Friday, 28 November 2014

Aer Lingus operates Keflavik charter series

                                                 
Aer Lingus Airbus A320s on T2 Dublin Airport 
Aer Lingus in association with Travel Department operated a series of charter flights from Dublin to Keflavik, Iceland over a number of weeks in October and November using a mix of Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft.

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."

Keflavik is a new charter destination on Aer Lingus route network.

The all-inclusive package by Travel Department included 3-night break  flights, accommodation and transfers.

According to The Lingus Source website the following aircraft operated:

EI-CPE A321 23rd November

EI-DEG A320 22nd November

EI-EDS A320 20th November

EI-DEP A320 19th November

EI-DVI A320 16th November

EI-DVJ A320 13th November

EI-CVC A320 26th October

EI-DVK A320 23rd October

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Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 28-11-14

                                                 
EI-EHH ATR42 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 : 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-FGH Boeing 717-200 c/n 55169 Volotea Airlines registered 14/11/14 ex EC-LQS.

EI-IXG Airbus A321-112 c/n 516 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin-Kemble 26/27-11/14 after storage since 25/05/13.

EI-IXU Airbus A321-112 c/n 434 Alitalia Ferried Dublin-Kemble 13/11/14.

EI-OZJ Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 770 Air Contractors Ferried Hong Kong-Bahrain-Leipzig 19-20/11/14 after Air Hong Kong operations.

EI-LEO Cessna 750 c/n 750-0232 Private Sky delivered Doncaster-Dublin 20/11/14.

EI-STH Boeing 737-429(F) c/n 25729 Air Contractors Delivered Miami-Gander-Shannon 27/11/14 ex N42XA after cargo conversion.

N216AP Boeing 737-7Q8 c/n 28216 Apollo Aviation Group  Ferried Shanghai-Koltsovo/Ekaterinburg-Shannon 13/14-11/14 in full Shanghai Airlines colours.

N216AP Boeing 737-7Q8 c/n 28216 Apollo Aviation Capital Ferried Shannon-Bristol-Kemble 17/18-11/14 ex B-2632.

VQ-BTD Boeing 737-8MA/W c/n 43664  Pobeda Delivered Boeing Field-Keflavik-Dublin 22/11/14 in all white colours for painting leased from Avolon Aerospace.

VQ-BTE Boeing 737-81D/W c/n 39441 Pobeda Onward delivery Shannon-Moscow Sheremetyevo 15/11/14 after paint leased from AWAS.

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Thursday, 27 November 2014

Private Sky Ireland's largest business jet operator adds Citation X and Gulfstream G650 to growing fleet

                                                 
EI-SSF Global 6000 image courtesy of Pat Flynn
Private Sky, Ireland's largest business jet operator based at Shannon Airport recently added two new brand new aircraft types to its growing fleet, the Citation X and Gulfstream G650.

Citation X (Cessna 750) registered EI-LEO construction number 750-0232 was delivered Doncaster to Dublin on Thursday 20th November following a refurbishment. The aircraft is allocated callsign "HYR75X".

The Citation X is currently the fastest civilian aircraft in the world. As it is the fastest civilian aircraft in the world it will be perfect for transatlantic flights as it will get it's passengers to their destinations much quicker than any other civilian aircraft.

On Monday 24th November Private Sky took delivery of brand new Gulfstream 650 registered M-INSK construction 6096 as part of the CAMO fleet.  The aircraft undertook training missions to Dublin and Ireland West Airport on 25th November.

The G650 will be based in Vnukovo Moscow and will operate privately.

Private Sky operates from bases in Belfast City, Dublin Airport, London Stansted and Moscow Vnukovo, Shannon Airport operating and managing a fleet of Airbus A319CJ, Bombardier Challenger 850, Cessna 560XLs, Embraer Legacy 650, Global 6000, Global XRS, Gulfstream G450, Learjet 60s.

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The importance of hearing protection in aviation

                                                 
Image courtesy Restored Hearing 

Guest post by Chrissy Hughes Community Manager Restored Hearing.

