Friday, 31 January 2014

Details emerge of tomorrow's Aer Lingus B757 Proving Flight

Aer Lingus 
In an email posted to Irish Spotters Yahoo group this evening, details have emerged tomorrow's proving flight from Shannon Airport to Boston of EI-LBR Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28167 Air Contractors Ireland Ltd , operating on behalf of Aer Lingus.

The aircraft carried out an air test this evening as 'ABR001T'.

Pat Whelan quoted:

"EI-LBR B757 Aer Lingus is expected to carry out a proving flight to Boston on Sat 01 Feb, overnight and depart Boston Sunday evening direct to DUBLIN to arrive Monday morning, will reposition to Shannon Monday evening. Expected to enter schedule flight service on Wed 05 Feb, on Shannon--Boston-Shannon run."

Air Contractors has signed a damp lease contract with Aer Lingus to operate three Boeing 757 aircraft on transatlantic routes between Ireland and New York, Boston and Toronto, for a period of four years.

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Irish Commerical Aircraft Update w/e 31-01-14

Transaero Boeing 767-300ER 
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.

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EI-ERH Airbus A320-232 c/n 2157 VivaAerobus Ferried Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport-Dublin 25/01/14 after paint prior delivery to become XA-.

EI-FBB Airbus A320-233 c/n 747 BBAM Ferried Budapest-Zurich 28/01/14 after storage in  Donbassaero colours ex UR-DAD.

EI-LBR Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28167 Air Contractors  Rolled out of Eirtech Aviation Shannon 30/01/14 in partial Aer Lingus colours Ex OH-LBR.

EI-LIS Airbus A320-214 c/n 3492 Vueling Airlines Ferried East Midlands-Southend 29/01/14 after paint prior delivery.

N193AT Airbus A320-232 c/n 943 AeroTurbine onward Ferry Keflavik-Bangor-Goodyear 30/01/14 ex EI-FDH.

N715DB Boeing 737-73A c/n 28498 AWAS Ferried Soekarno-Hatta-Jeju-Anchorage-Calgary 25/01/14 on delivery to EnerJet? ex VT-JNS.

N833JM Airbus A300B4-203(F) c/n 234 Transcarga Int´l Airways Delivered Lourdes-Santa Maria -Orlando Sanford 28/01/14 ex EI-OZH.

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Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Ryanair adds new Shannon to Poitiers route

Ryanair Boeing 737-800

Irish LCC Ryanair has added a new route from Shannon Airport to Poitiers (France). The new route will operate on a seasonal basis from 4th April to 29th September 2014, becoming the ninth new Ryanair route to be added from Shannon Airport in 2014. 

The new Poitiers route operates twice weekly on Fridays and Mondays, becoming the third French destination to be served from Shannon, in addition to Paris Beauvais and Nice. However the carrier has removed Nantes from it's Shannon route network. 

In summer 2014 the airline will operate a total of 17 routes from Shannon with two Boeing 737-800s.

According to Ryanair’s online booking engine the schedule is as follows:

RYR1158 Shannon 1020 Poitiers 1255 RYR1159 Poitiers 1320 Shannon 1400 FRI
RYR1158 Shannon 1620 Poitiers 1855 RYR1159 Poitiers 1920 Shannon 2000 MON

Poitiers is a major university center located on the Clain River in west central France with the streets rich in historical architecture from the Romanesque period and is nearby to Futuroscope in Chassenenuli-du-Poitou.


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Dublin Aerospace awarded Atlantic Airways Airbus A319 contract

Faroe Island based Atlantic Airways has selected Dublin Aerospace to carry a C Checks on its A319’s at it's Dublin Facility.

Atlantic Airways Technical Director William Smith commented "It´s like a journey back to the roots ,coming from the Faroe Islands to Ireland, and Dublin,  there are links from the past, showing that settlers from Ireland were the first to set foot on the Faroe Islands, and now we are linking in again via air."

Dublin Aerospace CEO Donal Rogers said "We are thrilled to have been chosen by Atlantic Airways as a provider of airframe maintenance services on Atlantic Airways A319’s.  It reinforces our position as one of the world’s leading supplier of airframe maintenance providers where customers enjoy a flexible and pro-active approach to delivering the highest quality product at industry leading competitive costs."

