Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 24-12-14

                                               
Aer Lingus Boeing 757-200
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DAA Airbus A330-202 c/n 397 Aer Lingus Ferried Dublin-Stockholm Arlanda 01/12/14 on winter-lease to Novair.

EI-EHH ATR42-300 c/n 196 Stobart Air Ferried Dublin-Cardiff with Cityjet decals for ACMI contract effective 1st December.

EI-FGD Airbus A320-232 c/n 2299  HK Aircraft Leasing Ferried Singapore-Hong Kong 12/12/14 in all white colours ex VH-VQY.

EI-FGI Boeing 717-200 c/n 55167 Volotea Airlines Re-registered and positioned Olbia-Bordeaux 05/12/14 ex EC-LQI.

EI-FGM Airbus A320-214 c/n 1370  Constitution A/c Leasing registered Mexico City 03/12/14 ex G-OZBK.

EI-IXD Airbus A321-112 c/n 532 Alitalia Ferried Rome FCO-Dublin-Tel Aviv 15-16/12/14 ex I-BIXD.

EI-STH  Boeing 737-429(SF) c/n 25729 Air Contractors Ferried Shannon-Bergamo 01/12/14.

LY-VEL Airbus A320-232 c/n 1998 Avion Express registered Dublin 17/12/14 and delivered Dublin-Reus 19/12/14 in all white colours ex EI-EUB.

N303SF Airbus A319-112 c/n 1303 Fly Leasing Ferried Yaoqiang -Barnaul-Minsk International-Shannon-Bristol-Kemble 28/11-01/12/14 in China Eastern colours for part out & scrap.

N396DC Boeing 737-9GJER c/n 34952 BBAM Ferried Dublin-Antalya 29/11/14 ex VT-SPT for Sun Express.

N462DC Boeing 737-9GJER c/n 34956 BBAM a/c leasing Ferried Bucharest Baneasa -Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International 22/12/14 ex VT-SGB.

N515AC Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 25168 Aircastle Ferried Goodyear-Miami 25/11/14 for cargo conversion ex VP-BTA.

N861TM  Boeing 767-324(ER)/W c/n 27393 GECAS Registered Shannon 02/12/14 ex G-OOBL.

VQ-BTD Boeing 737-8MA/W c/n 43664 Pobeda Delivered Dublin-Moscow Sheremetyevo  02/12/14 after painting.

2-VFRB Boeing 737-436 c/n 25349 BBAM A/c Leasing Ferried Belgrade-St Athan Airport 13/12/14 after storage ex EC-LTC.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Ryanair reinstates Dublin to Comiso connection for Summer 2015

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair yesterday announced it's 2015 summer program with 14 routes from Catania and Comiso in Scilily.  The carrier plans to carry 275,000 passengers from and Comiso, supporting traffic, tourism and the economy of eastern Sicily.

The carrier announced six routes from Comiso ,reinstating it's Dublin route operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, from 4th June to 25th September 2015.

In Catania, Giuseppe Belladone, Sales & Marketing Executive Ryanair to Italy , said: "We are pleased to confirm today the commitment of Ryanair at the airports of Catania and Comiso for the next summer season, with a program that has a total 16 routes to major national and international destinations.

8 will be the destinations reachable from Catania and 6 active ones from Comiso, thanks to which we expect to carry the two airports respectively 1.55 million and 275 thousand customers . We are also very pleased to announce the upcoming milestone of 300,000 passengers to and from Comiso in less than a year and a half , the start of operations at the airport."

What's there to see in Comiso? Check out Opening up the secrets of southeastern Sicily

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Mayo Woman Nancy Corrigan pioneer aviator documentary to air on 6th January 2015 TG4

A documentary 'Spéirbhean Acla’ on Mayo Woman Nancy Corrigan pionner aviator is air on TG4 on January 6th 2015, Oíche Nollag na mBan (Women’s Christmas) at 2130 on TG4.

Nancy Corrigan - Spéirbhean Acla is a feel-good story, full of woman’s heart, about a girl who emigrated from poverty in Achill in 1929. Not content to be a maid for the rest of her life, Nancy set her sights high. The film shows how Nancy arrived in Cleveland, Ohio when the National Air Races were on. A seed was planted. Nancy was to become one of the first women pilots, training male fighter pilots during WWII, and enjoying a career in modelling which financed her aviation ambitions. The programme includes unique original footage of Nancy competing in the Cleveland Air Races in 1948.

The film begins with stunning footage of the Greenway between Mulranny and Achill Sound where Nancy was born, in the village of Owenduff, in the parish of Achill. Her father, a railway servant when the Greenway was a railway, was killed tragically in a train accident leaving his wife Maggie a poor widow with four young daughters. It traces Nancy’s story from poverty in Achill in the 1920s to Cleveland where she found work as a nanny.

Unbeknownst to her family, still only 19, Nancy began to take flying lessons. In 1932, after breaking a world record for flying solo in 4.45 hours, Nancy hit the headlines of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper. The secret was out, her mother was stunned, and now all eyes were on her. To fund further flying lessons, Nancy moved to New York and began modelling for the prestigious Powers Agency which had a number of Hollywood starlets on their books.

Modelling was always a means to an end and when the war broke out, Nancy obtained a position with Spartan College instructing male cadets flying skills during WWII. In 1944, she joined the Aviation Faculty of Stephen’s College Missouri, an elite woman’s college and it was during her tenure here that she fulfilled her ambition of taking part in the Kendal Trophy Air Race. For this she mounted an impressive PR campaign through which she received financial backing.

In 1950, she was headhunted to Kansas University to become the first woman appointed to head up their aviation department. Throughout the course of her career, Nancy obtained virtually every aviation certificate known at the time.

Interviews include: Pilot Bill Witt, who was trained by Nancy; Nan Gaylord, pilot and former Powers model; Kim Jones, aviation historian in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

For further information contact Eimear Healy 087 4162248

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Friday, 28 November 2014

Aer Lingus operates Keflavik charter series

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A320s on T2 Dublin Airport 
Aer Lingus in association with Travel Department operated a series of charter flights from Dublin to Keflavik, Iceland over a number of weeks in October and November using a mix of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.

Aer Lingus stated a key part of it's strategy is to grow market share in charter market "Aer Lingus gained market share in both long and short haul from LCCs, legacy, regional & charter carriers."

Keflavik is a new charter destination on Aer Lingus route network.

The all-inclusive package by Travel Department included 3-night break  flights, accommodation and transfers.

According to The Lingus Source website the following aircraft operated:

EI-CPE A321 23rd November

EI-DEG A320 22nd November

EI-EDS A320 20th November

EI-DEP A320 19th November

EI-DVI A320 16th November

EI-DVJ A320 13th November

EI-CVC A320 26th October

EI-DVK A320 23rd October

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 28-11-14

                                                 
EI-EHH ATR42 Stobart Air 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-FGH Boeing 717-200 c/n 55169 Volotea Airlines registered 14/11/14 ex EC-LQS.

EI-IXG Airbus A321-112 c/n 516 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Kemble 26/27-11/14 after storage since 25/05/13.

