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Ryanair becomes the first airline to carry over 10 million international passengers in a month, load factor reaches 95%

Ryanair (Dublin) has set a new airline record. The airline becomes the first airline in the world to carry over 10 million international passengers in one month.

The airline issued its traffic statistics for July and noted this accomplishment:

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Load Factor Rises 4% Points To 95%

First airline to carry 10 million international customers in a month

Ryanair’s Kenny Jacobs said:

“Ryanair’s July traffic grew by 11% to 10.1 million customers, while our load factor jumped 4% points to 95%. This is the first time ever that any airline has carried over 10 million international customers in one calendar month. For example, we carried more customers in one month (10.14 million in July) than Aer Lingus carried in a whole year (9.77 million in 2014).

These record customer numbers and highest ever load factors are due to our lower fares, our stronger forward bookings and the continuing success of our “Always Getting Better” customer experience program, which continues to deliver stronger than expected traffic and load factors on our biggest ever summer schedule.

Ryanair customers can look forward to more service enhancements in the autumn, as we continue Year 2 of our AGB program, which include a new website, new app, new cabin interiors, new crew uniforms, improved inflight menus, reduced fees, and great new digital features such as ‘hold the fare’, as Ryanair continues to deliver so much more than just the lowest fares in Europe.”

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-DWG (msn 33620) breaks through the clouds in order to land at Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

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Ryanair to open a new base at Gothenburg, wants a three runway solution and will launch the Edinburgh – Copenhagen route

Ryanair (Dublin) will open its 74th base at Gothenburg in September with one based aircraft and 13 routes.

In other news, Ryanair has called for a three runway solution in the South East England (London) area. The airline issued this statement in response to the proposed third runway at London Heathrow:

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“Ryanair believes that the proposed Heathrow runway – which won’t be delivered for 10 or 15 years – won’t solve the runway capacity crisis in the South East. Ryanair strongly advocates taking politicians out of runway decision making and allowing each of the three London airports, Heathrow, Gatwick and Stansted, to build 3 competing runways which will solve the capacity crisis in the South East for the next 100 years, while at the same time allowing competition between the airports to deliver this capacity efficiently. It remains a fact that additional runways in Stansted and Gatwick can and will be delivered much earlier than any Heathrow third runway.”

The company reported its June traffic grew 14 percent to 9.5 million customers. Its load factor rose five points to 93 percent!

Finally, the ultra low-fare airline announced a new route linking its Edinburgh base with Copenhagen. The new route will operate three days a week starting on November 6.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8AS EI-ENC (msn 34980) approaches the runway at Las Palmas.

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Norwegian to fly from Boston, Baltimore/Washington and New York to Guadeloupe and Martinique this winter

Norwegian Air Shuttle (Norwegian.com) (Oslo) continues its expansion, this time from an un expected area for next winter.

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During the upcoming winter season Norwegian will fly from Boston, Baltimore/Washington and New York (JFK) to the Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique. Norwegian will offer 31 nonstop routes from the US.

Norwegian already offer nonstop flights from the Scandinavian capitals and London (Gatwick) to the Caribbean.

Norwegian will operate its Boeing 737-800 aircraft on the routes. According to the airline, “Norwegian thereby becomes the only airline that offers free WiFi between the US and the Caribbean”.

According to the airline; “Norwegian pilots and cabin staff in Europe will now have the opportunity to work on the company’s temporary bases in Guadeloupe and Martinique in the winter months. Recruitment of pilots and cabin crew to bases in the Caribbean begin immediately. Captains, first officers and cabin crew from Norwegian’s European operations (the Nordic countries, the UK and Spain) with the ability to break abroad for four months are encouraged to apply.”

Norwegian’s new routes between the US and the Caribbean starts in early December, with three flights a week from New York (JFK) to both Guadeloupe Pointe-a-Pitre Airport (PTP) and Martinique Aimé Césaire International Airport (FDF).

