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Aurigny to acquire three new ATR 72-600s

 

ATR and Aurigny have confirmed the acquisition of three ATR 72-600 aircraft, following approval from the States of Guernsey and after the initial signature of a Letter of Intention (LOI) at the Farnborough Airshow, in July 2018.

The first aircraft will be delivered in August 2019 and all three will be equipped with the new ClearVision™ Enhanced Vision System (EVS), with Aurigny the launch customer for this cutting-edge technology.

ClearVision™ uses an external camera to display an augmented outside-view in real-time to a head-mounted visor, worn by the pilot with the EVS improving significantly the pilot’s vision. This is a major change for Aurigny’s crew as Guernsey’s location in the English Channel, see its flight operations regularly affected by fog, leading to disruptions for passengers. A study showed that an ATR equipped with the ClearVision™ EVS could have saved 50% of the disrupted landings in Guernsey, over the period of a year. ClearVision™ will also enhance operations into other destinations served by Aurigny.

ClearVision™ is an option on ATR’s latest avionics suite, Standard 3, which delivers important operational improvements and a first in commercial aviation. In addition to the EVS selected by Aurigny, ClearVision™ also offers a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) that provides the pilot’s Head-Up Display with digital images of terrain and obstacles, from an extensive database. Operators can also opt for a Combined Vision System (CVS), combining the EVS and SVS, and offering pilots the best possible vision and situational awareness.

As Guernsey’s airline, Aurigny is proud to offer a wide range of services and lifeline links to the Bailiwick and its visitors. Established 50 years ago, Aurigny have had the privilege of serving more than 16 million customers over this time, and currently operate more than 15,000 flights a year, to 14 destinations. Aurigny is owned by the States of Guernsey and their network includes services to Guernsey, Alderney, and destinations across the UK and in Europe.

The new type is also likely to trigger a new livery. The airline has offered three options on social media:

Aurigny already operates the ATR 72-500 (below).

"LERE" is for Leree Bay

Above Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Aurigny Air Services ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) G-LERE (msn 891) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 945157.

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Aurigny adds a second generation Dornier 228

Aurigny Air Services Dornier 228-212 G-OAUR (msn 8305) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 933761.

Aurigny has taken delivery of its second New Generation Dornier 228 aircraft, marking an important investment in its Alderney, Southampton and Dinard services.

The aircraft is due to operate its maiden commercial flight later this week. It arrives with the registration, G-ETAC (below), in homage to Les Etacs rocks in Alderney, an iconic islet and home to a large colony of gannets.

The new G-ETAC went into revenue service on September 20, 2018.

It joins Aurigny’s other New Generation Dornier G-OAUR (top), which arrived in 2015. They will now provide the majority of inter-island flying, with back up from a Classic Dornier aircraft.

The arrival of G-ETAC had been delayed by the manufacturer RUAG. Due to the delay in delivery, RUAG provided Aurigny with another Classic Dornier aircraft, G-OMAF, to ensure adequate cover on the inter-island services. This loan comes to an end with the arrival of G-ETAC and G-OMAF has been returned.

Aurigny CEO Mark Darby said: “We are delighted to take delivery of G-ETAC. The aircraft is equipped with the latest New Generation systems and has comfortable seats, to provide the very best customer experience.

Alongside G-OAUR, our other New Generation aircraft, it will provide the backbone to the fleet and operate a majority of our inter-island services. This was an important investment in our Alderney operations and ensures we have a fleet that can serve us well for years to come.”

The States of Alderney CEO Andrew Muter said: “I’m delighted with the news that the new Dornier will shortly be serving Alderney. The availability of reliable, modern aircraft with up to date technology is a real plus for the Island and for its visitors. I very much welcome this investment by Aurigny and look forward to flying in the new plane.”

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Aurigny): Aurigny Air Services Dornier 228-212 G-OAUR (msn 8305) GCI (Nick Dean). Image: 933761.

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Aurigny signs Letter of Intent for three ATR 72-600s equipped with the new ClearVision™ system

Aurigny and market leading turboprop manufacturer ATR today announced the signature of a Letter of Intent for the purchase of three ATR 72-600s, subject to the approval of the States of Guernsey. These three aircraft are expected to replace the current three ATR 72-500s operated by the airline.

