Sunday, 19 August 2018

100th Boeing 787 Dreamliner Visits Dublin Airport

Hanian Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner 
Over 100 Boeing 787 Dreamliner aircraft have visited Dublin Airport according to Dublin Movements blog. The 100th Boeing 787 visit went to Hanian Airlines with B-1546 a 787-9 on Saturday 14 July.

Boeing has 1,387 orders for the Boeing 787 with 716 delivered and 671 unfiled as of the end of July. Irish aircraft lessors AerCap, Avolon, GECAS have taken delivery of the aircraft and Norwegian Air International had eight Boeing 787-8 on Irish register from year 2015 to 2017.

In 2012 Etihad Airways announced Dublin as one of the first routes for operation for Boeing 787-9 in 2014 however the type service never materialized to date as route is  served by Airbus A330-200 twice daily from January 2019 a daily Boeing 777-300ER service.

Peter Baumgartner, Etihad Airways Chief Executive Officer recently said "The Dreamliner is fast becoming our flagship long-haul aircraft and as more join the fleet, we will continue to look at upgrading existing routes offering ground-breaking cabin interiors that have set a benchmark for high service levels in the region and across the world.”

The Boeing 787 has progressively opened up city pair opportunities from Dublin exploiting its economics and range. Ethiopian Airlines launched new routes to Addis Abba and Los Angeles in 2015.

In Summer 16 Thomson Airways launched a new seasonal services to Cancun and Montego Bay. In June 2017 Qatar Airways launched a daily service to Doha and American Airlines to Chicago O'Hare (Replacing Boeing 767-300).  On 5 May 2017 Dublin saw its first corporate Boeing 787 with Chinese carrier DeerJet, the aircraft was registered 2-DEER.

In June Hanian Airlines commenced Beijing – Dublin – Edinburgh – Beijing and Beijing – Edinburgh – Dublin – Beijing services using Boeing 787-8 and Boeing 787-9 aircraft further enhancing global connectivity from Dublin.

Lufthansa Technik Shannon announced a €3 million investment to add Boeing 787 capability. The aircraft maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) provider will modify existing aircraft hangars to accommodate the Dreamliner becoming the first Irish MRO facility to handle the aircraft.

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Monday, 13 August 2018

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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