EI-IXU Airbus A321-112 c/n 434 Alitalia Ferried Dublin-Kemble 13/11/14.

EI-OZJ Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 770 Air Contractors Ferried Hong Kong-Bahrain-Leipzig 19-20/11/14 after Air Hong Kong operations.

EI-LEO Cessna 750 c/n 750-0232 Private Sky delivered Doncaster-Dublin 20/11/14.

EI-STH Boeing 737-429(F) c/n 25729 Air Contractors Delivered Miami-Gander-Shannon 27/11/14 ex N42XA after cargo conversion.

N216AP Boeing 737-7Q8 c/n 28216 Apollo Aviation Group  Ferried Shanghai-Koltsovo/Ekaterinburg-Shannon 13/14-11/14 in full Shanghai Airlines colours.

N216AP Boeing 737-7Q8 c/n 28216 Apollo Aviation Capital Ferried Shannon-Bristol-Kemble 17/18-11/14 ex B-2632.

VQ-BTD Boeing 737-8MA/W c/n 43664  Pobeda Delivered Boeing Field-Keflavik-Dublin 22/11/14 in all white colours for painting leased from Avolon Aerospace.

VQ-BTE Boeing 737-81D/W c/n 39441 Pobeda Onward delivery Shannon-Moscow Sheremetyevo 15/11/14 after paint leased from AWAS.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Private Sky Ireland's largest business jet operator adds Citation X and Gulfstream G650 to growing fleet

                                                 
EI-SSF Global 6000 image courtesy of Pat Flynn
Private Sky, Ireland's largest business jet operator based at Shannon Airport recently added two new brand new aircraft types to its growing fleet, the Citation X and Gulfstream G650.

Citation X (Cessna 750) registered EI-LEO construction number 750-0232 was delivered Doncaster to Dublin on Thursday 20th November following a refurbishment. The aircraft is allocated callsign "HYR75X".

The Citation X is currently the fastest civilian aircraft in the world. As it is the fastest civilian aircraft in the world it will be perfect for transatlantic flights as it will get it's passengers to their destinations much quicker than any other civilian aircraft.

On Monday 24th November Private Sky took delivery of brand new Gulfstream 650 registered M-INSK construction 6096 as part of the CAMO fleet.  The aircraft undertook training missions to Dublin and Ireland West Airport on 25th November.

The G650 will be based in Vnukovo Moscow and will operate privately.

Private Sky operates from bases in Belfast City, Dublin Airport, London Stansted and Moscow Vnukovo, Shannon Airport operating and managing a fleet of Airbus A319CJ, Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLs, Embraer Legacy 650, Global 6000, Global XRS, Gulfstream G450, Learjet 60s.

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The importance of hearing protection in aviation

                                                 
Image courtesy Restored Hearing 

Guest post by Chrissy Hughes Community Manager Restored Hearing.

Airplanes are noisy and this is a source of irritation, and sometimes hearing impairments like tinnitus, for passengers. But what about those flying the planes and those working with aircraft day in and day out?.

A jet engine, during take off, can reach 120dB. That means you can stand beside it for a grand total of 7 seconds before your ears are permanently damaged. That’s not a lot of time so those who fly and work with aircraft are at a much higher risk of getting conditions like tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, and hearing loss from their exposure to noise.

In our work with Restored Hearing we talk to lot of tinnitus sufferers and a significant portion of them are pilots or ex-pilots, either civilian or military. In fact, studies have shown that the prevalence of tinnitus is higher in the flying population. Tinnitus occurs in around 10% of the general population, while that figure goes up to 18% when aircraft operators are considered.

The best way for pilots and ground staff to prevent hearing loss and tinnitus from noise and flying is to wear hearing protection. While almost always provided by employers, how many times have you seen an airfield without a pair of ear defenders in sight? I thought so.

                                               
Image courtesy Restored Hearing 

Existing hearing protection isn't fit for purpose as airfields are variable noise environments and communication between staff needs to occur intermittently. We've responded to this problem by creating Sound Bounce. It does the job of electronic noise cancelling headphones, but without any of the electronics.

Sound Bounce uses a smart material that absorbs sound 8 times better than existing foam ear defenders. It’s durable, inexpensive and allows for communication and protection all while wearing one headset. Pilots and those who work with and around aircraft are the ideal end users for Sound Bounce, which will be released in Spring 2015.

If you or your employer is interested in being some of the first to try it out get in touch on info@restoredhearing.com.

Visit Restored Hearing website.


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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Global FBO Consult appointed as media consultants to Moroccan Aviation Services

                                                 
Image courtesy of Global FBO 
Moroccan Aviation Services have announced that Dublin based Global FBO Consult have been appointed Media Consultants to the Agadir based ground services & permit support provider.

Joe McDermott, senior FBO advisor at the Dublin, Ireland based Global FBO Consult, states "Morocco is seen as an attractive location for business aviation with increasing multinational inward investment, oil and gas exploration, tourism and the film industry all adding to the North African nations growth. The country is viewed as a well regulated, liberal economy and a safe environment for private and corporate aviation to do business in. Moroccan Aviation Services is well placed as a company to grow in this market "

Managing Director Mohamed Outamrarht said "we are expanding our services across Morocco and Global FBO Consult have been invaluable to us during this process"

Mr Outamrarht went on to say "Moroccan Aviation Services is backed by experienced aviation professionals, we specialize in providing first class representation and supervision services to business, state, private and airline operators flying to Moroccan airports.

At Moroccan Aviation Services we believe that strong, long-term relationships are built on trust, effectiveness and quality. We employ a highly motivated and competent team. This ensures that we can always deliver a professional, efficient, competitive and safe service to our clients.

These are the keys that make us the Moroccan representative of choice for many leading Asian, US and European operators, flight departments and trip planners"

MAS have stations located at Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech & Ouarzazate, Morocco.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 14-11-14

                                                 
Cork Airport 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

B-LDM Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 683 Air Hong Kong acceptance flight Hong Kong 28/10/14 ex EI-OZK.

EI-BUE Boeing 737-3Q8(QC) c/n 23810  Mistral Air Ferried Naples-Norwich 31/10/14 re-registered N810QC 1/11/14.

EI-EJM Airbus A330-202 c/n 1308 Alitalia painted into special Etihad / Expo Milano 2015 colours at Rome Fiumicino 19/10/14.

EI-FEI Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44690 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 06/11/14.

EI-IXU Airbus A321-112 c/n 434 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 11/11/14 after storage since 01/10/13 ex I-BIXU.

EI-RUO Boeing 737-808 c/n 34703 Transaero Airlines Delivered Beijing-Manas International Airport-Belgrade 18/19-10/14 ex B-5169.

HA-LPD Airbus A320-233 c/n 1902 Wizzair Ferried Budapest-Woensdrecht 19/10/14 for British Airways as G-GATK ex EI-DGB.

I-BPAC Boeing 737-4K5 c/n 27074 Blue Panorama Registered 17/10/14 ex EI-CUN.

LY-VEM Airbus A320-233 c/n 747 Avion Express Ferried Barcelona-Reus 01/11/14 for interim storage ex EI-FBB.