These new ATR -600s will feature the new ClearVision™ Enhanced Vision System (EVS), which uses an external camera to display an augmented outside-view in real-time to a head-mounted visor, worn by the pilot. The EVS significantly improves a pilot’s vision and as Guernsey is situated in the English Channel it is regularly affected by fog, often at short notice, leading to disruptions to flight operations. An ATR equipped with the ClearVision™ EVS addresses this pain point of the pilot’s limited visibility and could have saved 50% of the forbidden landings (24 of 48) in Guernsey, over the period of a year. Aurigny anticipates that this innovation will deliver significant savings in their future operations.

ClearVision™ is an option on ATR’s latest avionics suite, Standard 3, which delivers important operational improvements. In addition to the EVS selected by Aurigny, ClearVision™ also offers a Synthetic Vision System (SVS) that provides the pilot’s Head-Up Display with digital images of terrain and obstacles, from an extensive database. Operators can also opt for a Combined Vision System (CVS), combining the EVS and SVS, and offering pilots the best possible vision and situational awareness.

ATR anticipates that in the next 20 years, there will be a need for over 3000 turboprops while regional air traffic will grow 4.5% on a yearly basis. A significant proportion of this growth will come from route creation, with 30% of the traffic growth coming from routes that do not currently exist. ATR aircraft are proven route openers, with the -600 series aircraft opening over 100 routes a year on average.

Aurigny Chief Executive Officer, Mark Darby, said: “Once we have the approval from the States of Guernsey to proceed, the entry into service of the new aircraft equipped with the new ClearVision™ system will reduce flight disruptions, which will be very good news for the people of Guernsey, who rely on air travel for essential connectivity. Beyond beating the fog, upgrading to the -600 series will also further enhance the operational efficiency of Aurigny. We are also excited about welcoming our passengers into the modern ATR cabin and offering them even more comfort when they fly.”

ATR Chief Executive, Christian Scherer, remarked: “Aurigny’s pioneering use of ClearVision™ will be a first in commercial aviation, here in Europe. Being the first to offer such a solution to our clients and operators demonstrates ATR’s constant desire to match their needs. In the regional aviation market, many airlines fly in challenging locations and ClearVision™ offers an opportunity to give pilots increased visibility and improved situational awareness without requiring expensive upgrades to an airport’s infrastructure – which in many occasions may even be completely unfeasible.”

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easyJet extends ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ to seven airports and adds new connections airline partners

easyJet has announced that it is extending its ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ connections platform to Berlin Tegel, Venice Marco Polo, Amsterdam Schiphol, Paris Charles De Gaulle and Orly and Edinburgh airports. This means that, combined with the connections already announced through London Gatwick and Milan Malpensa, over half of the airline’s flights – and 53 million easyJet customers a year – will be able to connect to airline partner services and other easyJet flights in a single booking through easyJet’s digital booking portal.

easyJet has also brought new connecting airlines onto the ‘Worldwide by easyJet’ booking platform and has also announced partnerships with Thomas Cook Airlines at Gatwick meaning easyJet customers can now travel as far as the Caribbean or to the USA, Africa and the Indian Ocean with La Compagnie and Corsair who will both fly from Paris Orly.

easyJet’s existing relationship with WestJet and Norwegian will enable the airlines to offer long haul connectivity at more of Europe’s biggest hub airports – Norwegian will extend connecting services from Paris Charles De Gaulle and Paris Orly in the coming weeks, from Amsterdam Schiphol in the summer when the airline launches its service to New York from the Dutch capital and also from Edinburgh. Meanwhile easyJet’s existing relationship with Loganair will allow easyJet customers to connect to the highlands and Islands via Edinburgh.

Worldwide by easyJet

Airport                           Go live date           Partners

Gatwick                                 September 2017       Norwegian, Thomas Cook Airlines,

WestJet, Aurigny

Venice                                    Mid-April 2018           To be announced

Paris CDG                              Spring 2018               Norwegian

Paris Orly                               Spring 2018               Corsair, La Compagnie, Norwegian

Milan Malpensa                     Spring 2018               Neos, Norwegian

Berlin Tegel                           Summer 2018            To be announced

Amsterdam Schiphol          Summer 2018            Norwegian

Edinburgh                              tbc 2018                     Loganair, Norwegian

Inverness                               tbc 2018                     Loganair 

Worldwide by easyJet explained

‘Worldwide by easyJet’ is the first global airline connections service by a European low fares airline. Legacy airlines have traditionally offered connectivity through costly and complex interline and codeshare agreements and procedures.  With Worldwide by easyJet these will be replicated by self-connect and sales partnerships through a digital, virtual hub which will offer the same sort of connectivity but more simply and efficiently.

easyJet has leadership positions at more of Europe’s major airports and flies on more of Europe’s 100 largest routes than any other airline which makes it the most attractive European short haul airline partner. The introduction of this disruptive product opens up new 70m market segment for easyJet.

