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Old May 20th, 2011, 07:15 AM   #1841
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I used Ryanair from Paris to Tangier ..... and was shocked to find its too basic service. Far far below Low-cost carriers in Southeast Asia & Middle Rast
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But the price is lower too. You get what you pay for.
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The "low-cost" carriers in Asia aren't truly low-cost like the ones in Europe.
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Old May 20th, 2011, 09:39 AM   #1844
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But the price is lower too. You get what you pay for.
Hmm depends on route bro. I remember u traveled BKK-SIN which is 1 of the most Lucrative lines for AirAsia. Had you traveled on less lucrative ( like KL-Colombo ) or with Super-high frequency lines ( like KL- Singapore / KL-Kota Kinabalu ) u can get something on par with Ryanair.
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Imagine a crash a year into operating Russian/Chinese crafts.
But that's not a problem only for Ryanair but for all potential operators in Europe and everywhere else. In fact, as long as they fulfill the regulations (and they have to, otherwise it wouldn't be allowed to operate them) I don't see any problem from the airline's point of view. Then it doesn't matter whether your Boeing or your Sukhoi crashed.

And I don't see why the Russians shouldn't be able to build proper jets, they have a long experience in that.

What would really be interesting is to see whether a no-frills carrier could operate with turboprops. They aren't that much slower but a lot more economical in terms of fuel consumption.
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Old May 23rd, 2011, 06:13 PM   #1846
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Ryanair to focus on yields and costs

DUBLIN, May 23 (Reuters) - Irish budget airline Ryanair is not planning on growing quickly in the next couple of years but will instead focus on improving yields and keeping costs down.

"I see a lot of upside in us not growing for the next year or two, at least not growing in the top line," Chief Executive Michael O'Leary told an analyst conference call.

Ryanair does not expect the Irish government to sell its 25 percent stake in Aer Lingus to it, O'Leary also said.

"Our strategy with Aer Lingus is wait and see. I think the government will sell the stake, but not to us," he said.

He said he had no plans to sell Ryanair's near 30 percent stake, but would consider it if the price was right.

Ryanair plans to pay out dividends towards the end of 2013 unless it makes a major plane order before that he said. Ryanair plans to build its cash stockpile to 4 billion euros for a major plane order, he said.
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Old May 24th, 2011, 11:12 AM   #1847
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Ryanair set to ground more planes as fuel costs take off
24 May 2011
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Ryanair is set to ground up to 80 planes this winter, double last year's figure, as high oil prices drive up the cost of running aircraft, and the budget airline warned yesterday that it remained concerned about the impact of the weak economic outlook.

"Higher oil prices next winter, and the refusal of some airports to offer lower charges, make it more profitable to ground up to 80 aircraft rather than suffer losses operating them to high-cost airports at low winter yields," the chief executive, Michael O'Leary, said.

Ryanair reported that unit costs had climbed 11 per cent over the year to the end of March - mostly because of higher oil prices. Excluding fuel, Ryanair said costs were up by just 3 per cent.

The airline, whose fuel requirements for the current financial year are 90 per cent hedged at $820 (£509) per tonne, or about $82 per barrel, said the rising costs meant its fuel bill for the new financial year was on track to swell by around €350m (£304m).

That is expected to push the airline's operating cost per passenger up by 13 per cent in the year to March 2012. Ryanair also expects to raise fares despite worries about the economic backdrop. "Since we have limited visibility on bookings we remain concerned at the impact of the recession, austerity measures and falling consumer confidence on fares," Mr O'Leary said. "Despite these concerns we cautiously expect that our average fares will rise by up to 12 per cent this year due to a better mix of new routes and bases, slower traffic growth, and higher competitor fuel surcharges."

But that is not expected to boost the bottom line. Mr O'Leary said the rises would offset higher fuel and other costs, meaning that post-tax profits for next year are likely to be similar to the €400m seen in the year gone by.

The figures excluded an exceptional pre-tax charge of €29.7m for the disruptions caused by last year's Icelandic volcano eruption. Ash from the Eyjafjallajokull volcano caused widespread cancellations to European flights last April, and, as Ryanair published its results yesterday, another ash cloud was spreading following the eruption of another Icelandic volcano.

But the airline said it did not expect a repeat of last year. "I think the regulators are a bit more sensible than they were last year," Mr O'Leary said. "I hope there will be no airspace closures - there shouldn't be, certainly not over any countries where we are flying."

