Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Ryanair returns EI-DLZ Boeing 737-8AS to lessor

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair has returned EI-DLZ Boeing 737-8AS construction number 33622 to lessor SMBC Aviation Capital. The aircraft was ferried Prestwick-Shannon on 7th November in basic Ryanair colours no titles to Shannon Aerospace.

According to website Planefinder the aircraft operated its last revenue service from Prestwick on 12th October as RYR7342/3 to and from Rome Ciampino.

EI-DLZ was re-registered at Shannon Airport on 21st November as VQ-BSR prior to painting with Eirtech Aviation. The aircraft rolled out of Eirtech's paint hangar on 1st December in full Orenair colours(Orenburg Airlines).

EI-DLZ was delivered on 8th November 2006.

VQ-BSR was delivered Shannon to Orenburg on 26th December.

The return of EI-DLZ reduces Ryanair fleet to 299 units in service.

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Ryanair returns EI-DPE Boeing 737-8AS to lessor

                                                     
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair continues to 737s to lessors ahead it's new delivery stream of 175 Boeing 737-800s commencing in September 2014.

EI-DPE Boeing 737-8AS/W construction number 33605 operated it's last revenue service as RYR778 from Dublin to Glasgow Prestwick on 22nd November.

The aircraft withdrawn from use and stored at Glasgow Prestwick in basic Ryanair colours with no logo/titles on return to lessor BBAM. According to Planefinder the aircraft carried out an air test from Glasgow Prestwick on 10th December 2013 as 'Ryanair 1'.

On 18th December the aircraft was re-registered as TC-IZG ahead of new lease to Turkish carrier Izmir Airlines. TC-IZG was delivered on 24th December to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.

EI-DPE was delivered on 21st December 2006.

The return of EI-DPE reduces Ryanair fleet to 300 units in service.

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Monday, 30 December 2013

Blue Air latest Boeing 737 operates first service to Dublin Airport

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Romanian airline Blue Air latest Boeing 737 addition to the fleet, YR-BAR Boeing 737-4Q8 construction number 25371 ex N707DB operated its first revenue flight to Dublin Airport on 24th December 2013.

YR-BAR is on lease from Irish aircraft lessor Ansett Worldwide Aviation Services (AWAS) and  retains the basic colours of it's previous operator Sky Airlines.

According to Dutch aviation website Skyliner Aviation the aircraft operated on Christmas Eve (24th December) BMS155/6 Bucharest Henri Coanda International Airport to Dublin and onwards to Stuttgart Airport, before returning to Bucharest.

Blue Air operates schedule services from Dublin Airport Terminal 1 to Bacau (George Enescu Airport) and Bucharest (Otopeni) twice weekly. The airline operates a fleet of eight Boeing 737-300/400/500s.

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Irish company Eirtech Aviation repaints last ever built Boeing 767-400

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Eirtech Aviation has repainted the last ever built Boeing 767-400 at it's Dublin Airport facility for a VIP customer. The aircraft A9C-HMH has a fascinating history which is the main focus of this blog article.

The aircraft Boeing 767-4FS(ER) construction number 32405 line number 964 had it's first flight on 21st March 2008 as N526BA according to website Planespotters.net. It was intended to be delivered as a prototype for the United States Air Force (USAF) Boeing E10A programme.

The E10A was to be the replacement for the many different versions of the 135 that were used for electronic surveillance/countermeasures until the whole programme was shelved on 22nd October 2010.

According to Puget Sound Blog A9C-HMH was delivered Paine Field to Hamburg on 4th February 2011 for completion at Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg .

Lufthansa's Hamburg facility is a specialized completion centre of VIP, corporate and government aircraft. A9C-HMH routed to and from Hamburg on 1st December and following repainting on 29th December.

Boeing delivered a total of 38 Boeing 767-400s with 21 to Delta Airlines and 16 to United Airlines and A9C-HMH.

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ASL Aviation transfers Boeing 737s EI-STF, EI-STG to Europe Airpost

                                                     
Courtesy|: ASL Aviation 
ASL Aviation has transferred two recently delivered Irish registered Boeing 737-4Y0(F)'s EI-STF, EI-STG from Air Contractors to French subsidiary Europe Airpost. According to Dutch website Skyliner Aviation.

EI-STF Boeing 737-4Y0(F) construction number 25181 was registered on 5th December and was registered as F-GIXN on 18th December to Europe Airpost, and delivered on 22nd December from Belgrade to Paris CDG.

EI-STG Boeing 737-4Y0(F) construction number 25184 was registered 17th December at Shannon and was registered 27th December as F-GIXU to Europe Airpost, and delivered 29th December 2013 Belgrade to Paris CDG.

Europe Airpost operates a fleet of 19 Boeing 737-300QCs/400(F)/700S mail and cargo flights for the postal service and newspapers dispatch during the night and scheduled and charter services for other airlines and tour operators from its main base at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport.

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ASL Aviation adds EI-STG Boeing 737-400 to fleet

                                                     
Courtesy: ASL Aviation 
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has redelivered the seventh Boeing 737-400SF 11 Pallet freighter to the ASL Aviation Group.

ASL Aviation has added EI-STG Boeing 737-4Y0(F) construction number 25184 to fleet.

The aircraft transited Shannon on 3rd June 2013 as N287AL routing Istanbul to Gander en-route to Dothan for cargo conversion . The aircraft re-delivered on 16th December Dothan-Pease International to Shannon on 16th December.

The aircraft was re-registered 18th December as EI-STG and delivered to Belgrade on 19th December 2013.

According to website Planefinder this aircraft was first flown 12th February 1992 and delivered to Turkish Airlines as TC-JDH on lease from GECAS. The aircraft was briefly sub-leased to BH Airlines in 2009 and was returned to GECAS on 12th September 2010.

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EI-LNC Boeing 787-8 Delivered to Norwegian Air Shuttle

                                                   
Courtesy: Norwegian Air Shuttle 
Due to time constraints I had to delay this post apologies for delay.

Norwegian Air Shuttle has taken delivery of it's third Boeing 787-8 EI-LNC construction number 34795 Line number 136 Hex code 4CAB4D on 27th November routing Paine Field to Oslo.

EI-LNC operated it's first revenue service on 30th November as NAX7201/2 from Oslo to and from Bangkok.

The aircraft's first flight was on Friday 1st November 2013.

Unlike EI-LNB which was delivered via Dublin for painting prior entering revenue service EI-LNC entered service in basic Norwegian Air Shuttle colours.

Norwegian currently has three Boeing 787-8 in operation and another five on order.

On 18th December the carrier further expanded it's Boeing 787 with the announcement it's to acquire two Boeing 787-9s from New York-based lessor MG Aviation and are due to enter service in the first quarter of 2016.

The 787-9 is a stretch version of the -8 with longer range and with space for up to 20% more seats in Norwegian's configuration and continues to negotiate for further aircraft of the same type.

Norwegian Air Shuttle continues to grow its 787 route network with the annoucement of a new weekly Bergen to New York JFK route commencing 9th May 2014.