Norwegian will fly twice a week from both the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI) and Boston Logan International Airport (BOS) to Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Martinique and Guadeloupe are both part of France. Both islands are French territory and therefore is considered part of the EU.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Boeing 737-8JP LN-DYF (msn 39004) of Norwegian arrives on the island of Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

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Binter Canarias orders six additional ATR 72-600s

Binter Canarias – Lineas Aereas de Canarias (Gran Canaria, Canary Islands) today signed an agreement for the purchase of six new ATR 72-600 aircraft, following their first batch for six ATR 72-600s in February 2014, bringing total orders for ATR aircraft to thirty.

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The new ATR order is a part of the Binter’s fleet modernization and network improvements program. By progressively replacing its current fleet of aging turboprops with the modern and fuel efficient ATR-600s, the airline will significantly reduce operating and maintenance costs, gain further in profitability and offer more comfort to its passengers due to its enhanced seats design.

Deliveries of the 72-seat ATR-600 aircraft commence this year and will be completed by 2017.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Binter currently operates a fleet of 16 ATR 72-500s. ATR 72-212A (ATR 72-500) EC-KSG (msn 907) approaches the runway on Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

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Monarch Airlines reduces its six-month loss

Monarch Airlines (London-Luton) reported a loss of £69.9 million ($106.7 million) for the six months ending on April 30. This is an improvement of a loss of £110.6 million ($168.8 million) for the same half year period in 2014.

The airline issued this financial statement:

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Monarch, the European leisure airline group, has reported a half year loss of £69.9 million, down from £110.6 million for the same period last year. Winter losses, for the November to April period, were down by a bigger than forecast £40 million.

Monarch has completed the final phase of the restructuring program begun last year and has created a revitalized, entirely scheduled network of destinations for discerning leisure customers. The Monarch turnaround is firmly on track.

Monarch has undertaken a range of measures to remove £200 million in annual costs from the business, including restructuring of its network and fleet, improved revenue management and modernised working practices. £30 million of the reduction in winter losses is due to the success of this self-help turn around program, with the remaining £10 million due to additional savings in fuel costs.

Overall, this has resulted in a strong first half performance. The group is now focused on building on the heritage of the Monarch brand and creating a truly customer centric organisation.

Chief Executive Officer, Andrew Swaffield said; “We remain positive that the changes we have made to the structure of the group, the network and our cost base have set us in good stead to achieve the turnaround. It is thanks to the hard work of all 2,800 colleagues employed directly by the company, both on the ground and in the air, that we are focused on service and safety whilst maintaining a low cost base. These elements will help Monarch to build a sustainably profitable business.”

Chief Financial Officer, Barry Nightingale said; “Our winter performance was better than forecasted with substantially reduced losses.

“We have seen stable booking trends throughout the last 6 months and have seen good summer sales in key months which will help us to deliver against a challenging plan.

“Improved revenue management has played a key part in the turnaround results but, additionally we have put a lot of work into segmenting our customer groups and have been able to take a customer centric approach to reshape our network around increased frequencies to our most popular destinations. We have also added new scheduled routes taken from our portfolio of destinations previously served as charter routes to provide a better service and increased flexibility to customers.”

Earlier this year, Monarch launched a group wide employee bonus scheme to reward the commitment and hard work of all employees. Key performance indicators are aligned to company performance and the punctuality of the airline.

Andrew Swaffield said; “It’s clear that people who work for Monarch genuinely care about the company and our customers. That is directly reflected in the great service and natural warmth which comes as standard.

“The bonus scheme is designed to ensure that we focus on the right things such as company performance and airline punctuality (OTP). This year we have already improved, and our average OTP figure for the first six months is 83.2%, compared to 80% for the same period last year.”

Having recently celebrated 47 years of flying under the Monarch name, work has now begun to transition the airline to its new fleet of Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (below) which will start coming into service in April 2018.

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The airline confirmed this order in autumn 2014 to replace its current Airbus fleet by 2020. Each of the thirty new Boeing 737 MAX8 aircraft will deliver further savings on future fuel costs and contribute to the airline’s sustainable low cost base.

Alongside the scheduled airline operations, Monarch’s in-house engineering division has enjoyed growth in third party business and has opened a new maintenance base in Copenhagen. Monarch Aircraft Engineering was recently shortlisted for Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul company of the Year at this years’ industry Awards. The priority for this valuable group asset is to improve its efficiency and make a bigger contribution in the years to come.

