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 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

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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

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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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