Ryanair takes delivery of first new Boeing aircraft

Ryanair will have 21 more aircraft operating next summer to expand its route network and increase frequencies on existing services.

The message came from CEO Micheal O’Leary as Europe’s largest low cost carrier took delivery of the first of 180 new Boeing 737-800s worth $16 billion.

Ryanair will take delivery of a further 20 further aircraft by July 2015.

The delivery came just days after the carrier to purchase up to 200 new generation Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft, including 100 options, worth ore than $22 billion.

O’Leary said: “We are delighted to take delivery of the first of our 180 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These new Boeing aircraft enable Ryanair to keep the fleet average age below five years, while providing our customers with unmatched punctuality, reliability and an improved customer experience.

“We will have 21 more aircraft for summer 2015 which will allow Ryanair to offer more new routes and increased frequencies to more customers than ever before.

“Ryanair operates the largest fleet of Boeing airplanes in Europe and we are proud and honoured to become the lead operator of Boeing’s ‘gamechanger’ 737 MAX 200 aircraft which will expand our fleet to 520 aircraft by 2024 and create another 3,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers in Europe, while allowing us to grow traffic from 82 million last year to over 150 million by 2024.”

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Virgin Atlantic reveals Dreamliner deployment

Virgin Atlantic reveals Dreamliner deploymentVirgin Atlantic aims to deploy new generation Boeing 787-9s on key routes to the US east coast within five months of the introduction of the first aircraft next month.

The airline will be the first in Europe to take on the larger version of the Dreamliner when the first aircraft is used on the Heathrow-Boston route on October 28, marking the airline’s 30th birthday.

The airline is introducing 17 Dreamliners worth £5 billion over the next four years.

“Within five months of the Boston launch, Dreamliners will start flying on other key London to US East Coast routes,” Virgin Atlantic said.

“As the fleet grows, the aircraft will be added to longer-haul routes, where the onboard experience and fuel efficiency benefits will be even further amplified.”

Improved fuel efficiency means the aircraft will be 21% more efficient on a per flight basis than the equivalent sized aircraft in Virgin’s fleet, allowing it to improve carbon efficiency by 30% before 2020.

The 787-9 also has a 60% smaller noise footprint than aircraft of a comparable size.

Virgin Atlantic chief executive Craig Kreeger said: “For the last 30 years we’ve been proudly serving and delighting our customers, and we know the Dreamliner will set us the bar to take that even further, bringing with it new innovations and a cutting edge product for them to enjoy.

“The 787-9 will represent over half of our fleet by 2018, which demonstrates our commitment to the Dreamliner as the centrepiece of our future fleet. We are looking forward to the next 30 years.”

Virgin Atlantic is promising a new iteration of the carrier’s Upper Class Suite. The Premium Economy cabin will be refreshed with a more comfortable seat design and a social space for “mingling”.

Seats in economy are said to be “best-in-class”. Wi-fi connectivity will be available together with new in-flight entertainment and dynamic mood lighting.

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Ryanair confirms ‘game-changing’ Boeing order

Ryanair confirms 'game-changing' Boeing orderRyanair has confirmed an order for 100 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 aircraft that will take its fleet to 520 by 2024 and allow the airline to carry 150 million passengers a year.

Michael O’Leary, Ryanair chief executive, confirmed the order on Monday, describing the fuel-saving 737 MAX as a “game changer”.

O’Leary said: “As many of Europe’s flag carriers cut capacity on short-haul routes, Ryanair looks forward to using these aircraft to grow at many more of Europe’s primary airports.”

Ryanair was due to take delivery of the first of 180 Boeing 737-800s from an earlier order today (Tuesday).

The 100 737 Max aircraft Ryanair has on firm order will take its fleet to 520 by 2024. The carrier has options on another 100, giving the total order a value of $22 billion at the current list price.

Ryanair said the new aircraft would “significantly lower operating costs”. Boeing reports the 737 MAX to be 20% more fuel efficient than its current 737.

The aircraft will be powered by new CFM LEAP-1B engines which should also be significantly less noisy.

Ryanair will configure the aircraft with 197 seats, eight more than its current 737 fleet – made possible by slimmer seats.

O’Leary said: “We will grow over the next decade to 150 million customers annually while at the same time cutting our fuel consumption by 18%.”

“These ‘game changer’ aircraft will allow Ryanair to lower costs and air fares while improving our customer experience, as we roll out new offers, particularly for our Business Plus and Family Extra customers.”

Boeing commercial airplanes president and chief executive Ray Conner said: “The 737 MAX 200 is the perfect fit for Ryanair, providing improved efficiencies, 20% lower emissions, increased revenues and a high level of passenger comfort.

