Friday, 27 June 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 27-06-14

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300 
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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

EI-DVS CRJ900 c/n 15119 APC  Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 25/06/14 in basic Air One colours.

EI-FEL Airbus A330-243 c/n 527  Azul Linhas Aéreas Delivered Lake Charles-Tancredo Neves International Airport 25/06/14 to become PR-AIZ.

EI-LNG Boeing 787-8 c/n 35314 Norwegian Longhaul Delivered Paine Field-Stockholm Arlanda 20/06/14.

EI-LNG Boeing 787-8 c/n 35314 Norwegian Long-haul Ferried Stockholm Arlanda-Dublin 24/06/14 for tail painting.

EI-RUW Boeing 767-36N c/n 30107 Transaero Airlines registered 13/06/14 Delivered Shanghai-Moscow Sheremetyevo 21/06/14 ex VP-BAV.

LY-VEM Airbus A320-233 c/n 747 Avion Express At London Southend 25/06/14 with Vueling titles being applied prior summer-lease ex EI-FBB.

N947LR CRJ900 c/n 15116 Mesa Airlines Delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor 27/06/14 ex EI-DVP.

N950LR CRJ900 c/n 15119 Mesa Airlines registered Dublin 26/06/14 ex EI-DVS.

VP-BDI Boeing 767-38A c/n 29618 Aeroflot Ferried Moscow Sheremetyevo-Shanghai 19/06/14 prior return to GECAS.

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Monday, 23 June 2014

Russian carrier S7 Airlines resumes seasonal Dublin service

VP-BTW Airbus A319 S7 Airlines 
S7 Airlines, member of oneworld alliance, resumed flights from Moscow Domodedovo to Dublin, last Saturday 21st June, operated by VP-BTW Airbus A319, pictured above by Paul Doyle.

Aviation website Airline route 9th January stated S7 Airlines plans to operate 219-seater Airbus A321 aircraft for summer season, up to 6th September, increasing seat capacity by 70%.

The flight S7887 departs from Moscow Domodedovo airport at 2050 and arrives in Dublin at 2215. The return flight S7888 departs Dublin at 2300 and arrives in Moscow at 0610 next day.

S7 is the Russia’s only airline to offer non-stop flight from Moscow to Dublin. The regular flights to Dublin commenced in 2008.

Tourism Ireland believes the Russian market could play an important part in helping to grow overseas tourism to the island of Ireland in the coming years; the organisation has representation in Russia for the first time ever in 2014.

Jim Paul, Tourism Ireland’s head of developing markets, said: “Outbound travel from Russia is growing fast, with almost 36 million visits outside of Russia taken each year.

The majority of our overseas visitors come from the core tourism markets of Great Britain, North America and Mainland Europe and, while this will continue, it is important that we expand our focus beyond these markets and look to the longer-term opportunities presented by Russia and the other BRIC (Brazil, Russia, India and China) countries.

“Research shows that some of the main motivators for Russians when choosing a holiday include ‘natural scenic beauty’ and ‘history and culture’; these are two areas for which the island of Ireland is renowned. Tourism Ireland will focus on highlighting tourism experiences like the Wild Atlantic Way – showcasing the spectacular scenery and unique culture of the west coast – to prospective Russian visitors in 2014. We believe this exciting new tourism experience will have tremendous appeal in the Russian market.”

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Facebook Group seeks reinstatement of Gothenburg-Dublin Route

           Gothenburg Image courtesy Google 
Many Irish and Swedes with Gothenburg and Dublin connections are now hoping for a direct service between the two cities, following the abolishment of the air travel tax, creating new opportunities for business and tourism.

For more than four years a Facebook group, Bring Back Gothenburg-Dublin Route, has been pushing for the route’s return. The group now has close to 376 members. Ryanair launched flights between Gothenburg and Dublin in 2006, but the route was dropped in 2009 when the Irish Government introduced the €10 air travel tax.

A spokesman for Facebook group said "We set up this page to try and create awareness to the airlines that a direct flight between Gothenburg and Dublin is badly needed. People today are now forced to take two flights in either direction or take a direct flight to Rygge (Oslo) in Norway. But then it takes nearly 3 hours by car train or bus just to get to Gothenburg.