N54AU Boeing 737-3Q8 c/n 28054 Mistral Air acceptance flight Juan Santamaria International Airport 05/11/14 to become EI-.

N681AC Airbus A319-112 c/n 1603 SMBC Aviation Capital Ferried Shanghai-Almaty-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport-Ostrava 18/19-10/14 ex B-2222.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

EI-FEG, FEH, FEI delivered to Ryanair

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has added a further three new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet from 180 aircraft order, increasing its total to 302 units in service.

These aircraft are purchased by Aviation Finance and Leasing S.à.r.l, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ryanair.

In fiscal year end to 31st March 2015 the carrier will take delivery of a further 11 Boeing 737-800s purchased under 2013 Boeing contract.

EI-FEG Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44688 Hex Code 4CA33C 'Ryanair 800G' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 14th October.

EI-FEH Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44689 Hex Code 4CA33D Ryanair 800H' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 16th October.

EI-FEI Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44690 Hex Code 4CA33E 'Ryanair 800I' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 6th November.

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Flybe christens aircraft Belfast and Dublin in "Spirit of the Regions" theme

                                                 
Image courtesy of Flybe 
British carrier Flybe has christened aircraft for Belfast and Dublin in "Spirit of the Regions" theme to coincide launching it's new London City base.

The carrier will deploy five DHC8-400s from London City to serve to serve Edinburgh and Dublin four times daily, Belfast and Exeter three times a day and Inverness twice daily services starting 27th October and plans to attract about 500,000 passengers a year.

Later routes to skiing regions and other vacation destinations in France and Spain will follow.

“We are delighted to re-enter the London market at London’s most convenient airport following a rigorous profitability analysis utilizing our strict route assessment model " said Flybe Chief Executive Officer Saad Hammad.

"This is a first for Belfast to have an aircraft named in its honour and I am delighted to have been able to perform the ceremony.  Whilst "Spirit of Belfast's" first stop is in London, in future it will be a unique way of promoting the City throughout Flybe's network across the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe." said Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon.

Flybe expects annually 98,0000 passengers will use the new route between Belfast City and London City and 100,000 passengers between Dublin and London City.

G-FLBD DHC-8-402 c/n 4259 Spirit of Inverness

G-FLBE DHC-8-402 c/n 4261 Spirit of Exeter

G-JEDP DHC-8-402 c/n 4085 Spirit of Belfast

G-JEDR DHC-8-402 c/n 4087 Spirit of Dublin

G-JEDT DHC-8-402 c/n 4088 Spirit of Edinburgh

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Flybe signs codeshare agreement with Aer Lingus

                                                 
Image courtesy of Flybe 
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has announced a new codeshare agreement with Dublin-based Aer Lingus which, with immediate effect.

The partnership with Aer Lingus now enables Flybe customers travelling from Exeter, Inverness, Southend and Southampton to access, via a single stop in Dublin, an even wider range of destinations across North America and Canada. Aer Lingus' north Atlantic network includes 10 daily flights across the Atlantic to Boston, New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Chicago and Toronto.

This codeshare agreement also extends to those travelling on Flybe franchise partner flights to Dublin from Donegal with Loganair and Flybe's joint operation from Southend with Stobart Air.

Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, added "We are delighted to join forces with Flybe as a connecting codeshare partner. The combination of our services will give both airlines increased network reach and will help Aer Lingus to further develop our transatlantic hub at Dublin to the benefit of customers in the U.K and the U.S."

Paul Simmons, Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer, said "Our new codeshare agreement with Aer Lingus is another exciting development for Flybe and we are delighted to be working with such an excellent and well-respected airline.  It further demonstrates our commitment to providing seamless connectivity from the regions of the UK, which means passengers do not have to face long road or rail journeys to the UK's south east hub airports."

Flybe's current portfolio of five existing codeshare partnerships, namely those with Air France, British Airways, Etihad, Finnair and KLM, along with 17 interline partners that includes Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Air Portugal and Qatar Airways.

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Irish budget carrier Ryanair announces 44 new routes in October

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair announced 44 new routes in October across its European network. The shift into the mainstream  airports continues with announcement of it's 70th European base at Copenhagen , underlining it's strategy to attract  leisure and business  passengers from competitors.

In early 2015 a further 10 new routes will be announced joining the dots on it's growing European network.

The carrier continues to grow at secondary airports Dusseldorf Weeze and Milan Bergamo in Summer 2015.

Berlin-Schoenefeld-Madrid daily from 29th March 2015
Berlin-Schoenefeld-Porto five from 2nd November 2014 x 5 weekly
Copenhagen-London Luton twice daily from 26th March 2015
Copenhagen-Milan Bergamo daily from 26th March 2015
Copenhagen-Warsaw Modlin daily from 26th March 2015
Crotone-Milan Bergamo extension of existing service  S15
Crotone-Pisa Florence extension of existing service S15
Crotone-Rome Ciampino extension of existing service S15
Dusseldorf Weeze-Agadir from 26th October x 1 weekly
Dusseldorf Weeze-Bydgoszcz from 27th October x 2 weekly
Dusseldorf Weeze-Stockholm Skastva extension of existing x 2 weekly service S15
Dusseldorf Weeze-Tallinn from 27th October x 2 weekly
Dusseldorf Weeze-Växjö from 2nd November x 2 weekly
Eindhoven-Lisbon from 1st November x 3 weekly
Eindhoven-Madrid from 1st November x 3 weekly
Eindhoven-Manchester from 2nd November x 4 weekly
Eindhoven-Tenerife South from 14th November x 1 weekly
Eindhoven-Turin from 1st November x 3 weekly
Gdansk-Alicante from 29th March 2015 x 1 weekly
Gdansk-Krakow from 2nd December 2014 x 2 weekly
Krakow-Gdansk from 4th  December 2014 x 2 weekly
Linz-Tenerife South from 6th November x 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo-Athens extension of existing daily service S15
Milan Bergamo-Crotone extension of existing daily service S15
Milan Bergamo-East Midlands extension of existing x 3 weekly service S15
Milan Bergamo-Lisbon extension of existing daily service S15
Milan Bergamo-Malaga extension of existing x 2 weekly service S15
Rome Ciampino-Athens extension of existing daily service S15
Rome Ciampino-Cologne from 4th November daily service S15
Rome Ciampino-Crotone extension of existing daily service S15
Rome Ciampino-Lisbon extension of existing daily service S15
Rome Fiumicino-Barcelona extension of existing  3 times daily service S15
Rome Fiumicino-Brussels Zaventem existing of existing twice daily service S15
Shannon-Manchester extension of existing daily service S15
Shannon-Kaunas extension of existing x 2 weekly service S15
Warsaw Modlin-Athens from 29th March 2015 daily service S15
Warsaw Modlin-Fuerteventura from 15th November x 1 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Glasgow International from 1st November x 3 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Las Palmas from 7th November x 1 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Lisbon from 30th March 2015 x 2 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Madrid from 2nd November x 4 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Tenerife South from 9th November x 2 weekly
Wroclaw-Glasgow International from 3rd November x 2 weekly
Wroclaw-Paris Beauvais from 2nd November x 4 weekly

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Thursday, 30 October 2014

Ryanair doubles Dublin to Rome frequency

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Irish budget carrier today announced it's winter programme from Rome that will deliver more than 6.3 million customers per year at the airports of Rome Fiumicino and Ciampino.