“The new variant will play a significant role in enabling the airline to continue to expand its operations.”

Ryanair’s current order of 180 737s will take its fleet from just over 300 to 420 aircraft, allowing for lease returns, and annual traffic from 82 million passengers last year to more than 112 million by 2019.

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Ryanair poised to make major Boeing order

Ryanair poised to make major Boeing orderRyanair is expected to place a major order for Boeing’s new generation 737 MAX aircraft today (Monday).

Speculation has been mounting that the airline could order at least 100 of the aircraft with modifications to include extra seats.

An announcement by Ryanair chief executive Michael O’Leary and Boeing boss Ray Connor is expected to be made in New York.

A deal for 100 737 MAXs has been valued at around $10 billion.

Boeing admitted earlier this year that it was looking at adapting the 737 MAX to accommodate more seats.

It is believed an adapted version of the 737 MAX could have 200 seats, 11 more than the present maximum.

A Ryanair spokesman told The Telegraph: “Ryanair can confirm Michael O’Leary and Ray Conner of Boeing will hold a press conference in New York tomorrow morning. We will not be commenting ahead of the press conference.”

The budget airline is aiming to carry 120 million passengers, up from 81.7 million at the end of its last financial year, which ended on March 31.

Ryanair will this month receive the first of 180 Boeing current generation 737-800 aircraft ordered last year as it expands its network and eyes more routes to primary airports in Europe.

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Windowless aircraft plan to improve efficiency

Windowless aircraft plan to improve efficiencyWindowless aircraft could be the future of cheaper air travel as a government technology centre develops a proposal to help airlines save on fuel, according to reports today.

Plastic display screens projecting the sky outside could line the cabin of an aircraft, taking the place of windows.

The technology would reduce aircraft weight and cut fuel costs without worrying nervous passengers.

The display screens will function using a technique called printable electronics, which involves the use of conductive inks to carry electric current in cardboard and plastic for just a few pence per unit.


Developers at the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI) in Sedgefield, which is one of the government’s network of technology centres known as Catapults, are particularly excited by the benefits that printable electronics offer to aviation.

Tom Taylor, who is part of the management team at CPI in County Durham, told the Financial Times: “Getting weight out of a plane is a key [goal] for the industry.

“You could see the first of these coming to market in three to four years.”

US company Spike Aerospace has announced plans to have a windowless cabin on board its Spike S-512 Supersonic Jet, which is due to launch in 2018, the Telegraph reported.

President Vik Kachoria believes the technology would win over passengers, saying they would experience “a wonderful panoramic view of the outside world”.

The company still plans to have several windows for emergency purposes.

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50 new jobs at Bridgend aerospace firm TBD Owen Holland

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The firm supplies equipment to firms including Qatar Airways

A firm which provides support and equipment to the aerospace and defence sectors is expanding with the creation of 50 new jobs.

TBD (Owen Holland) Ltd, in Bridgend, had considered moving part of its operation to Abu Dhabi to be closer to its main customer base.

But the Welsh government awarded a £700,000 grant to ensure the £2m expansion went ahead in Bridgend.

The firm, based at Waterton Industrial Estate, currently employs 90 people.

The company’s founder Steve Meredith said the firm expected overseas sales to rise 30% in the next two years, having attracted new clients including Saudi Arabian Airlines, Qatar Airways, Etihad, Kuwait Airways and Fly Dubai.

Economy Minister Edwina Hart said she was pleased the company would continue to grow in Wales, creating new well-paid jobs and economic benefits to the region.

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Iberia secures deal for new long-haul aircraft

International Airlines Group (IAG) is to convert eight Airbus A350-900 aircraft options into firm orders and has secured eight A330-200s for Iberia.

The fuel efficient aircraft will replace 16 A340s in Iberia’s long haul fleet and will be delivered between 2015 and 2020.

IAG said it has secured commercial terms for the A350 aircraft, each worth $285 million, as part of a group long haul order announced in April 2013.

The eight A330s will be obtained either by converting existing options from an Airbus order in 2011 or from the operating leases depending on financial and delivery terms.

IAG chief executive Willie Walsh said today: “Iberia has taken significant steps to restructure its business and the progress made so far means that we can bring new long haul aircraft into the airline’s fleet.

“These orders demonstrate our commitment to make Iberia competitive.

“Both aircraft will provide cost efficiencies and environmental benefits, enabling Iberia to replace its long haul fleet with modern and fuel efficient aircraft.

“The new technology and improved aerodynamics will lower fuel burn and CO2 emissions per seat by 18%, as well as providing both noise and NOx performance advantages.

“Retaining an all Airbus long haul fleet will also generate cost savings in maintenance and crewing.”

The Spanish carrier currently has 33 aircraft in its long haul fleet.

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