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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Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 Fleet disposal list™

                                                   
Courtesy: Michael Kelly 
This list is reproduced with the kind permission of John Dyer.

Ryanair has a taken delivery of a total of 348 Boeing 737-800s in the period 1999 to 2012. The carrier has disposed of 46 aircraft through a mix of disposals and sale and lease-back agreements.

The airline has a further 175 Boeing 737-800s on order to be delivered between 2014 and 2018.

EI-CSA Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29916 to PR-VBA, N645AC, parked at Shannon for Sun Express/AnadoluJet

EI-CSB Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29917 to PR-VBB, current with GOL

EI-CSC Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29918 to PR-VBC, N649AC, stored at Budapest

EI-CSD Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29919 to PR-VBD, current with GOL

EI-CSE Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29920 to PR-VBE, N641AC, parked at Shannon for Sun Express/AnadoluJet

EI-CSF Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29921 to C-FTCX, current with CanJet

EI-CSG Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29922 current with MIAT Mongolian A/L

EI-CSH Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29923 to C-FTCZ, current with CanJet

EI-CSI Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29924 to VP-BPG, current with Orenair

EI-CSJ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29925 to YR-BIA, VT-SGL, current with SpiceJet

EI-CSM Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29926 to YR-BIB, VT-SGO, current with SpiceJet

EI-CSN Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29927 to PK-GEL, current with Garuda

EI-CSO Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29928 to PK-GEM, current with Garuda

EI-CSP Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29929 to PK-GEN, current with Garuda

EI-CSQ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29930 to PK-GEO, current with Garuda

EI-CSR Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29931 to PK-GEP, current with Garuda

EI-CSS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29932 to VQ-BCJ, current with Orenair

EI-CST Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n  29933 to C-FYQN, current with CanJet

EI-CSV Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29934  to C-FYQO, current with CanJet

EI-CSW Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29935 to ET-ANB, W/O 25/01/10 shortly after take-off from Beirut

EI-CSX Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 32778 to VQ-BBR, VQ-BJF, current with UT Air

EI-CSY Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 32779 to VQ-BBS, VQ-BJG, current with UT Air

EI-CSZ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 32780 to VQ-BCH, VQ-BJH, current with UT Air

EI-CTA Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29936 to VQ-BDV, VQ-BJI, current with UT Air

EI-CTB Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29937 to VQ-BDU, VQ-BJJ, current with UT Air

EI-DAT Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33554 to N598MS, B-5575, current with Okay A/W

EI-DAV Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33555 to VT-JLE, current with JetKonnect

EI-DAW Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33556 to VT-JLF, current with JetKonnect

EI-DAX Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33557 to N594MS, B-5577, current with Okay A/W

EI-DAY Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33558 to D-ASXF, current with Sun Express Germany

EI-DAZ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33559 to N592MS, VQ-BKR, current with NordStar

EI-DCB Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33560 to N328MS, B-5578, current with Okay A/W

EI-DCC Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33561 to N591MS, VQ-BQT, current with NordStar

EI-DCD Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33562 to D-ASXD, current with Sun Express Germany

EI-DCE Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33563 to D-ASXS, current with Sun Express Germany

EI-DCS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33812 to VQ-BPM, current with NordStar

EI-DCT Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33813 to N840AC, HS-DBA, current with Nok Air

EI-DCV Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33814 to N845AC, HS-DBB, current with Nok Air

EI-DHI Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33818  to TC-SAI, current with Sun Express/AnadoluJet

EI-DHJ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33819  to TC-SAJ, current with Sun Express/AnadoluJet

EI-DHK Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33820 to TC-SAK, current with Sun Express/AnadoluJet

EI-DHM Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n  33821 to N338CR, HS-DBD, current with Nok Air

EI-DLL Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33593 to HS-DBL, current with Nok Air

EI-DLM Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33594 to HS-DBM, current with Nok Air

EI-DLS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33621 to HS-DBO,  currently with Nok Air

EI-DLT Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33597 to HS-DBN , currently with Nok Air

EI-DLZ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33622 to VQ-BSR , currently with Orenburg Airlines (Orenair)

EI-DPA Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33602 to VQ-BSS, currently with Orenburg Airlines (Orenair)

EI-DPE Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33605 to TC-IZG ,  currently with Izmir Airlines

In addition, EI-DYG Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33639 was W/O 10/11/08 landing at Rome/Ciampino

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Aer Lingus returns EI-FCC Airbus A320 to lessor

                                                     
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Aer Lingus returned EI-FCC Airbus A320-214 construction number 1229 to lessor following summer lease as an stand-by aircraft. The aircraft operated last revenue service on 25th September EIN631 Brussels to Dublin.

The aircraft was operated in an all-white colour scheme with Aer Lingus decals applied.

During the summer months Aer Lingus maximized the aircraft for publicly applying Aer Lingus #socialjet decals highlighting its presence on social platforms Facebook and Twitter generating considerable online interest across Europe and further afield.

In early October the aircraft was noted outside Dublin Aerospace hangar with Aer Lingus decals removed and registration N218NV applied.

According to FAA’s registry website N218NV status is described as ‘Assigned’.The aircraft is destined for US low-cost carrier Allegiant Air.

The delay in official registration is due to the US Government shutdown of the Office of Aircraft registry, which is responsible for conducting title searches, registering liens and assigning N-Numbers.

Senators in an open letter urged the FAA to re-open Aircraft registry office adding “[T]he Anti-deficiency Act provides the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the FAA with the necessary authority to staff the Registry because it helps provide vital protection to human life and property. Maintaining this database is necessary for the U.S. to fulfill its ongoing international legal obligations under the Chicago Convention and the Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment relating to the registration of aircraft.”

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Aer Lingus Regional ATR72-600 makes first Shannon Airport visit

                                                     
Aer Lingus Regional ATR72-600
Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann had its first ATR72-600 visit on Shannon Airport last Saturday 12th October operating a charter flight for Munster’s Rugby Team.

This was the first of the aircraft type to Shannon Airport.

According to website Flightradar24.com EI-FAS ATR72-600 construction number 1083 routed Dublin-Edinburgh-Cork-Shannon as REA12P/4012/4013, prior to positioning back to Dublin as REA013P following Munster’s match against Edinburgh in their opening pool five clash.

In September 2009 Aer Arann teamed with Munster Rugby as the official airline of the team in a new sponsorship arrangement.

Aer Lingus Regional operates daily flights between Shannon and Birmingham, Edinburgh and Manchester.

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Monday, 14 October 2013

French Air Force Boeing C-135FR calls into Dublin Airport on training flight

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
The visits of Boeing 707 airframes are becoming increasingly rare sight in Irish skies the long absence of the type at Dublin Airport was broken yesterday.

737/93-CI Boeing C-135FR construction number 18697 French Air Force using callsign "FAF4142" arrived 1213 on Sunday 13th October departing out this morning at 1052 on a training flight.

This aircraft previously visited Dublin Airport on 24th June 2009.

The Boeing C-135 Stratolifter is a transport aircraft derived from the prototype Boeing 367-80 jet airliner (also the basis for the 707) in the early 1950s. It has a narrower fuselage and is shorter than the 707.

French Air Force has a fleet of 14 Boeing C-135FR's based at Istres air base.

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Icelandic Low-cost carrier Wow Air operates Dublin charter series

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Icelandic low-cost carrier Wow Air operated it's first series of charter flights to Dublin Airport  to & from Reykjavik on Sunday 6th October and Sunday 13th October.

The respective flights where operated by LZ-MDC Airbus A320-232 construction 4270 NVD871/2 and LZ-WOW Airbus A320-232 construction number 2457 NVD871/2.

In 2012 Avion Express Airbus A320 LY-COS construction number 415 was stored in Dublin in Wow Air Force Two colours. This aircraft has an Irish connection as previously operated by Transaer International as EI-TLT in 1999 and in January 2012 was registered to Triton Aviation Ireland as EI-ETM and ILFC Ireland in January 2013.

Wow Air's in-flight magazine December 2012 issue stated "We are really keen to expand and are always looking at new options, so all your calls for flights to Iceland from places including Manchester, Dublin, Boston and Winnipeg might well be answered one day (no promises, of course)."

Wow Air operates a fleet of 3 Airbus A320 aircraft from it's Reykjavik hub to Alicante, Berlin, Copenhagen, London Gatwick, Paris, Salzburg.

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Sunday, 13 October 2013

Icelandair commences Dublin Christmas shopping flights

                                                   
Icelandair Boeing 757-200 Courtesy: Sean Flynn
Icelandair has commenced it's seasonal Christmas shopping flights between Dublin and Keflavik using Boeing 757-200. The flights operate twice weekly in conjunction with Icelandair Group subsidiary Vita offering 3 night flight and accommodation packages in Dublin. Irish tour operators sell packages to Keflavik creating bi-directional traffic on the route.

Since 1990 charter services have been operated from Aukureyri and Keflavik to Dublin by a number of carriers including Air Atlanta using Boeing 747s, Atlantsflug / Atlantic Island Air using Boeing 727-200s, Icelandair Boeing 737-400s.

Icelandair has no scheduled services between Dublin and Reykjavik but serves Glasgow and London Heathrow enabling passengers to connect over it's hub to a growing route network in Canada and United States.

Icelandic carrier Iceland Express announced plans to launch a new route between Dublin and Reykjavik in 2011, due to economic conditions the route was put on hold. The carrier was subsequently acquired by Wow Air in October 2012.

Europe Airpost a member of the ASL Aviation Group operated a series of flights between Dublin and Keflavik in Summer 2012.

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Eastern SkyJets Boeing 737-300 operates Kazakhstan match charter

                                                   
Courtesy: Sean Flynn 
The visits of commercially operated UAE registered Boeing 737s to Dublin Airport are extremely rarely. The long absence was broken on Saturday afternoon as A6-ESS Boeing 737-33A construction number 25011 of Eastern Skyjets.

The aircraft was operating a charter flight for Kazakhstan football team, ahead of FIFA World Cup Qualifier between Ireland and Kazakhstan on Tuesday in the Aviva Stadium.

The aircraft is parked on Dublin's West Apron  is expected to depart in early hours of Wednesday 16th September.

A6-ESS is no stranger to Irish Skies having being previously visited in a number of guises as Aegean Airlines, Cronus Airlines, EuroBelgian Airlines (EBA), and Seagle Air.  The aircraft last visited Dublin Airport as OM-HLB Seagle Air on 26th September 2008.

Eastern SkyJets is a charter airline based in Dubai operating a fleet of Boeing 737s, McDonnell Douglas DC9s and Jetstream 41,  specializing in hostile areas with extensive experience in the Afghanistan theatre.

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Germanwings takes over Dublin-Düsseldorf route and increases frequency for Summer 2014

                                                   
Germanwings Airbus A319 
Lufthansa Group carrier Germanwings is to take over the Dublin to Düsseldorf route from Eurowings part of Lufthansa Regional, for Summer 2014 from 31st March to 26th October, increasing frequency from two to four times weekly, operating on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays, using Bombardier CRJ900s seating 86 passengers.

In addition to existing seasonal Dublin to Cologne service which will operate four times weekly in Summer 2014.

Germanwings is gradually taking over all domestic German and European routes from Lufthansa, with the exception of the two German hubs of Frankfurt and Munich. In order to achieve this, the airline’s fleet – which was founded in 2002 – will be expanded in the coming months from the current 38 aircraft to 87 Airbus A320 Family aircraft, plus 23 Eurowings CRJ900s.

This means there are a total of 31 destinations from Düsseldorf that will be newly bookable with Germanwings operating a total of 243 weekly rotations, as it becomes the second largest carrier at Düsseldorf.

Schedule:
4U3934 departs Dusseldorf 1125 arriving Dublin 1210
4U3935 departs Dublin 1245 arriving Dusseldorf 1530

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Wednesday, 9 October 2013

Dublin Airport records 7th Month of Consecutive growth-IAA

                                                   
Dublin Airport 
The Irish Aviation Authority announced an continued positive trend of commercial air traffic growth at Dublin Airport in September as commercial traffic increased by 6.6%.

In the nine months of January to September traffic increased by 4.2% to 124,939 commercial movements compared to 119,867 for the same period in 2012.

IAA CEO, Eamonn Brennan said “This sustained growth is very encouraging news for Dublin Airport and the wider economy. September was also a good month for Shannon, up 5.5% year-on-year. There is some way to go to catch-up with previous levels during the peak years but 2013 is a step in the right direction. In Dublin, the IAA is handling this growth phase both safely and cost effectively through our innovative and award winning airspace management technique known as Point Merge”.

On a cumulative basis, commercial terminal traffic for Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports for January to September 2013 was up by +2.7%.

The September 2013 figures for commercial terminal flights at the three State airports are:

  •  Cork Airport - 5.2%, with an average of 62 daily movements
  •  Dublin Airport + 6.6% with an average of 498 daily movements.
  •  Shannon Airport +5.5%, with an average of 60 daily movements

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YU-APC Airbus A319 Air Serbia departs Dublin on delivery

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
YU-APC Airbus A319-131 construction number 2621 hex code 4C01E2 Air Serbia was delivered from Dublin to Dusseldorf on Tuesday 8th October departing at 1815 hours for cabin configuration. The aircraft has been painted by Eirtech Aviation and underwent maintenance at Dublin Aerospace.

The aircraft was previously VT-KFH when with Indian carrier Kingfisher Airlines arrived Dublin Airport 27th April 2013 for long term storage & maintenance from Istanbul. The aircraft is owned by BBAM Leasing/Fly Leasing.

According to Airfleets.net this aircraft had its first test on 23rd November 2005 and delivered to Kingfisher Airlines on 1st December 2005 and was put into storage after Kingfisher Airlines ceased operations on 2nd October 2012.

Air Serbia will be the national flag carrier airline of Serbia once it commences flight operations after receiving appropriate regulatory approval. It will replace Jat Airways, whose operations and assets will be transferred to the company after a transitional period, starting from October 2013.

The Government of Serbia (on behalf of Jat Airways) and Etihad Airways entered into a strategic partnership on 1 August 2013. The terms of the agreement concluded that Jat Airways would be renamed and rebranded as Air Serbia.

The new ownership structure will compose of 51% by the Serbian Government and 49% by Etihad, after the latter converts loans made to Air Serbia, into equity.

Under the agreement, Air Serbia will be formally managed by Etihad for an initial period of five years.

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Tuesday, 8 October 2013

EI-MED Cessna 550 re-registered as G-IMED

                                                   
Courtesy: Joe Heeney 
EI-MED Cessna 550 AeroMedvac Ireland construction number 550-0085 Hex Code 406985 was  re-registered as G-IMED on 25th September 2013.

The aircraft operates under Xclusive Jet Charter Ltd callsign ‘XJC999’.

The dedicated air ambulance, which operates from Dublin airport utilises a LifePort PLUS system for patient transfers.

LifePort clip-deck enhances patient safety, allowing the patient to remain in the same bed while in transit from Hospital to Hospital, ensuring the comfortable transfer from the air ambulance to the ground ambulance.

The aircraft which has been modified for aeromedical duties with a state-of-the-art stretcher system including built-in oxygen, suction, air compressor and inverter. Specialist doctors and nurses, fully trained in aeromedical retrieval, ensure safe patient transportation from hospital to hospital.

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Almasria Universal Airlines Airbus A320s returned to lessor at Dublin Airport

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
Egyptian carrier AlMasria Universal Airlines airline launched operations in June 2009 to take advantage of low prices during the global financial crisis to tap demand for air travel in the most populous Arab country.

However on-going geopolitical turmoil in Egypt lead to violent protests in Mid August leading to a state of emergency being declared , just as Egypt was about to revive its lucrative and important tourism industry.

The situation lead several European governments to impose travel bans to the country, hence causing considerable difficulties for aviation and tourism industries, with the cancellations of charter programmes including weekly charter services from Belfast International and Dublin Airport to Sharm El Sheikh serving Red Sea resort.

                                       
Courtesy: Damian Bracken 
According AlMasria Universal reduced its fleet from seven Airbus A320 Family to two aircraft in response to changing market conditions.

On the evening of Saturday 21st September SU-TCA Airbus A320-232 construction number 932 AlMasria Universal was ferried Cairo to Dublin on return to lessor.

Its sister-ship followed SU-TCB Airbus A320-232 construction number 943 AlMasria Universal was ferried Cairo to Dublin on return to lessor.

On 2nd October SU-TCA was re-registered as EI-FDG and SU-TCB was re-registered as EI-FDH to BOC Aviation.

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N473TA Airbus A319 Air Serbia departs Dublin for Dusseldorf

                                                   
Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
N473TA Airbus A319-132 construction number 1140 hex code A5CDE Air Serbia was ferried Goodyear-Bangor to Dublin on 28-29th September in full colours. The aircraft proceeded to Dublin Aerospace hangar for maintenance work prior enter to service.

Dutch Aviation website Skyliner Aviation said the aircraft was ferried Dublin to Dusseldorf on Monday 7th October for cabin reconfiguration.

According to the FAA aircraft registry the aircraft is co-owned by Wells Fargo Bank Northwest.

This aircraft first flight was on 17th November 1999 using test registration D-AVYP and was delivered to TACA as N473TA on 29th December 1999.

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Dublin Airport traffic up 4% in September

                                                     
Just under 1.9 million passengers at Dublin in September 
Dublin Airport handled just under 1.9 million passengers in September recording positive traffic growth trends in all market segments.

Passenger volumes to and from continental Europe increased by 2% with just over 1 million passengers travelling to continental European destinations during the month.

Passenger volumes on domestic flights increased by 20% off a low base as just over 7,000 people took domestic flights last month.

North America retains it's position as the leading growth market as traffic increased by 10% in September with more than 197,000 passengers travelling on this route sector last month.

Traffic to other international destinations, which comprises flights to the Middle East and North Africa, increased by 2% to 45,000.

Almost 612,000 passengers travelled to UK destinations in September, which was 5% more than the same period last year.

Year to date almost 15.6 million passengers have travelled through Dublin Airport, a 5% increase when compared to the same period last year.

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Monday, 7 October 2013

Ryanair applies 'Krakow & Malopolska' titles to EI-EPD Boeing 737-8AS

                                                   
EI-EPD Boeing 737-8AS/W Ryanair 
Ryanair has applied 'Krakow & Malopolska' titles to EI-EPD Boeing 737-8AS/WL construction number 40310. The aircraft was pictured at Dublin Airport yesterday Sunday 6th October 2013 operating RYR8011 to Warsaw Modlin.

On 2nd October the airline celebrate its milestone of carrying seven million passengers to / from Krakow airport, since the first launching services to Krakow in 2005.

President of the Krakow airport John Pamuła said "We are the further development of this carrier in our airport. Such a large number of tourists who visited thanks to Ryanair Malopolska and Krakow is extra money for entrepreneurs working in the tourism and proof of the attractiveness of the city and the region."

Ryanair launched flights to Krakow October 30, 2005 from London Stansted and Glasgow Prestwick.

On 3rd April 2013, the carrier opened it's 53rd European base at Krakow operating two Boeing 737-800s on 31 routes with 224 weekly flights. Last year the airline carried 1.4 million passengers from Krakow.

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Friday, 4 October 2013

Aer Lingus carries 989,000 passengers in September

                                                   
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300
Aer Lingus announced it carried 989,000 passengers in September down 3%.

On Long-haul it carried 108,000 passengers up 11.3% with a load factor of 88.7% down 2 points on an 14.7% increase in capacity.

On short-haul it carried 775,000 passengers down 6.5% with a load factor of 77.7% down 3.7 points on a 4.6% reduction in capacity, as many summer seasonal unwind during the month, the figures reflected the negative impact of the summer heatwave on bookings.

Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann carried 106,000 passengers up 14% reflecting  expansion to Dublin-Birmingham & Manchester and the start of a second year on Dublin-London Southend route.
Aer Lingus Regional has carried 836,000 passengers so far this year.

Year to date the airline carried 8.319 million passengers up 1.1%.

Compared to the Association of European Airlines as whole, the Aer Lingus passenger load factor was very similar both on short-haul routes (77.7% v 78.7%) and North Atlantic routes (88.7% v. 87.9%).

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Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Ryanair September traffic grows by 3% to 8.1 million passengers

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair announced it carried 8.1 million passengers in September up 3% with it's load factor increasing by one point to 85%.

In the rolling 12 months to the end of September the airline carried 80.4 million passengers.
Ryanair's Robin Kiely said "Ryanair carried over 8m passengers in September 2013 and our load factor rose by 1% from 84% to 85%, as we enjoyed a record 12-months with over 80m passengers choosing one of our ultra-low fares. We also carried over 9m in August – the first European airline to ever do so."

Ryanair re-launched it's Dublin to Bremen route from 18th September operating three times weekly on Monday, Wednesday, Friday.

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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Ryanair announces two new routes from Milan Bergamo

                                                   
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ryanair has announced two new routes from Milan Bergamo base to Catania Comiso and Malta for Winter 2013/4 operating a total of 51 routes , and increases frequency on it's London Stansted route from three to four times daily.

This winter Ryanair will increase passenger volumes by 9% at Bergamo carrying 7.1  million passengers per annum

Ryanair Sales & Marketing Manager Italy, Croatia and Greece John Alborante said "Ryanair is delighted to announce its winter program 2013/14 from Milan (Orio al Serio), with 2 new winter routes to Catania and Malta and the introduction of an additional daily flight to London (Stansted) early in the morning, bringing the total to 4 flights per day for the benefit of business travelers.

Growth in traffic volume by 9% that will help carry over 7.1 million passengers annually and support more than 7,100 jobs * "on site" at the Milan Airport (Orio al Serio), stressing the 'Ryanair's commitment to the growth of tourism in Lombardy."

                                     

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