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Aer Lingus adds former Qatar Airways Airbus A330-300 to fleet

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                                                                  Aer Lingus has taken delivery of a former Qatar Airways Airbus A330-302 MSN 893 formerly registered as A7-AEM. The aircraft was delivered Châteauroux to Dublin on 16th March as QTR8171 touching down just before 1800 hours local. The aircraft was registered as EI-EIL on 17th March named "St. MacDara" and is in a two class configuration with 30 Premier and 275 economy class seats powered by GE CF6-80E1A4 engines. The aircraft is presently stored in Dublin awaiting entry to service.  Aer Lingus is currently operating its Airbus A330-300 aircraft on routes from Dublin to Boston (weekly), Chicago, London Heathrow (once daily EIN178/179) and New York JFK and ad-hoc cargo charters to destinations in United States. Image courtesy of Elevationair Irish Aviation Research Institute © 9 May 2021 All Rights Reserved

Hibernian Airlines adds third CRJ1000

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                                                                  Dublin based Hibernian Airlines currently operating on an ACMI basis has added a third CRJ100 to its fleet as part of the Air Nostrum Group. The EI-HBC Candair CRJ1000 MSN 19052 was registered at Valencia 29th April on transfer from parent company Air Nostrum formerly registered as EC-MNR. The three CRJ1000s are based in Valencia  Hibernian Airlines was set up in April 2017 and currently has 30 employees. Image courtesy of Air Nostrum  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 9 May 2021 All Rights Reserved

Ryanair announces new Irish Greek connections for Summer 2021

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                                                                    Irish budget carrier Ryanair announced two new routes from Ireland to Greece for the Summer 2021 season. On the 15th March the carrier announced a new route from Dublin to Rhodes operating twice weekly from 3rd July to 31st October followed by an announcement on the 6th April of a new route between Shannon and Corfu operating twice weekly from 3rd July to 31st October. This is the first time that Ryanair have ever operated to Greece from Shannon Airport.  Welcoming the announcement, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Group said "This is a really difficult period for the aviation sector and today’s announcement by Ryanair is very welcome and positive news for Shannon Airport. We have been working closely with Ryanair, to deliver this service and are looking forward to the airline commencing operations. Ryanair are a valued aviation partner, and this announcement is a chink of light in what has been an extremely challengi

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 26 April

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 19 April

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                                                               Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 19 April:  https://bit.ly/3gj6nNL

Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 19 April

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                                                                    Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 19 April :  https://bit.ly/3syYFRY

Moldovan carrier HiSky inaugures new Dublin Airport routes

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                                                                  In a positive development for Dublin Airport route development post Covid-19 global pandemic Moldovan carrier HiSky inaugurated two new routes from Dublin to Cluj-Napoca and Iasi operating twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays. YR-SKY Airbus A320-232 MSN 4493 operated Cluj-Napoca to Dublin on Friday 30th April as HYS251 arriving at 1358 local. The aircraft departed at 1601 local as HYS244 to Iasi. The aircraft has an Irish connection being formely registered as EI-LIN operated by Italian airline Ernst Airlines. Mr. Viorel Federiga, Board of Directors’ chairman, together with Mr. David Ciceo, General Manager of the Cluj Napoca International Airport "Avram Iancu", stated "The launch of HiSky’s flight operations, as well as the news that this operator brings to the network of routes available at the Cluj Napoca International Airport "Avram Iancu", meet the passengers’ connectivity needs in all traff

Aer Lingus operates Airbus A330-300 US Cargo charters

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                                                                 Aer Lingus has been utilizing its Airbus A330-300 fleet to operate a series of US charter cargo flights during the month of April.  IAG Cargo is activately promoting Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300 fleet available with a structural payload of 42.2 tonnes with a selection of pallet configurations according to operational requirements. John Cheetham, Chief Commercial Officer at IAG Cargo stated "We were committed to quickly providing solutions for our customers during these unprecedented circumstances. Charters have proved to be a popular solution, and we have seen increasing demand from customers and shippers for this tailored service." Friday 9th April EI-FNG Airbus A330-300 operated a Dublin to New York JFK flight as EIN9109 departing 1957 local arriving into JFK at 2129 local. Saturday 10th April EI-GCF Airbus A330-300 operated a Dublin to Miami flight as EIN9141 departing 1620 local arriving 1954 local returned ne

Aer Lingus Airbus A321LR EI-LRH Delivered

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                                                                  Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX EI-LRH msn 10245 named "St Fechin / Féchín" was delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder to Dublin on 26th March. The aircraft is in 16 Aer Space business class and 168 economy class configuration and is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. Aer Lingus has a total of seven Airbus A321LR's in its fleet with a single A321LR to be delivered by May 2021 all leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). The aircraft to due to be transferred to Aer Lingus (UK) subsidiary as G-EILH. The Airbus A321LR variant provides extended range for the A320neo Family’s longest fuselage version, able to fly routes of up to 4,000 nm by utilising extra fuel in three Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs). In 2023 Aer Lingus is to take delivery of 8 Airbus A321XLR's on order as part of larger IAG Group order. Image courtesy of Damian Bracken  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 25 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

