Entries by Barry

Airbus may finally crack Ryanair as O’Leary touts order prospect 

Airbus may end up with a significant new customer as Ryanair looks to beef up a newly acquired airline unit that uses planes from the European manufacturer.  Ryanair, which previously operated only Boeing aircraft, will expand the fleet at Austria’s LaudaMotion to as many as 50 A320s over four years. The narrow-body model could eventually account for 20 per cent of […]

Ryanair COO says pilot staffing situation has stabilised

Ryanair has said its issues with pilot staffing have stabilised, with would-be Ryanair pilots ‘queueing up’ to join after the company decided to recognise unions and offer direct contracts.  Along with direct employment contracts for new joiners, plus agreements to recognise unions in some countries, Ryanair has also dropped the cost of some training, known as a type rating, ordered […]

easyJet to help small number of pilots with cost of training 

easyJet has said it will cut the cost of training for a small number of pilots as part of a drive to attract a more diverse range of people to fly its planes. The article suggests that flight schools and airlines are moving to sponsor more courses, or cut the cost of training, amidst a global shortage […]

Norwegian Air to press ahead with Dublin Airport base 

Norwegian Air International is continuing with its plans for a Dublin Airport base despite announcing that it would cut services from Cork and Shannon later this year.  The carrier confirmed earlier this week that low demand prompted it to cut its services from Cork and Shannon airports to Providence, Rhode Island, from October to March 2019.  […]

Ryanair-backed LaudaMotion to open Berlin Tegel base 

LaudaMotion, the latest venture by aviation entrepreneur Niki Lauda, is to open a Berlin Tegel base on June 1, 2018 and launch flights to 17 destinations from the German capital.  It will operate services to Barcelona, Brindisi, Corfu, Faro, Fuerteventura, Heraklion, Ibiza, Kos, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Malaga, Milan Malpensa, Palma de Mallorca, Pula, Rhodes, Rijeka and Tenerife. Four aircraft will be based […]

Laudamotion’s low-cost fares on sale with Ryanair 

TravelMole writes that Ryanair has started selling seats on its new Austrian airline partner Laudamotion’s summer flights. The airline will fly from nine cities in Austria, Germany and Switzerland this summer. It will have four aircraft based in Vienna, four in Berlin Tegel, six in Dusseldorf and one each in Cologne, Frankfurt, Munich, Nuremberg and Stuttgart, and two […]

London City Airport sets record as tourists boost numbers

London City Airport had its busiest week ever as the Docklands hub, ‘traditionally a favourite for business flyers, was boosted by increasing numbers of holidaymakers’, writes Standard Online. A total of 101,336 customers either departed from or arrived at the airport in the week to March 25, on 1,525 flights. That is two per cent higher […]

easyJet to expand worldwide connections 

Following a press flight with its new chief executive, easyJet made several announcements.  The Times and Buying Business Travel write that easyJet ‘will strike deals’ with budget long-haul carriers on routes to the United States, Caribbean and the Middle East as part of a ‘long-haul price war with British Airways.’ The airline said yesterday that the deals would […]

Joon launches long-haul services

Business Traveller Online writes that Air France subsidiary Joon has launched the first of six long-haul services for this summer, with daily flights to the Egyptian capital of Cairo.  The route is the first to be served by the carrier’s refurbished A340 aircraft. Joon will also launch long-haul flights to Mumbai in June, and ahead of this it will start […]

What it is like to be a passenger on Qantas’ new London to Perth flight?

The Independent and MailOnline both publish first-hand stories from journalists who travelled on Qantas’ inauguaral flight between Heathrow and Perth this week. The MailOnline reporter describes feeling remarkably fresh, with anti-jetlag meals, and cabin crew refilling water bottles throughout the flight.  The Independent notes that it is an expensive operation as the airline has to use considerable amounts of fuel to carry all the fuel it needs for […]