A high percentage of passengers final destination is actually Gothenburg when flying to Rygge (Oslo) so why can't Ryanair just fly us directly to Gothenburg and save us 3 hours in extra travelling from Rygge to Gothenburg.

We all had great hope last October when Michael Cawley of Ryanair admitted live on radio on Today FM "The Matt Cooper Show" that Ryanair were indeed in talks with Gothenburg City Airport in reinstating the flight as a result of the Irish Government's abolished the tourist tax.

We will continue to campaign for the reinstatement of the flight and hopefully one of the airlines will bring the people of Ireland and Western Sweden closer together with a direct flight. Of course we would love to see Ryanair reinstate the flight but we are also asking SAS, Norwegian and Aer Lingus to look into this route between Dublin and Sweden's second city Gothenburg."

On 24th October 2013 on The Last Word with Matt Cooper, the issue of Gothenburg to Dublin route was discussed (Starts 24.45 minutes). The carrier announced on 29th April, a new Gothenburg to Bremen connection, commencing three times weekly on 28th October.

Travelling between Dublin and Gothenburg is extremely costly and very time consuming, as the only option is to fly to Oslo Rygge and take a train bus or car which takes 3 hours to get to Sweden’s second city Gothenburg or fly via Copenhagen or Stockholm.

According to The Gothenburg Region Report 2013  "The region will become more accessible internationally through the range of destinations and journey opportunities to and from Göteborg Landvetter Airport." by 2030.

Gothenburg is the second largest city in Sweden , the city proper has a population of 533,260, with 549,839 in the urban area and 956,118 inhabitants in the metropolitan area. The city was ranked as the 12th most inventive city in the world by Forbes,  Volvo cars is the largest employer in Gothenburg region.


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Dublin Aerospace extends capability with Kannard 406 rescue ELT Repair and Re-Programming


Dublin Aerospace can now offer its expertise and MRO services to all carriers operating the Kannard 406 Emergency Locator Transmitter (ELT).  The offer includes the repair and re-programming along with the supply of spares.

Dublin Aerospace Chief Executive Office Donal Rogers said “we are delighted to be able to offer this new product to our customers. By providing this additional service we will be able to further reduce the TAT on transition aircraft as well as being able to offer the product to airlines, MRO’s and lessors”.

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Friday, 20 June 2014

British Airways launches exclusive Irish seat sale to USA

British Airways Airbus A320 
British Airways is giving passengers from Ireland the chance to travel  with reductions of over 20% in their World Traveller cabin to destinations across America.

The sale, which continues until 30th June 2014, is offering passengers the opportunity to take advantage of these great fares to many of our US destinations.

Prices are reduced for travel until 31st March 2015 with seats to destinations such as New York available from €485, San Francisco priced from €513, Los Angeles from €523 and Orlando from €454.

All fares are return journeys from Dublin and include taxes, charges and fees. Fares are subject to availability and terms and conditions apply. Bookings can be made at or through your local travel agent.

British Airways operates up to eight daily flights between Dublin Airport (T1) and London Heathrow (T1) using Airbus A320 family aircraft.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 20-06-14

EI-REH ATR72 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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

EI-DVP CRJ-900ER c/n 15116 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 16/06/14 in basic Alitalia Cityline colours.

EI-FBB Airbus A320-233 c/n 714 BBAM A/c Leasing Registered 17/06/14 at London Southend ex YL-AEA.

EI-FFM Boeing 737-73S c/n 29082  Meridiana Delivered Hanover-Milan Malpensa 13/06/14 ex D-AHIA.

EI-JRD Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 24917 Air Contractors registration applied Shannon 18/06/14 ex ZS-JRD.

EI-JRE Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 26065 Air Contractors registration applied Shannon 17/06/14 ex ZS-JRE.

OM-AEX Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 25178 AirExplore Ferried Bratislava-Dublin 15/06/14 as RYR98P.

OM-CEX Boeing 737-436 c/n 25839 Air Explore Ferried Bratislava-Dublin 15/06/14 as RYR99P.

PR-AIZ Airbus A330-243 c/n 527 Azul Linhas Aéreas Delivered Lake Charles-Tancredo 16/06/14 ex EI-FEL.

ZS-SRD Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 24917 Safair Ferried Johannesburg-Kotoka-Aguenar-Shannon 14/06/14 for lease to Air Contractors for Ryanair as EI-JRD.