Atlantic Airways is the national airline of the Faroe Islands, operating domestic helicopter services and international passenger services as well as search and rescue responsibilities from its base at Vágar Airport. The carrier operates a fleet of six aircraft 3 Airbus A319s , 1 Bae RJ100 and 2 Bell 412s for Search & Rescue.

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Sunday, 26 January 2014

Airliner Experience visit to Dublin Air Traffic Control Centre

Courtesy: Airliner Experience 
Airliner Experience have been granted access by the Irish Aviation Authority for a Supervised Group Visit to Dublin Air Traffic Control Center - Dublin Airport in mid February 2014

With this special IAA permission the group of Aviation Enthusiast's will experience the Air Space over Ireland section, full Simulator Building & of course the iconic DUB Control Tower.

For more information contact

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Saturday, 25 January 2014

Portuguese carrier Windavia announces new Dublin to Funchal link

Courtesy: @pulso_turistico
Portuguese start-up, Windavia is to launch a new weekly service from Funchal to Dublin operating weekly on Sundays,from 13th April to 5th October using Airbus A320 aircraft, restoring the connection to Madeira previously operated by SATA Air Azores.

The flight departs Funchal at 0730 arrives Dublin 1105 and departs Dublin 1155 arriving Funchal 1535.

The airline was promoting its new service at the Holiday World Show in RDS this weekend.

The charter is consolidated of behalf of Concorde Travel, Sunway, Topflight, Travel Department.
Windavia will initially operate four Airbus A320s on ACMI specialists White Aviation AOC from bases in Paris, Lisbon and Funchal and has already provided more than 4.000 flights, contracted with several national and international operators.

Latvian carrier SmartLynx will provide Windavia with two Airbus A320s.

The airline plans to carry 800,000 passengers on routes to Athens, Cyprus, Djerba, Dublin, Fuerteventura, Jersey, Montenegro, Palma, Paris, Tel Aviv.


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Friday, 24 January 2014

Irish Commerical Aircraft Update w/e 24-01-14

EI-UNF Boeing 767-300ER Transaero Airlines 
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.

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EI-ERX Airbus A320-214 c/n 3907 ILFC Registered at Dublin 21/01/14 in RAK Airways colours ex A6-RKB.

EI-FDV Airbus A320-214 c/n 2158  ILFC Registered at Dublin 21/01/14 in RAK Airways colours ex A6-RKC.

EI-REH ATR72-201 c/n 260 Aer Arann Ferried Toulouse Francazal -Cork 21/01/14 on return to service.

EI-REI ATR72-201 c/n 267 Aer Arann ferried Cork-Sonderborg 22/01/14.

N240JT Boeing 737-4K5 c/n 24125 Jetran Ferried Bournemouth-Keflavik-Gander-Tampa International Airport 20/01/14 for freighter conversion ex EI-ETT.

TC-SBI Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29920 SunExpress Departed Shannon Aerospace 23/01/14 in Anadolujet colours arrived 02/08/13 ex N641AC/EI-CSE.

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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Ballymun photo exhibit honours proud community at Dublin Airport

Ballymun People 
A photography exhibition, launched last October marking the end of the Ballymun Regeneration Project, has been on display at Dublin Airport Terminal 1 on the mezzanine level since early January.

Ballymun People, an artistic project designed by Elizabeth and Charles Handy and sponsored by Dublin City Council.

Elizabeth has taken the photos of the twelve individuals, each with an object that means a lot to them. Charles has interviewed all twelve and written the accompanying text.

The Handys selected people who are closely involved in the Ballymun community and asked them to share their experiences of the recent redevelopment and their hopes for its future.

The exhibition offers a collective portrait of some of the people of Ballymun. In words and photos, twelve people who care about Ballymun and its future feature in the exhibition.

Chairman Ballymun Regeneration Ronan King said "Since the creation of Ballymun Regeneration in 1997, the town of Ballymun has been physically transformed. But Ballymun has always been about much more than its buildings.

It is, first and foremost, a community of proud ‘Ballymunners’ who campaigned vociferously for change and enthusiastically embraced the vision of a self-sustaining, safer and better new Ballymun. In short, the story of Ballymun is all about its people".