As part of an extended Rome winter 2014 schedule it will increase frequency on Dublin to Rome Ciampino to twice daily, using Boeing 737-800 aircraft, enabling business travellers same day return.

Ryanair's Michael O'Leary said "Ryanair is delighted to announce a record advance bookings to / from Rome, for our winter 2014 programming begins this week with 47 routes in total - including 6 new routes to Athens, Barcelona, ​​Brussels, Cologne, Crotone and Lisbon - and with an increase in frequency of 19 routes linking Rome with the major European centers of business and with 10 other Italian cities."

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Friday, 17 October 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 17-10-14

                                                 
EI-CPH Airbus A321-211 Aer Lingus 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

C-FEAK Boeing 737-8BK/W c/n 30292 Sunwing Airlines Ferried Belfast International-Toronto 17/10/14 after summer lease to Thomson Airways.

C-FTJH Boeing 737-8BK/W c/n 29642 Sunwing Airlines Ferried Dublin-Toronto 15/10/14 after summer lease to Thomson Airways.

EI-FEG Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44688 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 15/10/14.

EI-FEH Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44689 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 16/10/14.

EI-OZK Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 683 Air Contractors Ferried Dresden-Maastricht 09/10/14 for painting  for Air Hong Kong as B-LDM.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Ryanair boosts frequency on Dublin to Kraków route

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair is to boost frequency on it's Dublin to Kraków route as part of it's expanded scheduled from Kraków in Summer 2015.

In Summer 2015 the carrier will operate 28 routes, boosting frequency on four routes to Dublin (7 to 9 week), Eindhoven (from 2 to 3 per week), Liverpool (from 2 to 3 per week) and London Stansted (from 14 to 16 per week).

In total, the carrier will perform 108 weekly flights from Krakow base, with two based Boeing 737-800s.

On Dublin route additional frequencies will operate on Fridays and Sundays from 27th March 2015.

In Poland, Ryanair now has two bases in Krakow and Wroclaw, and at the end of this month will open new bases in Gdansk and Warsaw Modlin.

Kraków is the second largest and one of the oldest cities in Poland. Situated on the Vistula River in the Lesser Poland region, the city dates back to the 7th century. Kraków has traditionally been one of the leading centres of Polish academic, cultural, and artistic life and is one of Poland's most important economic hubs.

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Cityjet returns EI-RJJ RJ85 to lessor

                                                 
Cityjet RJ85 
Irish carrier Cityjet continues to reduce it's RJ85 fleet size, as EI-RJJ construction number E2347 named 'Hare Island' is returned to lessor Bae Systems, leaving 17 RJ85s in service.

According to German website Skyliner aviation EI-RJJ RJ85 was ferried Dublin to Cranfield on 6th October.

This aircraft was first flown on 15th March 1999 and delivered to Mesa Airlines as N522XJ on 29th March operated in Northwest Airlink colours. On expiry of lease it became G-CEIF on 29th May 2007.

The aircraft was delivered to Cityjet on 1st February 2008 as EI-RJJ operated in Air France colours.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 11-10-14

                                               
OO-VLQ Fokker F50 Cityjet 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
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EI-EUB Airbus A320-232 c/n 1998 Livingston Ferried Verona-Dublin 06/10/14 on return to lessor.

EI-EWO Airbus A320-232 c/n 2496 Livingston Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Casablanca 06/7-10/14.

EI-EXK Airbus A320-232 c/n 2502 Livingston Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Casablanca 06/7-10/14.

EI-FEG Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44688 Ryanair first flight 02/10/14.

EI-FEH Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44689 Ryanair first flight 06/10/14.

EI-OZK Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 683 Air Contractors Ferried Dresden-Maastricht 09/10/14 for painting for Air Hong Kong as B-LDM.

EI-RJJ RJ85 c/n Cityjet Ferried Dublin-Cranfield 06/10/14 returned to lessor.

9M-XAD Airbus A330-202 c/n 330 Saudi Arabian Airlines to Dublin For pre-check inspection    arrived 04/10/14 departed 06/10/14 ex EI-EWR.

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Jet Assist Opens Belfast International Airport Business Jet Centre

                                                 
Image courtesy of Jet Assist 
Jet Assist, the new FBO based at Belfast International Airport (EGAA) was officially opened for business with a ceremonial ribbon cutting by Mr. Danny Kennedy.

Northern Ireland Minister for Regional Development. Branded as Jet Assist - Business Jet Centre the spacious facility specifically designed for the needs of business, private and state travellers is located next to the GA ramp, has its own security screening, seating for up to twenty five passengers, crew room, along with all the standard FBO amenities and represents one of the finest business aviation facilities on the island of Ireland.

Jet Assist-Business Jet Centre has branded fuel supply through the Ascent Global Fuel Brand as a member of the World Fuel Services Network of FBOs and offers very competitive Jet A-1 fuel prices for both destination and fuel stop traffic.

Belfast International Airport, strategically located on the North Atlantic Eastern Seaboard, is a 24H, no night time curfew airport with multiple runways and is rarely closed even when Mother Nature is at her very worst.

                                                 
Image Courtesy of Jet Assist 
Jet Assist’s Managing Director Ian Morrow thanked Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), Northern Ireland's regional economic development agency who recognized that a Business Jet Centre is an integral part of attracting inward investment and promoting international trade & tourism. He went on to thank Belfast International Airport Chairman Mr. Graham Keddie & his team for “pulling out all the stops to ensure that BFS is a General Aviation friendly, efficient & competitive airport”.

Graham Keddie, managing director, Belfast International Airport (BIA), said “We are delighted to welcome Jet Assist to Belfast International Airport and I am confident that Ian and his team will grow and develop the business jet service here.  Jet Assist chose BFS because it is strategically located on the North Atlantic Eastern Seaboard, operates 24/7 with no night time curfews which is essential when operating in the business jet marketplace.”

Danny Kennedy, Minister for Regional Development, said “It is a real pleasure for me to be here to officially open Jet Assist, it is great to see young entrepreneurs succeeding in their chosen field and even more heartening to hear of the future business growth and job prospects.  I wish Ian and his colleagues every success.”

Early in the planning stage Jet Assist engaged Global FBO Consult, a Fixed Base Operator & BizAv advisory service, to guide them through the start up, provide business intelligence, media relations, personnel selection & training.

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Saturday, 4 October 2014

EI-FEF Boeing 737-8MD delivered to Ryanair

                                                 
EI-FEF Boeing 737-8MD Ryanair 
Delivery number 2 for 2014 occurred for Ryanair when Boeing 737-8MD registered EI-FEF callsign 'Ryanair 800F' touched down in Dublin on Saturday 27th September at 1432 local.

