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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