Sunday, 3 August 2014

Good news for Dublin Airport as US Airways reinstates A330 on Philadelphia route

                                                   
US Airways Airbus A330-200 
US Airways announced in November 2013  the use of a larger aircraft on its Philadelphia to Dublin service, an Airbus A330-200 with 252 seats featuring 20 Envoy Suite lie-flat seats and 232 seats in economy,between 29th March and 24th October.

The carrier is the third airline to introduce lie-flat seats on the North Atlantic routes from Ireland after Delta Airlines and United Airlines.

However use of A330-200 ceased on 16th June thereafter service was prominently operated by Boeing 767-200s and occasional Boeing 757-200. Research suggests aircraft change was due to market/operational issues.

On Saturday 2nd August the larger Airbus A330-200 aircraft was reinstated.

US Airways operates a year-round Philadelphia to Dublin service and seasonal service to Charlotte from 6th May to 28th September.

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Aer Arann changes air traffic control callsign to Stobart

                                                   
Stobart Air ATR72-200
The last link to Aer Arann brand disappeared as from 0001 hours local on Sunday 3rd August. Aer Arann changed it's ICAO three letter code from REA to STK and telephony designator callsign from "Aer Arann" to "Stobart".

ATC providers and flight crews were adjusting to the changed callsign referring to "Aer Arann" callsign before quickly changing to "Stobart".

An aviation enthusiast on a Dublin Aviation facebook page remarked "Pity to see such a good callsign go".

All aircraft carry "Operated by Stobart Air" titles.

EI-REI ATR72-201 c/n 267 named "Ainle / Warrior" is the only aircraft in its fleet painted in full Stobart Air colours. This aircraft provides flexibility to interchange on Aer Lingus Regional and Flybe franchise operations as required.

Stobart Air aims to become a specialist in franchise or contract flying for major European airlines and to double its passenger numbers within five years, as a white label provider.

The airline operates under the Aer Lingus Regional brand as part of its franchise agreement with Aer Lingus and Flybe brand from London Southend.

Stobart Air is based at Northwood in Santry, next to Dublin Airport.

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