The aircraft is msn 44687 and carried hex code 4CA175. EI-FEF is the 350th Boeing 737 to be delivered to the Irish budget carrier.

The aircraft operated it's first revenue service on Sunday 28th September as RYR9432/1 to and from Rome Ciampino.

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Friday, 3 October 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 03-10-14

                                                 
Boeing 787 Image courtesy of Norwegian 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

A6-FDE Boeing 737-8KN/W c/n 40235 Flydubai Ferried London Stansted-Dubai 01/10/14 after summer-lease to Ryanair as EI-FEC.

A6-FDF Boeing 737-8KN/W c/n 40236 Flydubai Ferried London Stansted-Dubai 01/10/14 after summer-lease to Ryanair as EI-FED.

EI-FEF Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44687 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 26/09/14 (Aircraft No 350)

EI-RJB RJ85  c/n E2230 Cityjet Ferried Dublin-Cranfield 20/09/14 on return to lessor.

OM-GEX Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29919 AirExplore Delivered Dothan-Bangor-Keflavik-Bratislava 02/10/14 ex N637AC/EI-CSC.

OY-JRY ATR42-300 c/n 63 Danish Air Transport Ferried Dublin-Sønderborg 23/09/14 after wet-lease to Stobart Air.

YR-BAE Boeing 737-46N c/n 28723 Blue Air Ferried Naples-Bucharest Otopeni 01/10/14  after summer-lease to Meridiana ex EI-CXL.

ZK-NGP Boeing 737-33A c/n 27459 AWAS Ferried Christchurch International Airport-Faleolo International Airport 02/10/14 after storage.

9M-FZB Boeing 737-430 c/n 27003 FireFly Ferried Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah Airport-Don Mueang International Airport-Abu Dhabi-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen-Amsterdam-Saint Athan  02-04/10/14 ex EI-COK.

9M-XAD Airbus A330-202 c/n Air Asia X Ferried Cairo-Dublin 02/10/14 ex EI-EWR.

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Thursday, 2 October 2014

Ryanair doubling Dublin Base fleet this winter season

                                               
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair is increasing it's Dublin base fleet from 13 in winter 2013/14 season to 24 Boeing 737-800s in winter 2014/5 season, said Ryanair's Director of Operations Adrian Dunne at Royal Aeronautical Society Ireland Branch lecture last night in Dublin.

Adrian added "Somebody is going to feel the pressure".

The airline has revealed a notable expansion of its network from Ireland following last year’s government budget decision to abolish its unpopular €3 travel tax from April 2014.

Ryanair’s network growth at Dublin clearly illustrates how Ryanair is adapting its business model with launch of Business Plus , and building frequencies across its network to better serve the business market while also attracting stronger leisure flows.

This winter season the carrier is adding three new routes from Dublin to Brussels-Zaventem and Glasgow International operating three daily times and a new daily service to Cologne/Bonn.

Services on existing routes to Bucharest, Lisbon, Marrakech, Nice & Prague are extended on year-round basis.

It also plans to increase the frequency on a number of its existing Dublin routes, including Birmingham, Berlin, London Gatwick, Madrid, Milan Bergamo, Rome Ciampino and Warsaw Modlin.

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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Did you know Ryanair announced 39 new routes in September

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
In a new feature will review Ryanair's new route announcements on a calendar month basis.

As can been below over 95% of Ryanair's new routes announced are from primary airports,

We wish to state this data is sourced from open media sources, press releases and Ryanair's booking engine.

All routes operated Boeing 737-800 aircraft.

Athens-Brussels Charleroi year-round service
Athens-Rome Ciampino from 26th October
Athens-Warsaw Modlin from 29th March 2015
Barcelona-Cologne from 29th March 2015
Brussels Charleroi-Bucharest (Otopeni) from 30th October
Brussels Charleroi-Prague from 26th October
Brussels Charleroi-Riga from 26th October
Cologne/Bonn-Alicante from 29th March 2015
Cologne/Bonn-Barcelona El Prat from 29th March 2015
Cologne/Bonn-Riga from 28th October
Cologne/Bonn-Rome Ciampino from 28th October
Gdansk-Alicante from 29th March 2015
Lisbon-Bremen from 28th October
Lisbon-Eindhoven from 28th October
Lisbon-Hamburg from 26th October
Lisbon-Milan Bergamo from 26th October
Lisbon-Porto from 22nd September
Lisbon-Rome Ciampino from 29th March 2015
Lisbon-Warsaw Modlin from 29th March 2015
Madrid-Berlin Schonefeld from 29th March 2015
Madrid-Bratislava from 29th March 2015
Madrid-Bremen from 26th October
Madrid-Bucharest from 29th March 2015
Madrid-Eindhoven from 26th October
Madrid-Cologne/Bonn from 29th October
Madrid-Fez from 26th October
Madrid-Vilnius from 29th March 2015
Madrid-Warsaw Modlin from 26th October
Manchester-Eindhoven from 26th October
Manchester-Las Palmas Extension of existing service
Manchester-Shannon from 26th October
Milan Bergamo-Crotone from 26th October
Milan Bergamo-Lisbon from 26th October
Porto-Berlin Schonefeld from 26th October
Porto-Hamburg from 28th October
Manchester-Shannon from 26th October
Rome Ciampino-Crotone from 26th October
Warsaw Modlin-Athens from 29th March 2015
Warsaw Modlin-Lisbon from 30th March 2015

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Icelandic Carrier WOW air announces new Dublin-Reykjavik route

                                                 
Image courtsey of Paul Doyle 
Icelandic carrier WOW air is to launch a new year-round Dublin-Reykjavik service from next summer.

WOW air will fly three times per week between Dublin and Reykjavik from next June, and will operate the first scheduled service between the two cities. WOW, which started flying in May 2012, is a low-cost carrier that currently operates 16 routes from its home base at Keflavik Airport in Iceland.

Dublin Airport Managing Director, Vincent Harrison said he was delighted to welcome WOW air to Ireland and to add Reykjavik to Dublin Airport’s growing list of direct destinations. “We’re sure there will be strong demand for this new route, as Iceland has been growing in popularity as a leisure destination in recent years and Dublin has a long track record as a popular charter destination for Icelandic visitors,” Mr Harrison added.

WOW Chief Executive and founder Skúli Mogensen said: “We are very excited to add Dublin as a year-round destination. WOW air’s core mission is to lower airfares wherever we go. Given Ireland and Iceland’s close ties, I know that there will be a lot of people using this opportunity to visit each other.”

The agreement to operate a Dublin service comes after two years of regular contact between WOW air and senior executives from Dublin Airport, according to Mr Harrison. “Dublin has been on WOW air’s radar as a potential destination since shortly after the airline commenced operations and we look forward to working closely with WOW and other stakeholders to help grow this new service.”

WOW air will launch its new Dublin route on June 2, 2015 and will operate the service three times per week using either an Airbus A320 or A319 aircraft. Flights will operate on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, with a flight time of approximately 2 hours 20 minutes.

The flights will depart Keflavik Airport at 06.20 arriving in Dublin at 09.40, while the return flight will depart Dublin at 12.10, arriving Keflavik at 13.35.