Monarch’s tour operating business has seen strong year-on-year growth in on-line bookings, offsetting some category weakness in high street sales. Key markets in the Canaries and mainland Spain have grown in line with the airline’s scheduled operations to key city destinations. Packages to Egypt are seeing some recovery after an unsteady past two years. Greece continues to perform well, despite economic uncertainty and aggressive competition.

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Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Monarch will replace its current Airbus fleet with new Boeing 737 MAX aircraft by 2020. Airbus A321-231 G-OZBE (msn 1707) arrives in Las Palmas.

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Finnair expands its codeshare relationship with Japan Airlines and QANTAS Airways, Lufthansa Technik to provide component support for the new Airbus A350s

Finnair (Helsinki) is strengthening its ties with fellow oneworld alliance members JAL-Japan Airlines (Tokyo) and QANTAS Airways (Sydney), with new codeshares on the airlines’ respective services to Busan, South Korea and Perth, Australia.

Busan is a new addition to Finnair’s extended network, which Finnair passengers can now reach daily via Tokyo Narita on services operated by Japan Airlines. The new codeshare allows Finnair to serve South Korea’s prosperous second-largest city, with a population of 3.6 million that is growing in economic clout and seeking more connections to Europe.

Japan Airlines and Finnair already codeshare extensively on each other’s services throughout Europe and Japan.

Additionally, from June 26, 2015 Finnair passengers can connect to Perth via Singapore on services operated by oneworld partner QANTAS Airways. This creates additional scheduling and route options for Finnair passengers, who can also connect to Perth via Hong Kong on oneworld partner Cathay Pacific Airways (Hong Kong).

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In other news, Finnair, the first European airline to operate the Airbus A350-900 aircraft (above), has awarded Lufthansa Technik a 12-year agreement for component support for the new aircraft type. Lufthansa Technik is one of the leading providers of technical services for the aviation industry, and the agreement with Finnair is the company’s first contract for A350 XWB component support.

The exclusive Total Component Support TCS®contract covers the availability and repair services of A350-900 XWB components. Finnair already has an agreement with Lufthansa Technik on engine-related components service for V2500 engines and APU services for APS3200.

Finnair’s own maintenance organization at the Helsinki Airport is responsible for the line maintenance of Finnair’s current fleet and the new A350-900 XWB fleet.

Finnair has firm orders for 19 A350-900 XWB aircraft, the first four of which are expected to arrive in the fleet in the second half of this year, with another seven in 2016 and 2017. The complete order will be fulfilled by 2023.

Copyright Photo below: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Airbus A321-231 OH-LZH (msn 5803) with Sharklets approaches the runway for landing at Las Palmas.

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Nordic Global Airlines to shut down on May 31

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Finnair (Helsinki) has issued this statement about the future of partially-owned Nordic Global Airlines-NGA (Helsinki):

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The Board of Directors of Finnair’s associated company Nordic Global Airlines Ltd (NGA) has decided to discontinue NGA’s operations by May 31, 2015. The termination of the operations has no material impact on Finnair’s cargo business, or Finnair’s financial position. NGA, focused on cargo freighter operations, was founded in 2011. Since then NGA grew to fly main-deck cargo in four continents with its low-cost and thin-organization model, but with overcapacity in the sector and depressed freight pricing, the cargo airline’s decision to cease operations was unavoidable.

Finnair Cargo Oy owns 40 percent of the company, and other shareholders are Neff Capital Management LLC, Daken Capital Partners LLC and the Mutual Pension Insurance Company Ilmarinen. Between 2011 and 2014, Finnair leased freighter capacity from NGA for its mainly Asian cargo traffic. Finnair’s belly cargo capacity will increase significantly in the coming years, when new A350 aircraft join Finnair’s fleet. Finnair has decided to focus in future on cargo carried in the cargo holds of passenger aircraft and discontinued separate cargo freighter operations at the end of 2014.

NGA was operating four McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighters.

Copyright Photo: Paul Bannwarth/AirlinersGallery.com. Despite the elaborate NGA logo, the NGA aircraft usually operated with only small titles and non-descript white fuselages. McDonnell Douglas MD-11 (F) OH-LGD (msn 48513) arrives at Las Palmas in the Canary islands.