ASL Airlines Ireland Phases out ATR42 Operations

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                                                                   ASL Airlines Ireland has phased out the last remaining ATR42 with the departure of EI-FXD on the 7th April. EI-FXD was manufactured on 14th October 1991 and  joined Air Contractors, as it was called then, when she arrived in Dublin from San Antonio on 3rd July 2005.  The aircraft first scheduled flight was from Birmingham to Paris Charles De Gaulle on 7th July 2005. At 29.5 years, she has accumulated 35,730 hours and 38,898 landings. ASL Airlines Ireland operated a total of 5 ATR42s which where progressively replaced by larger ATR72F's on the FedEx contract. ASL Airlines Ireland operates a fleet of 32 aircraft including ATR72-200/500/600F, Airbus A300-600R(F), Airbus A330-300(P2F), Boeing 737-400(F), Boeing 737-800(BCF). Image courtesy of ASL Airlines Ireland  Irish Aviation Research Institute © 25 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

DHL Express Establishes New Cargo Operation At Cork Airport

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                                                               Cork Airport welcomed the news that DHL Express is to establish new cargo operations from Cork to DHL Express' largest European hub in Leipzig, Germany. DHL Express will offer one of the most modern and efficient freighter services in the world, operated initially by a Boeing 767 aircraft five days per week using flight number CFG7160/1, Monday to Friday inclusive, before switching a Boeing 737-400F.   The inaugural service was operated by D-ABUD Boeing 767-330(ER) MSN 26983 on Monday 19th April. The aircraft operated a return passenger rotation from Frankfurt Main to Cancun 15th April before positioning to Leipzig on 18th in advance of launch of Cork Service. Niall MacCarthy, Managing Director at Cork Airport said “We are delighted to welcome the DHL Express Cargo Operations to Cork Airport. The changes arising from Covid-19 have provided us with the opportunity to diversify our business into new areas supporting cargo

Return of the Boeing 737MAX to Dublin Airport

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                                                               The Boeing 737MAX has made a return to Dublin Airport with YR-MXA MSN 43309 Boeing 737 MAX 8 Blue Air operating BLA155/6 on Sunday 7th April 2021 (Easter Sunday) becoming the first 737 MAX to operate a service to Dublin since EASA and IAA ground order was lifted in late January. The aircraft touched down at 1757 local departing at 1916 local. The aircraft YR-MXA is the first of ten new Boeing 737-8s confirmed to deliver to Blue Air from Air Lease Corporation (ALC) order book with Boeing. A further nine new 737-8 aircraft will follow are scheduled to deliver to Blue Air April 2021 through 2022. Majority Shareholder of Blue Air Cristian Rada said "The delivery of this first of ten Boeing 737-8s comes in line with our airline’s commitment to provide European customers The Better Way to Fly. As we increasingly acknowledge the responsibility of the airline industry for a greener future, Blue Air joins the airline community

ASL Airlines Hungary Boeing 737-400(SF) Transferred to ASL Airlines Ireland

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                                                                  The ASL Airlines Group has completed the intergroup transfer of HA-FAU Boeing 737-4EQ(SF) MSN 28494 from ASL Airlines (Hungary) to ASL Airlines (Ireland) as EI-STV. The aircraft positioned Leipzig to Shannon on 3rd April as FAH770P.  EI-STV Departed Shannon to Leipzig as ABR7706 on 18th April. ASL Airlines operates a fleet of 10 Boeing 737-400(SF) and 2 Boeing 737-800(BCF). Irish Aviation Research Institute © 18 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 12 April

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Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 12 April

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Aer Lingus Airbus A321LR EI-LRG Delivered

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                                                                  Aer Lingus Airbus A321-253NX EI-LRG msn 10291 named "St Concord / Conchobhar" was delivered Hamburg Finkenwerder to Dublin on 1st April. The aircraft is in 16 Aer Space business class and 168 economy class configuration and is powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines. Aer Lingus has a total of seven Airbus A321LR's in its fleet with one remaining A321LR to be delivered by May 2021 all leased from Air Lease Corporation (ALC). This aircraft is due to become G-EILG with Aer Lingus (UK) subsidiary.  The Airbus A321LR variant provides extended range for the A320neo Family’s longest fuselage version, able to fly routes of up to 4,000 nm by utilising extra fuel in three Additional Centre Tanks (ACTs). Image courtesy of Elevationair Irish Aviation Research Institute © 18 April 2021 All Rights Reserved

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 Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 29 March

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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