WOW air also runs its own travel agency WOW travel, which specialises in low cost holidays, to and from Iceland. It will offer a range of Icelandic tours and destinations in the Irish market and will also sell package trips to Ireland in Iceland.

Iceland has enjoyed a tourist boom in recent years, due to increased air access, a devaluation of the local currency and a sustained international marketing campaign. Annual visitor numbers to Iceland increased by 20% to a record 807,000 last year.

WOW air was founded by Icelandic entrepreneur Skúli Mogensen, who has a background in technology and telecommunications. WOW air has grown dramatically over the past two years. It carried more than 400,000 passengers last year and is expected to have more than 700,000 passengers in 2014.

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Friday, 26 September 2014

Cityjet returns EI-RJB RJ85 to lessor

                                                 
Cityjet RJ85 
Irish carrier Cityjet has returned EI-RJB RJ85 construction number E2330 named 'Bere Island' to lessor Bae Systems, the return of this aircraft reduces RJ85 fleet to 18 units.

EI-RJB RJ85 was ferried Dublin to Cranfield on Saturday 20th September in all white colours.

This aircraft first flight was on 24th June 1998 and delivered to Mesa Airlines as N514XJ on 29th June operated in Northwest Airlink colours. On expiry of lease it became G-CEBS on 21st June 2006.

The aircraft was delivered to Cityjet on 11th June 2007 as EI-RJB operating in Air France colours.

Cityjet's new owner's are decide on RJ85 fleet replacement by the end of the year with Embraer E190, Superjet or Bombardier CSeries 100 under evaluation.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Stobart Air completes DAT ATR42 wet-lease contract

                                                 
OY-JRY ATR42 DAT 
This summer season Stobart Air supplemented it's fleet wet-leasing an ATR42 from Danish ACMI specialist Danish Air Transport A/S, abbreviated DAT. For the duration of the wet-lease contract the aircraft was based in Dublin Airport.

The Danish Air Transport A/S wet-lease commenced on 3rd July with arrival of OY-CIR with lease continuing until 27th August when OY-CIR was replaced by OY-JRY.

The aircraft operated its last service for Stobart Air on Monday 22nd September as EIN3308/9 to and from London Southend.

On morning of Tuesday 23rd September the aircraft was ferried Dublin to Sønderborg, Denmark on completion of contract.

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Delta increases capacity between Dublin and New York JFK this winter

                                               
Delta Airlines 
Skyteam carrier Delta Airlines is to increase capacity between Dublin and New York JFK this winter season from 26th October. The New York JFK service will be operated Boeing 767-400ER replacing Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

The carrier will offer an additional 462 seats per week on the route filling a void as American Airlines suspends it's service for winter season.

The Boeing 767-400ER is configured in 246 seat layout in three classes BusinessElite, Economy Comfort and Economy.

Delta Airlines operates a fleet of 21 Boeing 767-400ER's.

Have you seen Delta's new TV ad "No Bag Left Behind"

                                           

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Ryanair significantly increases service on Dublin Milan Bergamo route

                                               
Image courtesy of Michael Kelly
Ryanair is to significantly service on it's  Dublin to Milan Bergamo route from a daily service to a double daily service from 26th October. The announcement was made at launch of Ryanair's Milan Bergamo summer 2015 schedule on 11th September.

The double daily service from Dublin to Milan Bergamo will further enhance the appeal of the route, following the launch of Business Plus, a product tailored for business travelers.

This winter the carrier is adding new routes from Dublin to Brussels-Zaventem, Cologne/Bonn, Glasgow International and extending year-round service on existing routes to Bucharest, Lisbon, Marrakech, Nice & Prague.

It also plans to increase the frequency on a number of its existing Dublin routes, including London Gatwick, Birmingham, Berlin, Rome and Warsaw.

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Ryanair extends Shannon Kaunas service to year-round operation

                                                 
Image courtesy of Ryanair 
Ryanair today announced it's extending it's new launched Shannon to Kaunas Boeing 737-800 service to a year-round operation.

The route extension forms part of Ryanair's Lithuanian summer 2015 schedule with 28 routes in total including two new summer routes from Kaunas to Shannon and Vilnius to Madrid.

The new route commences 29th October operating weekly on Thursdays.

The service RYR8821/2 is operated by a Kaunas based aircraft departing Kaunas 1310 arriving Shannon 1450 departing 1515 arriving Kaunas 2035.

This winter Ryanair will operate a total of 11 services from Shannon six more than 2013/4 winter season season. The new routes operated by Ryanair from Shannon this winter are Paris, Berlin, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Krakow, Manchester and Kaunas.  These are in addition to their existing services to be Gatwick, Lanzarote, Stansted and Wroclaw.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Ryanair's EI-FEE Boeing 737-800 enters service

                                                 
EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W Ryanair 
The first of Ryanair's 180 new Boeing 737-800s EI-FEE entered revenue service on Friday 12th September, from Dublin to Leeds/Bradford as RYR172/3 following post-delivery modifications undertaken it's Dublin maintenance facility.

The same day the aircraft operated sectors to Alicante RYR7062/3 and Poznan RYR1974/5.

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W construction number 44686, Hex Code 4CA174, Line number 5072 test registration N1786B had it's first flight on 26th August from Renton to Boeing Field.

The aircraft departed Boeing Field on delivery to Dublin on 9th September as 'Ryanair 800E' arriving into Dublin 1314 local. EI-FEE is leased from Aviation Finance and Leasing S.à.r.l.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 19-09-14

                                                 
EI-REH ATR72-500 Stobart Air 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

A6-FDD Boeing 737-8KN/W FlyDubai Ferried London Stansted-Dubai 15/09/14 after summer-lease to Ryanair as EI-FEB.

EI-EYO Airbus A330-243 c/n 494 Emirates Airlines Ferried Tarbes - Lourdes Pyrenees Airport-Bordeaux-Mérignac 01/09/14 for painting for Azul Linhas Aéreas to become PR-AIY.

EI-FBN Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 26290 Aerosvit Scrapped Shannon 05/09/14 ex UR-VVP.

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44686 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 09/09/14 (Aircraft no 349).

EI-FEF Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44687 Ryanair first Flight 18/09/14 (Aircraft No 350).

EI-JRD Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 24917 Air Contractors Ferried Dublin-Tamanrasset 02/09/14 after wet-lease to Ryanair ex ZS-JRD.

EI-JRE Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 26065 Air Contractors Ferried Dublin-Shannon-Tamanrasset 02/5-09/14 after wet-lease to Ryanair.

OM-AEX Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 25178 AirExplore Ferried Dublin-Bratislava as 'Ryanair 4' 16/09/14 on completion of Ryanair lease.

OM-CEX Boeing 737-436  c/n 25830 AirExplore Ferried Dublin-Bratislava as 'Ryanair 5' 16/09/14 on completion of Ryanair lease.

PH-DND ERJ145MP c/n 145406 Denim Air painted in Maastricht 03/09/14 ex EI-FFL.

