Thursday, 31 July 2014

Eirtech Aviation repaints 777 for VIP customer

N777AS Boeing 777-24Q(ER) 
Irish specialist aviation services Eirtech Aviation [Dublin] Ltd continues to expand its business in the corporate market. The company recently repainted a Boeing 777 at it's Dublin facility for Jeddah based Mid East Jet Inc, a private jet operator, that provides widebody and airliner VIP corporate charters and wet lease (ACMI) operations.

The aircraft registered N777AS Boeing 777-24Q(ER) was noted departing Dublin to Rabat on Monday 28th July.

Mid East Jet Inc aircraft are frequent visitors to Shannon Airport. Transaero Engineering Ltd has maintained 737s and 767s for Mid East Jet Inc.

Eirtech Aviation is based at Hangar 3, which was formerly used by SR Technics, has the capability to handle one wide-body aircraft or three narrowbodies simultaneously.

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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Emirates Pele signed Boeing 777-300ER comes to Dublin

A6-ENQ Boeing 777-300ER Emirates 
Emirates, an Official FIFA Worldwide partner, unveiled a Boeing 777-300ER on 11th June featuring the distinguishable signature of Emirates’ Global Ambassador and three times World Cup winner, Pelé.

Today the aircraft A6-ENQ Boeing 777-31H(ER) construction number 41363 made it's first visit to Dublin and was 81st different 777-300ER to operate the service. This aircraft was delivered on 28th May 2014.

Adorned with the World Cup special livery, the Emirates Boeing 777 landed at  1152 and departed just before 1400. The arrival of aircraft generated considerable interest on Dublin Aviation enthusiasts facebook pages

The 350 seater aircraft has a creative design, specific to the FIFA World Cup™, emblazoned on the fuselage along with the recognisable signature of the legendary Brazilian football great.


115 Boeing 777 from the Emirates fleet,  carry a large 2014 FIFA World Cup™ logo.

Emirates will serve Dublin with a second daily non-stop flight from 1 September 2014. The airline’s Boeing 777-300ER aircraft will add capacity of more than 5,000 seats a week in both directions.

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Sunday, 27 July 2014

Stobart Air takes delivery of eighth ATR72-600

EI-FCZ ATR72-600 Aer Lingus Regional 
Stobart Air took delivery of its eighth ATR72-600 aircraft at Dublin Airport on 3rd July.

The new aircraft is the eighth order of ATR72-600 and completes it's delivery programme placed in 2012 as part of it's 'New Beginning' strategy.

F-WWEX ATR72-212A (600) construction number 1159 first flight was 11th June 2014 and later registered as EI-FCZ.

EI-FCZ named 'St Senan / Seanán' was delivered Toulouse to Dublin in full Aer Lingus Regional colours as 'Arann 608P' arriving 2130 local, entering revenue service next day as REA40BZ/41BZ to and from Aberdeen.

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Saturday, 26 July 2014

Mesa Air Group acquires former Alitalia CityLiner Bombardier CRJ900s from Irish aircraft lessors

EI-DOT CRJ900 Challey Ltd 
Mesa Air Group has acquired six former Alitalia CityLiner Bombardier Aerospace CRJ900 aircraft on lease from Irish aircraft lessors APC and Challey Ltd. Alitalia Cityliner withdrew it's CRJ900 fleet from service in 2012 as part of its restructuring process.

APC and Challey Ltd ferried the aircraft from Rome Fiumicino to Dublin in basic Alitalia Cityline colours for paperwork purposes in preparation for new leases with Mesa Air Group (Mesa Airlines).

These aircraft will add to  its fleet of 51 planes under contract for regional flying with American Airlines Group Inc.

In a statement Mesa Airlines disclosed the lease term agreement covering the additional six aircraft is eight years.

Mesa Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said “We are delighted to add these six CRJ-900 aircraft with our partners at American Airlines. With almost 40 aircraft scheduled for delivery over the next several years, Mesa is now the fastest growing airline in the country providing exciting opportunities and long-term job security for our people.”

