Friday, 28 September 2012

Unusual routing of Private Boeing 777 over Ireland ©

On Wednesday a privately owned VP-CAL Boeing 777-200LR , having taken off from Basel in Switzerland flew over England, over to Norway, across to the Faeroe Islands, back across Scotland, down over Ireland, did a number of circles over Wexford (to get a good view of National Ploughing Championships?), then headed down over the Bay of Biscay and across France to land again back in Basel. It cruised at 39,000 feet (FL390).

                                            Image: Paddy Kilduff 

The track can be viewed on : Select Playback : 2012-09-26 at 15:00 : Filter : Aircraft : B77L : Add Filter : Then if you click in the aircraft icon over Wexford the full track will be displayed on your screen (you can move the map or zoom out)


The aircraft generated a discussion on the Irish Aviation Spotters Yahoo Group given it's unusual routing and timing with west bound traffic flows into the North Atlantic Oceanic Airspace. The aircraft first flew on 23rd August 2010 and was ferried Paine Field to Basel 4th November 2010.

Credit to Irish Aviation Spotters Yahoo List, Mark Willis, Paddy Kilduff XEI Newsletter.

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Ryanair begins final Boeing 737-800 deliveries ©

Ryanair has begun the final phase of its aircraft delivery programme as the first four out of eleven outstanding Boeing 737-800s on order have been delivered, with remaining deliveries to completed by the end of March 2013 bringing it's fleet to 305 aircraft. Ryanair took delivery of it's first Boeing 737-800 on 23rd March 1999.

The airline is the world's largest Boeing 737-800 operator with 297 in service (70 options outstanding) with an average age of 3.8 years, operating from 51 bases across Europe. Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary has indicated the carrier could purchase between 100 and 400 new aircraft for expansion and fleet replacement, given their fleet size they have the economies of scale to operate a dual fleet.

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary in a recent Flightglobal interview said 'We are in ongoing discussions with Boeing and as soon as we can reach an agreement on price we'll place an order. It could be the -800 or the Max, whichever they discount the most - we'd buy a dog if it was cheap enough we'd like to place an order, but only when the price is right'  (4th September).

EI-EVR Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40295 First Flight Monday 20th August 'Boeing 651' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 18/09 RYR800R entered service 20/09 Dublin-Beauvais-Dublin RYR7YM/5LP.

EI-EVS Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40313 First Flight Monday 27th August 'Boeing 652' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 17/09 RYR800S entered service 19/09 Dublin-Bydgoszcz-Dublin RYR6AT/6GQ.

EI-EVT Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40315 First Flight Tuesday 4th September 'Boeing 653' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 17/09 RYR800T entered service 19/09 Dublin-Birmingham-Dublin RYR3NX.

EI-EVV Boeing 737-8AS c/n 40314 First Flight Wednesday 12th September 'Boeing 654' Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 25/09/12 RYR800V entered 27/09 Dublin-Riga-Dublin RYR19GH/5FY.


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