The market was concerned, however, with Ryanair's shares falling by 6 per cent, while rival easyJet was 5 per cent behind on the prospect of another bout of disruptions.

Looking ahead, Ryanair expected traffic to grow by 10 per cent over the first half of the current financial year, but then fall by 4 per cent over the second half as it grounded more flights for the winter. As a result, annual traffic is expected to grow at a slower rate of 4 per cent to 75 million passengers.
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Ryanair flies plane through Scottish ash 'red zone'
24 May 2011

DUBLIN, May 24 (Reuters) - Irish airline Ryanair on Tuesday flew a plane through Scottish airspace regulators say has "high ash concentration" in a bid to show there was no danger from a volcanic eruption in Iceland.

Ryanair operated a one-hour verification flight at 41,000 feet on Tuesday morning from Glasgow to Inverness to Aberdeen and on to Edinburgh through areas it said the Civil Aviation Authority had designated a "red zone" of high ash concentration.

"There was no visible volcanic ash cloud or any other presence of volcanic ash and the post flight inspection revealed no evidence of volcanic ash on the airframe, wings or engines," the statement said.

"Ryanair's verification flight this morning also confirms that the 'red zone' over Scotland is non-existent," it said.

About 250 flights to northern Britain were cancelled on Tuesday over concerns about the ash cloud spewing from an Icelandic volcano, but British and Irish officials dismissed fears of a mass shutdown of airspace.

Ryanair, Europe's largest low-cost airline, is a vocal critic of regulators' decision to close skies over Europe during an eruption last year after it was forced to cancel almost 10,000 flights in April and May at a cost of 30 million euros.

Ryanair said it had received written confirmation from both its airframe and engine manufacturers that it is safe to operate in areas designated "red zones".

"You have to ask why a combination of bureaucratic incompetence in the CAA and the Met Office last night shut the skies over Scotland when this morning we have now confirmed there is no volcanic ash material in the atmosphere over Scotland," CEO Michael O'Leary told BBC television.

"The Met Office produce these nonsensical forecasts of where this mythical ash cloud was going to go," he said. "Two thousand kilometres south of Iceland there is almost no presence of volcanic ash in the atmosphere because it is dissipating."
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Old June 2nd, 2011, 12:04 PM   #1849
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EasyJet Denied Slots at Cairo Airport
To Gain Approval, Budget Airline Was Asked to Offer Two Classes of Service and Halt the Sale of Food on Board
31 May 2011
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Egyptian authorities are refusing to award low-cost carrier easyJet PLC takeoff and landing slots at Cairo airport unless it overhauls its no-frills approach and offers other services, according to people familiar with the matter.

"Technically, we can fly" to Cairo, EasyJet Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said. But she added the airline still hasn't been given clearance by Egypt's aviation authorities. "We're still talking to authorities on how that will work," Ms. McCall said.

After the U.K. and Egypt in June last year extended a bilateral agreement, the U.K. Civil Aviation Authority awarded easyJet three weekly landing slots from Oct. 31, 2010. The agreement between the two nations raised the number of weekly slots on the London to Cairo or Alexandria routes to 14 slots from 11, but also capped seating at 4,500 per week in each direction.

The bilateral agreement permits only scheduled U.K. airlines to land at Cairo or Alexandria and were previously split between British Airways -- since January a unit of International Consolidated Airlines Group SA -- which has seven weekly slots, and Deutsche Lufthansa AG's British Midland International, which has four. Bmi also borrows three weekly slots from Star Alliance partner EgyptAir.

EasyJet originally had hoped to start flights to Cairo in November but its application for certain time slots was rejected because of its low-cost model, said people familiar with the matter.

In order to gain approval, they said easyJet has been asked to change its no-frills strategy, including having two classes of service instead of one at present, halting the sale of food on board and introducing a member of staff to collect taxes. The Egyptian civil aviation authority couldn't be reached for comment.

A spokesman for the U.K. Department for Transport said discussions were still open but those talks had "hit a hiatus" when civil unrest erupted at the start of the year. He said "talks will resume shortly," adding that the current situation hasn't meant EgyptAir has been prevented from using its full allocation of slots in the U.K.

