Category Archives: Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus to hire over 100 new pilots

Aer Lingus has made this announcement on its blog:

We’ve launched our latest pilot recruitment drive, with over 100 direct entry pilot positions available. Positions are open to qualified pilots, who, if successful, will join our flight team for an exciting and rewarding career, flying our modern aircraft, such as the Airbus A320/321 and A330, to over 80 destinations worldwide.

Aer Lingus Pilots Cockpit

The pilot recruitment drive comes as we continue to expand, having recently announced our ambitious growth strategy that will see our North Atlantic fleet increase from 17 to 30 aircraft by 2023. The growth strategy will see significant investments in guest experience, brand, fleet, network expansion and our people.

Over the coming years, we’ll add the new Airbus A321neo long-range aircraft, giving successful pilots the opportunity to fly the longest-range, single-aisle aircraft in the world when introduced.

We already fly to over 80 destinations worldwide but is continuing to eye new opportunities across the Atlantic and within Europe. This will give successful candidates exciting travel opportunities.

We’ve a strong track record of supporting female pilots, employing twice as many compared with the international airline industry average. We are continuing to make a concerted effort to attract more female pilots and we encourage them to apply for a position to join our team.

Aer Lingus Female Pilot

Candidates should be highly motivated individuals who are committed to delivering our excellent service and who are tuned into the challenging commercial priorities faced by a value carrier in today’s highly competitive aviation sector.

Successful candidates will be offered a very competitive package, which includes an incremental starting salary and excellent benefits.

Our direct entry pilot application process is now open and will close on Friday, 28th December.

Applicants are invited to apply online via the Aer Lingus careers website http://careers.aerlingus.com.

Advertisements

CityJet to operate two Avro RJ85s for Aer Lingus

Will operate on a 3-year lease to Aer Lingus for DUB-LCY

CityJet will operate two Avro (BAe) RJ85s (the pictured EI-RJN and EI-RJH) for Aer Lingus on the Dublin – London (City) route. The two aircraft will be leased for three years.

EI-RJN rests at Dublin after acquiring a more simplistic Aer Lingus “livery” pending a new look in January 2019.

The inaugural flight (EI284) departed DUB on October 30, 2018 for London (City).

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus – CityJet Avro (BAe) RJ85 EI-RJN (msn E2351) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 944191.

Aer Lingus aircraft slide show:

x

IAG reports strong financial results, livery change coming at Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-ELA (msn 1106) JFK (Stephen Tornblom). Image: 910752.

International Consolidated Airlines Group (IAG) on October 26, 2018 presented Group consolidated results for the nine months to September 30, 2018.

The IAG is the holding company of Aer Lingus, British Airways, Iberia, Level and Vueling.

IAG period highlights on results:

  • Third quarter operating profit €1,460 million before exceptional items (2017 restated(1): €1,450 million)
  • Net foreign exchange operating profit impact for the quarter adverse €111 million
  • Passenger unit revenue for the quarter up 1.3 per cent, up 2.4 per cent at constant currency
  • Non-fuel unit costs before exceptional items for the quarter up 0.5 per cent, down 0.7 per cent at constant currency
  • Fuel unit costs for the quarter up 14.3 per cent, up 15.0 per cent at constant currency
  • Operating profit before exceptional items for the nine months period €2,575 million (2017 restated(1): €2,400 million), up 7.3 per cent
  • Completion of second €500m share buyback programme on October 24
  • Interim dividend of 14.5 euro cents per share

 

Performance summary:

   Nine months to September 30  
Highlights € million 2018 2017

(restated)(1)

Higher / (lower)
       
Passenger revenue 16,326 15,507 5.3 %
Total revenue 18,346 17,450 5.1 %
Operating profit before exceptional items 2,575 2,400 7.3 %
Exceptional items 584 (271) nm
Operating profit after exceptional items 3,159 2,129 48.4%
       
Available seat kilometres (ASK million) 244,343 231,417 5.6 %
Passenger revenue per ASK (€ cents) 6.68 6.70 (0.3)%
Non-fuel costs per ASK (€ cents) 4.84 5.01 (3.2)%
       
Alternative performance measures 2018 2017

(restated)(1)

Higher / (lower)
       
Profit after tax before exceptional items (€ million) 1,970 1,805 9.1 %
Adjusted earnings per share (€ cents) 91.9 81.7 12.5 %
Adjusted net debt (€ million) 7,475 7,183 4.1 %
Adjusted net debt to EBITDAR 1.4 1.4 (0.0x)
       
Statutory results € million 2018 2017

(restated)(1)

Higher / (lower)
       
Profit after tax and exceptional items 2,514 1,597 57.4 %
Basic earnings per share (€ cents) 121.9 75.3 61.8 %
Cash and interest-bearing deposits 6,923 7,523 (8.0) %
Interest-bearing long-term borrowings 7,342 7,578 (3.1) %
        
For definitions refer to the IAG Annual report and accounts 2017.
(1)Restated for new accounting standards IFRS 15 ‘Revenue from contracts with customers’ and IFRS 9 ‘Financial instruments’.

