Thursday, 22 May 2014

Sunwing Airlines flies first 737 with new 'split scimitar' winglets into Dublin Airport

Courtesy of Stuart McMillan 
Sunwing is the first airline in Canada and the second in the world to commercially fly the second generation Aviation Partners Boeing Split Scimitar Blended Winglets. The Blended Winglets when applied to the existing "curved tipped" Blended Winglets, the Split Scimitar Winglet upgrade adds strengthened spars, aerodynamic 'curved' tips, and a large ventral fin, which improves performance and decreases fuel burn by approximately 7%.

This summer a pair of it's environment friendly Boeing 737-800s are operating on behalf of TUI Travel group airline, Thomson Airways from Belfast International and Dublin Airport to sun destinations in Europe.

On Tuesday 20th C-FTJH Boeing 737-8BK/W c/n Sunwing Airlines SWG9092 arrived Dublin Airport 2124 local to commence it's summer lease to Thomson Airways, entering service on Thursday 22nd  to Palma de Mallorca Departing Dublin at 06.02 on May 22nd as TOM9DP returning to Dublin at 11.59 as TOM 2CQ.

Sunwing Airlines President Mark Williams said "We feel we have a responsibility as a market leader in Canada to continue investing in technology which reduces our environmental impact. Sunwing has the lowest CO2 emissions per seat mile of any major airline in Canada and this new initiative will lower our emissions even further".

Sunwing Airlines plans to retrofit its fleet of 20 Boeing 737-800s by the May with the Split Scimitar Blended Winglets.

Aviation Partners Boeing is a Seattle based joint venture of Aviation Partners, Inc. and The Boeing Company. Nearly 5,000 Blended Winglet Systems are now in service with over 200 airlines in more than 100 countries. APB estimates that Blended Winglets have saved airlines worldwide more than 3.8 billion gallons of jet fuel to-date.

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TUI Group launches Summer programme from Irish airports

Thomson Airways Boeing 757-200 
The TUI Group has launched it's Summer 2014 programme from Irish airports using a variety of  in-house airline including Jetairfly, TUIFly and Thomson Airways. The first charter service to commence this season was  Jetairfly from Cork Airport to Palma and Dublin to Corfu services commenced today. The flights will be flown on behalf of sister TUI Travel group airline, Thomson Airways.

Belgium's Jetairfly is operating service from Cork to Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan using Boeing 737-700s.

Canada's Sunwing Airlines Boeing 737-800s have been contracted to operate services from Belfast International and Dublin Airport on behalf of Thomson Airways.

Germany's TUIFly is operating from City of Derry Airport to Palma de Mallorca Son Sant Joan using Boeing 737-800s.

A noticeable destination absent from Dublin's programme is Sharm El-Sheikh.

The Department of Foreign Affairs travel advice dated 28th April stated "Due to an increased risk of civil unrest and a heightened threat of terrorist incidents, Irish citizens are advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Egypt at this time including Sharm El-Sheikh and the rest of the Sinai".

Last year service Belfast and Dublin to  Sharm El-Sheikh where suspended in September as security situation worsened.

TUI has added two new destinations from Dublin to Ibiza and Rhodes.


Belfast International to Bourgas, Corfu, Dalaman, Ibiza, Lanzarote, Las Palmas, Palma , Reus, Sharm El-Sheikh, Tenerife South.

City of Derry to Palma.

Cork Airport to Palma.

Dublin Airport to Burgas, Corfu, Faro, Ibiza, Larnaca, Málaga, Palma, Rhodes , Zakynthos.

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