At the moment, the foot-dragging doesn't pose a problem to the easyJet because of the subdued demand for travel to Egypt since unrest broke out across the North African and Middle Eastern earlier this year. Still, there is hope the government will take a different approach and agreement can be reached soon.

EasyJet already flies to Sharm el Sheikh, Luxor and Hurghada in Egypt, but those airports come under the open-skies agreement and need no approval from the civil aviation body. About 15 million tourists visited Egypt in 2010, according to the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism.

Egypt has started offering airlines incentives to fly to the tourism-dependent North African country as it seeks to stimulate demand and stop carriers from slashing capacity.

The incentives come in the form of a reduction in levy charged to airlines that is worth about $5 per passenger, or as payments to carriers for unfilled seats to discourage them from cutting numbers of flights to Egypt or deploying smaller aircraft that carry fewer passengers. The offer started at the beginning of March and is open-ended, meaning the Egyptian government could pay incentives that run to more than $100 million over the course of the year.
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Ryanair rejects UK ruling over card charges
29 June 2011
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RYANAIR HAS rejected a ruling by the UK’s consumer and competition authority that it should stop imposing a £6 charge on flight bookings that appears only after customers log their credit and debit card details, even though the regulator has warned that it could take legal action.

Following a three-month investigation, the Office of Fair Trading described the fees as “hidden rip- off surcharges”, pointing out that British customers paid out £300 million in such charges to airlines, including Ryanair and other travel companies, every year.

Such fees should be included in the price from the beginning of the transaction, the authority said, although it urged the British government to pass legislation quickly to block the imposition of any charges on debit card payments.

Credit card surcharges, properly flagged, should be allowed because they were more expensive to handle, said the authority.

Ryanair imposes a £6 charge for each flight. It said yesterday it would not yield to the authority’s threat because the existence of the charge was made clear on its web page.

The charge was not a fee for using debit or credit cards, a spokesman told The Irish Times, but rather was an “administration fee” required “to defray the substantial costs associated with our booking system”. In addition, the fee could be avoided entirely by using a Ryanair-approved debit card, he said.

Cavendish Elithorn, senior director of the authority’s goods and consumer group, warned that legal action would be taken against any company that failed to comply, adding that internet retailing had brought massive benefits, “but people are frustrated about being asked to pay for paying.

“Consumers find it harder to shop around and find the best deal if they have to invest time and effort in discovering surcharges,” he added. “This also weakens competition between retailers which is bad news for the UK economy.”

Monarch Airlines has already scrapped its debit card fee following the Office of Fair Trading inquiry, which was prompted by a complaint from consumer magazine Which? Its chief executive, Peter Vicary Smith, urged companies “to be upfront and fair” and not “drag their feet” before complying.

Responding to demands for speedy action, British consumer minister Edward Davey said it would work with the authority and the European Union to ensure that customers were not faced with “excessive surcharges”.
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EasyJet founder wants investor vote on Airbus deal
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LONDON - EasyJet's largest shareholder, Stelios Haji-Ioannou, wants to force a shareholder vote over the airline's plans to by new aircraft from Airbus, resuming a long-running dispute with the company he founded.

In January, easyJet confirmed an order with EADS unit Airbus for 15 A320 aircraft with options on further 33.

Haji-Ioannou on Wednesday said the terms of the Airbus order, initially agreed in 2006, had changed sufficiently to push the UK Listing Authority (UKLA) to force easyJet to obtain shareholder consent to press ahead with the deal.

"My lawyers are in touch with the UKLA -- it will be good to see if the regulators have got any teeth in this country," Haji-Ioannou told Reuters.

"The price of Airbus planes is rising by around 5 percent a year at present and an A320 now costs at least $85 million at list prices, which is far greater than the price of $51 million which was given in an easyJet circular in 2006."

In an 11-page letter sent to Chairman Michael Rake this week, Haji-Ioannou, who with his family has a 38 percent stake and wants easyJet to cut its fleet, said the board should have sought shareholder approval for the order and investors should vote on the deal before any further payments are made to Airbus.

Asked to comment on the situation, an Airbus spokeswoman would only say: "This is an internal easyJet matter."

If the board does not seek shareholder consent, Haji-Ioannou said he would call a general meeting and seek the removal of a randomly selected non-executive director from the board in a show of shareholder power.

