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AviTrader Weekly News 2018-01-22

AviTrader Weekly News 2018-01-22

AviTrader Weekly News

ISSN 1718-7966 JANUARy 22, 2018/ VOL. 624 WEEKLY AVIATION HEADLINES Read by thousands of aviation professionals and technical decision-makers every week www.avitrader.com WORLD NEWS London Southend Airport reaches one million passengers One million passengers travelled through London Southend in 2017, a record for the airport following huge growth over the past 12 months. London Southend saw passenger numbers jump 25% year on year, with 1,095,914 people using the airport between January and December 2017. Most popular destinations in 2017 included Rennes (France) and Amsterdam. Top predictions for summer 2018 include Croatia (with London Southend offering routes to Dubrovnik, Zadar and Pula), Czech Republic capital Prague and Malta. Ryanair UK pilots vote for pay rise Ryanair, Europe’s largest airline, has confirmed that all 15 of its UK pilot bases – including London Stansted which had previously rejected an improved pay deal – have now voted in secret ballot to accept pay increases of up to 20% and these increases will be paid next week in the January payroll. These increases bring Ryanair’s pilot pay in the UK to 20% more than competitor 737 operators (Norwegian and Jet2). Germania sets course for all-Airbus fleet Germania is now setting the course for the standardisation of its fleet. Over the next 15 months, the ten Boeing type 737- 700s in the fleet will be retired and replaced with Airbus aircraft. The first three Boeing aircraft will be leaving as early as the end of April this year while the last Boeing plane will leave Germania at the start of the 2019 summer season at the latest. Emirates rescues A380 programme With a U$16bn order for 36 aircraft The troubled Airbus A380 superjumbo has been thrown a lifeline by Dubai-based Emirates following the recent revelation by the European aircraft manufacturer that it would halt production of the aircraft until a new order was placed by its only prospective buyer – Emirates. The airline has now announced a US$ 16 billion (AED 58.7 billion) deal for 36 additional Airbus A380 aircraft, with 20 firm orders and 16 options. Emirates’ A380 fleet operates both GE and Rolls-Royce engines, and the airline is evaluating engine options for its latest A380 order. The additional Airbus A380s will be delivered to Emirates from 2020 onwards. Together with the airline’s 101-strong A380 fleet and its current order backlog for 41 aircraft, this new order brings Emirates’ commitment to the A380 programme to 178 aircraft, worth over US$ 60 billion. “This order will provide stability to the A380 production line.” Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman Emirates Group His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, said: “Emirates truly represents Dubai’s spirit of growth, innovation and resilience. It also epitomises the city’s increasing role in connecting the world in terms of people, capital and information flows. This deal reflects The A380 has been thrown a lifeline. Photo: Airbus Emirates’ confidence in shaping the future, and its commitment to advancing Dubai’s vision to grow further as a world-class destination and aviation hub.” His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman and Chief Executive, Emirates Airline and Group signed the memorandum of understanding (MOU) with John Leahy, Chief Operating Officer Customers, Airbus Commercial Aircraft at the airline’s headquarters in Dubai. Sheikh Ahmed said: “We’ve made no secret of the fact that the A380 has been a success for Emirates. Our customers love it, and we’ve Continued on page 3

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