Monday, 18 March 2019

First Boeing 787 Dreamliner arrives in Shannon for Maintenance

                                                 
Boeing 787-9 Image courtesy of Virgin Atlantic 
The first Boeing 787 arrived in Shannon for maintenance with Lufthansa Technik is Virgin Atlantic's G-VPSY Boeing 787-9 construction number 37973 named 'Miss Moneypenny' which arrived on 13 March 2019. Lufthansa Technik announced in July 2017 that it was expanding capabilities for Boeing 787 base maintenance with a €3 million investment.

Lufthansa Technik Shannon CEO Pat Shine said "The Boeing 787 is one of the most technically-advanced airplanes in the sky and we will offer leading-edge, specialist services, minimizing the time that the aircraft is out of service, which is what our customers demand."

Virgin Atlantic has a fleet of 17 Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

Boeing has 1,400 orders for the Boeing 787 with 110 orders added last year and is planning to increase production from 12 to 14 aircraft per month (168 per year)  split between Everett, Washington, and North Charleston, South Carolina.

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G-RUKA Boeing 737-8AS Ryanair UK enters revenue service

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS 
The first aircraft for Ryanair UK was registered G-RUKA Boeing 737-8AS MSN 44867 on 20 December to Ryanair UK at Enterprise House at London Stanted was formerly registered as EI-FEF.
According to flight tracking website Flightradar24.com the aircraft completed at test flight at London Stansted on 9 March.

On the 12 March the aircraft operated its first revenue service  from London Stansted to Nice vv as RYR1874/1875.  The next day 13 March the aircraft operated its first service to Ireland as RYR702/3 to and from Kerry.

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Monday, 11 March 2019

Sunday, 10 March 2019

Gainjet Ireland adds Gulfstream G650ER to growing fleet

                                                 
Image courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace 
Shannon based Gainjet Ireland  has grown its fleet substantially in the last six months adding two Boeing 737 Business Jets (BBJ's) , Embraer Lineage 1000 , Global 6000 and a Gulfstream G650ER for a total of seven aircraft.

EJ-ADMI construction number 6171 was registered on 30th November formerly N2437, N671GA.
The Gulfstream G650ER has a range of 7,500 nm or 14 hour flight range, Mach 0.925 max operating speed powered by Rolls-Royce BR725A1-12 engines.

The aircraft has a 51,000ft maximum cruise altitude seating up a maximum of 19 passengers or 10 sleeping beds.

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Laudamotion increases Dublin to Vienna frequency for Winter 2019

                                                 
OE-IHH Airbus A320-232 Laudamotion 
Ryanair's fully owned Austria subsidiary Laudamotion is to increase frequency on its Vienna to Dublin route from daily to nine times weekly for Winter 2019/2020 season with effect from 1 November.  Two additional sectors have been added on Mondays and Fridays according to Ryanair's online booking engine.

From Friday 1 November an extra rotation has been added to the scheduled LDM1342 departing Vienna at 1550 arriving Dublin 1750 and LDM1341 departs Dublin at 1830 arriving Vienna at 2215.

From Monday 4 November an extra rotation has been added to the scheduled LDM1342 departs Vienna at 0655 arriving Dublin at 0855 and LDM1341 departs Dublin at 0945 arriving Vienna at 1330.

The carrier operates a daily Vienna using Airbus A320 aircraft.

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Sunday, 3 March 2019

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 25 February

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Irish Aircraft Leasing Newsletter 25 February

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Private Sky Adds Gulfstream 550 EI-EGO to fleet

                                               
Image courtesy of Gulfstream Aerospace 
Shannon headquartered Airlink Airways Limited trading as Private Sky has added a Gulfstream 550 to its fleet.  The aircraft registered EI-EGO was delivered London Stansted to Shannon on 14 February was formerly registered as M-UGIC.

The G550 has the efficiency to fly 6,750 nautical miles/12,501 kilometers and is capable of operating out of short-field, high-altitude airports carrying up to 19 passengers with a maximum operating speed of Mach 0.885.

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Gainjet Ireland Adds Global 5000 to fleet

                                                 
Image courtesy of Bombardier Aerospace 
The latest addition to the Gainjet Ireland fleet Global 5000 T7-STK arrived in Shannon on Friday 28 February from Biggin Hill. According to reports the aircraft is to be re-registered as EJ-SAID.

The Global 5000 has a range of 5,200 nautical miles carrying up to 16 passengers with a high cruise speed of Mach .88 with a maximum operating height of 51,000ft.

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Saturday, 23 February 2019

Laudamotion in talks to acquire Airbus A320neo, expands Palma Base

                                                 
Laudamotion Airbus A321-200
According to a report by the German aviation website "Airliners.de" Laudamotion CEO Andreas Gruber now said that the central to the airlines growth plans is the Airbus A320neo.  The website quoted Gruber as saying "As soon as new planes are available, we want to have new ones."

In the last few weeks Laudamotion CEO Andreas Gruber and Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary held discussions with the aircraft manufacturer in Toulouse. Gruber points out discussions was about the future of the Germania order for 25 Airbus A320neo aircraft "As an Airbus operator, we naturally also have contact with the manufacturer" he stated.

Laudamotion will add a further five new routes in the key German-Palma market following the collapse of Germania with the launch of Palma to Dresden, Erfurt, Rostock, Friedrichshafen and Nuremberg. The carrier is basing a total of four Airbus A320 aircraft in Palma in Summer 2019.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 18 February

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