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Irish Commerical Aircraft Update w/e 20-12-13

                                                   
Dublin Airport 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-CUA Boeing 737-4K5 c/n 24901 Blue Panorama Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Băneasa International Airport-Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport 11-19/12/13 on return to lessor.

EI-DPE Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33605 Ryanair Ferried Dublin-Prestwick 22/12/13 on return to lessor BBAM and parked in basic colours.

EI-LIS Airbus A320-214 c/n 3492 Belle Air Europe Ferried by lessor Naples-Bournemouth-Lasham 17/18-12/13.

EI-STG Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n 25184 Air Contractors Delivered Shannon-Belgrade 17/12/13.

G-CIDI Embraer 190LR c/n 19000616 CIT Aerospace registered 17/12/13 Ferried Exeter International Airport-Bournemouth Airport 19/12/13 for painting ex PH-FNS.

N262LM Airbus A321-131 c/n 557 AWAS Ferried Budapest-Dublin 18/12/13 ex B-MAB SX-GRO Not Taken Up.

N287AL Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n 25184 Air Contractors Delivered Dothan Regional Airport-Pease International Tradeport-Shannon 16/12/13 after conversion to become EI-STG.

N598SC MD83 c/n 49935 GECAS Ferried Marana-Miami-Curacao International Airport 16/12/13 ex EI-CRH.

N597AW Airbus A321-131 c/n 597 ILFC Ferried Budapest-Dublin 17/12/13 ex SX-GRN.

N707DB Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 25371 AWAS Ferried Goodyear Airport-Duluth International Airport-Keflavik International Airport-Băneasa International Airport 17-19/12/13 on delivery to Blue Air ex TC-SKG.

N831JM Airbus A300B4-203(F) c/n 220 Transcarga Int´l Airways registered 16/12/13 delivered Tarbes-Lourdes-Pyrénées Airport-Santa Maria-Orlando-Sanford International Airport 19/12/13 ex EI-SAF.

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Monday, 16 December 2013

Year ends with a surge in Irish air traffic growth, confident of continued growth in 2014

                                                   
Growing traffic at Dublin Airport 
Irish Aviation Authority reported (13th December) reported a surge in year-on-year air traffic growth in virtually all areas En-route traffic increased by 2.6% and North Atlantic Communications increased by 4.4%, as total flights in Irish airspace increased 2.5% with an average of 1283 daily flights during the month.

The IAA is encouraged by the recent strong performance by air traffic across the North Atlantic and believes that it is indicative of a sustained and continuing recovery.

The performance of Shannon and Cork is mixed with Shannon commercial traffic growing by 1.8% in November (down 1.7% for the full year so far) and Cork dropping by 6.6%.

Irish Aviation Authority CEO Eamonn Brennan said "2013 has been a mixed year for our airline customers. On the one hand, Dublin Airport has had a very good year with the opening of a number of new routes and we believe it will close the year up by over 4% on 2012. The position of Shannon and Cork, however, remains tough.”

Mr Brennan added "Conditions are improving in the domestic economy and we are confident that Irish air traffic will continue to grow in 2014."

The figures for individual state airports are as follows for November:

Cork Airport: -6.6%

Dublin Airport: +6.0%

Shannon Airport: +1.8%.

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Friday, 13 December 2013

Irish Commerical Aircraft Update w/e 13-12-13

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DIR Airbus A330-202 c/n 272 Alitalia in Service Rome FCO-Toronto 05/12/13 after paint into SkyTeam colours.

EI-TAB Airbus A320-233 c/n 1624 CIT Aerospace Airtest from Shannon Aerospace 11/12/13 in All white colours.

N707DB Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 25371 AWAS Ferried Goodyear-Bangor International  12/11/13 ex TC-SKG.

N720DB Boeing 757-23A(PF) c/n 24566 AWAS Registered 02/12/13 Ferried Goodyear-Amarillo 06/12/13 ex TF-FIE.

YL-LCL Airbus A320-214 c/n 553 SmartLynx Airlines Ferried Riga-Lisbon 10/12/13 on wet-lease to Windavia in full colours ex EI-DDL.

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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

EI-FAW ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Lingus Regional

                                                   
EI-FAW ATR72-600 Courtsey: Damian Bracken 
Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann has taken delivery of it's fifth ATR72-600 as part of it's 'New Beginning' Strategy.

EI-FAW ATR72-212A (600) construction number 1122 Hex code 4CAAEB named "St. Cronan" ex test registration F-WWEK was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Tuesday 26th November as 'REA112P' arriving 1850 local.

The aircraft proceeded to Hangar 6 on arrival for post-delivery work prior to entering next sevice next day 27th November, operating EIN3224/5 to and from Glasgow.

The airline will receive the sixth new aircraft, in time for the Christmas rush which will operate the Dublin to Edinburgh, Glasgow, Bristol and Newcastle routes.

The airline is to take delivery of a further three ATR72-600 EI-FAX ,EI-FCY, EI-FAZ.

According to website Planespotters.net F-WWEK had first flight on 19th November 2013.

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ASL Aviation Group adds EI-STF Boeing 737-400SF to fleet

                                                     
Courtesy: ASL Aviation Group 
Aeronautical Engineers, Inc. (AEI) has redelivered the sixth B737-400SF 11 Pallet freighter to the ASL Aviation Group to be operated by Air Contractors. The fifth freighter to deliver is a high gross weight B737-400SF (MSN 25181) built in 1992. The conversion was carried at AEI's Authorized centre , Commerical Jet Inc in Miami, Florida.

The aircraft was delivered Miami-Pease International Tradeport-Keflavik to Shannon on 3rd December as N288AL, and was registered as EI-STF on 5th December. The aircraft positioned Shannon to Belgrade on 6th December.

President of AEI Mr Roy Sandri stated "Delivering the sixth conversion makes us feel very proud at AEI. It clears shows that our uncompromising pursuit for excellence pays off. It is gratifying when the working relationship is as partners. I want to thank ASL Group for enabling this".

This aircraft first flight was on 12th January 1992 and delivered to Turkish Airlines as TC-JDG on 3rd February leased from GECAS, and remained in service with them until withdrawn from use on 17th February 2013.

It was registered as N288AL on 25th June 2013 to Bank of Utah Trustee.

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Friday, 6 December 2013

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200 departs on winter-lease to Novair

                                                     
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-202 EI-LAX construction number 269 departed Dublin Airport for Stockholm Arlanda as NVR9001 on Friday 29th November at 0630 local to commence a winter lease to Novair. The aircraft operated its first revenue service  on Sunday 1st December as NVR9721 from Stockholm Arlanda to Cancun.

EI-DAA Airbus A330-202 construction number 397 is a stand-by aircraft for Nova Airlines AB (Novair) contract.

In April Aer Lingus announced it agreed to operate an Airbus A330-200 wide-body on ACMI (aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance) terms on behalf of Nova Airlines AB (Novair) part of Apollo Group for the next two winters, with an option for a third.