According to FAA registry a number of these aircraft are registrations are classed as assigned.

EI-DOT CRJ900 c/n 15066 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 17/04/14 after storage. Registered as N241LR to Mesa Airlines Inc and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Goose Bay-Bangor 23/04/14.

EI-DOU CRJ900 c/n 15068 Challey Ltd  Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 15/05/14 . Registered as N943LR and delivered Dublin-Gander-Bangor-Oklahoma City 19/20-05/14.

EI-DRI CRJ900ER c/n 15076 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 27/04/14. Registered as N242LR and delivered Dublin-Goose Bay-Bangor-Will Rogers World Airport 01/2-05/14.

EI-DRJ CRJ900ER c/n 15077 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 07/05/14 .Registered as N945LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor-Oklahoma City 09/05/14.

EI-DRK CRJ900 c/n 15075 Challey Ltd  Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 05/06/14.  Registered as N944LR CRJ900 and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander 09/06/14 ex EI-DRK.

EI-DUK CRJ900 c/n 15104 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 26/05/14. Registered as N946LR CRJ900 and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor-Oklahoma City 29/05/14.

EI-DVP CRJ900ER c/n 15116 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 16/06/14. Registered as N947LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor 27/06/14.

EI-DVR CRJ900 c/n 15118 APC Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 02/07/14. Registered as N948LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Bangor 08/07/14.

EI-DVS CRJ900 c/n 15119 APC Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 25/06/14. Registered as N950LR and delivered Dublin-Gander-Bangor 01/07/14.

EI-DVT CRJ900 c/n 15123 APC Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 14/07/14. Registered as N951LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor 18/07/14.

Source: Dublin Movements Blog,, Skyliner Aviation

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Dublin Aerospace enters growing A330 base maintenance market

Airbus A330 Image courtesy of Airbus 
The award winning Irish MRO Dublin Aerospace provider of Base Maintenance, APU and Landing Gear services based in Ireland has introduced yet another enhancement to its already extensive service capabilities, with the addition of Airbus A330 base maintenance approval.

The MRO has received both EASA and FAA approval for the base maintenance services on Airbus A330 aircraft including all engine types, complementing its existing  Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 product lines. The A330 capability was developed to support the growing market that exists worldwide.

Donal Rogers Chief Executive Officer Commented “Over the past 5 years Dublin Aerospace has offered dedicated base maintenance services for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families to leasing companies and airlines from all over the world. The addition of the Airbus A330 model to our capability portfolio highlights Dublin Aerospace’s ongoing investment in capability and demonstrates our commitment to ensure we have the latest and most advanced capabilities”

Frank Burke Head of Sales Commented “ This new expansion was customer driven as many of our existing leasing company and airline customers also operate the A330 model and to be able to provide this service is another big and exciting milestone in the expansion of the products we can offer our customers”

Airbus has delivered 1,088 A330s since the first example entered service around 20 years ago. There are 975 passenger A330s in active service including 597 in the fleet of 72 global airlines and unveiled the A330neo at last week’s Farnborough air show.The aircraft is designed to deliver a 14% reduction in fuel burn per seat compared to the current A330, sharing 95% spares commonality with existing A330 model.

Aviation Week suggests key Airbus customers support suggestions that Airbus could sell more than 1,000 A330neos by 2030. Flightglobal’s Fleet Forecast for 2014-33 predicts deliveries of 6,928 twin-aisle aircraft including just over 4,000 in the 200- to 300-seat category, the typical configuration for the A330.

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Friday, 25 July 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 25-07-14

EI-EHH ATR42 Aer Lingus Regional 
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 :

EC-MCU Airbus A320-214 c/n 3907 Vueling Airlines Registered 16/07/14 and Delivered Dublin-Barcelona 17/07/14 ex EI-ERX.

