Monday, 7 April 2014

Fourth Boeing 787 delivered to Norwegian Long Haul

                                                   
Boeing 787 Image courtesy of Norwegian 
Norwegian Long-Haul has taken delivery of it's fourth Boeing 787. EI-LND Boeing 787-8 construction number 35310 ModeS 4CAB08, leased from lessor ILFC. The aircraft was delivered Paine Field to Dublin on 26th March as 'NLH1KA' in basic Norwegian colours for for post delivery application of decals and tail painting.

EI-LND was named "Grete Waitz" and tail was painted in portrait of Grete Waitz. A nine time New York Women’s Marathon winner and silver medalist at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles and a gold medal at the 1983 World Championships in Helsinki.

The aircraft departed Dublin at 1700 hours on Monday 31st March  to Stockholm Arlanda. It positioned to Oslo Gardermoen on 5th April, operating it's first revenue service as DY7201/2 to and from Bangkok.

Norwegian will take delivery of a further three Boeing 787s in 2014.

Dublin Airport has hosted three Boeing 787s visits to date EI-LNB, EI-LND and N787BX.

Norwegian carried more than 1.8 million passengers in March 2014, an increase of 25% compared to the same month last year. The capacity growth was 51 percent, in absolute terms the highest capacity growth in a single month.

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Cityjet returns RJ85 to lessor

                                                     
Cityjet RJ85 
Irish regional carrier Cityjet has returned one of it's RJ85 to lessor. EI-RJA RJ85 construction number E2329 was ferried Dublin to Carnfield as Cityjet 041P on 13th March 2014. It was devoid of titles and the red tail stripe but still wore the little black squares on the forward fuselage.

EI-RJA was cancelled from Irish register on 26th March was re-registered as G-CDYK to Triangle (Funding One) Ltd.

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Cityjet sells RJ85 to Air Annobón

                                                     
Image courtesy of Paul Doyle 
Irish regional carrier Cityjet has sold an RJ85 to Equatorial Guinea based carrier Air Annobón operating from San Antonio de Pale, Annobón Island. The pictured RJ85 EI-RJS (c/n E2365) positioned Norwich to Shannon on 16th February for painting by Eirtech Aviation, prior to positioning back to Dublin on 26th February, prior delivery.

The RJ85 is named “Mebana".

On 26th March EI-RJS was delivered Dublin-Palma-Aguenar- Hadj Bey Akhamok Airport-Malabo International and is to take up registration 3C-MAA.

The African Aviation Tribune stated the airline is based out of San Antonio de Palé, the capital of Annobón Island. Air Annobón is owned by  Cándido Nsue Okomo, the director of the national petroleum company, GEPetrol.

Annobón Island (named after “ano bom”, Portuguese for “good year”), also known as Pagalu or Pigalu, is an island of the coast of Equatorial Guinea and is part of the Cameroon Line archipelago according to Wikipedia.

Air Annobón has a fleet of two Bae146-300s.

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