Friday, 26 September 2014

Cityjet returns EI-RJB RJ85 to lessor

Cityjet RJ85 
Irish carrier Cityjet has returned EI-RJB RJ85 construction number E2330 named 'Bere Island' to lessor Bae Systems, the return of this aircraft reduces RJ85 fleet to 18 units.

EI-RJB RJ85 was ferried Dublin to Cranfield on Saturday 20th September in all white colours.

This aircraft first flight was on 24th June 1998 and delivered to Mesa Airlines as N514XJ on 29th June operated in Northwest Airlink colours. On expiry of lease it became G-CEBS on 21st June 2006.

The aircraft was delivered to Cityjet on 11th June 2007 as EI-RJB operating in Air France colours.

Cityjet's new owner's are decide on RJ85 fleet replacement by the end of the year with Embraer E190, Superjet or Bombardier CSeries 100 under evaluation.

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Thursday, 25 September 2014

Stobart Air completes DAT ATR42 wet-lease contract

This summer season Stobart Air supplemented it's fleet wet-leasing an ATR42 from Danish ACMI specialist Danish Air Transport A/S, abbreviated DAT. For the duration of the wet-lease contract the aircraft was based in Dublin Airport.

The Danish Air Transport A/S wet-lease commenced on 3rd July with arrival of OY-CIR with lease continuing until 27th August when OY-CIR was replaced by OY-JRY.

The aircraft operated its last service for Stobart Air on Monday 22nd September as EIN3308/9 to and from London Southend.

On morning of Tuesday 23rd September the aircraft was ferried Dublin to Sønderborg, Denmark on completion of contract.

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Delta increases capacity between Dublin and New York JFK this winter

Delta Airlines 
Skyteam carrier Delta Airlines is to increase capacity between Dublin and New York JFK this winter season from 26th October. The New York JFK service will be operated Boeing 767-400ER replacing Boeing 757-200 aircraft.

The carrier will offer an additional 462 seats per week on the route filling a void as American Airlines suspends it's service for winter season.

The Boeing 767-400ER is configured in 246 seat layout in three classes BusinessElite, Economy Comfort and Economy.

Delta Airlines operates a fleet of 21 Boeing 767-400ER's.

Have you seen Delta's new TV ad "No Bag Left Behind"


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Ryanair significantly increases service on Dublin Milan Bergamo route

Image courtesy of Michael Kelly
Ryanair is to significantly service on it's  Dublin to Milan Bergamo route from a daily service to a double daily service from 26th October. The announcement was made at launch of Ryanair's Milan Bergamo summer 2015 schedule on 11th September.

The double daily service from Dublin to Milan Bergamo will further enhance the appeal of the route, following the launch of Business Plus, a product tailored for business travelers.

This winter the carrier is adding new routes from Dublin to Brussels-Zaventem, Cologne/Bonn, Glasgow International and extending year-round service on existing routes to Bucharest, Lisbon, Marrakech, Nice & Prague.

It also plans to increase the frequency on a number of its existing Dublin routes, including London Gatwick, Birmingham, Berlin, Rome and Warsaw.

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Ryanair extends Shannon Kaunas service to year-round operation

Image courtesy of Ryanair 
Ryanair today announced it's extending it's new launched Shannon to Kaunas Boeing 737-800 service to a year-round operation.

The route extension forms part of Ryanair's Lithuanian summer 2015 schedule with 28 routes in total including two new summer routes from Kaunas to Shannon and Vilnius to Madrid.

The new route commences 29th October operating weekly on Thursdays.

The service RYR8821/2 is operated by a Kaunas based aircraft departing Kaunas 1310 arriving Shannon 1450 departing 1515 arriving Kaunas 2035.

This winter Ryanair will operate a total of 11 services from Shannon six more than 2013/4 winter season season. The new routes operated by Ryanair from Shannon this winter are Paris, Berlin, Fuerteventura, Warsaw, Krakow, Manchester and Kaunas.  These are in addition to their existing services to be Gatwick, Lanzarote, Stansted and Wroclaw.

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Ryanair's EI-FEE Boeing 737-800 enters service

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W Ryanair 
The first of Ryanair's 180 new Boeing 737-800s EI-FEE entered revenue service on Friday 12th September, from Dublin to Leeds/Bradford as RYR172/3 following post-delivery modifications undertaken it's Dublin maintenance facility.

The same day the aircraft operated sectors to Alicante RYR7062/3 and Poznan RYR1974/5.

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W construction number 44686, Hex Code 4CA174, Line number 5072 test registration N1786B had it's first flight on 26th August from Renton to Boeing Field.

The aircraft departed Boeing Field on delivery to Dublin on 9th September as 'Ryanair 800E' arriving into Dublin 1314 local. EI-FEE is leased from Aviation Finance and Leasing S.à.r.l.

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 19-09-14

EI-REH ATR72-500 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 :

A6-FDD Boeing 737-8KN/W FlyDubai Ferried London Stansted-Dubai 15/09/14 after summer-lease to Ryanair as EI-FEB.

