low-fare airline announced its flights are now available for booking through Google Flight Search.
Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DAZ (msn 33559) lands at the Dublin base.
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Ryanair to add four new routes from Manchester in March

Ryanair (Dublin) in March will add four new routes from Manchester to Barcelona, Bologna, Fuerteventura and Gran Canaria. This will bring the total of MAN routes to 36.

Copyright Photo: SM Fitzwilliams Collection/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCH (msn 33559) touches down in Dublin.

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Ryanair to open two new bases in Greece

Ryanair (Dublin) today (January 14) announced that as part of a $280 million investment in Greece it would open its second and third Greek bases (64 in total) at Athens and Thessaloniki in April 2014 with a total of three based aircraft and nine new routes.
Ryanair’s new Athens base from April 2014 will deliver:
·2 based aircraft
·6 new routes to Chania, London, Milan, Paphos, Rhodes & Thessaloniki
·154 weekly flights
·Over 1.2m new passengers p.a. at Athens
·Over 1,200* jobs sustained at Athens
Ryanair will grow at Thessaloniki as follows:
·1 based aircraft
·3 new routes: Athens, Pisa & Warsaw (16 in total)
·212 weekly flights
·Over 1.6m pax p.a
·Over 1,600* “on site” jobs
Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS WL EI-DYX (msn 37517) with Comunitat Valenciana promotional markings climbs away from Nantes.
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Ryanair to appeal the UKCC final report concerning Aer Lingus

Ryanair (Dublin) will appeal the UK Competition Commission (UKCC) final report concerning Ryanair’s 29.8 percent share of Aer Lingus (Dublin) and its effort to acquire a controlling share. Based on this decision the Irish ultra low-fare carrier has been shopping its share to other carriers but so far there are no takers. Here is the statement by the flamboyant airline:

Ryanair has confirmed that it will appeal the UK Competition Commission (UKCC) final report which wrongly found that Ryanair, through its 7 year old minority (29.8%) shareholding in Aer Lingus, “had led or may be expected to lead to a substantial lessening of competition between the airlines on routes between Great Britain and Ireland”. This baseless claim is manifestly disproven by 7 years of evidence and by the European Commission’s recent (Feb 2013) ruling that competition between Ryanair and Aer Lingus has “intensified” since 2007.

Under EU law, the UKCC has a duty of sincere cooperation with the EU, and cannot contradict or reach different conclusions to the European Commission’s findings. Inexplicably, today’s report by the UKCC infringes this legal duty by ignoring and contradicting the recent findings of the European Commission that:

“Aer Lingus and Ryanair compete on a greater number of routes compared to the 2007 Decision”, “there is significant competitive interaction between the Parties”, and“evidence collected by the Commission in the market investigation has also confirmed that the competitive relationship between Ryanair and Aer Lingus has at least persisted, if not increased, since 2007”.

In addition, the UKCC has inexplicably dismissed Ryanair’s unprecedented remedies package which comprehensively addressed the UKCC’s three invented “concerns”. For example, the UKCC rejected Ryanair’s offer to unconditionally sell its minority stake to any other airline that makes a bid for Aer Lingus and obtains acceptances from 50.1% of Aer Lingus’ shareholders. Ryanair also offered to support Aer Lingus’ rights issues and any disposal of Aer Lingus’ Heathrow slots, but these simple and effective remedies were also rejected by the UKCC.

The UKCC’s manifestly unjust ruling demonstrates that it did not conduct any fair investigation and that it has now merely announced what was its pre-determined conclusion. Ryanair will appeal the UKCC’s unlawful ruling to the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal. In any event, until the completion of Ryanair’s appeal to the EU courts against the European Commission’s February 2013 prohibition decision, the CC cannot lawfully impose any remedies on Ryanair.

Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“This report by the UKCC is bizarre and manifestly wrong but also entirely expected. From the first meeting with the UKCC it has been clear to us that Simon Polito’s and Roger Davis’ minds had been made up in advance and no truth or evidence was going to get in the way of their story. This prejudicial approach to an Irish airline is very disturbing, coming from an English government body that regards itself a model competition authority.

Polito’s and Davis’ ignoring of evidence, their conduct of a manifestly unfair investigation, their omission of all the substantial body of evidence that conclusively disproves their case, and their rejection of Ryanair’s unprecedented undertakings (which patently address their three invented future concerns), all in a misguided pursuit of their pre-determined conclusion, demonstrate that this process was not a competition investigation but merely a corrupt and politically biased charade.

While Ryanair is one of the UK’s largest airlines, Aer Lingus has a tiny presence in the UK, serving just 6 routes to the Republic of Ireland, a traffic base that has declined over the past 3 years and now accounts for less than 1% of all UK air traffic. This case, involving two Irish airlines where one (Aer Lingus) accounts for less than 1% of the UK’s total air traffic and concerns very few UK consumers, is yet another enormous waste of UK taxpayer resources from a body which took no action whatsoever when the two main UK airlines (BA and bmi) merged. It would appear to be a case of one rule for the UK airlines but an invented set of rules for two Irish airlines.

