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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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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.

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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.

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Aurigny signs a contract for a single Embraer 195

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Aurigny Air Services (Guernsey) has signed a firm contract with Embraer Commercial Aviation for one ERJ 195 jet. The transaction was announced today at a press briefing in Salzburg at the annual general meeting of the European Regions Airline Association. The firm order will be included in Embraer’s 2013 third quarter backlog. Delivery is scheduled in the first semester of 2014.

The E195 is the first jet aircraft to be added to the Aurigny Air Services fleet. The airline currently flies turboprops on six daily frequencies on its principal route between the London Gatwick Airport and Guernsey. With 122 slim seats in single-class layout, the E195 will enable the carrier to increase the number of daily flights to eight and offer much-needed additional capacity.

“The acquisition of the E195 is a major step forward for our company,” said Mark Darby, CEO of Aurigny Air Services. “The London Gatwick route is very important for us. We’ve been mandated by the State of Guernsey to increase capacity and upgrade the quality of our overall service so we decided to move up to a jet. The E195 was the natural choice.”

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