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 construction number 25052 was delivered to Aer Lingus as EI-BXI on 24th April 1991 and sold to ILFC in January 2004 and withdrawn from use in April 2005 and later served with Aerosvit in Ukraine as UR-VVL.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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