The Ballymun people featured are: Maura Doyle, Principal, St Joseph’s School; Mark Finnegan, Sustainability Specialist, IKEA; Anne Keating, community activist; Brian MacCraith, President DCU; Fr. Peter McVerry, founder Peter McVerry Trust.

Andrew Montague, Dublin City Councillor; Paul Moran, police superintendent; Robert Murphy, owner SuperValu; Mark O’Brien, director, axis centre; Pat O’Dowd, Principal, Trinity Comprehensive School; Ellen Reddin, secretary, Active Living Ballymun; and Jim Woulfe, president, Ballymun Kickhams GAA club.

Dublin Airport Authority (DAA) and its predecessor Aer Rianta have a long traditional of supporting the arts in Ireland since the "Gateway To Art" was first launched in 1988.

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Friday, 17 January 2014

Dublin Airport's positive growth trend continues in 2013

Dublin Airport 
On 15th January the Irish Aviation Authority reported 2013 was a positive year for Irish air traffic and saw strong growth at Dublin Airport. Traffic at Dublin Airport was up 4.5% in 2013.

In relation to international arrivals and departures in December, the commercial terminal traffic for Shannon, Dublin and Cork airports was up by +5.4% in December 2013. However Cork continues to show a decline of 7.4% in December reflecting the loss of Wizzair from May 2013.

This growth is expected to continue this year as Air Canada Route launches year-round service to Toronto. Aer Lingus launch new routes to Toronto and San Francisco and adds frequencies on a number of existing routes. Emirates Airlines adds a second daily service from September, Ryanair launches nine new routes and increases frequency on a number of existing routes.

IAA CEO Eamonn Brennan said "We are really encouraged to see such strong growth in our air traffic figures for 2013 and are confident that the year ahead will be even more positive. The traffic statistics reflect a renewed confidence in the general economy and in the Irish aviation industry, while the announcement of new routes in and out of Ireland is a very positive and welcome development".

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Turkish Airlines changes Dublin route callsigns

Turkish Airlines Boeing 737-900ER 
Turkish Airlines has changed Air Traffic Control (ATC) callsigns on it's Istanbul to Dublin effective from 6th January 2014, reports a Dublin spotters group on Facebook.

THY1975 was THY9FT now uses new callsign THY13R
THY1976 was THY7GJ now uses new callsign THY6JX

THY1977 was THY1977 now uses new callsign THY44D
THY1978 was THY4EV now uses new callsign THY1NS

Credit: Sean Flynn

The airline uses predominantly a mix of Boeing 737-800 and Boeing 737-900ER's on the route,  and is to increase frequency from 10 to 12 times weekly effective 30th March, as part of expanded Summer 2014 schedule.

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Aer Lingus brings forward Dublin to Toronto route launch

Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus is bringing forward the launch of it's new daily Dublin to Toronto Pearson (YYZ) route in Summer 2014 ,using a Boeing 757-200 operated by Air Contractors from Sunday 20th April to Monday 14th April.

The early launch will release an additional 2,214 seats on the route.

The Boeing 757 is in a two class 177 seat layout Business 12 and Economy 165.

The first two Boeing 757s are currently being prepared for Air Contractors/Aer Lingus in Shannon Airport ahead of the launch of year-services from Shannon to Boston and New York JFK.

OH-LBR now EI-LBR was pictured by Eva Szilagyi in November at Shannon.

The flights are available for booking through its online booking engine as per screen grab below.



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Irish Commerical Aircraft Update w/e 17-01-14

Courtesy: PA 
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B-9989 Airbus A320-232 c/n 2338 Tianjin Airlines Delivered  Seletar Airport-Don Mueang International Airport-Tianjin Binhai International Airport 13/01/14 ex EI-FDN.

EI-CZN Sikorsky S-61N c/n 61-740 CHC Helicopters Ireland Ltd/Garda Cósta na hÉireann Ferried Sligo-Dublin-Liverpool 02/3-01/14.

EI-ERH Airbus A320-232 c/n 2157 Livingston  ferried Dublin-Montpellier 17/01/14 for paint prior delivery to VivaAerobus.

EI-LIS Airbus A320-214 c/n 3492 Belle Air Europe Ferried Lasham-East Midlands 17/01/14 for painting.

