Sunday, 21 October 2018

Ryanair's first Boeing 737 MAX 200 to be registered as EI-HAT

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According to industry sources Ryanair's first Boeing 737 MAX 200 'Gamechanger' aircraft due for delivery in March 2019 is to be registered as EI-HAT. The Boeing 737 MAX Production blog lists the aircraft as line number 312 and line number 7285.

Boeing developed the 737 MAX 200 in response to the needs of the fast growing low-cost sector, which is forecasted to account for 35 percent of single-aisle airline capacity by 2033.

Ryanair is the launch customer for 737 MAX 200 with an order placed for 100 in a contract valued at $11 billion at list prices plus 100 options placed in September 2014.

At the Paris Air Show 2017 Ryanair placed an order for an additional 10 Boeing 737 MAX 200 increasing it's commitment to 110 firm orders and 100 options.

In April Boeing and Ryanair finalized an order for 25 additional 737 MAX 200 aircraft increasing its commitment to 135 aircraft. The $3 billion order, at current list prices, was previously listed as unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

The aircraft will be fitted with 197 economy class seats 4% more than the 737-800 with the airframe is 2.2 meters longer than the A320neo. The aircraft will be configured with Boeing Sky Interior,  LED lighting and larger pivoting overhead stowage bins delivering 16% lower fuel consumption per seat than today's Next-Generation 737s.

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Icelandair commences Boeing 737 MAX 8 service on Dublin route

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Icelandair has introduced the Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Keflavik to Dublin route effective from Tuesday 16 October replacing Boeing 757-200 operating three times weekly on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays with a fourth frequency to be added from 29 October day to be confirmed.

The inaugural service was operated by TF-ICE c/n 44353 which was delivered  March 4 2018.  The aircraft is named "Jökullsárlón".

Icelandair's new Boeing 737 MAX features 160 seats, of which 16 are in the Saga Business Class in a 2-2 layout and 144 in a 3-3 Economy Class configuration with Boeing Sky interior and customized LED lighting with larger overhead bins.

Icelandair placed an order for 16 737 MAXs in 2013, including the MAX 8 and larger MAX 9 models for delivery between 2018 and 2022.The carrier is to introduce the 737 MAX 9 on Dublin 3 times weekly from October 2019 according to Airline Route presumably replacing Boeing 757-200.

Icelandair CEO & President Björgólfur Jóhannsson said "The arrival of the new aircraft represents a milestone, the start of the renewal of our fleet which is an exciting undertaking for Icelandair. The MAX will be an excellent addition to our fleet of Boeing 757's and 767's and increase both flexibility and capacity for the growth of our network, through added frequencies and new destinations."

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Sunday, 14 October 2018

ASL Airlines Boeing 737-300 EI-STA completes Aer Lingus wet-lease operation

EI-STA Boeing 737-31S ASL Airlines 
ASL Airlines (Ireland) Boeing 737-31S EI-STA c/n 240097 has completed its summer wet-lease operation to Aer Lingus from Belfast City Airport. On Sunday 7 October the aircraft operated its final Aer Lingus revenue service was EIN949 From Malaga to Belfast City (BHD).

The aircraft positioned Belfast City (BHD) to Shannon on Monday 8 October as ABR001P.

The aircraft first revenue service with ASL Airlines on 12 October as ABR490 was a charter from Shannon to Exeter with the Munster team returning the next day.

On Sunday 14 October operated a Dublin to Toulouse charter as ABR490.

The aircraft had been tasked for the summer season to operate daily rotations to Faro (EIN72/3) and Malaga (EIN948/9) enabling Aer Lingus to redeploy the based Airbus A320 to Dublin enabling the carrier operate increased frequency on existing routes.

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Ryanair adds a record six Boeing 737-800 aircraft in 27 hour period as fleet to grows to 450

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
On weekend of 28 September Irish budget carrier Ryanair took delivery of a record six brand new Boeing 737-800 aircraft over a 27 hour period. This created considerable social media attention praticulary with the delivery of the four aircraft on the night of Saturday 29 September.

In September the carrier added a total of eight brand new Boeing 737-800s growing its fleet to a total of 450 aircraft.

Boeing tweeted on 1 October a picture of the four new Boeing 737-800s departing within minutes of each other. See tweet here.