In February 2013 the European Commission found that competition between Ryanair and Aer Lingus has “intensified” since 2007. The UKCC’s failure to accept this finding is a breach of its legal duty of sincere cooperation between the UK and the EU competition authorities and will form the basis for Ryanair’s appeal against this bizarre and manifestly unsound ruling, which our lawyers will lodge with the Competition Appeal Tribunal in the coming weeks.”

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DLO (msn 34178) with “Bye Bye EasyJet” sub-titles approaches the London (Stansted) for landing.

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Ryanair to close its Marseille base in January due to French taxes

Ryanair (Dublin) will close its Marseille base in January due to French taxes and social insurance requirements. Ryanair considers its employees to be Irish employees while French authorities consider the employees to be under French law. 13 routes will be dropped.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHJ (msn 33819) lands at Bournemouth.

Ryanair is forced to cancel over 300 flights in Spain yesterday

Ryanair (Dublin) cancelled over 300 flights to and from and also in Spain yesterday.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-CSA (msn 29916) is pictured arriving at the Stansted Airport hub.

Blue Air is operating YR-BIB for Travel Service Airlines

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten.

Blue Air (Bucharest) is operating it Boeing 737-8AS YR-BIB (msn 29926) for Travel Service Airlines (Prgue), creating this interesting hybrid livery.

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. YR-BIB prepares to depart from Madrid.

Michael O’Leary: Ryanair could buy up to 300 aircraft

Ryanair (Dublin) which pulled out of negotiations with Boeing for 200 aircraft, is back in the news with its CEO (Michael O’Leary) saying the company may be in the market this time for up to 300 aircraft (assuming the price is right).

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Copyright Photo: Lucio Alfieri. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCL (msn 33806) visits Bologna in the Boeing colors.

Ryanair’s quarterly profits slips to $121 million

Ryanair (Dublin) saw its fiscal first quarter net profit slip to $121 million due mainly to airspace closures due to volcanic ash.

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Copyright Photo: Boeing 737-8AS EI-CSA (msn 29916) approaches the Stansted Airport hub and use to promote Scotland. It has since gone on to VARIG (2nd) as PR-VBA.

Ryanair to cut Dublin winter capacity by 15%

Ryanair (Dublin) will cut its winter capacity at Dubin by 15% and reduced the number of based aircraft from 14 to 12.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Now gone to VARIG, Boeing 737-8AS EI-CSC (msn 29918) in the unique Cable & Wireless logojet scheme, prepares to land at London (Stansted).

Ryanair to cut UK winter operations by 16%

Ryanair (Dublin) plans to cut United Kingdon winter capacity because of the British government’s departure tax and high airport charges, resulting in a loss of 200 Ryanair jobs at Stansted airport according to this report in the WSJ.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHJ (msn 33819) prepares to land at Bournemouth.

GOL announces IATA membership

GOL Linhas Aereas Inteligentes S.A. (Sao Paulo), the parent of GOL Transportes Aereas and VARIG (2nd) (VRG Linhas Aereas), announced yesterday (June 2) that it has joined the International Air Transport Association (IATA) as an active meber. IATA is an international trade body, representing approximately 230 airlines, comprising 93% of scheduled international air traffic.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. VARIG’s Boeing 737-8AS PR-VBA (msn 29916) climbs away from the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos) base.

Ryanair reverts to a profit, declares its first dividend

Ryanair (Dublin) will pay its first dividend after reporting a yearly profit because of declining fuel costs. The company reported net income of $370 million for its fiscal year through March 31.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DAO (msn 33550) “Pride of Scotland” prepares to taxi from the gate at Stansted Airport.

Ryanair announces its newest base at Barcelona

Ryanair (Dublin) announced it will open its 42nd base at Barcelona (El Prat) in September 2010 with vive based aircraft and 20 routes.

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Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Ryanair’s Boeing 737-8AS EI-DCJ (msn 33564) taxies at beautiful Salzburg.

Ryanair promotes Costa Daurada on Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHX

Ryanair (Dublin) is promoting Costa Daurada with special markings on its Boeing 737-8AS EI-DHX (msn 33585).

The Costa Daurada (Golden Coast) is a 216 kilometers long coastline located on the coast of Catalonia, Spain, in the comarques of Baix Penedès, Tarragonès, Baix Camp and Baix Ebre. It is an important tourism area of Spain.

Copyright Photo: James Mepsted.

Ethiopian Airlines officials are not happy with ET-ANB crash investigation

Ethiopian Airlines’ (Addis Ababa) according to Jimma Times CEO Girma Wake is not happy with on-going investigation of the January 15 crash of Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935). According to this published report, the CEO accused Lebanese authorities on Wednesday (February 24) of making misleading comments on the cause of flight ET 409 crash on January 25 shortly after taking off from Beirut. The airline officials are dismissing reports of sabotage and the blaming of the flight crew for not following instructions by Lebanese Air Traffic Control (ATC).

According to this published report in the Jimma Times, the Lebanese newspaper As-Safir, claims to have seen findings by the disaster investigators, suggesting that the Ethiopian pilot lost control of the plane moments before it plunged into the sea off the coast of Naameh, south of Beirut.

