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The aircraft withdrawn from use and stored at Glasgow Prestwick in basic Ryanair colours with no logo/titles on return to lessor BBAM.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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