Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Irish Commercial Aircraft Update 24-12-14

Aer Lingus Boeing 757-200
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-DAA Airbus A330-202 c/n 397 Aer Lingus Ferried Dublin-Stockholm Arlanda 01/12/14 on winter-lease to Novair.

EI-EHH ATR42-300 c/n 196 Stobart Air Ferried Dublin-Cardiff with Cityjet decals for ACMI contract effective 1st December.

EI-FGD Airbus A320-232 c/n 2299  HK Aircraft Leasing Ferried Singapore-Hong Kong 12/12/14 in all white colours ex VH-VQY.

EI-FGI Boeing 717-200 c/n 55167 Volotea Airlines Re-registered and positioned Olbia-Bordeaux 05/12/14 ex EC-LQI.

EI-FGM Airbus A320-214 c/n 1370  Constitution A/c Leasing registered Mexico City 03/12/14 ex G-OZBK.

EI-IXD Airbus A321-112 c/n 532 Alitalia Ferried Rome FCO-Dublin-Tel Aviv 15-16/12/14 ex I-BIXD.

EI-STH  Boeing 737-429(SF) c/n 25729 Air Contractors Ferried Shannon-Bergamo 01/12/14.

LY-VEL Airbus A320-232 c/n 1998 Avion Express registered Dublin 17/12/14 and delivered Dublin-Reus 19/12/14 in all white colours ex EI-EUB.

N303SF Airbus A319-112 c/n 1303 Fly Leasing Ferried Yaoqiang -Barnaul-Minsk International-Shannon-Bristol-Kemble 28/11-01/12/14 in China Eastern colours for part out & scrap.

N396DC Boeing 737-9GJER c/n 34952 BBAM Ferried Dublin-Antalya 29/11/14 ex VT-SPT for Sun Express.

N462DC Boeing 737-9GJER c/n 34956 BBAM a/c leasing Ferried Bucharest Baneasa -Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen International 22/12/14 ex VT-SGB.

N515AC Boeing 737-4Q8 c/n 25168 Aircastle Ferried Goodyear-Miami 25/11/14 for cargo conversion ex VP-BTA.

N861TM  Boeing 767-324(ER)/W c/n 27393 GECAS Registered Shannon 02/12/14 ex G-OOBL.

VQ-BTD Boeing 737-8MA/W c/n 43664 Pobeda Delivered Dublin-Moscow Sheremetyevo  02/12/14 after painting.

2-VFRB Boeing 737-436 c/n 25349 BBAM A/c Leasing Ferried Belgrade-St Athan Airport 13/12/14 after storage ex EC-LTC.

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Saturday, 13 December 2014

Ryanair reinstates Dublin to Comiso connection for Summer 2015

Ryanair Boeing 737-800 
Irish budget carrier Ryanair yesterday announced it's 2015 summer program with 14 routes from Catania and Comiso in Scilily.  The carrier plans to carry 275,000 passengers from and Comiso, supporting traffic, tourism and the economy of eastern Sicily.

The carrier announced six routes from Comiso ,reinstating it's Dublin route operating twice weekly on Thursdays and Sundays, from 4th June to 25th September 2015.

In Catania, Giuseppe Belladone, Sales & Marketing Executive Ryanair to Italy , said: "We are pleased to confirm today the commitment of Ryanair at the airports of Catania and Comiso for the next summer season, with a program that has a total 16 routes to major national and international destinations.

8 will be the destinations reachable from Catania and 6 active ones from Comiso, thanks to which we expect to carry the two airports respectively 1.55 million and 275 thousand customers . We are also very pleased to announce the upcoming milestone of 300,000 passengers to and from Comiso in less than a year and a half , the start of operations at the airport."

What's there to see in Comiso? Check out Opening up the secrets of southeastern Sicily

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Sunday, 7 December 2014

Mayo Woman Nancy Corrigan pioneer aviator documentary to air on 6th January 2015 TG4

A documentary 'Spéirbhean Acla’ on Mayo Woman Nancy Corrigan pionner aviator is air on TG4 on January 6th 2015, Oíche Nollag na mBan (Women’s Christmas) at 2130 on TG4.

Nancy Corrigan - Spéirbhean Acla is a feel-good story, full of woman’s heart, about a girl who emigrated from poverty in Achill in 1929. Not content to be a maid for the rest of her life, Nancy set her sights high. The film shows how Nancy arrived in Cleveland, Ohio when the National Air Races were on. A seed was planted. Nancy was to become one of the first women pilots, training male fighter pilots during WWII, and enjoying a career in modelling which financed her aviation ambitions. The programme includes unique original footage of Nancy competing in the Cleveland Air Races in 1948.

The film begins with stunning footage of the Greenway between Mulranny and Achill Sound where Nancy was born, in the village of Owenduff, in the parish of Achill. Her father, a railway servant when the Greenway was a railway, was killed tragically in a train accident leaving his wife Maggie a poor widow with four young daughters. It traces Nancy’s story from poverty in Achill in the 1920s to Cleveland where she found work as a nanny.

Unbeknownst to her family, still only 19, Nancy began to take flying lessons. In 1932, after breaking a world record for flying solo in 4.45 hours, Nancy hit the headlines of Cleveland’s Plain Dealer newspaper. The secret was out, her mother was stunned, and now all eyes were on her. To fund further flying lessons, Nancy moved to New York and began modelling for the prestigious Powers Agency which had a number of Hollywood starlets on their books.

Modelling was always a means to an end and when the war broke out, Nancy obtained a position with Spartan College instructing male cadets flying skills during WWII. In 1944, she joined the Aviation Faculty of Stephen’s College Missouri, an elite woman’s college and it was during her tenure here that she fulfilled her ambition of taking part in the Kendal Trophy Air Race. For this she mounted an impressive PR campaign through which she received financial backing.

In 1950, she was headhunted to Kansas University to become the first woman appointed to head up their aviation department. Throughout the course of her career, Nancy obtained virtually every aviation certificate known at the time.

Interviews include: Pilot Bill Witt, who was trained by Nancy; Nan Gaylord, pilot and former Powers model; Kim Jones, aviation historian in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

For further information contact Eimear Healy 087 4162248

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