The carrier has a fleet of about 200 aircraft -- all but two made by Airbus -- and has orders for a further 43 Airbus planes, including the A320s. Earlier this year, easyJet Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said the new orders would help deliver its growth strategy.

"I'm not micro-managing or criticising management but I do feel that the company is seriously underperforming," said Haji-Ioannou. "It's a tough environment -- that's why you shouldn't be buying planes."

EasyJet shares, which have fallen a quarter in value in 2011, were down 1.3 percent at 319.75 pence by 1135 GMT, valuing the business at around 1.4 billion pounds ($2.2 billion).

Haji-Ioannou also urged easyJet to consider other plane manufacturers, including Boeing and Bombardier , which he claims offer better value than Airbus.

"This incestuous relationship with Airbus developed by the directors has to come to an end and proper and transparent tenders have to be issued giving the opportunity to other aircraft manufacturers to compete for the company's business," he said in the letter sent to Rake.

The tycoon's relationship with easyJet's board has deteriorated in recent years and he voted against a resolution to approve directors' pay earlier this year.

EasyJet said on Wednesday in response to the letter: "The commercial value of the deal reflected substantially less than the current Airbus list prices for the aircraft."

The Luton, southern England-based carrier said it intended to hold the size of its fleet at a maximum of 204 aircraft until at least the end of next year.
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The Irish Times
Thursday, August 4, 2011
Ryanair reaches 8m passenger milestone

RYANAIR LAST month became the first airline in Europe to carry eight million passengers in a single month.

Figures published yesterday show that Ryanair carried 8.08 million passengers in July, which it predicted would be more than Aer Lingus will handle on its short-haul network in the whole of this year.

The figure represented a 6 per cent year on year increase for Ryanair. Its load factor was one percentage point up at 89 per cent.

“It’s a milestone for Ryanair and for low cost airlines,” chief executive Michael O’Leary said at a press conference in Dublin yesterday.

Mr O’Leary criticised the Government for its recent decision not to scrap the €3 air travel tax and not to accept its offer to bring an additional five million passengers to Ireland over five years on the condition that airport charges for these people are set at zero.

“Ireland is losing out on the enormous growth that Ryanair continues to deliver to other airports in Europe,” he said. “Why are Irish airports and Irish tourism losing out on this growth?”

Mr O’Leary said Ryanair would not grow its services from Dublin, Cork or Shannon until the air tax was abolished and a “40 per cent increase in passenger charges” was reversed.

Earlier this week, Minister for Transport Leo Varadkar said the €3 travel tax would remain until next spring at least as airlines had not indicated to him their willingness to restore capacity or launch new routes from Irish airports.

An abolition of the tax had been offered by the Government as part of its jobs initiative if airlines were prepared to grow their traffic.

Mr O’Leary said he was prepared to continue to work on the issue with Mr Varadkar “at least . . . for another year”.

Mr O’Leary claimed that traffic at Dublin, Cork and Shannon would contract this year by one million passengers to 21.6 million, while Ryanair would grow its numbers to 75 million across Europe.

“While Ryanair grows, sadly Irish air traffic and tourism continues to decline because of the government’s travel tax and the DAA’s high airport fees. Every other country is seeing growth at its airports,” he said.

The Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) disputed Mr O’Leary’s claim yesterday that its passenger traffic would decline this year.

Ryanair said yesterday that it was cutting its schedule at Dublin Airport by 15 per cent this coming winter.

Mr O’Leary once again called for the DAA to be broken up, calling for Shannon and Cork airports to be sold off and the two terminals in the capital offloaded to competing operators.

The Ryanair boss cited the decision of competition bodies in the UK to force a breakup of the British Airport Authority.

Mr O’Leary said the DAA could continue to run the runway, shops and car parks.

“Even they can’t get that wrong,” he added.

He also restated his opposition to Dublin Metro being built and urged the Government to scrap this plan, which had been pursued by the previous Fianna Fáil-Green Party administration.

“A country that’s broke cannot waste €5 billion that it doesn’t have building a Noddy train set to Dublin Airport,” he said.

“There are no people stranded at Dublin Airport,” he added.

FACT OR FICTION? A CLOSER LOOK AT O'LEARY'S STATEMENTS

MICHAEL O’LEARY let loose at the usual suspects at a press conference in Dublin yesterday in his war of attrition over travel taxes and airport charges. And, as usual, he played fast and loose with the facts.