According to As-Safir, the preliminary report allegedly states “Navigation authorities in Rafik Hariri International Airport and other Lebanese authorities were freed from responsibility. The crash was attributed to a ‘human error committed inside the cockpit’.”

Here is the full article:


Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. Ex-Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935) is pictured on approach at Dubai before the tragic accident.

Ethiopian pilot was unable to follow ATC directions, made a sharp turn and plunged into the sea

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Another picture of the ill-fated ex-Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935) landing at Dubai right before sunset in the desert.

Ethiopian Airlines’ (Addis Ababa) crash yesterday morning in Beirut is becoming a mystery. The pilot in command of the aircraft was unable to follow flight instructions from ATC and made a sharp turn before plunging into the Mediterranean Sea.

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Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB crashes into the sea off of Lebabnon

Copyright Photo: Jay Selman. ET-ANB arrives at Dubai before the crash.

Ethiopian Airlines (Addis Ababa) tragically lost its ex-Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS ET-ANB (msn 29935, ex EI-CSW) this morning (January 25) off the coast of Lebanon (not newly-acquired ET-AMZ). ET-ANB was built in 2002 and was delivered to Ethiopian on September 12, 2009. Flight ET 409 had just departed Beirut en route to Addis Ababa with 90 passengers and crew on board. There were reports of thunderstorms in the area. Search crews are looking for debris and any possible survivors.

Ethiopian issued this initial press release:

07:02 AM – Local Time

Ethiopian flight ET-409 scheduled to operate from Beirut to Addis Ababa on January 25th lost contact with the Lebanese air controllers shortly after take off. The flight departed at 02:35 Lebanese time from Beirut International Airport.

Flight ET-409 carries 82 passenger plus 8 Ethiopian Crew members. Out of the total passengers 23 are Ethiopian, 51 Lebanese, 1 Turkish, 1 French, 2 British, 1 Russian, 1 Canadian, 1 Syrian, 1 Iraqi nationals.

A team is already working on gathering all pertinent information. An investigative team has already been dispatched to the scene and we will release further information as further updates are received.

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Ryanair will drop Basel/Mulhouse

Ryanair (Dublin) will leave Basel/Mulhouse and drop its six routes over a dispute over airport fees. The Irish carrier was demanding the airport drop its rates.

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Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best.

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VARIG to add Aruba on October 4

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi.  Please click on photo for more photos.

Copyright Photo: Marcelo F. De Biasi. Please click on photo for more photos.

VARIG (2nd) (VRG Linhas Aereas) (subsidiary of Gol Linhas Aereas Inteligentes) (Sao Paulo) will add Aruba and the Sao Paulo (Guarulhos)-Aruba route via Caracas each Sunday effective October 4. The new route will be flown with Boeing 737-800s.

Press release:


Ryanair supports Irish membership in the EU


Normally using its aircraft as protest surfaces, Ryanair has selected its Boeing 737-8AS EI-EFP (msn 37540) to add a "Ryanair says Yes to Europe" banner and "Vote Yes" decal.  EI-EFP is pictured at Dublin.  Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli.

Normally using its aircraft as protest surfaces, Ryanair has selected its Boeing 737-8AS EI-EFP (msn 37540) to add a "Ryanair says Yes to Europe" banner and "Vote Yes" decal. EI-EFP is pictured at Dublin. Copyright Photo: Marco Finelli.

Ryanair (Dublin) is supporting a positive vote on October 2 for Ireland to approve the Lisbon Treaty. A yes vote would bring European Union membership to Ireland, joining 26 other member countries.


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Ryanair takes on Jet2.com’s home base


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Ryanair (Dublin) has decided to add more routes from Leeds/Bradford, the home of rival low-cost carrier Jet2.com. Two Boeing 737-800s will be based at LBA. Ryanair will now serve 8 of 14 routes from LBA currently operated by Jet2.com.

Ryanair’s EI-CST to go to CanJet Airlines


Boeing 737-8AS EI-CST is pictured at AMS after repainting before heading west to Lasham and finally Canada.  Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Boeing 737-8AS EI-CST is pictured at AMS after repainting before heading west to Lasham and finally Canada. Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems.

Ryanair’s (Dublin) Boeing 737-8AS EI-CST (msn 29933) has been retired and it is now going to CanJet Airlines (2nd) (Halifax). This airliner was repainted at Amsterdam and was ferried to Lasham on March 19 for further work before delivery.

Ryanair adds routes from Memmingen/Charleroi


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Ryanair (Dublin) in April will add seven new routes from Memmingen (Munich West). The new routes include flights to Alghero, Alicante, Dublin, Girona (near Barcelona), London (Stansted), Pisa and Reus (near Barcelona). The company will also add another Boeing 737-800 based at Charleroi (near Brussels) (total now eight) in order to add four new routes (total now 43) to Brindisi, La Rochelle, Palma de Mallorca and Turin (Turino). The pilots of Ryanair also agreed to a pay freeze for the next 12 months.