EI-FCL ERJ190LR c/n 19000201 Borajet Airlines Ferried Exeter-Norwich 23/07/14 for painting.

EI-FCW Boeing 737-3U3 c/n 28733 KV Aviation/flyVista being prepared for delivery in Shannon 20/07/14 to become 4L-AJW.

EI-FFO Airbus A320-232 c/n 2322 HK Express Delivered Seletar Airport-Hong Kong 20/07/14 to become B-LCB.

EI-ONJ Airbus A320-214 c/n 4203 Air Contractors Ferried Djerba-Zarzis International Airport-Malta 16/07/14 operating for Afriqiyah Airways into interim storage.

EI-ONL Airbus A320-214 c/n 4489 Air Contractors Ferried Djerba-Zarzis International Airport-Malta 16/07/14 operating for Afriqiyah Airways into interim storage.

N477MQ Boeing 737-85F/W  c/n 30477 Macquarie AirFinance Ferried Salgado Filho International Airport-Tancredo Neves International Airport-Brasilia International Airport-Miami-Shannon-Olbia 16-21/07/14 in all white colours for Meridiana to become EI-.

N597AW Airbus A321-131 c/n 597 AWAS Ferried Dublin-Bangor-Goodyear 14/07/14 in Greenjet colours after storage ex SX-GRN.

N772AS Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 25105 AWAS Ferried Goodyear-Miami 22/07/14 after storage.

N951LR CRJ900 c/n 15123 Mesa Airlines Delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor 18/07/14 ex EI-DVT.

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Friday, 11 July 2014

WestJet's Disney themed MagicPlane visits Dublin Airport

Westjet's MagicPlane Courtesy Paul Doyle 
WestJet’s Disney-themed MagicPlane C-GWSZ Boeing 737-8CT/W construction number 37092 visited Dublin Airport , for the first time this week on Monday 7th July. The aircraft generated considerable interest in Dublin's aviation community both inside and outside the perimeter fence.

The news of visit broke through social media platform Twitter from a flight dispatcher in Calgary "@WeeinYYC @DubATC The WestJet Disney bird is heading your way tonight/tomorrow morning as WJA16/17. #headsup #avgeek".

Early on Sunday evening many aviation avgeeks/enthusiasts tracked it's departure from Toronto to St John's on flight tracking website

Dublin Airport Twitter page posted a picture of #MagicPlane which got re-tweeted 108 times.

C-GWSZ is known in the social media world as the #MagicPlane. Over the next five years, the Magic Plane will fly more than 400,000 guests a total of nearly eight million kilometres.

The 737 colour scheme is a joint collaboration between WestJet, WestJet Vacations and Walt Disney Parks & Resorts (Canada) featuring Mickey Mouse in his most famous role, Sorcerer Mickey.

President and CEO of WestJet said "With the Magic Plane, we are soaring to new heights, offering guests of all ages the chance to share the skies with one of the world's most beloved and iconic figures. We also look forward to having fun with our guests on the ground as they see the Magic Plane flying over their communities and at airports across our expanding network."



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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 11-07-14

EI-LND Boeing 787 Norwegian 
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-CFQ Boeing 737-3Y0(QC) c/n 24255 Mistral Air Delivered Shannon-Rome FCO 11/07/14 ex OY-JTH.

EI-EZR Airbus A320-214 c/n 1198 Meridiana Ferried Olbia-Madrid 03/07/14 for painting into Iberia Express colours.

EI-FFL ERJ145 c/n 145406 Denim Air registered Maastricht  05/07/14 in all white colours no titles ex N366DF.

N948LR CRJ900 c/n 15148 Mesa Airlines Delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Bangor 08/07/14 ex EI-DVR.

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Thursday, 10 July 2014

Air Contractors, Air Explore wet-lease Boeing 737-400s to Ryanair

OM-AEX Boeing 737-400 Air Explore 
Irish ultra low-cost carrier Ryanair has wet-leased extra capacity over the summer season to accommodate increasing passenger numbers before its new Boeing 737-800 aircraft arrive in September.