He said the Dublin Airport Authority had stopped publishing its monthly traffic figures.

That’s not quite right. Figures for Dublin airport – by far the biggest run by the DAA – are published on its website each month.

He said traffic at Dublin airport would decline this year.

Actually, it increased by 6 per cent in the first six months to nine million passengers.

O’Leary said the DAA’s current route incentive scheme at Dublin airport offered rebates on passenger charges relative to an airline’s market share. So, if Ryanair added one million passengers in Dublin this year it would only get a 40 per cent rebate to reflect its share of traffic there. The balance would be shared with other airlines.

In fact, at the behest of the new Government, the DAA changed these terms. Airlines are getting full rebates for all of their new traffic, albeit subject to some conditions.

O’Leary also launched a broadside against the Central Statistics Office, saying its first quarter visitor statistics were “horseshit”.

On May 26th, the CSO said visitor numbers to Ireland rose by 8.6 per cent in the period. O’Leary argued that this did not tally with figures for reductions in air capacity and reductions in passenger numbers at Irish airports during the period. Ferry numbers were also down so, unless “they’re swimming here”, the figures are rubbish, he argued.

Actually, the CSO figures also show that outbound traffic by Irish residents fell by 11.7 per cent. The CSO said that when aggregated, the number of trips was down 3 per cent in the quarter.

O’Leary had a cut at the CSO’s data-gathering, claiming only 20,000 passengers are polled.

Page four of the CSO’s Q1 release states that the sample size of the Q1 survey was 88,000.

O’Leary claimed he had received “no response” from the Government to his offer to bring an extra five million passengers to Ireland within five years.

“No written response was sent to Ryanair about their proposals, but the Minister spoke to Michael O’Leary last week about the matter,” the department told The Irish Times yesterday.
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Ryanair aims to double passenger numbers
October 25, 2011
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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

RYANAIR is aiming to double its annual passenger numbers over the next 10 years by boosting its fleet by around 200 aircraft.

The company said shareholders could benefit from two more special dividend payments before any fleet order deal is done.

The airline hopes to boost the number of passengers it carries every year from 70 million to 130 million over the course of the next decade. This will be facilitated by a significant growth in fleet capacity over the same timeframe.

Ryanair chief Michael O’Leary told the Financial Times the airline could take a large delivery of planes over a six-year window between 2015 and 2021. This would expand Ryanair’s fleet numbers from 300 to 500 aircraft. Mr O’Leary also said management would consider owning planes made by different manufacturers, despite such a move increasing the airline’s operating costs.

Currently, Ryanair only owns Boeing-made aircraft. However, the airline is in talks with Boeing (despite previous agreements falling flat), Comac of China and Russian firm, Irkut. Ryanair paid a special dividend — its first — worth €500 million last year, after its last fleet expansion talks were scrapped. It is not planning to pay shareholders an annual dividend any time soon.

Mr O’Leary also said the next growth phase would include expansion into Scandinavia and further into eastern Europe.

"Staying as is for the next 10 to 20 years sounds a bit too much like just lethargy; we’re not going to stop there," he said.

Nearly doubling passenger numbers in the next 10 years would maintain Ryanair’s status as one of the largest carriers in the world. Europe’s largest airline, Lufthansa carried 91 million people last year.

Mr O’Leary said continued demand for low-cost air travel will help boost Ryanair’s market share in coming years in the short haul European market.

A spokesperson for the airline said long-haul jets wouldn’t be under consideration in any fleet expansion programme. Such plans mooted by Mr O’Leary, in recent years, seem to remain grounded for now, but would still likely be launched under a different brand name or a sister company to Ryanair.

Meanwhile, Ryanair also published monthly customer service data for September, yesterday. It showed 92% of its flights during the month arrived on time — marking a 9% improvement on the same month last year. It added that it received less than one complaint per thousand passengers in the month.

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This weekend Ryanair flew its last ever flight out of Aberdeen airport, a 1400 service to Dublin.
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Ryanair Half Year Profits Rise 20% to €544m
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Ryanair, the world’s favourite airline today (Nov 7) announced a 20% increase in half year profits to €544m. Revenues rose 24% to €2.7bn, traffic grew 12% and ave. fares increased 13%. Unit costs rose 13% due mainly to longer sectors and a 37% increase in fuel costs. Excluding fuel, sector length adjusted unit costs did not increase at all.

Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, said:

“We are pleased to report a 20% increase in the half year net profits to €544m. This is a testament to the strength of Ryanair’s lowest fare/lowest cost model which delivered robust traffic and profit growth despite, significantly higher oil prices, and an economic downturn in Europe. The 13% rise in ave. fares (which includes optional baggage fees) is due to slower growth, a better mix of new routes and bases, as well as rising competitor fares/fuel surcharges.

Ancillary sales rose 15% to €487m, slightly faster than traffic growth. We extended our reserved seating trial from 40 to 80 routes, and if successful we will extend it to more routes in our network. We also launched the Ryanair “Cash Passport” Mastercard prepaid card in the UK and Italy, and we intend to roll it out across the network over the coming months, to provide passengers with a no cost prepaid card for use on Ryanair.com (to avoid our optional admin. fees) and many other retailers.

New routes and bases continue to perform well. Our 45th base in Manchester opened last week. Our 46th (Wroclaw - Poland) and 47th (Baden Baden - Germany) bases will start in March 2012. We also plan to open our 48th base at Warsaw (Modlin) as soon as our current negotiations with the airport have been concluded. The recession and higher oil prices continues to force competitors to consolidate, and cut capacity and routes, which creates further growth opportunities for Ryanair as European airports compete aggressively to win our route and traffic growth.

Unit costs increased 13% primarily due to longer sectors and a 37% rise in fuel costs. Excluding fuel, sector length adjusted unit costs were flat, as we continued to rigorously control costs despite a 2% pay increase, higher Eurocontrol fees, and substantially higher charges at Dublin Airport which were recently described as “insane” by Aer Lingus and “too excessive” by Etihad. We are 90% hedged for FY12 at $820 per tonne (approx. $82 pbl), up 12% on last year but significantly below current prices. We have recently extended our FY13 fuel cover and are 90% hedged for H1 at $990 per tonne ($99pbl) and 50% for H2 at $980 per tonne ($98pbl).

Ryanair’s balance sheet remains one of the strongest in the industry with €3.1bn in cash despite returning €931m to shareholders over the past three years. We have significantly reduced net debt during H1 from €709m to €372m despite another €85m share buyback. We have taken advantage of lower interest rates to fix almost 60% of our existing debt for the next 7 years at “all in” rates of just over 3.7%. Our long term dollar hedging programme will ensure that all our 35 Boeing deliveries in calendar 2011 & 2012 are funded at €/$ exchange rates of 1.43, significantly better than current rates.

We regret the decision of the Ferrovial/BAA monopoly to further delay the sale of Stansted (and instead bring forward the sale of Edinburgh), to comply with the UK Competition Commission’s 2009 breakup recommendation. While the Competition Appeals Tribunal considers this pointless judicial review, these delays allow BAA Stansted to continue to charge excessive fees and generate monopoly profits, even as Stansted’s traffic declines from 24m passengers in 2007 to less than 18m in 2011. Since 2007 Stansted airport charges have doubled to pay for a 2nd runway project which has now been abandoned. The UK Competition Commission must end these interminable delays and judicial reviews and expedite the early sale of Stansted to allow competition to deliver lower costs, and improved customer service, where Ferrovial’s high prices at Stansted and the CAA’s “inadequate” regulatory/regime has failed.

A recent 2010 Airport Survey showed that Dublin Airport fell 14 places from No. 61 to No. 75 of the world’s top 100 airports, and suffered the biggest traffic decline in 2010, with a fall of over 10%. While most other UK and European airports grew in 2010 by reducing charges, Dublin Airport increased charges by over 40% and suffered a 4th consecutive year of decline. The DAA monopoly is not fit for purpose and is damaging Irish traffic and tourism. Ireland cannot afford an uncompetitive state owned and protected airport monopoly which delivers 40% cost increases and traffic declines at the expense of Irish tourism, jobs, and the economy. We regret the failure to date by the new Government to deliver any change or reform in its airports or tourism policy. Like their predecessors the new Government has yet to deliver any change at the Department of Transport, and sadly seem to believe that protecting the high cost DAA monopoly and commissioning consultant’s reports can somehow substitute for change or transformation.

