Thursday, 10 July 2014

Air Contractors, Air Explore wet-lease Boeing 737-400s to Ryanair

                                                   
OM-AEX Boeing 737-400 Air Explore 
Irish ultra low-cost carrier Ryanair has wet-leased extra capacity over the summer season to accommodate increasing passenger numbers before its new Boeing 737-800 aircraft arrive in September.

Two Boeing 737-400s from Air Explore of Slovakia, and two -400s from Ireland’s ACMI specialist Air Contractors. All four -400s will be based at Dublin Airport. Air Explore 737s will operate between 16th June and 15th September, and Air Contractors 737s from 1st July to 31st August.

On Sunday 15th June Air Explore 737-400s OM-AEX Boeing 737-4Y0 construction number 25178 as RYR98P, and OM-CEX Boeing 737-436 construction number 25839 was ferried Bratislava to Dublin  as RYR99P. The aircraft operated first flights for Ryanair, to Newcastle and Brussels South Charleroi.

                                       
EI-JRE Boeing 737-400 Air Contractors 

ZS-SRD Boeing 737-4Y0 construction number 24917 Safair ferried Johannesburg-Kotoka-Aguenar-Shannon 14th June for lease to Air Contractors, for operation on behalf of Ryanair. ZS-SRD was cancelled from South African register on 18th June, taking up Irish registration EI-JRD.  On 28th June EI-JRD was ferried Shannon to Dublin , in all white colours and entered revenue service 1st July RYR1908/9 to and from Gdansk.

ZS-SRE Boeing 737-4Y0 construction number 26065 Safair Ferried Johannesburg-Kotoka-Aguenar -Shannon 14th June for lease to Air Contractors, for operation on behalf of Ryanair.  ZS-SRE was cancelled from South African register on 17th June, taking up Irish registration EI-JRE. On 29th June EI-JRE was ferried Shannon to Dublin on 29th June, in all white colours and entered revenue service 1st July RYR442/3 to and from Liverpool.

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Italy's Livingston leases Airbus A320 to Ryanair

                                                   
Livingston Airbus A320 
New Livingston S.p.A (JN/NLV, Milan Malpensa) has since 5th July, been leasing out one of its three Airbus A320-200s, EI-EXK construction number 2502, to Irish ULCC Ryanair (FR/RYR),  Irish Aviation Research Institute can report.

According to data available on flight tracking website Flightradar24.com, EI-EXK is operating from Milan Bergamo , operated it's first service, RYR1944/3 to and from Stockholm Skastva. According to industry sources the lease duration is one month.

The addition of New Livingston Airbus A320 brings to eight the number of aircraft, the carrier has leased , adding to four Boeing 737-400s from Air Contractors, Air Explore and three Boeing 737-800s from FlyDubai.

The company's formal name is New Livingston S.p.A, although its operations are under the Livingston brand.

Privately-owned Livingston operates three Airbus A320s on scheduled and charter services from its base at Milan Malpensa.

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Air Traffic Communications on Flights Between Europe and North America Exceeds 2008 Peak

                                                   
Irish Aviation Authority 
In June, the IAA saw an increase of 4.4% in the volume of North Atlantic Communications flights between Europe and North America.  For the first time, the volume of these flights exceeded the previous peak experienced by the IAA in 2008, reflecting the global upturn for the aviation industry.

Total flights in Irish airspace in June increased by a robust 7.6%, when compared to the same month last year, including an increase of 10.7% in Ireland’s en route traffic movements (flights that pass through Irish airspace but do not land).

There was an average of 1,759 daily flights during June 2014. The busiest day was 24th June with 1,955 flights in Irish airspace.

Eamonn Brennan, Chief Executive, Irish Aviation Authority (IAA) said: ‘Irish air traffic growth continues to gain pace in 2014. In June, the number of North Atlantic Communications flights we safely handled was higher than the previous peak we experienced back in 2008 so that’s very encouraging. It is also very encouraging to see robust growth in our en route air traffic. Irish airspace forms the crucial gateway between Europe and North America and the increase in this traffic is greatly reflective of the continuing global upturn’.

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