ZS-SRE Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 26065 Safair Ferried Johannesburg-Kotoka-Aguenar -Shannon 14/06/14 for lease to Air Contractors for Ryanair as EI-JRE.

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Thursday, 19 June 2014

Ryanair acquires new Learjet 45 M-ABGV


Irish ultra low cost carrier Ryanair has recently acquired a second Learjet 45 to support it's growing operation across Europe, ahead of taking delivery of 180 new Boeing 737-800s from September 2014 onwards.

The Isle of Man aircraft register stated M-ABGV was registered on 9th June to Aviation Leasing (IOM) Limited, Tower House, Douglas, Isle of Man ex N589CH and C-FSDL. According to Flight tracking website M-ABGV uses Callsign 'Ryanair 1' and will be based in Milan Bergamo.

Interestingly it's no longer possible to track it's sister ship M-ABEU based in London Stansted on

The Learjet 45s are cost effective tools to move aircraft spare parts and flight crews around it's 68 European bases in Europe at short notice.

According to Irish Spotter List the aircraft will be in Dublin today, Thursday 19th June, routing to and from Luxembourg, prior to returning to London Stansted.

M-ABGV is pictured at Manchester on Nick French Aviation Photography blog.

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Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Dublin Aerospace voted "MRO of the Year" by the Irish Aviation Authority

Image courtesy of Dublin Aerospace 
The Irish Aviation Authority has awarded the “MRO of the Year” accolade to Dublin Aerospace at the recent Aviation Industry Awards held in Dublin, on 10 June. This prestigious industry award is given to Irelands top MRO and maintenance-related companies that demonstrate outstanding achievement and innovation in the area of technical operations.

Receiving the award, Donal Rogers, Chief Executive Officer Dublin Aerospace, said: "We are deeply honoured to receive this award, and proud to have been recognized by our peers as an expert in aircraft maintenance services. This award is a testament to the 200 maintenance and engineering employees at Dublin Aerospace across all business units whom on a daily basis strive to make Dublin Aerospace the best MRO in the world."

About Dublin Aerospace

An FAA and EASA licensed MRO, is located at Dublin Airport and operates to the highest efficiency and quality standards. It offers maintenance services for the aviation sector including overhaul and repair of APUs, Landing Gears and both wide and narrow body maintenance for Airbus and Boeing aircraft. visit us on

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Monday, 16 June 2014

WestJet commences flights From Dublin Airport To St John's Newfoundland

C-FWSK Boeing 737-700 Westjet 
This morning C-FWSK Boeing 737-7CT/W construction 36420 WestJet WJA16 touched down at Dublin Airport at 0730 local and returning as WJA17 departing 0916 local, heralding a new era as first carrier to use Boeing 737 on scheduled services across the Atlantic.

The new route is one of the most successful for Westjet as  85 per cent of the 11,000 seats sold in the first 24 hours. Gregg Saretsky CEO of Westjet said "We're close to 90% full. At the rate this is going we might have to make it year-round".

Dublin Airport Authority CEO Kevin Toland said "We are delighted to welcome WestJet’s first direct flight from St. John’s Newfoundland to Dublin. This is WestJet's first transatlantic service so we're welcoming them to Europe as well as to Ireland.

Ireland and Newfoundland have a strong historical connection and I have no doubt that this new route will be very popular on both sides of the Atlantic for business and leisure passengers. We wish WestJet every success with its new service and we will continue to work closely with them to promote this new route in every way that we can."

St. John's International Airport Authority Keith Collins said "We are delighted with the overwhelming success of this new service to Dublin that clearly demonstrates the significant demand that exists for travel between our province and Ireland. This improved accessibility between the two regions will strengthen both personal and business relations, and will expose new opportunities for trade on both sides of the Atlantic."

WestJet CEO & President Gregg Saretsky said "This is an historic moment in the history of WestJet. Starting from humble beginnings as a regional low-cost carrier with just five destinations in Western Canada, we have built a safe and successful international airline known for its low fares and people-driven guest experience. As the new kid at Dublin Airport, we look forward to welcoming our new Irish friends on board a WestJet flight very soon!."