Willie Walsh, IAG Chief Executive Officer, said:

“We’re reporting a good quarter 3 performance with an operating profit of €1,460 million before exceptional items, up from €1,450 million last year.

“These were strong results despite significant fuel cost and foreign exchange headwinds. At constant currency, our passenger unit revenue increased by 2.4 per cent while non-fuel unit costs went down 0.7 per cent.

“We’re pleased to announce an interim dividend of 14.5 euro cents per share and this week we completed our second €500 million share buy-back programme”.

Trading outlook

At current fuel prices and exchange rates, IAG expects its operating profit before exceptional items for 2018 to show an increase of around €200m from a base of €2,950m in 2017. Both passenger unit revenue and non-fuel unit costs are expected to improve at constant currency for the full year.

It’s back! College Football is returning to Dublin for the Aer Lingus College Football Series. Five epic games from 2020-2024. First up: Notre Dame Football v Navy Football.

Top Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-ELA (msn 1106) JFK (Stephen Tornblom). Image: 910752. The desire to create larger profits are driving an upcoming livery change at Aer Lingus. Look now, the amount of green is expected to be significantly reduced with the upcoming new livery. The first Aer Lingus aircraft in the new colors is expected at the end of January, 2019. The pictured Airbus A330-302, registered as EI-ELA, will probably be the first aircraft to be repainted (always subject to change). The new livery is expected to be something like Iberia Express with green engine cowlings and a dark green shamrock on the tail with two cheat lines down the fuselage. The size and style of the titles are still under discussion pending a final livery decision.

In other news, Aer Lingus is expecting their first Avro (BAe) RJ85 (EI-RJN) on Sunday with Aer Lingus titles and a shamrock in green decals.

Below Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A330-302 EI-ELA (msn 1106) DUB (SM Fitzwilliams Collection). Image: 925195.

Named "St. Patrick".

Aer Lingus aircraft slide show:

x

Aer Lingus to introduce a new livery and uniforms in January 2019

Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEK (msn 2399) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943518.

Aer Lingus in January 2019 will roll out a new brand according to CEO Stephen Kavanagh ahead of the first Airbus A321LR delivery in April 2019.

The update will also include new uniforms.

Let’s hope Aer Lingus does lose its “color” in its color scheme for a bland “Eurowhite” “updated” livery.

Previously on August 3, 2018 CEO Stephen Kavanagh issued this report on the first six months of 2018:

Aer Lingus has an ambitious flight path – to be the leading value carrier across the North Atlantic. This vision is enabled by a profitable, sustainable short-haul network; and is supported by a guest-focused brand and digitally-enabled value proposition. Todays’ results are the latest manifestation of the airline’s successful business model. A business model that has delivered accelerated growth, boosted traffic, created new Irish job opportunities and driven Irish tourism growth particularly from North America over the past number of years.

We are now re-investing in the business to deliver future growth. This year Aer Lingus is flying 17 times daily to 13 North American gateways, providing a record 2.75 million seats between Ireland and North America: we have almost doubled our North American transatlantic capacity from Dublin over the past five years. This growth has a very positive impact on the wider economy in this country with tourism receipts from North American visitors up 27% since 2015 to over €1.5 billion.

We have invested in our people with hundreds of new Cabin Crew, Pilot and Ground positions created this summer; we had over 8,600 applicants for the Aer Lingus Future Pilot Programme which launched in April; our Aircraft Maintenance and Engineering Apprenticeship Scheme launched in May is a four-year programme run in conjunction with DIT and SOLAS, Further Education & Training Authority in Ireland. Our commitment to investing in our people is exemplified by the multi-million euro investment in a new joint flight crew and cabin crew training centre which will be open in 2020.