EI-EYO Airbus A330-243 c/n 494 Emirates Airlines Ferried Tarbes - Lourdes Pyrenees Airport-Bordeaux-Mérignac 01/09/14 for painting for Azul Linhas Aéreas to become PR-AIY.

EI-FBN Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 26290 Aerosvit Scrapped Shannon 05/09/14 ex UR-VVP.

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44686 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 09/09/14 (Aircraft no 349).

EI-FEF Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44687 Ryanair first Flight 18/09/14 (Aircraft No 350).

EI-JRD Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 24917 Air Contractors Ferried Dublin-Tamanrasset 02/09/14 after wet-lease to Ryanair ex ZS-JRD.

EI-JRE Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 26065 Air Contractors Ferried Dublin-Shannon-Tamanrasset 02/5-09/14 after wet-lease to Ryanair.

OM-AEX Boeing 737-4Y0 c/n 25178 AirExplore Ferried Dublin-Bratislava as 'Ryanair 4' 16/09/14 on completion of Ryanair lease.

OM-CEX Boeing 737-436  c/n 25830 AirExplore Ferried Dublin-Bratislava as 'Ryanair 5' 16/09/14 on completion of Ryanair lease.

PH-DND ERJ145MP c/n 145406 Denim Air painted in Maastricht 03/09/14 ex EI-FFL.

YU-APD Airbus A319-132 c/n 2335 Air Serbia Delivered Munich-Belgrade 17/09/14 after cabin configuration ex EI-LIR.

4L-AJW Boeing 737-3U3 c/n 28733 flyVista Delivered Shannon-Tbilisi 14/09/14 ex EI-FCW.

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

My Steps towards a career in Aviation

By Alexandra Slabutu

Having worked in Dublin airport and travelled the world with Emirates Airlines, my aspirations towards a career within the aviation industry were getting bigger. Throughout my experience I realise that I wanted something more technical, something that could offer me the chance to deal with airplanes, airlines and airports on a daily basis. However I knew that I had to pursue higher level education, in order to become more employable and increase my career opportunities in the near future. So I decided it was time to go back to college.

Throughout my research DIT had by far grabbed my attention with their freshly run course, Engineering in Aviation Technology (DIT 011 CAO Reference number), which is a 3 year Ordinary Degree.

Once starting 1st Year I was super excited and looking forward to studying new subjects such as:
  • Aircraft Aerodynamics, Systems and Structures, 
  • Aeronautical Lab, 
  • Aircraft Engines,
  • Materials Hardware and Maintenance Practices, 
  • Electricity and Electronics, 
  • Thermo-fluids,
  • Mathematics, 
  • Avionics, 
  • Mechanical Engineering. 
It was very impressive and comforting knowing that all the lectures have vast experience in the aviation industry, some of whom are still active.

What I loved about this course was the distributed balance between theory and practical work. The Aviation Technology Centre (ATC) based near Dublin Airport gave us the opportunity to simulate and practice realistic tasks that we may face in the industry. The equipment found in this facility ranged from aircraft (military jet Fouga Magister, LearJet, R22 Helicopter), to various engine types, an avionics laboratory, tool stores, airframes and other items that are used in the practical aspects of the training.


My personal experience during the first year of this course has been really adventurous in the sense that I have done things I could only imagine I would do and I have overcome obstacles and tasks successfully, even though at first glance it appeared to be difficult to do so.  As a girl with no technical experience, when it came to the likes of understanding the constructional arrangements and the importance of the airflow path through an engine or the pneumatics systems such as vapour cycle machines/air conditioning pack functionality and even getting used to the vast ambiguous terminology so specific to aviation industry (annular chamber, aerofoil, angle of incidence, empennage, gyro erection with balls etc.), it was quiet challenging. However, by the end of each module I could look back and be amazed how everything is so linked together and easy to comprehend.

I found the Avionics and Aerodynamics modules very exciting as it really taught me how pretty much to fly an airplane, giving a taste of what it's like to be a pilot. Especially when we would go into our ATC and practice the theory learned in the classroom based on flight control operation, flight/aircraft instruments (basic T, basic 6), navigation etc., on the aircraft or the improvised simulator based in the hangar. Being able to sit in the cockpit of these aircraft, using the flight controls, seeing some of the aircraft instruments active and turning on the engine of the Learjet aircraft could be quite overwhelming.

There were times when the given assignments, like building a 555 Integrated Circuit or describing the diagram of the charging system of a light piston engine, seemed merely impossible to do. But the beauty of completing these tasks lay in the fact that we, the colleagues, helped each other to understand points that alone we couldn’t and worked as a team. Once these were completed we had an amazing feeling of pride, as what at first seemed merely impossible, became successfully doable.