Canada is a very strong market for Dublin Airport and with WestJet’s new route to Newfoundland, and beyond to Toronto there are now four airlines operating between Dublin and Canada this summer.

In response to questions from Avgeeks Westjet Tweeted three Boeing 737-700s will be dedicated to the route after modification for operations across the Atlantic.

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Saturday, 14 June 2014

An end of era as Aer Arann rebrands as Stobart Air

Stobart Air ATR72 Image courtesy of Paul Doyle 
Friday 5th June marked historic moment in Irish Aviation as the ionic Aer Arann brand disappeared and was replaced by Stobart Air. This is the conclusion of the first phase of the airline's 'new beginning' strategy.

Stobart Air's Interim CEO Sean Brogan said "Stobart Air positions the airline to explore new opportunities and add to our franchise network, particularly in the UK and mainland Europe"

The company began a process of rebranding and overnight "Operated by Stobart Air" decals where applied to it's ATR fleet. On morning of the 5th  of June  passenger announcements reflected the change as flights are “Operated by Stobart Air”.

According to industry sources it will continue to use ICAO designation REA, transponder prefixes will remain unchanged with “Aer Arann” continuing as the ATC call-sign until further notice.

Stobart Air said it aims to become a specialist in franchise or contract flying for major European airlines, and to double its passenger numbers within five years.

The airline will continue to operate under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of its franchise agreement and Stobart Air’s Irish operations will remain at Santry.Over the last year, the airline has created 50 new jobs and successfully restructured its finances. It also announce a number of new routes from Dublin, Cork and Shannon airports.

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Friday, 13 June 2014

Stobart Air leases ATR72 from Danu Oro Transportas (DOT)

LY-MCA ATR72-201
Stobart Air has leased LY-MCA ATR72-201 c/n 0212 Danu Oro Transportas (DOT) to provide additional capacity pending delivery of it's last ATR72-600 EI-FAZ.

LY-MCA arrived Dublin Airport at 1953 local as DNU501P on 3rd June and entered revenue service next day to Newcastle as EIN3356/7 (ATC Callsign REA56NC/57NC).

Last summer the airline contracted Danish Air Transport to provide bridging capacity as it's ATR72-600 delivery programme commenced.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 13-06-14

Cityjet Fokker F50 
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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

EI-ERR Airbus A320-214 c/n 745 VietjetAir temporarily registered 11/06/14 at Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah International Airport  to become VN-A679.

EI-FDU  Airbus A320-214 c/n 3476 Vueling Airlines Registered Dublin 11/06/14 ex A6-ABL.

EI-GDL  Gulfstream G550 c/n 5068 Westair Ferried Shannon-Savannah 11/06/14 on return to Gulfstream.

N944LR CRJ900 c/n 15075 Mesa Airlines Delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander 09/06/14 ex EI-DRK.

OM-AEX Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 25178 AirExplore to be leased Ryanair 15/06/14-15/09/14 based in Dublin.

OM-CEX Boeing 737-436 c/n 25839 AirExplore to be leased Ryanair 15/06/14-15/09/14 based in Dublin.

TS-INS Airbus A320-232 c/n 3089 Nouvelair Delivered Clark International-Dhaka-Sharjah-Monastir 05/6-06/14 ex EI-EYE.

YL-LEA Airbus A320-233 c/n 747 Alpha Express Airlines Ferried Riga-Oslo-London Southend 11/12-06/14 by lessor after storage ex EI-FBB.

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Jet Assist-Business Jet Centre Opens at Belfast International Airport

Image courtesy of Jet Assist 
Jet Assist, the new FBO based at Belfast International Airport (EGAA) opened for business in early June. 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, his & her toilets, 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, 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.

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 and personnel selection & training.

Jet Assist’s Managing Director Ian Morrow thanked Invest Northern Ireland (Invest NI), Northern Ireland's regional economic development agency who recognized that a Jet Centre is an integral part of attracting inward investment and promoting international trade.

Media contact: Joe McDermott

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Friday, 6 June 2014

Strong Transatlantic growth for Aer Lingus

Aer Lingus Airbus A330-300

Aer Lingus this morning said that total traffic for the month, including Aer Lingus Regional, was up 2.4 percent to 1,046,000 passengers compared to 1,021,000 in the same month a year ago.