All of this connectivity has been enabled by technology partner Dohop whose innovative platform allows easyJet customers to book connections and forward flights on easyJet.com.  Worldwide by easyJet will also allow easyJet passengers to connect with other easyJet flights through partner airports.

Worldwide by easyJet does not impact easyJet’s punctuality, its asset utilisation or operating model. The airline will not hold flights for connecting passengers. Worldwide by easyJet is subject to a 2 hour 30 minute ‘Minimum Connection Time’, which will give customers plenty of time to transfer between flights and/or terminals. Should a passenger miss a connecting flight they will be transferred to the next available flight.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

easyJet (UK) Airbus A319-111 G-EZDA (msn 3413) LGW (Antony J. Best). Image: 926668.

 

Aurigny introduces its first Dornier 228 in full livery

Aurigny Dornier 228 Alderney (Aurgigny)(LR)

Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) has introduced it’s first Dornier 228 to its fleet. Named after Guernsey’s neighboring island of Alderney, the new aircraft will be the first of four to be delivered soon as the carrier replaces it’s aging Britten-Norman Trislanders.

Aurigny said on it’s official Facebook page:

“Aurigny is delighted to announce that its first Aurigny branded Dornier 228 has arrived in Guernsey. It is painted in the airline’s livery with “Alderney” written along the fuselage. The aircraft is wholly owned by the company and will be used on the Alderney routes.”

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Photos: Aurigny.

Aurigny Dornier 228 flag (Aurigny)(LR)

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Blue Islands rejects Aurigny’s “downsize” claim

Blue Islands (Jersey, UK) has rejected claims made by partner company Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) that it is “substantially downsizing”.

Aurigny, which provides ground services for Blue Islands at Jersey Airport as part of a cooperation agreement signed by the two carriers last year, has blamed the company for 30 potential redundancies.

Several Blue Islands routes from Jersey Airport have been terminated, prompting the Guernsey national carrier to claim it makes its ground operation there “unviable”.

In a statement to the BBC, Blue Islands said Aurigny had “chosen to abandon Jersey”:

“To suggest a ‘substantial downsize’ is utterly wrong,” the Channel Islands airline said.

“This year Blue Islands will fly in excess of 330,000 passengers, 65% up from 2013.

“Unfortunately, rather than adapting its ground handling operation to ensure it remained viable, Aurigny have chosen to abandon Jersey.”

The two airlines announced a code share deal in 2013 under which Blue Islands aircraft took over the Jersey-Guernsey route while Aurigny provided ground services and sold seats.

Aurigny, which is owned by the States of Guernsey, said the Jersey-Guernsey route agreement between the firms would be unaffected by the closure of its ground operation in Jersey.

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best/AirlinersGallery.com. Britten Norman BN-2A Mk. 3-1 Trislander G-LCOC (msn 366) taxies at Bournemouth.

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Aurigny Air Services takes delivery of its first Embraer 195

Aurigny ERJ 195 G-NSEY (03)(Grd)(Aurigny)(LRW)

Aurigny Air Services (Aurigny.com) (Guernsey) on June 24 took delivery of its first jetliner, the pictured Embraer ERJ 190-200 (ERJ 195) G-NSEY (msn 19000671) at São José dos Campos, Brazil. The jetliner was delivered via Recife, Sal and Exeter before arriving at Guernsey Airport on June 27.

The airline issue this short statement and photo:

We’re incredibly proud to announce the arrival of our new Embraer 195 jet. A hugely important day in the history of the islanders’ airline. The airliner was welcomed at Guernsey Airport on June 27.

The new type will be operated on the mainline Guernsey-London (Gatwick) route. The company wet-leased Flybe ERJ 195s on the route until it can add G-NSEY.

Copyright Photo: Aurigny Air Services.

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