Saturday, 26 July 2014

Mesa Air Group acquires former Alitalia CityLiner Bombardier CRJ900s from Irish aircraft lessors

EI-DOT CRJ900 Challey Ltd 
Mesa Air Group has acquired six former Alitalia CityLiner Bombardier Aerospace CRJ900 aircraft on lease from Irish aircraft lessors APC and Challey Ltd. Alitalia Cityliner withdrew it's CRJ900 fleet from service in 2012 as part of its restructuring process.

APC and Challey Ltd ferried the aircraft from Rome Fiumicino to Dublin in basic Alitalia Cityline colours for paperwork purposes in preparation for new leases with Mesa Air Group (Mesa Airlines).

These aircraft will add to  its fleet of 51 planes under contract for regional flying with American Airlines Group Inc.

In a statement Mesa Airlines disclosed the lease term agreement covering the additional six aircraft is eight years.

Mesa Chairman and CEO Jonathan Ornstein said “We are delighted to add these six CRJ-900 aircraft with our partners at American Airlines. With almost 40 aircraft scheduled for delivery over the next several years, Mesa is now the fastest growing airline in the country providing exciting opportunities and long-term job security for our people.”

According to FAA registry a number of these aircraft are registrations are classed as assigned.

EI-DOT CRJ900 c/n 15066 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 17/04/14 after storage. Registered as N241LR to Mesa Airlines Inc and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Goose Bay-Bangor 23/04/14.

EI-DOU CRJ900 c/n 15068 Challey Ltd  Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 15/05/14 . Registered as N943LR and delivered Dublin-Gander-Bangor-Oklahoma City 19/20-05/14.

EI-DRI CRJ900ER c/n 15076 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 27/04/14. Registered as N242LR and delivered Dublin-Goose Bay-Bangor-Will Rogers World Airport 01/2-05/14.

EI-DRJ CRJ900ER c/n 15077 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 07/05/14 .Registered as N945LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor-Oklahoma City 09/05/14.

EI-DRK CRJ900 c/n 15075 Challey Ltd  Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 05/06/14.  Registered as N944LR CRJ900 and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander 09/06/14 ex EI-DRK.

EI-DUK CRJ900 c/n 15104 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 26/05/14. Registered as N946LR CRJ900 and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor-Oklahoma City 29/05/14.

EI-DVP CRJ900ER c/n 15116 Challey Ltd Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 16/06/14. Registered as N947LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor 27/06/14.

EI-DVR CRJ900 c/n 15118 APC Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 02/07/14. Registered as N948LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Bangor 08/07/14.

EI-DVS CRJ900 c/n 15119 APC Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 25/06/14. Registered as N950LR and delivered Dublin-Gander-Bangor 01/07/14.

EI-DVT CRJ900 c/n 15123 APC Ferried Rome Fiumicino-Dublin 14/07/14. Registered as N951LR and delivered Dublin-Keflavik-Gander-Bangor 18/07/14.

Source: Dublin Movements Blog,, Skyliner Aviation

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Dublin Aerospace enters growing A330 base maintenance market

Airbus A330 Image courtesy of Airbus 
The award winning Irish MRO Dublin Aerospace provider of Base Maintenance, APU and Landing Gear services based in Ireland has introduced yet another enhancement to its already extensive service capabilities, with the addition of Airbus A330 base maintenance approval.

The MRO has received both EASA and FAA approval for the base maintenance services on Airbus A330 aircraft including all engine types, complementing its existing  Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 product lines. The A330 capability was developed to support the growing market that exists worldwide.

Donal Rogers Chief Executive Officer Commented “Over the past 5 years Dublin Aerospace has offered dedicated base maintenance services for the Airbus A320 and Boeing 737 families to leasing companies and airlines from all over the world. The addition of the Airbus A330 model to our capability portfolio highlights Dublin Aerospace’s ongoing investment in capability and demonstrates our commitment to ensure we have the latest and most advanced capabilities”

Frank Burke Head of Sales Commented “ This new expansion was customer driven as many of our existing leasing company and airline customers also operate the A330 model and to be able to provide this service is another big and exciting milestone in the expansion of the products we can offer our customers”

Airbus has delivered 1,088 A330s since the first example entered service around 20 years ago. There are 975 passenger A330s in active service including 597 in the fleet of 72 global airlines and unveiled the A330neo at last week’s Farnborough air show.The aircraft is designed to deliver a 14% reduction in fuel burn per seat compared to the current A330, sharing 95% spares commonality with existing A330 model.

Aviation Week suggests key Airbus customers support suggestions that Airbus could sell more than 1,000 A330neos by 2030. Flightglobal’s Fleet Forecast for 2014-33 predicts deliveries of 6,928 twin-aisle aircraft including just over 4,000 in the 200- to 300-seat category, the typical configuration for the A330.

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