It's Transatlantic segment continues to deliver very strong growth carrying 129,000 passengers up 20.6% with a load factor of 84.5% up 0.1 points on a 26% increase in capacity, reflecting positive impact of newly launched services from Dublin to San Francisco and Toronto.

Aer Lingus Regional services operated by Stobart Air carried 122,000 passengers up 35.6% benefiting from connecting passenger on new Aer Lingus Transatlantic routes and launch of summer scheduled.

On short-haul Aer Lingus carried 795,000 passengers down 3.5% with a load factor of 74.6% down 2.6 points reflecting the negative impact of one day IMPACT cabin crew stoppage on Friday 30th May.

Year to date the airline has carried 4.11 million passengers up 2.2%.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 06-06-14

Ryanair Boeing 737-800s
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 :
Dublin Movements Blog:
Irish Spotters & NLSPOT Yahoo Lists :

A6-FDE Boeing 737-8KN/W c/n 40235 FlyDubai Ferried Amman-London Stansted 31/05/14 for summer lease to Ryanair as EI-FEC.

A6-FDF Boeing 737-8KN/W c/n 40236 FlyDubai Ferried Amman-London Stansted 01/06/14 for summer lease to Ryanair as EI-FED.

EI-DRK CRJ900 c/n 15075 Challey Ltd  Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 05/06/14 in basic Alitalia Cityliner colours.

EI-FEC Boeing 737-8KN/W c/n 40235 Ryanair First flight London Stansted-Tenerife South 04/06/14 ex A6-FDE.

EI-FED Boeing 737-8KN/W c/n 40236  Ryanair First flight London-Stansted-Palmero 05/06/14 ex A6-FDF.

EI-FCO  Embraer 190LR c/n 19000264 Borajet Ferried East Midlands-Exeter 02/06/14 after painting.

EI-ONJ Airbus A320-214 c/n 4203 Air Contractors positioned Bordeaux-Tripoli 31/05/14 on wet-lease ops for Afriqiyah Airways ex 5A-ONJ.

EI-OZK Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 683 Air Contractors Ferried Hong Kong-Bahrain-Dresden 31/05-01/06/14 after wet-lease to Air Hong Kong.

LY-MCA ATR72-201 c/n 212  Danu Oro Transportas Ferried Kaunas-Dublin 03/06/14 on wet-lease to Stobart Air.

OY-JTH Boeing 737-3Y0(QC) c/n 24255 Mistral Air Painted at Shannon 03/06/14 into Poste Italiane colours prior delivery to become EI-CFQ.

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Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Jet Airways begins codesharing on Etihad Airways Dublin route

Image courtesy of Jet Airways 
Etihad Airways has announced a major expansion of its codeshare agreement with Jet Airways, offering travellers enhanced connections throughout India, and linking India with even more destinations around the globe, taking effective from Monday 2nd June, 2014.

The two airlines have obtained regulatory approval to codeshare on 43 additional routes, bringing the total number of services in their codeshare agreement to 71.

As part of the expansion, Etihad Airways has placed its ‘EY’ code on domestic services in India for the first time, with the codeshare agreement now including 31 Jet Airways routes from hubs in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore. Etihad holds an 24% equity stake in Jet Airways.

Jet Airways has strengthened its offering to the US and Europe by codesharing on additional Etihad Airways routes between Abu Dhabi and Chicago, New York, Dublin and Milan.

Etihad Airways CEO James Hogan said “In addition to placing our ‘EY’ code on domestic flights within India for the first time, the agreement now covers all six of Jet Airways’ services to Abu Dhabi. This has multiple benefits for travellers, such as expanded network reach, more frequent services, and increased convenience. Jet Airways’ guests also benefit from seamless connections to more destinations globally, with the airline’s ‘9W’ code placed on almost 20 per cent more Etihad Airways routes than previously offered.”

Jet Airways Senior Vice President – Commercial said “We are pleased to have expanded our code share partnership with Etihad Airways as it will further strengthen the global network of both airlines and provide increased benefits to all our guests. "

Jet Airways currently operates a fleet of 112 aircraft, which include 10 Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, 8 Airbus A330-200 aircraft, 4 Airbus A330-300 aircraft, 72 next generations Boeing 737-700/800/900/900 ER aircraft and 15 ATR 72-500 and 3 ATR72-600.

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