Sunday, 30 June 2013

Norwegian Air Shuttle takes delivery of EI-LNA Boeing 787

Courtesy: Norwegian Air Shuttle 
Norwegian Air Shuttle has taken delivery of EI-LNA Boeing 787-8 c/n 35304 Hex Code 4CAAF8 in Sonja Henie livery, the aircraft using call-sign "Norwegian 1A" arriving in Oslo Gardermoen this morning from Paine Field.

On Thursday 28th June Boeing ,International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) and Norwegian celebrated several milestones during a delivery ceremony. It was the first 787 delivered to ILFC and its lessee, Norwegian, which will operate the airplane. The 787 also marked the 700th airplane Boeing delivered to ILFC.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and CEO Ray Conner said "This is a tremendous milestone for Norwegian, an industry leader in its market. Norwegian gains a significant competitive advantage by operating its long-haul routes with this airplane."

ILFC Chief Executive Officer Henri Courpron said "We’re proudly celebrating delivery of ILFC’s first Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Norwegian Air Shuttle, our launch customer for the aircraft."

Norwegian Air Shuttle CEO Bjørn Kjos said "This is an important step towards strengthening our position in the market to ensure competitiveness in the future. Both our many customers and we at at Norwegian have been looking forward to this for a long time. I’m convinced that our customers will appreciate this brand new aircraft. Our goal is to operate the most environmentally friendly and cost-efficient fleet, something the Dreamliner will significantly contribute towards."

The 787 will operate selected routes are between Oslo and London, Alicante, Malaga, Nice and Barcelona from July 4 to August 4, prior to launching new long-haul routes from from Oslo and Stockholm to New York and Bangkok and Fort Lauderdale from Oslo, Stockholm and Copenhagen.

Norwegian currently has eight 787s on order through lease agreements and direct deliveries.


Irish Aviation Research Institute © 30th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Chernobyl children arrive in Dublin Airport this evening


This evening a Belavia Airlines flight from Minsk arrived in Dublin Airport carrying 145 children from the radiation-affected regions of Chernobyl, as part of the Chernobyl Children International annual airlift.

The Dublin flights today and Sunday 23rd were operated by EW-366PA Boeing 737-31S c/n 29058 (BRU8993) and Shannon flight on 20th June by EW-282PA Boeing 737-3Q8 c/n 26321 (BRU 8991/2).

The children who come from impoverished backgrounds, institutions and foster homes in the heart of the contaminated Chernobyl zone will be hosted by Irish families throughout 11 counties in Ireland as part of CCI’s Summer Rest & Recuperation Programme.

Adi Roche, CEO, CCI, said "Despite the difficult economic circumstances many families find themselves in Ireland, our volunteers have opened their hearts and their homes this summer to children who so desperately need our help. While the Chernobyl accident happened over a quarter of a century ago the consequences last forever. My heartfelt gratitude to the volunteers who offer hope to live to the children who the world has largely forgotten."

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 30th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Etihad Airways introduces Boeing 777-300ER on Abu Dhabi-Dublin route


Etihad Airways this morning introduced the Boeing 777-300ER on it's Abu Dhabi to Dublin route operating EY045/2 six times weekly, previously announced 22nd January, increasing capacity by 34% providing an additional 900 seats per week.

This morning inaugural flight was operated by A6-ETI Boeing 777-3FX(ER) c/n 39684 arrived 0658 and departed 0938.

Etihad Airways CEO & President, James Hogan said "Since launching flights to Dublin in 2007, Etihad Airways has steadily increased its capacity and flight schedule and to arrive at this moment – placing a B777 on the route – is a great achievement."

Etihad Airways carried more than 215,000 passengers between Abu Dhabi and Dublin in 2012, with the route in the airline’s top 10 most popular.

The Boeing 777-300ER is configured to carry 412 passengers, with 28 seats in Pearl Business Class and 384 in Coral Economy Class.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 30th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Ryanair launches new routes to Krakow, Liverpool and Milan Bergamo from Malta


Ryanair announced its increasing Malta Base winter 2013/4 capacity by 30% for its largest ever winter schedule operating a total of 20 routes including three new routes to Krakow weekly, Liverpool twice weekly and Milan Bergamo five times weekly in addition to increased frequencies on existing routes to Bristol, Edinburgh, and London Stansted.

The airline will operate a total of 92 weekly to and from its Malta Base.

Ryanair Sales and Marketing Manager Spain, Portugal , Morocco & Malta  Luis Fernandez-Mellado said "We spoke to the Malta Tourism Authority and Malta International Airport to make Malta an all-year-round destination, and we argued that attractive prices are the way of getting more traffic to the island "

The Malta Tourism Authority CEO Josef Formosa Gauci welcomed Ryanair’s new schedule stating the new routes is the fruit of discussions held over the past months between the government, MTA and the carrier.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 29th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Flying In Ireland July 2013 Issue - On Sale Now

                                                Flying In Ireland July 2013 Issue - On Sale Now 

                                                               Table of contents:
  • All eyes on Bray Air Spectacular 2013
  • Ballyboy Fly-In and BBQ
  • AeroExpo 2013
  • Antonov 225 visits Shannon
  • IOLAR in Europe 2013
  • Limerick Flying Club - Spot Landing Competition
  • Can Aer Lingus Resolve it's Pension's and Shareholders Issues?
  • 2013 Irish Aviation Events List
  • General Aviation News
  • Aircraft Register
  • Shannon News
  • Industry, Military, Airline & Airport News In Brief
  • Clubs and Schools News
                                                 Subscribe Online HERE

July 2013 Issue 7, Volume 9 - On Sale Now Cover price just €4.75.

Issued on behalf of Flying In Ireland by Irish Aviation Research Institute ™

Friday, 28 June 2013

“The Aviation Show” Launches on Dublin City FM


Kevin Byrne Lt Col (Retired) hosts a new weekly radio programme on Dublin City FM "The Aviation Show".

I am delighted to confirm that my first guest on my new 12-week radio programme The Aviation Show will be Brigadier General Paul Fry FCILT, General Officer Commanding the Air Corps. The show will be broadcast live on Dublin City FM at 1230pm on Monday 1st July on 103.2 Mhz and on the internet.

It should run for 12 weeks and in it I hope to explore various aspects of aviation in Ireland, by interviewing interesting people who might speak about their contribution to the industry in its many forms.

Courtesy of Antoin Daltun & XEI Weekly Newsletter

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 28th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

New Business Jet Visitors at Dublin Weston Airport

                                       1st time visitors to Dublin Weston Airport
Courtesy: Dublin Weston Airport 
M-FLYI Cessna 525C c/n 525C-010

M-SNAP Falcon 2000LX c/n 089 Aviation Holding Services Ltd.
N194ER Cessna 510 c/n 10-0432 Aircraft Guaranty Corp
N575NR Cessna 560XL c/n 560-5759 Cross Jet Inc Trustee

N600HS Cessna 525 c/n 525-0089 N600HS Corp Trustee
Irish Aviation Research Institute © 28th June 2013 All Rights Reserved. 

Thursday, 27 June 2013

Air Canada Rouge completes Dublin route proving


Air Canada Rouge has completed Toronto to Dublin route proving operating the six times weekly Air Canada service using C-GHPE Boeing 767-33AER c/n 33423 prior to official launch on 1st July of European routes to Athens ,Edinburgh and Venice.

Air Canada Rouge's new year-round Toronto to Dublin service commences on Friday 2nd May 2014 operating five times weekly.

Air Canada President and Chief Executive Officer Calin Rovinescu said "We are delighted with the response to Air Canada rouge’s inaugural summer season as it prepares for take-off July 1st. Our plans for growing the Air Canada rouge fleet are on track to serve more holiday destination markets where we can now compete on a more cost effective basis operating our new leisure carrier, while leveraging the strength of Air Canada Vacations."

Air Canada Rouge’s 1st July start-up fleet consisting of two Airbus A319 aircraft and two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft will grow to ten aircraft by the end of 2013 with the addition of six Airbus A319 aircraft by December 2013, and an additional four Airbus A319 aircraft by March 2014, for a total of 14 aircraft by the end of the 2013-2014 winter season.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 27th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, 26 June 2013

Ryanair announces new routes from Rabat to Girona and Madrid


Ryanair announced for winter 2013/4 further expansion of its Morocco route network with two new routes between Girona and Madrid to Rabat, operating four and three times weekly respectively from 6th November and 7th November.

Ryanair's Spain Sales and Marketing director Fernandez-Mellado said "The demand promises to be huge."

The airline currently operates eight routes between Spain and Morocco and three routes from Rabat to Brussels Charleroi, Marseille and Paris Beauvais.

Rabat, literally "Fortified Place" is the capital and third largest city of the Kingdom of Morocco with a population of approximately 650,000 (2010). It is also the capital of the Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer region.


Irish Aviation Research Institute © 26th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Ryanair reinstates Doncaster to Tenerife South route

Courtesy Paul Doyle 
Ryanair announced its reinstating a weekly Tenerife South to Doncaster route operating on Thursdays from 28th October 2013.

This route was previously launched in March 2011 and terminated in October 2012 as part of wider cuts from the Canary Islands.

The carrier is expanding its route network from the Canary Islands in Winter 2013/4 with new routes added to Germany and Scandinavia.

Ryanair’s Maria Macken said "Ryanair is pleased to launch our Doncaster winter sun 2013 schedule, with a weekly flight to Tenerife from October 2013. Passengers in South Yorkshire can now enjoy sunshine all year round, thanks to Ryanair’s ultra-low fares and no fuel surcharges guaranteed."

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 24th 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Ryanair applies '175 new Boeing ordered' decals to 737-800 EI-EXD

Courtesy Paul Doyle 
Ryanair has applied new decals '175 new Boeing ordered' to EI-EXD Boeing 737-8AS(WL) c/n 40320 to coincide with the finalization of its order for 175 Boeing 737-800s at the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget following shareholder approval.

Yesterday EI-EXD operated a flight from Dublin to Le Bourget as RYR2003/4 with CEO Michael O'Leary on-board to join Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner to finalize the historic deal .

The new aircraft delivery stream commences in September in 2014 with the first two aircraft from the 175 order.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 20th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Falcon 2000LX M-SNAP Visits Dublin Weston Airport

Courtesy: Dublin Weston Airport 
On Tuesday 18th June the first visit of an Falcon 2000 to Dublin Weston Airport took place with the arrival of Falcon 2000LX c/n 089 M-SNAP of Aviation Holding Services Ltd. The airport enables faster transfers to key Dublin business districts and the greater region.

Over the years Weston has hosted a variety of business jets such as Bombardier Challenger 300/604/605 series, Citation 10, Gulfstream 3, Hawker 800 and Legacy 600. 

A new high quality restaurant is expected to open at Weston in August following completion of renovations currently in progress. 

Dublin Weston Airport caters for corporate and general aviation aircraft.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 19th June 2013 All Rights Reserved. 

Boeing, Ryanair finalize order for 175 Next-Generation 737-800s


Boeing and Ryanair today finalized a firm order for 175 Next-Generation 737-800 aircraft valued at $15.6 billion at list prices enabling Ryanair to grow its fleet to over 400 aircraft by 2019. The order, originally announced as a commitment on 19th March, is Boeing's largest ever aircraft order from a European airline,and the largest industrial order in the history of the Irish State and was concluded by Ryanair’s CEO, Michael O’Leary, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and chief executive, Ray Conner, at a ceremony today at the Paris Air Show.

These 175 new Boeing aircraft will create more than 3,000 new jobs for pilots, cabin crew and engineers at Ryanair’s growing number of aircraft bases across Europe and will allow Ryanair to grow by about 5% p.a. over the next five years, taking Ryanair’s traffic to over 100m p.a. passengers by March 2019.

Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner said "We are delighted to finalize this order. It is a testament to the value the Next-Generation 737 family brings to Ryanair,as the most efficient, reliable, large single-aisle airplane flying today, the Next-Generation 737 has been and will continue to be the cornerstone of the Ryanair fleet. I could not be more proud to see the partnership between Ryanair and The Boeing Company extended for the years to come."

Ryanair CEO Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is proud to buy Boeing, who make great aircraft, and the 737-800 has been the foundation of Ryanair's recent successful growth due to its great engineering and phenomenal reliability. These 175 new airplanes will enable us to lower costs and airfares even further. They provide Ryanair with the additional capacity to exploit substantial growth opportunities that now exist as many of Europe's flag and regional airlines are restructuring and are reducing their short-haul operations."

Ryanair has taken delivery of a total of 348 Boeing 737-800s since March 1999 under contracts with Boeing in 1998, 2002, 2003, and 2005, net of disposals a total of 303 are in service operating over 1,600 flights per day from 57 bases on 1,600 routes across 29 countries, connecting more than 180 destinations.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 18th June All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, 16 June 2013

Bon Jovi's chartered Candair Regional Jet at Dublin Airport


American Rock band Bon Jovi charted N888WU Bombardier Candair CL-600-2B19 c/n 7481 888WU LLC for it's 'Because We Can' new world tour visiting North America, Europe, Africa, the Far East, Australia and Latin America in support of their new album, What About Now, which was released on 12th March.

According to Dublin Movements Blog N888WU arrived in Dublin Airport on Friday 14th at 0015 hours in advance of their concert in Slane Castle, Co Meath and today departed to Bournemouth at 1535 for their next concert at the Isle of Wight Festival.

This aircraft was built in January 2001 and test flown using registration C-FVAZ.

The aircraft was delivered to Kendell Airlines in February 2001 as VH-KJY and returned to Canada in August 2002 registered as C-FZUK to Avionco Canada Ltd. In August 2003 the aircraft was registered N75983 to Mesa Airlines operating for United Airlines.

In September 2009 the aircraft took its current registration N888WU after passenger to VIP conversion, thereafter re-designated as an Challenger 850.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 16th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Dublin Airport reports strong growth in North American traffic


Welcoming the launch of the new American Airlines daily year-round service between Dublin and New York JFK the Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) stated the North American market is growing strongly serving 11 destinations with 224 weekly flights to and from North America this summer.

Transatlantic travel is growing strongly at Dublin Airport this year, as already more than 600,000 passengers have travelled between Dublin and North America, which is an 11% increase on last year.

The number of seats on North American routes is up 27% this summer, which is equivalent to 270,000 extra seats.

In 2012, Dublin Airport welcomed more than 1.6 million Transatlantic passengers, which was a 5% increase on the previous 12 months.

DAA Deputy CEO Mr Oliver Cussen said Dublin Airport was seeing growth in both business and leisure traffic on Transatlantic routes stating "There’s clearly an increase in premium travel on North American routes and we’re also seeing growth in US tourists coming into Ireland, as The Gathering, which is supported by DAA, is generating coverage and interest in Ireland throughout America.

This summer, during the peak season, we will have 224 flights to and from Dublin and North America per week. We are constantly talking to new and existing customers about the potential for new long-haul routes from Dublin Airport and we expect to have news of further long-haul expansion over the coming months."

Tourism Ireland CEO Niall Gibbons said "The United States is a tremendously important tourism market. The most recent figures from the CSO show a very positive start to 2013, with an increase in visitor numbers  from North America +16% for the period February to April. This is an exiciting year for Tourism, with The Gathering having much caught the imagination of American Travellers-particularly those with Irish hertiage. We believe that we are on course to achieve our best ever year from this market in 2013, we hope to welcome over 1 million American visitors, spending about $1 Billion."

The ability to pre-clear US customs and immigration at Dublin prior to departure is a convenient facility for passengers and a major selling point for Dublin Airport, as it a smoother arrival in the US and much easier onward connections.

North America carriers operate from both Dublin Airport Terminal 1 and 2. Air Canada and Air Transat operate from Terminal 1 and Aer Lingus, American Airlines, Delta Airlines, US Airways and United Airlines from Terminal 2.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 13th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

IAA says May Traffic improving at Irish Airports


The Irish Aviation Authority announced Commercial terminal traffic in May increased by 2.1% at the three State airports of Cork, Dublin Shannon when compared to May 2012 and on a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic at the three airports for January to May was up 0.7%  compared to the same period in 2012.

The May 2013 figures for the three State airports, when compared to the same month in the previous year are:

Cork Airport: + 5.4%  with an average of 61 commercial daily movements.

Dublin Airport: + 4.2% , with an average of 477 commercial daily movements.

Shannon Airport: -6.3%, with an average of 54 commercial daily movements.

The IAA’s traffic figures for May 2013 indicate that total flights in Irish airspace have decreased by 0.2% when compared to May 2012. There was a decrease of 0.7% in Ireland’s en-route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land) during May 2013, in comparison to May 2012.

North Atlantic Communications flights (Europe /North America) saw an increase of 1.4% in May 2013, when compared to May 2012.

Further positive indicators for growth in traffic at Irish airports can be seen in data from Eurocontrol for May 2013 which shows that eight of Ireland’s top ten ‘Airport Pairs’ showed growth (or neutral growth), when compared to May 2012.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 13th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

American Airlines inaugurates Dublin New York JFK service


American Airlines this morning inaugurated its new daily year-round service between Dublin Airport and its New York JFK hub operated by a two class Boeing 757-200 in addition to the existing Chicago to Dublin service. The first flight was operated by N175AN Boeing 757-223/WL c/n 32394.

The new service is operated as part of American's joint business agreement with fellow oneworld® members British Airways and Iberia, connecting travelers to more than 125 cities throughout Europe. The new route provides American's customers access to countless destinations worldwide through nonstop service from Dublin on British Airways and Iberia to the carriers' respective hubs in London and Madrid.

American Airlines Vice President – New York and International Tim Ahern said "Thanks to our joint business with British Airways and Iberia, this new service connects American's customers to a wealth of travel options throughout Europe. Adding this route enhances our expanding global network out of JFK and further establishes American's commitment to providing our customers in New York seamless, one-stop connections to major business and leisure destinations in Europe."


AAL290 Departs New York JFK 1855 arrives Dublin 0655
AAL291 Departs Dublin Airport 0900 arrives New York JFK 1130

American Airlines a member of the Oneworld Alliance operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2 has been serving Dublin Airport since 2005.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 13th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Air Canada Rouge's new Dublin route open for reservations


Air Canada Rouge's new year-round Toronto to Dublin service commencing Friday 2nd May 2014 operating five times weekly on Mondays,Thursdays, Fridays,Saturdays, Sundays operated by Boeing 767-300ER equipment is now available for booking through Air Canada website and GDS subject to government approval.

Dublin is the fourth European destination unveiled for Air Canada rouge, which will begin flying this July to Edinburgh, Venice, Athens and a number of Caribbean destinations.

With more than 4 million Canadians claiming ancestral links or affiliations with the island of Ireland, Canada is an important market for tourism.

DAA Strategy Director Vincent Harrison said "Air Canada’s decision to operate a year-round service to Dublin from next May is excellent news for both business and leisure travellers and underscores the strong links between Ireland and Canada. Ireland is the fifth largest recipient of Canadian investment, and there are strong historical and cultural connections between the two countries. This is the culmination of much hard work as we have been working to secure a year-round Canadian service for several years."

Niall Gibbons, CEO of Tourism Ireland, said "The announcement of a year-round service from Toronto to Dublin is wonderful news for tourism to the island of Ireland from Canada. We have worked with Air Canada for many years and we look forward to working closely with Air Canada rouge to maximize the promotion of this flight. As an island, direct, convenient and competitive access services are critical to achieving growth in inbound tourism. Tourism Ireland is committed to working with Air Canada rouge, Dublin Airport and other tourism interests, through co-operative marketing, to drive demand for this service."


ACA1908 YYZ 2145 DUB 0915.
ACA1909 DUB 1045 YYZ 1305.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 12th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, 9 June 2013

CS-TKP Airbus A320 SATA International makes first visit to Dublin Airport


This morning CS-TKP Airbus A320-214 c/n 2011 hex code 495170 SATA International made its first visit to Dublin Airport operating the weekly Funchal charter (RZO640/1) arriving at 1116 and departing 1222.

CS-TKP has a distinctive silver colour scheme previously this aircraft was a regular visitor to Irish airports as EC-INZ of Iberworld.

The aircraft made its first flight on 9th April 2003 as F-WWBR and delivered to Iberworld as EC-INZ on 27th May 2003 on lease from ACG.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 9th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Friday, 7 June 2013

Transatlantic traffic at Dublin Airport up 18% in May


Dublin Airport announced it handled almost 1.9 million passengers in May an increase of 9% on prior year according to the Dublin Airport Authority. All market segments recorded a positive passenger trend with increased activity in Summer schedule.

The North America market continues to perform very strong passenger volumes to and from North America grew by 18%, as almost 176,000 passengers travelled on this sector in May reflecting the full run effect of Aer Lingus expanded summer schedule offering increased connectivity from a number of European cities to US via Dublin and launch of seasonal services by Air Transat and US Airways.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe rose by 10% with more than 1 million passengers travelling to European destinations last month growth in this segment driven by Heineken Cup Finals generating 30,000 additional passengers on weekend of 17th May and Tarom Airlines launching a new three times weekly service from Dublin to Bucharest on 22nd May.

Passenger volumes on Domestic routes increase by 5% to almost 7,000 passengers.

In other international market segment including routes the Middle East traffic increased by 7% to almost 39,000 passengers and traffic to the UK was up by 4% to over 608,000 passengers.

More than 7.3 million passengers have used Dublin Airport in the first five months of this year, a 4% increase on the same period in 2012.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus brands leased Airbus A320 EI-FCC

Courtesy Paul Doyle 
Aer Lingus has branded leased Iberia Airlines Airbus A320-214 c/n 1229 EI-FCC from GECAS for the summer season in Aer Lingus decals and logos in an identical colour scheme to two A320s formerly leased from Swiss International EI-CZV c/n 553 and EI-CZW c/n 559 in 2003.

This aircraft operated its first flight to Malaga last Sunday 2nd June and has since been tasked on routes to London Gatwick,London Heathrow Marseille, Perpignan and Stuttgart this week according website

This summer Aer Lingus operates a fleet of 34 Airbus A320s from Belfast City, Cork, Dublin and Shannon bases in addition to four based in the UK to operate Virgin Atlantic Little Red services.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

United Airlines inaugurates new seasonal Shannon-Chicago O'Hare service


United Airlines this morning inaugurated its new seasonal Shannon to Chicago O'Hare hub service from 6th June to 28th August, UAL66/7 was operated by N19117 Boeing 757-224/W c/n 27559. The new route is expected to generate 20,000 additional passengers through the airport.

Shannon Airport Chairperson Rose Hynes said "We are delighted to welcome United Airlines today with this service, which is a huge boost to the tens of thousands annually who travel between the west of Ireland and Chicago.  These passengers can now avoid unnecessary transit times by flying directly into and out of the region itself through Shannon Airport.  Outbound passengers will also have the advantage of clearing Customs and Border Protection services at Shannon, which will also save them significant time on arrival in the US.  No other country in Europe has an airport with this facility.”

United Airlines Vice President Atlantic & Pacific Sales James Muller said "We are pleased to provide United customers with nonstop access to Chicago from the west coast of Ireland for the first time.Having operated our Shannon-New York/Newark service successfully for 15 years, this new route will further benefit our customers in Ireland, offering faster access to one of the United States’ most popular business and tourism destinations as well as increased travel options throughout the Americas."

The Chicago route was a regular service at Shannon since 1996 and was last operated in 2009 when Aer Lingus ceased its service. United Airlines operates fives times weekly on Monday, Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. UAL66 departs Chicago O'Hare at 1805 arriving Shannon Airport 0705, UAL67 departs Shannon Airport 1100 arrives Chicago O'Hare 1305.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th June 2013 All Rights Reserved

Ryanair announces three new routes from Comiso (Sicily)


Ryanair today announced 3 new routes at Comiso to/from Brussels Charleroi, London Stansted and Rome from 7th August 2013, which will deliver over 150,000 passengers per annum sustaining  150 jobs at Comiso Airport with 10 weekly flights, following the signing of a five year agreement.

Flights from Comiso (Ryanair’s 22nd Italian airport) to Rome Ciampino will operate six times weekly from 7th August and Brussels South Charleroi Airport twice weekly from 17th September, London Stansted twice weekly from 18th September.

Ryanair’s Lisa Cashin said: “We are delighted to announce a new Italian route from London Stansted to a new airport for Ryanair in Comiso, southern Sicily. Ryanair now offers passengers in the Greater London area a choice of 18 Italian routes from London Stansted."

Ryanair Deputy CEO  Michael Cawley said "Ryanair is pleased to announce 3 new routes at Comiso, our newest airport, to/from Brussels Charleroi, London Stansted and Rome beginning in August 2013."

Comiso an Italian municipality in the Province of Ragusa in Sicily. Comiso consists of three boroughs Comiso, Pedalino, and Quaglio. It lies some 22 km west of Ragusa in the South of Sicily.

In addition Ryanair serves Catania, Palermo and Trapani airports in the region.


Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus long-haul passenger traffic up 20% in May

Aer Lingus announced it carried over 1 million passengers in May up 5.6% on prior year carrying 107,000 long-haul passengers up 20.2% with a load factor of 84.4% up 2.9% with revenue passenger kilometers up 21% to 559 millions on a 16.8% increase in available seat kilometers.

Aer Lingus has enhanced connections to the United States over Dublin Airport from a number of  it's European destinations.

On short-haul it carried 824,000 passengers up 3.9% with a load factor of 77.2% up 3.4%.

Aer Lingus Regional carried 90,000 passengers up 2.3% and year to date has carried 390,000 passengers up 13.4%.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 7th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, 6 June 2013

Air Canada Rouge first newly painted Boeing 767-300ER operates to Dublin Airport

Courtesy Sean Flynn
This morning Air Canada Rouge first newly painted Boeing Boeing 767-33A(ER) c/n 33423 C-GHPE made its maiden trip to Europe post scheduled maintenance and repainting in Tel Aviv , operating Air Canada flight ACA894/5 from Toronto to Dublin Airport arriving 0913 and departing 1121.

Air Canada stated the aircraft will operate for a short period Toronto-Dublin for Air Canada in June, prior to starting 1st July Air Canada Rouge's European routes between Toronto and Venice/Athens/Edinburgh and Montreal/Athens.

The Boeing 767-300ER aircraft is configured with 264 seats in a two-cabin configuration, featuring 246 rouge™ seats - including 14 rouge Plus™ seats with additional legroom - and 18 Premium rouge™ seats offering additional seating comfort, space and an enhanced meal and beverage service.

Customers seated in rouge™ and rouge Plus™ will be served a complimentary hot meal with a selection of non-alcoholic and alcoholic beverages.  Premium rouge™ customers will benefit from an enhanced meal service with carefully selected wines and beverages on fine dish- and glass-ware as well as being provided with a hot towel and snack service.

Air Canada rouge's fleet will be among the first in North America equipped to offer streaming in-flight entertainment to customers' own devices (laptops, tablets, smartphones, etc).

Dublin joins Air Canada's Rouge network as its fourth European destination from 1st May 2014 when it commences a new year-round service. Routesonline 23rd April stated in 2012 an estimated 88,000  passengers travelled between Dublin and Toronto.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th May 2013 All Rights Reserved.

M-ABFP Airbus A320 Kingfisher Airlines at Dublin Airport

Courtesy: Damian C Bracken 
M-ABFP Kingfisher Airlines Airbus A320-232 c/n 2817 ex VT-KFL arrived at Dublin Airport on Thursday 30th May 2130 Local after flight from Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen.

M-ABFP was registered to DVB Aviation Asset Management on 23rd April 2013 and is to be leased to SAS Scandinavian Airlines as OY-KAW.

The aircraft made its first flight on 7th June 2006 July as F-WWDJ and delivered to Kingfisher Airlines 7th August on lease from DVB Aviation Asset Management.

Visit Damian C Bracken Flicker Page:

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th May 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

EI-EVD Ryanair Boeing 737-8AS ''Well Done Dortmund!'' visits Dublin Airport


Ryanair in a gesture to the loyal fans of Dortmund in-scripted one of its aircraft EI-EVD Boeing 737-8AS/WL c/n 40287 in a scarf in the colors of club Borussia Dortmund "Well done Dortmund!" titles.

The London Stansted based aircraft has been operating across Ryanair's European bases since the titles where applied visiting Dublin Airport on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd June prior to operating from its Faro and Alghero bases.

The aircraft arrived in Dublin from Alicante on Saturday 1st June as RYR67P operating two sectors to London Gatwick RYR5JE and RYR8GR and departing to its Faro base on Sunday 2nd June as RYR3FG according to website

This aircraft visited Kerry on Monday 3rd June operating from Faro.

Ryanair operates from Dortmund to Alghero, Faro, Girona, Krakow, Malaga, Madrid, Palma and Porto.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 5th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Thomson Airways commences Boeing 787 training in Shannon

Courtesy Paul Bannon 
Yesterday Monday 4th June Thomson Airways commenced Boeing 787 Dreamliner crew training at Shannon Airport with the arrival of G-TUIB construction number 34423 TOM951/957 routing Prestwick-Shannon-Doncaster arriving at 1250 local parking on taxiway charlie departing at 1332 local.

G-TUIB departed Manchester at 0920 local to Manston, Cardiff, Prestwick prior to arrival in Shannon continuing onwards to Doncaster and Cardiff prior to returning to its Manchester base.

The training flights at Shannon Airport will continue for the next three weeks prior to the aircraft entering revenue service.

Thomson have 8 Boeing 787 Dreamliners on order, G-TUIA was delivered on 30th May followed by G-TUIB on 31st May. The Thomson 787 Dreamliner will carry 291 passengers and is configured with 47 seats in the airline's Premium Club cabin and 244 seats in the Economy Club cabin.

On July 8, Thomson's first long-haul Dreamliner flights will operate from Manchester to Florida and Glasgow to Cancun.

The 787 Dreamliner is composed of light-weight composites and features numerous systems, engine and aerodynamic advancements, making it more efficient to operate compared with its competition. It is the first mid-sized airplane capable of flying long-range routes, providing airlines with unprecedented fuel economy and low operating costs and enabling airlines to open new, non-stop routes preferred by passengers.

Thomson Airways is part of the TUI Travel PLC and is the UK's third largest airline operating 58 aircraft

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 5th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Aer Arann leases OY-RUB ATR72 from Danish Air Transport


OY-RUB ATR72-202 c/n 509 Danish Air Transport RE100P positioned Edinburgh to Dublin Airport on Friday 31st , the aircraft is on short term lease as to Aer Arann operating as Aer Lingus Regional to facilitate hand-back of some of their leased ATR aircraft, and as stand-by aircraft pending delivery of new ATR72-600s.

According to website OY-RUB aircraft operated it's first revenue service for Aer Arann on Sunday 2nd June as RE59ED to Edinburgh.

Industry sources have stated the Danish Air Transport lease term is for ten weeks.

Danish Air Transport, abbreviated DAT, is an airline based at Vamdrup, Denmark, operating scheduled and chartered passenger and cargo flights.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 4th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Ryanair increases May passenger traffic by 5% & celebrates Tallinn milestone


Ryanair announced it carried 7.86 million passengers up 5% (350,000 passengers) with  a load factor of 82% up 1%. In the rolling 12 months to the end of May it carried 79.8 million passengers.

Ryanair Spokesman said "Ryanair’s traffic increased by 5% over May 2012 and our load factor rose by 1%, as we enjoyed a record 12-month period with almost 80m passengers choosing one of our ultra-low fares since May 2012, a rise of 4%."

The carrier today celebrated a milestone in Tallinn (Estonia) carrying its 800,000th passenger since the carrier started operations in December 2010. In summer season 2013 Ryanair operates 10 routes to/from Tallinn airport and expects to carry around 350,000 passengers.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 4th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

ASL Aviation Group to acquire three Boeing 737-400SF for expansion

Courtesy ASL Aviation Group
ASL Aviation Group has selected Aeronautical Engineers Inc (AEI) to convert another three Boeing 737-400SF 11 pallet conversions, bringing its total number of conversions to six. The aircraft are all high gross weight Boeing 737-400s, construction numbers 25261, 25184 and 25181 all built in 1992 and will undergo freighter modification in May and June at AEI's authorized conversion center, Commercial Jet.

AEI VP Sales & Marketing said "We are once again honored that ASL Aviation Group has selected AEI's Boeing 737-400SF 11 Pallet conversion for their fleet expansion. The AEI converted B737-400SF will allow ASL to keep their aircraft where they belong "In the air generating money."

AEI will provide ASL with the new Ancra CLS cargo loading system capable of carrying multiple ULD's providing increased flexibility.

The first aircraft for conversion N287AL Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 25184 ex TC-JDH registered to Air Lease Corp was ferried Shannon-Gander-Bangor-Dothan on 3rd June. This aircraft will be placed on the Irish register with Air Contractors.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 4th June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Monday, 3 June 2013

N532CL Airbus A320 departs Dublin Airport for painting


N532CL Airbus A320-232 c/n 2522 ex VT-KFE of Kingfisher Airlines registered to Wells Fargo Bank Northwest NA Trustee on behalf of BBAM/Fly Leasing in full Vietnam airlines colours departed Dublin Airport this afternoon at 1328 to Norwich for painting according website Skyliner Aviation.

The aircraft arrived in Dublin on 17th October 2012 and was due to become VN-A312 which was not taken up.

N532CL made its first flight on 5th August 2005 as F-WWDN and delivered to Kingfisher Airlines as VT-KFE leased from BBAM.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 3rd June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Sunday, 2 June 2013

4L-TGS CRJ200LR Airzena Georgian Airways at Dublin Airport


An interesting visitor this week at Dublin Airport in connection with this evening's Republic of Ireland v Georgia International friendly in the Aviva Stadium was 4L-TGS CRJ200LR c/n 7373 Airzena Georgian Airways which arrived last Wednesday 29th May parking on the west apron until departure on Monday 3rd June at 1215.

This aircraft previously visited Dublin as OY-MBU as Cimber Sterling operated in Flying for Scandinavian Airlines colors.

4L-TGS made its first flight in January 2000 as C-FMNB and was delivered to Maersk Air UK as G-MSKR.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 2nd June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus adds EI-FCC Airbus A320 to fleet for summer season


Aer Lingus has added EI-FCC Airbus A320-214 c/n 1229 Hex code 4CAB04 as an stand-by aircraft for the summer schedule till 26th October in all white colours. EI-FCC was formerly operated by Iberia Airlines as EC-KNM.  The addition of EI-FCC increases its A320 fleet to 34 units.

EC-KNM arrived in Dublin Airport on 30th April at 1719 local and was put into storage in Light Aircraft Park C (Old runway 29) and was re-registered on 9th May as EI-FCC.

This afternoon the aircraft was towed from Hangar 6 to stand 405R on Terminal 2 prior to operating its first revenue service as EIN588 to Malaga.

Interestingly EC-KNM operated the first flight of a Spanish airline powered by biofuel IBE2894 on 3rd October 2011.

EC-KNM made its first flight on 17th April 2000 as F-WWIH and delivered to Iberia Airlines on 30th May as EC-HHB.

This aircraft is become N218NV with Allegiant Air on completion of summer lease with Aer Lingus.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 2nd June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Delta Airlines increases capacity on Dublin routes from today


Delta Airlines has increased capacity on routes from Dublin to Atlanta and New York JFK from today, with the introduction of the Airbus A330-200 on Atlanta and Boeing 767-300ER for the summer season replacing Boeing 767-300ER and Boeing 757-200ER capacity respectively in response to increased seasonal customer demand.

The carrier is increasing frequency on the New York JFK route to ten times weekly as an additional three times weekly service will be operated by a Boeing 767-400ER from 18th June to 29th August in co-operation with joint venture partner Air France KLM.


This morning DAL176/7 was operated by N859NW Airbus A330-223 c/n 0722 and DAL92/1 was operated by Boeing 767-332ER c/n 28448.

Delta Airlines has been serving Ireland since 1986 operating scheduled service from Dublin Airport and Shannon Airport. Delta Airlines operates from Dublin Airport Terminal 2 to Atlanta and New York JFK and a seasonal summer service from Shannon Airport to New York JFK.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 2nd June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

EI-EPU Airbus A319 Delivered to Aer Lingus


Aer Lingus has taken delivery of EI-EPU Airbus A319-111 c/n 3102 "St Conleth" ex EC-KDI Hex code 4CAB05 on Friday 31st May 2013 as EIN991 from Madrid to Dublin arriving 2316 local. This is the fourth Airbus A319 to be leased from SMBC Aviation Capital.

The delivery of EI-EPU completes the transaction with SMBC Aviation Capital (Formerly RBS Aviation Capital) announced on 5th July 2011.

EI-EPU entered revenue service today on Dublin to London Gatwick operating EIN230/6/242.

The aircraft's first flight was on 3rd April 2007 as D-AVYA and delivered to Iberia Airlines on 7th May as EC-KDI on lease from RBS Aerospace.

SMBC Aviation Capital  with its headquarters in Dublin manages and owns 329 aircraft with 40 airline customers around the globe. 94% of its fleet is Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 Next Generation aircraft with a further  64 aircraft on order from Airbus and Boeing.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 2nd June 2013 All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Aer Arann launches new route from Dublin to Birmingham as part of growth plan


Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, today expanded services to Birmingham with the launch of its first flight from Dublin to Birmingham, the inaugural service EIN3264/5 was operated by EI-FAS ATR72-600 c/n 1083.

The airline will now operate three daily return flights to Birmingham from Dublin Airport and aims to fly up to 65,000 extra passengers on the route this year.

Birmingham is a key destination on the Aer Lingus Regional network with a 30% increase in passenger numbers to Birmingham last year – over 100,000 passengers flew to Birmingham on Aer Lingus Regional routes from Cork, Shannon and Ireland West Airport Knock in 2012.

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 included the expansion of services to Birmingham through a new route from Dublin Airport.

The airline aims to grow passenger numbers to 150,000 by the end of 2014.

Combined with existing Aer Lingus mainline services to Birmingham, these new services will double the number of flights to Birmingham per day – one of the busiest routes on the Ireland, UK network. The airlines now have the most frequencies between Ireland and the UK’s second city.

Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer, Simon Fagan said that the addition of this route means that there is now a ‘shuttle service’ for business passenger flying between Ireland and Birmingham.

"We noticed that a large part of the 30% increase in passenger numbers last year were passengers flying for business between these two cities. With the launch of Dublin Birmingham today we are now essentially providing a shuttle service with a flight going every two hours, both morning and evening – 20 flights a day between Birmingham and Ireland. "

The additional flights will further facilitate connectivity to Aer Lingus services to the US, through Dublin. Birmingham-based passengers can connect to the US via Dublin and avail of security and customs preclearance in Dublin airport – Ireland is the only country in Europe to offer passport and customs pre-clearance to US destinations.

As is part of the airline’s ‘new beginning’ strategy, which aims to position Aer Arann among Europe’s top tier of regional airlines, the airline recently collected the first of eight new planes in a contract valued at almost €144 million. The first of the new aircraft will operate the Birmingham route.

The airline, which aims to double passenger numbers to over two million over the next five years, has overseen a 32% rise in Aer Lingus Regional passenger numbers in the past 12 months.

Commenting on the launch of the first flight on this new route today, Simon Fagan said "This new route connects us with one of the UK’s largest cities and means that for the first time, the airline is servicing almost all of the main UK destinations from Ireland.

These new routes will add up to 65,000 passengers to our network this year, and it is our aim to increase this to 150,000 passengers by the end of next year. Taken with Aer Lingus’ existing services, it offers significant additional choice to all customers, especially business customers seeking same day returns.

Aer Lingus Regional is committed to providing its customers with easy, convenient regional connectivity and great value for money. We look forward to welcoming our passengers on board this new connection."

Commenting on the first flight, Birmingham Airport’s CEO, Paul Kehoe said "This expansion to Dublin from Birmingham will give passengers far greater flexibility and choice with this established airline brand.
Irish routes are extremely popular for both business and leisure travel from Birmingham and we’re delighted that Aer Lingus Regional has added a further three daily flights to provide this shuttle service between the two cities. "

Aer Arann operates 550 flights per week across 27 routes in Ireland, the UK and France.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 1st June 2013 All Rights Reserved.