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Details emerge of tomorrow's Aer Lingus B757 Proving Flight

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                                                    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. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 31st January 2014 A

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

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                                                    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. Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/ Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/ 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

Ryanair adds new Shannon to Poitiers route

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                                                             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 4 th April to 29 th 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 R

Dublin Aerospace awarded Atlantic Airways Airbus A319 contract

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                                                    Courtsey: Airbus.com  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

Airliner Experience visit to Dublin Air Traffic Control Centre

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                                                    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 airliner-experience@live.com Irish Aviation Research Institute © 26th January 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Portuguese carrier Windavia announces new Dublin to Funchal link

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                                                    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

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

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                                                    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. Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/ Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/ 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 Sh

Ballymun photo exhibit honours proud community at Dublin Airport

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                                                      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.                                                                  

Dublin Airport's positive growth trend continues in 2013

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                                                    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

Turkish Airlines changes Dublin route callsigns

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                                                    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. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 17th January 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Aer Lingus brings forward Dublin to Toronto route launch

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                                                    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.                                                                                         Irish Aviation Research Institute © 17th January 2014 All Rights Reserved.

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

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                                                      Courtesy: PA  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/ Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/ 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. N1

EI-FAX ATR72-600 Delivered to Aer Lingus Regional

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                                                    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 Planespotters.net F-WWER had first flight on 23rd December 2013. Irish Aviation Research Institute © 6th January 2014 All Rights Reserved.

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

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                                                    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. Chris Witt/Skyliner : http://www.skyliner-aviation.de/ Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists Planespotters.net : http://www.planespotters.net/ 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 Bo