Two Boeing 737-400s from Air Explore of Slovakia, and two -400s from Ireland’s ACMI specialist Air Contractors. All four -400s will be based at Dublin Airport. Air Explore 737s will operate between 16th June and 15th September, and Air Contractors 737s from 1st July to 31st August.

On Sunday 15th June Air Explore 737-400s OM-AEX Boeing 737-4Y0 construction number 25178 as RYR98P, and OM-CEX Boeing 737-436 construction number 25839 was ferried Bratislava to Dublin  as RYR99P. The aircraft operated first flights for Ryanair, to Newcastle and Brussels South Charleroi.

EI-JRE Boeing 737-400 Air Contractors 

ZS-SRD Boeing 737-4Y0 construction number 24917 Safair ferried Johannesburg-Kotoka-Aguenar-Shannon 14th June for lease to Air Contractors, for operation on behalf of Ryanair. ZS-SRD was cancelled from South African register on 18th June, taking up Irish registration EI-JRD.  On 28th June EI-JRD was ferried Shannon to Dublin , in all white colours and entered revenue service 1st July RYR1908/9 to and from Gdansk.

ZS-SRE Boeing 737-4Y0 construction number 26065 Safair Ferried Johannesburg-Kotoka-Aguenar -Shannon 14th June for lease to Air Contractors, for operation on behalf of Ryanair.  ZS-SRE was cancelled from South African register on 17th June, taking up Irish registration EI-JRE. On 29th June EI-JRE was ferried Shannon to Dublin on 29th June, in all white colours and entered revenue service 1st July RYR442/3 to and from Liverpool.

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Italy's Livingston leases Airbus A320 to Ryanair

Livingston Airbus A320 
New Livingston S.p.A (JN/NLV, Milan Malpensa) has since 5th July, been leasing out one of its three Airbus A320-200s, EI-EXK construction number 2502, to Irish ULCC Ryanair (FR/RYR),  Irish Aviation Research Institute can report.

According to data available on flight tracking website, EI-EXK is operating from Milan Bergamo , operated it's first service, RYR1944/3 to and from Stockholm Skastva. According to industry sources the lease duration is one month.

The addition of New Livingston Airbus A320 brings to eight the number of aircraft, the carrier has leased , adding to four Boeing 737-400s from Air Contractors, Air Explore and three Boeing 737-800s from FlyDubai.

The company's formal name is New Livingston S.p.A, although its operations are under the Livingston brand.

Privately-owned Livingston operates three Airbus A320s on scheduled and charter services from its base at Milan Malpensa.

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Air Traffic Communications on Flights Between Europe and North America Exceeds 2008 Peak

Irish Aviation Authority 
In June, the IAA saw an increase of 4.4% in the volume of North Atlantic Communications flights between Europe and North America.  For the first time, the volume of these flights exceeded the previous peak experienced by the IAA in 2008, reflecting the global upturn for the aviation industry.

Total flights in Irish airspace in June increased by a robust 7.6%, when compared to the same month last year, including an increase of 10.7% in Ireland’s en route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land).

There was an average of 1,759 daily flights during June 2014. The busiest day was 24th June with 1,955 flights in Irish airspace.

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive, Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said: ‘Irish air traffic growth continues to gain pace in 2014. In June, the number of North Atlantic Communications flights we safely handled was higher than the previous peak we experienced back in 2008 so that’s very encouraging. It is also very encouraging to see robust growth in our en route air traffic. Irish airspace forms the crucial gateway between Europe and North America and the increase in this traffic is greatly reflective of the continuing global upturn’.

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Friday, 4 July 2014

Aer Lingus launches charter series from Belfast City & London Gatwick to Verona

EI-DES Airbus A320 Aer Lingus 
Aer Lingus has commenced a new charter series between Belfast City Airport and Verona on behalf of tour operators Topflight and TUI. The service EIN4412/13 operates on Saturdays on specific dates using Airbus A320 equipment, on these dates of operation service to Malaga does not operate.

