Friday, 28 February 2014

Ryanair returns Boeing 737-8AS EI-DPA to lessor

 Courtesy Sean Flynn
Ryanair has returned EI-DPA Boeing 737-8AS construction number 33602 to lessor Orix Aviation. EI-DPA was delivered to the carrier on 16th November 2006.

According to Planefinder it's last service was W-Routing from Prestwick on 25th October 2013 Prestwick-Paris Beauvais-Venice Treviso-Paris Beauvais-Prestwick (FR/RYR64/2326/4985/65), subsequently it was ferried Prestwick-Shannon on 15th November 2013 in basic Ryanair colours no titles to Shannon Aerospace.

On 22nd November it was cancelled from Irish register taking up new registration VQ-BSS.

VQ-BSS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33602 Orenair (Orenburg Airlines) was delivered Shannon to Bucharest Baneasa  on 20th February in still in basic Ryanair colours.

The return of EI-DPA reduces Ryanair fleet to 298 units in service.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 28-02-14

EI-RJS Courtesy: Paul Doyle 
EC-MAD Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n  25261 Swiftair registered Madrid 24/02/14 ex EI-STE.

EI-DCL Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33806 Ryanair at Maastricht 22/2/14-03/03/14 for re-painted into new Boeing colours.

EI-FAZ ATR72-600 c/n 1139 Aer Arann  was noted at Toulouse 24/02/14  as F-WWED & in full Aer Lingus scheme.

EI-FBB Airbus A320-233 c/n 747  Alpha Express Airlines Ferried East Midlands-Budapest 14/02/14 after painting.
EI-FDV Airbus A320-214 c/n 2158 RAK Airways Ferried Dublin-Bournemouth 28/02/14 for painting.

EI-ERH Airbus A320-232 c/n 2157 VivaAerobus Delivered Dublin-Gander-Monterrey 15/02/14 to become XA-.

EI-FDP Airbus A321-231 c/n 1004 Onur Air Ferried Dublin-East Midlands-Dublin 14-24/02/14 for painting into Belgium Air Force colours to become CS-TRJ to be operated by HiFly.

EI-LBS Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 27623 Air Contractors Registered Shannon 19/02/14 in full Aer Lingus colours ex OH-LBS.

EI-RJS RJ85 c/n E2365 Cityjet Ferried Norwich-Shannon-Dublin 16-26/02/14 after repaint into  Air Annobon colours to become 3C-MAA.

EI-RJW RJ85 c/n E2371 Cityjet Positioned Norwich-Paris CDG 19/02/14 following six months storage at Norwich.

F-ORAJ Airbus A319-132LR c/n 1727 CIT Aerospace Ferried Shannon-Keflavik-Goodyear 27/02/14.

OH-LBT Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28170 Finnair  Rolled out of Eirtech Aviation 26/02/14  in Aer Lingus colours and towed to Shannon Aerospace hangar to become EI-LBT.

PR-VBD Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29919 Gol Linhas Aéreas Ferried Tancredo Neves International Airport-Eduardo Gomes International Airport-Fort Lauderdale-Dothan Airport 13/14-02/14 on return to lessor ex EI-CSD.

TC-SBJ Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 29916 Sun Express Delivered Shannon-AYT 20/02/14 ex N645AC/EI-CSA.

VQ-BSS Boeing 737-8AS/W c/n 33602 Orenair Delivered Shannon-Bucharest Baneasa  20/02/14 in basic Ryanair colours ex EI-DPA.

P4-TIZ RJ85 c/n E2365 LAMIA Ferried Norwich-London Stansted-Norwich 20-26/02/14 ex EI-RJM.

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Thursday, 27 February 2014

Travel Wifi revolutionising travel experience

Image from Travel WiFi 
Travel WiFi is a new start-up business specialising in WiFi solutions. They launched in July last year and the scope of the business is to help travellers avoid data roaming charges while availing of its own private and secure hotspot when traveling.

We all experienced to some degree the shock of huge phone bills by the time we got home from our journey. It’s hard to keep on surfing the internet, checking emails, sending photos or listening music when away. The WiFi service provided at hotels can be a serious headache most of times: slow connection, limited data bundles and quiet expensive when the limit is exceeded. Also the explosion in tablets and smartphones has made connectivity even more important for travellers.

This is where Travel Wifi comes in to help the traveller reduce data roaming costs completely while stay connected anywhere and anytime. The company provides Wifi solutions to anyone travelling abroad, whether is a family holiday, a business trip or just a city getaway with your special one or your friends, Travel Wifi offers the right solution with a range of flexible packages from 3 days up to a month with up to 45 GB.

Travel Wifi provides 99% population coverage anywhere in Ireland & UK as well as in Italy, Austria, Denmark and Sweden, and also plans to expand to the U.S. market shortly which hopefully will bring a substantial boost to the business. If this will succeed Travel Wifi seeks on expanding in more countries within Europe and why not Australia and New Zealand afterwards.

I have trialed the service in Ireland around the country it’s extremely fast and has capacity to run to five connected devices at once. I highly recommend a look at , choose the package plan that suits you the best, provide the necessary payment details and get the product delivered to your doorstep.

Travel Wifi has big plans for the future and is currently collaborating 5* Hotels such as Shelbourne, Westbury, RadissonBlu in Galway, Fitzpatrick Castle and Aghadoe Heights in Killarney and plans to expand into the airline sector. In the next few months Travel Wifi hope to bring more people on board generating therefore employment and revenue to the Irish economy.


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Friday, 14 February 2014

Irish terminal air traffic up 6.5% in January

British Airways Airbus A380
The Irish Aviation Authority announced Irish terminal air traffic grew by 6.5% in January. Dublin continues to lead the domestic recovery and has recorded its eleventh consecutive month of air traffic growth.

