Sunday, 7 August 2011

Air Canada Boeing 777-200LR's on Dublin route ©

Air Canada has been using the ultra-long range Boeing 777-200LR's into Dublin since last Tuesday 2nd of August covering maintenance on Boeing 767-300ER’s tasked to the route. The Air Canada B777-200LR normally operate routes to Asia/Australia including Beijing, Hong Kong , Shanghai and Sydney. It is a welcome change to see the Boeing 777 operating the route.

The last Boeing 777-233LR to visit Dublin was C-FIVK c/n 35245 operating ACA894/5 arriving at 0953 departing at 1218 on Sunday 7th August.

The Boeing 777 is an irregular visitor to Dublin Airport on scheduled passenger services. The type is a rare visitor to Dublin, being occasionally used by Air France on Rugby charter flights and Etihad Airways on very specific mission flights, with the carrier using a Boeing 777-300ER to clear the backlog post the Ash Cloud in May 2010 and on the 7th of July 2011 on a substitution for an A330-200 being tasked to Manchester, with A6-EYE in Manchester City Colours for an promotional visit.

The last regular Boeing 777 service to Dublin was in 1999/2000 when Delta Airlines was operating an Boeing 777-232LR on the Atlanta route, where it proved be very popular with passengers, many of whom, where using the Atlanta route to connect the Florida market. Since 2000 Delta Airlines embarked on Asian Growth strategy, with the aircraft being re-deployed from the Atlantic market.

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