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Old 22nd Mar 2023, 00:03
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Has G-ETAC been wfu?
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Old 22nd Mar 2023, 09:16
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Originally Posted by Gurnard
Ah, well.... When the airfield and runway have been upgraded there will be an ATR72 available for medical emergencies.
Not unless they lease them from Blue Islands !


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Old 23rd Mar 2023, 15:29
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So, now Aurigny has no Dornier in operation... just in this afternoon....

ALDERNEY DISRUPTION - 23/03/2023
Our Dornier has suffered a technical issue in the form of a flat tyre at Southampton earlier this morning upon arrival of flight GR501. We are working hard to transport an engineer across to Southampton as soon as possible in order to minimalise disruption.
Unfortunately, due to Alderney's restricted hours, we have been unable to secure an extension to the hours of operation tonight. In addition, our second Dornier is currently under maintenance as we prepare for the busy summer season schedule.

Since over a year they always seem to have one of the aircraft "under maintenance"
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Old 23rd Mar 2023, 22:56
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Originally Posted by Nuweiba
So, now Aurigny has no Dornier in operation... just in this afternoon....

ALDERNEY DISRUPTION - 23/03/2023
Our Dornier has suffered a technical issue in the form of a flat tyre at Southampton earlier this morning upon arrival of flight GR501. We are working hard to transport an engineer across to Southampton as soon as possible in order to minimalise disruption.
Unfortunately, due to Alderney's restricted hours, we have been unable to secure an extension to the hours of operation tonight. In addition, our second Dornier is currently under maintenance as we prepare for the busy summer season schedule.

Since over a year they always seem to have one of the aircraft "under maintenance"
It's been under maintenance for 2 months now - could it have been done faster than that?

I believe the issues with G-ORAI at BHX the other day was due to a tyre also.

G-OGFC also spent several hours on the ground at GCI this afternoon resulting in the outbound Birmingham being delayed 2 hours, and then the turnaround in Birmingham took 90 minutes rather than 30 losing them another hour... the 7:20pm Gatwick flight is now due in at 10:30pm as a knock-on from that.

On the plus side the Embraer has been back since yesterday, so hopefully things will settle down with the summer timetable starting this weekend, I guess they are still a little vulnerable on teh GCI - UK runs until G-OATR is back.
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Old 25th Mar 2023, 21:45
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Originally Posted by Skipness One Foxtrot
Has G-ETAC been wfu?
It must have heard you! Back in service yesterday - 24th.
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Old 26th Mar 2023, 14:54
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Whatís happening now with the embraer 195 long term in the fleet does anybody know if itís being kept or not?
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Old 11th Apr 2023, 23:31
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London City /Stansted

Last year, Aurigny were rumoured to be adding another London base. They even sent a questionnaire out about it asking for the peopleís favourite

I donít think it ever emerged

The departure board from GCI must be the blandest ever; all Aurigny bar a few Blue Islands

Just loads of LGW, no LCY, LTN , STN or SEN

Even Flybe tried LHR

Anyone have any inside information as to whether this situation Ďis ití as far as 2023 is concerned?
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Old 12th Apr 2023, 09:01
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Originally Posted by bmaviscount
Last year, Aurigny were rumoured to be adding another London base. They even sent a questionnaire out about it asking for the peopleís favourite

I donít think it ever emerged

The departure board from GCI must be the blandest ever; all Aurigny bar a few Blue Islands

Just loads of LGW, no LCY, LTN , STN or SEN

Even Flybe tried LHR

Anyone have any inside information as to whether this situation Ďis ití as far as 2023 is concerned?
No inside information but according to the ACL reports they applied for and were awarded 18 pairs of slots at LCY for the summer season but appear to have handed them back... I presume this is all based around what happens with the Embraer long term.

They have also constantly applied for Heathrow slots every season but realistically that is never going to happen unless specific slots are ring-fenced for regional connections
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Old 28th Jun 2023, 10:17
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Aurigny has made a profit in 22/23, only its 3rd in State ownership. The Guernsey States accounts showed that the airline was expected to make a £1.4m. loss in 2022, but Aurigny instead declared a £6m. profit, its best result in 20 yeas of Government ownership. Of the £6m. noted in the accounts, £1.8m. was States’ impairments and provision.

The £4.2m. of Aurigny’s profit came from improvements made to operation productivity.

Passenger losses were reduced from £17.15 per person in 2019 to £1.06 in 2022.

Aircraft productivity was increased by 36%, staff proactivity by 5.8% and fuel consumption was reduced by 10% – the equivalent to 1.4m. litres.

The airline made this improvement by switching to more ATR flights as opposed to the Embraer jet, which is 35% more fuel-heavy per seat than the ATRs. It also ensured flights were full of passengers, with fewer empty seats.

Aurigny carried 520,000 passengers in 2022, which is 98.5% of pre-Covid 2019 levels.
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Old 29th Jun 2023, 06:30
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Its great that they are making money at last

Its come at a bit of a price though

All the external competition seems to have left the aviation scene in Guernsey

Its Aurigny or nothing. Lots of problems recently with aircraft going tech and passengers stranded

They are essentially a low cost airline now
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Old 29th Jun 2023, 11:05
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I think the only link between Aurigny being in profit and competition is that Flybe's evaporation means the ATRs can be better utilised; particularly to EXT and BHX. Other key factors seem to be using the Embraer less; 10% reduction in fuel burn across the operation this year.

Also not sure about the comparison with a 'low cost airline'; e.g. EU261 doesn't apply in the Channel Islands and so Blue Islands doesn't pay for accommodation for passengers when fog-bound (not a dig as such - they're perfectly entitled not to, and it's in their conditions of carriage). Aurigny still does this on a voluntary basis, even at departure airports (my mother was put up in Southampton recently; many airlines would have sent her on the 2h30m journey home by train). Likewise, it routinely pays to extend airport operating hours to get people home when weather delays come. This isn't the behaviour of a classic low-cost airline.

You can look at the Alderney operation quite separately, as it's run under a PSO and funded entirely at the discretion of the States (i.e. subject to only operational control by GR). The recent delays were due to G-ETAC being in Oberpfaffenhofen for maintenance, leaving GR with only G-OAUR to run the routes, which then went tech. Unfortunately they were landed with a two-plane model by the previous States of Guernsey administration, which forced this through in full knowledge of its fragility.
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The usual informative & factual contribution from AeroMad. Thanks. I am not, by any means, a fan of AUR but I am pleased that they have started to make money .... at last !
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 16:08
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The below in red copied from the Guernsey thread.

Originally Posted by GCILover
I have also been informed that the (Aurigny) jet is leaving in December. The shortage in Gatwick seats will be compensated by a double daily London City service, the shortage in Manchester seats will be compensated by a Liverpool service. They are also supposedly looking at doing a Paris service on a Friday and Monday.


I can't see a Liverpool flight being a success, I would have thought that a third daily MAN would be better (if slots are available at MAN).
Good to hear LCY is possibly back on though.

I'm assuming an additional ATR is going to be joining the fleet to service these routes?
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 18:55
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On the basis on there still being a spare aircraft like there is now which does a limited schedule when required, I presumed x2 ATRs joining.

1 to directly replace the Embraer's schedule and then the second to effectively operate x2 LCY, along with Paris and also Liverpool on some of the days that Manchester only currently operates x1 daily on the Embraer, rather than going double daily all the time on MAN.

With LCY closed Saturday afternoon/ Sunday morning that would effectively allow for a small increase in current frequencies, or something like an EDI on Saturday afternoons to fill the aircraft's schedule

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Old 10th Aug 2023, 18:58
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Agree with you about Liverpool; & I canít see the Paris route lasting very long, either.
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Old 10th Aug 2023, 20:44
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Originally Posted by kcockayne
Agree with you about Liverpool; & I canít see the Paris route lasting very long, either.

Paris need an operator with onward connections - AF Hop would be ideal.

Talking of onward connections the BA website is now selling flights from GCI with Aurigny provided you are booking with onward connections, interestingly it's not only flights departing LGW that are bookable but those from LHR too. I'm hoping LCY gets thrown into the mix as well. Aurigny make no mention of this anywhere on their website - that I've seen so far anyway.
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This is precisely the sort of arrangement that AUR need if they are to turn the current small profit into something more consistent & lucrative. I have been somewhat critical of the airline, but I support them in their efforts to move forward & make commercial progress. This is very difficult for them to do without expanding their horizons & by relying on their traditional "Guernsey centric" operation. In this regard, I feel that there is nowhere left for them to go. Hence my support for alliances with larger airlines.

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Old 11th Aug 2023, 10:40
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The interline agreement with BA is vital for a LCY route to work. The route does not have the demand for just LCY-GCO pax but with the interline agreement people will be able to fly in from almost anywhere in western Europe much more easily than via LHR and then trekking down to LGW.

Its taken a long time but things are definitely looking up !
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Old 15th Sep 2023, 08:03
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According to local BBC news Aurigny are to operate GCI-Paris next year (subsidy permitting), I assume it will be CDG rather than ORY?
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Old 15th Sep 2023, 08:31
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Originally Posted by Jerbourg
According to local BBC news Aurigny are to operate GCI-Paris next year (subsidy permitting), I assume it will be CDG rather than ORY?
Yes, according to ITV it would be CDG, Monday and Friday.

I presume we'll get some news soon about what is going on as the UK slot reports should be made public soon.
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