Airplanes are noisy and this is a source of irritation, and sometimes hearing impairments like tinnitus, for passengers. But what about those flying the planes and those working with aircraft day in and day out?.

A jet engine, during take off, can reach 120dB. That means you can stand beside it for a grand total of 7 seconds before your ears are permanently damaged. That’s not a lot of time so those who fly and work with aircraft are at a much higher risk of getting conditions like tinnitus, or ringing in the ears, and hearing loss from their exposure to noise.

In our work with Restored Hearing we talk to lot of tinnitus sufferers and a significant portion of them are pilots or ex-pilots, either civilian or military. In fact, studies have shown that the prevalence of tinnitus is higher in the flying population. Tinnitus occurs in around 10% of the general population, while that figure goes up to 18% when aircraft operators are considered.

The best way for pilots and ground staff to prevent hearing loss and tinnitus from noise and flying is to wear hearing protection. While almost always provided by employers, how many times have you seen an airfield without a pair of ear defenders in sight? I thought so.

                                               
Image courtesy Restored Hearing 

Existing hearing protection isn't fit for purpose as airfields are variable noise environments and communication between staff needs to occur intermittently. We've responded to this problem by creating Sound Bounce. It does the job of electronic noise cancelling headphones, but without any of the electronics.

Sound Bounce uses a smart material that absorbs sound 8 times better than existing foam ear defenders. It’s durable, inexpensive and allows for communication and protection all while wearing one headset. Pilots and those who work with and around aircraft are the ideal end users for Sound Bounce, which will be released in Spring 2015.

If you or your employer is interested in being some of the first to try it out get in touch on info@restoredhearing.com.

Visit Restored Hearing website.


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Saturday, 22 November 2014

Global FBO Consult appointed as media consultants to Moroccan Aviation Services

                                                 
Image courtesy of Global FBO 
Moroccan Aviation Services have announced that Dublin based Global FBO Consult have been appointed Media Consultants to the Agadir based ground services & permit support provider.

Joe McDermott, senior FBO advisor at the Dublin, Ireland based Global FBO Consult, states "Morocco is seen as an attractive location for business aviation with increasing multinational inward investment, oil and gas exploration, tourism and the film industry all adding to the North African nations growth. The country is viewed as a well regulated, liberal economy and a safe environment for private and corporate aviation to do business in. Moroccan Aviation Services is well placed as a company to grow in this market "

Managing Director Mohamed Outamrarht said "we are expanding our services across Morocco and Global FBO Consult have been invaluable to us during this process"

Mr Outamrarht went on to say "Moroccan Aviation Services is backed by experienced aviation professionals, we specialize in providing first class representation and supervision services to business, state, private and airline operators flying to Moroccan airports.

At Moroccan Aviation Services we believe that strong, long-term relationships are built on trust, effectiveness and quality. We employ a highly motivated and competent team. This ensures that we can always deliver a professional, efficient, competitive and safe service to our clients.

These are the keys that make us the Moroccan representative of choice for many leading Asian, US and European operators, flight departments and trip planners"

MAS have stations located at Agadir, Casablanca, Marrakech & Ouarzazate, Morocco.

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Friday, 14 November 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 14-11-14

                                                 
Cork Airport 
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/

B-LDM Airbus A300-622R(F) c/n 683 Air Hong Kong acceptance flight Hong Kong 28/10/14 ex EI-OZK.

EI-BUE Boeing 737-3Q8(QC) c/n 23810  Mistral Air Ferried Naples-Norwich 31/10/14 re-registered N810QC 1/11/14.

EI-EJM Airbus A330-202 c/n 1308 Alitalia painted into special Etihad / Expo Milano 2015 colours at Rome Fiumicino 19/10/14.

EI-FEI Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44690 Ryanair Delivered Boeing Field-Dublin 06/11/14.

EI-IXU Airbus A321-112 c/n 434 Alitalia Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 11/11/14 after storage since 01/10/13 ex I-BIXU.

EI-RUO Boeing 737-808 c/n 34703 Transaero Airlines Delivered Beijing-Manas International Airport-Belgrade 18/19-10/14 ex B-5169.

