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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 28-03-14

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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-FDE Boeing 737-505 c/n 25794 T.B.C Ferried Oslo-Bournemouth 22/03/14 ex LN-BUD.

EI-FEN Airbus A320-233 c/n 2600  SMBC Aviation Capital registered 18/03/14 parked Seletar Airport ex VH-VQN.

EI-FER Airbus A320-232 c/n 2717 HKAC Leasing to be registered 21/03/14 parked Seletar Airport ex VH-VQI.

EI-LBR Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28167 Air Contractors Ferried Shannon-Maastricht-Shannon 21-27/03/14 after painting into full Aer Lingus colours.

EI-LBS  Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 27623 Air Contractors entered revenue service Shannon-Boston 21/03/14 ex OH-LBS.

EI-LND Boeing 787-8 c/n 35310 Norwegian Long-Haul Delivered Paine Field-Dubl…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 21-03-14

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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-EUA Airbus A320-232 c/n 2210 VivaAerobus Ferried Shannon-Dublin 18/03/14 after painting to become XA-.

EI-FDP Airbus A321-231 c/n 1004 HiFly (Belgium Air Force) Delivered Dublin-Brussels 14/03/14 ex TC-OAL to become CS-TRJ.

EI-FDS Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 28595 Meridiana Delivered Prague-Milan Malpensa 15/03/134 ex OK-TVD.

EI-LBS  Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 27623 Air Contractors  Airtest from Transaero Engineering Shannon 20/03/14 in full Aer Lingus colours & titles.

EI-LND Boeing 787-8 c/n 35310 Norwegian Air International Ferried Everett-Moses Lake 18/03/14.

EI-RJA RJ85 c/n E2329 Cityjet Ferried Dublin-Cranfield 13/03/14 o…

Aircraft Longevity in Ireland

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***This article was first published on XEI Weekly Newsletter-14th March 2014 and with kind permission from Antoin Daltun is re-published.***

Aer Arann Islands has a Romanian-built Britten-Norman Islander EI-AYN which arrived in the UK on 9 February 1974, was first registered in Ireland on 26 March 1974 and delivered to Dublin on 29 April 1974 and it is coming up to its 40th year in Aer Arann service.  It may be the oldest fixed-wing aircraft still in scheduled passenger service in what used to be called Western Europe.

 The Irish Coast Guard/CHC Helicopters recently retired Sikorsky S-61N EI-SAR which was assembled in Japan in 1962 as a pattern aircraft for a Mitsubishi production line which never really got going.  It served with British Airways and other UK companies before coming to Ireland in 1998 to work with the Irish Coast Guard.  It was retired to Weston on 10 Dec 2013.Inquiries about preservation were answered with “the parts are too valuable”.

The oldest aircraft still flyi…

Irish air traffic grows 6% in February

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Ireland's air traffic showed growth of 6.2% in February compared to prior year according to statistics released yesterday by Irish Aviation Authority (IAA).

Cork Air traffic movements declined by 5.3% and Dublin's where up 7.2% and Shannon by 5.3%.
IAA’s North Atlantic Communications services (for flights operating between Europe and North America) saw an increase of 2.89% in February 2014, when compared to February 2013.

The busiest day for flights in Irish airspace was  21st February with a total of 1,339 flights.

New services being launched in April by Aer Lingus from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto and new Ryanair routes from Shannon to Ryanair announcing a number of new routes for the summer, including Berlin, Paris, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Faro, Munich, Nice and Krakow, will further boost air traffic movements.

Irish Aviation Research Institute © 14th March 2014 All Rights Reserved.

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 14-03-14

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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-EUA Airbus A320-232 c/n 2210 SMBC Aviation Ferried Dublin-Shannon 12/03/14 for painting.

EI-FDS Boeing 737-86N/W c/n 28595 Meridiana being prepared for delivery Prague 08/03/14 ex OK-TVD.

EI-FDV Airbus A320-214 c/n 2158 Nouvelair Ferried Bournemouth-Dublin 09/03/14 after paint prior delivery to become TS-INQ.

EI-IGR Boeing 737-36N c/n 28561 Meridiana Ferried Verona-Shannon 12/03/14 for painting into standard colours.

EI-IGS Boeing 737-36N c/n 28562 Meridiana Ferried Shannon-Verona 12/03/14  after painting into standard colours.

EI-LBT Boeing 757-2Q8(ET)/W c/n 28170 Air Contractors registered Shannon 13/03/14 in Full Aer Lingus colours.

LY-AYW Boeing 737-548 c/n 25737  AviaAM Lea…

Ireland's General Aviation Community and IAA come together

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I had the pleasure last Sunday 9th March on the invitation of the Irish Aviation Authority to attend the first General Aviation Pilots ATC Open Day, held at Dublin’s Air Traffic Control Centre, as part of its General Aviation safety initiative.

80 general aviation pilots attended the event from all over the country.  The event was ideally timed to give pilots a perspective of the workings of Dublin Air Traffic control center ahead of the start of the busy summer season, as longer days increase visual flight rule (VFR) traffic considerably in the Dublin area , in tandem as commercial air traffic increases considerably.

This year Dublin Air Traffic is expected to increase by 6% according to IAA.

Pilots were welcomed to the centre by Billy Hann General Manager Terminal Services and Paul McCann Operations Manager Dublin ATC. Billy outlined aviation’s contribution to the economy and IAA’s Operational units and provision of ATC services.  Paul outlined a series of initiatives rolled out by…

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 12-03-14

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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-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-EWF Airbus A319-111 c/n 3834 Ural Airlines rolled out Shannon 05/03/14 to become VQ-VTP.

EI-FDV Airbus A320-214 c/n 2158 RAK Airways Ferried Dublin-Bournemouth 28/02/14 for painting.

EI-IGS Boeing 737-36N c/n 28562 Air Italy to Shannon 03/03/14 for repaint into Meridiana colours.

EI-IXO  Airbus A321-211 c/n 495 Alitalia Ferried Rome FCO-Shannon 28/02/14 on return to lessor.

EI-RJS  RJ85 c/n 2365 Cityjet Ferried Shannon-Dublin 27/03/14 in full Air Annobon colours & titles to become 3C-MAA.

EY-571 RJ85 c/n E2363 Asian Express Airline Ferried Sofia-Baku 28/02/14 afte…