Last weeks provisional agreement to allow IAG/BA to buy BMI from Lufthansa was an expected development in the continuing consolidation process among Europe’s high fare airlines. The fact that IAG/BA will control over 60% of the shorthaul slots at Heathrow will mirror Lufthansa’s 60% share of Frankfurt slots and Air France’s 60% share of Charles de Gaulle slots. We believe this takeover will be rubber stamped in due course by both the EU and UK Competition Authorities. This will highlight, yet again, the EU’s blatantly discriminatory prohibition on Ryanair’s failed 2006 offer for Aer Lingus and the UK OFT’s more recent unjustified, and in our view out of time, investigation into a 5 year old failed merger between two Irish companies. This OFT wild goose chase and waste of public funds continues despite the fact that Aer Lingus has repeatedly ignored Ryanair’s 29% shareholding including denying our lawful EGM requests over the last 5 years. The reality is that all the evidence over the past 5 years points to the fact that (as the EU previously found) Ryanair has no control or influence over Aer Lingus.

Ryanair’s capacity cuts will mean that traffic in H2 will fall by 4%. In November, for example, we expect to report a traffic decline of 10% or almost 500k passengers as we ground up to 80 aircraft due to higher oil prices. While H1 yields were slightly better than forecast, our outlook remains cautious. Based on current Q3 bookings and very limited visibility into Q4 we now expect H2 yields will rise by up to 14%, slightly better than the 12% previously guided. Accordingly we are raising our full year net profit guidance by 10% from €400m to €440m, subject of course to the final outturn of Q4 yields”.

Detailed figures : http://www.ryanair.com/en/news/ryana...t-to-544m-euro
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Ryanair Opens 8 Warsaw Modlin Routes From 16 July 2012
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BRUSSELS, BUDAPEST, DUBLIN, LONDON, MILAN, OSLO, ROME
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Ryanair, the world’s favourite airline, today (8th Feb) announced it would open 8 routes from Warsaw to Brussels, Budapest, Dublin, London, Milan, Oslo, Rome and Stockholm as soon as Warsaw’s new Modlin airport opens on 16 July 2012. These 8 new Warsaw routes will deliver 700,000 passengers p.a. and create up to 700 local jobs at Modlin Airport.

Ryanair’s entry into Warsaw Modlin Airport will deliver much needed competition and substantially lower airfares than those offered by the high fare (loss making) airlines LOT and Wizzair, and Ryanair will celebrate its 8 new low fare Warsaw (Modlin) routes by releasing launch fares from €24.99/PLN99, which is less than half Wizz’s lowest fares to/from Warsaw in July 2012.

Ryanair’s 8 new Warsaw routes go on sale at one way fares from just €24.99/PLN99 on www.ryanair.com tomorrow.

In Warsaw, Ryanair’s Michael O’Leary said:

“Ryanair is pleased to announce our first 8 Warsaw routes to Brussels, Budapest, Dublin, London, Milan, Oslo, Rome and Stockholm when Warsaw Modlin airport opens on 16 July next. Ryanair’s 8 new Warsaw Modlin routes will deliver at least 700,000 passengers p.a. and sustain 700 local jobs. Now Polish consumers/ visitors can beat the recession and escape both LOT and Wizzair’s high fares by switching to Ryanair’s lowest fares and our no fuel surcharge guarantee flights to/ from Modlin Airport.

“To celebrate these 8 new Warsaw Modlin routes Ryanair is releasing launch fares from €24.99/PLN99, which is less than half Wizz’s lowest fares. These are available for booking until midnight Thursday (9th Feb). Since seats at these crazy low prices will be snapped up quickly, we urge passengers to book them immediately on www.ryanair.com.”
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Ryanair (FR) says Commercial Aircraft Corp. of China (COMAC) is looking at potential modifications that the Irish low-cost carrier (LCC) would like to see in the C919 single-aisle jet. The LCC has been in talks with COMAC for some time over the possibility of ordering the 180-seat twinjet, although it would have to be stretched slightly to hit FR's sweet spot of a 199-seat airliner.

The Irish carrier operates solely Boeing 737s. The C919 is due to enter service toward the end of the decade. "We continue to work with the Chinese, even though it's a long-term thing," FR deputy CEO and CFO Howard Millar said in London.