HA-LPD Airbus A320-233 c/n 1902 Wizzair Ferried Budapest-Woensdrecht 19/10/14 for British Airways as G-GATK ex EI-DGB.

I-BPAC Boeing 737-4K5 c/n 27074 Blue Panorama Registered 17/10/14 ex EI-CUN.

LY-VEM Airbus A320-233 c/n 747 Avion Express Ferried Barcelona-Reus 01/11/14 for interim storage ex EI-FBB.

N54AU Boeing 737-3Q8 c/n 28054 Mistral Air acceptance flight Juan Santamaria International Airport 05/11/14 to become EI-.

N681AC Airbus A319-112 c/n 1603 SMBC Aviation Capital Ferried Shanghai-Almaty-Istanbul Sabiha Gokcen International Airport-Ostrava 18/19-10/14 ex B-2222.

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Monday, 10 November 2014

EI-FEG, FEH, FEI delivered to Ryanair

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair has added a further three new Boeing 737-800s to it's fleet from 180 aircraft order, increasing its total to 302 units in service.

These aircraft are purchased by Aviation Finance and Leasing S.à.r.l, a wholly owned subsidiary of Ryanair.

In fiscal year end to 31st March 2015 the carrier will take delivery of a further 11 Boeing 737-800s purchased under 2013 Boeing contract.

EI-FEG Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44688 Hex Code 4CA33C 'Ryanair 800G' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 14th October.

EI-FEH Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44689 Hex Code 4CA33D Ryanair 800H' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 16th October.

EI-FEI Boeing 737-8MD/W c/n 44690 Hex Code 4CA33E 'Ryanair 800I' was delivered Boeing Field to Dublin on 6th November.

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Flybe christens aircraft Belfast and Dublin in "Spirit of the Regions" theme

                                                 
Image courtesy of Flybe 
British carrier Flybe has christened aircraft for Belfast and Dublin in "Spirit of the Regions" theme to coincide launching it's new London City base.

The carrier will deploy five DHC8-400s from London City to serve to serve Edinburgh and Dublin four times daily, Belfast and Exeter three times a day and Inverness twice daily services starting 27th October and plans to attract about 500,000 passengers a year.

Later routes to skiing regions and other vacation destinations in France and Spain will follow.

“We are delighted to re-enter the London market at London’s most convenient airport following a rigorous profitability analysis utilizing our strict route assessment model " said Flybe Chief Executive Officer Saad Hammad.

"This is a first for Belfast to have an aircraft named in its honour and I am delighted to have been able to perform the ceremony.  Whilst "Spirit of Belfast's" first stop is in London, in future it will be a unique way of promoting the City throughout Flybe's network across the UK, Ireland and the rest of Europe." said Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon.

Flybe expects annually 98,0000 passengers will use the new route between Belfast City and London City and 100,000 passengers between Dublin and London City.

G-FLBD DHC-8-402 c/n 4259 Spirit of Inverness

G-FLBE DHC-8-402 c/n 4261 Spirit of Exeter

G-JEDP DHC-8-402 c/n 4085 Spirit of Belfast

G-JEDR DHC-8-402 c/n 4087 Spirit of Dublin

G-JEDT DHC-8-402 c/n 4088 Spirit of Edinburgh

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Flybe signs codeshare agreement with Aer Lingus

                                                 
Image courtesy of Flybe 
Flybe, Europe's largest regional airline, has announced a new codeshare agreement with Dublin-based Aer Lingus which, with immediate effect.

The partnership with Aer Lingus now enables Flybe customers travelling from Exeter, Inverness, Southend and Southampton to access, via a single stop in Dublin, an even wider range of destinations across North America and Canada. Aer Lingus' north Atlantic network includes 10 daily flights across the Atlantic to Boston, New York, San Francisco, Orlando, Chicago and Toronto.

This codeshare agreement also extends to those travelling on Flybe franchise partner flights to Dublin from Donegal with Loganair and Flybe's joint operation from Southend with Stobart Air.

Stephen Kavanagh, Aer Lingus Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, added "We are delighted to join forces with Flybe as a connecting codeshare partner. The combination of our services will give both airlines increased network reach and will help Aer Lingus to further develop our transatlantic hub at Dublin to the benefit of customers in the U.K and the U.S."