The lecturers have a great technique of presenting/ describing the course material by giving us examples of real aviation events that happened in the past, such as aircraft incidents, and from their own experiences which they have encountered along their careers. For example when the Pressurization topic had to be covered we looked at analysing the aircraft incidents such as the Helios 522 or Aloha flight. This had an enormous positive impact on my way of studying as it gave me a clear picture, visualising how things work, connect and also identifying the consequences and effects of such events involved in the aviation industry. I find it thrilling to know how we can apply this knowledge in various situations.

Hands-on work, based in the ATC, focusing on the aircraft maintenance included simple tasks like riveting, fabrication exercise, soldering, trimming wire, fastening bolts with lock wire, engine borescoping, continuity checks, testing of bonds and grounds. A troubleshooting exercise such as the Red anti-collision light of an R22 using a task card to fill in the details was also carried out, mirroring the exact same procedures that would be met in a Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) hangar.

By the end of the first year many of my questions have been answered. I always wondered how an airplane actually flies, what keeps it up there, how are we able to breathe and have a comfortable temperature at 40 000 ft., how does an engine function, how does an aircraft protect itself from lightning, how does a smoke detector in a lavatory work etc. It is fascinating to know the technical complexity of such machinery that many of us take for granted when we travel in it.

I have also learned how this industry is heavily regulated and that every single nut and bolt is traceable and everything is documented. Safety comes first, there is no place for mistakes. Trust, communication and patience are the main characteristics of a member of this industry as big responsibility lies among the whole crew involved, even from the very early stages of designing, building, testing, flying, maintaining and ground operation of an aircraft.

Once I grasped a fair understanding of this course combined with my previous work experience I decided in my spare time to get involved with more aviation related experiences. Luckily enough, opportunities have arisen and I got the chance to visit the Dublin Aerospace hangars and get a two day work placement in their APU Shop. There I have learned and seen the managerial and technical steps involved in the operation of dealing with a component such as the auxiliary power unit.

For the first time I've also become familiar and understand the meaning of terminology such as the General Terms Agreement (GTA), which is the documentation that protects the company from any kind of legal conflict, Request for Proposal (RFP), Letter of Intent (LOI), service bulletin (SB). Furthermore I had the pleasure to meet the engineering and sales team of SR Technics at Dublin Airport, where I was introduced to their roles. Nevertheless, Avolon Leasing firm gave me a totally new experience in the area of aircraft leasing; here I got involved in the finance team. During my three month internship I was impressed by their professionalism, friendliness, support and enthusiasm to share and teach me about this new side of the industry that I never really knew about until recently.

Now that I just started second year, there’s a lot more to learn and explore, of which I am eager to venture into. I come to conclude that aviation is, in fact, a small industry and once you show a sparkle of enthusiasm people from this industry are more than happy to share their knowledge and maybe guide you to the right door.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Ryanair takes delivery of its first of 180 new Boeing 737-800's

EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W Ryanair 
Yesterday Wednesday 10th September took delivery of the first of its 180 new Boeing 737-800's worth $16 billion at current list prices. The aircraft touched down in Dublin Airport, at 1314 local callsign 'Ryanair 800E', flown from Boeing Field, Seattle, by Ryanair Chief Pilot, Capt Ray Conway.

The first aircraft is registered EI-FEE Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44686 Hex code 4CA174 used test registration N1786B. According to Puget Sound blog the aircraft is leased from Aviation Finance and Leasing S.à.r.l.

A further 20 Boeing 737-800s will be delivered between September 2014 and July 2015, which will enable the airline to open more new bases and routes , and additional frequencies on existing routes for Summer 2015.

Since 1999 Ryanair has taken delivery of 349 Boeing 737-800s and the largest operator global operator of the aircraft.

On Monday, Ryanair signed an agreement with Boeing to purchase up to 200 new Boeing 737 MAX 200 “gamechanger” aircraft (100 firm & 100 options). When finalised and all options exercised, this deal will be worth over $22bn at current list prices.

Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary said “We are delighted to take delivery of the first of our 180 new Boeing 737-800 aircraft. These new Boeing aircraft enable Ryanair to keep the fleet average age below 5 years, while providing our customers with unmatched punctuality, reliability and an improved customer experience. We will have 21 more aircraft for Summer 2015 which will allow Ryanair to offer more new routes and increased frequencies to more customers than ever before."

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Stobart Air leases OY-JRY from Danish Air Transport

OY-JRY ATR42 Danish Air Transport 
Stobart Air has supplemented its fleet this summer season with an ATR42 leased from Danish operator Danish Air Transport A/S, abbreviated DAT. OY-CIR was returned to DAT on 27th August and replaced by OY-JRY the same day.

We understand the lease of OY-JRY has been extended indefinitely .

Interestingly it's livery illustrates DAT’s values as a flexible company. Blue, yellow, red, orange and green make our planes and logo distinctive.

DAT states "We are proud to be different, and we are just like our planes, ccolorful and flexible".

DAT operates a fleet of 15 aircraft and recently added a new type to it's fleet the Airbus A320.

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