EI-TAT  Challenger 605 c/n 5940 Delivered Weston-Shannon-Moscow Domodedovo 12/01/14.

N192AT Airbus A320-232 c/n 932 AeroTurbine Ferried Dublin-Keflavik-Bangor 16/01/14 ex EI-FDG.

N193AT Airbus A320-232 c/n 943 AeroTurbine Ferried Dublin-Keflavik-Bangor 16/01/14 ex EI-FDH.

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Monday, 6 January 2014

EI-FAX ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Lingus Regional

Courtesy: Steven J-Figuerola
Aer Lingus Regional operated by Aer Arann has taken delivery of it's sixth ATR72-600 as part of it's 'New Beginning' Strategy as the carrier renews it's fleet of eight new ATR72-600 aircraft.

EI-FAX ATR72-212A (600) construction number 1129 Hex code 4CAAEC named "St Finnian / Finnian" ex test registration F-WWER was delivered Toulouse to Dublin on Monday 30th December as 'REA606P' arriving  1850 local.

The aircraft proceeded to Hangar 6 on arrival for post-delivery work prior to entering sevice next day on 31st December, operating EIN3254/5 ( ATC Callsign REA54ED/55ED) to and from Edinburgh.

The airline has two ATR72-600s to be delivered EI-FCY, EI-FAZ.

According to website F-WWER had first flight on 23rd December 2013.

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Friday, 3 January 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update w/e 03-01-14

CHC Ireland Sikorsky S-61 at Dublin Weston 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.

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EI-FAX ATR72-600 c/n 1129 Aer Lingus Regional Delivered Toulouse-Dublin 30/12/13.

EI-FCS Airbus A320-232 c/n 2376 Regio Lease Ferried Delhi-Seletar Airport 31/12/13 in Kingfisher Airlines colours ex VT-ADW.

EI-FDN Airbus A320-232 c/n 2338 Tianjin Airlines Registered 28/12/13 at Seletar priory delivery to become B-.

EI-JIV Lockheed L100-30 c/n 4673 Air Contractors Ireland Ferried East Midlands-Cambridge 31/12/13 prior return to Safair.

F-GIXN Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n 25181 Europe Airpost registered 18/12/13 delivered 22/12/13 Belgrade-Paris CDG ex EI-STF.

F-GIXU Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n 25184 Europe Airpost Registered 27/12/13 Delivered Belgrade-Paris CDG 29/12/13 ex EI-STG.

HS-PPJ Airbus A320-232 c/n 2366 Bangkok Airways Delivered Seletar Airport-Bangkok 21/12/13 ex EI-FCR.

LV-FNL Airbus A330-223 c/n 364 Aerolíneas Argentinas Delivered Tarbes/Lourdes Pyrenees Airport-Barcelona-Ministro Pistarini Airport 23/24-12/13 ex EI-CXG.

N262LM Airbus A321-131 c/n 557 AWAS Ferried Dublin-Ireland West Airport Knock 21/12/13 for part-out & scrap.

OH-LBS Boeing 757-2Q8/W c/n 27623 Finnair Ferried Helsinki-Shannon 24/12/13 for Air Contractors/Aer Lingus as EI-LBS.

TC-ATT Airbus A320-233 c/n 1624 AtlasJet Delivered Shannon-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport 29/12/13 in all white colours no titles ex EI-TAB.

TC-IZG Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33605 Izmir Airlines Delivered Glasgow Prestwick-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen 24/12/13 in Basic Ryanair colours ex EI-DPE.

VT-LVR Embraer 190 c/n 19000608 Air Costa Delivered Alverca-Amman-Hyderabad 23/12/13 ex EI-FDJ.

VQ-BMM Airbus A319-112 c/n 3171 AerCap Ferried Moscow Domodedovo-Maastricht Aachen Airport 26/12/13 after lease to Tatarstan Air ex EI-EAF.

VQ-BSR Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 3362 Orenair Delivered Shannon-Moscow Sheremetyevo International 26/12/13 ex EI-DLZ.

VQ-BSS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33602 Orenair Registered Shannon 23/12/13 prior paint & delivery ex EI-DPA.

ZS-RSG Lockheed L100-30 c/n 4565 Safair Ferried Heraklion-Shannon 31/12/13 in all white colours prior lease to Air Contractors Ireland.

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