Paul Simmons, Flybe's Chief Commercial Officer, said "Our new codeshare agreement with Aer Lingus is another exciting development for Flybe and we are delighted to be working with such an excellent and well-respected airline.  It further demonstrates our commitment to providing seamless connectivity from the regions of the UK, which means passengers do not have to face long road or rail journeys to the UK's south east hub airports."

Flybe's current portfolio of five existing codeshare partnerships, namely those with Air France, British Airways, Etihad, Finnair and KLM, along with 17 interline partners that includes Emirates, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, Air Portugal and Qatar Airways.

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Saturday, 1 November 2014

Irish budget carrier Ryanair announces 44 new routes in October

                                                 
Ryanair Boeing 737-800
Irish budget carrier Ryanair announced 44 new routes in October across its European network. The shift into the mainstream  airports continues with announcement of it's 70th European base at Copenhagen , underlining it's strategy to attract  leisure and business  passengers from competitors.

In early 2015 a further 10 new routes will be announced joining the dots on it's growing European network.

The carrier continues to grow at secondary airports Dusseldorf Weeze and Milan Bergamo in Summer 2015.

Berlin-Schoenefeld-Madrid daily from 29th March 2015
Berlin-Schoenefeld-Porto five from 2nd November 2014 x 5 weekly
Copenhagen-London Luton twice daily from 26th March 2015
Copenhagen-Milan Bergamo daily from 26th March 2015
Copenhagen-Warsaw Modlin daily from 26th March 2015
Crotone-Milan Bergamo extension of existing service  S15
Crotone-Pisa Florence extension of existing service S15
Crotone-Rome Ciampino extension of existing service S15
Dusseldorf Weeze-Agadir from 26th October x 1 weekly
Dusseldorf Weeze-Bydgoszcz from 27th October x 2 weekly
Dusseldorf Weeze-Stockholm Skastva extension of existing x 2 weekly service S15
Dusseldorf Weeze-Tallinn from 27th October x 2 weekly
Dusseldorf Weeze-Växjö from 2nd November x 2 weekly
Eindhoven-Lisbon from 1st November x 3 weekly
Eindhoven-Madrid from 1st November x 3 weekly
Eindhoven-Manchester from 2nd November x 4 weekly
Eindhoven-Tenerife South from 14th November x 1 weekly
Eindhoven-Turin from 1st November x 3 weekly
Gdansk-Alicante from 29th March 2015 x 1 weekly
Gdansk-Krakow from 2nd December 2014 x 2 weekly
Krakow-Gdansk from 4th  December 2014 x 2 weekly
Linz-Tenerife South from 6th November x 1 weekly
Milan Bergamo-Athens extension of existing daily service S15
Milan Bergamo-Crotone extension of existing daily service S15
Milan Bergamo-East Midlands extension of existing x 3 weekly service S15
Milan Bergamo-Lisbon extension of existing daily service S15
Milan Bergamo-Malaga extension of existing x 2 weekly service S15
Rome Ciampino-Athens extension of existing daily service S15
Rome Ciampino-Cologne from 4th November daily service S15
Rome Ciampino-Crotone extension of existing daily service S15
Rome Ciampino-Lisbon extension of existing daily service S15
Rome Fiumicino-Barcelona extension of existing  3 times daily service S15
Rome Fiumicino-Brussels Zaventem existing of existing twice daily service S15
Shannon-Manchester extension of existing daily service S15
Shannon-Kaunas extension of existing x 2 weekly service S15
Warsaw Modlin-Athens from 29th March 2015 daily service S15
Warsaw Modlin-Fuerteventura from 15th November x 1 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Glasgow International from 1st November x 3 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Las Palmas from 7th November x 1 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Lisbon from 30th March 2015 x 2 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Madrid from 2nd November x 4 weekly
Warsaw Modlin-Tenerife South from 9th November x 2 weekly
Wroclaw-Glasgow International from 3rd November x 2 weekly
Wroclaw-Paris Beauvais from 2nd November x 4 weekly

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