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.


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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."

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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.

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