Monday, 13 May 2013

OO-VLF Fokker 50 Cityjet at Dublin Airport


                                                   

An interesting visitor to Dublin Airport today was OO-VLF Fokker F50 c/n 20208 Cityjet operating a charter flight to Antwerp.This aircraft is no stranger to Irish skies as it was delivered on 30th January 1991 to  Aer Lingus as EI-FKE named as 'St Pappin / Paipan' used test registration PH-EXA and remained in service until April 2001 when it was withdrawn from use and subsequent flown to Woensdrecht Airport for storage.

The aircraft was operated by Denim Air from November 2003 to February 2006 as PH-DMT in August 2007 VLM Airlines leased the aircraft from Aircraft Finance & Trading on 29th April 2008 the aircraft was re-registered as OO-VLF according to website Planespotters.net. VLM Airlines was acquired by Cityjet whom integrated VLM's Fokker F50 into their fleet.

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Aer Lingus Regional celebrates Dublin-London Southend route milestone


                                                     

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, is on track to fly a new monthly record of 5,600 passengers this month as the airline marks one year of the Dublin to London Southend Airport service. The route launched in May 2012 has grown considerably over the past year, flying over 55,000 passengers to London’s newest hub, London Southend.

Aer Lingus Regional, operated by Aer Arann, aims to continue to grow the route by 20% in the next 12 months. In an interview with Travel Daily UK Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said the carrier planned to add a fourth daily service on the route.

Due to demand and customer feedback, Aer Arann adjusted the Dublin to London Southend schedule which now facilitates same day return for business passengers and the move into Terminal 2 at Dublin enables smooth onward connections onto the Aer Lingus transatlantic network a growing part of the Aer Lingus Regional business with over 3,000 passengers making onwards journeys to the US from London Southend in the last year.

Aer Arann’s Chief Commercial Officer Simon Fagan said "We are delighted to mark the first anniversary of this key route in the Aer Lingus Regional network. The route has grown significantly over the past year and our aim now is to continue to work hard to build on this success. Dublin to London Southend is an extremely popular route on our network, for both business and leisure passengers.

We continue to see steady growth in traffic, with almost 55,000 passengers benefiting from an easy, efficient and accessible connection between Dublin and London Southend this year. With an improved schedule, new planes and great choice for passengers, we are working hard to deliver on our objective of further developing and growing passenger numbers on this route."

London Southend Airport MD Alastair Welch said "As we celebrate a successful first year for our Dublin service, with new schedules and new aircraft being delivered, we look forward to even more passengers finding out that flying through London Southend Airport really is 'simply easier'."

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