"We find them very interesting and they're willing to listen to what we want. For example, we asked whether they could make the aircraft's doorways wider so two people could walk through them simultaneously, to help with our turnaround times. They're looking into that."
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This thread is dedicated to the entire AirAsia. This airline group is expanding and might posibly open up more hubs or subsadries in other coutries so it is great to have all AirAsia related news in one thread.


AirAsia Berhad (MYX: 5099) is a Malaysian-based low-cost airline. AirAsia is Asia's largest low-fare, no-frills airline and a pioneer of low-cost travel in Asia.[4] AirAsia group operates scheduled domestic and international flights to over 400 destinations spanning 25 countries. Its main hub is the Low-Cost Carrier Terminal (LCCT) at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA). Its affiliate airlines Thai AirAsia, Indonesia AirAsia, AirAsia Philippines and AirAsia Japan have hubs in Suvarnabhumi Airport, Soekarno–Hatta International Airport, Clark International Airport and Narita International Airport respectively. AirAsia's registered office is in Petaling Jaya, Selangor while its head office is at Kuala Lumpur International Airport.[5][6]

Thai AirAsia (Thai: ไทยแอร์เอเชีย) is a joint venture of Malaysian low-fare airline AirAsia (Thai: แอร์เอเชีย) and Thailand's Asia Aviation. It serves AirAsia's regularly scheduled domestic and international flights from Bangkok and other cities in Thailand.
Thai AirAsia was the only low-cost airline operating both domestic and international flights from the Suvarnabhumi Airport.[5] The airline shifted all operations from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Don Mueang International Airport effective 1 October 2012.

Indonesia AirAsia (operating as Indonesia AirAsia) is a low-cost airline based in Jakarta, Indonesia. It operates scheduled domestic, international services and is an Indonesian associate carrier of Malaysian low-fare airline AirAsia. Its main base is Soekarno-Hatta International Airport, Jakarta.[3] Until July 2010, Indonesia Air Asia, along with many Indonesian airlines, was banned from flying to the EU due to safety concerns. However the ban was lifted on July 2010.[4] As of 15 April 2009, all AirAsia domestic flights from Jakarta started operating from terminal 3 but the international flights continues to operate from terminal 2D.[5] Prior to moving to T3, the airline flew from Terminal 1C. Indonesia AirAsia is listed in category 1 by Indonesian Civil Aviation Authority for airline safety quality.[6] In 2011, a 100 percent Airbus Indonesia Air Asia dominated international market in Indonesia by 41.50 percent.,[7].

AirAsia Philippines is a low-cost carrier based in the Philippines.[2] AirAsia Philippines will have its main hub of operation at the Clark International Airport in Angeles City, Pampanga. The airline is the Philippine affiliate of AirAsia, a budget airline based in Malaysia. The airline is a joint venture between Filipino investors and AirAsia International Ltd, a subsidiary of AirAsia Inc. The Filipino group include Antonio Cojuangco, Jr., former owner of Associated Broadcasting Company with flagship television station TV5, Micheal Romero, a real estate developer and port operator, and Marianne Hontiveros. The joint venture was approved on December 7, 2010 by the Board of Investments, an agency in the Philippines in charge of big ticket investments. AirAsia Philippines is on the list of air carriers banned in the European Union.[3]

AirAsia X is a long-haul, budget airline based in Malaysia. The airline is operated by AirAsia X Sdn. Bhd. (previously known as FlyAsianXpress Sdn. Bhd.).[2] It commenced operations on 2 November 2007. Its first service flew from Kuala Lumpur International Airport, Malaysia, to Gold Coast Airport in Australia. AirAsia X flies to destinations within Asia and Oceania. The airline operates a fleet of 11 aircraft and has placed orders for more.
AirAsia X is the international operation of the brand AirAsia, which is Asia's largest low-cost carrier. The franchise is able to keep costs down by using a common ticketing system, aircraft livery, employee uniforms, and management style.[3] AirAsia X is also affiliated with Virgin Group[4] and Air Canada.

AirAsia Japan Co., Ltd (エアアジア・ジャパン株式会社 Eāajia Japan Kabushiki-Gaisha) is a low-cost airline headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. The airline is joint venture between Malaysia's AirAsia and Japan's All Nippon Airways. It is the fifth subsidiary for AirAsia and the ninth for ANA. The first flight for the airline began on 1 August 2012 from Tokyo Narita to Fukuoka.[3]

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