We have been undergoing a programme of positive change in response to our ambitious growth strategy. We have repositioned our brand and enhanced our product and guest experience offering a new Aer Lingus Business Class; WiFi on A330s; new website and mobile app; automated check-in and bag drop experience at Dublin airport, to name just a few. All of these changes are informed by extensive guest engagement, we listen carefully to the over 12 million guests we carry every year and adapt our offer accordingly.

In order to realise our growth ambitions, significant infrastructure development and process improvement is required at Dublin Airport. We expect that the airport’s forthcoming Capital Investment Programme will begin to address the infrastructure deficits at the airport. Prior to the delivery of such infrastructure, we are hopeful that airlines can work with Dublin Airport to make significant process improvement and to optimise existing infrastructure in order to address the existing congestion and to facilitate growth.

Our aim is to compete on the global stage and to realise our ambition to be the leading value carrier on the North Atlantic. Our new aircraft being delivered from 2019 – the Airbus A321 NEO LR, will make new airports in the US more attractive and present a variety of potential destination cities. To realise the new opportunity that these new modern fuel-efficient aircraft will provide, we launched a search for new 2019 North American Airport destinations presenting a unique opportunity for local communities to invest, alongside Aer Lingus, in the introduction or expansion of our service, as has been so successfully realised in Hartford. Our new uniform will project a distinctive, contemporary Irish brand that can compete internationally, as we target travel to Europe from North America as well as those travelling west. We have a clear path for continued growth.

This success is the result of our value model, based on the pillars of cost, product and service which continues to deliver. Our investment in new aircraft, new uniforms, new facilities, and new people is part of our objective to futureproof the business and is demonstrative of our big ambitions.

Stephen Kavanagh is CEO of Aer Lingus

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aer Lingus): Aer Lingus Airbus A320-214 EI-DEK (msn 2399) TLS (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943518.

Aer Lingus aircraft slide show:

x

Aer Lingus is coming to Minneapolis/St. Paul and Montreal

Aer Lingus (Aero Contractors) Boeing 757-2Q8 WL EI-LBS (msn 27623) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 934654.

Aer Lingus has made these two announcements:

Flights from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport will commence on July 8, 2019 with daily direct service to Dublin, Ireland and a four times weekly service in the winter, with convenient connecting service to 25 destinations across Britain and Europe.

MSP flights will be operated by Boeing 757-200s of ASL Airlines (Ireland).

Flights from Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport will commence on August 8, 2019 with daily direct service to Dublin, Ireland and a four times weekly service in the winter, with convenient connecting service to 35 destinations across Britain and Europe.

YUL flights will be operated with new Airbus A321neo aircraft.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aer Lingus): Aer Lingus (ASL Airlines Ireland) Boeing 757-2Q8 WL EI-LBS (msn 27623) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 934654.

Aer Lingus aircraft slide show:

x

Aer Lingus to operate flights between Dublin and London City

CityJet (Ireland) BAe RJ85 EI-RJZ (msn E2326) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943334.

Starting on October 28, 2018, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service on the weekend.

This new service will be in addition to the  current extensive services between Dublin and both London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

The new route will be operated by CityJet for Aer Lingus. CityJet is planning to operate two RJ85s for Aer Lingus livery (as it was in the past).

CityJet also announced it will no longer operate flights under its own brand. CityJet issued this statement:

In recent years CityJet has transitioned from being an airline serving scheduled markets under its own brand to becoming a provider of capacity to customer airlines throughout Europe.

CityJet has announced that effective from October 27, 2018 it will no longer operate scheduled services marketed under its own brand.

Also announced, the company has entered a leasing arrangement between Aer Lingus and CityJet that will see CityJet provide two aircraft to Aer Lingus to operate the Dublin-London City route.  Commencing October 28, 2018, Aer Lingus will operate six daily round trips from Dublin to London City Airport on weekdays, with a reduced service at the weekend.

Intending passengers holding bookings to/from London City on CityJet flights will be transferred to Aer Lingus flights.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aer Lingus): CityJet (Ireland) BAe RJ85 EI-RJZ (msn E2326) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 943334.

CityJet aircraft slide show:

x

Aer Lingus to start Cork – Lisbon service

Aer Lingus Airbus A319-111 EI-EPR (msn 3169) LHR (SPA). Image: 925091.

Aer Lingus has announced it will begin new Cork – Lisbon service on October 26, 2018. The new route will operate two days a week year-round.

This announcement comes after it was announced by Norwegian it would drop Cork – Providence service in October.

Copyright Photo: Aer Lingus Airbus A319-111 EI-EPR (msn 3169) LHR (SPA). Image: 925091.

Aer Lingus aircraft slide show: