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PH-CKC Boeing 747-400F KLM Cargo operates Miami Horse Charter

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                                                      The Boeing 747 is becoming an increasingly rare visitor to Dublin as a result of a number of operators accelerating the retirement of the type due to the Covid-19 global pandemic.   On Wednesday 7th April PH-CKC Boeing 747-406F(ER) msn 33696 operated by Martinair Holland visited Dublin operating an inbound horse charter from Miami with the aircraft touching at 1533 local as MPH6122 departing to Amsterdam at 1748 local. According to Flightradar prior to operating the Dublin sector the aircraft operated Amsterdam to Bogota on the 6th April then operated Bogota to Miami arriving at 0039 local on 7th April. KLM Cargo operates a fleet of 4 Boeing 747-400ERF and 6 Boeing 787-10 aircraft. Image courtesy of Elevationair  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 11 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

UTAir Boeing 767-200 operates UNIFIL Troop Charter

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                                                                   Russian airline UTAir operated a UNIFIL Troop Charter on behalf of the Department of Defence using VP-BAL Boeing 767-224(ER) msn 30439. The aircraft positioned Moscow Vnukovo to Dublin on Tuesday 6th April as UTA9135 arriving 1345 local. The next morning the aircraft operated a same return to Damascus as UTA9136 departing at 0753 local returning at 2235 local. The aircraft departed back to Moscow Vnukovo as UTA9138 at 2355 local. UTair Aviation is a Russian airline based at Khanty-Mansiysk Airport (HMA). It is the third largest Russian carrier by passenger volume. The airline serves over 60 destinations in 11 countries across Europe and Asia using a fleet of ATR72, Boeing 737 classics and Boeing 737 next generation and 3 Boeing 767-200 aircraft. Image courtesy of Elevationair   Irish Aviation Research Institute © 11 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

Ethiopian Cargo operates Dublin Boeing 777 charter flight

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                                                    Ethiopian Cargo operated a once off Dublin Boeing Boeing 777-F60 flight on 29-30 March by ET-ARJ msn 42033. The aircraft operated Maastricht to Dublin as ETH3639 arriving 1926 local departing at 2333 local using same flight to Addis Ababa. Ethiopian Cargo operates a fleet of 13 dedicated freighters including 10 Boeing B777-200LRF and 3 Boeing B737-800F serving  57 global destinations in Africa, the Gulf, Middle East, Asia, Europe and the Americas with an annual cargo uplift of 432,417 tons. Ethiopian Cargo & Logistics Services in the strategic road map of Ethiopian - Vision 2025 envisions to be a full-fledged profit centre with annual revenue of $ 2 Billion, 19 dedicated aircraft, 62 global freighter destinations and annual tonnage of 820,000 tons. Image courtesy of Elevationair   Irish Aviation Research Institute © 11 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

Neos takes delivery of two new Irish registered Boeing 737 MAX aircraft

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                                                                 Neos an Italian leisure airline, headquartered in Via della Chiesa, Somma Lombardo. The airline is a subsidiary of Alpitour S.p.A, has taken delivery of two Irish registered Boeing 737 MAX Aircraft EI-RZA and EI-RZB. The carrier is expected to take delivery of a further two Irish registered Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft this month registered EI-RZC and EI-RZD respectively. This week on 30-31 March the two Boeing 737-8 MAX EI-RZA msn 62869 and EI-RZB msn 43920 where delivered Boeing Field to Glasgow for a fuel stop before departure to Neo's base in Milan Malpensa. NEOS was founded in June 2001 and obtained the Air Carrier Certificate on the 7th March 2002 from the National Civil Aviation Body (ENAC), commencing operations with a Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The NEOS fleet is composed of six Boeing 737-800 , two Boeing 737-8 and six Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner.  The airline has bases at Bologna, Milan Malpensa, and Verona from all

Aer Lingus operates Airbus A321LR CAA Proving Flight

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                                                                    Aer Lingus positioned EI-LRE Airbus A321-253NXLR msn 10245 from Dublin to Manchester on Monday 29th March to operate a proving flight for the UK Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) in anticipation of the awarding of its UK Air Operator Certificate (AOC). The aircraft departed Dublin as EIN2200 at 0751 local arriving Manchester 0825. The aircraft departed Manchester on its proving flight at 1025 local using callsign 'EIN1CA' routing over Ireland into Shanwick oceanic airspace northwest of Ireland and later returned to Manchester landing at 1425 local.  The aircraft departed Manchester at 1601 local as EIN2201 landing in Dublin at 1655 local. Aer Lingus announced on 24th March the launch its first ever transatlantic services from Manchester to the US and the Caribbean, which will create up to 120 new jobs. The airline s will commence four new routes from Manchester Airport flying to New York JFK and Orlando from 29 Ju

ASL Airlines Group secures UK AOC to pursue growth opportunities

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                                                                  ASL Airlines United Kingdom has received its Air Operator Certificate (AOC) and its Operating Licence from the UK Civil Aviation Authority, becoming the world’s newest cargo airline. ASL UK will be closely aligned to ASL Airlines Ireland with common SOPs and shared support services as part of it's ‘centres of excellence’ strategy. ASL Aviation Holdings Chief Operating Officer Colin Grant said "Our decision to establish a UK airline was customer focussed, we want to offer our customers flexibility in their route planning when they want to operate domestically in the UK, or, in time, to fly from the UK to the EU." The new airline’s first flight was operated by an ATR72-202 freighter from East Midlands Airport to Belfast International Airport on 25th March. The aircraft, registered G-OASL formerly registered as EI-SOA, became the first aircraft on the AOC and it will operate to Belfast International Airport da

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 29 March

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                                                                   Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 29 March: https://bit.ly/3w2eOSW

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 29 March

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                                                                   Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 29 March: https://bit.ly/3fkGzAl

Third Ethiopian Cargo Boeing 737-800SF transits Dublin on delivery

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                                                                    Ethiopian Cargo has taken delivery of its third Boeing 737-800 freighter, with the aircraft transiting Dublin on it's delivery flight from the United States. The aircraft underwent its passenger to freighter (P2F) conversion at Aeronautical Engineering, Inc. authorized Conversion Center, Commercial Jet, in Miami. The aircraft registered ET-AYL Boeing 737-804(F) msn 32903 routed Dothan-Washington Dulles-Dublin-Addis Ababa on the 23-25 March 2021 using callsign 'ETH 9201'. The aircraft landed in Dublin at 1950 local on 24 March departing next day at 1104 local. Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO, Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam, said "I would like to express my delight upon the delivery of the B737-800SF converted freighter aircraft. The delivery of the aircraft is a significant addition to our freighter capacity and frequency and will enhance our capability to serve short-haul destinations in Africa and the Middle Ea

Unique Ilyushin Il-62M visits Shannon Airport

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                                                                  Thursday 18th March saw a very unique Belarus airline Rada Airlines operated EW-450TR Ilyushin Il-62MGr serial number 4546257 arrive in Shannon Airport from Orsha Belarus for an overnight stop departing next day to Zargeb, Croaita. The aircraft has a very interesting history with first flight on 31st October 1985 later delivered to East German carrier Interflug on 12th December 1985 as DDR-SET later taking up registration D-AOAK. It was later sold by Interflug with service across the CIS with a number of carriers Aeroflot, Abakan-Avia, Uzbekistan Airways, Panaf Airways and KAPO Gorbunov. The airline Rada Airlines has no base airport as such but has agreements with the airports in Orsha and Gomel in Belarus. In an interview with Russian Aviation Insider CCO Dmitry Ishchenko said "As a charter airline we are planning to fly around the world without being tied to Belarus".  The airline operates a fleet of two TCO-

9H-AEO Airbus A320-214 Malta Medair visits Dublin Airport

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                                                                  On Thursday 25th March new Maltese carrier Malta Medair Airbus A320-214 registered 9H-AEO msn 2768 visited Dublin operating a charter to and from Malta as MMO1220/1 arriving at 1051 local departing at 1148 local. The aircraft is painted in "Valletta - European Capital of Culture" special colours and operated in 168 seat class economy layout. Malta MedAir is a private company registered under the name of Malta Air Travel Ltd, with its main shareholder being the Government of Malta. The company is operating as a European-based airline and was registered in Malta in January 2018 operating a single A320-200, 9H-AEO (msn 2768). The airline flies under a Maltese AOC and provides a range of services to aviation and non-aviation business customers in Europe and beyond. The airline’s activities include ACMI and charters both for short and long term. Image courtesy of Elevationair   Irish Aviation Research Institute © 28

Turkish Airlines launches new Dublin to Antalya route for Summer 21

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                                                                  Turkish Airlines is to launch a new Dublin to Antalya route for Summer 21 operating three times weekly on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday from 20th June to 12th September using Boeing 737-800 aircraft. The airline currently operates Dublin to Istanbul four times weekly using Airbus A321NEO/Airbus A330-300 aircraft increasing to daily for the summer season. Image courtesy of Turkish Airlines  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 18 March 2021 All Rights Reserved

SP-RKA Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair Sun (Buzz) Transferred to Ryanair UK

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                                                             In a intergroup transfer SP-RKA Boeing 737-8AS msn 44690 Ryanair Sun (Buzz) has been transferred to Ryanair UK as G-RUKB.  SP-RKA positioned Krakow to London Stansted as RYR2433 on the 5th March and was re-registered on the 10th March.  Ryanair UK is a  low-cost airline based at Stansted airport it commenced operations in March 2019. The airline is the UK subsidiary of the low-cost Irish airline group Ryanair Holdings, and a sister airline to Ryanair, Buzz and Malta Air.  Image courtesy of Ryanair  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 17 March 2021 All Rights Reserved

Irish Business & General Aviation Association (IBGAA) Takes Flight with Launch of Website

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                                                      Josh Stewart (Founding Chairman), Dave Scully (Founding Vice-Chairman), and Joe Buckley (Founding Executive Director) have announced the launch of ibgaa.com, the official website of the Irish Business & General Aviation Association. A collaborative online platform, ibgaa.com has been created to keep IBGAA members and the wider business and general aviation community updated on relevant industry-related news and announcements.  ibgaa.com is a connecting point for the industry and serves as a trusted source of vital information on all national, European and worldwide business and general aviation-related developments and innovations, as well as live data, statistics and analytics provided by WINGX.  “We are delighted to officially launch ibgaa.com – another hugely important milestone for Irish business and general aviation. Since co-founding IBGAA in September 2020, Dave Scully, Joe Buckley and I have been working to develop and s

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 15 March

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                                                                    Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 15 March: http://bit.ly/3trn25b

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 15 March

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                                                                    Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 15 March: http://bit.ly/30K8FMS

Hi Fly operates inaugural Airbus A330-900 into Dublin

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                                                                  On Friday 12th March CS-TKY msn 1929 HiFly operated the inaugural Airbus A330-941 into Dublin Airport. The aircraft operated to and from Manchester as HFY271/2P arriving at 0942 local and departing at 1212. The A330-900 was delivered to HiFly from Toulouse to Beja on 3rd September 2019 in a two class configuration with 18 business class and 353 economy class powered by RR Trent 7000-72 engines. Hi Fly is a widebody aircraft wet lease specialist operating worldwide on ACMI basis to the clients, i.e. including the crew, all the required maintenance and the aircraft and third party liability insurance. The Hi Fly brand is operated by two affiliated airlines, one based in Portugal and the other based in Malta. The airline operates a fleet of 11 Airbus A321, A330, A340 aircraft.  Image courtesy of Elevationair   Irish Aviation Research Institute © 14 March 2021 All Rights Reserved

Condor to operate on behalf of DHL Express on Leipzig-Shannon Route

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                                                    The German leisure carrier Condor has leased four Boeing 767-300’s to DHL Express to carry cargo instead of passengers. The leased aircraft will operate for DHL Express from their base in Leipzig to Cologne/ Bonn, Milan/Malpensa and Shannon. The partnership will initially extend until the end of May.  D-ABUI Boeing 767-330(ER) msn 26988 operated the first service CFG7160/1 on the Leipzig-Shannon-Leipzig on 22nd February. Chief Operating Officer Condor Christian Schmitt said  "We have already been operating more cargo flights over the past year and have expanded our expertise here. We are very pleased to now also work with such an experienced partner as DHL Express. The partnership also shows that Condor can flexibly adapt to circumstances in special situations and thus contribute an important part to the international supply chain in cooperation with DHL." DHL Express Senior Vice President Aviation Europe Markus Otto said &q

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 8 March

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                                                                   Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 8 March: http://bit.ly/3kSoXws

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 8 March

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                                                                   Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 8 March: http://bit.ly/3qwi4lr

Virgin Atlantic operates inaugural Airbus A350-1000 into Dublin

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                                                                 Virgin Atlantic operated the inaugural Airbus A350-1000 aircraft into Dublin Airport on Friday 5th with G-VTEA Airbus A350-1041 msn 426 named "Rosie Lee" operating VIR521 from London Heathrow touching down at 1739 local. The aircraft departed back to London Heathrow as VIR522 at 1905 local. The aircraft made its second visit to Dublin on Sunday 7th March operating VIR521/522.  The Airbus A350-1000 operated in the lieu of the Boeing 787-9 on its twice weekly cargo service.  The A350-1000 is capable of carrying up to 49 tonnes of cargo. Virgin Atlantic cargo has been operating a twice weekly cargo service into Dublin since May 2020 enabling Ireland’s medical technology, electronics and other industries to achieve same day connections to New York JFK, Los Angeles, Hong Kong, Tel Aviv and Johannesburg via London Heathrow. G-VTEA was delivered Toulouse to Manchester on 4th December powered by Rolls Royce  Trent XWB-9

Turkish Airlines Retro Livery Airbus A330 in Dublin

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                                                                 On Saturday 27th February Turkish Airlines Retro Livery Airbus A330-203 msn 742 registered at TC-JNC operating THY5RZ/5XV. This is second visit of the aircraft having perviously visited in March 2008. The aircraft named "Kushimoto" was painted into Retro special colours in October 2015 and is operated in two class configuration 18 business class and 232 economy seats. Eamonn Brennan Eurocontrol DG tweeted on 7th March the busiest airline in the Eurocontrol Network is Turkish Airlines operating 591 daily flights 50% of its 2019 scheduled. Istanbul Airport is the busiest airport with an average of 512 arrival and departures. Image courtesy of Elevationair   Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7 March 2021 All Rights Reserved

ASG Business Aviation Gulfstream G650 4K-ASG Visits Dublin

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                                                                  On Tuesday 2nd March 4K-ASG Gulfstream G650 msn 6610 ASG Business Aviation operated its first flight Dublin spending approximately one hour on the ground arriving from London Stansted departing to Farnborough. ASG Business Aviation part of the Silk Way Group is based Baku, Azerbaijan.  ASG Business Aviation carries out individual private flights and ground handling services at Baku, as well as other airports in Azerbaijan (Gabala, Ganja, Nakhchivan, Lankaran and Zagatala). It operates a fleet of ATR 42-500, Gulfstream G280, Gulfstream G450, Gulfstream G550, Gulfstream G650. Image courtesy of Elevationair   Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7 March 2021 All Rights Reserved

Aer Lingus Airbus A321LR EI-LRE Enters Revenue Service

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                                                                                                                                      The fifth Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX registered as EI-LRE msn 10245 operated its first revenue service from Dublin to Boston on Sunday 28th February as EIN137 departing at 1400 local arriving into Boston at 1537 local, returning on Monday 1st March as EIN136 landing in Dublin at 0440 local according to Flightradar24.com.  The aircraft had been in storage in Dublin since delivery on 7th December 2020. Data from Flightradar shows the aircraft performed a 28 minute test flight at Dublin as EIN990 on Saturday 27th February. A further three Airbus A321LR's to be delivered by March 2021 registered as EI-LRF, EI-LRG and EI-LRH all leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). Image courtesy of DUB Ramp  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 1 March 2021 All Rights Reserved

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 1 March

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                                                                   Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 1 March: http://bit.ly/302qExO