The aircraft operates from Copenhagen, Gothenburg-Landvetter, Oslo-Gardermoen, Stockholm Arlanda, to Dominican Republic, Mexico, Cuba and Tobago in the Caribbean.

The tour operator Apollo is part of a Swiss travel group Kuoni. In Scandinavia, the activities organized under the name Kuoni Nordic, and besides Apollo includes, among other things, its sister company, Nova Airlines AB (Novair), a charter company that mainly flies to the Group's tour operators. aircraft capacity is limited to three aircraft to Airbus A321-200 used primarily to destinations in the Mediterranean.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update w/e 06-12-13

                                                   
Aer Lingus A330
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-FCO ERJ190LR c/n 19000264 SMBC Aviation Ferried Xinzheng Airport-Almaty Airport-Riga-Exeter International Airport 02/3-12/13 ex B-3133.

EI-FDP Airbus A321-231 c/n 1004 Re-Registered at Dublin 02/12/13 ex TC-OAL.

EI-LBR Boeing 757-2Q8/W c/n  28167 Air Contractors Registered at Shannon 05/12/13 in Full Finnair colours prior paint into Aer Lingus colours ex OH-LBR.

EI-RUL Boeing 737-7K9/W c/n 34320 Transaero Airlines Delivered Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport-Tolmachevo Airport-Moscow Domodedovo Airport  30/11/13 ex B-5107.

EI-STF Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n  25181 Air Contractors Registered at Shannon 05/12/13 ex N288AL.

N288AL Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n  25181 ASL Aviation Group Delivered Miami-Pease International Tradeport-Keflavik-Shannon 02/3-12/13 to become EI-STF.

TC-ATT Airbus A320-233 c/n 1624 AtlasJet being prepared for delivery in Shannon 01/12/13 ex EI-TAB.

VQ-BSR Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33622 Orenair  Rolled out of Eirtech Aviation Shannon 01/13/13 in full colours ex EI-DLZ.

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Friday, 29 November 2013

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update w/e 29-11-13

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-FDI Boeing 767-35D(ER) c/n 27902 Privelege Style Departed Shannon Aerospace 27/11/13 arrived 24/09/13 ex SP-LPB.

EI-FAW ATR72-600 c/n 1122 Aer Lingus Regional Delivered Toulouse-Dublin 26/11/13 ex F-WWEK named "St Cronan".

EI-LAX Airbus A330-202 c/n 269 Aer Lingus Ferried Dublin-Stockholm Arlanda 29/11/13 on winter-lease to Novair.

EI-LNC Boeing 787-8 c/n 34795 Norwegian Long-Haul Delivered Paine Field-Oslo 27/11/13.

EI-LIR Airbus A319-132 c/n 2335 Belle Air Express Ferried Prishtina-Basel-Ostrava 26/11/13 returned to lessor ex F-ORAF.

EI-TAT Challenger 605 c/n 5940 Delivered Montreal-Isle of Man-Dublin Weston 24/11/13 ex C-GVFI.

LV-FNK Airbus A330-223 c/n 358 Aerolíneas Argentinas Delivered Lourdes-Ministro Pistarini International Airport 28/11/13 ex EI-CXF.

N649AC Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29918 AnadoluJet painted at Shannon 25/11/13 prior delivery ex EI-CSC.

N655CS Boeing 737-3Y0 c/n 26084 GECAS Ferried Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airpor-Chengdu 25/11/13 ex B-2911.

OH-LBR Boeing 757-2Q8/W c/n 28167 Finnair Airtest from Shannon Aerospace 25/11/13 to become EI-LBR for Air Contractors to be operated for Aer Lingus.

VP-BQK Airbus A319-111 c/n 3281 Donavia Delivered Dublin-Rostov 22/11/13 ex EC-KFT.

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Monday, 25 November 2013

Irish Aircraft register updated to 1st November

The Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) has issued the updated Irish Civil Aircraft register as of 1st November. The register can be downloaded at : Register

Friday, 22 November 2013

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update w/e 22-11-13

                                                   
EI-TLP Airbus A320 Courtsey Sean Flynn
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DPA Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33602 Ryanair Ferried Prestwick-Shannon 15/11/13 Returned to Orix Aviation.

EI-ERH A320 Livingston ferried Milan Malpensa-Dublin 5/11/13 Returned to SMBC Aviation.

EI-ETT Boeing 737-4K5 c/n 24125 Mistral Air Ferried Naples-Bournemouth 21/11/13 in TrawelFly colours returned to lessor.

EI-EUA A320 Livingston ferried Milan Malpensa-Dublin 11/11/13 Returned to SMBC Aviation.

EI-TLP Airbus A320-232 c/n 760 ILFC Registered at Dublin 21/11/13 in Windrose Air colours ex UR-WRN.

EI-XLK Boeing 747-412 c/n  29950 Transaero Airlines 1st in service 16/11/13 Vnukovo International Airport-Miami vv with special “Flight of Hope” decals.

N830JM Airbus A300B4-203(F) c/n 274 Southern Aircraft Charters Ferried Lourdes-Santa Maria-Orlando-Sanford 13-14/11/13 to be operated for Transcarga ex EI-DHL.

OK-TVY Boeing 737-8Q8/W c/n 30724 Travel Service Ferried Prague-Keflavik-Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport 15/10/13 in all white colours on lease to Sunwing Airlines ex EI-FAY.

VQ-BSR Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33622 Orenair Registered at Shannon 21/11/13 prior paint & delivery ex EI-DLZ.

XY-AGU Airbus A319-111 c/n 1180 Myanmar Airways Int´l Delivered Shannon-Doha-Yangon International Airport ex EI-FCP.

XY-AGV Airbus A319-111 c/n 1247 Myanmar Airways Int´l Delivered Shannon-Doha-Yangon International Airport ex EI-FDB.

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Thursday, 21 November 2013

Windrose Air Airbus A320 in Dublin on lease handback takes up registration EI-TLP

                                                   
Courtesy: Sean Flynn
UR-WRN Airbus A320 Windrose Air construction number 760 hex code 50824B was ferried Donetsk to Dublin on Friday 15th November on return to lessor ILFC, after operating operated its last revenue service on 21st October Donetsk to Tel Aviv vv.

The was restored to it's original Irish registration EI-TLP on 21st November and was moved to old runway 11/29 storage area pending a new lease assignment.

This aircraft first flight on 20th November 1997 as F-WWDD and delivered to TransAer International as EI-TLP on 20th January 1998 on lease from ILFC.

                                       
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
The aircraft was operated for Virgin Express Ireland from 1st February to 31st October 1998, and later leased to Aeropostal from 7th November 1998 to 16th April 1999.

EI-TLP was leased to Shorouk Air 10th October 1999 and was returned a month later following the collapse of the carrier. The aircraft was re-registered as N681LF on 13th February 2001.

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Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Kestrel Engineering Ltd Announces New Website and Product Launch

                                                   
Courtesy: Kestrel Engineering Ltd
Kestrel Engineering Ltd has launched a new product "Saf-Deflat-Aer Eco , combines the valve core release feature from the Saf-Deflat-Aer design coupled with a threaded fitting to allow it to be screwed onto the external threads of the Schrader wheel valve,  allowing deflation in same time as the Saf-Deflat-Aer.

The Saf-Deflat-Aer Eco valve is suitable for use on Airbus, ATR, Boeing , Bombardier, and Embraer aircraft types.

The company's new website is very functional and features the company’s vision and profile, case histories, detailed product information, and further information and reference to it's major airline and MRO customer base around the globe whom have ordered products.

For more information view website: www.kestrelengineering.com 

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Monday, 18 November 2013

21st Annual Aviation Fair Sunday 24th November Carlton Hotel Old Airport Road, Cloghran, Dublin Airport

                                                   
Annual Aviation Fair 
The 21st Annual Irish Aviation fair takes place next Sunday 24th November between 1000 and 1700 hours at "The Cloud Suite" of the Carlton Hotel, old airport road, located next to Dublin Airport Admission is free!

The annual event has gone from strength to strength having moved to ALSAA from the City Center a few years ago,  to allow a bigger and better exhibition and it has grown in popularity among the aviation community every year since, as annual gathering and networking event.

To meet demand the venue has a new home at the Carlton Hotel, old airport road.

Exhibitors and traders at the fair include slide and photo sales, models, second-hand books and magazines, aviation collectibles, aviation art.

The fair began as a project of the Aviation Society of Ireland which came into being in 1969 and now exists as a kind of 'virtual society' with most of the interaction between its members happening over the internet evolving into an annual social gathering of the aviation enthusiasts.

Food and drink is available for purchase in the hotel's Kittyhawks Bistro & Bar all day.

Those travelling to the Fair by Bus routes serving Carlton Hotel are 33, 41, 41B, 41C with two stops near the hotel around a 2 minute walk.

                                                   

The fair is a must for anyone with an interest in aviation and all are welcome to attend.

For further Information see website.

Aviation Enthusiast's Group Visit - Irish Air Corps - Baldonnel

                                                   
Courtesy: Irish Air Corps 
Airliner Experience is pleased to announce permission has been granted for an Aviation Enthusiast's Group Visit to the Irish Air Corps - Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel.

Depending on their operations schedule we will have access to most of the resident Air Corps aircraft, for external and internal inspections, which include,

Helicopters:
AgustaWestland Aw139 (x6)
Eurocopter EC-135 (x3)

Fixed Wing Aircraft:
CASA CH-235M - Troop Transporter & Maritime Patrol (x2)
Pilatus PC-9M (x8)
Gulfstream IV - Government Jet (x1)
Learjet 45 - Government Jet (x1)
Cessna 172  (x1)

It is a real privilege to be allowed group access to Casement Aerodrome and to glimpse inside the workings of the Irish Air Corps and their aircraft. Depending on the day, and on Air Corps operations we may get to visit the guns and Ammunition Section, Control Tower and Meteorological Office. There may also be an opportunity to see some older classic aircraft stored on the premises.

Photography of the aircraft is permitted except for the Garda Helicopter and wherever else we are told along the tour. Access has been granted to some of the aircraft internally so we can view the cockpits where possible.

It is a guided tour and will be lead by one or several members of the Air Corps at different points.
The date is Wednesday 4th of December 2013 at just before 2pm at the gate of Baldonnel.

If interested, your name will be required to be forwarded to the Air Corps for a background check prior to the visit.

The cost for the tour is €24 per person which broken down is €12 for a mini coach and €12 for administration fee from Airliner Experience.

The coach will pick-up and return passengers to three locations (Airside Swords - where you can park your car, The Coachmans Inn - where you could park along the front and from Runway 28 Spotters Area).
The Irish Air Corps are not charging for the tour, the associated costs outlined above are charges in respect of Airliner Experience. Payment will be by bank transfer or internet banking or cheque 7 days prior to the event.

Places are strictly limited. The Wednesday will be a busier day at Baldonnel and may produce a lot more interest for us to see, as workshops will be operating and exercises may be underway. Saturday is a much quieter day with less activity to view.

My request to the Irish Coast Guard for a group tour of the Sikorsky S-61 Helicopter has also been approved and hopefully on the day will land at Baldonnel for our group to have a ground tour of this Search and Rescue workhorse. It is the last S-61 operating with the Irish Coast Guard and is due to be retired during December.

It is the oldest operational S-61 SAR in the world at 51 years old and the second oldest operational S-61 in the world.

We have been granted a special visit of this aircraft (subject to emergency call out etc.) and we will be the last members of the public to tour it !

Look forward to your reply and obtaining a chance to get close to the aircraft of the Irish Air Corps.

Kind regards,
Aidan Nolan

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Friday, 15 November 2013

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update w/e 15-11-13

                                                   
Dublin Airport 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

CX-POS ATR72-212A c/n 636 BQB Líneas Aéreas Delivered Dinard-Shannon-Las Palmas-Cape Verde-Recife/Guararapes 09-11/11/13 in full colours ex EI-FCE.

EI-DUS Boeing 737-3M8(QC) c/n 24021 Mistral Air Ferried Rome FCO-Lasham 13/11/13 in basic colours returned to lessor.

EI-FCM Embraer 190LR c/n 19000230 SMBC Aviation Ferried Xinzheng Airport-Almaty Airport-Riga-Exeter 09/10-11/13 ex B-3131.

EI-FCP Airbus A319-111 c/n 1180 ILFC Airtest from Shannon Aerospace 13/11/13 in all white colours.

EI-FDB Airbus A319-111 c/n 1247 ILFC Airtest from Shannon Aerospace 14/11/13 in all white colours.

EI-LNC Boeing 787-8 Norwegian Longhaul First Flight: http://boeing-test-flights.blogspot.ie/2013/11/ei-lnc-b787-8-norwegian-longhaul-first.html.

EI-RUK Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 28621 Transaero Airlines Onward Delivery Vilnius International-Moscow Domodedovo 12/11/13 ex VT-SPE.

N649AC Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29918 Aircastle Ferried Budapest-Shannon 11/11/13 after storage ex PR-VBC/EI-CSC.

PR-PDH ATR72-212A c/n 572 Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Delivered Shannon-Faro-Cape Verde 09/11/13 ex EI-FAN.

PR-PDJ ATR72-212A c/n 575 Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Delivered Shannon-Faro-Cape Verde 08-09/11/12 ex EI-EYY.

PR-PDK ATR72-212A c/n 593 Passaredo Linhas Aéreas Delivered Shannon-Faro-Cape Verde 08-9/11/13 ex EI-EZK.

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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Continued recovery in Irish air traffic-Irish Aviation Authority

                                                     
Dublin Airport 
Ireland's Irish Aviation Authority announced total flights in Irish-controlled airspace in October increased by 4.4% when compared with the same month last year, with on average 1,512 daily flights during October 2013, the busiest day being 11th October with 1,718 flights.

IAA Chief Executive, Eamonn Brennan said "The October air traffic figures are very encouraging with strong growth in en route traffic reflecting the ongoing recovery in global aviation. Dublin continues to lead the domestic recovery and has recorded its eighth consecutive month of growth".

Flights for en route traffic (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) showed particularly strong growth at 6.1% would indicative of the ongoing recovery in Europe and North America.

The IAA North Atlantic Communications service (Europe/North America) also saw encouragingly strong growth of 5.4%.

On a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports for January to October 2013 was up by 2.7%, compared to the same period in 2012.

October figures for commercial terminal traffic for the three State airports:

Cork Airport: -5.4% with an average of 56 daily movements.

Dublin Airport: + 4.3% with an average of 466 daily movements.

Shannon Airport: +1.5% with an average of 51 daily movements.

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Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Collaboration driving Ireland’s Aerospace Industry

                                                   
EI-FDI Boeing 767 Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
A unique competitive advantage at the heart of Ireland’s Aviation industry is collaboration, creating a value supply chain benefiting the Irish economy. Britannica’s encyclopedia defines collaboration as “To work jointly with others or together especially in an intellectual endeavor.”

Ireland has achieved collaboration on a major scale in the aviation industry as a center for excellence for aircraft leasing companies and has cluster of Maintenance & Repair Organization (MRO’s) lead by Dublin Aerospace, Eirtech Aviation, Lufthansa Aeromotive, Shannon Aerospace, TEAM Accessories Ltd, Transaero Engineering Ireland Ltd.

These MRO’s specialize in the fields of aircraft painting, base maintenance, component repair, design and engineering, engine overhaul, aircraft management and technical companies supported by the regulatory framework of the Irish Aviation Authority.

The ability to provide a wide range of products and services in the aircraft supply chain coped with ample availability of aircraft parking at Dublin and Shannon Airports, to be a one-stop location for re-delivery of aircraft.

The collaborative model in the industry has been noted with the recent arrival of a Boeing 767 at Shannon Airport.

On 20th September Dublin based Santos Dumont the aviation technical consultancy and asset manager, announced it won a contract to redeliver eight aircraft on behalf of LOT Polish Airlines.

On 24th September SP-LPB Boeing 767-35D(ER) construction number 27902 LOT Polish Airlines was ferried Warsaw Chopin to Shannon Airport for Shannon Aerospace on end of lease check on return to lessor.

The aircraft re-emerged from Shannon Aerospace on 26th October under Irish aircraft registration EI-FDI and towed to the Eirtech Aviation hangar rolling out in Spanish Airline Privilege Style colours named “Eduardo Barreiros” on 5th November.

The aircraft is currently parked in the center of field at Shannon Airport awaiting re-delivery.

There is immense opportunities to grow this business in Ireland, establishing a new International Aviation Services Centre (IASC) at Shannon Airport is a platform to develop the business. The new Irish Aviation Policy White Paper to be published in the new year should further incentivise growth of the sector to benefit the economy and create employment in the aviation sector.

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Dublin Airport traffic up 5% to 1.8 million passengers in October

                                                   
Emirates Airlines Boeing 777-300ER 
Dublin Airport handled 1.8 million passengers in October up 5% on same month last year. All market segments recorded positive traffic growth.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe grew by 2% with almost 930,000 people and domestic traffic increased by 19% to more than 6,000 passengers.

Other international passenger traffic, which includes flights to the Middle East, increased by 11% with more than 43,000 passengers travelling this route sector in October.

Transatlantic volumes increased by 13% with more than 160,000 passengers travelling to and from North America during the month and UK traffic increased by 5% with over 642,000 passengers travelling to and from Britain.

Just over 17.3 million passengers travelled through Dublin Airport from January to October this year, a 5% increase over 2012.

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Sunday, 10 November 2013

Portuguese carrier SATA International operates last Funchal-Dublin service

                                                   
CS-TKK Airbus A320 SATA International 
Portuguese carrier SATA International operated it's last Funchal to Dublin service today Sunday 10th November 2013, after the arrival of CS-TKP Airbus A320-CS-TKP Airbus A320-214 construction number 2011 operating RZO640 touching down at 1111 local.

CS-TKP departed Dublin using positioning callsign 'RZO9641' at 1207 local bringing to an end an association with Dublin Airport which began in 1998 operating Boeing 737-300s on it's Funchal route.

The Boeing 737-300s were gradually phased out between 2002 and 2005 and replaced by more modern and fuel efficient Airbus A320s.

Irish Travel website Travel Extra reported "The decision by SATA is for fleet rather than commercial requirements using the craft to bolster the Azores route run by the airline".

I enclose a link to Travel Extra's Sunday Supplement.

The withdrawal of SATA International from the Dublin market highlights the growing dominance of Aer Lingus and Ryanair in the short-haul segment, as both carriers continue to pursue unit cost reduction this will put further pressure on competitors.

On 15th May, 2013 Centre for Pacific Aviation published an analysis "Portugal’s SATA seeks partners as it considers trans-Atlantic expansion, short-haul transformation" to read click here.

SATA International based at Ponta Delgada operates a fleet of 4 Airbus A310s and 4 Airbus A320s.

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Friday, 8 November 2013

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 08-11-13

                                                   
Aer Lingus Regional ATR72 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

AP-BLM Airbus A320-232 c/n 3105  Shaheen Air International Delivered Manila-Karachi-Jinnah Intenational 05/11/13 ex EI-EYF.

EI-CXG Airbus A330-223 c/n 364 Aerolineas Argentinas Ferried Lisbon-Lourdes 06/11/13 to become LV-FNL.

EI-DEZ Airbus A319-119 c/n 1282 Meridiana Ferried Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport-Kemble 08/11/13 for part-out & scrap.

EI-DLZ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33622 Ryanair Ferried Prestwick-Shannon 07/11/13 in basic Ryanair colours no titles to Shannon Aerospace. Returned to SMBC Aviation.

EI-FAN ATR72-212A c/n 572 Aircraft International Renting Ferried Dinard-Shannon 03/11/13 in Passaredo Transportes Aereos colours to become PR-PDH.

EI-RUK Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 28621 Transaero Airlines Delivered Shannon-Moscow 01/11/13 ex VT-SPE.

EI-SLN ATR72-212A c/n 405 Air Contractors Ferried Norwich-Belgrade 02/11/13 paint into all white colours.

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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Avion Express LY-VEU Airbus A319 based at Dublin is wet-leased to Cubana Airlines

                                                   
LY-VEU Airbus A319 Avion Express 
Avion Express LY-VEU Airbus A319 construction number 1263 leased from GECAS, based at Dublin Airport for Summer 2013 season operating on behalf of Thomas Cook to a number of European sun destinations.

LY-VEU departed Dublin to Keflavik on Sunday 22nd September at 1458 local as NVD9705 to begin an new wet-lease contract with Havana based Cubana Airlines.

The aircraft subsequently returned to Europe. Dutch Aviation website www.skyliner-aviation.de reported LY-VEU was ferried on 25th October Lille-Kelfavik-Montreal on new wet-lease to Cubana Airlines.

The carrier is a wet lease specialist based in Vilnius operates a fleet of seven Airbus A320 Family aircraft two A319s and five A320s.

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Strong Aer Lingus long-haul performance

                                                   
Aer Lingus Airbus A320
Aer Lingus announced it carried 957,000 passengers in October down 0.5% compared to prior year.
The airline’s strong performance on long-haul continued through October carrying 100,000 passengers up 16.3% with a load factor of 80.3% down 2.7 points on a 20% increase in capacity.

On short-haul the airline carried 754,000 passengers down 4.2% with a load factor 75.4% down 2 points on an 4.3% reduction in capacity, reflecting end of seasonal summer routes and beginning of winter maintenance programme.

Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann carried 103,000 passengers up 15.7% and year to date 939,000 passengers.

The figures exclude traffic on Aer Lingus Virgin Little Red wet-lease operation.

Year to date Aer Lingus carried 9.276 million passengers up 1.2%.

Compared to the Association of European Airlines (mainly so-called legacy carriers) as a whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was close on short-haul routes (75.4% v 76.2%) and lower on North Atlantic routes (80.3% v. 86.3%).

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Friday, 1 November 2013

Ryanair traffic increases by 6% in October to 8.02 million passengers

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair carried 8.02 million passengers in October up 6% with a load factor of 83% up 1 point.  In the rolling 12 months to the end of October it carried 80.9 million passengers up 2%.

Ryanair's Robin Kiely said "Ryanair carried over 8m customers in October, a new record, thanks to the success of Ryanair's offer of lower fares. Our load factor rose 1% to 83%. Ryanair enjoyed a record 12-months' with over 80.9m customers choosing one of Ryanair's low fares.".

The airline is due to report earnings for Q2 and first half of fiscal 2014 Monday 4th November at 0600 GMT.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 01-11-13

                                                   
EI-STA Boeing 737-300 Europe Airpost 
I will be providing a new weekly update each Friday of aircraft with an Irish connection on the move around the globe. The information is from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-CXG Airbus A330-223 c/n 364 Aerolineas Argentinas at Lisbon 26/10/13 prior delivery to become LV-FNL.

EI-EYD Airbus A320-232 c/n 3012 ILFC Ferried Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport-Manila Ninoy Aquino International Airport 25/10/13 for Shaheen Air.

EI-EYY ATR72-212A c/n 575 Aircraft International Renting Ferried Dinard-Shannon 31/10/13 ex VT-JCB for Passaredo Linhas Aéreas to become PR-PDJ.

EI-EZK ATR72-212A c/n 593 Aircraft International Renting  Ferried Dinard-Shannon 31/10/13 for Passaredo Linhas Aéreas ex VT-JCC.

EI-FCN ERJ190LR c/n 19000263 SMBC Aviation Ferried  Zhengzhou-Almaty-Riga-Exeter 28-29/10/13 ex B-3132.

EI-FDI Boeing 767-35D c/n 27902 Privilege Style entered paint shop at Shannon 26/10/13 prior delivery to become EC-.

EI-RUK Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 28621 Transaero Airlines Registered at Shannon 30/10/13 ex VT-SPE.

EI-SLN ATR72-212 c/n 405 Aer Lingus Regional Ferried Dublin-Norwich 29/10/13 returned to Air Contractors.

VP-BOZ Boeing 767-3G5 c/n 28111  Nordwind Airlines Ferried Châteauroux-Sheremetyevo 28/10/13 after paint into standard colours ex EI-CXO.

5N-JID Airbus A330-223 c/n 927 Arik Air Delivered Bordeaux-Lagos 29/10/13 ex EI-EWG.

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Thursday, 31 October 2013

Ryanair announces three new routes & increased London frequency from Ireland West Airport Knock

                                                     
Ryanair Boeing 737-800's 
Ryanair announced it will open three new routes from Ireland West Airport Knock commencing in April 2014,  to Eindhoven (Holland), Kaunas (Lithuania), Glasgow Prestwick (Scotland), and increased frequency on it's London Luton route delivering an additional 80,000 passengers per annum.

Ryanair Deputy CEO Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is pleased to announce 3 new routes and increased frequencies on its London route from Knock from April 2014, which will deliver 80,000 new passengers p.a. and support up to 80 new on-site jobs at Knock. This growth is in direct response to the Government's very welcome decision to scrap the €3 air travel tax from April 2014."

The scrapping of the travel tax will help restore Ireland's competitiveness and attractiveness to overseas visitors from the UK and Continental Europe in particular.  Having met with all five of the main Irish airports, and announced new growth for 2014 at Shannon and Knock, we hope to announce further new route and traffic growth plans over the coming weeks."

This Ireland West Airport Knock growth is part of the 1 million extra passengers per annum that Ryanair will deliver at the main Irish airports, in a direct response to the Irish Government's decision to scrap the €3 travel tax from April 2014.

Following successful negotiations with Knock and Shannon, Ryanair is finalising its discussions with the other main Irish airports - Cork, Dublin and Kerry- to finalise its growth plans for summer 2014 and hopes to announce more route and frequency growth from Ireland in the coming weeks.

In 2014 Ryanair will operate a total of 16 routes to Ireland West Airport Knock and will deliver 580,000 passengers and Knock traffic will grow from 670,000 to over 750,000 per annum.

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Aer Lingus Regional returns EI-SLN ATR72 to Air Contractors

                                                   
Aer Lingus Regional ATR72
Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann has returned EI-SLN ATR72-212 construction number 405 to Air Contractors on completion of lease. The lease return as part of a number of measures in Aer Arann's 'New Beginning' strategy

The aircraft operated it's last revenue service as EINEI3842/3 Cork-Bristol-Cork on Monday 28th October 2013,  prior positioning to Dublin as REA100P.

According to Flight tracker website Flightradar24.com on Tuesday 29th October EI-SLN departed Dublin Airport to Norwich at 0520 local as REA100M.

On 24th January 2010 as N640AS in basic Delta Connection colours was ferried Keflavik-Dublin-Edinburgh for maintenance prior entry to service with Air Contractors. EI-SLN was registered 4th February 2010 and leased to Aer Arann on 18th December 2010 named as 'Saoirse / Freedom'.

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Ireland’s Response to the European Commission on its Draft EU Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport has recently published Ireland’s Response to the European Commission on its Draft EU Guidelines on State aid to airports and airlines

EC Ref: HT-2635 Revision of Aviation Guidelines

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Monday, 28 October 2013

A day of Emirati Boeing 777 firsts at Dublin and Shannon Airports

                                                   
Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777F Courtesy: Paul Bannon
A day of Emirati Boeing 777 firsts at Dublin and Shannon Airports as Dublin Airport hosted two first Boeing 777-300ER visits from Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways, and the first visit of Emirates SkyCargo Boeing 777F at Shannon Airport.

This morning Emirates Airlines UAE161/2 operated by A6-EGI Boeing 777-31H(ER) construction number 38986, a first visit and the 70th different 777 to operate Dubai to Dublin service.

Etihad Airways morning service from Abu Dhabi to Dublin ETD045/2 was operated by newly delivered A6-ETQ Boeing 777-3FX(ER) construction number 41700. The aircraft first flight 28th August and delivered Paine Field to Abu Dhabi on 27th September, entering service 30th September as ETD1 to Frankfurt.

One our readers Jacob Struben noted the aircraft overhead Ireland on 19 October, eastbound off the Atlantic and trailing en-route Chicago O'Hare to Abu Dhabi.

Shannon Airport hosted the first visit of an Emirates SkyCargo A6-EFJ Boeing 777-F1H construction 3560 UAE4987, it departed Amsterdam at 1507 and touched down in Shannon at 1636, its route took it north of London over Harlow towards Gloucester then Sturmble over Wexford Cashel North of Limerick for a 24 landing.

The aircraft departed Shannon at 1858 for Los Angeles (LAX). A6-EFJ Hex code 896170 was delivered 19th December 2012 and is leased from Dubai Aerospace Capital.

Etihad Airways recently completed a transaction to acquire five Boeing 777-200LR's from Air India and is due to take delivery of a further three Boeing 777-300ER's by year-end.

Both Emirates Airlines and Etihad Airways are reportedly in negotiations over a potentially substantial orders for Boeing's Boeing 777X to replace the current model and growth, deals that could come as early as next month’s Dubai Air Show.

Thanks to Paul Bannon & Paul Looby for their assistance with this article.

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Sunday, 27 October 2013

N218NV Airbus A320 departs Dublin for United States

                                                   
N217NV A320 Allegiant Air Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Allegiant President and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Levy during Q3 conference call made reference to company's Airbus A320 in Dublin adding "One A320 was left stranded in Ireland because it did not have the airworthiness certificate necessary to operate in the U.S."

"As you know, that’s a pretty simple thing,” Levy said. “But it’s not so simple when the FAA is not working.”

Two days later on Friday 25th October N218NV Airbus A320-214 construction number 1229 ex EI-FCC Allegiant Air was ferried Dublin-Bangor-Amarillo International Airport 25-26th October, in all white colours for painting, according to Dutch website Skyliner aviation.

According to FAA's registry, N218NV was officially registered 18th October to Sunrise Asset Management LCC Las Vegas, Nevada. Sunrise Asset Management is an affiliate of Allegiant Air.

Allegiant Air's seven Airbus A320s formerly operated by Iberia Airlines were prepared for delivery at Dublin Airport. N215NV ex EC-HUJ, N216NV ex EC-HUK, N217NV ex EC-HUL, N218NV ex EI-FCC, N219NV ex EC-HSF, N220NV ex EC-HYC, N221NV ex EC-HYD.

During a conference call with analysts, Allegiant President and Chief Operating Officer Andrew Levy said the near-term outlook was dampened by an undefined amount because the federal government shutdown delayed putting seven Airbus A320 aircraft into service. The planes operate more cheaply than the MD-80 aircraft that form the backbone of Allegiant’s fleet and hold a few more seats.

In the third quarter the company's capex of $84.5 million , majority of which was driven by the purchase of five Airbus A320 aircraft.  The aircraft had been planned to enter service by year end, this has now been pushed into Q4.

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Aer Lingus Regional inaugurates new Dublin to Newcastle route

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Aer Lingus Regional launched their first flight from Dublin to Newcastle on Thursday 24th October 2013. The airline now operates two daily return flights from Dublin Airport to Newcastle and aims to fly up to 65,000 passengers on the route in the first year, operated by new ATR72-600 aircraft.

The first service EIN3356/7 (ATC Callsign REA56NC/57NC) was operated by EI-FAV ATR72-600 c/n 1105 received a water canon salute on arrival at Newcastle.

Aer Arann, operator of Aer Lingus Regional, recently announced a package of measures to grow the airline as part of its ‘new beginning’ strategy.These measures include the launch of three new routes to Manchester, Birmingham and now, the addition of Newcastle to the airline’s route network.

Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said "We are delighted to be celebrating our first flight from Newcastle airport, where we’ve had a warm welcome from the North East with many passengers taking advantage not only of the Dublin destination, but also connections onto Aer Lingus mainline services to major North American cities such as New York, Chicago, Boston, Orlando, San Francisco and Toronto.

"Passengers connecting onto US services at Dublin get the added benefit of pre-clearance of US customs, which can save passengers up to two hours in time on arrival. This is a huge benefit to passengers who can avoid a lengthy delay at customs.

"Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing our UK customers with easy, convenient and great value regional connections."

Newcastle International airport Aviation Development Director Chris Sanders said "It’s great to see the launch of Aer Lingus Regional’s first flight from Newcastle to Dublin. The service has been very popular with both business and leisure travellers keen to take advantage of the convenient schedule and excellent service on offer."

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Last Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) MD80 Flight operates to Dublin Airport

                                                   
Courtesy: Mick Kelly 
On Thursday 24th October Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) operated it's last MD80 flight to Dublin Airport.
The final Dublin flight SAS2537/8 from and to Copenhagen was operated by LN-RMM construction number 53005, with the type having served for twenty five years, its predecessor, the DC-9 served Dublin for many years.

Scandinavian Airlines (SAS) MD80s connection with Ireland goes beyond it's Dublin schedule services as SAS contracted Shannon Aerospace to maintain the type for many years, which continues today with it's Boeing 737 fleet

Today Saturday 26th October the final schedule service operated by SE-DIR SAS403/2  operated from Copenhagen to and from Stockholm Arlanda. It's final departure a special charter flight to Oslo at 1300 CET.

SAS Airlines Country Manager Ireland Alan Sparling said "For sure, the MD-80 is an iconic aircraft and anybody who has flown in one knows how unique it is. Although it is with a tinge of sadness that I say goodbye to the MD-80, in its place, we continue to phase in Boeing 737NG and Airbus A320′s every month and in less than three years, SAS will be one of the first airlines to use the Airbus 320neo. We are thrilled to receive the new aircraft, which will offer our customers even more comfort onboard".

The airline began the phase out of the type in 2012 originally planned to complete the process by 2016, which accelerated due market conditions and sales to operators in the United States.  SAS MD-80 aircraft fleet, which was one of the largest in the world in the mid-1990s, with over 70 aircraft in use.

SAS will replace current MD-80s with Airbus A320 aircraft, fuel consumption is about 30 percent lower per seat kilometer, ahead of deliveries of the Airbus A320neo as part of restructuring under it's Excellence Next Generation (4XNG) plan.

The SAS morning service will continue to be operated by SAS’s Finnish subsidiary Blue1 using B717 (an MD-80 series development with the Boeing label) and the evening service will be an A320.

                                                   

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

ASL Aviation Group adds EI-STE Boeing 737-400SF to fleet

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Bannon 
ASL Aviation group has taken delivery of EI-STE Boeing 737-4Y0(SF) to be operated by Air Contractors. The aircraft was ferried Miami-Gander-Shannon 23th September 2013. The aircraft performed a test flight at Shannon on 18th October, prior to positioning to Dublin to enter revenue service.

The aircraft registered as N286AL was ferried Istanbul-Shannon-Pease International Tradeport-Miami on 10-11th May 2013 for cargo conversion with Aeronautical Engineers Inc. This is the fourth of six contracted freighter conversions undergoing modification at Commercial Jet’s (CJI) Miami and Dothan facilities.

EI-STE is a high gross weight Boeing 737-400SF 11 Pallet freighter and has a maximum range of about 2,800 nm and the ability to carry payloads of up to 48,000 lbs. ASL has reported exceptional in service reliability on the first three AEI Boeing 737-400SF’s.

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

C-FYLC Boeing 737-800 Sunwing Airlines departs Dublin Airport for Toronto

                                                   
C-FYLC Boeing 737-800 Sunwing Airlines
C-FYLC Boeing 737-8BK/W construction number 33029 hex code C04081 Sunwing Airlines departed Dublin to Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport on 15th October as 'Sunwing 9063' after summer-lease to Thomson Airways. The aircraft entered revenue service the following day, operating SWG511/510 to and from Cancun Airport Mexico Airport.

On 7th August it announced plans to retrofit the airline's fleet of Boeing 737-800 this Winter with Split Scimitar Winglets. When applied to the existing "curved tipped" Blended Winglets, the Split Scimitar Winglet upgrade adds strengthened spars, aerodynamic 'curved' tips, and a large ventral fin, which improves performance and decreases fuel burn by approximately 7%.

FAA supplemental type certification for the Boeing 737-800 is targeted for this month and EASA certification planned for December 2013. Certification flight testing of Split Scimitar Winglets is currently underway.

The Sunwing Travel Group, one of the largest integrated travel businesses in North America, is comprised of Sunwing Vacations, the leading leisure tour operator in Canada, Sunwing Airlines, Canada's premier leisure airline, Signature Vacations, one of Canada's leading tour operators for package vacations.

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JetTime leases former Aer Lingus Boeing 737-400 from Kahala Aviation Leasing

                                                     
Courtesy: JetTime 
Danish airline JetTime has acquired a former Aer Lingus Boeing 737-400 on lease from Kahala Aviation Leasing, delivered on 6th October 2013. The conversion was performed at AEI's Authorized Conversion Centre, Commercial Jet Services in Dothan Alabama.

OY-JTI Boeing 737-448(F) construction number delivered Dothan-PSM-Keflavik-Copenhagen on 5-6th October 2013. This is the first of two Kahala Aviation Boeing 737-400SF 11-pallet passenger-to-freighter (P2F) aircraft.

Robert Convey, vice-president of sales and marketing at AEI stated  "The AEI B737-400SF 11-pallet p2f conversion is the industry’s preferred narrowbody freighter, which allows operators and investors alike to maximize their investment through market acceptance and recognition".

According to Planespotters.net construction number 25052 was delivered to Aer Lingus as EI-BXI on 24th April 1991 and sold to ILFC in January 2004 and withdrawn from use in April 2005 and later served with Aerosvit in Ukraine as UR-VVL. The aircraft was registered N448KA on 7th March 2013 and ferried to Dothan Alabama on 17th May 2005 for cargo conversion.

Jet Time is a Danish airline based in Copenhagen Airport with a fleet of 15 ATR72-600s and Boeing 737-300/300QC/400SF/700s. It operates contract and ad hoc passenger and freight charters throughout Europe and short notice wet-lease charters for scheduled airlines, was founded by Danish investors in 2006.

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Myanmar's Yangon Airways takes delivery of second ex-Aer Arann ATR72-500

                                                   
Aer Lingus Regional ATR72 
Myanmar's Yangon Airways has taken delivery of former Aer Arann ATR72-500 EI-REO, construction number 787.  The aircraft departed Dublin on Saturday 12th October around 2300 local as REA787, in basic Aer Lingus Regional colours.

This aircraft was disposed of as part of the 'New Beginning' strategy, as the carrier takes delivery of eight new ATR72-600s in it's fleet renewal programme.

According to website Flighradar24 the aircraft performed a short acceptance from Dublin Airport on Monday 8th October as REA100M prior to ferry flight to its new owner.

Dutch aviation website Skyliner Aviation reported EI-REO was Ferried Dublin- Heraklion (Greece)-Al Hin (UAE)-Nagpur (India)-Yagon on 12th-15th October.

Aviation Group NLSPOT reported on 19th September Aer Arann is offering the following for sale or lease - ATR42s EI-CPT construction number 161, EI-CBK construction number 199 & EI-EHH construction number 196 plus ATR72 EI-REM construction number 760.

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Friday, 18 October 2013

Ryanair returns EI-DLS Boeing 737-8AS to lessor

                                                     
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair has returned EI-DLS Boeing 737-8AS  construction number 33621 line number 2058 hex code 4CA2FF to lessor SMBC Aviation. The aircraft operated its last revenue service on 1st September as RYR9176  from Ibiza to Dublin according to website planefinder.net.

The aircraft was ferried Glasgow Prestwick to Shannon Airport on Wednesday 25th September,  as 'Ryanair 99' in basic colours no titles, prior to enter Shannon Aerospace and repainted by Eirtech Aviation for Nok Air.

HS-DBO named "Nok Dee Dee" was delivered to Nok Air today Friday 18th October 2013 routing Shannon-Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (UAE)-Don Mueang International Airport.

The return of EI-DLS reduces Ryanair fleet to 301 units in service.

EI-DLS first flight was on 12th September 2006 delivered on 26th September.

A further three Boeing 737-800s are to be returned to lessors by year end and a further five in 2014.

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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Ryanair returns EI-DLT Boeing 737-8AS to lessor

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Ryanair has returned EI-DLT Boeing 737-8AS/w c/n 33597 line number 2060 hex code 4CA300 to lessor SMBC Aviation Capital.

The aircraft operated its last revenue service for Ryanair on 1st September as RYR8679 from Malaga to London according to website planefinder.net.

On Thursday 26th September the aircraft was ferried Glasgow Prestwick to Shannon Airport as 'Ryanair 1' in basic colours no titles. The aircraft proceeded to Shannon Aerospace hangar on arrival and was rolled out of Eirtech Aviation paint hangar on 6th October.

According to Dutch website Skyliner Aviation HS-DBN Nok Air named "Nok Jai Dee" was Delivered Shannon to Ras Al Khaimah International Airport (UAE) to Don Mueang International Airport, today Thursday 17th October 2013.

The return of EI-DLT reduces Ryanair fleet to 302 units in service, the aircraft's first flight took place on 15th September 2006 and delivered on 26th September.

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