YU-APD Airbus A319-132 c/n 2335 Air Serbia Delivered Munich-Belgrade 17/09/14 after cabin configuration ex EI-LIR.

4L-AJW Boeing 737-3U3 c/n 28733 flyVista Delivered Shannon-Tbilisi 14/09/14 ex EI-FCW.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

My Steps towards a career in Aviation

By Alexandra Slabutu



Having worked in Dublin airport and travelled the world with Emirates Airlines, my aspirations towards a career within the aviation industry were getting bigger. Throughout my experience I realise that I wanted something more technical, something that could offer me the chance to deal with airplanes, airlines and airports on a daily basis. However I knew that I had to pursue higher level education, in order to become more employable and increase my career opportunities in the near future. So I decided it was time to go back to college.

Throughout my research DIT had by far grabbed my attention with their freshly run course, Engineering in Aviation Technology (DIT 011 CAO Reference number), which is a 3 year Ordinary Degree.

Once starting 1st Year I was super excited and looking forward to studying new subjects such as:
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics, Systems and Structures, 
  • Aeronautical Lab, 
  • Aircraft Engines,
  • Materials Hardware and Maintenance Practices, 
  • Electricity and Electronics, 
  • Thermo-fluids,
  • Mathematics, 
  • Avionics, 
  • Mechanical Engineering. 
It was very impressive and comforting knowing that all the lectures have vast experience in the aviation industry, some of whom are still active.

What I loved about this course was the distributed balance between theory and practical work. The Aviation Technology Centre (ATC) based near Dublin Airport gave us the opportunity to simulate and practice realistic tasks that we may face in the industry. The equipment found in this facility ranged from aircraft (military jet Fouga Magister, LearJet, R22 Helicopter), to various engine types, an avionics laboratory, tool stores, airframes and other items that are used in the practical aspects of the training.

                                                

My personal experience during the first year of this course has been really adventurous in the sense that I have done things I could only imagine I would do and I have overcome obstacles and tasks successfully, even though at first glance it appeared to be difficult to do so.  As a girl with no technical experience, when it came to the likes of understanding the constructional arrangements and the importance of the airflow path through an engine or the pneumatics systems such as vapour cycle machines/air conditioning pack functionality and even getting used to the vast ambiguous terminology so specific to aviation industry (annular chamber, aerofoil, angle of incidence, empennage, gyro erection with balls etc.), it was quiet challenging. However, by the end of each module I could look back and be amazed how everything is so linked together and easy to comprehend.

I found the Avionics and Aerodynamics modules very exciting as it really taught me how pretty much to fly an airplane, giving a taste of what it's like to be a pilot. Especially when we would go into our ATC and practice the theory learned in the classroom based on flight control operation, flight/aircraft instruments (basic T, basic 6), navigation etc., on the aircraft or the improvised simulator based in the hangar. Being able to sit in the cockpit of these aircraft, using the flight controls, seeing some of the aircraft instruments active and turning on the engine of the Learjet aircraft could be quite overwhelming.

There were times when the given assignments, like building a 555 Integrated Circuit or describing the diagram of the charging system of a light piston engine, seemed merely impossible to do. But the beauty of completing these tasks lay in the fact that we, the colleagues, helped each other to understand points that alone we couldn’t and worked as a team. Once these were completed we had an amazing feeling of pride, as what at first seemed merely impossible, became successfully doable.

The lecturers have a great technique of presenting/ describing the course material by giving us examples of real aviation events that happened in the past, such as aircraft incidents, and from their own experiences which they have encountered along their careers. For example when the Pressurization topic had to be covered we looked at analysing the aircraft incidents such as the Helios 522 or Aloha flight. This had an enormous positive impact on my way of studying as it gave me a clear picture, visualising how things work, connect and also identifying the consequences and effects of such events involved in the aviation industry. I find it thrilling to know how we can apply this knowledge in various situations.

Hands-on work, based in the ATC, focusing on the aircraft maintenance included simple tasks like riveting, fabrication exercise, soldering, trimming wire, fastening bolts with lock wire, engine borescoping, continuity checks, testing of bonds and grounds. A troubleshooting exercise such as the Red anti-collision light of an R22 using a task card to fill in the details was also carried out, mirroring the exact same procedures that would be met in a Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) hangar.

                                                 
                                 
By the end of the first year many of my questions have been answered. I always wondered how an airplane actually flies, what keeps it up there, how are we able to breathe and have a comfortable temperature at 40 000 ft., how does an engine function, how does an aircraft protect itself from lightning, how does a smoke detector in a lavatory work etc. It is fascinating to know the technical complexity of such machinery that many of us take for granted when we travel in it.

I have also learned how this industry is heavily regulated and that every single nut and bolt is traceable and everything is documented. Safety comes first, there is no place for mistakes. Trust, communication and patience are the main characteristics of a member of this industry as big responsibility lies among the whole crew involved, even from the very early stages of designing, building, testing, flying, maintaining and ground operation of an aircraft.

Once I grasped a fair understanding of this course combined with my previous work experience I decided in my spare time to get involved with more aviation related experiences. Luckily enough, opportunities have arisen and I got the chance to visit the Dublin Aerospace hangars and get a two day work placement in their APU Shop. There I have learned and seen the managerial and technical steps involved in the operation of dealing with a component such as the auxiliary power unit.

For the first time I've also become familiar and understand the meaning of terminology such as the General Terms Agreement (GTA), which is the documentation that protects the company from any kind of legal conflict, Request for Proposal (RFP), Letter of Intent (LOI), service bulletin (SB). Furthermore I had the pleasure to meet the engineering and sales team of SR Technics at Dublin Airport, where I was introduced to their roles. Nevertheless, Avolon Leasing firm gave me a totally new experience in the area of aircraft leasing; here I got involved in the finance team. During my three month internship I was impressed by their professionalism, friendliness, support and enthusiasm to share and teach me about this new side of the industry that I never really knew about until recently.

Now that I just started second year, there’s a lot more to learn and explore, of which I am eager to venture into. I come to conclude that aviation is, in fact, a small industry and once you show a sparkle of enthusiasm people from this industry are more than happy to share their knowledge and maybe guide you to the right door.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Ryanair takes delivery of its first of 180 new Boeing 737-800's

                                                 
EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W Ryanair 
Yesterday Wednesday 10th September took delivery of the first of its 180 new Boeing 737-800's worth $16 billion at current list prices. The aircraft touched down in Dublin Airport, at 1314 local callsign 'Ryanair 800E', flown from Boeing Field, Seattle, by Ryanair Chief Pilot, Capt Ray Conway.

The first aircraft is registered EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44686 Hex code 4CA174 used test registration N1786B. According to Puget Sound blog the aircraft is leased from Aviation Finance and Leasing S.à.r.l.

A further 20 Boeing 737-800s will be delivered between September 2014 and July 2015, which will enable the airline to open more new bases and routes , and additional frequencies on existing routes for Summer 2015.

Since 1999 Ryanair has taken delivery of 349 Boeing 737-800s and the largest operator global operator of the aircraft.

