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Sunday, 29 July 2018

Cityjet adds two former Cimber Air CRJ900LR aircraft to growing fleet

EI-FPA Bombardier CRJ-900LR Cityjet 
Irish regional carrier Cityjet has added two former Cimber Air Bombardier CRJ-900LR aircraft following maintenance and C Checks further rowing wet-lease operations.

The aircraft will be leased to Cityjet by part-owner and leasing company, Falko. The two CRJs will be used by Cityjet as part of its current operation with SAS.

EI-GEA Bombardier CRJ900 c/n 15224 was registered to Cityjet on 6 April and was ferried Ljubljana tpp Copenhagen  on 13 April . The aircraft was formerly registered as OY-KFE and operated its first flight to Dublin as SAS4603 from Oslo Gardermoen on July 8.

Last Friday 27 July the second aircraft EI-GEB Candair CRJ900 c/n 15231 ex OY-KFF positioned Ljubljana to Stockholm as BCY041P to commence wet-lease to SAS Airlines.

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SAS Airlines (Ireland) takes delivery of seventh Airbus A320NEO


SAS Airlines Ireland Airbus A320NEO 
SAS Airlines (Ireland) has taken delivery of it's seventh Airbus A32NEO. The aircraft EI-SIG  Airbus A320-251N c/n 8333 on 26 August to Stockholm Arlanda from Airbus in Hamburg Finkenwerder.

According to flight tracking website Flightradar24 EI-SIG operated it's first revenue service as SAS533 from Stockholm Arlanda to London Heathrow the next day (27 July).

According to a further two Airbus A320NEO aircraft are in production for SAS Airlines (Ireland) D-AUBQ Airbus A320-251N c/n 8350 to be registered as EI-SIG upon delivery and D-AVVP Airbus A320-251N c/n 8404 to be registered as EI-SII.

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Saturday, 21 July 2018

Bombardier CRJ900 demonstrator visits Dublin for Cityjet

Image courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace
On the afternoon of Thursday 19 July C-GIAU Bombardier CRJ900 c/n 15243 Bombardier Aerospace touched at Dublin Airport in full Delta Connection (ASA - Atlantic Southeast Airlines) colours from the Farnbourgh Air Show to demonstrate its new Atmosphere cabin to Cityjet.

Delta Air Lines is the launch customer for the new Atmosphere cabin having signed a firm purchase agreement for 20 CRJ900 aircraft in a contract valued at US$961 million at list price with first aircraft schedule for delivery in later this year.

The Atmosphere cabin has a number of unique features a wider entrance for easy boarding, Full LED lighting with option of mood lighting , redesigned overhead bins provide an additional 4.5” of shoulder space, new translucent business/economy class divider,  larger windows increasing natural light. The cabin is enabled for in-flight connectivity and in-seat power. The CRJ Series is the first and only regional aircraft to offer a PRM (Passenger with Reduced Mobility) lavatory option.

Cityjet operates a fleet of 23 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft on wet-lease to SAS Airlines and is to acquire a further six aircraft to enable the carrier to expand its growing wet-leasing operation.

This week Air Nostrum and CityJet have announced the signing of a heads of terms with the aim to bring about closer co-operation between the two airlines under the umbrella of a new holding company.  Air Nostrum operates a fleet of 40 CRJ family and Cityjet 23 CRJ900 aircraft which will give the combined group greater efficiencies , purchasing power and scale.

Bombardier Aerospace Belfast designs and manufactures the complete centre fuselage for the CRJ700, CRJ900 and CRJ1000 aircraft and engine nachelles and wing components for the CRJ900 aircraft.  Every 10 seconds a CRJ900 takes off somehere across the globe.

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Stobart Air places first Embraer 195 on Irish Registry

EI-GGC Embraer 195 Stobart Air 
Irish regional carrier Stobart Air has placed its first Embraer 195 on the Irish aircraft registry. The aircraft EI-GGC Embraer 195LR c/n 19000213 Stobart Air ex G-FBEN was registered on 18 June and Delivered Exeter International to it's London Southend base on 19 June on wet-lease from Flybe. The aircraft operated its first revenue service the next day from London Southend to Dublin.

The carrier is to add a further four Embraer 195LR to the fleet currently in service with Flybe according to website The aircraft are to be registered EI-GGA c/n 19000184 ex G-FBEL, EI-GGB c/n 19000204 ex G-FBEM, G-FBEF c/n 19000104 and G-FBEH c/n 19000128.

Stobart Air has a partnership with Flybe which will see Stobart Air operate services to Europe.  As part of a five-year deal, Stobart Air will operate Flybe-branded aircraft on six European routes from London Southend Airport and operates two ATR72-500 aircraft on wet-lease to Flybe from Isle of Man base to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester.

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Sunday, 15 July 2018

Acumen Appoints Donal Lowry as Head of Asset Management

Acumen Appoints Donal Lowry as Head of Asset Management:

New Asian routes key enablers of Dublin Airport June growth

B-1549 Boeing 787-900 Hanian Airlines 
The introduction of direct flights to Hong Kong by Cathay Pacific which commenced four times weekly from 2 June using Airbus A350-900 aircraft and new Hanian Airlines Beijing service  commenced on 12 June operating four times weekly initially using Airbus A330-300 aircraft was reflected in the latest Dublin Airport June passenger figures, with other international traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East ,North Africa and Asia Pacific region, growing by almost 28% to almost 92,000 passengers.

Tourism Ireland estimates that about 70,000 Chinese visitors came to the island of Ireland last year, up from 60,000 visitors in 2016. China is the world’s largest outbound travel market, and one of the fastest-growing, with trips from China predicted to grow to 200 million per year by 2020.

Last year 120,000 passengers travelled between Ireland and mainland China.  With about a quarter of those people per year travelling between Dublin and Beijing.  Ireland was the largest travel market in Europe for Chinese traffic that did not have a non-stop flight prior to the launch by Hanian Airlines on 12 June.

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