The carrier commenced a new registration sequence with EI-GXG and EI-GXH.


EI-GSF Boeing 737-800 c/n 44850 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 14/09/18.

EI-GSG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44849 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 22/09/18.

EI-GSI Boeing 737-800 c/n 44848 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 28/09/18.

EI-GSJ Boeing 737-800 c/n 44854 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 28/09/18.

EI-GSH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44846 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

EI-GSK Boeing 737-800 c/n 44855 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

EI-GXG Boeing 737-800 c/n 44853 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

EI-GXH Boeing 737-800 c/n 44852 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 29/09/18.

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Turkish Airlines introduces Boeing 737 MAX 8 on Dublin route

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Turkish Airlines has introduced the new Boeing 737 MAX 8 on their Istanbul to Dublin route with TC-LCF operating the inaugural service THY1976/1977 (THY4KM/6DG) on 2 October with aircraft operating the same sector on 12 October.

According to Airline Route the aircraft was due enter service on the route effective from 28 October operating THY1976/1977 daily.

The aircraft is configured in 16 business class seats and 135 economy class seats.The aircraft has new Boeing Sky Interior, LED lightning and larger overhead bins and is powered by technological advanced LEAP-1B engines with the aircraft 14% more fuel efficient than today’s most efficient NGs.

The carrier has selected Rockwell Collins’ MiQ business class seats for the 737 MAX 8 fleet.

The seat includes a four-way adjustable headrest and leg rest. The seat also provides a large console for passenger storage. The aisle seats feature level access in which the aisle-side armrest retracts downwards to allow passengers extra width in the seat, as well as enabling them to swing their knees into the aisle so window-seat passengers may move in and out of the row.

In 2013 Turkish Airlines finalized a firm order for 40 737 MAX 8s, 10 737 MAX 9s and 20 Boeing  737-800 aircraft. The order, originally announced as a commitment in April 2013, also included options for an additional 25 737 MAX 8s which has been exercised and is the largest Boeing order by value in Turkish Airlines’ history.

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Sunday, 30 September 2018

Ethiopian Airlines delivers third Boeing 737 Max 8 through Dublin Airport

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Ethiopian Airlines has taken delivery of the third of 30 Boeing 737 Max aircraft on order.

ET-AVI Boeing 737-8 MAX MSN 62448 Ethiopian departed Seattle 23 September arriving into Dublin 24 September before continuing onto Ethiopian’s home base in Addis Ababa arriving 25 August.

The first aircraft ET-AVM was delivered through Dublin on 1st July and second aircraft  ET-AVL MSN 62447 was delivered on 30th August.

Ethiopian said the new variant consumes 15% less fuel compared to its current 737-700/800 fleet.

Ethiopian Airlines Group CEO Mr. Tewolde GebreMariam said "We are glad to include the Boeing 737 MAX 8, the latest in Boeing's single-aisle series, in our young and modern fleet of over 100 aircraft with an average age of less than five years. As a customer-centric airline with a high adaptability to emerging technologies, Ethiopian has been pioneering latest-technology aircraft into Africa throughout its 72-year history. In line with the airline's growth targets under Vision 2025, we will keep on investing in further expansion of our fleet in acquiring the latest aircraft the industry has to offer."

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Saturday, 29 September 2018

Laudamotion to operate new weekly Dublin-Innsbruck winter service

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Laudamotion currently operates a sole route between Innsbruck and Palma which commenced from 3 June operating twice weekly. In Winter 2018-2019 Lauda is planning significant expansion at Innsbruck with the launch of three new routes to Dublin, Dusseldorf and London Stansted to stimulate the inbound ski market.

The new Dublin-Innsbruck service will operate weekly on Saturdays effective from 8th December 2018 to 30 March 2019 using Airbus A320 equipment.

OE351 Departs Innsbruck 1315 arrives Dublin 1440
OE350 Departs Dublin 1515 arrives Innsbruck 1845.

Laudamotion launched flight operations in the spring operating a fleet of 19 aircraft and will carry over 5 million passengers in 2019. Laudamotion announced 29 August that it would double its Airbus fleet from 9 to 18 aircraft in Summer 2019 following the completion of Ryanair’s purchase of 75% shareholding in Laudamotion GmbH.

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