On Monday, Ryanair signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase up to 200 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 “gamechanger” aircraft (100 firm & 100 options). When finalised and all options exercised, this deal will be worth over $22bn at current list prices.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “We are delighted to take delivery of the first of our 180 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These new Boeing aircraft enable Ryanair to keep the fleet average age below 5 years, while providing our customers with unmatched punctuality, reliability and an improved customer experience. We will have 21 more aircraft for Summer 2015 which will allow Ryanair to offer more new routes and increased frequencies to more customers than ever before."

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Stobart Air leases OY-JRY from Danish Air Transport

                                               
OY-JRY ATR42 Danish Air Transport 
Stobart Air has supplemented its fleet this summer season with an ATR42 leased from Danish operator Danish Air Transport A/S, abbreviated DAT. OY-CIR was returned to DAT on 27th August and replaced by OY-JRY the same day.

We understand the lease of OY-JRY has been extended indefinitely .

Interestingly it's livery illustrates DAT’s values as a flexible company. Blue, yellow, red, orange and green make our planes and logo distinctive.

DAT states "We are proud to be different, and we are just like our planes, ccolorful and flexible".

DAT operates a fleet of 15 aircraft and recently added a new type to it's fleet the Airbus A320.

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Friday, 29 August 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 29-08-14

                                                   
Aer Lingus Airbus A320 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44686 Ryanair First flight Renton-Boeing Field 26/08/14.

EI-RUX Boeing 767-36N c/n 30109 Transaero Airlines Delivered Shanghai Pudong-Moscow Domodedovo 24/08/14 ex VP-BAX.

TC-YAJ ERJ190 c/n 19000230 Borajet Airlines Delivered Exeter-Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International 22/08/14 ex EI-FCM.

4L-AJH Boeing 737-505 c/n 25794 Vista Georgia Airlines Delivered Bournemouth-Tbilisi 27/08/14 in all white colours ex EI-FDE.

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Friday, 22 August 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 22-08-14

                                                   
Aer Lingus Airbus A330-200 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-FCW Boeing 737-3U3 c/n 28733  KV Aviation in Fly Vista colours Airtest from Transaero Engineering 15/07/14.

EI-LIR Airbus A319-132 c/n 2335 Air Serbia Ferried Shannon-Munich 22/08/14 for cabin configuration prior delivery to become YU-APD.

TC-SBS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29917 Sun Express Delivered Dothan-Bangor-Cologne-Antalya 18/19-08/14 ex N636AC.

VQ-BTG Boeing 737-8FZ/W c/n 41992 Orenair entered service 17/08/14 Moscow Domodedovo Airport-Catania after transfer from Dobrolet.

VQ-BTS Boeing 737-8FZ/W c/n 41991 Orenair entered service 17/08/14 Sheremetyevo-Volgograd after transfer from Dobrolet.

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Sunday, 17 August 2014

First visit of Westair's Gulfstream G650 EI-JSK to Dublin Airport

                                                   
EI-JSK Gulfstream G650 Westair Aviation Ltd 
Shannon based Westair Aviation Gulfstream G650 EI-JSK paid it's first to Dublin Airport today.

The first Irish registered Gulfstream G650 is registered to Westair Aviation Ltd, the aircraft is owned by JP McManus. EI-JSK was delivered from Gulfstream's factory in Savannah, Georgia on 2nd May to Shannon Airport.

The aircraft is allocated callsign 'Emerald 006'.

The plane’s official Irish registration, EI-JSK, features the initials of McManus’s children John, Sue Ann, and Kieran.

This is the second G650 to be based in Ireland, businessman Denis O’Brien, who took delivery of G650 MSN 6032 in July 2013. However, this aircraft was registered in the Isle of Man as M-GSIX.

The Gulfstream G650 2014 list price is $64.5 million dollars.

The Gulfstream 650 is one of the fastest business jets on the market, with a top speed of 0.925 Mach and range of 7000 nautical miles,  passengers can fly non-stop from London to Buenos Aires or Dubai to New York.

Since December 2012 70 aircraft have been delivered.  The G650 is a a high sought after aircraft with a three year production backlog.

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Friday, 15 August 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 15-08-14

                                                     
Aer Lingus Regional ATR72-600 
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-CDM Boeing 767-324(ER)/W c/n 27392 Blue Panaroma registered Shannon 12/08/14 ex N838TM.

EI-EXR Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 677 Air Contractors Ferried Dresden-Bahrain-Hong Kong 14/15-08/14 to be operated for Air Hong Kong ex B-MBJ.

N838TM Boeing 767-324 c/n 27392 Blue Panorama Delivered Mexico City-Shannon 11/08/14 to become EI-CDM.

4L-AJH Boeing 737-505 c/n 25794 Aerovista registered Bournemouth 06/08/14 in all white colours ex EI-FDE

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Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Cleveland’s International Women’s Air & Space Museum celebrates Irish Aviator Nancy Corrigan

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is celebrating one of Cleveland’s own aviators with an exhibit.  Nancy Corrigan—originally from Owenduff, Ireland— came to Cleveland with her mother and three sisters in the late 1920’s. The exhibit examines her life as a woman pilot, highlighting the Air Races she attended and participated in. Through photographs, a brief video of one of the races Nancy was in and research done by the Corrigan family, we are given a glimpse into the life of a Cleveland aviator.

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum is located in the terminal of Burke Lakefront Airport, only seconds from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and the Great Lakes Science Center. The mission of IWASM is to preserve the history of women in aviation and space and to document their continuing contributions today and in the future.

In 1986 the museum opened in Centerville, Ohio. IWASM was welcomed to the City of Cleveland, Ohio in 1998, where you will find their home at Burke Lakefront Airport. Exhibits are in the lobby at Burke, as well as the west concourse, and are accessible seven days a week.

 For additional information please visit http://iwasm.org/wp-blog/

Friday, 8 August 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 08-08-14

                                                   
Aer Lingus Boeing 757-200
The information contained is sourced  from a variety of sources, though particular credit must be given to the following sites, which are very highly recommended.

Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/
Dublin Movements Blog: http://notam-ireland.blogspot.ie/
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists
Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/

EI-DLJ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 34177 Ryanair entered service London Stansted-Turin 31/07/14 in National Express Coach colours.

EI-EYK Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 743 Air Contractors Ferried Lourdes-Dresden 05/08/14 in Air Cargo Mongolia colours.

EI-FCL ERJ190LR c/n 19000201 Borajet Airlines Ferried Norwich-EXT 01/08/14 after painting prior delivery.

EI-FDE Boeing 737-505 c/n 25794 Aerovista Registered 07/08/14 at Bournemouth to become 4L-AJH.

N701LF Boeing 767-330 c/n 25137 ILFC Ferried Goodyear-Tupelo Regional Airport 06/08/14 for part-out & scrap ex EI-DJL.

N838TM Boeing 767-324(ER)/WL  c/n 27392 GECAS being prepared for delivery to Blue Panorama in Mexico City 07/08/14 to become EI-CMD???

N948TW MD83 c/n 49575 Aero USA Ferried Roswell Intl Air Center-Kansas City International Airport 01/08/14 ex EI-BWD.

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