There was an average of 1,148 daily flights during January 2014, with the busiest day being 10th January with 1,369 flights in Irish airspace.

Ireland’s en route traffic (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land), decreased by 9.2% in January against a backdrop of extremely challenging operating conditions on the North Atlantic and across the United States.

Peter Kearney, Director of Air Traffic Operations and Strategy said ‘Continued strong performance in our terminal business is very encouraging. Recent announcements by a number of airlines suggests growth will continue for the remainder of the year”.

The figures for the three State airports are:

Cork Airport: -2.5%, with an average of 48 daily movements.

Dublin Airport:  +8.1% with an average of 396 daily movements.

Shannon Airport: + 3.2% with an average of 38 daily movements

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Irish Commerical Aircraft Update w/e 14-02-14

Aer Lingus 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 :
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

EI-EEV Boeing 737-73S c/n 29080 Europe Airpost being prepare for delivery in Mexico City 01/02/14 to become F-.

EI-ERH Airbus A320-232 c/n 2157 VivaAerobus to be delivered Dublin-Gander 14/02/13 to become XA-.

EI-FBB Airbus A320-233 c/n 747  Alpha Express Airlines Ferried East Midlands-Budapest 14/02/14 to become YL-.

EI-FBR  Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 26302 ILFC  Noted Shannon 05/04/13 with Irish reg applied ex UR-KRE .

EI-STE Boeing 737-4Y0(F) c/n 25261 Air Contractors Delivered Shannon-Madrid 10/02/14 for Swiftair.

EI-TLP Airbus A320-232 c/n 760 Flying Fortress Leasing Ferried Dublin-Keflavik-Bangor 02/02/14 in Windrose Air colours.

OE-ICS Boeing 737-3M8(QC) c/n 24021  Ames Camo Ferried Lasham-Keflavik-Halifax-Miami 13/02/14 ex EI-DUS.

OH-LBS Boeing 757-2Q8 c/n 27623 Aer Lingus rolled out Norwich 13/02/14 in full colours to be ferried to Shannon today

P4-LOR RJ85 c/n E2348 LAMIA Ferried  Carvajal-Capitán Aníbal Arab Airport-Jorge Wilsterman International Airport 07-08/02/14 ex EI-RJK to become YV2768.

UR-KRE Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 26302 Air Onix Ferried Kyiv-Shannon 31/01/14 ex EI-FBR.

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Thursday, 13 February 2014

Ryanair announces new Krakow to Gdańsk link

Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Ultra low-cost carrier Ryanair has announced it will launch a new route from Krakow to Gdańsk from 1st July , operating three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, competing against EuroLot.

Catherine Gaborec in Krakow with Ryanair said "The domestic Ryanair from Gdansk and Wroclaw to Warsaw Modlin are very popular and that we can offer a long-awaited route from Kraków to Gdańsk. Flights will begin on July 1 and will operate three times weekly on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

There is no doubt that the new domestic connections would greatly successful in the Polish market and more and more Poles will see that flying with Ryanair is a cheap, comfortable and safe.

In the past two years, Ryanair has become the leader in Poland, carrying more passengers than LOT."
In addition to two new domestic routes from Warsaw Modlin to Gdańsk and Wroclaw start on 2nd April.

Krakow Airport is the second Ryanair base in Poland. In 2013, Ryanair carried more than 1.7 million passengers from / to Krakow, up 18% on 2012.

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Shannon Airport to expand Hangar capacity to meet growing demand

Shannon Airport 
Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar, TD, has today said that he has been extremely encouraged by Shannon Airport’s start to life as an independent entity.

The airport currently has 50,700sq meters of space in nine hangars, all of which will be fully occupied following the signing of contracts with Air Contractors.

To meet a current request for near term additional hangar space, the board of the Shannon Group recently agreed to seek planning permission and to tender for the procurement and associated works of a fabric hangar of 4,300sq metres capable of accommodating wide-bodied aircraft.

It is anticipated the new hangar – intended to be the first of a number of new hangars developed at Shannon – will be built and open for business by the end of the year.  The Airport has already had discussions with a number of interested parties in relation to the use of this new facility.

Air Contractors Director of Engineering Brendan Smyth said: “The hangar is an excellent facility that will support our new Boeing 757 services for Aer Lingus, and also our Boeing 737 and ATR services from Shannon for our customers including DHL and FedEx.

We have had a permanent presence in Shannon since 2004 and this move to our new hangar coupled with the trans-Atlantic operation for Aer Lingus strengthens our ties with the airport considerably.We have grown our presence and now have about 50   engineering and flight deck positions and we are also delighted to support other maintenance and engineering facilities in the airport.

The East Apron Hangar will play a key role in the future success of the B757 operations from Shannon as well as our summer charter passenger operations and our freight flying which is very important to business in the region.”

Minister for Transport, Tourism & Sport Leo Varadkar, TD said "This is in keeping with the wider plans for growth at Shannon, including the development of an International Aviation Services Centre here to complement the existing cluster of 40 aviation related businesses operating in Shannon.  The development of maintenance facilities is one opportunity identified under this plan and this is a very positive first step in that space.”

Shannon Group Chairman Rose Hynes said “This is the first of a projected series of additional hangers at Shannon which is being driven by ongoing third party demand. Our priority in 2013 was to stabilise the position at the airport, stem the five year decline in passenger numbers and increase connectivity. We are in passenger growth mode now and this will continue in 2014 and we will continue to make progress in the creation of an international aviation services centre in Shannon.”

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