Aer Lingus launched a weekly Saturday charter series from London Gatwick to Verona on 17th May 2014 , the first service was operated by EI-EDP Airbus A320. At times of going to press details were not available of tour operator service is being operated.

Aer Lingus stated a key part of it's strategy is to grow market share in charter market "Aer Lingus gained market share in both long and short haul from LCCs, legacy, regional & charter carriers."

Aer Lingus has added additional capacity on a charter routes this year, following news Thomas Cook Group, terminated all its Irish summer charter operations from 30th April 2014.

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Stobart Air leases ATR42 from Danish Air Transport

OY-CIR ATR42 Danish Air Transport
Pictured above by Paul Doyle, OY-CIR ATR42-300 Danish Air Transport construction number 107 Arriving into Dublin Airport 3rd July 2014 as "Arann 042P" for an upcoming wet-lease to Aer Arann.

This aircraft at almost 26 years old is no stranger to Dublin as it was originally delivered new to Ryanair as EI-BXR in 1988!!

Since then she has plied her trade with Regionalflug, Brit Air, Islandsflug,Cimber Air, Danish Air Transport, Yangon Airways, Ceiba Intercontinental, and again Danish Air Transport.

Credit to Paul Doyle for his article.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 04-07-14

EI-LNG Boeing 787 Norwegian 
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-FCM ERJ190LR c/n 19000230 SMBC Aviation Ferried Exeter-Norwich 03/07/14 for painting into Borajet Airlines colours.

EI-FCZ ATR72-212A c/n 1129 Stobart Air Delivered Toulouse-Dublin 03/07/14 in full Aer Lingus Regional colours ex F-WWEX.

EI-DVR CRJ900 c/n 15118 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 02/07/14 for Mesa Airlines.

EI-JRD Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 24917 Air Contractors Ferried Shannon-Dublin 28/06/14 in all white colours and entered revenue service 01/07/14 RYR1908/9 T/F Gdansk ex ZS-JRD.

EI-JRE Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 26065 Air Contractors Ferried Shannon-Dublin 29/06/14 in all white colours and entered revenue service 01/07/14  RYR442/3 T/F Liverpool ex ZS-JRE.

EI-LNG Boeing 787-8 c/n 35314 Norwegian Long-Haul Ferried Dublin-Stockholm Arlanda 29/06/14 after tail painting.

EI-ONL Airbus A320-214 c/n 4889 Air Contractors Ferried Bordeaux-Tripoli 03/07/14 for Afriqiyah Airways wet-lease ops ex 5A-ONL.

EI-REM ATR72-212A c/n 760 Stobart Air Ferried Shannon-Dublin-London Southend-Antwerp 02/07/14 after painting into Flybe colours.

N950LR CRJ900 c/n 15119 Mesa Airlines Delivered Dublin-Gander-Bangor 01/07/14 ex EI-DVS.

OY-CIR ATR42-300  c/n 107 Danish Air Transport Ferried Copenhagen-Dublin 03/07/14 for wet-lease to Stobart Air.

LY-AZV Boeing 737-7GL/W c/n 37233 SCAT Delivered Naples-Dublin-Vilnius-Shymkent 27-30/06/14 ex EI-IGP.

YL-MCA ATR72-201 c/n 212  Danu Oro Transportas Ferried Dublin-Tallinn 04/07/14 after wet-lease to Stobart Air.

LY-VEM Airbus A320-233 c/n 747 Avion Express Ferried London Southend-Barcelona 28/06/14 with Vueling Airlines titles on summer-lease ex EI-FBB.

TC-YAG ERJ190LR c/n 19000263 Borajet Airlines Delivered Exeter-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen Airport 29/06/14 ex EI-FCN.

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